Chaos and Cakes

So usually anything that happens around here, I affectionately refer to as a “workplace incident,” and, usually, there’s only one or two every week. This doesn’t include all of the things I forget, whether that be a workplace incident or an appointment or a parent teacher’s conference or what day of the week it is or really anything important like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries. You get the ugly picture.

This past week has been obnoxiously humorous. Full of these incidents from the coffee pot not cooperating to running over a Ducati motorcycle. Now, keep in mind the only reason I ran over the gent’s bike is because it was his birthday. Because nothing says happy birthday quite like, “Oh, hey, I ran over your pride and joy. Happy Birthday!” This happened as I completely forgot about an appointment I had, and only remembered 10 minutes before it started because a friend reminded me. Don’t worry, as I left our residence, I ran over a family of ground squirrels. I’m sure they are in a better place now.
I also routinely forget to turn in my time sheets at work. It’s like I like working for free. I also routinely forget to write this article. I also got concerned about my forgetfulness and because I know I have other fellow moms out there who deal with this too, I actually asked my doctor about it. Some days are almost terrifying about the things that I just forget or can’t remember and never come back! He said it’s all normal after having babies. He also said it will come back over time. I pray he’s right. So for all the other forgetful mamas, you’re not alone! I have your back…if I remember, that is.
So far, fingers crossed, I have yet to forget about one of the kids. I’m on a good streak in that regard. However, I didn’t take one single picture on Easter. Typical.
I really don’t remember anything that we cooked this week. I do remember one thing the tot and I baked this week, though.
Because we have our days where we feel we can barely keep our heads above our schedules, baking usually takes a backseat. Actually, more like it takes the bus. It doesn’t even get the backseat of the minivan.
We’ve resorted to baking single serving desserts!

This weeks was a chocolate cake in a mug.

I’m sure many of you have made this before, but this is one of our favorites. If you have not tried it before, we highly recommend! All you need to do is top with some fresh whipping cream or cool whip! Sprinkles, too, if you’re 12 and under.
Grocery List

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt, optional 
  • 3 tablespoons milk 
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • Splash vanilla extract, optional 
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips 

    The How-To

    Special equipment: a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug and a microwave oven
    Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt if using in a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug. Blend thoroughly with a fork. Add the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla if using and blend until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Do not overcook or the cake will be dry. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before eating.
It’s just that easy. I make one for whomever wants one, and they are so fast to whip up! They’ll cure any random, unexpected, forgot about sweet tooth. We promise.

I feel like something else happened this week with the pets this week, but it’s just not coming to me right now. I’m trying to remember why I have a nearly broken knuckle too.

And, remember, if you’re one in a million, there’s 6,000 people just like you.
We’ll see you in another six months when we remember to blog again. I’m joking. Sort of.


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