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Cake For Breakfast

If I want to give my husband a treat, I cook eggs and sausage for dinner. Breakfast-for-dinner has always been a favorite for my family.

Where did the idea of certain foods for breakfast come from anyway? I remember reading the Laura Ingles Wilder books to my children. She described a breakfast of leftover squirrel stew as her family traveled by wagon across the country. On the other hand, her husband Almanzo grew up on a farm in New York. He started the day with eggs, meat, and apple pie.

As a child of the sixties, I ate boxed cereal every morning. Sugary cereals were all the rage. Remember Cookie Crisp? Click on the picture to listen to their jingle.

Cereal was originally manufactured by Ralston Purina, the dog food company.

Apparently, cereals were developed as a healthy alternative to big farm breakfasts. When people moved from the farms into urban areas, they didn’t change their eating habits right away. Eating too much in the morning gave them indigestion. Grains instead of meat and eggs solved the problem. Cereal manufacturers made them easy to prepare and touted their health benefits.

The high sugar content was added later. As a human race, we specialize in over-doing things. I don’t think anyone touts the health benefits of Cookie Crisp. But, they add vitamins, so it’s all good, right?

By the time I was a teenager, I had learned that cake or pie made a perfectly fine breakfast, especially fruit pie. These things are no worse than boxed cereal. So, why not? I once heard a comedian read the list of ingredients in chocolate cake and compare it to the ingredients in breakfast cereal. It’s all the same.

Researching for this blog, I found an article entitled, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight, Says Science. I can get on board with that. I’m not sure I understand their explanation, but it’s on the internet, so it must be true.

Why don’t we eat salads for breakfast? Google showed a report about how few people eat salad in the morning but provided no explanation. I’ve never seen a salad on a breakfast menu.

I tried to find out where the three meals a day originated and how breakfast ended up being breakfast. Information was fuzzy. One source said the three meals started with the industrial revolution and revolved around factory schedules. Another reported that ancient Romans ate three meals a day, at least the wealthy ones did. That’s well before the industrial revolution.

Each society ate to suit its own circumstance, which had to do with work schedules and food preparation time. Higher class people ate three meals a day, while poorer classes didn’t. Farm workers ate heavy breakfasts to fuel up for the day.

Eggs and bacon are relatively quick to prepare, which is why breakfast-for-dinner is a treat for me, too. And it leaves the morning time slot open for cake.


Princess For A Day

I have weddings on the brain. My daughter married in August and my son will marry in May. Two weddings within a year. I only have two kids. Of course, I’ll write a blog about weddings.

Princess for a day. That was me when I married. Like ladies in waiting in a novel, my bridesmaids dressed me and catered to me. Even my mother gave into my whims.

When my soon-to-be daughter-in-law and her mother went to see the wedding dress restoration lady, I invited myself along. The restoration lady commented that wedding dress styles haven’t changed much since the last royal wedding, that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She expects styles to change soon, when Prince Harry marries. Perhaps because every bride wants to look like a princess on her wedding day.

That comment took me on a time trip.

I married a month and a half before Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Everyone said, “You look just like Sarah Ferguson.” Princess for a Day. But I had imagined more of a Disney princess than a modern-day princess.

My son is getting married a few days after another royal couple. His fiancé is lucky that wedding dress trends won’t have time to change before her wedding.

Most grooms aren’t as interested in being a prince for a day. I took my husband to be measured for his father-of-the-groom suit. Most of the customers at the tux shop wore jeans and T-shirts. Some wore camo and baseball caps. I doubt wearing a tux is a dream come true.

The tux shop had a color matching chart that looked surprisingly like the paint department at the hardware store. Apparently, they understand their customers.

Cake tasting has to be one of the groom’s favorite activities. My son loves cake. No one cared about the taste of the cake when I married. It was all about the carefully crafted frosting roses and the fountain with colored water underneath.

Now it is all about the taste. Naked cakes with real flowers are all the rage. I asked the baker if it was sanitary to put real flowers on the cake. Eeeew.

No bugs on my daughter’s cake. It was lovely. I’m sure my son’s cake will be lovely and bug-free as well.

Do real princess brides create the cake trends too?

I Googled Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding cake. No live flowers there. The description says “elaborate gum paste flowers”, whatever those are. No naked cake either. Fondant. Looks pretty, but tastes terrible.

And the royal cake was fruitcake. Fruitcake!

An eighty-thousand-dollar fruitcake. No wonder they were auctioning off pieces.

Apparently, Pintrest reigns when it comes to wedding cakes.

My daughter loved cake tasting. She wants to take her husband to a bakery and claim to be engaged so she can do cake tasting again. I told her to just buy a fancy cupcake, but what’s the fun in that?

Cake tasting is part of being princess for a day. And doesn’t every bride want to be a princess? Without the fruitcake, of course.