This year my wife and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary by baking a cake together! And, when something delicious is baked within our home that means our children eagerly helped too! This terrific idea was the brainchild of my lovely wife. She was recently at a local bakery, called me, and asked me if I wanted anything to bring home. I told her that she shouldn’t, though a slice of good carrot cake sounded scrumptious! My wife spontaneously suggested we bake a carrot cake for our wedding anniversary this year. I lit up by the idea and so we made it a family event. We shopped for the ingredients and later that day we all rolled up our sleeves and got to work. I shredded the carrots. My wife helped the children measure the dry and wet ingredients. We mixed it all together into a bowl. The oven was preheated and “wha lah” we were well on our way to enjoying the fruits of our labor ... eh, I mean cake of our labor. I finished it off by mixing together the ingredients for the homemade cream cheese frosting! It’s sooooooo easy and yummmmy too! Because our entire family enthusiastically baked the cake together, it turned out to be the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten!!! Splendid idea it was! I’m savoring each bite after lunch and dinner until the last crumb!!!!
The funny thing is that my wife didn’t have a sweet tooth when we first met, though she agreed to have our first date over desserts. That was before I knew much about her. I learned that she enjoyed a salad or a good cup of soup after meals. I personally feel withdrawal symptoms if I don’t have dessert after lunch and dinner. In fact, don’t talk to me if I miss my dessert. I may be a bit grumpy! ;/ But, my wife developed a sweet tooth and began to enjoy desserts after meals because of me. She still enjoys a small salad, or a good cup of soup, with equal satisfaction, but now we enjoy desserts together. Another good example is that my wife didn’t look forward to ice cream treats “BE: Before Erwin”, but now she enjoys them with me and our children. My wife also didn’t bake much before we met, but now she bakes virtually every week. I know that my wife came to enjoy these things because I enjoy them and not so she could win my affections, but because, in doing so, she shares in the happiness I gain from enjoying desserts. We share that happiness together. The only kicker is that she doesn’t gain a single ounce while, as I get older, those cakes and ice cream treats are stuck around my waist! THAT is truly not fair … Sigh.
Apparently, with exercise, I can have my cake and eat it too! The treadmill works and I think dancing will do the trick also. I need to burn those calories. “Dance with me, my love. We’re celebrating 13 years of Wedded Bliss!” I’m looking forward to many more blissful wedding anniversaries and carrot cakes to come!
"Dance With Me" is a 1974 song by American soft rock band Orleans. On July 19, 1975 it reached number 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 and stayed there for 18 weeks.