The Pumpkin Cupcake Graveyard - Page 3
But as yummy as the frosting turned out to be, they could not mask the "off" taste of the pumpkin cupcakes. I just couldn't send them to school as What the Cat's Mom Makes that is Feingold-safe.
And so, I made new cupcakes, this time using Husband's Famous Yellow Cake Recipe, but adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, and canned pumpkin. Success!
Of course, this morning couldn't go completely smoothly - the Cat had a monumental melt-down when I dropped him off at school today. I was in a hurry to go buy butter for Cupcakes Round Two, but he was being extra-clingy. He screamed and cried as I got into my van.
And when I brought the cupcakes, frosting, and sprinkles to school, the only available parking spot was in the opposite direction of the only open gate. (Yay for school security, but boo for a day like Halloween when lots of parents are volunteering and need the additional parking lots.) And of course there was a huge tree-trimming vehicle right in front of the only open gate - safe, eh? Luckily, Spliggle stayed close by me as we walked into the school.
Setting up the cupcakes was way-too complex. The Volunteer Coordinator wanted something, and another mom wanted something else. The other mom wondered why I had brought "so much" frosting for the Cat. Indeed, my tupperware containers of frosting dwarfed the store-bought cans.
"Well, he can't have this other type. And this is safe for Peanut-Allergic Girl too, and the other kids are welcome to use it" seemed to pacify her, but then she crinkled up her nose as she read the little labels I wrote on the various ingredients: most said "Nut Free!" followed by the girl's name and the Cat's name with a green "OK!" On the items that were not Feingold-safe, I wrote the Cat's name in red with a "NOT OK!" She pointed to the labels, "They can't read these, anyway!"
Um, I know my son can read them. And I am pretty sure Peanut-Allergic Girl can too. But I said nothing to that point. Instead, I explained, "Well, he knows what he can and can't eat - but those labels are just a reminder, and they show the other volunteers that these items are okay for anyone with nut allergies."Continued on the next page