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Not That Kind of Cake

Backstory: We have a rule in our home. It states that if you come to the table and complain about the meal that someone else prepared for your edification, you are cordially invited to go complain in your room while the others eat the yucky food.

For April Fool’s Day today, Monica and I made a meatloaf “cake” with mashed potato “frosting,” decorated with ketchup and sliced grape tomatoes. Caleb loves hamburger, mashed potatoes, and ketchup but was nevertheless very suspicious of the entire ensemble.

Caleb (5): Mom, what’s the white stuff?

Mom: Mashed potatoes.


Caleb: Mom, you should’ve made it with chocolate chips ?because I like chocolate chips.

[pause, looks at mom]

Caleb: I’m not complaining. I’m just saying I don’t like that kind of cake.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Tinkerbell April 2, 2009, 9:01 am

    A budding liberal. 🙂

  • Tinkerbell April 2, 2009, 9:01 am

    Or just politician in general.

  • nanacarol April 2, 2009, 9:26 am

    You sweeeet women are so smart!!! I never think of doing things that clever!!!! My poor family was so wronged!! However, one year my mom came up with the idea to move my dad’s brand new pickup from it’s parking spot!!! Talk about a tough Army guy almost come to tears!!! Best ever joke on the guy who loved to pull jokes!!!! My kids will never forget that one!!! We were visiting at the time and helped to pull off the joke!!

  • facethemusic April 2, 2009, 11:06 am

    That is TOOO cute Alison!
    I TOTALLY forgot about April Fools Day this year!! I didn’t even think about it until I saw a friend’s FB page, where she posted about the trick her kids played on each other. I was really bummed when I realized I’d forgotten about it. I’m thinking I might do it “belated” — I always have a blast with April Fools. One year, I did a running stich across the top of the kids’ socks. They went to put their socks on, and couldn’t open them up. It was hysterical!
    Another year I hid several of those big, fake rubber cockroaches around the house– the one on the toilet seat was the best! They open the lid and SCREAM!! Then there was the time I sent out an email to all my friends, telling them that we’d had a miracle, and that despite the fact that we thought we could no longer conceive, I’d just found out I was 2 months pregnant with twins. Then way down at the bottom of a big space in the email, I put “April fools!”. Well, 9 months later– after we’d sent out Christmas letters, I got a phone call from a dear friend who I hadn’t heard from in a long time. She sounded very concerned, saying that she’d gotten our Christmas letter, and was worried, because I’d talked all about each of the kids and how they were doing, but didn’t include any information about the twins– then she goes “I hope I’m not bringing up anything too painful… but since you didn’t mention them, I wondered if that meant you lost them”. Well, I’d TOTALLY forgotten about my April fool’s joke and said, “Twins? What are you talking about?” She must have thought I was in total denial…. she said, in almost a “you poor thing” kind of tone, “Oh Tracy…….” I said, “Dorey, you must be thinking of somebody else– I was never pregnant with twins.” Then all of a sudden it hit me….. THE APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!!!! Then I felt HORRIBLE and had to explain that it was just a joke and she must not have seen the “APRIL FOOLS!!” at the bottom of the email!! I haven’t done any “jokes” like that since then!!!

  • Alison Moore Smith April 2, 2009, 11:22 am

    Tracy, why doesn’t that story surprise me???

  • Tinkerbell April 2, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Tracy, you sound like a fun mom. I, on the other hand, have no sense of humor, and April Fool’s is officially banned from my home. My husband found out I had no sense of humor early on. He dumped a bucket of cold water on me in the shower. Not. Funny. He has never done anything like that since.

  • davidson April 2, 2009, 1:08 pm

    When my husband was playing church basketball, I sewed his jock strap shut on April Fool’s Day. . .but only because he put unpopped popcorn in my toothpaste.

  • Alison Moore Smith April 2, 2009, 1:29 pm


    Reminds me of a “prank” I pulled on myself accidentally. When we first moved to Florida, we had just the two little girls. One day I went to the master bath to brush my teeth. After a few seconds of brushing I noticed a strong, odd smell–kind of like zinc oxide. I looked around while brushing for a few seconds before the taste–which apparently had a slower path to my brain–hit me. I was vigorously brushing my teeth with Desitin.

  • Tinkerbell April 2, 2009, 2:06 pm

    Ew . . . that is some nasty stuff.

  • Alison Moore Smith April 2, 2009, 2:15 pm

    You aren’t kidding. And it sticks to your teeth and tongue and lips and the roof of your mouth like nobody’s business. You’ll smell it for days afterward.

  • facethemusic April 2, 2009, 3:23 pm

    he put unpopped popcorn in my toothpaste.

    How do you do THAT? Did he stick individual pieces of unpopped corn into that tiny hole, one after the other???

    So Alison, you’ve also accidently brushed your teeth with Desitin, too??? It’s such an odd sounding thing, I would’ve thought that would happen only once in the world….

  • Alison Moore Smith April 2, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Kindred spirits, Tracy, kindred spirits.

  • davidson April 2, 2009, 11:40 pm

    Yes, Face, that twit stuck individual pieces of unpopped popcorn in the toothpaste tube, one after the other. He deserved everything he got back.

    I’m sorry about your kindred Desitin experiences, Alison and Face! You probably have the least chapped gums among us, smooth as a. . .never mind.

  • facethemusic April 3, 2009, 12:30 pm

    Just for clarification– I wasn’t the one who posted about having had a Desitin toothpaste experience. Thank heaven!!! 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith April 3, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Who else did? Don’t recall…

  • facethemusic April 3, 2009, 3:35 pm

    OH!!!! I’m SOOOO stupid!! I just went back to reread all the comments to figure out who’d first said they’d brushed their teeth with Desitin, and it was YOU Alison!! I must have misread previously— I thought someone ELSE said they brushed their teeth with Desitin, and that you’d RESPONDED by talking about how it sticks to your teeth etc, implying that it had happened to you ALSO– but you’re the one who posted it in the first place.
    Ignore me…. I need a serious megadose of Gingko Biloba for my brain health. :jumping:

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