1 MANOEUVRE, influence, control, exploit, work, engineer, guide, direct, steer, use/turn to your advantage, negotiate, capitalize on colloq. wangle, cash in on, pull strings, have in the palm of your hand, twist round your little finger, have over a barrel, wheel and deal, frame, fit up
2 FALSIFY, rig, juggle with, massage, tamper with colloq. doctor, cook, fiddle
3 HANDLE, control, wield, operate, work, knead, use, utilize, employ, process, ply

She had her best friend over; they were working together on a school project. I made them sandwiches for lunch and afterwards they asked if there was any cake. I said no and that I was too busy to bake. They went back to their project, a low hum of conversation flowed between them. Every now and then one would speak loud enough for me to hear, Oh, I REALLY want a piece of my mom’s cake or You know your mom makes the BEST EVER cake in the world …

Yes, I know; I was conned, they led me a merry dance. Anyway, it was a nice excuse to take a break from my work and do some baking.

Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.

William Galvin

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. I like that quote by William Calvin. It is an abrupt awakening when teenage years come. It is a good thing we are already hooked on them when it happens. I want some of that chocolate cake. It looks sublime. A cyber bite will have to do. Ah. Thank you. Yes, it was DELICIOUS! Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wish I could give you a real slice, Carol πŸ™‚

  2. slpmartin says:

    It is good to know that youths today are carrying on with time honored traditions. πŸ˜‰

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same, hey?

  3. But what an awesome 12 years its been huh πŸ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Certainly a learning curve πŸ˜‰

  4. nrhatch says:

    Looks yummy!

    Perfect quote:

    Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers. ~ William Galvin

    Great take on the dance theme!

  5. dearrosie says:

    hah hah I love it. Your daughter’s a blerry lucky so and so and I wonder whether she knows it.
    Does she love going to friends houses to eat packet or supermarket biscuits?

    talking of which did you manage to get the Rich Tea biscuits? I’ll be happy to send you some if you can’t get it

  6. souldipper says:

    Oh mother with the heart, do learn how to be hard of listening! πŸ˜€

  7. william was definitely a parent!

    nice one

  8. earlybird says:

    What a good excuse to eat chocolate cake! Nice take on the prompt.

  9. Ah, yes, subtlety is not a habitual weapon in a teenager’s armoury. But I would have got up and made a cake straight away too: although, not half as luscious as that one…

  10. Leeswammes says:

    Hmm, manipulative teenagers! But the cake does look delicious so you can’t blame them for going on about it.

    To be safe, you should release your children in the wild at 11 years of age.

  11. nursemyra says:

    Mmmm… looks deliciously moist

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    Ah. a mother’s love. And vanity πŸ™‚

  13. this was really sweet cin, literally i’m sure and literally. πŸ™‚ tee hee! i just came up w that!

  14. Wonder if the girls would still have been so keen if you asked them to help you bake.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  15. Pseu says:

    Looks delicious

  16. Pseu says:

    So you have an egg and dairy free recipes for cake up your sleeve, by any chance?

  17. What a wonderful mother. And twelve years isn’t nearly enough 😦

  18. adeeyoyo says:

    Nice quote, and how true. Your pic has given me such a craving for chocolate, Cin. πŸ˜€

  19. bluebee says:

    Hook, line and sinker, Cin, but as you say, a good excuse to step away from the desk. Love chocolate cake and yours looks totally delish. (and that teenager quote is hilarious)

  20. libraryscene says:

    clever use of theme…what a lucky daughter…you’re setting a fine example, too, of what it means to be a fabulous mom..

  21. gospelwriter says:

    Love that Galvin quote, right on! And they lead us in the dance long before that too, only it’s not quite as obviously manipulative… or something. πŸ˜‰ But oh well, who can blame them? – that cake looks divine.

  22. 25BAR says:

    I’d like a whole one kilo.
    I’m serious.

  23. klrs09 says:

    Those kinds of memories are the ones I treasure most. My son, who is now 30, tends to get a bit embarrassed when I bring up these sentimental memories of mine, but, they’re mine and I’ll relive them if I want. I’m sure this is one you’ll carry for a long, long time.

    The cake looks delicious, by the way!

  24. Liane says:

    That looks very delicious. One should not read your blog when you have cravings πŸ˜‰

  25. Rita says:

    What can I say? We should always find some time to bake… It’s a joy for all 5 senses… πŸ˜›

  26. colonialist says:

    Great fun!

    I love that quote. Of course, those 12 years are vital to the survival of the species.

  27. BB says:

    Whenever I have trouble understanding/getting through to my teenagers, I remember I was probably my Mother’s personal teenage nightmare come true 😳 Mine don’t come close to what she had to endure :mrgreen:

  28. They are too smart!!!

  29. Jamie Dedes says:

    This brings back memories of when when son was that age, and I worked from home. Best time of my life. Enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      As she enters puberty, it becomes less enjoyable πŸ˜‰

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