West had to bring a creative cake to his first pack meeting for cub scouts. Which means, or course, that I had to help him make this creative cake. Most weeks I'm barely surviving my own to-do list, so I wanted an easy way out. I begged him to choose an easy cake-a castle, a dragon, a clown, a puppy, a balloon. He thought my suggestions were about as cool as the Backstreet Boys in head to toe acid wash. He wanted something hip, sleek, and sure to impress. It had to be Star Wars light sabers. (He's been stuck on the idea since he saw his pictures of his friend Kimball's amazing cake in California.) I was still wondering how I was going to finish grading papers and scrub floors when a good idea took hold. Why not mold a light saber out of rice krispy treats? West could make a batch of rice krispy treats in the microwave with his eyes closed. (He just wrote a how-to essay on how to do just that. With his eyes open.) With very little work, we had two light sabers that could snap, crackle and pop the life out of any Sith Lord. A little canned frosting (yeah, you heard me, canned frosting-you wanna make somethin' of it?) food coloring, and candy melts made the light sabers convincing enough to impress the Jedi council. We traced the Star Wars logo onto waxed paper and filled it in with melted black candy melts, then propped it up on the front of the light sabers.The finishing touch came from a few of his Star Wars figurines.
Luckily, Sailor remembered to snap a few pictures of the wolfclub-pleasing treat on her budget camera. Thank goodness. If she didn't all this horsing around, ahem, I mean forcing around wouldn't have made it on record. And then where would I turn the next time I need an idea? I bet I'll be just as frazzled and busy the next time around. You better believe I'm making this for his next birthday. Oh and see that mess in the background? Just pretend like you didn't, OK? Thanks and May the Force Be With You. Up Next: The Magic of Healthy Living