My Brain, Peanuts, Decides to Bake

Hey everybody!  Welcome to Digging-Up-Old-Posts-and-Rerunning-Them Friday! 

Your Total Presence is Required 

Just finished reading the Power of Now.  Now I’m reading Practicing the Power of Now.  And I really have been practicing too.  I’m working diligently at keeping my attention on what I’m doing.

It’s hard on Peanuts (my brain who insisted on being nicknamed Peanuts).  Peanuts has rules now.

Self-portrait drawn by my brain, Peanuts. (Peanuts not pictured.)

Peanuts doesn’t like rules.  Peanuts has to stay focused on the task at hand or go away. Peanuts hates this. Peanuts wants to do what Peanuts wants to do.

Turns out Peanuts is a big, fat, spoiled brat!

Take yesterday for instance.  After a long day of making Peanuts Ten Hut! to the task at hand and not letting Peanuts ruminate about the past or frolic in the future, Peanuts was exhausted.

Still, that didn’t stop Peanuts from deciding to bake a cake at 8:00 last night.  It’s sugarless, Peanuts kept throwing out there — so what’s the big deal?

Bake that cake, Peanuts implored.  “Cake! Cake! Cake! Cake! Cake!” Well, OK fine, Peanuts, if it will shut you up!

So Peanuts and I decided to bake a cake, and I decided to let Peanuts take over the whole operation.  First of all, here’s the recipe:

  Linda’s Slightly Weird Orange Bundt Cake

One box of Pillsbury Yellow Cake Mix Sugar-free

One box instant vanilla pudding Sugar-free

Put both ingredients in a mixing bowl.


1 cup water

3 eggs (use fake eggs if you want to eat dough — never eat real eggs because they can carry salmonella)

1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

Juice from one orange and put in orange zest from peeling

(you just use a little grater and grate the skin –  you don’t need much) or you could use a lemon instead

Mix it all up, eat generous amount of dough, and pour remainder into bunt cake pan

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 to 40 minutes.

So Peanuts gets the cake into the oven and goes back to reading The Power of Now.

When the timer goes off, Peanuts goes to remove the cake from the oven and accidentally bumps the pan on the top rack of the oven which causes the cake to flip out of the pan and land upside down on the over rack.

Then the cake starts to crumble and hits the oven elements and smoke starts pouring out.

Peanuts panics and tries to pick cake off the oven rack wearing a big fat oven mitt which causes cake to crumble more.  Peanuts takes oven mitt off and grabs bunt cake pan with bare hands burning four fingers.

Peanut’s screams can almost be heard over the blare of the smoke detector.

Peanuts finally manages to get some of the cake onto the  plate and scrapes the remains onto the floor — but instead of going on the floor they are actually go in the drawer below the oven.

Peanut’s version of Orange Bunt Cake

Through the whole experience Peanuts keeps reminding me to surrender to the present moment to which I respond by telling Peanuts to shut up already.

The cake was  good though.

Until next time . . . I love you

16 thoughts on “My Brain, Peanuts, Decides to Bake

  1. Old posts Friday? Is that the off shoot of Casual Friday? Next thing you know you’re gonna be advocating No Work Friday and Anarchy Friday? Where does this thing end!

    Cake at 8:00 pm? I KNEW I liked you, er…. I mean Peanuts. Haha!

  2. In my whole life, I’ve tried to make a cake twice, to surprise my wife. The first time, and I think it was Betty Crocker, but I’m not sure, I had all the ingredients in this bowl and it looked heaping to me and the last thing was the water and I thought it said 1 & 1/2 teaspoons or some small amount…anyways..compared to the heap in the bowl I knew I had misread it so I put more water and made it soupy and of course, I baked a crater….it fell deep. The second time I tried, a few years later, I ate most of the chocolate batter before I could get it in the oven….oh well…my brain doesn’t have a name but it probably had a few names that day…haha If I tried a bundt, it would probably go ‘foul’ and I’d be out. hehe Great post!

    • hahahaha! You must have really tried to compensate with that water! Oh I can relate on eating all the batter! Bundt cakes are probably the hardiest of all the cakes, that, and a pound cake. I bet you could hit a homerun with either of those. Providing you were able to hold back from eating all the batter, that is!

  3. Peanuts really knows how to bake (and ruin) a cake! I’d still eat it. It doesn’t have to look pretty to taste good!

  4. Hee Hee I think Peanuts and I would get along famously but the two of us would be enough drive someone to ..drink. We could be the Three Cracked Peanuts Oh hey If I run with this one I will post a post on your comments – again and …. I would eat it yes I would – I would eat it if I could there’s nothing wrong with Peanut’s Cake Cause it’s the one that Linda makes…. yea boy I got nothin cause I am laughing my ASS OFF – are there any houses avaiable for rent in your area cause I need to relocate anyways and I want to live by you!

    • YES! You have to come live by me Lizzie and we’ll open a bakery and you can be in charge of all the bakery poems. I know we’ll put a poem in every cake that Peanuts bakes, you kind, kind of as a consolation for it being nothing but crumbs and all! Oh I’m liking this idea Lizzie!!

      • I would like to place an order for the blue and orange crumbles, with my poem in the form of a haiku.
        Oh, and please use the word “garbanzo” in the haiku.
        (Not in the crumbs.)
        (Because I don’t think that would taste so good.)

  5. I wish I could get my cakes to come out lookin’ that good… : P

    Nice self-portrait! I’m trying to visualize a brain holding a pencil, but it’s too much for my brain, Jose (he’s a Spanish peanut).

    • JOSE is a Spanish peanut! Laughing out loud Mark, and I definitely want to see a cartoon about that in an upcoming post! So Funny!! Thanks for getting my morning off to a good start! 🙂

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