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AN ODE TO DOUGHNUTS AND HOMEMADE CAKES HOW I’M STAYING POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF COVID-19
Did you know that the first weekend in June is National Doughnut Weekend? I don’t know about you, but learning that cheered me up a bit. With all the dismal stories and worrying statistics in the news lately, that sweet surprise was just what the doctor ordered. To keep my spirits up over the last few months, I’ve been spending a lot of time daydreaming about (and eating) my favorite sweets, and I know I’m not alone. According to the L.A. Times, so many people have taken up baking during the pandemic — whether it’s bread, cake, or cookies — that #quarentinebaking started trending on Instagram. My family is right there with them.
all the kids involved in the kitchen while we have this extra time together. Ben, my 6-year-old, is enjoying it almost as much as Meredith, but 10-year-old Jack has almost no interest — he just likes to eat the results.
Prepandemic, every few weeks, I would head to Dunkin' to pick up a variety box of Munchkins for the kids. It was always a winner! Munchkins are like good behavior in a box — a little bit of leverage I can use to get the kids to calm down on a Saturday morning. Still, even though we’ve been Munchkin- less for a while now, I’ve got to say I’ve really been enjoying spending time with my family, in and out of the kitchen. Between homeschooling and baking, we’ve had a lot of time to bond, and Mel and I have tried to squeeze in a few life lessons along the way. I’ve heard that some people think of PTs as these perfect health nuts, so I hope this article busts that myth wide open. We’re all about sweets in my house, as long as they’re enjoyed in moderation. We try not to go overboard or hold back too much, and right now, we’re definitely leaning into those reliable favorite snacks to help us through this tough time. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that — seeking out a little bit of comfort is more than okay right now, even if it’s in a doughnut box. Wishing you health, happiness, and lots of treats, –Jarred Parker
Even with cakes and cookies around, ever since I learned about National Doughnut Weekend, my mind keeps going to Dunkin’ and my all-time favorite dessert from their case: the classic chocolate frosted doughnut. When it comes to doughnuts, I’m a simple man. I don’t need sprinkles or anything like that to be satisfied with my sugar coma, although my kids tend to disagree. In their view, the more junk you can throw on top of a doughnut, the better.
A few weeks ago, my 8-year-old daughter, Meredith, actually made a cake entirely by herself for the first time! My wife, Mel, was overseeing the kitchen, but she never so much as lifted a spoon. It was amazing to see Meredith do everything by herself, and we ended up with a doughy vanilla cake covered in bright magenta frosting and sprinkles to share. Mel is a great cook and baker, so she’s been trying to get
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