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Easy Bake Oven...Easy For Who?

posted 12/30/2008 7:03:50 PM |
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I took the kids to see Santa this year at the mall like I always do. Little G is still a baby so it was a bit scary for him - a big, strange man with a white beard - and what? I have to sit on his lap? But he made it through it, as did my daughter, but she got so nervous she forgot what it was she wanted to ask him for for Christmas.

We did some shopping and I let them play in the play area they have for kids in the mall here and set out to leave. On the way out the door she piped up - 'I FORGOT TO TELL HIM I WANTED AN EASY BAKE OVEN!' Well, I had the baby, and no stroller, so another trip back across the big mall was out of the question. Luckily enough her Daddy took her to see the Santa at the bank in his hometown and she finally got to inform him of her wishes, She had a big Christmas at her Daddy's house, but Santa just happened to leave her Easy Bake Oven here.

Well, the day after Christmas, after the toys are played with and tossed aside, the wrapping paper picked up, the boxes taken out to the trash- My dear young daughter decides she'd like to try out this new contraption.

I get the box and open it up. It does not at all look like the Easy Bake Ovens I remember. I remember the door coming open? Or was I mistaken? I wasn't sure. Anyway, I am exhausted, reading through the instructions on how to operate this piece of machinery. First I need to unscrew the back and put in a 100 watt light bulb. Ah, hell. We don't have any? Why didn't it inform me ON THE BOX that I needed such an instrument? I use energy saver bulbs - electricity is expensive! Then I remembered a lamp in the living room and I quickly went to see if I could use what I might rob from it. Sure enough, 100 watts! Eureka! I put the light bulb in and screw the back on again (this takes forever, of course, and my four year old is jumping up and down in front of me wanting to use her 'Little Bake Oven' - as she sometimes mistakenly calls it).

I get everything all set up and go to plug it in and let it warm up like it suppossed to for fifteen minutes. During the fifteen minutes that is taking we whip up a box of brownie mix - I bought actual cake mixes and brownie mixes like my mother used to, you get to do more and it costs a helluva lot less. The oven came with few samples but I refuse to pay five dollars to let my daughter make two cupcakes.

So we get out all the pans and tools, and we grease the tiny pans - I remember them being bigger?- and pour the brownie mix in. The timer for the fifteen minute pre-heat goes off, and we slip one cake pan in one side, and one cake pan in the other.

Obviously, this is not how this contraption works. In twelve minutes when they are supposed to be done, I go in and look and see that I have nothing but raw brownie mix. OK. I screwed up. My daughter is wondering why her brownies aren't done.

I look at the instructions again. Try to figure out where I went wrong. Take one pan out of one end, and try to get the pan out of the other. The pan tips over, spilling brownie mix everywhere INSIDE the 'Easy Bake Oven'.

I finally get the pan and mix cleaned up, refill the pan, and wonder how the heck this stuff is actually supposed to bake in this contraption. Then my daughter, who is four, comes back into the kitchen and says "Mom, this is how you do it! You take this big long stick (pan inserter) and push it ALL THE WAY IN... until the light clicks! Better if you do it one at a time" she says "They get done faster!"

I look at my four year old, who's intelligence is beyond mine, apprarently, and ask her why she didn't tell me I was doing it wrong in the first place.

"You're the grown-up!" she says. "You're supposed to know everything!"

Ehe... well. Not everything.

Doting Mother... Some Assembly Required.


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Dec 30 @ 7:50PM  
Awesome Blog!!!
Thx lady for sharing this with us!!!
Tossing you a greenie!!! Cause I can!

Dec 30 @ 7:52PM  
you are to be commended for not hucking the thing against the wall.. my ex did that with the creepy crawler mold doohickey that my kids got one year. Course.. he is a creep and you're not.. I guess that makes all the difference in the world.

Dec 30 @ 7:57PM  
My daughter got the same one last year. They ended up recalling it. I couldn't figure it out

Dec 30 @ 10:23PM  
MONKEY WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh Excellent i got sexcited

Dec 30 @ 10:50PM  
If you do a web search, you can find lots of 'recipes' for mixes for her oven...then you will look like you do know everything. LOL

Dec 31 @ 6:59AM  
Child says
"You're the grown-up!" she says. "You're supposed to know everything!"

Mom says, " I do know everything. I just forgot!"

Hey, it worked for my mom!

Dec 31 @ 12:07PM  
OMG that was great! I remember my little oven it was pink and I figured it out all by myself okay my sisters helped me

Dec 31 @ 2:14PM  
Beautifully written! You should submit this to a publisher! What a cute story! ya...what Skwirl said!!! well then you would letting the dog lick it up...or whatever! patience is a virtue!

Dec 31 @ 5:29PM  
sounds like a masters degree in eng would have helped

Dec 31 @ 7:39PM  
Thanks for reading and for all the nice comments & kudos everyone~!


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Easy Bake Oven...Easy For Who?