School is back in session and the internet is filling with pumpkin recipes, sure signs that fall is supposed to be here. Apparently, the weather here in St. Louis hasn’t gotten the seasonal change memo. Temperatures have been in the high 90’s with a heat index of over 100. Toasty. Muggy. Hot. I am not ready to embrace cool weather foods. Instead I offer 3-2-1 Mandarin Orange Cake, a sweet treat full of sunshine, cooked to deliciousness without turning on the oven!
July came and went with little baking (or anything else) accomplished as I sported my bright blue cast. In the last few weeks, my walking boot has made me mobile again, though a bit slow and wobbly. I have to prioritize. My broken ankle got in the way of my baking plans for a July military care package, but this August package was important. Paratrooper Derik turned 23 this month and a Monday Box birthday care package was imperative.
Childhood memories often include nostalgically remembered sweets. Whether those candies, cookies, and ice cream would taste as wonderful to an adult palate isn’t important. It’s the happiness those treats produced that creates such fond memories. Some commercially produced snacks continue to create cravings for generations. Oreo’s are 102 years old. M and M’s have been around for 73 years. When it was announced in 2012 that Twinkies in the U.S. would no longer be made after 82 years in production, hoarding and near hysteria ensued. A year later, a new company took over Twinkie production to the joy and relief of fans.