Today I Made A Cake

This morning, while it was still dark, I gathered together the ingredients to make a cake. Nothing fancy. Just an olive oil and citrus cake. My go-to recipe when I want make a simple, satisfying, stress-free dessert.

Since we returned home from Mexico things have been anything but simple and stress-free around here.

My beloved 99 year old Baba (Grandma) fell down and broke her hip during the holidays. She has been in the hospital since the 29th of December and has been having a bit of a rough time. Right now she is doing better. She had surgery to repair her hip and has been remarkably patient and positive through such a difficult time. I have been very, very worried. Things are looking positive tonight and I have my fingers (and toes) crossed for another good day tomorrow.

When I got home from the hospital today I made a cake. Not that we needed one. But the act of making a cake made things seem somehow more “normal” around here. Today I got a note from my friend Tracy that said “food is often good therapy”. She is right.

I’m planning on taking my Baba a slice of this humble cake, wrapped up in parchment paper and tied with some string, when I visit her in the hospital tomorrow. I think she will like it.

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20 Responses to Today I Made A Cake

  1. I know how you feel. I wish it wasn’t so for you.

  2. Leslie says:

    Love to you from this side of the pond.

  3. “When I got home from the hospital today I made a cake. Not that we needed one. But the act of making a cake made things seem somehow more “normal” around here.”

    Yes. I know exactly what you mean, Julie. Your baba is going to love that little slice tied up with string.

    • Hi Denise, you were absolutely right, my Baba did love her little slice of cake tied up with string. I also took a piece for my Mom who has been spending long hours at the hospital and she seemed to love her slice too. What a difference a little piece of cake can make. Thank goodness as sometimes it feels like that it is all that I can do…

  4. kickpleat says:

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother! That’s a lot of hospital visits as of late. Cake will be a good thing for the both of you. Also, we should meet up again soon!

    • Thanks Jeanette. There have been A LOT of hospital visits lately. My Mom and I have been comparing the food quality between VGH and Surrey Memorial just to help pass the time. In case you are interested the food in Surrey is way better, and the nurses are incredibly sweet as well.
      I would really love to get together for a coffee again sometime soon. I will write to you early next week!

  5. Hope your Baba had a good day today Julie. Much love and keeping my fingers crossed for her.

  6. Carol Carwithen says:

    Sending healing thought to your beloved Baba!

  7. Tracy says:

    Please tell your Baba to get well soon…and you, take it one day at a time, friend.

  8. Natalie says:

    May your Baba have a gentle, healing, resilient day. Cake is fuel for that for you all.
    99, years old….wow, she is resilient! Sending hugs…..

  9. Elisabeth Iuele says:

    Sorry to hear about your Baba, we will keep Baba in our prayers. I’m sure the piece of cake was delicious but the love that went with it is everlasting! Take Care, elisabeth xo

  10. Lisa Host says:

    Big love to you and the whole family. May that cake heal. Food can be such a good hug sometimes, I know that’s how many of us feel when in your kitchen. xo

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