Cupcakes and Calm

July 17th

tray of yummy sweets
Carrot cake 2

I have two options today: freak out about Israel vs. the world, or bake. I’m picking the sweets. I cannot for the life of me understand the differences between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda. Does this make any sense to you? The real kick in the pants is apparently these groups hate each other too.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times — it is so much easier to throw a punch than to work for peace. World leaders: we expect more. We want more! We want you to talk about this, not immediately react with violence. Take your fingers off of the triggers and sit down for a conversation with your “enemies.” (Are we really all that different? Ultimately, don’t you think Jews, Muslims and Christians alike suffer when a family member is killed? Is there any difference in this emotion because your religious views vary? There are some basics universal to humanity, including the desire to be loved and to live a healthy, happy and peaceful existence.)

I’m telling you, these cupcakes are peace-makingly good. Carrot cake with pineapple and raisins, with cream cheese/cinnamon frosting. To my friends in Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Mr. Bush — let me know when and where this peaceful tea hour is going to take place and I promise to bring the baked goods. You won’t be able to resist.

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
— Thomas Paine


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15 Responses

  1. It makes me ever so sad that we all can’t just get along. Didn’t our world leaders ever go to kindergarten? Don’t they know how to play nice?

    Your cupcakes do look like they could inspire world peace.

  2. yummy!

    okay, so the answer has to be knitting, or those cupcakes. the lady who does my nails? i know her mothers from way back; we worked together at a bookstore once. and her mother was going to teach me to knit long ago, but i didn’t have the burning urge and didn’t follow up on it.

    so last time i had my nails done, i mentioned knitting and her mom and she made some commment, don’t remember what, but i told her that if her mom and me got together and knitted, that we could bring about world peace.

    i think the trouble is that these men don’t feel like they have anything in common. if they knitted, they could relate to one another.

    and if they had a marvy carrotcake cupcake like those, then maybe they could at least AGREE to its goodness.

  3. Well put!

    …and dang, those cupcakes look goood!

  4. Those cupcakes do look yummy! As for “playing nice?” Terrorists don’t play nice, so even if everyone else does, it wouldn’t solve the world’s problems and we would be wiped off the map before we could blink. As bad as it sounds, and is, terrorists take advantage of weakness.

    Anyway, I might have to make some cupcakes. I have the mixes, but forgot to buy the eggs!

  5. Have you considered a career in the Foreign Service? They could use a person like you over there. I think those cupcakes might cause a little Terrorist ADD, you know? They’ll be plotting their next act and then all the sudden they smell fresh cupcakes and they drop what they’re doing. Like kids when they hear the ice cream man. Also, can you tell us where we can find the recipe?

  6. This post is from my 4 year old who saw the pictures of your cupcakes:

    “Mmmmmm…Yummy, Yummy, & lots more Yummy. That lady sure can cook some good lookin’ cupcakes.”

    I think they look mighty yummy too Kelli! 🙂

  7. Hmmmmm…earlier today I came down with a craving for carrot cake. Too bad I can’t reach into my monitor and take one of those 😀

  8. Right on, sassafras!

  9. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is one of those foods, when made right, that can go from a plate to my mouth alarmingly fast.

    Those cupcakes look like they would be good for shoveling.

    There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Maybe if everyone stayed home tomorrow and bakes some good cupcakes for a day, our world would be a nicer place in which to live.

  10. Kelli, you’ve got the right idea. I wish you were in charge.

  11. You are so right!! My fear is that there will never be peace, and it makes me so sad to think about the kind of world my 5 year old will have to grow up in.

  12. The current Israel situation is the first thing I saw on the news (American-style news) when I got back. I haven’t had tv for a year, and so to be welcomed back by this was, well, upseting. I am so fed up with world situations today and these supposed “leaders” who seem inable to do anything productive that I find myself looking for any good that I can find in politics. Any time that I find something good I try to focus in on that for a little while so that I don’t go crazy freaking myself out over global events.

    ps-regular size cupcake pans fit in the oven here- chocolate here I come!


  14. My mum was in Isreal the day the soilder was kidnapped. She’d traveled over for a couple of days from cyprus!!! She’s home now safe and sound.

  15. it’s so easy to feel helpless in these situations. i keep hearing about people who are turning to their crafts to soothe them at times like this, which i can totally understand.

    the muffins look great – i’m going to try a courgette (zucini) cake recipe that i got from a nigella lawson book as soon as our plant goes into over drive and starts pumping out more and more courgettes than we can eat. if it turns out ok, and you’re interested i’ll chuck you the recipe. 🙂