Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Slice of Summer

As I walked into our little white cape one night after going to the gym, I was greeted by an irresistibly sweet smell that led me to the kitchen. My nose was mesmerized and suddenly the chaos of everything going on around me stopped. I could no longer hear the dogs barking and running around the house, or the TV in the background. I was only focused on one thing...the kitchen.

Reminiscent of roasted marshmallows, the scent was light and the kitchen was warm. Even though it was a cool night and summer was still a ways away, once I smelled the pineapple angel food cake baking in the oven, I couldn'thelp but remember past summers.

Pieces of the past came flying back to me as I sat at my small kitchen table, unable to leave the room. The simple cake brought back childhood memories of running through the sprinkler, warm sand beneath my toes, and getting a well deserved ice cream from the ice cream truck on a hot day.The light cake had me craving warm weather and the simple pleasures that go along with it.

There is nothing complicated about the pineapple angel food cake that was still rising in the oven, it’s as simple as a popsicle on a summer day.There are four ingredients required: a can of crushed pineapple, angel food cake mix, cool whip, and coconut. The taste of the cake isn't complicated either. With the first bite, I felt the crunch of the toasted coconut mix with the moist cake. There were flavors of cream and pineapple, with a hint of cherry flavoring, which brought back memories of summer sundaes.

Even though I have long since finished that unforgettable piece of pineapple angel food cake, I long for more, just as I long for the summer sun.

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