About 10 years ago borrowed an old cookbook ( 1950's maybe older ) from my grandmother in law she passed away shortly after I returned the book and it was lost. There was a poem or story of how to cook a birthday cake with a child that goes into getting the ingredients, bowls, pans etc.. all the while the child is making a mess getting flour all over, climbing on stuff and the mother is running herself exhausted trying to make a cake and keep up with a toddler. In the end the directions are clean up mess and go to a bakery. Does anyone know what this poem or story is? I'm trying to make a baby memory book for my daughter and thought this would be cute on the birthday page.
Thanks for any help.
i don 't know that one--but if you'll let me ramble a tid tad-- i have another one that is maybe not exactly gonna fit here for you but i would use it in class as an ice breaker that i ♥
it's metered and rhymes nicely--it's called "the hole book" because every page has a hole in it because tom potts accidentally shoots a gun and the bullet travels through all kinds of clever circumstances before it meekly flattens out when it hits the side of a cake that a newlywed made it's adorably written --
used to read it to the kids --
thanks for letting me share and hope you find the one you need
Is it this one?
You’ll find this popular recipe story in a variety of old cookbooks. That Johnny, he’s a busy boy!
Humorous Story Often Found In Vintage Cookbooks
- Heat oven. Grease pan. Crack nuts. Get your bowl, spoons and ingredients. Remove 18 blocks and 7 toy automobiles from kitchen table. Measure 2 cups flour onto piece of waxed paper. Get sifter out of cabinet. Remove Johnny’s hand from flour. Wash flour off him.
- Measure out 1 cup more flour to replace what is now on floor. Put 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. of salt in the sifter. Get dustpan and brush up pieces of bowl which Johnny has accidentally knocked off table.
- Get another bowl. Measure and sift ingredients. With spoon work 1/4 cup of shortening against side of bowl. Answer doorbell. Return to kitchen. Remove Johnny’s hands from bowl. Wash shortening off him. Add one cup granulated sugar gradually. Answer telephone. Return to kitchen. Remove Johnny’s hands from bowl. Wash shortening and sugar off him.
- Get out an egg. Answer doorbell. Return to kitchen. Mop up floor. Change Johnny’s shoes which are all eggy. Get another egg. Beat. Remove toy automobile from bowl. Add flour mixture alternately with egg, 3/4 cup milk and one tsp. vanilla. Answer knock at back door. Remove Johnny’s hands from bowl. Wash shortening, sugar, flour, milk and vanilla off him. Beat…mixture that is…Take up greased pan, find it has 1/4 inch layer of salt in bottom. Look for Johnny, who has disappeared.
- Get another pan and grease it. Answer telephone. Return to kitchen and find, of all people, Johnny. Remove his hands from bowl. Wash shortening etc., etc., off him. Take up greased pan; find it has 1/4 inch of nutshells in it. Head for Johnny, who flees, knocking bowl off table.
- Wash kitchen floor. Wash kitchen table. Wash kitchen walls. Wash dishes. Call up your baker and order a cake. Lie down…
*This version was found in a cookbook from 1967
This is a newer one, so probably not what you are looking for.
"HELPING IN THE KITCHEN"
I WANT TO HELP, I WANT TO HELPAuthor: ADINE CATHEY
THE LITTLE GIRL'S FACE SHINES WITH DELIGHT,
AS SHE WATCHES HER MOTHER TURN THE OVEN ON
BAKING SOME DESSERT FOR SUPPER TONIGHT.
THE CHILD CLIMBS UP ON A KITCHEN CHAIR
UP HIGH SHE WANTS TO STAND,
SHE GETS A GREAT BIG SPOON TO MIX
THE BATTER HAS TO BE DONE BY HAND.
OPEN A PACKAGE OF BROWNIES
TEAR THE PLASTIC BAG OPEN WITH CARE,
THERE'S LOTS OF CHOCOLATE POWDER INSIDE
POUR INTO A BOWL BEFORE IT GOES EVERYWHERE !
CRACK OPEN A COUPLE OF EGGS
SMACK AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE BOWL,
BE CAREFUL - DON'T LET ANY OF THE SHELLS
DROP DOWN INTO YOUR DOUGH.
TAKE THE SPOON AND STIR AND STIR
SPINNING THAT BIG BOWL ALL AROUND,
THE LITTLE GIRL GIGGLES WHEN IT SLOSHES OUT
UPON THE COUNTER SOME GOO FORMS A SMALL MOUND.
POUR INTO A GREASED PAN
AND STICK INTO THE OVEN TO BAKE,
LICK THE SPOON AND THE BOWL
BROWNIES TASTE BETTER THAN ANY OLD CAKE.
NOW THE DISHES MUST BE WASHED
THE CHILD CLIMBS BACK UPON A CHAIR,
DIPPING AND POURING AND RUNNING WATER
SOON HAS SOME SUDS IN HER HAIR.
GOT TO HAVE PLENTY OF SOAP
ADD A LITTLE MORE FOR EACH SPOON,
THERE WILL BE SO MANY BUBBLES
WON'T BE ABLE TO FIND THE DISHES PRETTY SOON.
LEANED OVER THAT SINK DOING THE DISHES
THE CHILD TRIES WITH ALL HER MIGHT,
STANDING THERE ON THAT CHAIR
SLOSHING SOAPY WATER IS A PURE DELIGHT.
WITH THE DISH CLOTH SO FULL OF WATER
THE CHILD WAS BUSY FLOPPING IT ALL ABOUT,
THERE WAS WATER SPILLED EVERYWHERE
WAS A REASON FOR THAT - IT NEVER GOT RUNG OUT.
WATER WAS GOING EVERYWHERE
ON THE COUNTER, THE CHAIR, AND THE FLOOR,
MOTHER TRIES TO CLEAN IT UP
BUT THE LITTLE GIRL JUST SPLASHES OUT MORE.
SHE WIPES EVERY SPOON, PLATE AND BOWL
SLOSHING WATER OVER EACH ONE,
FILLING THE GLASSES FULL OF WATER
TO HELP DO DISHES IS SURE A LOT OF FUN !
TRY NOT TO SPILL SO MUCH WATER
THE DISHES INSIDE THE SINK YOU MUST KEEP,
BUT OF COURSE TO DIP AND POUR
YOU NEED TO HAVE THE WATER VERY DEEP.
IT IS ALONG ABOUT THIS TIME
THAT MOTHER BEGINS TO WEAR A FROWN,
THE DISHES ARE CLEAN, THE BROWNIES ARE BAKED
IT IS TIME THE LITTLE GIRL MUST GET DOWN.
THAT WAS A LOT OF HELP TO WORK IN THE KITCHEN
I'M SURE THE CHILD HAD FUN FOR A-WHILE,
BUT NOW MOTHER MUST FINISH "THE MESS"
ANOTHER MEMORY TO REMEMBER WITH A SMILE.
WRITTEN.....August 16, 2008
I have some very fond memories of baking with the grandchildren....making a
cake, cutting out sugar cookies, dough and flour everywhere. They loved to "wash dishes". Poured more water on the counter and floor than actually
stayed in the sink. Added way too much soap !
Thank you so much the one from 1967 is the one I was looking for.
Thank you K8 that sounds like an adorable story.
I'm so happy it was the right one. I enjoyed it too.
While I was searching last night I found so many nice poems ... baking and caking based.