1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 tbs. of favorite cousin’s smile
2 bags of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup of Grandpa’s familiar, rich pipe tobacco that permeated the house every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
2 tbs. of vanilla extract
1 cup of Mom’s congratulatory-hug on the ‘A’ you got on your essay the week before.
1 cup of Dad’s teaching you how to throw a Frisbee
½ cup canola oil
4 oz. of your big brother standing between you and the school-bully who pulled your hair when no one was looking.
1 4x6 picture of you and your best friend going out trick-or-treating by yourselves for the first time.
Combine ingredients in your late, great-grandmother’s chipped, antique mixing bowl with the family-crest on the bottom, and beat until you’re exhausted.
Pour in Mom’s old, blackened baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees until she sticks her head out the back-yard door, where you’re on the tire-swing, and yells, “It’s done!!”