Orange Chocolate Muffin Pudding

by Laura on March 21, 2011

Sometimes I feel a bit like the bear family that Goldilocks disturbed, or at least how I imagine they would feel, not really bothered so much as surprised. Surprised to come home to find their bedclothes rumpled and their chairs sat upon. Except that it’s not a not-so-little bear that’s disturbing my house. It’s my Sweet Boy, who is 16. I find my toothpaste tube in a state that could only be produced by the grip of a bear. Or the tips of scissors bent (How does that happen?). Or a chunk of glass suddenly missing from the corner of a table. The food disappears from the refrigerator and the pantry at an alarming rate. And books and clothes and winter garb can be found in the strangest places. If you live with a teenage boy, your own bear, you will understand what I’m talking about perhaps. When these things ruffle my feathers, I remember that he will be leaving soon, and that I’ll miss these things, really. It’s nice to take care of someone, to make sure that there is more food in the pantry and refrigerator and clean laundry delivered to bedside tables. Soon he won’t be singing next to me in the car, or teasing me playfully in the kitchen while we cook together. He is the kindest hearted person I know, so if a little mess comes along for the ride, well, that’s okay with me. Until I can’t any more because he’s away at college, I’ll pick up pairs of gloves and boots and make desserts I know he’ll like, like this creamy bread pudding made with leftover muffins. Make some for your own bears, messy or otherwise.


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1 Catherine March 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

If only my mum had taken this attitude when I was 16! It was usually me who made dessert in attempt to appease her after I’d trampled mud through the house or broken one of her plates.

I found your (gorgeous!) blog through the muffin recipe on tastespotting and I thought the muffins looked delicious enough on their own but this looks even better. Such a clever way of using up leftovers too, though I’d be tempted to make the muffins just so I could make this.

2 Laura March 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thank you, Catherine. My mom always kept a perfectly tidy house, so I understand what you’re talking about!

3 Kris Jacobson March 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

What a great description of living with a teenage boy!

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