Did you read that Politicians have killed the traditional Easy-Bake Oven?
The headline caught this nostalgic healthy red headed-blue eyed morselist! WHY? It turns out the oven’s heating element, a common 100 watt incandescent bulb, will be outlawed next year. While I respect the efforts to respect our environment, I was sad to see my child hood dream of owning my very own Easy-Bake Oven disappear. My parents did not want me to have my own Easy-Bake Oven, but they did treat me to the mini size cake pans, mixing bowls & whisks, which allowed me to create the most “interesting” delicacies or as my sister, recalls, “disgusting concoctions of whatever I could reach, standing on my tippy toes, in the pantry & refrigerator.” The Easy-Bake Oven inspired me to bake, which I did with passion and gusto! One year,I baked a birthday cake for our dog, Porky. I mixed the batter out of dry dog food and peanut butter. Yes, I baked it in our BIG oven and the stench was God-awful. Mom came inside from watering the yard, yelling, “Mo, what in the world are you baking now?!” “I made Porky her very own birthday cake and frosted it with Cat Food Frosting so all of our pets can have a party!” Needless to say, that was the last baked cake Porky received courtesy of Mo’s Kitchen. However, I continued to experiment with endless recipes, some delectable and some were “gifted” to Porky & the Pet Gang.
The light at the end of this tunnel (or Oven Light) is the the Easy-Bake Oven was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.