Let there be cake (that isn't made by me)..
As a parent, and especially as a breastfeeding Mama, I've learned that I have the ability to perform more than a few multiple tasks at the same time; I don't want to toot my own trumpet but if multitasking was a game, I think I would've leveled-up to expert at least (though my cousin, already a Mum of two, just discovered she's growing twins so I'm undoubtedly going to be trumped very soon)..
More than once in the last year have I found myself mixing up porridge whilst rubbing stains off of the spoons with a kitchen towel (definitely don't do that..) whilst a tiny dictator screams at my feet that he simply must have the blue bowl with the yellow spots on it (the one that's currently stagnating at the bottom of the sink caked in dry weetabix from the previous morning) whilst a human leech is glued to my right boob (or it could be the left, does anyone really keep track with the second?). I've helped tiny hands complete puzzles whilst holding conference calls and cleaned up projectile vomit whilst mediating the battle of BRIO.
However, I can also use my powers for good; popping a cottage pie in the oven (ok, usually with only half the ingredients, but still) whilst clutching a glass of wine and scoffing the last of the chocolate fingers away from prying eyes.
What I'm saying is that anything that can save time is always helpful and if I had a bank account as deep as Mary Poppin's bottomless bag, well, I'd be exchanging that bag for an endless supply of cake.
Since becoming a bit of a SAHM (I also work from home on the odd hour both boys are watching kinder egg lady on YouTube without pinching each other's body parts), I've realised that cakes are a parent's best friend. From distraction techniques (I might've possibly delved into your bucket of Halloween treats out of desperation whilst you were sleeping, but how about I offer you a slice of chocolate sponge?) to bribery (I just need a few beautiful woodland shots of you not chasing a squirrel and/or pulling your socks off, can I interest you in a blondie?).
What do you know? It also works for me.
I'm sorry I'm late home again dear, please don't accidentally tumble dry my favourite jumper, would a slice of victoria sponge help?
Of course, making cake is not something I'd like to add to my multitasking list if I can avoid it so Breadmakers by Panasonic (yep they also make cakes AND jam, another bribery favourite) sound like a genius option. So, the moral of this post? Parenting is tough sometimes (60% googling stuff + 40% biting the brown bits off bananas), but at the end of the day, there's always cake (and machines that can make cake better than me that I'm somewhat in awe of).