Baking Bunnies

One of Sara's bunny cakes

One of Sara’s bunny cakes

Just a quick post for Easter and April Fool’s Day, abbreviated because my computer modem has died and I am typing this on my IPad. This is a device that Sara would have loved or hated, I don’t know which, but it was not designed for extended typing or her 100-words-a-minute-on-the-manual-Underwood, for certain.

My birthday and Sara’s were 5 days apart, late March and earliest April, and her creativity cranked up to its highest gear during this lovely and hopeful season. If she had not had a little spring daughter who needed pastel bunny cakes, I suppose she would have just baked them for herself. They were masterpieces of coconut icing and cardboard ears and jellybean noses, objects of envy in the eyes of the less-talented mothers who brought their little darlings to East Adams for my birthday parties. Some of those women never did seem to care much for me over the years, and, in retrospect, perhaps that was a holdover from being outmaneuvered by Sara in the “Betty Crocker Mother of the Century Competition.”

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Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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5 Responses to Baking Bunnies

  1. Emily says:

    A tradition that should be revived – only with chocolate-shaving bunnies rather than coconut.

    (Also, the chair in that picture looks very familiar.)

    • sec040121 says:

      And you’re just the one to take this on, as I think your grandmother’s baking talents leaped right over me and landed in your genetic mix. And that chair? There’s a 1-in-4 chance that I’m sitting in it as I type this.

      • Emily says:

        Sounds like a good putting-off-Honors project. Maybe use Flakes for the chocolate. Name it Lily, after Charlotte’s stuffed rabbit. (And it’s a boy rabbit, apparently. Named Lily. When asked why, she says, “That’s his NAME.”)

  2. wonder woman says:

    Happy Birthday and Happy Spring to all! I have missed your daily postings and I am excited to see the new ones! Thank you for sharing the wonderful memories of your family! You certainly bring them to life and I think Sara and all will live forever on your pages! I am pretty sure I REMEMBER those darling bunny cakes!! I hope you are doing well..God bless.   Linda Post Carter


    • sec040121 says:

      I know you were at those birthday parties, and hopefully I can one day post some of those pictures from our much younger days! Hope all is well with you.

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