A couple of weeks ago, the OUCH! post included Jacob getting donuts as a sort of a ‘sorry you fell, hope these make you feel better’ move.
I remembered there was another story to share about my fella that involved donuts.
In mid-December, a group of folks who have loved ones at Jacob’s Day Program provided a Christmas Brunch for the staff. We’ve done something similar for several years as a thank you for the beautiful way they serve our families. The morning of, I went inside to deliver the sweetbreads I had prepared. Jacob wasn’t ready to get out yet so was hanging out in the van with his dad.
All of the wonderful food was being set up in a small ‘break’ area just inside the main entrance. I greeted a few of the other providers and before I knew it, Jacob had come in and eyed the layout. Zeroed in on a stack of donut boxes. I believe there were 8 dozen donuts to be enjoyed!! I’m not exaggerating when I say, his mission for the morning was to dive into those donuts. He was elbowing his way in and willing to knock down anyone that stepped in his path.
He can’t (or won’t) understand ‘it’s for the staff’. In this case, I’m sure he wasn’t listening to me or the others. He was causing a commotion for sure! Then quietly, S, one of the staff members, slipped in and quietly said, “Jacob, let’s go to the back, I will a donut for you.” He heard that and trusted that she would do just what she promised! Bless her heart for getting his attention in the best way possible right then.
I could relax as we drove away knowing his needs, (even if it was a sugar addiction) were being met. I don’t know how many donuts he had before the day was over. I do know he had his share as evidenced by the glaze on his clothes that afternoon.
Next time, I’ll have a different plan when I drop off food so Jacob isn’t overwhelmed by all the off-limits snacks.
If you like sweetbreads, here’s a recipe for one of the kinds I took:
SWEET POTATO BREAD
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package chopped dates
Grease and flour four 1-pound metal coffee cans and set them aside.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Using a mixer, stir the first five ingredients together well. Add flour and spices. Mix until combined. Add pecans and dates and mix until combined.
Spoon equal amounts of batter into prepared cans.
Bake for about 1 hour until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from cans to cool completely.
NOTE: I am not sure if coffee is available in metal cans anymore. If you’ve been around for decades, you might be using some for the storage of nuts and bolts like my dad did. This should bake fine in aluminum loaf pans. Just not as fun as a round slice!! Oh, and this bread freezes beautifully!
You don’t have to worry about Jacob elbowing his way to this. He doesn’t care for sweet potato bread nearly as much as he does donuts!!!
I think he has had a surprise of donuts 3 times in the past 3 weeks so he isn’t complaining!
And then yesterday Jacob’s Granny sent homemade cinnamon rolls. As soon as he saw them, he pointed to the plates and promptly ate three!!! Donuts. Cinnamon Rolls. He is definitely enjoying these special treats!!
P.S. The photos below were taken a few days ago, at the 3-week mark since the fall mentioned earlier. He is using his hand freely and doesn’t seem to be bothered but it is obviously still swollen. From what I’ve researched, the finger might be swollen for a long time. And looks like it might be crooked as we suspected.
Thank you all who expressed concern through the FB page, this blog, and private messages. It means the world to us to have others in our corner who care.