We are in a moment in time we will remember forever. Our children will remember this. This is going to impact our children.

I was a child of the '80s. Our brag to fame was the Halloween Blizzard or when governors of Minnesota would cancel schools across the state because of the cold on certain days. I still remember trick or treating in snow drifts and falling waist deep in snow. When it was too cold to go to school, the neighbor kids came over to our house to play outside. I am not sure if we were brave and strong or just ridiculous. This time, it is different.

As my husband Nate and I talked to our 10-year-old Everett yesterday afternoon when we received the email from his school canceling school March 17-27, we emphasized the reasons why school is closing and the reasons why for so long. It isn’t just about keeping ourselves safe but also people we love and care about.

We talked about if a bunch of people are sick at the same time, there is a possibility of not enough staff to help people who are sick. We put names to people we know and love that would be at a higher risk if they would become in contact with the virus. This is a process to keep everyone safe. As I do my best to bring reassurance to my son, I myself am asking myself, “Is this really happening?” Every day something changes by the time this is printed, I know the situation will change again.

As I type this, I was notified of Everett and Vivian’s music lessons canceled and Everett’s orchestra concert canceled. At the same time, Vivian runs through the kitchen playing “school” saying, “I’m on my way to school, it’s OK, there is no coronavirus there.”

So, as we move forward in uncharted territory, we are going to make Krazy Kake. These are items which you probably already have in your pantry or the last of ingredients you have before you go crazy — maybe that is why it is called Krazy Kake? This cake is at the top of my list of comfort foods, making me feel like I am at home. I’ll even take a piece of cake place it in a bowl and pour milk over the top. Yum!

Brenda Rudolph likes to eat Krazy Kake with milk poured over it. (Brenda Rudolph, Special to Agweek)
Brenda Rudolph likes to eat Krazy Kake with milk poured over it. (Brenda Rudolph, Special to Agweek)
Here are the ingredients that you will need:

3 cups of flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon vinegar

1/2 cup of cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups cold water

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl together. Add wet ingredients. Mix together. Bake at 350° F in a 9 x 13 pan for about 40 minutes or in cupcakes for about 20 minutes.

Brenda Rudolph shares rural family life on her blog RaisingaFarmer.com. Follow along on Raising a Farmer on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Contact her at brenda@raisingafarmer.com.