Friday, April 22, 2011


Here I go tossing out a crumb, in the hope that anyone might wander over here. I just got back from a short trip where I was reminded of a visit years ago to my parents’ house in New York.

My dad had just returned from the grocery store. If my mom had done the shopping, the bags would’ve cradled items like gourmet dried salami and Kalamata olives. My Dad usually came bearing things like a drum of mayonnaise and multiple packs of Oscar Meyer bologna. But one thing my parents shared was a craving for Entenmann’s baked goods.

This time, my Dad reported, he approached the bakery aisle to hear two women arguing over the dessert items. Finally the older woman declared, in her thick Long Island-y accent,

“We’d beddah get a crumb cake for a BACK-up!”

I don’t know why, but we found the idea of a backup crumb cake absolutely brilliant.

There’s dessert, and then there’s backup dessert.

Oh yeah.

Now that I think of it, that might have been the summer I coined the term “breakfast dessert.” As in: “That was a delicious cheese omelet. What’s for breakfast dessert?”

And while I’m on the subject of desserts, here’s an Illustrator drawing I finished recently:

It was one of four pieces of mine that my teacher chose to include in the student art show. One of my other illustrations won an award (and fifty bucks). Yay for me! I think I deserve a piece of pie.


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Congratulations! Around here it's bundt cakes that are the back up plan!

ICQB said...

I'm all for backup dessert! And breakfast dessert! Of course this morning I had chocolate for breakfast (well, lots of people did because it's Easter).

Congrats on winning 50 bucks, and being included in the art show!!

Kelly said...

Cool story (and illustration!)
And I have had plenty of desserts and back up desserts in the past week!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

There's always something to eat away with a backup dessert!Congrates on the 50 bucks win!

Suzanne Casamento said...

LOL! I love it! "We beddah get a crumb cake for back up!" I think I may be related to whoever said that.

Congratulations! Great artwork. Ys, you do deserve a slice of pie. :)

Lily Cate said...

Now I need to know why a back up crumb cake!
Congrats on the art show ;)

Ara Burklund said...

Congratulations, Adrienne! You definitely deserve to win!!! Which begs the question you know I've got to ask--are you going to the summer SCBWI conference this year?

Mary Witzl said...

Our back up dessert is always fruit, and our breakfast dessert is jam, honey, or sugar in your tea (because I am a hard ass).

Love that braying crumb cake lady! And I want a piece of cake too, to help you celebrate your well-deserved $50 win.

Bish Denham said...

Breakfast dessert. I think I'll go see if I've got one hiding in the cupboard.

Rena said...

Awesome illustrations, Adrienne, and congratulations on winning. These are just as good, if not better, than a lot of the ones in my clipart books. Love the idea of a back-up dessert!

LW said...

“Breakfast Dessert” is the best…
I personally love pumpkin pie for breakfast.
Keep-up the good work.


msprimadonna67 said...

Back-up dessert is sheer genius!

Maz Tri Adja said...

Ehm yummy..