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The Care Package

My daughter, away at college, misses home cooking. Every few weeks or so I get inspired to send her some baked goods. Last week, I baked some muffins for a care package. This batch included some special ingredients: the first loquats off our tree and some passion fruit* puree that I whipped up. I told her I’d send them priority mail service and jammed eight muffins into the flat rate box along with a card and some cash.

The Before Shot

The Before Shot


I left town to meet my husband in Vegas for the weekend. When I got back home on Sunday night, my daughter called to tell me she never got the muffins. A quick check online showed they’d been delivered Friday afternoon. She went searching for them and saw them next door in the neighbor’s yard (who is also her landlord). He brought the box over to her in a plastic shopping bag. Why? Because it had been raining in the Bay Area for a week and the box had started to fall apart.

She pulled the muffins out off the soggy mess and texted me “Did you send me six muffins?” I texted “No, I sent you eight. Send me a photo.” I called her back immediately and said “Don’t touch them or eat them, there’s a muffin thief.” On closer inspection, some animal—perhaps a raccoon—got two muffins, paper and all.
The After Shot

The After Shot


There is a happy ending. The muffin thief did not eat the cash I sent. My daughter set the bills out to dry and made me laugh with her question. “Mom, have you taken up money laundering?”

*The first passion fruit of the season is now at Albertsons. Passion fruit puree tastes wonderful on salt caramel gelato.