Office Memo and Grandma’s Oatmeal Cake

Ever watched Mad Men? Lila observed this type of behavior in 1985.

Office Memo

January 1985


Oval globes undulating

On 4-inch heels

Toes ahead.

Bound, yet free.


Down the hallway

Clutching papers

To her breast,

like holding a child.


into doorways

Returning to the typewriter

or computer

or filing cabinet

or coffee pot.


Squared shoulders

Thrown back

Arms swinging

A puff of smoke


like a train engine


Toes out

Walking on a deck

In command

Of his sea.

Disappearing into doorways

to confer with other men

Command his phone

Preside over

Women workers.



Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe


Today’s recipe is Grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake. It involves boiling water. I think everyone can do that. It has oatmeal and it doesn’t have frosting, which will help you to rationalize eating cake.

If you have a sifter, sift the flour, baking soda and cocoa together. Just makes for a better tasting cake! And I have to tell you, THIS IS GREAT CAKE!

Grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Tea kettle or saucepan to boil water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • 9X13 cake pan, greased


  • 1 ¾ C boiling water
  • 1 C uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ C flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 T cocoa
  • 1 package (12 oz) chocolate chips

• ¾ C chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven at 350˚. Pour boiling water over oatmeal. Let stand 10 minutes. Add sugars and butter. Stir until butter melts. Stir in eggs, and then add dry ingredients and ½ of the package of chocolate chips.

Pour batter into a 9X13 cake pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top and the chopped walnuts (if desired). Bake at 350˚ for 40 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake Recipe