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Your mother-in-law is coming over for dinner? No biggie. We can handle this. You want to bake for a boy you’re sweet on? Cupcakes perhaps?  Ok! No problem at all. You’re about to have wine for dinner? Wait . . . let’s talk about this! Channel your inner frizzy-banged girl. I promise you can bake your way out of nearly any situation with a curly-headed mindset.

Maybe you can’t sway hearts and minds with your shiny, flowing hair, but you surely can worm your way into their hearts with a warm apple pie. All is fair in love and frizz. Here’s what to bake, in case…

Listen very carefully: do not bake for a boy until you are entirely certain that you like this boy with your whole heart. If you’re on the fence, this boy does not deserve the sugar and butter you’re going to blend. Once you pull a sweet treat from the oven, that boy is going to be hooked. Be careful whom you bake for.

If this boy is a real gem: he opens doors, he looks you in the eyes with wonder and affection, and he texts you back in a non-dramatic amount of time, he may be on track to be worthy of baked creations. I like to suggest Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread. It’s easy to throw together, and the smell of baked banana and cinnamon will sincerely have the boy pondering where he can buy you a promise ring. I know it sounds too easy. Banana bread? Really though, boys are simple creatures.