The most indispensable ingredient of all home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.
The Geek is off on a work trip so I'm flying solo here. Everyone except Grandma is feeling a little under the weather. I felt a little home-baked goodness would lift our spirits and it did the trick. The littles didn't even notice it was from a (gasp!) mix. It was warm and baked with love and that seemed to be all that mattered.