- Sunday, November 2, 2008
Foodie With Family: Boys are enigmas
Every single time I think I might be getting a handle on how little boys think, they go and prove that I'll never figure them out. I could fill every column that I write with the ridiculous things I say and do in my attempts to be a competent parent. It's much more valuable, in the interest of later blackmail material, to have a chronicle of the silly things my children do in the course of simply living.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 19, 2008
Foodie With Family: Birthday for 5-year-old
We have a long-standing birthday feast policy in our house wherein the birthday boy designs the menu for his special day. I did not think this needed clarification until earlier this week. A glance at the calendar informed me that I needed to get my fourth born (and almost 5-year-old) thinking about his birthday dinner. I asked him to consider what he wanted for his special day. He squinched his eyes, bit the side of his lip and descended deep into thought.Continued ...
- Monday, September 29, 2008
Foodie With Family: It's apple time
My household is starting to buzz with the excitement that is autumn. My husband is thrilled that football season has started and it's time for some gonzo October baseball. The boys are waiting with bated breath for the first piles of fallen leaves into which they can throw their bodies while screaming for joy. And me? More than anything else in fall, I adore the food.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 14, 2008
Foodie With Family: Snacks can soothe, fuel
I am totally flabbergasted that we are already into another school year. I'm not sure how it happened, but the summer flew by without me accomplishing more than one or two of the several things I intended to do. I never got that flower patch planted or put up the curtains. Nor did I paint the living room, dining room and porch. And what did I do?Continued ...
- Monday, August 18, 2008
Foodie with Family: Bread, a family staple
My whole family loves bread. Since I also enjoy baking, most of our bread is homemade. Our daily bread is a whole-wheat sourdough. On special occasions, the family really enjoys artisan breads: baguettes, boules, Tuscan breads, and others like them.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 3, 2008
Foodie With Family: Absurdities of life
I have a serious appreciation for the absurd. With five kids under the age of 10 this is a big blessing. I keep an ever-growing file of ridiculous things the kids say and do on my computer. I started the file for three main reasons.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 20, 2008
Foodie with Family: On their scale, awesome
The boys recently cornered me in the kitchen and explained to me very seriously that they have decided to start rating the quality of a day according to a system they created. "There are criteria that are incredibly important," I was told by my eldest, the Rules Guy. The second-in-line, the Explainer, expounded, "The worst is Supreme Bad, then Just Bad, then Okay, then Just Good, then Supreme Good and finally, Awesome!"Continued ...
- Sunday, June 22, 2008
Foodie With Family: Jiminy Cricket -- dessert
Whilst preparing dinner couple days ago my 8-year-old, Aidan, and my 6-year-old, Ty, flew into the kitchen through the side door. They were holding two plastic cups with the open ends together -- obviously guarding a precious treasure -- and were breathless with excitement. Aidan exclaimed, "Mom! Ty had the best idea for dessert in the whole wide world."Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Foodie With Family: Scream, not for ice cream
Lately the boys have decided they hate all things girl-related. I suppose this is common, but when five boys team up, things can get rather dramatic and reactionary. They scream bloody murder when a Barbie commercial is on during their favorite testosterone-fueled cartoon. They poke each other in the ribs and say "You want one of those" in snotty tones while pointing at Bratz dolls at the store. They make grotesque faces and moan as if they're in pain while passing the lingerie section at the department store.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Foodie With Family: Freakout turns to giggles
I woke up out of a deep sleep in the wee hours of the morning two weeks ago. I had felt something brush against my shoulder near my neck. It was pitch black and the glasses that alleviate my extreme near-sightedness weren't within reach so I sat up and squinted around to see what it had been. I saw a large, dark spot on the short sleeve of my pajama shirt.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Foodie With Family: Homemade chips and dip
If you want to impress someone but are low on cool tricks I recommend these homemade chips and dip. They are not only delicious but they're simple to make and they're good for you, too. I tested these out on a large gathering of 20 or so families and came home with empty bowls.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Foodie With Family: Life is never dull
Spring has officially sprung! The peepers are out in force and singing along with the once-again babbling creek. My young men are not content just to climb every tree in which they can gain a foothold. They stand back with arms folded and examine the trees in the yard, of which there are a multitude, and debate their chances of success with assorted limbs and branches.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Foodie With Family: Rules to live by in a house full of males
My husband and sons have a strange chromosomal bond with the remote control. They have even given said remote control a name: "The weapon of honor." This is a mystery to me. I certainly don't care even half as much as them about having the thing in my hands. They, on the other hand, find it odd that I don't mind standing up to change the channel by hand.Continued ...
- Monday, February 18, 2008
Foodie With Family: Keep the flu in mind
We are still under construction at our house. That means that, for the moment, all seven of us are sleeping in the same bedroom. We've also taken turns having the flu. There is never a convenient time to be ill. You can help lessen the inconvenience by having a well-stocked pantry and fridge and some easy foods to prepare on hand.Continued ...
- Monday, January 21, 2008
Foodie With Family: First aid skills put to test
As a home-schooling parent, I am always looking for ways to turn everything that happens during the day into lessons. My efforts usually end up reinforcing my theory that I will never really get what goes on in my kids' heads. One day last week, Aidan yelped and tore into the kitchen, squeezing the daylights out of a bleeding finger. He had been on the baby's rocking chair -- a chair that is sized so small that an 8-year-old boy could sit on top of it while rocking simultaneously. This is what Aidan had done.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 3, 2008
Foodie With Family: Kindness of others spreads cheer
Is anyone else totally flabbergasted that we've already reached Christmas Eve and another year is all but gone?Continued ...
- Monday, December 3, 2007
Foodie With Family: Never a dull moment at dinner
I'd like to offer snapshot of this evening's dinner table.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Foodie With Family: Simple seasonal dishes
It's hard to believe that another year is almost done. With all five kids having birthdays in the same three-month span as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, we're in full party and costume mode around here.Continued ...
- Monday, October 22, 2007
Rebecca Lindamood: Kids may be hard to understand, but food isn't
I daily wonder whether I'm speaking the same language as my children. And I'm not speaking strictly metaphorically. Last week, Aidan flew through the front door and breathlessly informed me, "We're not doing what you told not. We're on a small hill. We're in a pocket place where we're smash rocking. I LOVE that place."Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Foodie With Family: Loud kids, voice prompts don't mix
I spent hours upon hours on the phone both before and after my move trying to get all my address and utility changes made. My kids inevitably crave my attention when I'm on the phone. Having all five of them using me as a maypole or trampoline while trying to make all these phone calls was rather trying.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 28, 2007
- And life goes on