Random thoughts from the cook

Peanuts do not go well with pumpkin. If the recipe calls for “nuts” and you think throwing in that small 1/4 cup of peanuts and the last of the walnuts too, don’t. The peanuts will overwhelm the flavor in a most unpleasant way.

If you make something yummy, like homemade macaroni and cheese, and you know the kids won’t like it, it is best to put heaping servings on their plates anyway. It is mentally much easier to scrape their plates into the garbage than to scrape the remainder from the crockpot into the garbage. And you do not need to eat a pound of macaroni and cheese all by yourself.

Do not make banana cream pie two days before your husband leaves on a trip. He will not eat his fair share before he goes.

It is much easier to “treat” skinny, need-more-fat-on-the-bones kids than overweight ones. It is difficult to avoid following the same diet of whole milk loaded with Carnation Instant Breakfast and Oreo cookie milkshakes yourself.

Making your own chewy granola bars in an effort to avoid high fructose corn syrup and in order to add certain other things (like finely crushed nuts since he doesn’t like nuts) will guarantee that everybody will like it, except for the one really skinny kid for whom the recipe was custom-made. This skinny kid will also declare ice cream to be “junk food” and make annoying statements like “I just don’t like eating” causing you to seriously wonder if someone switched babies in the hospital.

Attempting to custom-make healthy snacks for the kids, use up ingredients in the pantry and make a meal for another family all in the same few days will generate a whole lot of dishes, crumb/sauce/debris strewn counters, and a dog happy from cleaning the floor.

4 thoughts on “Random thoughts from the cook

  1. Very funny.And very true! Esp the homemade mac-n-cheese. My kids don’t like it either… and throwing it away from their plates guarantees a free conscience!Ditto with the healthy snacks. I try to make smoothies for my kids who don’t like milk.Guess what.They don’t like smoothies either!🙂

  2. I love that you make your own granola bars! We go through those things like nobody’s business and I try not to look at the label as we are doing so.You are a beacon of health to me, Michelle!Now about that banana cream pie… 😉

  3. Hey what’s wrong with carnation instant breakfast? I’m drinking one right now…they don’t like your mac and cheese! I’ve placed a ban on that Kraft kind, so the family has finally been subdued and they’re accepting it now. Good luck with the dishes. I have to make two dinners tomorrow…sigh.

  4. Since I’m also getting ready for the ol’ move-across-the-country deal, I’m trying to use up all the *stuff* in my pantry. Know any recipes that call for olive oil, mandarin oranges, worchestershire sauce, whole wheat pasta and chocolate chips? As in, all mixed in together? Because the movers are coming next Friday and I have no idea how we’re going to eat all of this food before then. I guess it is destined for the local food bank…

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