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Monday, June 30, 2008

A Little Piece of Advice

When your husband comes home from Costco with 50 pounds of cheese tortellini saying that your kids loved the samples they were handing out try to contain your skepticism.  You have already tried feeding those kids every kind of tortelinni known to mankind and they have turned their noses up at all of it.   Just smile and shove it into your already packed freezer.  Bite your tongue when you have the urge to say, "of course they loved it at Costco because it came in a little paper cup, someone else cooked it and their little stomachs are empty since it's almost lunch time.  

Go ahead and make it for dinner.  Serve some edamame on the side and some red plums.   Resist the temptation to call you husband and let him hear your kids response to the Costco tortellini when they discover that's what is for dinner.   After you scrape the tortellini off everyone's plate and get a new plate for the three year old (because the previous one was contaminated by the tortellini), ask if anyone wants some cheesy toast.  You only have one taker out of three so you ask again just to be sure.  When you explain that you are only making cheesy toast once and if they want some after they see their sister's, they are out of luck, you will probably have one more taker.   While you're making the toast they will devour the edamame and one will be crying since the other two got more than her.  Dig around in your freezer for another bag of edamame and get that started, because when your kids ask for seconds of something healthy, you happily oblige.

When you bring out the cheesy toast just take a deep breath and try to maintain your calm when the one who didn't want cheesy toast asks why you didn't make him any.  It's your own fault for even asking who wants some, always assume they will want whatever their sibling has. 

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that after the presentation of the tortellini, the three year old started screaming for string pasta (spaghetti) and so you got that started before you asked about the cheesy toast.  Try not to stick a fork in your eye, or you children's eyes when they don't touch the string pasta.  

Lastly, when your husband comes home and asks what's for dinner, just put on a happy face and tell him there is plenty of that fabulous tortellini left and you'd be happy to warm it up for him.


Quart said...

Husbands are so helpful!

A Mom Two Boys said...

You know, when I was little I HATED tortellini. Now I love it. And I've tried very hard to instill the same love of anything pasta & cheese filled in my children. Edamame, though? They won't touch. We live a healthy lifestyle.

Jolly, the sister said...

I'm laughing out loud at my desk at work right now, reading this post. It's totally hilarious!!!

I can't tell you how many times I've made some additional items because my kids are eating thier dinner and asked for more of something, only to have them say "I changed my mind" when it's finally done cooking.

I love it.

anymommy said...

The dinnertime blues. The one Costco star in our house if dino nuggets. I don't know why I don't just make the every single night. Funny story!

I'm visiting from all mediocre all stars. Oh, and I loved Mountains Beyond Mountains. My daughter is Haitian and so the book interested me - Farmer is a fascinating man.

Anonymous said...

Also visiting from All Mediocre

My one-year-old allegedly eats all sorts of stuff at daycare. At home? Goldfish crackers. Cheese cubes. Bananas. Period. She used to like edamame, but now she only eats things that are orange. She's still growing, so I guess she's absorbing nutrients through the air like an orchid.

congrats on posting every day!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I want your dinner!

Connie said...

Note to self: do not let husband go to Costco alone.

Great post!

Erin said...

Great post! Costco does that to me, too, and then I end up with 50 pounds of something rotting away in the pantry as we've already eaten 20 pounds of it and are SICK of it.

EatPlayLove said...

LOL! I love tortellini, but everyone else in my family chokes it down as well. maybe you could invite me over and I'll polish off the left over 45lbs for you!