Bottomless Pits

Can we talk a minute about teenagers and their appetites?

People warned me about growth spurts – but seriously!!

Pedro must be in the midst of a big one because all the kid does is eat. At a meal he will eat 3 huge helpings of everything on the table, a big dessert, drink the juice that is left in the bottom of the corn bowl, lick the ketchup of his plate and look around the table for more.

It reminds me of the classic Pooh movie when Winnie the Pooh goes to Rabbit’s for tea. He eats and eats and eats.

Finally Rabbit asks him, “Would you like some more?”

Pooh responds eagerly, “Is there anymore?”

To which Rabbit gives a firm, “No.”

“Oh bother,” is Pooh’s response.

Oh bother is right!

This kid will eat us out of house and home! When I walk in our local grocery store the check-out ladies just smile and call in reinforcements!

Years ago – when Pedro was an baby- he was sitting in his car seat in the grocery cart as I was shopping. As I unloaded the last of my purchases from the cart at the check-out counter – I pointed to Pedro in the cart and joked that this one was already paid for.

The check-out guy quipped, “That’s what you think – just wait till he’s a teenager.”

Oh my – how right he was!

Rules of Eating

chocolate chip torteWe’re gearing up for a big weekend with my entire family.

A weekend that will be full of fun and laughter – and food. You can’t forget the food.

Not that we will try!

No – we will mark the passing of time by which meal is put in front of us! We see it as a sport that we call “recreational eating”.

We have a “dessert bar” that is open day and night. There’s nothing like a little chocolate brownie for breakfast. 🙂

We’ve gotten so good at this that we have even discovered certain “rules of eating” to avoid gaining weight.

Would you like me to share? 🙂

1. If you eat it off a child’s plate, there are no calories – the child got them all.

2. If you cut your food in half before eating it – all of the calories fall out.

3. Any food eaten standing up has no calories since the effort it takes to stand up counteracts the calories in the food.

4. Any food eaten outside has no calories – they are absorbed by the fresh air.

And finally – they one we rely on most heavily –

5. All food eaten during a meal that is filled with lots of laughter will have no calories because the sound of laughter will wipe all the calories away!

truffle lovers cupcakesNow with rules like these – I just need to decide what decadent chocolate treat to bring to share!

Cupcakes? Cookies? Brownies? Bars?

New recipe or an old favorite?

Hmm…I wonder what my sisters and nieces are bringing?

It’s going to be a great weekend! 🙂

Robin Day! A Family Tradition for Spring

Living in the Midwest allows us to enjoy four distinct seasons. We’ve learned to appreciate each season, but the one we anticipate the most is spring.

We celebrated our first Robin Day years ago when my oldest was just a toddler. It had been a long cold winter with a little one who was anxious to play outside. I told him that we would watch for the first robin to come because that meant that spring was here.

When we finally saw that first robin, we were ready to celebrate! I made little bird nests out of rice krispies and put chocolate chips in them for eggs. It was a hit and a tradition was born.

Now every year we diligently watch for the first robin of spring and celebrate with bird nests for dessert. I’ve used several different recipes over the years and found that almost any no-bake cookie would work. Just put an indent in the middle to make it look like a nest. We’ve filled them with chocolate chips, M & M’s, jelly beans, red hots, whatever I have on hand that would be somewhat in the shape of an egg.

This year I used a no-bake cookie with peanut butter and oatmeal called Mud Cookies, pretty fitting actually!

Mud Cookies:

Boil for one minute: 2 cups sugar, 1/4 c. margarine, 4 Tbsp. cocoa, 1/2 c. milk

Add: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups oatmeal, 1 tsp. vanilla

Drop on wax paper and push an indent in the middle to make the nest shape. When cool and set, fill with peanut M & M’s or other egg-like treats.

I love having milestones like Robin Day to mark the passage of seasons and create family memories that bind us together!