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Yep, that’s right. As the green of summer is fading and the beautiful fall colors are just getting started, we’re going to celebrate Wacky Wednesday by eating the colors of the rainbow!

I am going to make baked chicken and the rest of the menu:

  • Red: Apples (& honey for Rosh Hashanah)
  • Orange: Carrots from the garden
  • Yellow: Tomatoes from the garden
  • Green: Cucumbers from the garden
  • BIV/Blue-Indigo-Violet: Homemade blueberry-yogurt pops. They are lovely blue/purple hue.

It’s also Rosh Hashanah and I cannot think of a better way to start the New Year – sweet, colorful and bountiful (by harvesting the rest of last year’s harvest from our backyard garden.)


Mr. Mister Plans the Menu

What would happen if you let the littlest people in your life plan dinner? We’re going to find out on Wednesday.

Last night, as Mr. Mister and I were taking a walk I asked him if he wanted to plan the menu for Wacky Wednesday. The Mister is 2-1/2 and he definitely has some strong opinions about which foods he likes and which ones are “de-yucky” (his own word for opposite of delicious). He was agreeable even though I am pretty sure that he doesn’t exactly get the full concept of Wacky Wednesday.

He was enthusiastic and shouted, I mean suggested, “tomatoes and apples!”

I told him that sounded good and asked if we needed anything to drink?  As it was near 90 degrees and I was hot, I suggested lemonade. He responded “okay.” But then he quickly changed his mind and asked “Smoothies?” (Which, when he says it comes out more like smooooodies).

After a little more back-and-forth he settled on a main dish of Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Which I found interesting. In our house, if you don’t like what I cook for dinner your only opt-out option is a peanut butter sandwich and/or plain yogurt. But peanut butter is his favorite food and in this day of peanut-free summer camp, daycare and schools it seems like kids today don’t eat as much pb as I certainly did as a kid. He turned down the idea of any kind of condiments such as honey or jelly but did suggest lettuce might be a good.

So, that’s our menu for Wednesday:

  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Smoothies

Unfortunately, his ideas for ambiance will most likely go unrealized. He suggested a picnic at the beach while watching a parade. Apparently he took my suggestion for planning things he likes in stride. 




Totally Tomatoes

Nothing is better than the homegrown vine-ripened taste of a tomato. One bite seems to hold the flavor of summer like nothing else for me. We’ve had a steady diet of them for about a month now but in this back-to-school feels like Fall week we have an abundance of them.

We’ll be making sauce and freezing some of our bounty but before that we’re going Totally Tomatoes for Wacky Wednesday:

This summer has been a busy one for our family. Lots of fun stuff going on. Wacky Wednesday was in our hearts but not always on our plates.  We’re getting back into the swing of things as we savor this last taste of summer.