I am home after a whirlwind trip to Chicago for an annual trade show event that I attend every year in June. I grew up in suburban Chicago until the latter part of grade school and so Chicago always feels a bit nostalgic for me. Truthfully, I remember the neighborhood that I lived in but I don’t remember the city all that much. (The 1970’s were a long time ago!) But still there is something about the foods and the pace and the accents that feel like “home” to me. And yet, after spending a few days in a hotel and eating out at restaurants it felt so good to be home.
And while I was off visiting the Windy City, our new exchange student was getting settled in at our house. She is many miles from her home in Isreal.
So tonight’s theme for Wacky Wednesday is Home.
We are going to eat in our dining room, which is the first room we walked into when viewing our house for the first time. When I saw it, I knew that this was “the” place that would cease being a house we looked at and become a home a for our family.
And we will dine on foods that remind us of home:
- Cucumbers (Rony)
- Garlic Bread (Sophie)
- Chocolate Milk (Alex)
- Fruit Salad (Jen)
- Salami, humus, Olives, Tomatoes, Avocados, Cheeses (John)
Sounds like quite an eclectic mix but it is all foods that we eat a lot of at our home. At least several times a week. I hope it isn’t too boring for Wacky Wednesday? But I know I will appreciate the taste of home and I am hoping Rony will two as she is rounding out her first week of being away from her family for 4 months.
What foods remind you of home?
And here is the creation the kids dreamed up last night for dessert. It was officially dubbed the Wacky Wednesday Shake and it included Peanut Butter/Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream, milk, maraschino cherries, whipped cream and a rolled up hunk of Fruit By the Foot:
And here is the real proof that someone enjoyed the experience:
Last week was fun! Here are a couple of the highlights –
Strawberries cut into the shape of hearts:
And Alex devouring his homemade donut smothered in Nutella:
After a week of non-stop celebrating it is hard to even think about Wacky Wednesday. Add in one sick child (Alex came home from daycare yesterday with a fever and a cough), a Camp Reunion Night for Sophie and John’s busy season at work and we’re all thinking toning it down just a tad tonight is just fine.
So, I am going to be a short-order cook tonight. I will put on my apron and if it can be made with the ingredients we have on hand it is fair game. It will be interesting to see what everyone chooses. And since I am one of those if-you-don’t-like-what-I-cook-you-can-have-a-peanut-butter-sandwich kind of a Mom it will be a special treat.
I was talking to a friend the other day and she confessed that she just didn’t “get” the whole Wacky Wednesday thing. Fair enough. I can appreciate that the idea of doing something silly & creative on a weeknight in the middle of the week during dinner doesn’t sound the most appealing. I mean, why would you want to have your kids involved in planning the menu and then laughing and joking on Wednesday nights as opposed to everyone being rushed and grumpy? All kidding aside, I do totally get it. Especially with two small kids and my husband and I both working outside the home. But the funny thing is? Instead of it being “one more thing” to do in an already busy week it is actually a time when we take a deep breath and it doesn’t seem like another weeknight dinner. Wacky Wednesday just has a different feel to it.
Here are some recent Wacky Wednesday shots. As much as I love WW and sharing our ideas, I have not had the time for the follow-up the next day. So here are some of the moments I managed to capture but haven’t shared before.
My fall view out the kitchen window:
The Sassy Lassy harvesting a cucumber for last week’s ROYGBIV dinner:
Here’s a pizza from our Totally Tomatoes extravaganza that was an epic fail. I am sill not sure what happened but it sure looked good:
It’s no secret that a lot of my Wacky Wednesday menu’s have a dessert component. Don’t let that fool you. We do not have dessert every night of the week. But we do have it for Wacky Wednesdays. Why not? Dessert is fun, right? Mr. Mister certainly thinks so:
Even our dog, Lucy, gets in on the fun:
Wednessay is just two days away. We’ve already got the menu planned. I had some help with it this week. Want a hint? My 7-year old planned it.
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:
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
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.