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?
I was kind of torn between two ideas for Wacky Wednesday this week.
Second grade ends for the Sassy Lassy on Friday. My first idea was to honor that by having a two-course meal made up entirely of foods that only had two ingredients. Fun, no?
But then as we were brushing teeth last night and Sassy Lassy showed me how wiggly her top tooth is, I decided we had to go in another direction. While many of her classmates have lost 5, 6 or MORE teeth she has still just lost the two on the bottom. And both of those fell out and have already grown back in. But this new wiggly one? It is front and center in the top row! Exciting!
But here’s the thing: I leave for Chicago on Saturday and I am afraid I will miss the big event. The Tooth Fairy duties have been my responsibility but there is also just the idea that I will be missing such rite of passage that leaves me feeling a little sad. I mean, I know I cannot be there for every single milestone for my kids. And, oh boy, do I know that as a working Mom. But her little smile will never quite be the same once those teeny baby teeth on the top fall out and their replacements grow in.
So my plan is to step up my role as Tooth Fairy and see if I can’t help speed the process along. I am going to make several foods all designed to help that little tooth wiggle free. Think chewy or gooey and crunchy:
- Corn on the Cob
- Carrot Sticks
- Deep Dish Pizza
- Carmel Apples
I was feeling really confident of this plan until we went out for dinner last night and she ordered herself the kid’s rib platter. Even with all that bone gnawing that tooth is being pretty stubborn.
And finishing this post reminds me, that the Sassy Lassy also let me know, so that I could let the Tooth Fairy know, that she doesn’t want the customary $2 bill for the next tooth loss. She’s asked for a gift card to her favorite knick-knack shop. See why she has her nickname?
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:
I simply cannot believe that it has been almost 2 months since I last did a post about Wacky Wednesday. Time has flown! And truth be told, Wacky Wednesday has even fallen by the wayside a few weeks because we have all been operating at such a frantic pace.
But we’ve all wanted to settle down and get back to it. And what was a better day than yesterday? Sophie’s 8th birthday!
And so for this week, we planned a menu with 8 foods on it. Of course, they also happened so be 8 of Sophie’s favorite foods:
- Onion Rings
- Fruit Salad
- Nacho Chips & Cheese
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Ice Cream Sundaes
So, now, lets see if I can try and keep this up a little better or maybe for another 8 weeks…
Just when I think Sassy Lassy is growing out of her pink phase, she throws me a curve ball. She insisted that she be allowed to plan a Wacky Wednesday all by herself since her brother got a shot at it a couple of weeks ago. Of course, I was happy to let her. She chewed on her ideas for a mere 30 seconds before she blurted out the theme: “Pink! All of the foods will be pink.”
- Pink Salmon
- Tortellini with pink sauce.
- Pink Lady Apples
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Raspberry/Yogurt Smoothies
What’s pink sauce? Nothing too special. It’s what results when a couple of t break open in a pot of Marinara sauce and it lightens it to a pinkish color. Or, you can add a little extra parmesan, too.
Here’s to hoping that pinkalicious will translate into delicious.
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.
Hooray! It’s Wacky Wednesday!
I was thinking about Sophie’s friend joining us for dinner tonight. They have literally known each other since they were babies. And even though they don’t go to school together they still see each other at their afterschool program and for playdates. As I was thinking about them, and some of my own childhood friends, a song popped into my head. If you were a Daisy/Brownie/Girl Scout or went to summer camp you are probably familiar with “Make New Friends“. This is my favorite part:
A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.
So, for Wacky Wednesday this week everything we eat will be circular:
- Pita Pizza’s
- Sliced Carrots
- Strawberry Shortcake