This week, I decided to take a stand. No more shirking. I just care about my kids so much that I want them to be as prepared as possible for adulthood. So I let them make supper most of the week.
Saturday I took the oldest two kids and a friend to an I Don’t Know How But They Found Me concert, and the people back home had some kind of cookout. I think there were leftover things from some previous cookout, and then Damien went shopping with one of the little girls, whose eyes lit up at the sight of bratwurst. And very good it is, bratwurst!
Steak, asparagus, pull-apart Italian bread, strawberry shortcake
Father’s Day, of course! My father came over
and we all went to the beach and then, you’ll never guess: We had a cookout. I bought all the steaks that called out to me, and Damien coated them with a dry rub using this recipe.
Then he grilled them steaks up nice.
I sautéed some asparagus in olive oil, and we had store-bought bread to sop up the wonderful meat juices.
Dessert was angel food cake (from a mix) with strawberries and whipped cream. I didn’t get any decent pics.
I had five pounds of strawberries, and I assigned two kids to hull them, and another to mash them and add a little sugar and vanilla. Another kid baked the cakes, and another whipped the cream. I outsmarted myself here, and assigned too many people to the strawberries. By the time dessert made it to the table, that warn’t no five pounds of strawberries still in the bowl. I think there was a lot of “Well, if she’s going to taste that many, I can, too” and “You can’t tell Mama because you were doing the same thing” and “Is that all you can fit in your ear, you big baby? Watch this!”
Anyway, it was all beyond delicious.
Turkey bacon wraps, chips
With avocado, lettuce and tomato, cheddar, and ranch dressing. Some of the kids used pita bread, some used spinach wraps.
Made by the kids while I . . . I did something or other. Oh, I was chaperoning a field trip to the seacoast to explore tide pools. For the record, four+ hours in a car with no AC but with four fourth-graders talking about boys with the aid of a Magic 8 Ball? Is enough hours. I did have a lovely time scrambling around the rocks with my goober girls.
I was trying to think back if there has ever been a time when I was unhappy at the ocean. I just don’t think it can be managed.
Anyway, this sandwich is great combination of flavors, very satisfying. I got the idea when I asked for your best sandwich ideas, with an eye to doing a Sandwich of the Week thing in the warm months. Now I’m of the mind that Not Everything Has to Be a Thing, and you can Just Have Sandwiches. Still, I’d love suggestions for your favorite sandwich (or wrap, or pocket) ideas. Bonus if they include enough vegetable matter that, when the pediatrician asks the toddler what her favorite food is, she’s at least heard of things that don’t come in boxes.
Chicken burgers, cheezy weezies, carrots and hummus
I don’t remember making or eating this meal. Oh, I was at 8th grade graduation! Yes, Mr. Godzilla graduated.
Usually, we spring for a burger after 8th grade graduation, but this kid is so good, he got pizza.
Scrambled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes, hostages
Another blur day. It was the last day of school, and then we went to the beach with the school families.
I do remember cracking some eggs into a bowl while telling someone to cut up potatoes, and I remember eating a cold sausage the next day. Blur, I tell you.
Spaghetti and meatballs
I don’t know, I was driving, and then I got home and there was spaghetti and meatballs. Next thing I knew, I was hearing the music for the closing credits of Kimmy Schmidt and my husband was plucking my half-finished drink out of my hands and telling me to go to bed. Blurrrrrr.
Fish tacos, tortilla chips
Oh wait, we had a campfire yesterday! That was nice. First full day of summer vacation, so you have to do something fun.
Today, we’re going to the library, where I am bracing myself to write a very large check and request a clean slate.
And that’s what we ate this week. Don’t forget to tell me your sandwich ideas!