How do I keep my kids’ greedy-ass palms off of my food?
Using tabasco as a force field to keep your children from asking for a bite.
“Daddy, can I have a bite?”
“Sure, take as much as you would like!”
Like you haven’t/won’t try it…
Afro1 got candy at gymnastics. In my usual fashion, I am attempting to get it from her:
“How much do you love your father?”
“A whole bunch!”
“Then I can have that candy, right?”
(pause) “Ooh — tough choice.”
After 4 kids, it is amazing that I even eat mustard anymore.
Yup, I went there.
My wife, Heather, is all about traditions (she can remember events that happened in her younger life according to what tradition that event centered around). Of course she would want to do the same for her children. Enter:
The Family Favorite Things Supper
Now, she will be the first to admit that she totally stole the idea from one of her college buddies. But, boy did she take off with it.
So, what is it?
During the holiday season, every single member of our family is allowed to choose their favorite dish that was prepared at some point during the year. Heather prepares the dish and places the finished product on the dinner table – family style. Before totally devouring our own choice meal (why wouldn’t we), we must first fill our plates with a small sampling of each dish.
Dish 1: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Dish 2: Mac & Cheese
Dish 3: Chocolate Revel Bars
Dish 4: Chicken, Cranberry & Rice Hotdish
Dish 5: Wine
Last year’s cuisine consisted of:
Dish 1: Chicken, Rice & Cranberry Casserole
Dish 2: Milk (for baby)
Dish 3: Wine (Kid-friendly for the little ones)
Dish 4: Scalloped Potatoes
Dish 5: Pumpkin Bars
Dish 6: Spaghetti and Meatballs
And what about 2017?
Dish 1: Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Bubbles
Dish 2: Chocolate Revel Bars
Dish 3: Wine (Starting to see a trend here?)
Dish 4: Tator-tot Hotdish
Dish 5: Korean BBQ Beef over Rice
Dish 6: Crackers (the baby)
Um, yeah… Can you imagine?
Needless to say, it is a hit with the family!
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