This here is a gift from Rhonda! She knows all about my infatuation with cupcakes. I spent last night browsing through it to see what I will make first. Any requests?
I really relish a good meal and food comforts me in many ways. It plays such a big part in our lives–from wedding feasts to repast meals. Frankly I don’t want to be anywhere that food is not! I like to cook and bake as an expression of love and appreciation.
I need something to munch on when I’m watching movies or reading an intriguing book. In fact, this weekend I am going “slumming” at a friend’s house. We are going to watch “Slumdog Millionaire.” The evening wouldn’t be complete with snacks! I’ve requested spicy garlic hot wings from BW-3 and a couple of Red Velvet Elvis’. I plan to bring the champagne cola. But my friend has a well-stocked pantry, so I know I will be able to eat to my heart’s delight.
Food serving as a comforter is not a novelty. I feel embraced by meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, and southern fried corn. It’s just so inviting! With every bite I take it’s like going home again! I also like hearty breads slathered with rich, creamy butter. And pancakes, casseroles, and chicken and dumplings, grits (with butter, cream, and sugar!), sausage and gravy biscuits…the list is endless.
What about you?
Ian turned six last week. It is our tradition to go out to dinner on the birthday no matter what. Usually we make reservations at Benihana’s and invite family and friends. This year we asked Iam where he would like to eat. Afterall, he is six and might want to go to Chuckie Cheese for dinner.
Much to our surprise he opted for Olive Garden instead. I just knew we were headed to Chuckie Cheese. Darn!!! I was looking forward to visiting with Chuckie himself!
On the way to school the morning of his birthday, Ian changed his mind. He decided on Benihana’s so he could wear the balloon hat and dance. My husband takes them to school so I had no idea this conversation took place until mid day.
I called my husband on my lunch break and he told me about the change in plans. He said that Ian and Imani were in the back seat arguing about where to go. Ian told her it was his birthday and he could go where ever he wanted to go. Imani really had her heart set on Olive Garden and was trying her best to get him to go there for dinner.
After school, Imani did not forget the earlier argument. “Ian we are going to Benihana’s for Daddy’s birthday. I want Olive Garden Ian. You said that first anway. I want to go to Olive Garden Ian. Mommy, how much longer is my birthday? I want to go to Olive Garden.”
Imani was fine after we arrived at Benihana. She even helped Ian dance when the restaraunt staff sang to Ian.
On Sunday, we gave him a big birthday party. Our friends and their children were invited along with our neighbors. We grilled and had cupcakes instead of a cake. The kids loved this idea. Husband found the cupcakes with toy Spiderman and Transformer rings sticking out of the icing.
Ian’s birthday wish was to have a Bakugan. When he first told me what he wanted I had no idea what he was talking about. My husband asked one of the older boys on our street if he knew what Ian wanted. He had one and showed the toy to my husband. When my husband went to find it at the store the sales clerk told him that the store could not keep it on the shelf. I ran around on Saturday looking for the toy. I finally found what I was looking for. Luckily they had just a few left so I grabbed what they had.
Ian’s eyes lit up as he opened each one. I’m still not sure what it does even after watching him play with the Bakugan. It really makes no sense to me. But hey, if he’s happy, I’m happy!