Spent most of church yesterday avoiding eye contact with the husbands of my real-life friends (both of them) who read my blog. Seems that while I was busy baring my soul last week to the safety and relative anonymity of my blog girl friends, I forgot one teensy-weensy problem: not all of my readers are (1) female or (2) married.
Ahem. Oh well, I'm getting better at losing all sense of shame if it's for the common good. And the secret "thumbs-up" I got from one husband made me smile, even though my cheeks felt suddenly hot and flushed.
This week - between loads of boxes to my new temporary home -
Well, it's not my home, but it's now taking up my entire driveway, and the fact that it's there, staring me in the face, makes me feel TOTALLY GUILTY blogging, because I know I should be packing...
ANYWAY, guilt aside, this week I thought we could talk a little bit about kids. On Wednesday, I will have a very special guest who will personally answer your most burning parenting questions, so get those questions ready!
In the meantime, since I'm just a muddler, and in NO WAY a "kid expert," I'll just give a running commentary on life around here. It will either make you want none, or, if it's too late for that, make you want to join the insanity that awaits you when you surround yourself with munchkins who eventually grow up, and whose friends can raze your pantry in a single blow.
So for starters, I thought I'd share the recipe I tried to copy from Allie's (14) volleyball team mom (thanks, MJ!). It's a great thing to munch on during volleyball tournaments (I'm afraid the parents end up eating more than the players). It's also nice to have on hand when the masses are looking for a decent snack.
I like it because, for one thing, there's nothing to bake. Very important in my book. For another thing, your hands (and your toddlers' hands) do not get greasy. Very, very important in my book. Beyond those important snack-factors, the cereal keeps it from being too heavy, it's not too salty, not too sweet, and it gives me an excuse to purchase my favorite candy in the whole wide world (although with braces I can no longer eat the peanut version). This way, I don't have to hide them in my sock drawer.
Cheerios Snack Mix (all measures are approximate - add more or less according to taste)
6 cups Cheerios
2 cups other cereal (I use Corn Chex)
1 c. M&Ms
1 c. mixed nuts or dry roasted peanuts (omit or substitute salty pretzel sticks if your kids won't eat nuts)
1 c. raisins or craisins
Mix up in a big bowl. My friend uses the "eyeball" method, and just fills up a bowl half way up with Cheerios, then adds a layer of each of the other items until it looks good.
Either way, I suggest putting in single serving ziplock bags right away, or you or your troops will eat the whole thing before you can get it put in an airtight container.