Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for Ramen

Over the weekend, we were planning the menu and cooking order for today.  As the boys get older, it has been nice to delegate some of the work.  This is most easily accepted when we assign each person their favorite dish:

  • DH makes the apple pie
  • I make the sweet potatoes and stuffing
  • Teddy agreed to make the mashed potatoes
  • Barley was assigned the out-of-the-can crescent rolls
  • DH and I divided the obligatory turkey and green vegetables between us
  • Pumpkin bread was made Monday night, and we bought a pumpkin pie for Teddy
I was casting around for more vegetables and fiber to add to this overabundance of carbs, when Barley asked, "Could we have more stuff that *I* like this year?"

DH and I visually conferred with each other, thinking what Barley usually eats:
  • Turkey
  • Crescent rolls
  •  Pumpkin Bread
  • Broccoli--though this is only because he is required to
OK, that's an adequate meal, but I get the point that this hardly constitutes the feast the rest of us were looking forward to.  Here are Traditional Thanksgiving food that Barley does not eat:  sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, apple pie, pumpkin pie.

We asked what he would like, and he said how about noodles?  Or corn?  Great, more carbs...DH and I agreed to add corn to the menu, and told Barley that he could make ramen noodles for himself if he likes.  I didn't really want to add a pot of pasta to the menu for the rest of us, so this was agreed.

First world issues.   We all had plenty to eat, enjoyed the china and crystal that come out twice a year, and were cleaned up well before bedtime.  For Barley, this is the best time of the year, as Thanksgiving also kicks off BIRTHDAY SEASON, as we roll into Barley's 11th, Christmas, Teddy's 14th, and New Year's Eve Game Day before the social schedule slows down.

Strap in, everyone, it's going to be a wild ride!  I hope all of my readers had equally relaxing and plentiful Thanksgiving days.

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