Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cooking School, Week 2

This was the second week in our cooking school. The theme was foods you can dip. We made chicken toes (not to be confused with chicken fingers or chicken nuggets) to be dipped in BBQ sauce (Famous Dave's) and honey mustard sauce (Paul Newman's). We had crudites and dipped them in a creamy salsa dip Lucy made. For dessert were apple slices in a peanut butter caramel dipping sauce (secret ingredient: cinnamon). We ate it all outside on the patio. As an added bonus, a band played in the park nearby.

Here's the dinner...



Here's the chef....


We all enjoyed it, some of us even more than others...



Warning--a little vent ahead. Today was one of those days. Not a horrible, disastrous day, just an irritating day. First of all, though I don't mention it on this blog very much, I have a job. In addition to being a mom. It's a job I like a lot, enjoy the work, and from which I derive a certain amount of fulfillment. But it's still an added responsibility. It takes up about 32 hours of my time a week. Like most people's jobs, I have deadlines and projects. Today I had a long conference call and training. No big deal.

But almost approaching 40 (it must be said), it is tiring. When we were first married and both working on our careers, sometimes I'd take the first train in (5:20 a.m.) and the last train home (12:40 a.m.)--then get up and do it all over again. I'd put in hours on the weekend. At one point I took an almost full-time load at grad school while working full time. At another point, I worked full time and taught a full time load in the evenings. Those days are over, my friends. I don't know what it is about being a mother, but it is more tiring than anything I've ever known. It taxes me physically, mentally, emotionally.

I got off work this afternoon, and I was tired out. And my girls were not pleasant. To put a finer point on it, they were like two chickens in a bag. I went ahead with the cooking school, and Elaine wanted to get her hands in everything while Lucy couldn't seem to focus. Mix in a lot of whining, and there's the recipe for our evening.

Then everything was a physical crisis. Someone got a hand caught in the recliner. Someone stepped on someone else's foot. We tried to take a relaxing walk around the block after dinner to settle everyone down, and Elaine fell and scraped her knee. I got them home and (with much nagging) finally got them into the shower. When they got out I wearily carried Elaine into her room to put on her diaper and pajamas, and I had a thump and scream from the bathroom. The words "What now?" in an exasperated, martyred sigh escaped from my lips. Lucy had cracked her head on the bathroom sink.

I finally got everyone hugged and soothed, dressed for bed, ointment on the cuts, and gave Elaine some Benadryl and Lucy some Motrin. (Please don't judge me, you know you've done it too.) So now they're in bed, and after this long, tiring day it's time for a little medication for Mom. Though Lucy made the apple slices and peanut butter caramel dip as dessert, I need a little something stronger.

It's time for this from my secret stash:


And yes I do have red velvet cake in my secret stash. Is there a problem with that? I didn't think so.

7 comments:

Ann-Marie said...

First ice cream. Now cake? This is the first blog where I'm gonna gain weight just by reading! It looks delish!

I'm glad you vented. They tell us we can have it all, but sometimes, after we have it, we'd like to give some of it back! I don't have kids, but I have many friends with children, and they have all felt like this at one time or another. Hugs from here!

Alice said...

Thank you! I realize this is rapidly becoming a food blog. That's ok though, right?

Yes, they do tell us we can have it all. Maybe not all at the same time though!

We need to get together soon for some ice cream and cake, no? Or some kind of dessert anyway...

Jill said...

Alice - I agree that motherhood is exhausting.. and I, too, have felt the need to decrease my work schedule as the girls get older. Partly because I want to, but mostly because our life seems to go smoother when I'm not completely drained from working outside the home and being a mom. It's not always easy to find balance... but the red velvet cake definitely helps :)

Jenny said...

I am not even going to go into the exhausting thing that some days bring (and I only have one so far)... but the food thing.. I am glad others love food too. A day is almost not complete with a little ice cream after dinner. I know, I am terrible!

Heather said...

that's awesome...fyi..did you know that you can find a secret stash of m&m's at my desk at work if you ever need some chocolate to get you through a work day...I need it pretty much every afternoon :) haha.. I love chocolate. please come and visit it if you like... :)

Melanie said...

The results of your cooking school session looked fantastic - to learn the story behind the perfect looking table was sensational. I'm glad you vented, too. And, come on - red velvet - my favorite! I sense a cooking session coming on...

Alice said...

The red velvet cake is from the store--we discovered that the grocery store down the street sells it by the slice. Isn't that helpful of them?

And Heather, that's an excellent service you're providing. Now I need to figure out where you sit! :-)