At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: omen ~ two ~ pickles and onions ~ on the rise
They were submitted by: The Bergham's Life Chronicles.
It’s the strangest thing. The minute I saw the words I’m using I got immediately hungry. Starving even. I don’t even like those giant McDonalds things, but all I could think of is how much I wanted two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, on a sesame seed bun. It’s an omen. Subliminal messaging is on the rise!
Well, that may not have been my whole post, but I think I will talk about fast food since we’re on the subject. Because getting my kids to eat fast food burgers was a win for this mom.
So many moms these days are so careful about what their kids eat. Non-GMO, organic, grass-fed, vegan, vegetarian . . . you name it, there’s a movement. And this is not a bad thing. I mean, have you seen the size of chicken breasts at the grocery stores? If there were chicken breasts this size back in the day there never would have been a nursery rhyme about that old woman who lived in a shoe. I mean seriously, chickens these days must have to wear bras. Double Ds at least. I don’t even want to know what they’re being fed. If these supersized breasts are an omen of the direction the food industry is taking, I can see why people are looking for other options.
But I didn’t have many options with my kids. I really did try to get them to eat healthy meals. I always gave them fresh fruits, vegetables, a variety of grains and proteins.
I was a complete failure.
My friend who writes at Searching for Sanity wrote a Use Your Words post about her finicky 4 year old last month. I think I got her beat:
My kids were such picky eaters. They ate chicken nuggets, pizza and lobster. That’s it. Well, that’s it for meals. Those boys never met a snack or dessert they didn’t like. I think they got that from me. In utero. My bad.
All good intentions went down the drain. College Boy, when offered healthier choices just stopped eating. We had to get him to a nutritionist who put him onto instant breakfasts and carrot cake just to get calories into him.
PurDude had a hyperactive gag reflex. Meaning if you forced him to try new foods you ended up wearing them. And I do not look good in carrot.
So fruit snacks started counting as fruits and cheetos were a side dish. Go ahead and judge, I can take it.
But of course I did keep working with them and little by little their lists of approved foods were on the rise.
My very first measure of success? When I could finally get them to eat a burger. Yes, a burger. In my world that was a success. And of course only a plain burger. Anything besides burger and bun was a disaster of epic proportions.
Which is how I became that mom at the fast food restaurant, yelling into the little box “I need 2 burgers. No special sauce, no lettuce, no cheese, no pickles and onions and while you’re at it, can you do a mom a favor and scrape the sesame seeds off the bun?”
You know what I got? Two crying kids. Every time. And a bag full of burgers with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a, you guessed it, sesame seed bun. Every time.
But don’t worry, they stopped crying the minute they saw dessert:
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Yeah, I was a really great mom. Where’s my crown?
Oh yeah, I hear they’re holding onto it for me up at Burger King.
Links to the other Use Your Words posts:
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Bars©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 stick butter, melted
1 ¾ cups flour
1 cup sugar
¼ cup baking cocoa
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature
3/4 tsp mint extract
3/4 cup chopped Andes mints
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Mix butter, flour, sugar cocoa until well blended. Your mixture will be dry and crumbly.
*Measure and set aside ½ cup of the crust mixture. Press the remaining crust mixture firmly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan.
*Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Beat cream cheese and brown sugar. Beat in eggs, egg yolk and mint extract. Mix in chopped candy.
*Carefully evenly distribute over the cooled crust.
*Sprinkle with the other ½ cup of the crust mixture.
*Bake for approximately 40 minutes, just until the center has started to set.
*Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.