This is going to be one of those Soup-to-Nuts kind of posts.
For my eldest daughter who reads this daily (usually to make sure I’m writing nice things about her and not posting embarrassing photos) and thinks some of her parents phrases are a little crazy, Soup-to-Nuts means: the whole thing from beginning to end. At some fancy meals, soup is often the first course and a dessert with nuts is sometimes the last.
So…. where do I begin? Let’s start with the NUTS.
By 8:15 am I had already packed lunches, cleaned the kitchen, threw in a load of wash and made Rice Krispie treats.
In true ADD form while I type a few lines here and there, I am also sorting the laundry, painting a coconut, answering emails, making the grocery list and putting together 2 boxes for the post office. And just so that you feel like you are here with me you can look at my chaos.
We plan to get out of the house today. Grace seems chipper. “My head hurts, but not as bad.” We head to the Dr at noon, and fingers are crossed, hoping that all the results show that we are on the upswing from a mere virus. Grace is excited to see the photos of her brain.
In other news:
The sun is finally out.
Our favorite restaurant that was damaged during hurricane Irene has a NOW OPEN sign out. I am sooooo looking forward to ribs, a mojito, good music and some mechanical bull riding.
I am going grocery shopping this afternoon. I am almost giddy about the fact that I will be out in public with the healthy people. I did my hair and put on lipstick. I almost don’t even care that it is Friday, before Spring Break, on a pay-day, at the commissary.
We have reached 10:00 am and I am about to seal this up. It is a “happy Easter, welcome back to my time zone, I miss you” package for a dear friend. I am hoping that Rice Krispie treats and pictures of the kids might convince her that she needs to come visit. SOON.
It is 11:53 am and we have gotten good news all around at the Dr’s office. The blood work has improved from earlier this week and the CT scan reports that “the cranial vault is unremarkable.” Grace was not happy to hear that particular description, since in her opinion, her brain is in fact, quite remarkable. Remarkable, unremarkable – either way, she is getting better and we are cleared to thoroughly enjoy Spring Break!
FINALLY, to the SOUP. It is Friday. And it is Lent. And it is 5:18 pm. The kids (all 4 of them) and I just finished grocery shopping. Since I am exhausted and still have many things to do to prepare for tomorrow (our Squadron’s Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch) I will be relying on FAST FOOD to feed this hungry crew. Our favorite Lenten meal is Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup. Simple. Basic. Comforting. The problem is, gluten is in almost all prepared soups and broths. While I don’t mind making my own, it takes some time and some days I just don’t have it. And other days we all want different soups and I don’t have enough freezer storage to stock a wide variety. Welcome Pacific Natural Foods.
These soups appeared in the commissary a few months ago. Alleluia! They answered our needs for gluten-free broths, tomato soup and lots of other tasty flavors. I love that I can pronounce every ingredient. The containers are easy to keep in the refrigerator. And, best of all – the are really delicious. I enjoyed the Butternut Squash through the fall and now I am on a Curried Red Lentil kick.
We give these two thumbs up.
There you have it. My crazy day start to finish and my fast, healthy shortcut to getting the kids fed.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.
Me? I can’t wait to see all the adorable little ones hunting for eggs tomorrow morning. And I hope that no one notices that the jellybean jar is missing all of the orange ones. Maybe the factory had an orange malfunction. I am certain that no one would have had the gall to pick them out and keep them all for herself.