The theme of tonight's post is "childhood memories." Going back to a simpler time. You see, sometimes at night, when we can't sleep, Thatboy and I tell each other stories. Last night, I asked Thatboy to tell me a cricket story.
Have you ever asked a 4 year old to tell you a story? Chances are every sentence will start with "And then..." such as "And then the cricket went jumping jumping jumping onto the field. And then the cricket met up with his cricket friends." Needless to say, when he finished, I told Thatboy his story was the worst cricket story I have ever heard. He defended his story, saying it was impossible to come up with a good cricket story.
"Are you serious?" I asked him.
"Yeah - I mean, it's a cricket. Crickets don't do anything."
I ran to the bookshelf and pulled out an old favorite. I began reading him chapter 1, which describes how Tucker Mouse watched poor Mario sitting in the Times Square subway station, trying to sell newspapers. By the end of the first chapter, Thatboy was hooked. He can't wait to hear the rest of the story - from a book he had never read.
My trip down memory lane continued with a dinner straight out of childhood. Macaroni and cheese. From a box. I stepped it up a bit and tried the Trader Joe's variety instead of Kraft, which went over really well. I added some cooked chicken to the dish, and even though Thatboy was a little nervous about the addition (even going as far as telling me how it was ruining his evening), he ended up really enjoying it - and it made me feel better that all our protein wasn't coming from cheese.
And to round out our meal, and add a little color, I used my favorite childhood veggie. I honestly think sugared carrots were a secret trick of my parents to get Thatbrother and I to fally madly in love with vegetables. What's better than carrots that are sweeter than candy? Thatboy declared this an instant hit.
- 5-6 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- Place carrots in saucepan and just cover with water.
- Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 8 minutes.
- Add butter and brown sugar and cook for additional minute, or until butter melts.
Each serving has:
Each serving has:
|Total Fat||11.9 g|
|Saturated Fat||7.2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.6 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||3.3 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||28.0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||4.3 g|