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Is Food the Root of All Things? 
Apr. 25, 2010 6:36 am 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2010 1:13 pm
It seems as I've gotten older, nothing happens without food in some form.  When my son was younger and involved in youth wrestling we would spend entire weekends in a gym somewhere, in the bleachers at a tournament.  I loved those days!  I'd get up early and pack my "wrestling cooler" - a special cooler I found that was tall and narrow and fit perfectly on the floorboards of bleachers.  Most mom's had their version of the "wrestling cooler" but mine was the one the kids came to - I always had strawberries and raspberries (even when they were outrageously expensive), chocolate chip cookies and plenty of sandwiches and gatorade for all.

Double-header baseball games - the same thing, but I had a different cooler for those.  Always had strawberries and raspberries, though.  For some reason the boys all loved those fruits.

When my daughter moved out into an apartment - after all her things were packed and moved we came back to our house.  I pulled out bags and we "shopped" in my cupboards.  She kept insisting she could go to the grocery store, but did appreciate the help.  For months after she was gone, she still had to come home to do laundry as she didn't have her own washer/dryer yet.  And - every single time I "shopped" for her in my freezer and cupboards.  I was afraid she would be hungry.  She's been married now going on 2 years and I just stopped doing this. 

When my son comes home for breaks from school - I'm always wanting to send things back with him.  He won't take much - just the "goodies".  He much prefers to eat in the diningrooms on campus.  He likes the quick convenience of having food just sitting there waiting for him. 

Now Steve will be home from school in less than 3 weeks and I'm already plotting and planning our menus and what to have for him to pack for his lunches when he works. 

I always made fun of my mom when she went thru this with my younger brother.  When he came home from school our cupboards were suddenly full of the things he liked.  I guess I've come by this honestly!

Last night we met our daughter and son-in-law at our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner.  As my daughter talked of what they had planned over the next couple weeks with friends and family - I suddenly realized that she sounded just like me!  Each and every account started or ended with what food would be served!   :-)
I think we're Yogi Bear's picnic!!
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Apr. 25, 2010 8:04 am
LOL, Mum A. We have a slightly different take on things, but still the same principle ... at each meal we discuss what we're going to cook for the next meal. When my daughter comes over to visit, with her latest man in tow (though this latest one seems to be a bit of a keeper) she comes for my ski lessons, if it's snowy, and then for my cooking it seems. She gets really sh!tty if we go out to dinner, it's like she's been building up my rep behind my back and then gets p'd off when I don't do it!
Apr. 25, 2010 8:07 am
My mother does what you do - we sit down to eat and just get started and she says "What should we have tomorrow for dinner?" Drives my dad nuts! I like to really mix it up and say "We could have beef, chicken, or fish tomorrow - which do you want?" Then, when my husband picks fish, I say "Oh, good we'll have pork tomorrow!" Drives HIM nuts! :-D
Apr. 25, 2010 1:13 pm
What nice memories! Both the ones you have from when your kids were younger and the one's you are making for them now. Continue to enjoy.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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