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Food for Thought..... or Food To Keep One From Thinking 
Mar. 6, 2012 8:57 am 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2012 4:51 am
These past couple weeks have been quite the emotional roller-coaster for myself and my entire family.  We have experienced sadness, joy, excitement, fear - basically all emotions that one could feel.  Most of these feelings have come about due to Steve's moving away from home. Not just away from home - but far away - almost 1,400 miles away. 

So, what does one do to keep from thinking too much about it?  Think about food!  When I think about food, it can only lead to one thing - cooking it.    So.... When my Steve called two weeks ago and said he'd be flying home to collect his truck and other things I immediately began thinking about meals.  I knew how this family works.  We would be wanting to have our meals to gether, spending as much time with Steve as we could before he headed out West. 

His first night home was just the four of us: Mom, Dad, Sister & Steve.  We had grilled salmon for Steve and I, baked cod for Jon (Dad) and Sister (Kristal) had a grilled chicken breast.  Sides were made that went with all of those main entree choices.  The next night we headed to our friends' Mexican Restaurant for all the Mexican food and margaritas we could handle.  I begrudgingly "allowed" Steve the next night out with his buddies.  After all, a young man's gotta say farewell to his friends also.  Plus, I knew the next day (Sunday) was going to be an all-day family affair.  We had my sister and her family, my parents, Kristal and her husband, my brother, and of course myself, Jon & Steve.  For that day I made< for pulled goose sandwiches (one of Steve's favorites) as well as<  for those who just don't care for goose.  I also made pasta salad, veggie & dip tray, fresh fruit tray, chips, and chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert.    The following night we had Steve's other Grandpa and Kristal and her husband for dinner. For that meal I made a huge salad, garlic breadsticks and spaghetti. 

The next night (Tuesday) was the day Steve planned to leave right after dinner.  So, once again we had my parents and Kristal and her husband over for dinner.  I made<  with grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner. 

Steve has been officially moved out of "home" for a week now.  Since he's left I have cooked a few times and we've met friends for dinner a few times.  Last night we had a simple meal of sauteed mushrooms & onions with peas and smoked sausage mixed with noodles and freshly grated parmesan cheese.  There was just enough left over for my lunch today. 

Tonight I am making crabcakes.  We have brussels sprouts we got from the West Side Market and we're going to cook those in some yummy rosemary/garlic olive oil we also bought at the West Side Market.   I'm thinking maybe twice-baked potatoes as well should round out the meal nicely.  To wash it all down we'll have some Chardonnay. 

Steve has started his new position as a Youth Corrections Officer/Counselor in Custer, SD and is excited to be where he is. Jon and I are learning to deal with our truly empty nest. Steve was away at school the past 4-1/2 years so we had a "practice" empty nest during that time.  I am looking forward to experimenting with new recipes, using foods that Steve doesn't like.   In the meantime I'm off to the kitchen to bake a rich, chocolatey gooey dessert.  With Steve so far away, I'll get more than one piece of it!
Mar. 6, 2012 9:57 am
LOLOLOL! I am laughing at the last comment! No kiddding! I didn't have everything to make the delicious cupcakes Magnolia Blossom posted a photo of, recipe courtesy of Candace but I made do with what I had and those cupcakes have flown out of the fridge. I've had 2. It sounds like Steve is happy though and well on his way. Hugs :)(:
Mar. 6, 2012 10:03 am
Cat - I always like to find a positive in every situation... and I'm positive I'll be enjoying "extra" pieces of all desserts made from here on out. I better start an exercise program.. hee!hee!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:13 am
Looks like some great food there! Been thinking of you! When our youngest moved out the hardest thing I had to do was learn to buy and cook LESS, LOL. Jake could sock the food away and raided the fridge of any leftovers in the midddle of the night. Steve sounds like one lucky guy!!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:16 am
Jena - Steve is one of those midnight raiders, too. I'd go to bed thinking we'd have leftovers for dinner the next night only to get up and discover they'd been eaten! I'm wondering how my sister, who Steve now lives with, is handling having her leftovers disappear in the middle of the night. LOL
Mar. 6, 2012 10:43 am
I know how you feel. You raise them well, knowing they have to leave home to take their places in the world, and you are proud, but there is that small part that still sees them as your little one. It is bittersweet. My nest has been empty for almost 4 years and I still haven't worked out how to make mashed potatoes for one or two.
Mar. 6, 2012 10:49 am
My guess is that Steve will find his way home many times, holidays and the like. From reading the guest list for all these meals, sounds like Krystal was the big winner, she attended quite a few. Lucky girl, all sounded delish. I am esp. interested in the pulled goose. I make pulled pork a lot and just made 7-10 lbs. of it to take to a friend who lost her Dad and had lots of family coming to town. she said it disappeared in one night!!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:50 am
BSM: Some foods, like mashed potatoes, soup, chili are not meant to be made in small quanitities. LOL
Mar. 6, 2012 10:55 am
covergirl - Steve and Jon are very avid waterfowl hunters. The hardest thing about Steve moving so far away is that Jon fears he has lost his hunting partner. I think Steve will try to make it home during the season so he can hunt with his dad. The goose tastes a lot like beef, and with a good raspberry chipotle bbq sauce on it is fantastic! The bbq sauce is one we bought while on vacation last summer and now it's all gone. I found something similar in the grocery store, I hope it tastes as good. Kristal was the lucky one - she only lives about 10-15 minutes from us so she gets in on quite a few meals with us.
Mar. 6, 2012 11:29 am
After a few years, we discovered the greater problem of an empty nest were all the handy places for storage. It seemed it would have been better to have kept them at home... NOT!
Mar. 6, 2012 11:42 am
Mike, Steve may have moved, but most of his "stuff" is still here since he only had his pick-up to haul things in and he's living with my sister. I still have the iguana to take care of in fact. So.... I won't be finding many of those handy storage places just yet. :)
Mar. 6, 2012 1:41 pm
LOLOL! Yep just what I was thinking. Cause I found a cupcake he missed! Although, I really made the desserts to go in his lunch so I might not be baking just for me. Bread, yes! Dessert, not so much :)
Mar. 6, 2012 5:28 pm
Mother Ann, what wonderful meals you cooked. Yum! I know how you feel about having your kids leave the nest. Our family gets together on Saturdays. That is the day anyone can request something for dinnerl and I will make whatever they want. My daughter is married now and has a toddler and a hubby. I miss having her around all the time. I still have my son here who is also a Midnight Snacker. I know that day is coming when he will marry his sweet fiancee. However, until then I will spoil him.
Mar. 6, 2012 8:04 pm
Mother Ann, sounds like you are entering a new phase of life. Which, I might say, you will come to love! I've had an empty nest for about 15 years now and couldn't think of any other way of living. Even though one of our kids is always dropping by for a cup of coffee and chocolately goodness, me and hubby dearly treasure our time together now that our kids our grown. As for the ones that live far awary; we just look at it as "a destination place" our travels will take us to. Enjoy the rewards of your hard earned parenting. And, that Pulled Goose sounds wonderful.
Mar. 7, 2012 4:54 am
Mother Ann, sounds like you had everything taken care of for the week before Steve left. It's funny how food can bring you together,food can make memories and how food can comfort !! I like them all. It sounds like your handling the empty nest pretty well, I still have a long time before that oldest will be 14 and and the girls will be 3 and 5 ! All the best to you and enjoy that extra piece of cake in the hot tub with a glass of wine ; )
Mar. 7, 2012 8:48 pm
Mother Ann, isn't it great how you can find so many people here that you have a lot in common with? Our only son is in the Army. We're in Illinois and he's in Tacoma. Finally getting the hang of the scaled down meals. The DS sure knew how to raid the fridge in the middle of the night. Poor DH often didn't get planned leftovers for next day's lunch! Most noticeable change in the fridge? I could buy a package of fresh raspberries and I could (gasp!) eat the whole container myself. Otherwise it would disappear and I wouldn't get a single one. Glad you had a good time with your Steve before he moved to his new adult adventure!
Mar. 8, 2012 3:05 am
Lela - keep on spoiling that son - it'll make him want to come home for those yummy meals! :)
Mar. 8, 2012 3:06 am
Candice - I think we will enjoy the empty nest - as long as our "little birds" come home once in a while. Hubby & I have plenty enough in common that we can enjoy one another's company.
Mar. 8, 2012 3:07 am
dragonfly - when my son was 14 my daughter was 17 and getting ready to head off to college. At that time I thought he'd be around forever - the time flies quickly! Enjoy those little ones!
Mar. 8, 2012 3:09 am
Magnolia - Thank your son for me for his service; and yes - amazing how we all have so much more in common than just liking to cook. How funny about the raspberries as they are my son's favorite fruit. I always bought him containers of raspberries for doubleheader baseball games, wrestling matches, and just for snacking. I can't tell you how many packages I have bought (or picked) and never even had one little raspberry! Our last trip to the West Side Market I bought a container of raspberries and hubby & I got every single one of them.... :)
Mar. 8, 2012 3:10 am
I meant to add to the above - and I thought of my Steve with every bite! :)
Mar. 8, 2012 5:46 pm
Mother Ann, I started buying 2 pkgs. and hiding one so I could have my own secret stash. Hehe, now who's the kid?
Mar. 22, 2012 5:29 am
I believe that cooking for someone is an expression of love, and you surely wore your heart on your sleeve! I can only imagine how your heart also aches for your son, and I'm sure he will always look forward to 'coming home' and sharing a wonderful meal with his family. Best wishes to Steve as he starts his career!
Mar. 23, 2012 4:51 am
Wyattdogster, Thank you! I sure hope he'll enjoy the food when he comes back home for visits! :) So far so good - he's loving it out there. But then, I had no doubt.
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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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