Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Our adventures in 'real' cooking started about a month ago, when I invited little Margo to help me prepare dinner. She was quite excited about the prospect of making dinner, including the ceremonial washing of hands and wearing her own apron. I was provided the chefs hat for that meal. She explained to me, "Mom, you are the chef and I am the girl assistant, I learned this from Ratatouille." I suppose being compared to Ratatouille was good, she was very clear to point out I was not the mean chef at all. With that settled, Margo's job was to peel the potatoes and the carrots and the rutabaga, for the mashed side dish. At first I helped her hold the potato and the peeler as she used them; I was rather concerned her lack of coordination would mean missing finger tips later tonight. She did seem to master the peeling task as best a 6 year old can do. Her favorite part was placing all the items together in the pot to be boiled into our family specialty. The best part about this is that she ate this side dish with gusto!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Mark took the day off, just to help both of us get ready. Margo attended school and was relieved to know we would pack for her while she was at school. We were set to meet up with friends somewhere around 4:00 PM at the campsight. Of course we were just pulling out of San Jose at 3:45 PM, no we did not arrive at 4:00, but we did arrive only 3 minutes behind our friends. Good thing they left late too! Birds of a feather flock together I say.
Were we prepared? That was a good question, you tell me. Lets see on Saturday you could have found me at Ross looking for a blanket to help us keep warm at night. The sleeping bag was not warm enough...I swear it was freezing temperatures! But no rain!!!! I also needed my internet fix...I know, I know, nature needs to be enough, however I still had a few responsibilities to look after. Thank goodness for Starbucks. Yes I loved the coffee too! Mark stayed back with Margo, the two spent the afternoon, folding and flying paper airplanes.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention our supplies for Saturday dinner were eaten by the little bandits with the sharp claws. We forgot about the hunger of our furry friends. These little guys totally enjoyed our chocolate, marshmellows, tortilla soup, cheese and sour cream. I am not sure what order they ate them in, although there was a trail of leftovers. Good thing Kim had packed extra food...enough to last the weekend.