Thursday, February 6, 2014

Making Oatmeal Shouldn't Be This Hard - Writer's Workshop



Taking part in Mama Kat's (pretty much world famous) Writer's Workshop.

My chosen prompt:  Something that frustrates you.

I am resigning myself to the fact that my daughter's perceive food to taste better at my mom's house than at their own.

The same food, the same exact food, right down to same label/brand, color and "Sell By Date" can be in our cupboards, could be prepared the same exact way as my mom, and yet... they don't like how it tastes.  But, go over to my mom's house and you'll be sure to hear "This is so-o-o-o-o good.  Mom, why don't we get this?"

The biggest dish that sticks in my craw is oatmeal,  your general Quaker Oats 5-minute Oatmeal. It doesn't seem to matter that I have written direction from my mother on how she prepares the oatmeal, my youngest, Lily says, "Well, the way Grandma makes it, it just tastes... um, a little better."  My mom eats oatmeal just about every day and has her specific preparation down.  Here we go; 1 cup oatmeal, 3/4 water.  Cook on  50% power in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Stir, cook on 60% power for 2 minutes.  Stir, add Craisins, cook on 90% power for 1 minute.  While the bowl rests on the counter add ground flax seed, cinnamon and almond milk - vanilla flavored.  Pat your head, rub your tummy and do the Hokey Pokey.

Ahem...

All right.  Not all of that is the recipe, but she does have a method to her oatmeal creation and it's specific, and Lily can tell when something is just not quite right.

Today we visited my mom after I picked my girls up from an early release day at school due to a snow storm heading our way.  When Lily was in the kitchen, I heard mom saying, "Here. Give it a try.  And it's so good with this juice!"  Lily takes a bite of a little muffin-like treat and says "Hmmm, it's good.  I like it. Mom, can we get these?"  After taking a deep breath, I responded, 'You could have been enjoying them for the past two weeks while I've been offering them to you but, you kept saying "No, it's not my thing".

Ahem...

That's it.  I give.  Food tastes better at my mom's house.  And that's that.

Do you have picky eater's like this in your home?  How do you handle it?


Taking part in a favorite link-up:  Mama Kat's (pretty much world famous) Writer's Workshop.  Join us!

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2 comments:

  1. Ha! That's sad and hilarious. :) I absolutely adore my mom's bread and I am not a good bread maker (I can do pretty much everything else... even pies!). I know that when I have my kids they'll just love my mom's bread and want me to make it! I imagine that the results will be akin to yours. :)

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  2. Yes! My kids rave about my mom's grilled cheese sandwiches! As hard as I try, I can never quite get that difficult recipe right. ;) It must be the location!

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