With the kids back in school, I am hearing so many stories from moms who are worried about their kids. As my mom wisely used to quote “You are only as happy as your unhappiest child”. It’s painful to hear that another child is not being nice to your child, or to think your child is worried about going to school. When I read this story from Jenny Rosenstrach who has written one of my favorite cookbooks- Dinner, A Love Story- it resonated with me. We cannot control all the things that happen to our kids, but we can help them with a family meal where they feel loved and safe to talk about their day. After reading this, mashed potatoes are on my dinner list this week. Here is The Amazing Healing Powers of Mashed Potatoes that was featured in Real Simple this month.
Do you have meals that you make for comfort?
One of my favorite parts from Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan- “If you had asked me, after I graduated from college, whose voice I would hear in my head for the rest of my life, whose voice I would want to hear, I’d have said some combination of my dad’s and my roommate Tracy’s and Jackson Browne’s. I would have continued with ten or twenty or two hundred others before I got to my mom. But now, give me almost any situation- termites, refinancing or back pain, allowance, mean girls or sibling rivalry, a child’s despair, a husband’s inattention, or my own spikes of rage and regret- and watch how fast I dial her number.”
(quicknote to you- I didn’t LOVE this book- I actually felt like it never quite came together like her previous books have. However, she writes about coming to understand her mother as she grows older, and realizes how valuable she is to her- very insightful parts for me to read- certainly an interesting book club discussion I think)
I love Ina Garten. If I could invite three famous people to dinner, she would be one of them and I’d ask her to cook the meal. Her food is so easy and seems to always be a success. I made her simple Sauteed Corn as a side dish this week and it was outstanding. My husband and my boys are die hard corn ON THE COB guys- so to cut the corn OFF the cob was met with some resistance by my 9 year old. Well, it was awesome and the last words my husband said to me before we went to sleep were “That really was the best side dish you have ever made.” Too funny.
In my relationship with Ina, I do everything she says except I always decrease the amount of butter she recommends. For this recipe I used only 5 cobs of corn and only 1 1/2 T. of butter. Based on the fact we wished there was more corn, I would make more cobs next time! Also, here is the easy way I removed the corn from the cob without a huge mess.
I absolutely love this article by Brynn Harrington- 10 Things I Want my Daughter to Know about Working Out. As my daughter accompanies me to my workout classes, or sees me come home from a bike ride all sweaty- I want her to know all the reasons exercising is awesome!
I read One Plus One over vacation last week and absolutely loved it. It started rather slow in my opinion and then I found I couldn’t put it down. I love how Jojo Moyes writes about real, flawed characters- she is a favorite author of mine! If you haven’t read Me Before You, put it on your list!
Are you reading any great books this summer?