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Thursday, August 26, 2010

You are all going to have to cut me some slack here. One of my favorite people in the world is at my home visiting me for almost a week! This is an older post that I don't believe many of you have read. I should be back online this weekend!

It was the fourth night of our summer vacation with the kids, all of the kids, mountains and troops of kids. We were staying at a "resort" in southern Oregon. Now a "resort" in southern isn't like a resort in Tahoe. I mean, there was a frog in my shower. The site, though,  is on a beautiful lake deep in the forest and is called Lake of the Woods. There are a couple dozen cabins for rent. We had reserved two of them earlier in the year for the entire family to vacation together.

The cabins we had were small. Each had only one bedroom, a tiny bathroom, an even smaller kitchen and a cozy (think non-existent) common area. Beds and bunks were everywhere they could be squeezed in. My husband and I had one cabin with Jeremiah and Joshua. That cabin could sleep six.
The other cabin had room for eight and was overflowing with Karli, her husband Justin, their kids Jakob, Josiah and Anna-Grace, three of my kids, Michael, Nikki, Cole and his girlfriend Josie.

Late in the afternoon of that fourth day, I realized that I hadn't put out any meat earlier that morning for tacos; it was frozen and hard as concrete. Most of us had been out all day exploring the woods, the lakes, swimming and just generally relaxing. I just didn't think ahead for dinner. That's something at home that I never have to worry about. Usually I buy meat the day we're going to use it so that it's as fresh as possible.

I do keep hamburger meat and Italian sausage in the freezer just for times like this. A few minutes on auto-defrost in the microwave and we're ready to go. There are no microwaves in these cabins, only ovens. The ovens are tiny white things with an even smaller stove top with 4 minuscule gas burners. They definitely are not a cook's dream.

I looked around at the 24 eyes staring at me wondering "what the heck is mom gonna do now?" I know because I was wondering that exact same thing myself. With no plans and having to wing it, I knew I wasn't going to get any help. I was on my own and had to pull out my "super-mom" skills. I usually try to keep those hidden. Why let those skills be known when I know that they'll be drained from me on a daily basis if I use them too often? They'll only interfere with my Diva skills. Super mom skills and Diva skills just don't mix well.

I looked in the very small, rectangular box they advertise as a refrigerator and saw the ham that Justin had glazed and cut. That was a start. We had a couple of bags of tortilla chips, ok those would work. I also found the ingredients for some killer queso dip. Ok, so now we have ham, chips and queso, I grabbed some fruit and a pitcher of iced tea. Not a great gourmet dinner, but for outside on a picnic table fireside, it would be fine. All they really cared about was being able to roast marshmallows after dinner anyway.

Everyone was at the table except Nikki. The queso was awesome and the kids are always excited when I make it. It never lasts long and if you want it, you have to get if fast or it'll be gone. I thought I had scored with them that night. Well, until Nikki came to the table. She sat down and surveyed the unusual feast set before her. She had a bit of a puzzled look on her face, but she would never be rude to me or her father. She leaned over, put her head on my shoulder and in her sweetest, most sincere voice put a dagger in my heart and took away my new mom of the year award when she said: "Thanks for making us cheese for dinner mom."


Robin August 26, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

Enjoy your guests.

Fun choice of posts.

Anonymous,  August 26, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

to which my momma woulda replied, "eat it or do without"

Furry Bottoms August 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

Nikki!!!! At leat Mom made SOMETHING so nobody was starving!!

I make tacos with frozen meat all the time. Because I don't think either. If you put the meat in the pan on the stove top with a lid, it thaws out pretty fast. The melting ice and the lid makes steam, so it pretty much just thaws the meat out. You get to hack away at the meat with a spatula or whatever to make it into taco pieces. I learned that trick only a couple of years ago and it tastes just as good!

Babes Mami August 26, 2010 at 9:06 AM was a compliment! Kinda? Oh well, they ate!

Jennifer Juniper August 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

Lmao!! I don't use the supermom skills with food (why waste them??) I use them on mind-reading and mischief catching.
I would serve cheese for dinner when I have a full working kitchen simply because I'm lazy.

Jill August 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

Way to make it work under pressure mama!

Indi August 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

Pola Chick ~ My new name for you... Aha camping out in the countryside. Wonderful.. I love roasted marshmallows don't you? Just have to make sure you don't burn your mouth when first biting into it eh? I thought I'd come have a look at who you are, glad I did..*applause*



Kimberly Walker August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

Hey Hun,
Just stopping by to see how you're doing... wanted to give you an award! Stop by my blog to pick it up.
All the best,

Classic NYer August 26, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

She leaned over, put her head on my shoulder and in her sweetest, most sincere voice put a dagger in my heart and took away my new mom of the year award when she said: "Thanks for making us cheese for dinner mom."

Hey, it happens to the best of us. I mean, what's the matter? Baby Nikki has never had the dorm experience?

Daisygirl August 26, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

haha I love your daughter! How could we live without microwaves?

Actually cheese for dinner sounds fabulous!

Holly August 27, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

LOL!! My 13 yr old reminds me of my "NOT MOM-of-the-Year status on a regular basis... *sigh*

Ham, tortilla chips and cheese... He would surely give the badge of approval for THAT!! ;D

JoJo August 27, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

You did a great job diva!!

My mom would have said take it or leave it!

P.S how do I get access to your new scandalous site! I so want in!

Cheeseboy August 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

Ha ha! Well, cheese is filling.

mypixieblog September 3, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

I could totally eat cheese for dinner--it's delish :) You'll have to give us that queso dip recipe!

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