The big boys are coming back after 6 days away at camp. For a homeschooling family that is a lot of time spent apart and I for one am really looking forward to having our family together again. I’m bet the boys have missed me, but just to be sure they remembered how awesome their mama is, I made them a big feast the night before they left complete with fresh corn on the cob and lemonade.
I knew I wanted to stop for a picnic on the way home from camp because it’s a long drive and the littles will need a break. We’re halfway through summer and I am weary of deli meat sandwiches already. I’m glad we’ve had so many opportunities to eat outside, but there’s only so much salami and ham a lady can tolerate. I thought I would really knock it out of the ballpark and made some fried chicken to take along cold.
I love feeding my family. It truly is one of my greatest joys, not because I feel like I HAVE to, but because it really find great satisfaction out of making good food and watching the kids eat it. For many years when all the kids were younger they were too picky to try anything and it was frustrating and sad for this mama cook. As the oldest two have aged their appetite has increased, and this past Thanksgiving it brought tears to my eyes to watch them gobble down everything with great satisfaction. Finally some children who will eat more than just rolls on a holiday!
I imagine a big part of my kids remembrance of childhood will center around food. We eat practically every meal together, and while we don’t’ always eat like kings we make it a habit to have a lot of special events that center around food. Whether it’s Christmas Eve festivus of junk food and appetizers, the Sunday afternoons assembling and frying eggrolls, or the ordinary weekdays in which there is a steaming loaf of sourdough waiting for lunch, quite a bit of our hours center around food. We eat our fair share of chicken nuggets, frozen pizza and hot dogs to balance it all out (and because I’m no superwoman), but some of my favorite days are ones like today in which I get to make a gourmet picnic meal that I hope my kids will love (there’s a good chance they won’t, but at least Brad and I will feast!).