I have to be snack mom on Thursday.
And not just snack mom...Halloween snack mom. I mean, it wasn't like they made me do it or anything, no pre-school teachers with guns or anything, but I heard myself volunteer and speaking in slow motion as if my voice had gone all loopy and distorted and I were having an out-of-body experience and couldn't stop myself from giving away the secret code or something.
And then, Lucy got all excited because the teacher asked Edie and I to stay in the classroom and do pumpkin carving with them, which is like a big snack queen honor, and Lucy was saying things like, "The best part will be when you first come to see me and I'll give you a big, big hug..."
Oh God. No going back now. The fate of my child's psychic health rests on this snack thing.
This all reminds me of my cyber-friend Matthew Amster-Burton who is like the king (only hipper and without the crown) of writing about cooking and kids at his blog Roots and Grubs. I've been stalking him since before I started blogging. He also writes for Gourmet.com which gives him this unapproachable allure that makes him seem even more God-like.
Anyway, Matthew has a book coming out next year called Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater and Matthew let me read a chapter a few months ago - because I am really a stalker and he probably just wanted to keep me from e-mailing him - and the chapter was called, "The Only Snack Dad in Pre-School" and in it, he goes through this protracted, neurotic and really hilarious search for the perfect pre-school snack and all the pressures of being a foodie parent and having to come up with a healthy, original, fun snack that meets our food sensibilities, pleases our kid and appeals to the finickiest, most allergy-infested group of people on the planet.
Matthew made home-made pretzels. I think he was sucking up to the teacher.
So, here's a question...WHAT THE HELL DO I MAKE FOR SNACK?????
I need your help. Please send me ideas, recipes, your creative vision. Whatever. God! Anything! It has to taste good, be fun, easy enough to make and relatively healthy. It also has to be worked into a Halloween theme, so keep that in mind. And it has to be something a food lover would be proud of serving. I mean, I could send Lucy to school with a package of Kraft slices and some Go-Gurt, but I have a reputation to consider, so do me proud.
Yes, yes..you'll get all the credit. If I use your snack, I'll post it and link to you.
Seriously people, I'm a little terrified of being booed out of the classroom.
And a special thanks to Culinary School Guide who honored me by putting this blog on their list of the "Top 100 Blogs for Foodies". Really, I am thrilled and amazed to even be included with such amazing bloggers. Thanks guys!