Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Like The Kind of Dinners...

Where I make egg rolls for an appetizer to a much bigger dinner...


And everyone decides they'd just rather have them for dinner and nothing else. And they want to eat their egg rolls while watching mindless TV, in this case Bullwinkle and Rocky, and read their books about how to build a deck, (obviously that's David) and disobey all the rules about how families should eat together at the table. How we should be having stimulating conversation and sitting up straight in our chairs.

Bah Humbug. I sometimes need a dinner like this.


Because the Fourth of July is over. We ate a lot of food together, and cooked together, and ran around playing with our friends in the grass and the woods, and demo'd some of the bigger parts of our country house, (picture me with a crowbar and matted hair) and had some seriously late sleepovers, where all the kids slept together in the same bed and that was fun, but didn't get any of us very much sleep...



And now we need to recover.


So, give us bad TV, home-made egg rolls and Daddy's lap. That is just the post-holiday therapy we need.

xo YM

PS: I use Steamy Kitchen's recipe for egg rolls. I adapt them pretty heavily these days, but this is a terrific egg roll recipe from her mom, with a great wrapping pictorial. Try them. They rock.

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6 comments:

Cheryl Arkison said...

We've got no home reno action at the moment, no guests for the long weekend, and no big parties, but we still ate only strawberry shortcake for dinner the other night.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

I remember so fondly the summer dinners when my Dad would stop by a farm near us on the way home and buy a bushel of corn. Dinner? Corn on the cob. Nothing else. Messy, buttery, six kids chomping to their hearts content good. Sometimes it's the simplest things; why mess with success?

Janis said...

I remember one time taking Annie and Evan for ice cream for dinner. Annie cried because it was "weird". Evan thought it was the coolest idea ever. I hoped it would teach Annie to relax and let go of "rules" a little. It didn't. Both kids have the exact temperments they had when they were 5. Evan would still think it is cool and Annie would think it was "stupid".

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

During the school year the family has to be on a certain routine so when summer comes, it's so nice to be able to vary from that and be relaxed about meals and mealtimes.
Growing up my father was very strict about dinner. It had to be served by 5:00 o'clock everyday, everyone at the table, eat what was put in front of you and all of it and no talking during it! I hated that and found dinners to be stressful occasions. Today, my husband and I don't eat dinner until 7:00 p.m. and depending on what we are having, we will eat it in the diningroom or in the den, watching T.V. and we talk!

Peter said...

First, Rocky and Bullwinkle is not mindless, it's genius. Second, amen to the all-eggroll dinner. If my wrappers weren't frozen right now, I'd follow suit this very evening.

Warner said...

As above Rocky and Bullwinkle is not mindless, and my parenting hand book said eat together, not eat around the table in chairs