We have a dilemma in our family on holidays like Mother’s Day. I don’t particularly want to cook myself a gigantic feast on Mother’s Day.
Bart, perhaps even more so, does not want to cook a gigantic feast (he can cook, but he does not like to. In fact, a few weeks ago when we were having pancakes for dinner, he was flipping them and Ella said to me in the most astonished voice, “Did you ever know that Daddy knew how to cook?”).
Frankly, I don’t want him to cook dinner for me either, because having him spend hours in the kitchen while I entertain the children on my own is not my idea of a great time either. Also, we have a pretty nice dinner most nights of the week. And if I really want something for dinner, I can make it any night I want.
Then, this year, Bart hit on the world’s best idea ever.
He said, “What if we start a new tradition for Mother’s and Father’s Day? Why don’t we go to the grocery store and you can pick out all the foods you like most and never buy for yourself, and we’ll just have a big spread of delicious foods for dinner?”
I was instantly the biggest fan ever of this idea.
Not only do I love no-prep food, I love traditions. I especially love traditions that don’t require a lot of effort to maintain.
We bought dried mangos, a big loaf of french bread, some ridiculously pricy cheese with dried cranberries in it, spinach dip and Ritz crackers, salami from the deli counter, fruit snacks (yes, I am five) and Simply Limeade. We picked out three different containers of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Cinnamon Buns is, possibly, my favorite ice cream of all time). I resisted the urge to get PopTarts too, but now I’m wondering why. I should have bought them (but then I would have had to make the killer decision of which of my favorite flavors to get – cinnamon & brown sugar, s’mores, or frosted strawberry).
It took all of five minutes to get dinner ready, and it was one of my favorite meals of my life.
Ella was also an enormous fan. Since then, she’s been asking on an almost daily basis, “Are you so excited to see what Daddy picks for his Father’s Day dinner?”
Actually I am. I hope he picks some PopTarts.
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