Fridays, Family and Food

Probably, my most favorite thing to do, besides sew…is eat.  Seriously, I LOVE eating.  Textures, taste, smells – love it.  Best entertainment.  For me at least.

Food is often talked about in our house.  What are we having for breakfast…tomorrow?  While we are eating dinner…”what should we have for dinner…tomorrow?”.  You’d think we’d all be as big as a house but we are kind of a skinny bunch – we just like to eat.

Well, a “food” tradition in our house started a few years back.  The gardener was totally busted, standing in the door of the frig, spraying leftover whipped cream from Thanksgiving directly into his mouth.  The kids jaws hit the floor.  They totally wanted to do the same thing!  That New Year’s Eve – he surprised both girls with their very own can of whip cream.  To spray in their mouth whenever they wanted.  And thus – a new year’s tradition was born.  Every New Year’s Eve, the Preston family tradition includes Dad making an appetizer dinner and topping it off with s’mores in the fireplace and…whip cream.  Yep.  That about sums it up everyone.

I mean, what girl doesn't dream of the freedom to do THIS?!

And of course, the littlest pea HAD to do exactly what her sisters were doing.  Mind you, the twins – um, they were TWO YEARS OLD before I ever let them have sugar.  Seriously.  I was mean.  No cookies, no ice cream – nothing.  Even their birthday cakes – I sweetened them with applesauce.  Pathetic, I know.

Our littlest pea, totally ruined.  Before Christmas, she had chocolate chip cookies for the first time.  Last week, at 20 months old, I introduced her to chocolate milk via Ovaltine.  Let me just say the reaction…priceless.  We’ve taught her some sign language – after finishing the first cupful without taking a breath – she starts wildly signing “more! more!” and then pointing to the cupboard where I keep the ovaltine mix.  And now…her favorite word has become “cawk – it”…you know, chocolate.  Anyway, little pea had to get in on these New Year traditions…

Um, how did she know exactly what to do? Has somebody been slipping her whipped cream when I'm not around? Daddy!?!

Doesn’t this break some kind of “good parenting” law or something?  Well, let’s just say, I did not start this tradition I merely sit back and observe.  Ok, and take a few photos for “evidence”.

This got me thinking about another yummy we enjoy around here and…

…a great way to start your weekend – a quick and easy delicious dessert.

My kids love this one and ask for it frequently.

Added bonus - the house will smell wonderful while this is baking!

All you need is a can of crescent roll dough or you can use those ready made pie crusts in the box, granny smith apples, butter, cinnamon and sugar.

Press out your dough on to a greased pan and give it a little edge for a crust.  Bake for about 5 minutes or so.  Remove from oven.

Slice up several apples and arrange on your dough.

Melt several tablespoons of butter and baste your apples and crust with butter.  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake again for about 10-15 minutes about 350′.  Enjoy!

Do you have any “food” traditions in your house?  Anything as obnoxious as “your very own can of whip cream”?  Dish it up – I’d love to hear I’m not alone!

xoxo,

Trish

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5 Responses

  1. Looks yummy! Our kids love popovers for breakfast and although they ask for the whipped cream in a can they never get it! Such mean parents we are–actually my husband is a chef, so he likes to whip his cream and just can’t bring himself to buy the can. Occasionally we have what I want, waffles or pannekoken. Maybe we’ll have to try crescent roll/apple breakfast someday. Oh, more was always a helpful sign when our kids were little, it was the only one I taught them!

  2. My Mum and I have the same appetizers-for-dinner tradition, except that we do it on Christmas Eve while watching White Christmas – it’s the best! I don’t think Alex and I have any food traditions…I really can’t think of one right now, but we do really love food!

  3. My little one hasn’t cracked the ‘more’ sign yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of weeks. At the moment she makes her point felt by picking up a biscuit tin and following me with it in her arms, squeaking meaningfully! I’m afraid she does get some sweet biscuits and cakes, but I haven’t given her cawk-it yet. Except the day I put cocoa powder in the custard. She wouldn’t touch that!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my “new” machine, I’m really looking forward to using her. I think she needs a name, any ideas? Love Lis x

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