Thursday, August 5, 2010

My new source of power

As I'm sure you know, I'm a firm believer in the power of moms. But let's face it, that power is really cumulative. In everyday life, it seems more like I have no power at all--my "please pick that up"s have to be said multiple times and usually need to be accompanied by threats of no video games for a week before anything gets done. My "don't fight with your sister/brother" and "get out of H's face" are usually blatantly ignored. And what I muster up the energy to do around the house just gets undone in a matter of minutes.

But luckily, J gave me a new source of power for Mother's Day. Lookee here:
I'm now convinced that all moms need a really good knife set. It's oh-so-satisfying to cut that watermelon in half with one clean swipe. And the fat on the chicken seems to fall off with one effortless flick of my wrist. If I have to make dinner every night, then I might as well wield some power while I'm at it.

And here's the meal I made tonight that got me remembering how nice it is to have some power around the house these days:

Kabobs with chicken, onions, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms.
Corn on the cob
Fruit salad

Marinade for Kabobs (I did chicken, which I actually like better with this marinade, but steak is good too)
1/3 c soy sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp seasoned salt

Fruit salad
6 oz light cool whip
1 c buttermilk
1/2 of a lg box vanilla instant pudding
Fold in:
1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits, drained
grapes, apples, banana, strawberries, blueberries
This is a little thin at first. It thickens in the fridge.


Saysha said...

Looks like I'm gonna have to have Nate read your post as a little 'hint'. ;o)

Hayley said...

I am convinced of the same thing. I think I would enjoy cooking more if I actually had knives that cut.

Melanie said...

We had kabobs tonight, too! I stood at my kitchen counter, slicing effortlessly through the chicken and thought about my knives and how they were worth every penny. And then I read your post and shivered. Is that some sort of weird cosmic thing?

bluestocking mama said...

melanie, that's WEIRD!

mwells said...

I received a nice set of knives a few years back. They are still great and I know exactly what you are feeling! Your dinner sounds yummy!

Laura said...

I know what you mean; Matt got me a few really good knives for Christmas this last year, and they make cooking much more enjoyable. I was just thinking how awesome they were this week, actually, when I was cutting watermelon. Oh, and you know I love both those recipes - yum!

Miranda said...

I thought you were going to say you threatened you kids with the knives:)

bluestocking mama said...

ha ha, miranda. i'm sure i've felt like it numerous times. that would also be a new source of power