12 February, 2010

Shopping List for Lucy

Lucy is not eating anything anymore. Okay that's not really true, but I just sat down with her and named just about every food on the entire planet in French and English (okay that's not entirely true either).

This is the final list.
  • quesadillas
  • bananas
  • popcorn
  • barbecue chips
  • pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • butter
  • shredded cheddar cheese (only shredded not in "big pieces")
  • tortillas with butter and sugar
  • steak
  • Dutch baby
  • cheese pizza
  • ketchup
  • chocolate milk
  • pink lemonade
  • donuts
  • pears
  • apples with no skins
  • bacon
  • watermelon
  • olives
  • pickles
  • ice cream
  • popsicles
  • cereal but no raisins!
  • croissant
  • chocolate chip cookies, "but only mommy's"
  • chow mein noodles
  • potstickers
  • beef jerkey

I decided not to even ask if she likes PopTarts, Cheetos, Chili-Cheese Fritos, candy corns or ginger ale, because then I would have to put them on the list and you would know how sad I am that my daughter even knows what those things are.

I am trying really hard not to continue this short order cook thing. I think it's so disrespectful when children won't at least try a bite, but since we aren't sitting down as a family, it's sort of hard to rein in some of this. Jake eats dinner early because he goes to bed early. I've always made Lucy her dinner at the same time, but now I'm realizing that she enjoys eating when Descartes come home, and is often more adventurous with her food if she is eating off of Daddy's plate.

and, of course, because I am so trendy, after reading 500+ blogs a day, I started thinking about meal-planning. It seems it's all the rage in "this economy". I always sort of have an idea about what's for dinner, but I think it might be healthier for our family and our bank account, if I think about what we are going to eat in a more orderly fashion.

The real problem I have right now is that Descartes has created a $40,000 problem at our house. Okay maybe that's also not entirely true, but he's opened up a can of worms for sure.

he busted my oven.

Not enough so that it doesn't work, just enough so that it's difficult to use. He spilled 8 quarts of boiling corned turkey water on the stovetop above the oven, right after I said "Be careful not to spill water on the stovetop because if it GETS DOWN INTO THE OVEN TIMER BELOW IT WILL PROBABLY RUIN THE LED." And of course that is exactly what happened. Well, first the timer bell went off for an hour, then it stopped, and now I can't read the temperature control. So it's not that the oven itself doesn't work, I just can't tell what the temperature actually is on the outside.

"Get an oven thermometer" you say? Yes, I have one, so that tells me when it is near the number I want, then I try to adjust the oven temperature, but sometimes when you press the button it goes back down to 250F, and sometimes it starts where you were, maybe at 350F. S0, I never know where I am, and it takes about 45 minutes to get the oven to the correct temperature.

I use the oven at least once a day if not more. I bake. I cook for my family. I make homemade cookies like Martha Stewart for goodness sake! (Actually I did just make about 100 heart shaped cookies, and it took me over an hour to get the temperature adjusted correctly before I could even start.)

So the part is $200+ and the labor would be another $200-300. Maybe more? A new oven is $800-$2000, depending on the one we would want. Of course, I don't want another electric oven, I want a gas oven, and I don't want a single oven underneath my cook top, I want a double wall oven. I know wah wah. So you see, I now need to remodel my entire kitchen.. which of course, we cannot afford this decade.

I'm thinking about buying a toaster oven, to at least make quick heat up meals for the kids. Maybe I can store it inside the oven.
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