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You Know You Are a Mother When…

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Sunday night and The Three Monkeys are staying at my mother’s as I have morning duty at school tomorrow.  Once again, dinner time passes by and I find I am getting increasingly hungry, so I wander downstairs to see what there was to see.

I haven’t been to the store.  The pickings are a little slim.  I want fast and I want easy.  I spy a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the cupboard.  Hmmmm…  Fast?  Check.  Easy?  Check.  Sounds great!

But, this isn’t any ordinary box of Kraft M&C…it is Madagascar 3 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.  But, Mommy Monkey is hungry.

You know you are a mother when, you fix yourself a box of Madagascar 3 Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  Sans children.

Even as I am preparing it, I know I am going to catch grief from The Three Monkeys.  Particularly The Girl Child.  She picked it out.  And I have found that my children are very territorial about food stuffs in my house.  God forbid I actually eat ice cream or whatever when they aren’t here, and then they come back ONLY TO FIND IT GONE!!!!  BAAAAADDDDDD MOMMMMMY!!!!!  It does not matter that the store sells more.  I had the nerve to consume food while they were gone.  For shame!  It makes me wonder if they do the same thing to their dad.

*sigh* They are soooooo dramatic – and I have absolutely no idea where they get it from.  None whatsoever…

You also know you are a mother when, you make plans to stop at the grocery store on the way home to replace the eaten box of Madagascar 3 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, before your children return tomorrow afternoon and discover it missing.

Silly Little Monkeys.  Smart Mommy Monkey.

Food, Glorious Food

Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious detail.

Daily Prompt: Seconds!.

Food.  Isn’t it amazing how many memories are tied up in food.  Holiday dinners.  First dates.  Wedding receptions.  Funeral bunches.  A whiff of a familiar aroma can instantly take you back to that table, mouth-watering, ready to dive in.   There are certain foods that just by imagining it, I can virtually taste it.

Try as I might, I simply cannot narrow down to the MOST satisfying meal.  I must admit, I truly ENJOY food.  The taste.  The mouth feel.  Not eating just to eat, but savoring.  So, instead of the MOST satisfying meal, I thought of one amazing meal in my not so distant past.

About a month after my former love and I started dating, I accompanied him on a weekend business trip to Charlotte, North Carolina.  A big step in a fledgling relationship.  He is “food lover” as well, and he insisted we stop at a steakhouse that he is particularly fond of – located just off the highway in Greenville.   This restaurant was one of those steakhouses that makes you feel as if you are stepping back in time.  A time of Mad Men and four martini lunches.  The kind of place that you half way expect to look over and see Frank Sinatra sitting in the booth next to you.  Or at least Jon Hamm.

We began our meal with a martini.  Dry.  Bombay Sapphire Gin.  Very dirty.  Blue cheese stuffed olives.  The saltiness of the olive.  The sharpness of the cheese.  The smooth burn of the gin.  It seemed very appropriate given our surroundings.

For our meal, we shared a filet.  Two-inches thick.  Perfectly cooked.  Meat so tender, that despite its thickness – you could almost cut it with only your fork.  Meat so delicious, the sides were almost superfluous.  Superfluous – but oh so delicious.  Creamed spinach so good that I was tempted to use my fingers to make sure every last drop was consumed.  Creamy, buttery, fluffy garlic mashed potatoes.   Each bite an explosion of flavors and textures.

Dessert was a simple cheesecake.  No frills.  But perfection.  A cheesecake that rivals any found in New York.

I was intoxicated.  And no – not just from two martinis and a glass of wine.   Intoxicated by the surroundings.  Intoxicated by the tastes and the textures of the meal.  Intoxicated by new love.

And an evening I am sure to never forget.