Monday, March 17, 2008

Put your foot in what?

I have issues. I'm a people pleaser and I long for approval when it comes to my cooking which can be a sanctifying combination with six children living in my house. My husband could be the easiest to please. He's just thankful that I've cooked something so his appreciation comes as easily as opening a box.

Approval has been especially hard to come by lately, though, when two of those children are teenagers who have a momma that can cook like nobody's business. She can't take care of them but man can she cook. Sorry, that was rude. They actually called her one day so she could tell me how to make something. Humbling to say the least.

I have fried more cuts of meat than I ever thought possible and many without great success. Last night I made fried catfish for the first time ever with the help of my daughter Olivia. (She's reading this over my shoulder insisting she gets credit.) It actually turned out really well and I was excited to have tackled yet another vat of oil with one small victory.

On a side note, there is apparently a way to convert a diesel engine to run on used vegetable oil. At the rate I'm going, I could supply the oil for a small school bus to take my kids to school. Hmmm.

The other morning, I made breakfast and thought I had received the greatest insult so far. The boys said, "Mama Melissa, oooh, you put your foot in this! I mean you put your big toe in and stirred it all around."
"Is that bad?"
"What? You never told your momma she put her foot in something?"
"Um, no."
"It means it's really good!"
Whew! What a relief.
So, if you're ever in the neighborhood and want to stop by for breakfast. Come on in.
I make some mean Malt-O-Meal.


Ellen said...

Mmmm. That Catfish sounds YUMMY! I'm a big fan of fried (though I know I shouldn't be) and my Gramma makes some mean fried okra every Easter. Another reason to love that holiday! Can't wait for the fair next fall. One fried Oreo just wasn't enough last time. :)

MissHannah said...

Girl, you've been putting your feet all over everything. I love your cooking and that catfish was divine.

I can't wait for the neckbones!!!

myminivanisfasterthanyours said...

Today I made my kids Uncrustables for lunch. I am the best mom EVER!

Jen said...

Wow--that is a hilarious saying. Never would have thought that as a compliment. :)

JB said...

Born and raised in New Orleans..the fried food center of the world. :) So toe cheese equals good food, huh? That's one I have not heard yet...hmmm...good to know.

Holli said...

How long are your toe nails anyways....
fried catfish! MMMMMM..... thanks for the thought as I am trying to get my baby - or should say toddler weight off!:)

Candy said...

Love these new expressions! What are you frying for Easter? By the way, Trey grew up pretty much on fried food--fried chicken and chicken fried steak almost weekly. It's a wonder we're not all suffering clogged arteries. Keep on cooking, girl.

emily said...

Oh, I know how much you love to create a post with someone over your shoulder:) I bet the catfish was awesome. I too, can't wait to hear about the neckbone!!

Lori Leigh said...

Hi, just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog. I found you through the Ethiopian adoption network. My brother and sister-in-law are adopting their first from Ethiopia and I think someone you are related to is and somehow through that link I found your blog! :) Ha! Anyways, my husband has been working in Dallas for the last 4 or 5 months and if we can sell our house, we should be moving to that area. Although I don't think necessarily in your area. :)Have a great day!

Big Mama said...

That is totally going to be one of my new expressions. I adore it.

Kim said...

What a gift you gave those kiddos when you validated their momma in that way. Those kiddos love their momma and know lots of things she is good at even though she is not the best caretaker.

You gave those kiddos permission to love and appreciate their momma.

I know from experience how hard it is to "Respect your Mother..." as Jesus asks when they aren't behaving in a manner worthy of it.

You helped them follow Jesus in respecting their momma. Even if it is only cooking.

Thanks for loving kids.

Carly said...

I know this is a day late and a dolla short, but have you never watched Madea??... She says that all the time. (Tyler Perry movies- PLEASE tell me you've seen them.)

...yes, I am still chronologically catching up on EVERY blog post, and working on other methods of stalking you. Coffee soon? ;)