Kids vs Food

June 3, 2012

Emma, along with the rest of the family, enjoys watching the TV show Man vs Food. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out. The host of the show, Adam, travels around eating absurd amounts of food in order to get his picture on the wall for breaking eating records in various restaurants around the country. My favorite episode is the malt milkshake challenge –  You can click the link below to watch in case you missed it … this one does not end pretty.

Malt Milkshake Challenge

Anyways, Emma was talking about how much she loves that show and I said, “Well, maybe they should make a show called Women vs Food and then you could go on it. I bet you could break some eating records, especially if shrimp was involved.”  Emma is small, but mighty and has been known to beat her three older brothers in eating contests.

“I think it should be a show called Kids vs Food and kids would compete against each other to see who could eat the most and who could break the records.” Emma said

“That sounds like a great idea – maybe we should let you direct and produce it.”

“Yeah – I could. But I’d want to be in on the contests too.”

She started writing down ideas for the food she would want to have on the show and then she said, “You know I bet some of the kids on the show would get indigestion or even throw up. But you know what I’d tell them?”

“No, what?” I asked

“I’d tell them it’s not my problem!”  she answered putting her hands on her hips. “They need to suck it up and not be such a baby.”

Well, I guess that’s what they call “tough love”… she’s small, but mighty, just like I said.

Oreo Brownies

August 17, 2011

Here is a recipe that I tried out this week for Oreo Brownies. I found it on the back of the brownie box (which you all know is how I make “homemade” brownies) and since Oreos and brownies are two of our family’s favorite foods I thought it would be fun to try. It’s easy (of course) … because I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend in the kitchen! 

Prepare a package of brownies according to the directions on the box except for add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos (I used Double Stuff).  Cook according to directions on box.  Let cool completely.  After they are cool frost with 1 tub of vanilla frosting and top with 2/3 cup – 1 cup of crushed Oreos. 

That’s all there is too it ! 

I crushed my Oreos by putting in a Ziploc bag and crushing them and the kids thought this was really fun. 

They are REALLY rich, but delicious!

While eating dinner one night we started talking about dreams.

Emma started telling us about her dream (or maybe more accurately “nightmare”) that she had the night before. 

This dream involves food (as most of Emma’s dreams do) and I’m pretty sure is the result of too much sugar before bed ….

So this is how the dream went (as told to me by Emma). 


(Images below were created by Emma with a little help from Mom)

There was this giant river of lava filled with cookies.

They were GIANT metal cookies. 

Well, the cookies weren’t metal, but there was metal on the bottom of the cookies to keep the lava from making the cookies soggy. 

I was jumping from cookie to cookie like this (she showed me how she was jumping or hopping from one cookie to the next).

One of the cookies was really far apart so I had to jump like I was doing the long jump (again she gave me a visual interpretation of the jump). 

I had to be careful not to fall in the hot lava!

I was going faster and faster because I was being chased by an evil donut! 

You know, donuts are my worst enemy! 

He was a mean donut and he was chasing me as I jumped across the lava on the cookies. 

I was so scared … he was getting closer and closer.

But then, my hero showed up!

Grandpa came and he scooped me up and saved me from the evil donut and took me back to his house.

We ate cookies together. 

I was so glad to be safe that I ate all the cookies that Grandpa had and drank all his milk too!

He didn’t care though, he was just happy I was safe and snuggled up on his lap.

Try Something New

January 28, 2011

I have never been big on trying new things, especially when
it comes to food … I always order the same thing when I go to
restaurants. I often THINK about trying something new, but I
usually chicken out because, “What if I don’t like it?” So I guess
I can’t complain when my kids use this excuse …. they come by it

So tonight we took the kids to Fazoli’s and instead of my
usual baked spaghetti, I branched out and tried the baked ravioli.
It wasn’t as good as the baked spaghetti, but it wasn’t terrible
either. And, of course, with the bread sticks you never leave
Fazoli’s hungry! I know what you’re thinking …. baked ravioli is
not a whole lot different than baked spaghetti, but just remember…
“baby steps”.

The other new thing I’m trying is that I am posting
this from the WordPress App on my iPhone instead of from my laptop.
Again, something I’ve thought of doing before, but just never
actually done. Wow … two new things in one day! Maybe change and
trying new things aren’t so bad after all!