Last weekend, our water container cracked. It was plastic and my youngest daughter had painted flowers on the outside (it was a project for one of her middle school classes). Now I'm not tossing the thing out, my daughter made it. I can't fix it, so I've used it to repot a plant. But this happened late last Friday night. I kind of scowled, I'm sure.
I wasn't in the mood to go out and buy something new at that late hour. So instead, I just forgot about it. C.I. was visiting (as she generally does on Fridays) and when someone (my son Mike?) finished off a 2 liter soda, she rinsed it out and put water in it.
I saw it the next morning and thought that was practical because I was thirsty, my throat was dry (so dry, I'd decided, as I walked to the kitchen, no coffee for me that morning) and I poured myself a glass of water.
Later that day, I couldn't find one like we had. And I want one like we were using. (Not the flowers -- that would be nice but I doubt my youngest daughter's going to get out the paints. But the same style, with the screw top that was attached to the water container.) So I just told myself I'd look on Sunday after church (my folks were bringing food over so I didn't even need to cook). But I got home and was putting away the groceries (with a lot of help -- thank you to everyone) when I notice the Dr. Pepper bottle is half-empty. I was glad because I'm always trying to get my family to drink more water in the summer. (We all drink water but you need even more in the summer heat.) So I mentioned that to my husband who told me he'd refilled it already once today. It really became a hit.
And I tried to figure that out and talked to my oldest son (he and his daughter live with us) and what we decided was that we're conditioned to reach for something cold in the fridge and we do have a sweet tooth so we automatically reach for the sodas. So the water being in the soda bottles actually has us drinking more of it. Including my husband who does not do ice water and doesn't like water out of the fridge. He probably drinks 48 to 64 ounces of water a day but always straight from the faucet because he likes it that way. But with it in the Dr. Pepper bottle, he's been drinking it. In fact, our soda for the past week was easily cut in half. I only had to go the pantry twice last week (that's where I keep the soda). And when we had another empty bottle, we used it the same way to get two bottles going in the fridge.
Lou is 13-years-old and discovered our kitchen via her mother. Her mother who is a single mother, works a full time job during the week and works at least 16 hours Saturday and Sunday at a part time job. Lou has a younger brother who is 10. And Lou's mother would usually come home after work, take a 30 minute nap, then go to the kitchen and cook a good meal for them to eat as a family. Lou and her brother tried to help out by cleaning the table and stuff like that (and I'm sure it was a big help). But Lou has learned a number of recipes here because she figured if she could clean the pan or pot, she could probably cook in it too.
She now fixes dinner during the week. (They do sandwiches and salad one weekend night and order pizza the other.) She also has taught her brother a recipe that her teacher gave her. He can cook it and he's only 10, she wrote and wanted to share it here. I'm thrilled to be able to, Lou. And after getting her mother's permission to share the above, I'm going to. (If you are a kid and you share details about your life, I will make sure it's okay with your parent or guardian before posting them here. I don't want anyone's life to be harmed by something online. For example, Lou's father stays in touch by phone since he had to move to a new state or lose his job at a company. But someone else might not see their father and might not see him for a good reason. So I'm just more comfortable checking with a parent or guardian before anything like that goes up here.)
Tuna and Noodles
2 packages of Ramen noodles -- any flavor, you're not going to use the flavor packet
1 twelve-ounce bag of frozen corn (kernals, not cob)
1 five-ounce can of tuna, drained
dash of soy sauce
Cook the noodles "like it says on the Ramen wrapper." As it warms, add the corn. Add in a dash of soy sauce. Stir in the tuna. "You should have three bowls worth. Eat while hot."
That's a great recipe and, Lou, your mother says you are a great cook. I'm sure that's true because you cook with the most important ingredient: caring.
The economy? There's no good news there. I'll grab the topic on Monday, tonight, let's just be happy for Lou and her mother and her brother.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: