With the weather being so hot, cooking a semi-warm dinner for my family that does not involve the b-b-q has become somewhat of a problem. I refuse to heat up the oven for more than 15 minutes at a time (which does a number on the inside temperature of our house), leaving me with few options other than frozen chicken nuggets or . . . frozen chicken nuggets.
We've been eating a lot of nuggets from the freezer this week (and then quickly turning off the 400-degree oven so as not to create a sauna in our own home!).
While the kids dine on their gourmet meal, I usually fix something else for us (that is, when Brett isn't at work - in which case all bets are off and I'll be found hovering over my childrens' plates, drooling over their greasy yumminess until they give their panting mother a wee bite).
I always try to add fresh veggies and fruit into the mix so as not to completely ruin their health. But kids, even my kids (who will eat veggies of all shapes and sizes) love to dip in ranch dressing, don't' they? Kind of ruins the whole "healthy" aspect of the vegetable-eating, but still, not the worst condiment in the world, so I let them dip away!
But don't let the ranch dip touch the nuggets.
That would be wrong.
That may result in a certain 8-year-old boy tossing the entire contents of his stomach into your kitchen sink. Yes, a sink full of dishes waiting to be loaded into the dishwasher. Yum.
After the "ranch and nugget" incident, I learned a valuable lesson: Never, ever, even if your life depends on it, put the ranch too close to anything else on your son's plate - use a little ramekin instead to avoid this situation entirely.
And, always have an empty sink. This makes cleaning up a whole lot easier!
Wine will be helpful in this situation as well. May I suggest a little Red Guitar (you can find it at Target for $9.99 a bottle and it's imported) and a little humor.