Today’s menu: salisbury steak, bread, corn, pineapple fruit cup, milk
A teacher stopped me as I was walking with my lunch and said, “I wish they served mashed potatoes with that.” You and me both! Mashed potatoes and corn is a beautiful pairing. My great-grandmother loved to mix mashed potatoes and corn together. I guess I got that from her. In my family mashed potatoes and corn would be served with roasted chicken or turkey. Delish!
My husband on the other hand doesn’t mind mashed potatoes from flakes. Actually I tried them because he bought a package. I won’t do that again. He bought the package awhile ago and I’m going to have to find a time to throw away what’s left when he’s not around. I mean, how hard is it to boil potatoes and mash them? File potato flakes under “unnecessary convenience item.”
The “steak” was salty. And today I did not sop up the thin gravy with the bread because of my concerns about too much sodium. Do you ever cough when you eat something salty? I coughed a bit today over lunch. My lunch trash went into the classroom garbage can and when I came back into the room, it smelled overwhelmingly like the salisbury steak. A kid commented, “It smells like hamburger in here.” I opened another window.
I also found out that the kids eat the salisbury steak by placing it in between the two pieces of bread and eating it like a sandwich. Makes sense to me, but I wonder if that’s how the creators of this meal envisioned it. Somehow I don’t think so.
I am physically and mentally exhausted. I have been sick quite a lot this Spring, everyone in the family has been on antibiotics at least once, and I really need some rest over the summer. Not to mention wanting a little detox from the food.
I’m finalizing my summer plans and I will be sharing some of them with you, but I decided I’m going the “volunteering” route. I had mentioned wanting to be a “lunch lady” over the summer, but I decided I didn’t want to get on anybody’s payroll and have a work schedule per se. What I really need is to rest after the grueling year I will soon be completing. So I’m going to do some volunteering with kids (and some food too), which gives me more flexibility on scheduling. I will be reporting on that over the summer.
One of the reasons I came back to work after having a baby was that working a school year allows me to be a full-time mom in the summer. I’m really looking forward to doing all the things I put off doing during the school year. Zoo and museum trips, traveling to visit family all over, and just plain hanging out. Additionally, our budget can’t handle a summer of full-time childcare. Part-time is affordable, but I can’t stomach tons of childcare over the summer when what really is required is more Mommy-time.
I need to rest up so that I can go back to eating school lunch in the Fall! I’m probably going to be in tears when I go back to work because I won’t want to eat the food.