Alright, I have seriously reached my quota for weed pulling this season…
I don’t know what has gotten into me. Maybe I’m subconsciously trying to earn some “Wifey Points,” seeing as how my contribution to the yard work up until yesterday has been pretty slim.
Either way, I was so happy to see that Jay came home for lunch. This meant, a) he could empty the wheelbarrow for me, and b) he could witness firsthand that I was out doing dirty work without him asking.
If you ask me, that should be like, Rock Star Wife Status or something?
I will say though, as much as I despise doing yard work, I was blown away with how just the simple smell of fresh dirt brought me straight back to my childhood.
Days of playing in the yard…
Picking acorns to try to sell to my neighbors for a penny…
Building tree forts in the woods down the road from my parents’ house…
As long as it wasn’t storming, I feel like there was nothing keeping me, my brother, and my friends from playing outside.
Which got me thinking a bit more of kids today; twenty years from now, what things are they going to remember from their childhood? Are they going to be able to associate the smell of fresh dirt to playing outside? Or are they going to remember their PlayStation games? Facebook? Texting their friends back and forth from within the same room?
It both amazes and saddens me, the way that times have changed, but it also makes me appreciate my own childhood that much more. I know that when I have kids, I’m going to make sure that they still get outside, play around in the dirt…and then make sure they go ask “Dad” to help clean them up. Mwahaha…
Hey now, how was that for a little trip down Memory Lane?
Ok, let’s talk lunch. I came in from finishing those damn weeds and I was starving. For really only wanting to whip out the peanut butter jar and a spoon, I’d say I ended up with a pretty decent, possibly new favorite.
Plus this amazing tropical bowl of delicious. Ladies, Gents, I’m tellin’ you…if you love coconut as much as me (hellooo Malibu) then you’ve got to give this a try.
Taste of the Tropics Cottage Cheese Bowl
- 2/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1-2 drops coconut extract
- sweetener, to taste (optional)
- 4-5 strawberries, sliced
- 1 kiwi, sliced
- 3 roasted pecans, chopped
Mix the cottage cheese, coconut extract, cinnamon, and sweetener (if desired). Top with sliced strawberries, kiwi, and pecans. ENJOY!
This bowl was amazing; light, refreshing, with a subtle hint of coconut, which paired so well with the fruit and pecans.
I will most definitely be making this again!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and take a shower because I’m 110% sure that the reason Jay didn’t come within 10 feet of me when he left at lunch is because I smell horrendous. Woops.
Question for the Afternoon:
What smells do you associate with your childhood?
What do you think of the way children play today, compared to when you were younger?