Thursday, March 11, 2010
Growing up, my mom used to cook a big dinner using the slow cooker. For several years we always had mashed potatoes, a vegetable, brown-n-serve rolls and some kind of meat for Sunday dinner. It would always be ready when we got home from church and tasted great!
When I started writing my book, I asked my brother and sisters if they had any funny memories about dad and my brother mentioned that he remembered how dad would always fix our dog, Brownie, a special plate on Sundays. I had forgotten about this. Brownie loved these Sunday dinners too!
At one point though our routine changed to going to McDonald’s for Sunday lunch. Brownie was disappointed but us kids were happy about it. We still had meat sometime during the week so Brownie still got some meat bones every week so don’t feel too bad for him. Us kids loved McDonald’s and it gave my mom a break from cooking. My mom was overweight and consequently was very careful about making sure us kids didn’t get fat. When we went to McDonald’s, she would bring along a couple paper cups to split the shakes. She always said that we didn’t need that big of a shake. My dad didn’t mind at all and saved a little money too doing that.
Portion control is a good practice to get into if you want to eat unhealthy things now and then. For example, I love pizza and could easily gobble up an entire large one at one sitting with no trouble at all, but I don’t. In fact, I have cut my pizza portion size down to just two slices instead of three like I used to eat before I started working out. When I was younger, I was more active and had better metabolism but as I age, I notice my metabolism has slowed down and so I adjusted my eating habits.
So, how many slices of pizza do you eat at a time? Do you like McDonald’s? Do you split shakes for your kids?
Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt: Where was your favorite place to eat when you were a child?
To find out more about my book and why I wrote it, read the Foreword here.
"My Funny Dad, Harry" Book Giveaway
Congratulations to all the winners of the giveaway for "My Funny Dad, Harry" at Red Pine Mountain. I am so happy that four of my regular commenters won! Read what Tim thought of it at Everyday Living.