Mother, May I?
other, may I?” Ah, such a sweet phrase, redolent of nostalgic moments such as sipping lemonade while swinging on porch swings, eating the last bit of cotton candy while sitting, very still, in the top seat of the ferris wheel, or heading down to the corner store to buy some penny candy, back in the day when there was such a thing—pennies themselves, and candies that only cost that much. Which mamas out there are addressed as ‘Mother’, anymore? (My kids call me Mama, Kathy, Socks, or Tony—you tell me…). The grammar is evocative of a time when rote learning echoed through our schools, and complete sentences weren’t slowly disappearing. And finally, the very phrase itself—a question, asking for permission, and assuming a maternal authority. Times change, and everything with time, and although I sigh for good manners and a firm understanding of grammar, I am proud of having children with questioning, independent minds, who know themselves as equal, not lesser beings, due only to age. Off of my soapbox, now, and back to that
adorable little voice that started us off… the ‘May I’s’ that I remember were usually treat-related, whether that treat involved running to the park with a friend, taking the dog for a walk by themselves, or perhaps, a small smackerel of something delicious to snack on. Snacks get lost in the shuffle of healthy eating: people get so very concerned with what’s in the treat that they forget about the purpose of the treat. Treats are something special, something lovely, something on the sweet side of things, to brighten a day and pick up an afternoon. Processed foods are not great: anything too far removed from what it originally was should give a pause before we bring it home. Sweetness can be found in some unlikely sources: beets, carrots, and snap peas are all vegetables with a lot of natural sugar in them. Honey is an invert sugar. Stirred into warm milk with cinnamon, it makes a nice calming and comforting drink. It’s fun sometimes to say “Yes! Here’s a treat for you, Honey! Now go on an enjoy it!”
Red Smoothie 1 beet, boiled and peeled (as in cupcake recipe) 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries 1 small avocado 1 banana 1⁄2 red delicious apple (can leave the peel on) sprinkle cinnamon splash of liquid honey, if desired 1⁄2 – 3⁄4 cup almond milk, as necessary Place beet, blueberries, avocado pulp banana and apple in blender. Sprinkle cinnamon over top, squirt honey over. Pour almond milk in, and begin to blend, adding more almond milk as needed for taste. This is very nutritious, tastes good, and is a very striking colour, to boot.
Spicy Rice Crisps 1 box (non-Jumbo) puffed rice (or wheat) cereal, brown rice is nice 13⁄4 cup brown rice syrup 3⁄4 cup almond butter pinch salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg 1⁄4 tsp ground ginger Heat rice syrup in small saucepan over medium-low heat until thoroughly liquid, stirring often. Add spices, and almond but-
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