Southern Food

As I’ve mentioned in just about every other article I’ve written, my life is total ferkin chaos.  I have children and work coming out of my ears.  Take one minute out of my morning routine and you might as well have thrown a grenade into Big Ben. The gears disengage, the wheels stop turning, everything locks down and time stops.

The grenade this morning came in the form of a breakfast food outage.  I somehow managed to let the well run dry of our typical breakfast fare.  And since we do not have cooked breakfast on Tuesday (it’s not in the schedule!), I had to improvise.

I quickly made the kids cheese toast, set the table and started the Kilimanjaro relay race of bringing the onions down for breakfast. I stacked their clothes for the day on the counter and pointed them toward the table.

Brutus: (staring at his cheese toast) “I wanted a pop tart.”

Me: “We don’t have any pop tarts.”

Brutus: “I feel like I really don’t want cheese toast today.”

Me: “Well, what do you feel like? We’re also out of peanut butter, yogurt, fruit and cereal.”

Brutus: “A peanut butter sandwich.”

Me: (swallowing a smart-ass remark): “We’re OUT of peanut butter. You can have the cheese toast or a (dried up) granola bar (from the bottom of my purse) and those are your only options.”

Brutus: “Why don’t we have any pop tarts?”

Me: “Because I didn’t know we were out (since your father takes the last one out of the box and leaves the box in the cabinet so when I see 67 pop tart boxes in there I ASSUME we might actually have some) so I didn’t buy any at the store.”

Brutus: (eating the cheese toast) “Mama, can you make a special important thing to remember that I love only pop tarts so I won’t have long sad days again?”

My new mission in life?  To never EVER run out of pop tarts again.

Which got me to thinking… why am I buying pop tarts?  I hate pop tarts.  I fancy myself to be quite the cook so why am I feeding my family this crap?  After a quick search online I came across this post from a blogger I already love (figures), Smitten Kitchen.  These look amazing and I now know exactly what I’ll be stocking my freezer with this weekend.

Read the full post here:  Homemade Pop Tarts by Smitten Kitchen






Mandy Richburg Rivers

Mandy Richburg Rivers

Mandy lives in Lexington, South Carolina, is a contributing writer for the Food & Drink section and is currently working on her first cookbook. Mandy is an award winning recipe writer and judges regional cook-offs and other culinary contests.

“I'm just a gal that likes food. Of course I like to eat, but what I've discovered about myself over the years is that there are more ways for me to enjoy food than just eating it. I like to shop for it, read about it, cook it, entertain with it and write about it. And when it's really good, sometimes I'm tempted to throw it on the floor and roll in it."