Category Archives: Food

The War at Dinner

My daughter, Annie, often has a hard time finishing her food. She has no medical condition keeping her from getting it down. She just is picky. She also will randomly decide she doesn’t like something she’s eaten hundreds of times before.

Tonight, she decided that she didn’t like cucumbers. I was pretty patient. I told her that based on the facts that I have seen her eat them and love them on many occasion and that she had a grand total of two whole slices of cucumber that she would be eating them.

The war began.

“I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them.”

I was beginning to feel slightly brainwashed. I started to wonder if, in fact, I had ever seen her eat them before. It began again.

“I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them. I don’t want them. I don’t like them. I never eat them.”

I seized upon the facts. They were my only hope. I thought back to all the times that I have made this child salad. I make salad a lot. Salad here has lettuce, tomato, green peppers, and… CUCUMBERS! I was correct! Victory was in sight.

I told her firmly that the cucumbers would be eaten. The battle lines were drawn. She decided to change tactics.

“I’m hiding my mouth!” says she.

I’ll admit, my brain’s first instinct was to yell “WE FOUND OSAMA BIN LADEN, PUNK! WE WILL FIND YOUR MOUTH!”

I took the better parental path. I did not waiver. I remained firm. Her mouth was found. The cucumbers were eaten.

Parent 1 – Child 0

Ruth’s Steakhouse

Yesterday, Max and I wanted to go out to breakfast. I think he wanted to try out Steak n’ Shake’s breakfast, but I wanted to try a restaurant that I had seen a few times in passing. In addition, I love little diners or locally owned restaurants like Ruth’s Steakhouse. I convinced him to try this restaurant with me and I believe he was glad he did.

Ruth’s Steakhouse is located at 7409 Us-301 S in Riverview. It’s located in the same shopping center as The Riverview Flea market and the Dollar General. It’s a very honest looking place. By that, I mean that they aren’t trying to be anything they aren’t. They are a small restaurant that serves up honest food. The restaurant itself is a one room place about half the size of the interior of a 7-11. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

After you seat yourself at at table, there are no booths, a server will quickly come and take your drink order. The servers are all very friendly and they spoke to my kids in a comfortable way that made me feel like we were truly welcome. They serve Pepsi products, which I will admit, always makes me sad. Max ordered a Sierra Mist and I ordered a coffee. Jack was content with the contents of his bottle. The coffee was weaker than my preference, but Max said his Sierra Mist was the best he’d ever had.

The food is priced fairly. I ordered the breakfast special which included 2 pancakes, 2 sausage links, and 2 eggs for $4.55. Max ordered  a meal off the children’s menu for $3.90 which consisted of one egg, 2 slices of bacon, and 2 slices of toast. They only serve white bread. We also ordered a half serving of biscuits and gravy for $2.50 which was a biscuit sliced in half with a generous serving of gravy on top.

The pancakes were perfect and the eggs were cooked exactly the way I ordered them, over medium. I cannot understand why so many restaurants can’t get this right, but I want my egg whites cooked through. The sausage was acceptable, but the sausage gravy seemed to be from a mix or a can with chunks of sausage patty thrown in. Despite this, the gravy was good and for the price I thought it was fair.

Max devoured his food so quickly that I’m 100% sure he loved it. He ate the gravy and, despite better training, declared with his mouth still full that it was “GOOD!”

The meal total with drinks was $15.14 and I felt it was a good value, especially for Riverview where I have not seen many restaurants of it’s kind. I will definitely go back soon to try the dinner menu.

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Look what I made! Oh! The wonderful pleasure of chocolate. Devil’s food cake. I had planned to make a spice cake, but it was not to be.



This cake is so lovely and moist. Even my daughter, who won’t eat chocolate, is desperate to try it. I had one slice yesterday and it was every bit as good as I had hoped.

>That’ll do.

>Some days, the little things are enough.

It wasn’t fancy, but it was delicious. 

>Chaos and consumables

>I have been incredibly busy. I had a wonderful weekend with my boyfriend and even visited my Grandma. I was prepared for a tough week since my boss is in Vegas for a trade show, but it has taken a turn towards Suckville.

Last night, my boyfriend proved that he’s pretty awesome. I knew I was going to be in the office for a good portion of the evening. He offered to drive about 45 minutes to bring me dinner. That, my loyal reader(s), is love.

Tonight, I don’t think I will be so lucky. I planned ahead. By planning ahead I mean that I took out my crockpot, threw things in it, and hoped for the best. I’m telling you what is in it so that if I die you will know not to ever eat such a meal yourself.

Courtney’s Chaotic Concoction (AKA Dinner)

  • One pound baby bella mushrooms (Whole since I had no time to chop them.)
  • One can of diced tomatos.
  • One can of black beans.
  • One can of mixed vegetables.
  • One can of tomato soup.
  • Half of one medium onion. (Chopped in big chunks due to time.)
  • One soup can of water.
  • One can of light red kidney beans.
  • One shot of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. (In the crock, not in your mouth. It’s 6am, people!)
  • One Teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce.
  • One Teaspoon of hotsauce.
  • Salt
  • Pepper.
  • Broccoli.

Throw everything into the pot. I have listed the ingredients in the order I tossed them in, which is also the order I thought of or saw them. I put the crock on low and I will be back home about 13 hours after turning it on.

This might be one of the reasons I am not married. I have no food fear, except for the fear of feeding other people. This is why. I will almost eat anything.

>Lychee Jelly Cups

>I had my very first Lychee Jelly cup yesterday. It was very good. It reminded me of a Jello shot, with the exception of the fact that you can get it out of the cup with relative ease. You simply squeeze the size of the cup and it pops up.

I was told that it was very sweet and that I probably wouldn’t like it, but I prepared myself, squeezed the cup, and took a bite. It was very good. It is a very sweet think gel substance with small chunks of coconut in it. The coconut is soft from being immersed in the gel and is surprisingly complimentary.

To find out more about the Lychee Fruit you can go here, here, or here.

To buy Lychee Jelly cups you can try here.