Rent A Mom

This week I my youngest daughter had a school project due that involved food. For her 5th grade Social Studies class she had to find a dessert to make from a country that her ancestors came from.

We have basically become mutts over the years in my family. I am 25% Irish, 25% Danish, and 50% French and my husband is Polish, German and French as far as he knows. My daughter chose France as her country. We decided to make Eclairs for her project. They were actually very easy to make! 

Chocolate Eclairs

5th Grade Social Studies Project

Chocolate Éclairs

Ingredients:
Filling:
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant chocolate
pudding mix prepared to directions on box
 
Pastries:
1/2 cup butter (1 Stick)
1 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
 
Chocolate Icing:
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Prepare pudding according to instructions on box. Chill 1 hour in refrigerator.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.
3. In a heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, water and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Pour in flour all at once and stir vigorously until fully incorporated and mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat, let rest 5 minutes. Then beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
4. Drop dough into twelve equal mounds on baking sheets. Spread each mound into a 4×1/2 inch rectangle.
5. Bake in preheated oven 35 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and with a paring knife make a hole at one end of each éclair. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F. Return éclairs to oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Prepare icing while éclairs are cooling. Heat 2 tablespoons butter with chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Set aside.
7. To assemble: Using a pastry bag with a small tip, pipe the filling into each éclair. Frost with chocolate icing. Chill until serving.

 

Yesterday afternoon I went to pick my daughter up at school. As usual there are a few of us moms who buck the Car Line Rule and stand at the school’s front doors to pick up the kids. I know, we are such rebels! This way we can gossip talk about what is going on at school and such.

Well yesterday I asked one of the other moms what her daughter was making for the Social Studies project. I got a blank look from her at first and then the look of fear started to show! She had no idea that there was a project due the next day! She asked me what we were doing and I told her what we had picked. She offered me $30 to make her a batch of Eclairs for her daughter! I asked her if they were part French and she said “We will be for tomorrow if you can make them for us!” I took her up on her deal and we made an extra dozen Eclairs. I filled her Eclairs with vanilla pudding and used white chocolate for the frosting.

This little incident has got me to thinking… maybe I should start a new business. Rent A Mom! I could hire myself out to make desperately needed cookies and cupcakes. What, you can’t make little Timmy’s school play?! Have no fear Super Mom is here! For $50 an hour I will attend the play for you! Just e-mail me a recent photo of little Timmy and I will videotape and take pictures for you. But wait, there’s more! Act now and for just an extra $20 I will stand up a give your child the old “Way to go Timmy!” shoutout!

Hey, I’m just thinking out loud here!

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It’s Only A Game

In my family we are very competitive. When we play games we play to win! There is no such thing as letting someone win, not even the kids. They must learn from experience and master whatever it is they are playing on their own.

With all that being said, I AM PISSED! For the first time as a mother one of my kids beat me at miniature golf. It couldn’t even be the oldest one either, NO, it had to be my youngest daughter. Sure, go ahead and rub salt into the wound!

My youngest daughter was all excited when we went to our favorite mini-golf course down in Galveston this past weekend because she got to play her favorite course. They have two courses there, The Ocean Side and the Jungle Side. We normally play the Jungle Side but because it was so hot we decided to play the Ocean Side and take advantage of the sea breeze.

I knew it was going to be a tough day when on the first hole I started pulling my ball to the left for a score of 4 and she made a hole in one! I did not let that dampen my spirit at all and I came back from that with a few hole in ones myself. She was a child on a mission and just flat out scored me. She beat me by 3 strokes!

The worse part was we had money on the line and I had to pay her a dollar! When I paid up to the little mob queen she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Nice doing business with you and just remember Mom, It’s only a game!”

Oh, shut up! Damn kid!

I Just Don’t Understand!

We have the same routine pretty much every morning. I wake up at 5:15 chug down 6 cups of black coffee and make my way upstairs at 6 to make sure that both of my girls are alive and moving. I go back downstairs to make breakfast for them and pack their lunches.

My oldest daughter’s school starts at 7:20 and my youngest daughter’s school starts at 7:40. We leave the house at 6:40 to make the daily school run. I drop my oldest daughter off at 6:50 and then head over to my youngest daughter’s school. We get there about 7 and have to sit for 40 minutes. I don’t mind waiting as we study for spelling and multiplication or just have fun singing with the radio.

This was the conversation I had this morning with my adorable 16 year old:

  • Sweet 16: “Mom can we leave for school a little earlier this morning?”
  • Crabby old Mom: “No, we can’t leave much earlier than we we already do!”
  • Sweet 16: “But Mom, I have to stop by Mrs. So-and-So’s class this morning.”
  • Crabby old Mom: “You have plenty of time to do that. The first bell doesn’t ring until 7:10.”
  • Sweet 16: “But Mom, I have people I need to talk to in the morning.”
  • Crabby old Mom: “Well I guess your people will just have to find a way to get their morning started without you today.”
  • Sweet 16: “I wish you could swap places with me and see what I have to do every day! You just don’t understand!

I let her have the last word, because like my mom used to always say: “Last tag’s a dirty pig and I’m a little lady!”

Just to note: We left at our usual time of 6:40! 🙂

Hello Dolly

I live in the Gulf Coast area of Texas. Luckily for us we are not near where Hurricane Dolly came in. For the past 3 days we have seen cloud bands from the storm, which in my opinion are really cool. I am one of those strange people that like hurricanes. I have been known to go outside during hurricanes before. I am just in awe of them for some reason. My mother was the same way.

Today we are finally seeing some rain from Dolly. So what do my kids do during a really stormy day? They both ask me if they can get their swimsuits on and go outside in the rain. My reply was “Go for it! If it starts lightening, use your little heads and come inside!”

It is nice to see a family tradition being passed on! Even if we are all crazy!

Oh Yes I Did!

Yesterday afternoon I so did it! I picked up my 15 year old daughter and her friend from high school and asked my daughter:

  •  “Guess what I heard on the radio when I turned the car on?”
  • “What Mom?” was her reply in a ‘Do I really want to know’ voice.
  • “I heard Little Bunny Foo Foo!” in my all excited ‘I am such a dork’ voice. (The Shari Lewis version was her favorite song when she was 4! )

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Of course I had to start singing it. I could not resist it. Then I started laughing my butt off because her friend started to sing it with me. My poor daughter wanted to die, I could tell. But then I started to sing Shari Lewis’ The Song that Doesn’t End!

So there we were, the three of us with the car windows down, singing on the top of our lungs trying to get out of the high school traffic jam! I love embarrassing my kids.

Growing Up Mom

How many times have you said to yourself that you will not be like your mother when you have kids? I know I said it about a million times when I was growing up! Well guess what, you can’t stop it from happening! No matter how hard you try you will at some point in time end up saying or doing things just like your own mother did, for better or worse.

The quote my mom used the most was “Because I said so!” I swore I would never use it when I had kids. When my oldest hit the famous “But Why?” stage I found myself using it, now it is said on a daily basis. Other hated but used now quotes are:

  • “This is my house, these are my rules!”
  • “When you pay your own rent you can do what you want!”
  • “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? (My oldest always says “Depends how tall the bridge is.”  Smart Ass Kid!)
  • “Just wait until you have kids of your own!”
  • “If you don’t stop I am going to pull this car over!”
  • “Close the door…Do you think I am paying all this money to AC the whole neighborhood!”
  • “Leave your sister alone, and you stop that damn whining!”
  • “One day you will think this is funny.”

I can’t wait to see the look of horror on my own kids faces when one day it finally hits them like a ton of bricks, that yes in the end they will be just like their dear old mom!

Enough Is Enough!

I am one of those strange moms who really gets sympathy pains when one of my kids is sick or hurt and I don’t know how but I can tell which one of them it is.

Today all I have to say is Enough Is Enough already! I have started having sympathy pimples! The past 2 weeks I have found that when my teen-age daughter gets a pimple I get one as well and in the exact same place. I have not had a breakout in at least 20 years! I know how embarrassing life is with having pimples from experience why do I have to re-live it with her!!