Scarlett of Suburbia

Field Notes from The Motherhood


February 2011

Science is my least favorite subject now because my teacher is useless. We’re studying genetics right now and it’s all, “blah blah blah…something about fruit flies, blah blah blah” – ya know? One of the other teams’ science teacher dressed up like a monk for the lesson. Now that’s cool. But not ours. He just reads out of the book. Bor-ing.

The 12 y.o. who wants to be able to vote on a 5-star rating system for teachers posted on the school web site, “you know, like eBay has for sellers”


You know that choir in the “Imported from Detroit” commercial? I want them to follow me around and sing gospel songs based on my mood. So when I’m happy, they sing, “Hallelujah” songs and people know I’m happy when they see me. And I keep people employed. So it’s a win-win-win.

The 12 y.o.

H! My name is “C”, I’m 4 years old and I’m famous. Well, I’m internet famous. And you?

The 4 y.o. introducing herself to the sales assistant at Von Maur

On Canadian Energy

The Mom: Potential energy is stored energy based on its position, like water at the top of Niagara Falls that is waiting to spill over the top. For example, a rock on the ground is a rock, but a rock being held by a boy at the top of a 10-story building has potential energy. The potential energy in the rock at the top of the building becomes kinetic energy once the rock hits the ground. You could say that the potential energy in the rock at the top of the building is equal to the kinetic energy of the rock once it has hit the ground. So what do you think kinetic energy means?
The 8 y.o.: That the boy is Canadian?

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Menu Plan for the Week of 2/20/11 to 2/26/11

Sunday 2/20

b/ French Toast Casserole, Bacon, Milk

l/ Fish Pie, Whole Wheat Bread

s/ Breakfast Bars

d/ Ouefs en Cocotte, Creamed Spinach, Apple Flapjack Crumble


Monday 2/21

b/ Pancakes & Maple Syrup, Scrambled Egg, Clementine Orange

l/ Mac & Cheese, Peas, Apple Slices

s/ Shrimp Cocktail

d/ Maple Chicken Drumsticks & Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot & Raisin Salad, Rolls


Tuesday 2/22

b/ Chopped Fruit Salad w Greek Yogurt

l/ Hot Dogs on Whole Wheat Buns, Oven Fries, Carrot Sticks

s/ Homemade Chocolate Croissants

d/ Swedish Salmon, Sweet & Sour Cucumber Salad, Warm Baby Potato Salad, Chocolate Mousse


Wednesday 2/23

b/ Cold Cereal Bar, Fruit

l/  Chicken Caesar Cornets, Carrot Sticks, Apple, Yogurt

s/ English Muffin Pizzas

d/ Prosciutto Quesadillas w Guacamole, Vegetarian Refried Beans, Shred Lettuce & Tomato Salad


Thursday 2/24

b/ Wheetabix or Steel-cut Oatmeal, Dried or Fresh Berries

l/ Crab & Avocado Wraps, Sliced Cucumber, Pirate’s Booty, Clementine Orange,  

s/ Vanilla or Chocolate Milkshakes

d/ Buttermilk Roast Chicken Drumsticks, New Orleans’ Coleslaw, Oven Fries


Friday 2/25

b/ Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Slices, Milk

l/ Leftovers

s/ Leftovers

d/ Mustard Pork Chops, Gnocchi, Fennel Salad


Saturday 2/26

b/ Panera Bagels & Cream Cheese

l/ Baked Potato Bar w Fixin’s

s/ Yogurt w Granola and Berries

d/ Unfussy Fusilli w Meatballs, Tossed Green Salad, Garlic Bread


French Toast Casserole

5 cups bread cubes
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup white sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon margarine, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter an 8×8 inch baking pan. 
  2. Line bottom of pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. pour egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50 minutes, until top is golden.

On Marriage

The 4 y.o.: Mom, I don’t know who I am going to marry. It’s certainly not anyone I know right now.
The Mom: Well, you have a long time to find the right boy for you.
The 4 y.o.: But Mom – if I don’t know him now, he’s a stranger. And I’m not supposed to talk to strangers. And if I can’t talk to strangers, how am I going to ever meet him? (deep sigh) I’m never gonna get married.

Breakfast Bars

Although these oaty-chewy bars take 1 hr to bake, double the recipe and make a batch on the weekend so they are ready during the week when you need breakfast or a snack when collecting hungry children from school or activities. They store well in an airtight container and I think get better over time.

Ingredients – Makes 16

1 14-fl oz can condensed milk

2 1/2 c rolled oats (NOT instant)

1 c shred coconut

1 c dried cranberries

1 c mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

1 c natural unsalted peanuts



Preheat oven to 250F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. Warm the condensed milk in a large pan. Meanwhile, mix all the other ingredients together and add the warmed condensed milk, using a rubber spatula to fold and distribute. Spread the mixture into the greased pan and press down with a spatula or use your hands (wearing disposable latex gloves helps the mixture from sticking to your hands) to make the surface even. Bake for 1 hour, remove and after 15 minutes, cut into four across and four down to make 16 chunky bars. Let cool completely.


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