Tonight is Ren’s 5th grade picnic–a big deal because Wednesday night he “graduates” from elementary school with a Moving On Ceremony. Sniff! After Thursday, we’ll be a family of middle schoolers and beyond.
Here’s an almost verbatim conversation from just now:
Me: I’ve got to pick up some things at the grocery store today for tonight’s picnic.
|This is exactly what the dip looks like|
Ren: What are you bringing?
Me: Chips and Dip
Ren: What kind of chips and dip? The kind you brought to Kai’s picnic?
Me: (How in the world does he remember what I brought to his sister’s 5th grade picnic 2 years ago? But because I only make one kind of chips and dip–I just go with it) Yeah. The kind I made for your birthday party on Friday.
Ren: Good. That way you won’t embarrass me in front of my class.
Me: What I bring to a picnic could embarrass you?
Ren: (poking his chest out and rolling his eyes) Yah!!
Me: What food could possibly embarrass you in front of the class?
Me: Vegetables would embarrass you? Why?
Ren: Because we would look like health freaks.
Ren: Because no one’s going to like it, and it looks bad if no one eats it. Chips and Dip is good.
Sigh. This morning as I drove home from the gym and waved when passing one of my progeny walking to school, she crinkled her nose at me. Usually she waves and smiles and looks happy to see me even though I’m sweat drenched with hair sticking up all over the place. But today, apparently I embarrassed her too.
Was it my appearance? Was it the wave? Was it the smile? Who knows?
A little out of spite, but also because there’s nothing Scott and I will be able to eat as we resolutely march on with the i-diet, I think I’m also going to bring fava bean dip with crudite just because I can. . .
Let the public humiliation begin.
Auntie Heather’s Taco Dip
My sister-in-law brings this Dip everywhere–and it truly is the easiest but also most addictive dip in the world
8 oz. cream cheese (I use low-fat)
1 can chili (I use Hormel Turkey chili)
8 oz cheddar cheese (can use mexican blend, jack, pepper jack, whatever you like)
Tortilla Chips (I like lime flavored Tostitos best)
1. Spread cream cheese on bottom of pie plate
2. Dump chili over it
3. Sprinkle cheese over it
4. Bake for 20 minutes in 350 oven, or if you’re pressed for time just microwave it for 3 minutes.
5. Mix it up a little otherwise people will just scoop up the top and leave all the cream cheese