More Adventures With Three

September 24th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness

This picture makes my lunch look so lovely. I think it’s the book in the background.

Hummus Sandwich and Gazpacho

A spread of sun dried tomato hummus on gently toasted Ezekiel bread, plump sliced tomatoes, home grown sprouts with a blanket of red leaf lettuce and a dabble of mustard. Chilled gazpacho made with the finest seasonal vegetables hand selected from a local grower.

Yours for the low price of simply having to request that everyone is dressed (pants at the very least) for our meal together, rise from your seat 10 times to tend to various items like fallen forks and drink refills. You also must shovel the last few bites of corn through the slats of your chair while agreeing to pretend you are feeding an animal in the zoo while saying to yourself dude, fine, whatever it takes to get this kid to eat some vegetables.

OK I’ll pay but I’m NOT leaving a tip.

After our fine dining experience we were off to Ava’s second homeschooled gym class offered at the university right down the street from our house.

Ava charged straight into the building happy and excited to play games with her peers. Maxine on the other hand lagged behind. She refused to walk, demanding to be carried due to a disagreement over the shoes I selected for her as we were leaving the house. Normally she would choose but today I decided for her so we could get out the door.

Maxine and I sat on the sidelines and waited for Ava. Well, it’s more accurate to say that I sat on the sidelines. Maxine complained about her shoes and articulated her displeasure in my choice of footwear for her.

There was crying. There was protesting of my refusal to leave the gym and go home without Ava. More complaints were filed over the shoes.

Finally, I told her – fine, then throw your shoes out, Maxine. Just throw them out if you hate them so much.

I don’t know what makes me say the things that I do. I don’t think I would make a good spy. I say outrageous things under pressure.

The offer to dispose of them took her by surprise. I think that’s what I was aiming for – I was going for shock value and I was successful.

She walked the 50 feet to the trash can (barefoot) with her purple crocs in hand. The formerly beloved favorite purple shoes that I paid $4 for at a consignment store and are on the brink of being too small. She held them over the trash can and turned back to see if I was bluffing.

Go ahead, I confirmed. Throw in them in garbage can. Do it.

And she did.

Threw Away Her Shoes

She walked back to me, decidedly pleased that she was rid of the wretched purple shoes. I, on the other hand was trying to decide if we were really going to leave without those $4 second hand crocs or not. This decision could very easily alter the course of our mother-daughter relationship forever.

Skipping right over the climax of my story, we came home and I got to work making Goddess Averie’s incredibly RAWesome dressing.

Soaked Cashews, Lemon, ACV, Agave and Herbs

Into the food processor went about half cup of soaked raw cashews, 1/3 cup of water, the juice from one lemon, a squeeze of agave, a couple shakes of dill, oregano and basil.


Bottled Goddess Dressing

Doused on a dinner salad fit for a the mother of a princess. That must make me a queen, right? Well if I’m a queen then Averie is easily a goddess because this salad dressing totally RAWk’d!

On a Salad

So what do you think? Did I retrieve those shoes from the trash? Or not?

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17 Responses

  • Fallon says:

    The salad dressing sounds really good!

    What happen to her pink shoes you bought her?

    I think you pulled them out of the trash. =P

  • Lizzy says:

    Ah i can’t tell if you got the shoes or not…… i’m gonna say. NO! eeeek i hope i’m right!

    Girl that salad is rockin! I need to come over to your casa for a Salad 101 lesson one day!..we can make them together and share our veggie goodness together!

  • Bernadette says:

    I think you left them… a mom’s gotta stand her ground sometime… ???

  • Woooo-hooooo for you making my dressing!!!! That’s freakin’ awesome. OMG and you posted about it today. I am on a new plan after this weekend that my posts are gonna be shorter and more up to the minute. I only do one marathon post every 24 and I’m gonna change that up as soon as I clear out some trinkets from my posting hopper. I digress but I am so linkin’ you back in the a.m. my dear. You are the bomb and I am so glad you made it and liked it! It’s really reminiscent to me of the Annie’s Goddess dressing or something to that effect. Sans the tahini which is the core ingredient in Goddess. Or in my Goddess dressing, the core ingredient is a wing and a prayer than $4 worth of cashews don’t end up down the drain cuz my spice blend sucked. But in this case, it worked. Love you mama!

    As for the shoes, as an unschooly-ish homeschoolin’ mama that you are (and me too), you totally left em in the can and walked off. That’s my prediction. The suspense, how will I take it…fill us in in the a.m. please :)

  • Erin says:

    Ugh! The suspense!

    I say you left them and then realized you could have Ava take them out of the trash! You can still hold your Mom card in tact and you wouldn’t have lost the 4 dollar shoes that she’d probably put on tomorrow out of her own free will!! That child is hilarious. She reminds me soooo much of my sister.

    And your salad? Why do you have the most amazing eats? Can we just live in the same neighborhood so I can quit my job, nanny your children when need be, and you can pay me in sprouts, amazing dressings, and nut meat?

  • Totallyfried/Sam says:

    I skipped over to the end to see if you got the purple crocs out or not!!!

    My take – You did pull them out of trash. But not before she asked you for it.. 😉

  • Rebecca says:

    That sandwich looks awesome! I think you left the shoes!

  • Leianna says:

    I think you left them, I would have, but thats because I always want to win and get rid of unwanted junk:)
    Great sprouts on the sammie and salad!

  • janetha says:

    hahah.. the shoe fiasco had me laughing. you are such a good momma. i am so curious about if you got them. i think you left them though, you are right, it could alter things for life! and yes, the book is definitely the reason.

  • Hmmm… only $4 at the consignment store AND they are almost too small…I would have left ’em. Little girls can be so dramatic! Snuffy always wants to wear my pearls…I let her! However, she is in daycare until our sitter is off maternity leave and they won’t let her wear them there (safety issue). So, the first few days she freaked out. Now, she doesn’t even remember them 😉

  • “the suspense is killing me. i hope it lasts” – willy wonka

    my guess is you left them….

  • Libby says:

    Hi Alison,

    I’m guessing you got the shoes but plan to donate them back to charity. My Mum used to threaten Christy like that and she’d always go along with the throw out choice too :-).

    Both lunch and the dressing look delicious.


  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    “you got ’em” was my first answer but J@WholeBodyLove’s reasoning has made we waiver.

  • shawna says:

    I’m guessing “No”!

    We did the same thing with toys the other night. Someone refused to put them away, so I said if I was picking them up, I was throwing them away. She called my bluff for a second, but that twinkle in her eye just about forced me to get the trash bag. And toys went into it, and out to the trash (of course, I pulled them from the trash so that I could give them to a neighbor or something). The only thing lately that is getting her to pick up toys is when we say “If you leave them out overnight, that other little girl is going to come and take them.” Throwing away doesn’t matter, but someone else getting to play with HER toys…forget it!

  • Robin says:

    I am guessing you got them because I wouldn’t have wanted to carry her back to the car. I know Gabbie would be even more mad at me for putting shoes that were in the garbage back on her feet.

  • Jennifer says:

    The picture of Maxine tossing her shoes out cracked me up!!! OMG!!! She sounds like Jonathan. He will carry on and on about a topic if it didn’t go the way he wanted. Too funny!

    That dressing sounds divine! Who would of thought about cashews in a dressing. Cool!!!

    And I’m guessing you grabbed those shoes out when she wasn’t looking. :)

  • Katheryn says:

    I’m guessing you left the shoes in the trash. That’s what I would have done anyway!