Martha Stewart Syndrome
A return to the simpler ways of life (is "simpler" really the right word here?)
Being able to sneak vegetables into everything your child eats
And I just found one more: Avoiding the garbage!
A couple of weeks ago Albertson's was having a killer sale on all those fun convenience foods that I never buy my family. The kids were so excited to see me putting Breakfast Cookies, Hot Pockets, Tostino's Pizza, Frozen Egg Sandwiches, Instant sugary Oatmeal, and fruit bars into my cart. I was excited telling myself, "You deserve a break. This will make life so much easier." Boy was I wrong! For one thing the kids were only willing to eat half of what I bought, the rest they turned their noses up at after taking one bite so I had to cook for them anyway. But the thing that totally astonished me was the amount of garbage that came from all that food. Half of it could be recycled, true, but it seemed like everything inside the cardboard boxes was individually wrapped in plastic. Between the wrappers and the uneaten food I was starting to feel very guilty. Most of it is gone, we even gave some of it away, and I am relieved. I don't mind convenience, not one bit, but I think I will keep baking most things from scratch. My kids enjoy my Breakfast Chocolate Cake way more than they enjoyed the mostly uneaten Quaker Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, and that is just fine by me.