Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittle,Graceandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariaCuba.WelcometotheFuturefamilytonightpodcastepisode124.ImyourhostmarifeIbaka.Today.Weregoingtotalkaboutspecialmemoriesactuallykindoffocusingonfoodmemoriesassociatedwithholidaysthisweek.IfyourelisteningtothisinlifetimeisMarchof2021andwevejustpassedSt.Patricks.dayandonSt.PatricksDay.MyInstagramfeedwasfullofallthingsgreenincludinglotsofgreenfoodgreenwafflesandgreenpeas.Isawgreendonutsandgreencreampuffs.IaskedthefeaturefamilytonightFacebookgroupiftheywerecookingspecialfoodforSt.PatricksDayandthereweresomanypeoplethatcookspecialfoodandsomeofthemcookedtraditionalst.PatrickstasteslikecornedbeefandcabbageandIrishsodabread.HadgreenstuffandIthoughtitwasinterestingtoseehowdifferentfamiliesapproacheddifferentholidayswithfoodspecialfoodscanbereallyfun.Ortheycanbereallyoverwhelmingandwerekindoftalkedaboutbothsidestoday.IsaidbeforeinpreviouspodcastthatTraditionsaregreatforourchildrenbecausetheycreatestabilityandpredictabilityforthem.IftheyknowthatmykidsonValentinesDaysincetheywerelittlewakeupandthereisaheliumballoontiedtotheirchairandthatissomethingthattheyhavecometorelyonanditcreatesstabilityandpredictabilityforthem.MykidsareallteenagersnowandthisyearIstillgotballoonsatthedollarstoreformykidsonValentinesDaysamethingwithfoodtraditions.SpecialfoodscansurpriseandDelightyourfamilyandtheycanalsobethingsthattheylearntorelyonIgrewupwithalotoftraditions.Someofthemwereverysimpleandsomeofthemwereveryelaborate.MymotheronValentinesDay.Shewouldmakebiscuitsandputacoupleofdropsofredfoodcoloringinthemandcutthemoutwithaheart-shapedcookiecutterandwewouldhavepinkheart-shapedbiscuitsonValentinesDay.AndthenonSt.PatricksDay,shewouldputacoupleofdropsofgreenfoodcoloringandcutthemoutwithashamrockcookiecuttersupersimple.Nothingthattooktoomucheffortforher,butitwassomethingthatwekindofcametorelyon.Shestillmakesbothofthosethingstodaywhenourfamilygoesoverforfamilydinnernearholidays.Butthensometimesshehadmoreelaborate.TraditionsatSt.PatricksDay,wealwayshadalargemealofcornedbeefandcabbageinmyfatherwouldmakethisflamingIrishcoffee.ThenthenextdaywewouldalwayshaveReubensandwichesbecausemydadreallylikedthemandwellbetousetheleftovercornedbeeftomakeReubensandwiches.MymothersmostelaboratefoodtraditionisprobablyherHalloweencookies.Illlinktoablogpostthatkindoftalksaboutthemalittlebitbutsheliterallystilltothisdayhundredsoficedsugarcookiesshapedlikejack-o-lanternsandeachoneofthemhasanindividualfacemadewithallsortsofdifferentcandiesandsheshopsforcandyyear-roundthisformymotherissomethingthatisabitofacreativeOutlet.ItsalsoawayforhertosharehergiftsandtalentswiththosethatshecaresaboutShesometimesgivesawayfoodduringtheChristmasseason,butshefoundthatsomethingatHalloweenkindofsurprisedanddelightedpeopleandsoitbecameanelaboratefoodtraditionthatshestilldoestothisday.IcantTraditionscanbesimpleorelaborate.Yourenotabettermom.Ifyoudosimpleonesandyourenotabettermom,ifyoudosuperelaborateones,whatmattersistheyaremeaningfultoyouandtheyaremeaningfultoyourchildren.Ifhavingfoodtraditionskindofstressesyououtthenletitgo.Itsnotsomethingthatyouhavetodotobeagoodmom.ButifitssomethingthatbringsyoualittlebitofJoyorbringsyourkidsalittlebitofJoy,butitssomethingtostartweavingintothatfabricofyourfamilysrhythm.NowIwanttoprefacethisbysayingtherestworeallyimportantthingswhenitcomestofoodtradition.Thefirstistheyareoptional.Thisisnotsomethingthatyouhavetodo.ItsnotsomethingthatsgoingtomakeyouabettermomorImmorefunmombecauseyoudofoodtraditionsbecauseIbetifyoudontliketodofoodtraditions,Ibetyoudootherreallyfunthingswithyourchildren.SoIdontwantyoutothinkthatdoingfoodtraditionsisnecessarytobeafun.Mom.Theotherthingisthatfoodtraditionscanflexible.Youdonthavetodosomethingonceandthinkthatyouregoingtohavetodoitforyourkidsuntiltheyare22yearsoldtraditionsareflexible,andImgoingtotalkaboutthatalittlebitmorelater.IthinkmanyofyouknowthatIamnotaPinterestmom.IamnotsomeonethatreallytakesDelightinfindingseemsthatworkanddoingSansaandfancyparties.IreallyappreciateitwhenIgotosomeoneshouseandtheyarePinterestmomandtheydoit,butImjustnotthatkindofmomwhenyouaretalkingaboutfoodtraditions.Youdonthavetodoeverythingfromscratch.IfyourelikemeandyourenotaPinterestmom,butyouwanttodoalittlesomethingelseorsit.TherearesomanyplacesthatyoucanOutsourcespecialfoodtraditionstomyhousecleaner.ShegoesbythehandleMarybighaironInstagram.IfyoudontfollowheryouneedtofollowherbecauseshesreallyfunnyandshewastalkingabouthowshehadherfancySaintPatricksDayTraditionsthatwereveryverytraditionalwhichwasaboxoflofthousestylecookiesicedsugarcookieswithgreenandwhitefrostingandgreenandwhitesprinklesonandthenshehadsomeShamrockcookiesthatwereShamrockcookieswithsugarsprinkledonthat.SheboughtitPleasanthomemadeTraditionsdonothavetobehomemadedonutstoreswilldosometypeofaholidaydonutandmaybeyourfoodtraditionisthatyougoandgetadonut.OnValentinesDayandyougoandgetadonutonSt.PatricksDayandyougetaspecialdonutonthe4thofJuly.Iknowlotsofpizzaplaceswilldoheart-shapedPizzasaroundValentinesDayandIthinkthatsreallyreallyfuntohaveasafamilyortogivetothekidswhiletheirparentsgoouttoaspecialValentinesdinneragain,youdonthavetobedoingthesefoodtraditionshomemade,butyourkidsmightcometolikegettingtheirheartshapedpepperonipizzaatValentinesDaywhiletheparentsgooutandhaveaquietdate.Italsodoesnthavetobejunkfoodorsweets.IfyouhaveaGreatHarvestBreadinyourarea.TheydotheneatestthingatEastertimewheretheymaketheirhoneywholewheatbread,whichisbreadthathaswatersaltandflourandhoneyfiveingredientbread.SoitsreallycleaneatingandtheyshapeitintoBunnyrabbitsandtheyarethecutestthingIveeverseenifyouwanttodothatforEasterthisyear.IrecommendcallingaheadtoyourlocalGreatHarvestandmakingareservationforthenumberofbunniesthatyouneedbecausemostofthetimetheyreonlybyreservation,butitdoesnthavetobejunkfoodtobeatradition.Isuspectyoumayhavesomelocalplacesthathavespecialfoodseverynowandthenjustafewminutesfrommyhouse.Thereis11.HesOrthodoxchurchandfouryears.TheywouldhaveaspecialCommunitydinnerfortheywouldmakealloftheirtraditionalLebanesefoodandinvitethecommunitytocomeandeatdinnerintheirChurchhallortobuytakeoutandtakeithomeandmyhusbandandIforyearswouldgototheirCommunitydinnerandmyhusbandlearnedtolovetheirtraditionalfoodsofkittyandtabouliandgreat.Yak,meandBruceandofcourseTheBaklavawhichpaperNASPAitsalittledifferentthantraditionalGreekandaftergoingtothiscommunitydinnerformanymanyyears,myhusbandsaidyoulearnhowtomakethisfoodandsoIstartedtalkingtoafewofmyfriendsoneofthemwasLebaneseoneofthemmarried11,hesfamilyandlearnedalltheshortcuttricksthatshecouldmakethetraditionalfoodswithouthavingtogotoallthework.IlearnedalotfromherCodblessherbutthatbecamepartofourfamilysfavoritefoodsandIcanmakeaprettymeanstuffedgrapeleavesrightnowandIcanmakeareallygoodbaklava.Itsdeliciousandsoburningfromlocalflavors.PerhapsyouwillstartbringingnewFoodflavorsintoyourfamilyandcreatingnewfoodtraditions.Whydoesstartedwithsomethingthatyoulearnfromsomeonethatwaslocalfoodtraditionsandbeflexible.Ihaveaclearmemoryofbeingayounggirl.Iwasprobablysevenoreightyearsoldandmylittlesisterwas6monthsoldandmymotherletusmakeahalfbirthdaycakeforherandIneverhavemadeahalfbirthdaycakeeveragain,butIhavefondmemoriesofthathalfbirthdaypartywithmybestfriendwholivesnextdoorandIrememberthatitwasthisangelfoodcakefromaboxwith7Minutefrostingonitthatwasmintgreenanditwassuchafunandspecialday.Itwasahalfbirthdayanditwasaquote-unquotememory.Itreallywasntatradition.Itwasntsomethingthatwekeptondoing,butitwasfun.Anditwasspecialanditcreatedmemoriesbutthatskindofwhatfoodtraditionsareaboutfouryears.Myfamilywouldhavemyoatmealpancakesalinktothatrecipeintheshownotes,butwewouldhavethoseeverySaturdaymorning.IwouldmakethemwithchocolatechipsonthemandmykidsonSaturdaymorning.HeskindofgotbiggerandonSaturdaymornings.Westartedtohavesportingevents.WehadbasketballgamesandsoccergamesandIdontevenknowwhatelsebutwestartedgettingbusyonSaturdaymorningandthenasmykidsgotoutofsports,theyturnedintopreteensandteenagerswhostartedvaluingSaturdaymorningsleepmorethanSaturdaymorningpancakesyearsofmakingpancakesdidnotcreatememories.AtallmykidshavereallyfondmemoriesofSaturdaymorningpancakes,butthosememoriesAregreatmemoriesbuttheydontTrumpthefactthatmykidsarevaluingtheirsleepingtimeonaSaturdaymorningmoreatthisphaseoflife.SoourTraditionsdonthavedayandyoudonthavetodothesamethingallthetimetocreatefamilytraditions.Iwanttotalkalittlebitaboutkindofthedelicatebalanceforwhenyouasaparentdontreallywanttodoafoodtradition.Butyouknow,youhaveachildthatreallywantsaspecialfoodtradition.Andasaparentyoucanalwayssayno,werenotgoingtodothat.Itsnotsomethingourfamilyvaluesandthereisnothingwrongwiththat.Butthereisalsoalittlebitofjoyinlisteningtoyourchildrenandfindingthingsthataremeaningfultothem.MyoldestdaughterlearnedaboutAprilFoolsDayinpreschoolandshethoughtthatwastheneatestthingeverandherlittlefour-year-oldself.TrytoplayAprilfoolsonusthatyearitwas,becauseshewastryingtobeajokester,butitcameoffassomethingthatwasreallyreallymeanorWassomethingthatwasjustsoridiculousthatitwasntaprankatallbutyoustillhadtolaughandgoalongwithit.Haveyoueverdonethatwithapreschooler?Sothenextyear?IknewthatAprilFoolsDaywassomethingthatwasgoingtobeimportanttoher.AndagainIsaidbeforeIamnotthePinterestMom,rightbutIdeepintotheinternetandIfoundalltheseideasforAprilFoolsDayandImadeheraveryspecialAprilFoolsDaylunchandthislunch.IhadanapplethatItookandIjustcarvedatinylittleholeinitandIshovedinagummywormsothatshehadaworminherapple.AndthenItookvanillawafersandfrostingandYorkPeppermintPattiesandImadeahamburgeroutoftwovanillawafersinaminiYorkPeppermintPattyandIputonwithwatersomelittlesesameseedsonthetop.WhatlookslikeahamburgerbunandshehadthislittlehamburgermadeoutofYorkPeppermintPattiesandvanillawafers.AndthenItookarazorbladeandIslicedoffthebackofabagofDoritosandItookoutalltheDoritosandIputinsomecarrotsticksandthenIstealthebackupwithapieceofdoublestickytapeandIputallofthesethingsintoourlunchandtherewasanothermomwh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