Friday, September 17, 2010

Winning First Dibs on the Leftovers

Ah, the leftover meal. We pull everything out of the fridge, line it up on the counter, fix plates like short order cooks, and then pop them one-by-one into the microwave. There are two main issues that we face in this whole process. The first is that if you heat a plate in the microwave for 90 seconds, then by the time the 7th kid’s plate goes into the microwave, so much time has already passed that the first kid is already back in line waiting to have another plate of food warmed. This can make for an experience worse then cooking.

But that is not the real issue. The real issue is that the kids who are first through the line take all of the good stuff much to the dismay of the kids later in the line. So CrazyMom solved the problem tonight by having a drawing. Yes, the kids drew numbers from a hat to see the order in which they would go through the line.

And the winner was . . . Buddy. Here is Buddy with a plate full of the best of the leftovers.


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

We have Leftover Night once a week. When we are used to cooking for 14 people every night, and only have 6 kids left at home, we make LOTS of leftovers. :)

Anyway ... at our house, the teens get to pick which leftovers they want, but Mama gets to help with the portion control, so that others can have some, too. Then, Mama takes out 4 plates for the Young Ones and divides the leftovers between the 4 plates. Oh my, I can't imagine the arguing we would have if they just lined up to pick their own. Things could get ugly.

I like the idea of drawing names. Or ... maybe we could just have a weekly rotation for the order of the line. Definitely something to think about.

Laurel :)

Anonymous said...

What an excellent idea! Although our house is only 5, we're still adding and this is a great thought for the future.