Monday Musings from Melinda by Melinda M.
I did it. I never did it before. I always managed to have other people do it. I mean, I still don’t readily admit to eating them so why should I make them…? But if someone else makes them, well that’s another story…
It wasn’t pretty at first. Fortunately I had a forgiving crowd. You see unexpectedly, my younger daughter was going to host her own Super Bowl party and I agreed to stay home and out of the way for it. Not unexpectedly, I asked her to make at least one Super Bowl snack and she picked her favorite: 7-layer dip. So I went out and got all of the ingredients the day before: sour cream, cream cheese, tomato, olives, green bell pepper, got um all. No need to get cheddar cheese and refried beans because I already had those. Or did I?
Well, it turns out that I did not have the star of the 7-layer dip show: the beans. Once again, my self-assuredness, my assumptions, got the better of me. And even though there was a full day and several errands between the initial grocery shop and game day kick off, I never did check for them until, well, kick off. Argh!!
So quick – what can I pull together that five 13-year-olds will like (and for which I actually have all the ingredients)? SPAM musubi! The game had already started, the friends were here and I was feeling bad about the beans.
So I jumped in and started the rice. Then I got a quick tutorial from my daughter on how to put it all together and then…and then it got ugly. So much rice! Not wrapped tight enough! The first batch was a disaster. The second a little less so but still, not pretty. I was, however, starting to understand which parts of the process I was messing up.
By the third round, I have to say I nailed it. And by “nailed,” I mean that I got them to look like musubis a mom from Hilo should know how to make.
Fortunately our guests had brought other foods to save the day – pizzas, brownies, and even layered Jell-O.
No matter where we are, there is always the layered Jell-O, which is so much better than regular Jell-O.
So while I don’t really care who won Super Bowl LI, I’m pretty happy that Team Mom came back to win the day at home.
Way to go, Melinda!! Impressive that you had all of the ingredients for spam musubi, too!
Are you kidding? I now buy SPAM at Costco! And we keep white rice around for occasions just like this.
Nicely done Melinda! But the real question is…did you stay out of the way as promised? 🙂
I did (mostly!)! Only 2x did I say something mom-like. And when I heard myself I retreated. Baby steps. Just like with the musubi!