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How to get kids to eat less chips

“Well kids, they might be chips and they might be cobras. How about a nice apple instead?”

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What to have with my afternoon coffee…..

I wanted a small piece of chocolate to have with my coffee.  Could only find Pop Rocks. Does this make me only half an adult?

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Fig Newtons explained

My kids tried Fig Newton cookies on vacation.

8 yr old: Why do they call them Fig Newtons?

10 yr old: Because they follow the laws of gravity. (And then drops the cookie on the floor.)

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The Bacon Truck!

America.

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Hot dog vending machine

One of my friends here in Sweden took this picture at his local grocery store.
That’s right.  A hot dog vending machine.
Take that America!  Sweden is ahead of you on this one!

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Beer and Cheese dip

My friend in Texas sent me this.  I have no words.

 

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While looking for ice cream…

While looking for ice cream in my dad’s freezer, I found this.  South Texas freezer snacks:

 

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In my day…

We had a parent-teacher conference for our youngest son last week.  Over here, they invite the student to particpate in the parent-teacher conference.  I really don’t get this concept.  When I was young, your parents went for the conference at night, you waited at home and imagined all the horrible things you’d done at school and wait for your punishment when they got home.

These days over in Sweden, or at least at our kids’ school, the teachers ignore the parents and talk to the children.  “How do you like it in school? Oh, you don’t like where you sit?  No problem, we’ll find somewhere you’re more comfortable sitting.”

Really?!!  In my classes, you usually sat in alphabetical order and never moved the rest of the year, even if the kid sitting behind you cut your hair off and stole your books.  You just didn’t move.

Our young son complained because I sometime forget to send him with a fruit for an “extra” snack.  My husband laughed and said, “When I was young, we only got a carrot each day.”  Then I had to chime in with, “You got a snack?  We never got a snack.  I never got to bring a snack to school and neither did anyone else.”

I think my son actually felt sorry for me at that point.

We also had to bring our lunch to school or pay for some week-old sloppy joe in the lunch line.  I spent 4 years eating a brownie every day for lunch.  Here in Sweden, all children get a free school lunch – normally a buffet, complete with salad and about 3 options.  Today they’re having chicken curry with jasmine rice.  This includes a full salad bar.  All for free!

Here’s what a school menu for the week looked like at my school:

Monday – spaghetti
Tuesday – sloppy joe
Wednesday – square, stale ground beef pizza
Thursday – leftover pizza
Friday – scary lasagne and jello – cause it’s Friday

There were no vegetarian dishes, no gluten free.  We were in Texas.  Every meal was ground beef, plus you had to pay 2 dollars for the privledge of eating it.

These kids don’t realize how good they have it.

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Airline movies

We are taking our summer vacation soon, so that means it’s time to check the in-flight entertainment guide for the plane!

I’m hoping since we live in 2013 that we can have individual screens, but there’s still an off chance that won’t happen.  I really don’t mind for flights under 4 hours, but this will be a trans-Atlantic flight and with 2 children, personal screens are desperately needed.

For some reason, I always feel like I’m getting to watch “free” movies on my flight.  It’s always like a treat.  I wonder why that is.  Technically I just paid a thousand dollars per ticket, yet the movies on the 6 inch screen still feel “free.”  Not to mention the tiny chocolate bars they hide in the back for those of us who want to stretch our legs.  That’s right folks!  They hide snacks in the back on these long flights.  You are welcome to them if you can find them.  You have to hurry because everyone steals the chocolate first and then you’re left with peanuts and jelly candies.  But they’re free, so I won’t complain too much.

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What’s up with the cherries?

Why is cherry not a flavor in Sweden?  I’m from the U.S. and I’ve travelled to many other countries in Europe.  They all have cherry flavors!  Cherry candy, cherry liquor, cherry drinks and maraschino cherries.

But in Sweden?  NO cherries.

Why?  There are cherry trees everywhere.  It’s one of the few things we don’t have to import, yet no one seems to be interested.  Sure, we have actual cherries during the right time of year, but nothing with cherry flavor.

Can someone explain why a country that has no problem eating rotted fish, would object to cherry-flavored sweets?

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