Hot Mess

Some things are just magical when they’re melted down — butter, chocolate, cheese….  A toddler?  Not so much.  But that’s exactly what was on my menu tonight; a super cute boy with a side of tantrum.  We’ve only been blessed with a handful of “real” tantrums; the purple face, the guttural scream, the sack of potatoes flop to the floor, the gasping for breath long after he forgets why he was even mad.  And why WAS he mad?  Lord, who knows.  He didn’t like the dinner I put in front of him; he wanted another cheese stick instead.  Boys can’t live on cheese sticks alone so I said no and the wheels fell off.  It lasted about 30 minutes and then he composed himself, snuggled up to me, and ate a peanut butter sandwich.

The tantrums are what they are.  I’m no dummy, I know the worst is yet to come.  The hard part for me is that during the week I have such limited time with him.  The rat race in the morning barely counts as quality time, so I really try to make the most of our evenings after we get home from work and daycare.  When 1 of the 2 hours we have together is interrupted by a meltdown it sort of sucks!   But that’s life, and at the end of the day I’ll take whatever snuggles he’s willing to offer.  Even if he has to lose his mind first.

Well that was a downer.  So let’s shift gears and talk about melting in a positive light.  One more thing that is delicious when it’s transformed from a solid to a semi-liquid state:  marshmallows.  One of my favorite after dinner treats is a broiler s’more.  Top one graham cracker (a staple in our house) with some chocolate — for me, the darker the better — and top another graham cracker with marshmallows.  Put them under the broiler for a minute or so, or until they’re toasted to your liking, sandwich the two sides together and dig in.  They’re so good they’ll make you melt, but in a good way…


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