Monday, May 24, 2010

Real Mothers

I did three enormous loads of washing today due to incidents over the weekend with leaky disposable nappies, and a short-lived, temporary set-back in potty training that nonetheless caused a fair amount of chaos. As I sit here typing I have pureed chicken-broccoli-butternut on my clothes from where a tired little munchkin buried his downy head in my neck as I tried to feed him one more bite before bath time, and behind me the living room floor is scattered with toys that I am just too tired to pick up right now.

But then as I was catching up on some admin, an e-mail came through from my sister that so sweetly and gently reminded me of how fleeting this time with my little ones is, and suddenly my heart is so  much lighter. I don't know the author of this simple little ode to motherhood, but may she be blessed! Enjoy!


Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mummy to Mum to Mother...

PS: This real mother DOES eat quiche..because I have a super easy recipe for it, which my family loves! The original used bacon, but we don't like pork, so I've replaced it with biltong (for my foreign readers, that's similar - but not quite the same - as jerky!)

Spinach & Biltong Quiche
1 large onion, chopped
1 bunch of spinach
a generous handful of sliced beef biltong
3 free range eggs
250 ml cream (or orley whip for a dairy free alternative)
salt & pepper
mustard powder
grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Fry the onion in a little oil.
Tear the spinach and cook in salty water for for about 3 minutes. Drain.
Add the onion and biltong to the cooked spinach and mix.
Pour into a greased quiche or pie dish.
Whisk the eggs, cream and seasoning and pour over the spinach mixture.
Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius, or until set and slightly browned.


1 comment:

  1. Yum, I like a good quiche and an easy recipe to have on hand is fantastic.

    Whenever I have load after load of washing to do, I can always count on waking up to a wet bed just to add to the washing pile. Yesterday, Taleea bought up her feed a minute after I put her down in her crib. I cleaned her up and put her in my baby wrap and she then did a "number 3" as we call it which came out of her nappy and on her back, little suit and wrap - more washing. How can one adorable little person generate so much washing.

    I am going to google the songs you mentioned in the comment you left on my blog. I love reading your thoughtful and kind comments.

    Did you end up with a fine day on Saturday for your farm visit?


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