Saturday, November 28, 2009

You Butter Watch Out! You Butter Not Cry!

{Tangent: My 10 yr old son wanted to put the "Net Disaster" cup on my the cup to have it the icon on the right to remove it if you want. I'll indulge him for a while.}

Last Holiday: Chef Didier is speaking with Georgia Byrd, who believes she is dying:
Chef Didier: You and I, we know the secret to life
Chef Didier: it's butter.

{I loved that line and related it to my experiences of fad dieting. Bring back the flavor!}

we all know that too much butter has its consequences; I'm not going to go there. However, upon pondering the changes in eating habits I know I'm going to have to make for myself and my family, I had an "AH HA" moment the other day...actually, it was more like "WHAT THE SFDH DING DANG DARN" moment. Conversations my husband and I had with our kids about butter replayed over and over in my head. I couldn't believe what I was "hearing:" my husband and I tried to talk our kids into eating butter with their food!

My kids don't like butter. They like their toast with just jam. They like their cornbread plain. They like their popcorn plain. They like their banana bread plain. Their pancakes, baked potatoes, etc. Danny and I have both said to them on several occasions, "It's better with butter! You don't know what you're missing!" And, even more sickening, we'd still put it on their food...because we know what's best for them. what the(favorite explitive here)!?

And it's beyond butter. We did the same thing with ranch dressing on salads and pizza...and dips for their veggies. what is wrong with us? why am I training my kids to eat things that has no nutritional value when they don't even like it in the first place?!

I stopped pushing butter, etc.

Now, for fun... this is a tongue twister my kids like hearing me do:

Betty Botter bought some butter. "But," she said, "this butter's bitter! If I put it in my batter it will make my batter bitter, but a bit of better butter that will make my batter better." So she bought a bit of butter better that her bitter butter and she put it in her batter and her batter was not bitter. So 'twas better that Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.


  1. Not like butter? What??!! Where did you go wrong with those children!

    My daughter - doesn't like meat OR seafood!

  2. I'm glad you explained about the coffee cup! My 12 year old son thought it was too cool!! (His words!)

    Don't beat yourself over pushing your kids into butter, etc. I did exactly the same thing. I taught my oldest that everything was better with butter and dips. She still likes it but is fortunately old enough to see the whole story!

  3. My husband isn't a fan of almost any condiment-butter, jam, mayo, etc.. I always have thought that was the secret to his ability to stay so thin.

  4. Well, sounds like you caught yourself in time, and that's great news that your kids haven't picked up the butter habit. I'm jealous--I sure wish I loved toast dry as much as without butter!