While still in a slightly drug-induced state after her wisdom teeth extractions, Emily and I had a creative conversation about what foods would be soft enough for her to eat during her recovery. Bless her heart, she was so hungry at the time so we came up with all kinds of ideas ...
- ice cream
- protein shakes, to counter all the milkshakes and ice cream ;) (I made tons of these during those first two or three days!)
- potato soup
- tomato soup
- any manner of soup without chunks
- rice with marsala sauce
- polenta with red sauce
- oatmeal, with maple syrup, of course
- ... and on and on
Finally, I said, "We could make chocolate pudding!"
And she said, "With mushed up bananas and peanut butter?"
I said, "Whatever you want, dear hungry girl."
I recently purchased some 6 ounce Anchor Hocking custard bowls that came with lids ... very handy for this treat. You could just as well ladle the pudding into a larger bowl to cool, too. (I got my custard cups at TJMaxx for $5.99, but the online price is only $6.49 so I'm sure you could find them at most home or kitchen stores for a similar price.)
FOLLOW-UP on my family in the Southeast: Everyone is safe and camping out at Mom's. They have no power, water, or gas. They got a generator from a friend and are keeping the fridge and freezer cold so that they have food. My brother and some of his friends started cutting the tree branches away from his home ... the long road back has been started. I'm sure they'll hear chainsaws in their sleep for many days, if not weeks!
HERE is a news story. HERE are some photos. Again ... we are so thankful that our family members are safe, but recognize that many were not so fortunate. Many lost lives or have leveled homes ... or both. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them for a long time.