Monday, June 27, 2011

Yogurt Parfait: Embracing Chaos

For AKS - you still make me laugh!

I had a fun conversation with an old friend from graduate school.  (As an aside, she is a fantastic photographer and you can find her work here.) She and I have three children, two older daughters and a younger son.  She made me laugh aloud when she related me some of her funny observations about her self-discovery during motherhood.  She explained it succinctly.

child #1--holding on to my old life
child #2--accepting my new life
child #3--embracing the chaos

When you have the first child, the disruption to your "life" as you know it is profound, but mentally I think you still have a firm grip on your identity as a person separate from your child.  (man or woman vs. daddy or mommy)  However, the more children you add to your own life, the less firmly you are able to hold on to that ideal vision of who you are and suddenly you just have to join the chaos and embrace it.

Do I miss my pre-child life?  Yes.  Often. Especially when three children are all talking at me at once sharing their demands.  Would I change the chaos?  Not likely.  I'm in the mix of craziness and it is pretty darn yummy at times.

This parfait - this mix of very mismatched things - crunchy granola, sweet tender fruit, tart yogurt and luscious honey looks at one glance both chaotic and delicious, which is pretty much how I feel about my life.  Son and Daughters will actually settle down when I tell them we're having yogurt parfaits (Son's without the yogurt) and sit patiently waiting for it.  It's a great breakfast as well as an easy dessert. (Kids squirt your own honey!!)

Layer the following however you desire
Granola (recipe)
Fage Greek Yogurt (or another brand you like - Fage's nonfat is amazing)
Fresh fruit - berries, peaches - anything seasonal
Drizzle of honey


so delicious, despite the craziness

1 comment:

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Haha, I love your talk about children. I'm only on child #2 but I totally agree. Except I'm already at the bring-on-the-chaos point :D Love it!
Your parfaits look delicious :)

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