Monday, June 16, 2008

I Want My Truth In Advertising

Grumble, grumble, grumble – just a warning for anyone who wants to start reading now!

Every week, two friends of mine and I do Supper Swapping. I cook and deliver dinners for all three families on Tuesdays, friend A cooks for us all on Wednesdays, and friend B cooks on Thursdays.

We have all our meals planned out in three month increments, so there’s never any worry about what we’re going to make, as we just have to refer to the calendars we create. It’s super helpful and saves so much time and energy for us.

Generally, I pick up the veggies I need for Tuesday’s meal on Saturday after my yoga class, since the really good produce market is out by yoga. I’m generally furiously cooking or marinating or chopping or all of the above on Tuesday afternoons in order to get it delivered in time.

This week, I was smart. Since it’s summer, we’re doing a “big treat” and making ice cream sandwiches for dessert instead of a salad or side or healthy dessert. Granted, I’m cheating by buying cookies and ice cream and simply combining them instead of making my own cookies and ice cream, but I knew Monday and Tuesday were unusually busy for me this week.

I got my 24 cookies and ice cream from Costco on Saturday. Last night after I got home from my husband’s baseball game and put the wee ones to bed, I started preparing the cookies. I laid out 12 sheets of Saran Wrap (and I need 12 sandwiches, as each family has 2 kids and 2 adults). I put 12 cookies on top of the 12 pieces of Saran Wrap.

Then I looked suspiciously into the cookie container. It didn’t look like there were 12 cookies left. I counted. Twice. And I came up with 9 cookies each time. Great, now I can make 10 sandwiches and have a spare leftover cookie. Wheee!

Of course, I immediately accused my husband, who has been known to eat my creations without asking or realizing that they were being saved for a particular purpose (I’ve had to remake my scones more than once unfortunately – now I just make a double batch). He denied it and appears to be telling the truth.

Then I called my parents and asked if by chance my mom or my dad had eaten the cookies or fed them to the wee ones. It was pretty much a given that my mom wouldn’t do either, but my dad is a glutton for sugar. He always comes home from the store with a pie or cookies or cinnamon rolls or some treat he doesn’t need to eat. Last night, he tried to talk Mister Man into stopping for Dairy Queen after the baseball game because Mister Man had decided he wasn’t hungry and therefore didn’t want a cupcake that my mom had brought. Good for Mister Man for knowing when he isn’t hungry, but my dad totally didn’t get him turning down ice cream. Needless to say, my dad denied knowledge of said cookies, and I do believe him.

The only possible answer now? Costco only put 21 cookies into the container that was meant to sell 24. Grrrrr. Fortunately, my dad had some spare cookies from Costco at his house that he will bring by tomorrow for me to make into the sandwiches (see, I told you!). But I will also be counting the cookies in the containers at Costco and complaining, as it was somewhat important for me to have the advertised 24 cookies. Besides, there’s sort of a principle of the thing – and I do complain nicely to stores. Really. See, I get out all my angst here and then I’m really nice in person, which definitely helps.

I would have gone tonight, but unfortunately both Mister Man and I have come down with a bug. I actually thought it was food poisoning as I was driving as quickly as I could to get home this afternoon. When I was awakened from my nap by the crying of Mister Man after he’d been sick, I realized that wasn’t the case…. Needless to say, I’m not heading out to Costco tonight. Oh, and yes, my husband will be the one making the rest of the cookies (and the lemon kebobs for the Supper Swap) tomorrow. He just doesn’t know it yet!


Jeff June 16, 2008 at 8:58 PM  

Yum! Homemade ice cream sandwiches sound awesome. So sorry you got sick though. Kinda takes the fun out of the party huh?

Cookie June 16, 2008 at 9:37 PM  

Supper swapping is a great idea! I know what you mean about complaining to stores. what a pain to drag the kids back out. And I hate costco!

Green & Clean Mom June 16, 2008 at 10:04 PM  

Darn it all, that is annoying. That's happened to me. I love Costco though. I don't have one by me. Four hours away. I'm going to be vising one in four days and this is when I'm glad I have the SUV because it will be loaded! LOL!

Mabunny June 17, 2008 at 8:45 AM  

Sounds like a great idea! Sorry you two got sick, hopefully no one else will catch it, but that usually isn't the case.. Hope ya'll feel better!

Samara Leigh June 17, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

Supper swapping, what a brilliant idea. That's even better that cooking your meals in advance.

anymommy June 17, 2008 at 4:17 PM  

That would irritate me too. And, my family is addicted to those big Costco cookies! I hope you are all feeling better.

Kellan June 17, 2008 at 5:56 PM  

I hate that about the shortage of cookies!! The super swapping is a great idea and I'll bet you just love that!!

Take care - see you soon - Kellan

Karen June 17, 2008 at 7:08 PM  

The supper swap sounds amazing! I've read about them and would love to try, but I just don't see it happening here in the country.

Michelle June 17, 2008 at 10:46 PM  

Jeff - I don't know if I can really count them as homemade given that I bought both the ice cream and the cookies. But they were yummy!

Cookie - Blasphemy! How can you hate Costco? It's my favorite store (even after the cookie incident). I go there probably twice a week!

Green & Clean Mom - Wow, you're dedicated to go to one four hours away! I didn't realize there were places that were four hours from a Costco. You poor deprived woman!

MaBunny - Getting sick was definitely not fun, but we're both feeling fine now, fortunately. Having a schoolteacher husband means he just about never (knock on wood) gets sick, so there's always someone to take care of us. Lucky him!

Samara Leigh - Welcome! And yes, supper swapping rocks. It's not that much harder to make a bit more marinade and stick in extra chicken breasts one night a week in exchange for getting two nights off cooking! I totally recommend it!

Anymommy - Thanks! Fortunately, we aren't addicted to the cookies since I never buy them. Just like I never buy those lovely baby cinnamon streusel muffins with the caramel sauce in the middle. I'm too afraid!

Kellan - I do love supper swapping. The best is when I'm at the office since I can't get home before about 6:30 when I go in, but my family (and I!) still gets a homecooked meal.

Karen - I wouldn't give up hope on the supper swapping. Trish (the woman whose book started it for me) lives pretty far out in the country but has managed to get a group together. I didn't know if any of my friends would go for it, but the first two I approached did and we all love it now!

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