Basically because our family does things in opposites.
Baby Maria for example never lets us feed her but she feeds us entire meals.
Normally I make dinner but on Monday nights I get home at 8:00pm. On Tuesday and Thursday nights I get home at 10:00pm. I guess I don't normally make dinner, what am I saying?! I'm o.k with that though and Christian is o.k with that but every so often we get family members who question our life style or other inquisitive stares from peeps around us and then I feel like we need to justify why I'm not a typical Mormon mommy who stays home, cooks, and cleans.
Last night Christian and I were talking about my blog and he said "you know you can offend a lot of people with our lifestyle." And he's right, I can but is that really my problem? Traditionally the other members of our church have households where the dude works and the lady stays home with the kids. Traditionally the other people in our hippie Northern California town have households where both adults work (male+female, male+male, female+female) and they have one kid. We're a household where both of us work and we have more than one child AND we plan on having more and we both plan on working. I don't really feel like we're so different because I find that there are more exceptions to the rule than there are strict rule abiders. People need to work, unexpected pregnancies happen, a million different factors come into play when organizing a lifestyle that works for each individual person or family.
In the Santos-Palmer/Palmer household we have a pretty good division of labor that we're comfortable with. We both work. We both cook. We both take care of the kids. Christian cleans solo. I buy Christmas presents solo. He appreciates that I remember his family's birthday and I appreciate that he puts away my clothes. He appreciates that I work hard on Mondays and I appreciate that he makes spinach fritters for dinner.
I also appreciate Enzo Santos Palmer (his actual name is Lorenzo, please don't tell him that) for eating the spinach fritters without a fuss and I appreciate Maria Aurea Santos Palmer for eating the leftovers that fall underneath her high chair. It makes Christian's cleaning job that much easier.
Spinach Fritters (gluten free)
- 2 1/2 boiling potatoes (peeled)
- 1 lb fresh spinach
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1 1/2 cup oil, for frying
- Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling water until they are soft. Drain and mash.
- Cook the spinach in a pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain and squeeze the excess water and chop finely.
- Combine with the potatoes and mix well.
- Put the eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add potatoes, spinach, and parmesan and mix.
- Place a tablespoon of the mixture in the palm of your hand. Press a cube of cheese into the center and close the mixture around it to make a oblong croquette. The cheese needs to be completely covered.
- Roll in the corn meal.
- Heat the frying oil until hot.
- Fry the fritters a few at a time, turning them in the oil so that they are golden brown all over.