Thursday, January 29, 2015

Peaceful Alignment

Tonight's menu plan was one designed to optimise youthful engagement and clear out the fridge of an assortment of odds and ends.  What better way to do that than with a pizza? 

Today the youngster bounded down the driveway with glee.  The long awaited purchase had arrived.  Armed with some Christmas cash we headed to the local shopping centre in search of an Enderman.  Parents who have children who play Minecraft are nodding now.  Turns out and Enderman is $18.  At the shocking news of the cost of have it now, the arms went on the hips and there was a gasp, frown and then a disgusted "that's too expensive". 

We had done our homework and knew that from Hong Kong and Enderman would set us back about $4 all up.  Only catch with Hong Kong is that you have to wait.  There is a double parenting lesson in that one from me, watch the money and be prepared to pay more to have instant gratification.  We in fact picked up a special Enderman that you cannot buy locally, and for the pleasure we were prepared to part with $5.80!

Pizzas are cool, so the apron was donned in a flash, along with Minecraft PJ's (yep, thanks Santa) and of course our new found friend offered assistance.

With the benefit of a no homework night, there is a little spare time.  Enough to have the budding chef do most of the work, without shedding a drop of blood when armed with the sharp knife.

One of the joys of pizza night is the quick check of the pantry to see if there are marshmallows present.  Check check, good to go.  Mummy had already ensured that the wood pile was well stocked from pre-lawn mowing checks, the small dropping branches quickly transformed into wood fire ready status and stacked beside the oven.  As the oven temperature prepares, the good chef scours the yard in search of the perfect roasting stick.

Living on the Western suburbs, our deck gives just the right place to be sitting to watch the sun go down.  Tonight we prepared a hasty picnic outside and sat back to enjoy the show.  With the relaxed atmosphere the opportunity to bond and talk about your day, life and answer many of the "Why" questions.  It is a time that I am sure in years to come we will both look back on and remember fondly.  Especially the lime green PJ's.

Our cost per pizza has certainly come way down, and the $200 or so dollars we spent a few years ago has been well worth the memories it has created.  Welcome to the family Mr or Ms Enderman ;-)


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