Thursday, September 22, 2005

smart snacks

You never know what you're going to find in the snack food aisle of your local supermarket. Some time ago, Mr. M discovered these little babies and we've been eating them ever since. Aren't they great? Now you can consume vast amounts of MSG and saturated fats AND learn about some of Europe's great monuments all at the same time! Talk about multi-tasking.

Let's see, we've got the Colloseum in Rome, the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and Big Ben in London. And look! There's the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And the Parthenon in Athens. And last but not least, the Atomium in Brussels. Wow. So much knowledge all rolled into one tasty little potato snack.

You would think they would have chosen sturdier landmarks, though. Most of the tiny Eiffel Towers were already busted when I opened the bag (so I had to eat the broken bits to get them out of the way, of course), I only found one intact Parthenon, and the Big Bens weren't looking that hot either. Suprisingly, the Little Mermaid seemed to fair the best even though she's so delicate-looking. Do they not test these things in the snack development lab? I must research this. Right after I finish off what's left of today's geography lesson.


Looks like fall is well and truly here. It was about 11°C (about 50°F) this morning and the boys could see their breath in the air when I sent them off to school bundled up in their warm jackets. Time to get out the scarves and mittens too, I think.

Boy9 has his longest day today - Math, German, English, Gym, Math (again!) and Religion - so he'll probably come home for lunch pretty tired. He's a cranky little guy at the best of times (takes after his mother!) and not always that easy to deal with, but we still wouldn't trade him for anything.

Boy12's big project at the moment is dissecting a dead bee for biology class. He has to take it apart, glue the pieces inside a matchbox and then label everything. The dead bee in question has a missing feeler, so we're going to have to search around for other dead insects to steal body parts from.

And me? Well, I'm just sittin' around trying to think of something to make for dinner. Can you stand the excitement?


At September 22, 2005 12:15 p.m., Anonymous lillian said...

those snakes do look great! lol so educational :-)

At September 22, 2005 12:47 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

*LOL* 'snakes'?? Hmmm...I think I have to go and do a search at my Tengelmann for that snack.

I haven't anybody to go to the Wiesn with me today! *sobs*

At September 22, 2005 12:54 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

So, if I leave now will I get to yours in time for Tea, Muffins and those by tomorrow morning?

wv easy jet tug
btw love the Jewish Phlegm, didn't know you'd met my Husband!!!!

At September 22, 2005 1:08 p.m., Blogger christina said...

lilian - yes, I learned so much while I was stuffing my face! :-)

elemm- they're from Lidl, if you have one of those where you are. You mean you want to go to the Wiesn AGAIN?? Wasn't once enough?

Tat - depends on whether you're going to be driving or swimming!

You must have a very interesting husband if he reminds you of Jewish phlegm!
wv nitwit highjinks

At September 22, 2005 2:25 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Well, despite the crisp cool air, the sun's shining here and it'll be a lovely day for the Wiesn. Since I'm still in Ferien and don't have anything better to do, therefore I'm in real Wiesn-Mood.

BTW, Mama Jens back, she's updated her blog!

At September 22, 2005 2:50 p.m., Blogger Katja said...

cool snack. will have to check if they have them in my lidl!

At September 22, 2005 4:12 p.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Uh oh, you've left me no choice but to steal another one of your ideas. First the muffins and now this. Koreans are snack geniuses, so someday soon I'll do some snack "research" and post the photographic results.

Snacky Cracky, great name.

At September 22, 2005 4:26 p.m., Blogger Crystal said...

When I lived in Houston I discovered all these really neat & yummy Mexican snacks, and it's always cool when a snack is more than just mere food. A Geography Lesson--great post. BTW, since in Germany children go home for lunch, what happens when both parents work? Or is that even possible in your adopted country?

At September 22, 2005 5:05 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Crystal - elementary school is over at 1 p.m. at the latest in Germany so they're not only home for lunch, they're home for the day. It used to be that the littlest ones would sometimes be sent home ever earlier, but they've changed the system now so at least you know your 7 yr old won't be standing on the doorstep at 11 a.m. Kids with working parents can be register in the daycare program, have a hot lunch at school and stay until 4 p.m. if need be. For a fee, of course. No, they don't make it particularily easy for working parents, mothers especially.

At September 22, 2005 5:20 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Eureka I have a Lidl near chez moi. Re Jewish phlegm easy, Husbands Jewish and he gave up smoking 6 days ago! Gotta go much blowing up of armbands to do......

wv love pimps and lesbians (bugger, messed up it)
wv husbands you wont like

At September 22, 2005 5:56 p.m., Anonymous Garnet said...

Education in a snack food! Whodda' thunk it!?

At September 22, 2005 6:55 p.m., Blogger Hannah said...

It would be cool if they flavoured them appropriate to each country - Big Ben salt'n'vinegar, Eiffel Towel garlic, Parthenon oregano, little mermaid... erm, herring? No! I know! That could be a sweet one for dessert, like a Danish pastry flavour!

At September 23, 2005 2:21 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

HeHe - I love the thought that here I am in London, knowing that somewhere in Germany, there is a 12 year old boy, hunting for dead insect bodyparts!
Cool Snacks - I think I'll go and check out my local Lidl later (for edcational purposes of course!)

wv Dixie Bad Boys.

At September 23, 2005 2:53 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Oh Yes and I meant to say...
I like your photography! :-)

wv vivid videos of pancakes

At September 23, 2005 3:00 p.m., Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

Oh...Hello over there!!! yes I can see you. Thank you! Thanks for the b-day wish..... and the compliment on my bracelet. It is one of the nicest things my mum has ever gave me.


wv: hey crazy Zach

At September 23, 2005 5:56 p.m., Blogger Crystal said...

Thanks Christina, we all think of Germany as being a really advanced society, but I've always got the feeling that women are pretty oppressed over there. Germany is definitely not France. And it seems the country is becoming even more conservative, which is shocking. No wonder the birth rate is decreasing, the women are probably rebelling over the workplace situation, plus German men are traditionalists and seem bent on keeping women in "their place". My big worry is that America is now becoming the same, which is terribly troubling and quite sad.

At September 23, 2005 8:19 p.m., Blogger cmhl said...

snacky cracky!!!! you have to love the name, at least!!! are they like animal crackers?

At September 23, 2005 9:18 p.m., Anonymous Haddock said...

I guess it's a trip to Lidl soon for educational purposes :)

At September 23, 2005 10:44 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Oh Dear... No Snacky Cracky here in my Lidl! :-(
(No chance of being any good at Geography in my house then!?)*

wv Tubby Bears are Cool

*or spelling!? - sorry, just saw my last message.. terrible of me...

At September 24, 2005 1:00 p.m., Blogger christina said...

cmhl - they're really salty tomato basil flavour. I think they come in herb flavour too.

euro-trac -m Too bad you couldn't find them. I find that sometimes Lidl has stuff for a while and then it disappears.

At September 24, 2005 2:35 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Please... call me trac!
wv pigs nibble


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