By: Maralee McKee
Welcome to Friday—Quick Tip Day!
Hope that you’re getting ready to enjoy a relaxing weekend and that your to-do list is shorter than your nap time!
Here’s a brief McKee family weekend update. Your tips are right below.
I’m hosting a sleepover for my youngest son tonight. It’s his first one ever He’s sooooo excited. I am as well! With his special needs, having a friend he views as an equal is a very big deal in his development!
His little friend is precious! He’s a good influence on Corbett and has the best manners! Corbett does, too, but he’s often so shy he won’t use them. I fear people must think it’s a classic case of the cobbler’s son having no shoes!
The one scary thing about this sleepover is that it’s his friend’s first one as well. Normally, no problem. If there are tears at 2:00 AM, we’d pack up the car and deliver him safely back into his mom and dad’s arms. Tonight, though, his parents are five hours away at a convention.
My plan is to make sure the boys play long and hard all afternoon, keep them up late watching movies, and then hope they’ll both sleep through the night from pure played-out exhaustion!
If I’ve underestimated the power of homesickness for a six-year-old, then I’ll be up at 2:00 AM drying tears, calming nerves, and reading stories, and if completely stuck, I’m not beyond offering a bribe. “Go back to sleep and we’ll go see ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’…again!”
Wish me luck! If you have any helpful hints, please comment and share. I’d love to hear!
Today’s Quick Tip!
If you enjoy eating soup, you’ll love this post! I’ve gathered seven savvy etiquette tips for eating your soup with flair!
This came to me the other day as I watched my oldest son eat French Onion soup. He was having a hard time getting through the cheese to the broth underneath. Finally, he did what any 12-year-old would do. He pulled the baked-on cheese off the crock and ate it with his fingers. Fine, I guess, if you’re 12, and at home; not so great for the rest of us! (OK, I’ve done it too, just not in front of others!)
So here’s all you ever need to know about eating soup. Number seven is all about French Onion!
1. Spoon your soup away from you in the bowl. This seems like it’s the opposite of what you should do. Why move the soup further from you when you’re trying to bring it to your lips? Spooning it away from you allows any soup that is going to dribble off the spoon to end up back in the bowl, instead of on your shirt, blouse, or lap!
2. Eat/sip the soup from the side of your soup spoon, not the front (tapered end). Otherwise, all the soup runs down to the “point” and causes it to spill easier.
3. To get to the last drops of soup, it’s fine to tip your soup bowl or plate away from you.
4. When soup is served in a cup or round bowl with a plate under it, place your spoon on the underplate between sips and when you’re finished.
5. When soup is served in a soup plate (a very wide open bowl) with no plate under it, place your spoon in the bowl between sips and when finished, not on your bread plate or any other plate.
6. If adding crackers, add them one bite at a time. You don’t want to turn your soup into something resembling oatmeal. It’s fine to drop one or two oyster crackers or crumble one saltine at a time into your bowl. Place the remainder of your crackers on your bread plate.
7. French Onion soup is delicious but tricky! When you’re at a need-to-impress meal, I’d suggest skipping it no matter how much you’re craving it. For other times, here’s how to maneuver your way through this gooey delight. Eat the cheese first by twirling it around your spoon and “cutting” it by pressing it against the side of your soup bowl or crock. If this won’t work (It hardly ever does for me!), then go ahead and cut the cheese that’s dangling from your spoon with your knife. Once the cheese is gone, it’s easy enough to eat the bread and broth underneath. Now, about all the yummy cheese baked on the outside of the crock. Two choices: be very polished and leave it alone, or say the heck with it and enjoy! If you choose the latter, try getting the baked-on cheese off with your spoon, not your fingers. (At least while anyone is watching you!)
Bonus tip: Never blow on your soup, or any food, to cool it. It sends the signal that you’re impatient. Allow your food to cool on its own and you’ll earn the reputation of one cool tablemate. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
See you Monday! I don’t know what we’ll be talking about. I haven’t been inspired yet!
If you have anything you’d like me to write about, let me know. If you have a question, you know a thousand others have the same one! I’ll add it to our list and get right on it! Contact me here at Maralee@MannersMentorBlog.com.
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Until Monday everyone…