When you are the youngest of four boys, growing up in a home filled with silliness and sarcasm, you pretty much have no hope of becoming anything but silly and sarcastic.
Malachi, our 11 year old, barely remembers how to shoot it straight anymore. When we say, “How’s your project going?” he’ll answer with an enthusiastic, “Terrible!” which of course translates to mean, “I’m making some great headway here.”
This is funny-not funny because sometimes I just really need to know the answer to something without being given the run around. And then there is the issue with him using sarcasm around younger kids or unsuspecting adults. Someone might say, “You look nice today, Malachi.” and he’ll come back with with a happy, “I know.” which takes people off guard and I always hope they know he’s kidding.
We’re working on teaching discernment on when to be “funny” and when to simply answer a question already.
In the meantime, I tried a new recipe a readers sent to me that sounded amazing, but then of course, I cut down the sugar so I didn’t send everyone off to Bible class with a major sugar high. I prepared the drink, then ran upstairs to finish getting ready for church. Later when I hesitantly hollered down, “Does it taste okay? Do you like it?” Malachi promptly answered with, “No. It is really not good.”
Oh man, I had hoped this would be a fun, refreshing, filling drink I could make this summer. Oh well, I’d move on to the next idea.
Then he smiled and said, “It’s actually really amazing. Make it again.”
That kid!! I give up.
(Because that’s what frustrated parents do. They give up. They stop trying. There is no other way.) Weird. It’s as if Malachi comes by his sarcasm naturally.
We’ll continue to work on when to be silly and when to shoot it straight, but according to Malachi, you should definitely not try this recipe. You won’t even like it. It’s disgusting.
Welcome to my world.
Iced Chocolate Using Homemade Nesquik
By the way, all credit goes to Laura on this one. Not me. Another Laura. Laura D. She emailed me this idea!
- 3 cups whole milk
- ½ cup Homemade Nesquik (see recipe below)
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Blend ingredients on high in the blender until smooth.
- Serve right away.
You’ll find my easy Homemade Nesquik recipe here.
Take note that there’s still quite a bit of sugar in this because I don’t know how to adjust that in my Homemade Nesquik recipe. This makes for a great summer treat, though!
Thank you Laura D. for sending in this recipe idea. Malachi really does appreciate it, even though you might not be able to tell at first. :)