January 25, 2007

Bread Ends

Remember sniglets? I spent all yesterday trying to remember that word. The first book of them caused a sensation; I remember everyone leafing through it and saying, "YEAH! There SHOULD be a word for that!!" After that, when the dozens of sequels came out, I remember thinking, "Actually, we don't really need a word for that, and that's why we don't have one."

I can tell I'm feeling a little nervous about the financial implications of five children, because I have started using bread ends. I know it's wasteful not to use them, but I don't like to eat them, and I remember when I was a child I thought a sandwich made with a bread end was a sad sandwich indeed, and so I haven't been giving them to the children either. We have a lot of birds in our yard, and so I would fling the bread ends out under the trees, thinking of how happy I was making the little birdies. That is, until I read an article saying, in essence, please don't feed the birds because it's bad for them and means they don't go south when they should and then they'll die and it'll be totally your fault. But I still flung the bread ends out.

But now I have been toasting the bread ends and giving them to the twins for breakfast, and since they're eating them without complaint I guess I should have been doing this all along. I still find the bread ends depressing to look at, but I admit they look better when they're toasted and buttered. And think of all the millions and millions of dollars I'm saving!

5 comments:

Mommy Daisy said...

Here's a tip for using bread ends. You can sneak them in for the kiddos and they'll never know it. Just turn the "end" side inside the sandwich. Then it looks like a normal sandwich on the outside. This is a great tip for little ones. I'm hoping it will work for mine when he's old enough for sandwiches. ;)

Shelly said...

I like Mommy Daisy's tip! Genius! I still don't like the bread ends either. I call them bread butts and I make the Hubby eat a butt sandwich. (Why, yes, we are very mature here.)

Swistle said...

Great tip, Mommy Daisy! I can't guess how many hundreds of years it would have taken me to think of it. I am not the "think outside the box" type.

desperate housewife said...

Ha! I have to say I find this whole discussion hilarious. And I also have to say, kudos to mommy daisy AND ME!!, b/c I, the genius mother that I also am, have done the turning the butt-side-over thing many a time. I had no idea this made me so clever! My self esteem is boosted for the day.

Anonymous said...

And as proof that the butt-side-over thing really works, Swistle herself was subjected to it countless times during her childhood, apparently with no ill effects -- nor even any memory of it! (Posted by Swistle's Dad.) (Yes, even famous bloggers have Dads.)