A List Maker's Life: Fresh Summer Appetizer

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fresh Summer Appetizer

Several weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a little photo naming contest on We Are THAT Family. To be clean, I didn't win because of my most clever caption I was just the lucky last commenter. Anyway....

The prize?

The White Trash Mom Handbook by Michelle Lamar. Michelle is the author of the White Trash Mom blog, as well as this book.

To be quite honest, I totally dislike the term WT. I just about choke on my tongue even writing it. Isn't it incredibly rude to term anything WT? It's a stereotype accompanied by an attitude that we are somehow better than someone else. (Remember, I am not so good with sarcasm and negative humor though).

Well, the book gives new light to this term. Michelle uses WT to label all the mommas who are willing to admit they are less than perfect. Being a WT mom is the appropriate opposite for the mom "Muffia" - you know the ones who know everything about being a perfect mom and never make a single mistake in their day to day parenting.

As I read I laughed, I agreed, I recognized myself,and I laughed some more!
Go ahead, call me WT. I'm now aware of my own WT moments. Oh yes, there are a few.

Would you like a glimpse of the best of the week? A friend and I took our kids on a downtown bus trip with towels in tow. The main event - swimming in the fountain! Hold your hat, it gets trashier...

Anne Hope didn't want to get her shirt wet, so she danced in the shirtless in the spray.

We all had a great time (with the exception of a minor knee injury) and we made a memory.

Back to the book, it also makes a point that in rejecting the mom rules of perfection we need to be careful we aren't putting our kids at risk for being outcasts. All good WT moms need a few tricks up their sleeves to keep up a bit of an appearance with the Muffia. We want them to think we kind of have things together, right? There are many suggests about how to accomplish them. One such suggestion is having a fancy looking recipe up your sleeve.

Well, my WT friend (her daughter also danced topless in the fountain) shared an amazing (and easy) appetizer recipe with me. It looks and tastes pretty fancy. WT or not, feel free to give it a try.


red onion
feta cheese
fresh basil
olive oil
optional: pine nuts

Finely chop the onion, basil, and tomato. Layer the ingredients in a shallow bowl: feta, onion, basil, tomato, then oregano. Drizzle with olive oil. I added roasted pine nuts to the top. Serve fresh with crackers or tortilla chips.

BTW, Not a bit of this dish made it to our trash.

Grab yourself a copy of The White Trash Mom & a fabulous fresh summer appetizer.
Read, relax, eat, and enjoy!
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  1. A post about us and my recipe!? I am honored! Thanks friend. I hope others eat up the tomato feta dip like we did too!

  2. Sounds delicious, quick and easy!! A triple play :) Can't wait to try it.

  3. That cookbook sounds like one I need to check out. I hope the book has the recipe for the crock-pot Velveeta cheese dip, because nothing else screams WT like that does! :)

  4. How funny! Everything about that recipe sounds yummy, except the onions. I don't do onions :)

  5. Love it Katie!! I am so checking out that cookbook, it sounds right up my alley!


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