Who Killed the Cow Part 2 and Whipped Lingonberry Porridge

The criticism that I have sometime heard about blogs is that they give an unrealistic view of life. The house is shiny clean, the food looks perfect and the kids have their ponytails just so. I agree. Often blogs do show what we might see as an ideal lifestyle. The main thing to realize is that photography is about capturing a split second in time. The photographer makes the decision to include and exclude certain elements. It might actually be that outside of the frame of the photo there is drawing paper spread all over the table and little pieces of cut up “confetti” when one of the little ones had spent a morning practicing their fine motor skills.

This post is the sequel to the post “Who Killed the Cow“. When we were growing up we would often say “Who killed the cow?” when the last cup of milk was taken from the carton. For the complete story click on the link. 🙂
I have from time to time taken photos capturing “real life.” Here are a few snap shots from those times and a recipe that works perfect for the days full of little surprises.
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One morning when I came downstairs I found clementines all over the place. One of our kids had just learned to peel clementines and was practicing. My first thought was, “Oh, NO! What a mess and there went the entire kilo of clementines that I had bought the day before!” I really couldn’t get too mad, it was innocent exploration and finding the floor full of orange crescents isn’t the worst that could happen.
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We would occasionally have this whipped lingonberry porridge as an after school snack when I was a kid. Since lingonberries were not readily available in the US, my Mom would use cranberries and they work just as well. The recipe is for a fairly large amount so feel free to halve it if preferred. When I make it, I will often serve it first warm to the little ones at home for lunch and when it has cooled I will whip it as a snack for the school kids.

Whipped lingonberry porridge
2 l/ 8.5 c water
8 dl/3.4 c lingonberries or cranberries
2 dl/ 0.8 c sugar
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Bring the water, lingonberries and sugar to a boil. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes. Strain the berries and return juice to the pot. Whisk in 4 dl/1.7 c of Cream of wheat warm cereal to the juice. Allow to cook for about 7-10 minutes, whisking the cereal so that it does not stick to the bottom. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow to rest for a few minutes. Serve warm with milk if desired.
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For the whipped porridge, allow it to cool completely. When cool, whip it until it has become light and fluffy. Serve with milk or a dollop of cream.
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Afterall there is a beauty in everyday life!

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45 Comments

  1. It is obviously that someone with little kids can not have the house as clean as single people! And it is in most people nature to keep only nice memories, nice things – no bad memories, no dirt! So don’t worry 😉
    The porridge also looks like a nice breakfast to me 😀

  2. I love this post! I often feel like I must be doing something wrong as I have a hard time keeping the house in order with just one toddler around. It’s makes me feel better when I hear about other mums in the same boat 🙂

    The clementine story is too funny, as is the shot of your son covered in paint (or is that ink?). I found my little guy sitting under the kitchen table the other day, happily chewing on Crayons. They came out the other end the next day!!!

    1. My Mother-in-law has a magnet on her fridge that says, “Cleaning when the kids are small is like shoveling snow in a blizzard.” I think it sums it up quite well 🙂
      I can just imagine your little guy chewing on the crayons. Kids have a fascination to taste everything–the other day I found one eating little bits of styrofoam! She claimed that it was perfectly edible 😛

    1. He was just pleased with himself! His older sister had used a new package of washable markers on him. The “art project” involved a lot of squeals of delight and laughter 🙂 Even if the markers were washable he was quite “camoflouged” for a couple days!

  3. Isn’t life grand!! I love your adorable photo’s and your little ones are just too cute. Life is a series of messes, we clean them up and start over. You are so right, I look at the photo’s on many blogs and become depressed, life seems picture perfect and that’s not mine. I don’t fool myself, perfection is not in my DNA nor my life. The porridge is gorgeous, I love lingonberries but have a very hard time finding them in the US, glad to hear cranberries are a good sub. Cream of wheat has been one of my all time favorite hot cereals.

    1. Yes, Life is grand and not boring! Perfection is not me either…even though I prefer a neat house it rarely is neat from every corner. I have come to accept that since I enjoy doing other things as well (such as blogging and spending time outdoors) the house and I will have to put up with a little mess. I have also found that having a weekly cleaning day that involves the whole family keeps the worst mess at bay! 🙂

  4. Very cute, a mischievous face indeed. Reality is good , although my posts are best described as gritty. I daren’t show too much of our house as it awaits renovation, it is crumbling! Appealing porridge, nice treat, good to try with cranberries too. Thanks.

    1. A crumbling wall with your food in the foreground could look quite nice. With the right light, there is an appeal in the imperfection! Maybe you should grab a few shots before you renovate! 🙂

  5. Love it…remember cheerios spread on the floor one day while there:) So easy to clean up, maybe the clementines not so much…Nothing like perfecting those small motor skills. Would love to sneak in for a cuppa and see the “mess”…:)

    1. The cheerios on the floor is a common occurence 🙂 Not quite daily, but weekly at least! They all go through certain stages, the confetti making stage, the puzzle stage, the gardening stage (some have it worse than others), learning-to-eat by yourself stage, the organizing the tupperware drawer stage…the list could go on! Would Love to have you over!

  6. Thank you for sharing real life shots. You are so correct in what gets portrayed in blog images verses what is going on outside of them! When I take a picture of the recipe I just made, no one gets to see the pile of dishes stacked up in the sink that I have to get back to after the picture is taken. 🙂

    And the porridge sounds lovely!

    Kenley

    1. Same here! Sometimes my kitchen is quite the sight…but since the food is hot and the light is right the photo needs to be taken immediately…clean up can be done afterwards! 🙂

  7. The porridge is such a pretty colour. I don’t think we can get those berries here and cranberries are also hard to source. Sometimes you can buy frozen cranberries but not often. Ah yes, toddlers! They’re very good at making a mess xx

    1. I remember my Mom buying them frozen, but I do not know if they are available year round in your area. I usually use frozen berries for the porridge…it’s a good way to use up the berries that we picked in the fall and often we notice in the spring that we still have quite a few containers left!

    1. Thank you, you are so nice! Sometimes it is important to see the beauty that surrounds us, it even might be in the muddy pile of colorful rubber boots in the entry way.

  8. Such great photos. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a home with little children where there weren’t Cheerios some place. Your little Art Project looks so proud of himself. That smile speaks volumes. This was a wonderful, smile-inducing post. Thank you for sharing

  9. I love the photo of your kids. I often heard – a messy kid is a happy kid. 🙂 You are so right about the picture/view editing. My house is never orderly or very clean (we live in a state of manageable mess) but when I want to post pictures in the blog, I choose the one little spot that looks clean and neat enough. 🙂

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