Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Compulsive Cook

I made lasagna for my sons when they were home over the holidays which inspired me to write this silly children's poem below.  Don't try to read it too fast, or it will turn into a tongue twister for you.


The Compulsive Cook

Every kind of food she made
was piled in layers, one by one.
Each main dish, sandwich, side, and dessert
showed its stripes when it was done.

Homemade lasagna was layered:
meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese.
Her seven-layer salad held
lettuce, cheese, onions, celery,
bacon, mayo, and peas!

Cakes were layered, pancakes stacked,
tortes were tall chocolate towers.
Trifles, jello, cookies, and dips!
Sometimes she layered for hours!

No one knew what caused it--
this urge to stratify things nutritious,
but no one ever, ever complained,
because all the food she made 
tasted SOOO delicious!


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  1. I would surely never complain! In fact, I want to visit her!!

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    1. Thank you, Keith. It made me hungry writing this. :)

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  2. Where does she live?

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    1. Ha! She lives in my imagination and in this poem and perhaps in the imaginations of whoever reads this poem. :D

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  3. adorable poem and why wasn't I invited to partake in some of those stripes and towers of deliciousness and ....now you've made me hungry - I love this poem. Have you every thought of illustrating them. I think you could do a really cute illustration for this. You have very fortunate sons. When my visit I ask the what kind of pizza should I order.

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  4. that last sentence should read - when my sons visit ....i ask them what kind of pizza should I order.

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. I'm not very talented at illustrating, unfortunately. That's your strong suit not mine. I have thought about doing a children's book of poetry sometime and trying to find an illustrator for it. Maybe someday that will happen. Nothing wrong with pizza! Sounds good to me! :D

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  5. Oh yum, yum.... Lucky Boys!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lady Jane! :)

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  6. layers of foods - yum, especially desserts. Hope you got plenty of hugs and "thanks, mom" for your efforts. Or better yet, groans and "I'm so full". Those are winners too. Sounds like creativity all around - in the kitchen and now in poetry. Poetry has less calories!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. I do get lots of hugs and thanks from my boys. Makes me glad to cook for them. :)

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  7. Such a cute poem ...loved it, Daisy

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  8. Your poems are always so cute! My daughter teaches language arts for 4th grade students and they will soon be writing poems. I was telling her about how much I think children would enjoy your poems. It would be nice for you to publish them with pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! That is something I'd like to do some day. It's something to think about.

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  9. This is such a cute poem Daisy... I like how it flows so easily... and isn't it true.. a lot of food we eat is layered ... I can see why you are a published author... you are insightful and creative xox

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    1. Thank you, Launna. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :)

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  10. Hello greetings.

    Fabulous poem. All the food she made should have been delicious and nutritious and very enjoyable.

    Best wishes

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    1. Thank you, Joseph. Thank you for visiting and commenting here!

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  11. Oh, I love it! Nothing better than having inspiration to write!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! :)

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  12. That is awesome. I can hardly fathom the creation you have for poetry. I love this.

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  13. That sounds like quite a feast!

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    1. It does! The only dish I made was the lasagna, of course, but it made me start thinking about how many kinds of foods are made in layers. :)

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  14. Palavras gentis são um favo de mel, doçura para a alma
    e saúde para o corpo.(Pr 16,24)
    Lindo dom...poetizar até com alimentos!
    Obrigada amiga, pela visita atenciosa!
    Beijo grande, Marie.
    _____________________

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    1. Thank you, Marie! Wishing you all the best! :)

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  15. This reads like a wet dream - wet from saliva, that is. I'd like to order one layer of everything, and all of the tortes.

    You need an illustrator for this and your other lively poems, Daisy. It'd make for a really fun children's poetry book.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! A torte sounds good to me too right now. :-) The children's poetry book is definitely a "someday" dream of mine.

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  16. Sounds like your boys were in heaven with your delicious lasagna! I have a feeling they instantly devoured it! Very cute poem, Connie!

    Jule

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    1. Thank you, Julie! It's often on their request list! :)

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  17. Muito bom o seu blog, estive a percorre-lo li alguma coisa, porque espero voltar mais algumas vezes,deu para perceber a sua dedicação em partilhar o seu saber.
    Se me der a honra de visitar e ler algumas coisas no Peregrino e servo ficarei radiante.
    E se gostar e desejar comente.
    Que Deus vos abençõe e guarde.
    Abraço.Peregrino E Servo.
    http://peregrinoeservoantoniobatalha.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Hello Antonio! Thank you! I appreciate your visit and comment here.

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  18. I LOVED this! Preparing foods for our children is such an important ingredient to our mothering. Even with my limitations, I cooked a lot of favorites in advance.

    I haven't eaten breakfast. You have me salivating and about to dash to the kitchen! xo

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    1. Thank you, Reenie! Cooking for my boys does bring me joy, especially when I know what I am fixing is one of their favorites. Enjoy your breakfast! :D

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  19. I like this poem and I really like lasagna!! One of my fav desserts was a chocolate cake that had a layer of fudge, a layer of mousse, and a layer of devil's food cake! Mmmm..layers!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Yum! That sounds really good! :)

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  20. What a savory poem, each line is expressed with such a rich taste. They must love being served by food you make for them. :)

    Thank you very much for the kind words you left on my post.

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    1. Thank you, Mari. Wishing you all good things! :)

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  21. Clever poem! I haven't had lasagna in many years due to wheat allergy.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Sorry to hear you can't have lasagna. I think a wheat allergy must be hard to deal with.

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  22. It's amazing how good you are with writing for adults as well as children.
    I am studying comprehensive writing at uni at the moment and one of my assignments is to write a short childrens story (between the ages of 5-7 yrs old) and it must be a memory of mine.
    I am so stumped.
    I just cannot write for children!! I think we all underestimate just how hard it is to delve back into that mind-set.
    So well done to you! Amazing work as always xxx

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Jade! You are a talented writer. I'm sure you will be able to handle that assignment. :)

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  23. What a cute poem! LOVE it. Kinda sounds like me... especially when the kids or grandkids come to visit. The quickest way to the heart may not be through the stomach, but it's one of our favorite routes!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. It's one of our favorites too! :)

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  24. Love your poem, Connie... I laughed!!!!! Sounds like a mom cooking some great food for those big ole boys... I'm sure your sons enjoyed some of Mama's cooking...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! They did indeed. :)

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  25. As pessoas entram em nossa vida por acaso, mas não é por acaso que elas permanecem.
    Poema lindo...só uma pessoa cheia de amor pode transbordar seus dons!
    Beijos Marie.

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I hope you have a good week! :)

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  26. I am sure the cook is very well organized in other areas as well.

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    1. Thank you, Munir. I hadn't thought of it in that way. :-)

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  27. very interesting poem . i'm very interested
    hello, i'm a vietnam. i want to get acquainted with you .Links you to learn. Wish your first day working week favorable and fun

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    1. Hello! Thank you for visiting here. :)

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  28. Enjoyed the poem, Daisy, and the images it conjured in my mind as well. I too have been lax in blog posting and reading because of many things during the holidays, especially my mother's passing. Thanks for your condolences.

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice. I've been thinking of you. I've been there. I know how hard it is to lose your mother. Hugs to you.

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  29. The fact that your blog is entirely made up of the poems you write is amazing - I struggle to write poetry at all and you seem to do it effortlessly daily! That is amazing and I am so inspired by you!

    http://mystery-girl007.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! Thank you for visiting and commenting here. :)

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  30. Wonderfully whimsical! Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Cary! I'm glad you liked it! :-)

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  31. Melodious poem that I can almost "taste."

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  32. hi. anyone there? wish you warm on your bed and sleep until morning delicious. goodbye to you. I go to school now

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    1. Hello. Thank you for the good wishes! :)

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  33. You're a poet and cook in one! :)

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    1. Thank you, Lea! Thank you for visiting here too!

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  34. Oh so delicious is this poem, now I want some lasagna !

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! It was eaten up very quickly here. :)

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  35. Bravo- this is a a great poem!

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    1. Thank you, Terri! I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  36. Olá amiga, vim desejar-lhe um abençoado início de mês.
    Doce abraço Marie.

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    1. Marie, thank you! You are very sweet! :)

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  37. Hi Daisy, I just wanted to check in with you.. I hope everything is going well for you? We are getting a blizzard tonight in Nova Scotia... if it is a snow day where I don't have to work, I will be thrilled... :) I just don't relish going out in it after the fact... Take care of yourself xox

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    1. Thank you for checking in with me, Launna! I am fine. I have been keeping busy with work and other things. I hope you got your snow day off from work. :) xoxo

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