Rather than answering your questions in comments and maybe having people not see my answers, I thought I’d just write here.
First of all– the food processer question. 90% of the time I use the processor to chop onions. Y’all might remember that we ‘glean’ onions every fall. They’re rejected by the seed company for being too big or too small. We pick them up for free by the bushel, then wrap them in newspaper and store them in the garage to use all winter. This year we got so many that I still have 20 or so left. And that is after using onions lavishly all winter.
Ethiopian cooking takes lots of onions. I also add onions to spaghetti sauce. We commonly will puree 4 or 5 onions for a single meal. Sometimes I will also toss in a carrot or two. The veggies add bulk, nutrition and flavor to recipes, and when I puree them, even the pickier kids eat the onions without trouble.
So. Onions. They spelled the demise of my food processer. However, my sister just emailed me saying she never uses hers and it is mine. Isn’t God good?
Also some of you were asking about my book. The working title is ‘The Sane Woman’s Guide to Mothering a Larger Family.’ That title may be changed…we’ll see what the marketing people say. As odd as it seems, the title is not something that the author gets to decide. But the book covers lots of the issues that people wonder about when considering another child — finances, space, people’s reactions— as well as the practical issues you face in the midst of parenting a a family of more than a couple kids, such as dealing with sibling fights, juggling multiple activities, finding private time to recharge, and treating kids like individuals. I’m so excited to share it with you, so thanks for asking about it!!!