Monday, June 29, 2009

Coming and Going

My children have come up with a brilliant scheme for making money this summer. Basically, they've learned how to get Mommy coming and going.

Yesterday they woke me up, insisted that I get dressed, then ushered me out to the family room where a pink princess table waited with a menu. As you can tell from the photo, this table was not built for adults. Much as I'd love to destroy this pretty plastic posession (note: my brother who has no children gave Jasmine the beloved table that we have no room for in our house) I thought it would be safer to sit on the sofa.

Well, I was treated to a lovely breakfast at The Brunch Cafe (they serve breakfast and lunch, hence the catchy name). Ovaltine, toast and a platter of sliced peaches, strawberries and blueberries for me, oatmeal and a glass of milk for the father. But before we even finished our meals, their hands were out for payment. It is a café after all. Not like we should be able to eat for free in our own home!

Granted, the prices are very good. I think I paid a dime for my meal. To each of them. Unfortunately, I was still on KP duty. I guess at those prices, what can you expect. Lunch set me back another 20 cents. They called up my brother and insisted that he have lunch at their café as well, only I had to pay for his meal. (And he didn't sit at the pink plastic table either.)

I've been told that the café is open Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. But due to the initial success, they might be expanding their hours of operation, and the menu. Today at the grocery store they told me their father has requested filet mignon. I'm wondering how much that's going to run on the menu. And who's going to cook it...

Of course, with the prices they charge, they might be able to buy an ice cream cone from Rite Aid by the end of next week. Just think what they'll earn by the end of summer!


Merc said...

That is adorable! :D You have some savvy kids. ;) (Are they potential chefs when they grow up?)


P.S. the word verification is "boylings". *eyes blogger*

PJ Hoover said...

I'd pay every evening if they'd cook dinner.
And the table is cute!

Kelly Polark said...

Your kids are so cute!
My younger two love to play restaurant, but I've only paid in fake money so far. :) But then was for fake food.

Robin Mellom said...

So cute!!!!

lisa and laura said...

That is adorable! Tell them if they ever consider expanding operations to the Cleveland area that there are a couple of aspiring authors who'd love to have their breakfast prepared for them.

Also, your daughter looks EXACTLY how we envision the MC for one of the projects we're pitching this week. Our MC will be a bit older (we're thinking 12ish), but aside from that, your daughter is the perfect match!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Aww, fun! I have so much to look forward to with my daughter growing older. I guess I need to give her a sibling sometime. :D

Sherrie Petersen said...

Merc - Drew has created a candy salad that makes my teeth hurt just to think about. He uses sweetened condensed milk for salad dressing!

PJ - The only foods they currently cook are toast, mac 'n' cheese, and burritos. If I have to cook, they give me a discount on my meal :)

Kelly - The food has been worth every penny I've paid.

Robin - Thanks!

LiLa - They are very good at breakfast. And it sounds like you must have a wonderful MC in the next book...good luck with the pitch!

Glam - Siblings are good...except when they fight :{

Rebecca Gomez said...

That's too cute! My son is always trying to sell his drawings.

Rena Jones said...

LOLOL -- love it! I loved the part about the filet too. Let us know how that goes.

Jean Michelle Miernik said...

Hilarious! What business savvy kids you have. Keeping prices low with zero overhead costs and all. I would definitely eat at their cafe. Is there free Wi-Fi too?

Sherrie Petersen said...

Rebecca - My kids have been talking about selling their books and drawings, too. They want to set up a stand, but I haven't been willing to part with their creations :)

Rena - No filet on the menu yet :)

Genie - Funny you should ask! They've decided to serve appetizers (peanuts, 2¢ a bowl) in the internet cafe area before meals :)

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