If you’ve been reading this website of mine for any time now at all, you’ll know that I have an obsession with pistachio pudding. OB-SESH-SHUN, folks. There’s obviously something wrong me with, but packaged pistachio pudding is seriously one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Which is why I can’t believe that I’ve never read the package and made Watergate Salad.
Again, there’s that getting back to “something’s wrong with me.” How could I have been ignoring a fabulous retro recipe all these years? Granted, I do only allow myself the pistachio pudding indulgence every few months, otherwise it might get out of control and you’d start seeing pistachio pudding chicken, pistachio pudding beef…it might get a little crazy on here.
When we were at the Phoenix House (which is what it shall be called from here on in) I actually turned over a package in my hands and read the recipe.
My whole family was in town (that town being Phoenix) at that time, and I was making dinner. Let’s remember that I was in the middle of my cookbook as well, working my tail off and taking advantage of the amazing natural light that streams through the windows all…day…long in Phoenix. As I sit here and look out my window at the gloomy Edmonton day presented to me now, I forget the giant spiders and scorpions and wish I was back.
I digress. My point was, I was busy and needed a really fast and easy dessert. This was it, folks. It’s fast, easy and honestly my entire family loved it. It’s so junky, sweet and awesome. When you don’t eat things like this on a regular basis, they become a fabulous forbidden treat.
My little Rose was my photography assistant that day and while her brother definitely loves helping me, she’s the one who loves getting behind the camera.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment in the flurry of working on everything and see the joy in what I do, through her eyes. The Rose loves to tell me how she wants to do what I do when she grows up and I’m unsure all the time on what to tell her -other than “sure honey, after you go to University and get a degree”.
Really, what I do is a completely made-up job. No one goes to school to become a blogger, no one PLANS on doing this for a living.
Or do they?
I started thinking that day, when the Rose exulted to me that she wanted to grow up and “have a website and write! And take photos of food!” about the future of writing and what it’s possibly going to be like in the next 15 years. In 15 years, my girl would be fresh out of college or university, possibly as a writer. What would my advice to her be?
I was a little taken aback by my first thoughts. My very first thought was that in order for her to thrive, she needed an online presence. Well, blech. My primary goal as a parent who leads her own life online is to keep them offline for as long as possible, away from social media and the like.
Truth be told, writers these days have both offline and online presences but that dynamic is slowly shifting. I started out at around a 50/50 ratio, writing on my website and writing for traditional print. Now, it’s all about the online work. Yes, I’ve built my website up to the point where it’s my income, but I also write for Safeway Canada four times a month online and any other places I’m approached by are all online work.
Not only that, but everyone is online. Doctors, vets, accountants, musicians, small business owners, once you start thinking about it, chances are very high that your child would benefit from having a website for their career.
So I’m going to share something that might sound like the craziest parenting advice ever, but here goes.
You should really think about buying your children’s name, in a domain and keeping it for them. For example, www.KarlynnJohnston.com. (which I do own of course lol). Of course common names like www.MikeSmith.com is most likely taken, but I think if you have the opportunity, you should take it. The cost is around $10 a year to keep renewing it.
We did, and the weirdest part of this whole story is that we only just bought the kids domains while we were in Phoenix. Us, who live and work online.
Once I started that line of thought above, about how SO many careers now – and even more in the future- will need a strong web presence, I couldn’t stop. So we bought the kids their own domains. Sure, my daughter might get married and change her name but the odds of buying a domain 15 or 20 years from now with her name are so slim that it doesn’t even matter. She’ll have her own name in a domain.
So that’s totally weird, right? I feel really weird even typing this out. To help back me up, I do know a couple other web-saavy people who have also bought their children’s names as domains, so I’m not the only one thinking like this.
If you don’t think I am totally crazy and you want to buy a domain, you can do so using this handy box below that lets you not only buy it, but get it free with hosting if you wanted that as well. Who knows, you could start building their website now and don’t think that my son hasn’t asked! I’m pretty sure as soon as Mr K learns how to use WordPress, he’ll have his own website. He wants, of course, to review video games 😉
So who thinks I am crazy? Not only for the Watergate Salad but I also got off on a HUGE tangent, all because the Rose wanted to help me with photos. Sigh. Only me.
Happy Saturday everyone! Thanks for stopping in and listening to the crazy!
Love you more than chocolate,
- 1 oz can crushed pineapple in juice undrained 20 .
- 1 oz pkg. JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding 3.4 .
- 1 cup Miniature Marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chopped Pecans
- 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
- Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl until the pudding has been mixed in completely.
- Stir in the Cool Whip and refrigerate.