Monday, January 30, 2017

King in the North! (King of Soup)

Readers, for the past couple of weeks I have been engaged, along with several of my closest Dad Blogger friends, in a friendly game of one-upsmanship on social media. During that time we have all laid claim to the title of #KingofSoup.

I'm already King in the North! King in the North!! (You can't get more North than Seattle. Well, except Canada and they surely don't count do they?)

You may have seen this across my channels.

That's because I have partnered with Life of Dad, and Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups to bring a Steakhouse experience to my house in minutes -  and to let you all know that you can too.

A recent survey found that 79% of Americans, including 92% of parents, wish it were easier to recreate a steakhouse experience at home.

My guess: The other 21% are young children, who would prefer it be easier to recreate a candy shop experience in their own home.

Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups deliver the flavorful, slow-cooked taste of restaurant-quality potato soup straight to your table. Filled with real Idaho® red potatoes and red potato skins, this hearty soup delivers exceptional taste and texture in every spoonful. Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups are available in four delicious flavor varieties: Creamy Potato, Loaded Potato, Cheddar Broccoli and Three Cheese Chipotle.

Honestly, I was skeptical that with @Idahoanfoods soup alone, I could turn my kitchen or dining room into a Steakhouse experience.  But I dare you to take a look at the transformation and not go away  with the understanding that I am, indeed, the #KingofSoup.

My dining room before Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soup:

A Man. A Can. A Sad Plan. 

Versus, a picture of my dining room Steakhouse after Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soup:

^Steakhouse^ 5 minutes later! Boom!

Nice, right?   Don't ask, it's a King thing.

Okay, okay.  The total time, from start to finish was slightly longer than 5 minutes.  But the soup was incredibly easy to make and, I can honestly say, delicious!

In fact, Lukas tasted the soup, and his face instantly brightened.  "That's really good!" he exclaimed, as he finished off his initial serving and asked for more.

Given how I used Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soup to transform my dining room into a steakhouse experience, it's pretty clear that I should be crowned King of Soup!

I will take the crown.

Only a trio of dragons flying across a narrow sea could stop me now.  Ha! Like that's going to happen.

Please note: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Idahoan® Foods for this campaign, but my opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rally Time

Happy New Year readers!

We took the kids to their first rally this past Monday, (MLK Jr. Day) at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.  It was a gathering of nearly 7000 similarly minded folks advocating for the Washington State Legislature to fully fund (as the Washington Supreme Court has already mandated) public school education in our state.

As is stands now, without any action being taken, the public schools will fall 10's of millions of dollars short of what is required for this funding, leaving school districts such as Seattle no choice but to cut already thin staffing and operations.

In short, there will be a lot of students, especially those in low income areas where there is no outside support, such as from a PTA to supplement funds, left behind in critical area's.

We felt it was important for us to be there on Monday, with the kids, to voice our concerns and to give a visual reminder to our legislators that the impact is not simply in numbers, but that real live kids will be negatively affected without action being taken.

As it turns out, it was a cold morning, and both kids had a limit to the time they could be out there in the cold without a proper meal, so we left after a few hours, trusting our more experienced and savvy friends and PTA members to follow up directly with our legislative representatives.

But the message was certainly heard.  Both by said legislators, and by Lukas and to a lesser extent, Annabelle (who's 4).  Having a voice, and acting on it - even if in a small way - does make a difference.

Mrs. LIAYF and I look forward to many more opportunities with the kids to get involved, and to make our bit of difference on important topics to us.

No matter how big that is, it's a lesson in democracy we are happy to be teaching them.

Who knows, maybe someday they will help change the world for the better!