The Last (Post About) Supper

I have really loved hearing all this feedback about feeding toddlers and preschoolers.  I have gotten so many new ideas for things to incorporate into my own family meals, and I hope you guys have, too.  This will be the last post on food for a while because I am pretty sure this is what you call beating a dead horse.  But I’ve gotten lots of good follow up questions about our family’s eating routines, and I thought I’d tie up all the loose ends by answering those before moving…

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Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

I said I was going to do a post on meal ideas, but then I realized that most of my meal ideas have been covered in my post from last week. But in case any of you out there are visual people, here are a few pictures and descriptions of recent kid meals at my house… Steamed broccoli with a little butter Fresh sliced pineapple Steamed, diced sweet potatoes (I think it is easier to dice it first because steaming) This was a snack one afternoon for the kids and…

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That.s a Wrap!

Recently, on Pinterest (please tell me you guys are on there as much as I am…), I came across these great, super simple wraps. When I originally pinned them, they were listed as a breakfast idea, but I immediately thought about Bean.  If I put something in a wrap for him, he’ll eat it just about every time.  This is a super simple and quick little snack or breakfast for him. For these wraps, you will need whole wheat tortillas (or whatever kind your family prefers), peanut butter, a banana,…

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Country Crock My World

I have a confession. I am a butter lover. I have another confession. I don’t eat enough veggies. I have a final confession. I don’t let Bean eat butter and I make him eat all his veggies. It’s warped, but it’s true. The fact is, I just don’t like vegetables. I’ve tried ‘em steamed, grilled, raw, fried…you name it. I’m not a vegetable person. Which is why one of my all-time favorite comfort dinners to make is a one-casserole dish, oven-baked, chicken and rice number with nary a vegetable to…

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It Ain’t Yer Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanks to Bean sharing his germs from school with me, I have a head cold. Right in time for the holidays. Lovely! Being pregnant, head colds present a bit of a challenge. Don’t get me wrong – I am a medication person. I don’t believe in suffering unnecessarily, so I loves me some medicines. But when I’ve got a sensitive little bun in my oven, I’m a lot more aware of what I’m taking and I really try to avoid all medications as much as possible. I take Tylenol occasionally…

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Preparing a Feast with a Beast

Last Thanksgiving, Bean was tiny. I think he made that Thanksgiving better for me because he was a real, live, breathing something to be so thankful for. But he couldn’t really do much yet. This year not only was he that something for me to be thankful for, but he was able to actually participate in the Thanksgiving festivities. He peeled potatoes with me. He read stories with his Aunt Annie on his Grandmomma’s iPad. And while we waited for the turkey to cook, he read books with me in…

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Mexican Beef, Oh My!

Now, I don’t want to freak anyone out, but I’m about to post a recipe. Crazy, I know. I am not what one might call gifted in the culinary arts. I can grill a mean chicken breast.  I can steam the heck out of a broccoli floret.  And I can make mashed potatoes that make you wanna smack your Grandma.  But other than that one meal, it’s really hit and miss.  I think it’s cause I’m not a detail-oriented person.  I like the idea of cooking, but when I start…

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Filling Bean’s Tummy

Ever since we took Bean off formula last week, he has been eating like a little machine!  I don’t know if he’s just filling himself with other things since he doesn’t have the formula or if he’s going through a growing spurt or maybe both.  Whatever the reason, Bean can’t seem to get enough food in his tummy. This is Bean pointing to his tummy.  He knows where his tummy and his feet are and we’re working on “Where’s Beanie’s head?” We taught him to say “more” when he wants…

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Things I Love About Florida

Despite the fact that snakes are rising up against me, there are things about Florida that I love that I had completely forgotten about while I lived in Connecticut.  In an effort to block the snake incident from my brain and to keep myself from hiking up my tail feathers and running back to Connecticut, I’ve been trying to remember things I’ve missed about life here.  Things like… 1.  Chick-fil-a – Without a doubt, hands-down, Chris’ favorite fast food place.  How we lived for five years without those golden nuggets…

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A Moment of Clarity

Last night I talked to Chris like I said I would.  And it was a great conversation.  Short.  Simple.  Honest.  All the necessities for a great conversation in my book.  Chris said he had the same fears sometimes, but that when he got nervous and anxious about all the change, he just thought about Bean.  And how wonderful this move would be for his life and, in turn, how wonderful that would make all of our lives. Perspective is important in a marriage. Today when I woke up I had…

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