The big 3-1. Yep, no longer can I say, “I am 30.” Now I am in my thirties. I am not telling you this to ask for birthday wishes or because I am depressed about this age, just sharing the facts. Now, that I’m in the thirties, I feel like a lot of things that I want for myself are starting to nag at me. Little timers are starting to tick an annoying countdown in my head. Like I need more things going on up there! [Read more…]
Dear Past Stefanie,
Remember when you were spooning that soupy rice cereal into little baby Andy’s chubby cheeks? Remember when you loathed that cereal as you basically gave your child a wet wipe bath to clean all the mess off of him? Remember when you said to yourself, “I can’t wait until I can feed Andy real food!”
You should have cherished the days of purees and soupy cereal.
Your wiser and older future self
PS Don’t even get me started about how you wanted Andy to walk.
Well folks, there it is. My real life confession. Feeding a baby, scratch that, toddler, is hard! You have this idea that they will just like everything you eat and when you make a nice dinner and it all ends up on the floor amidst tears from you and your kid, those dreams are certainly shattered.
As a home cook and food blogger, I pride myself on my culinary creations. It is bad enough I have to cook for mister-I-would-be-happy-eating-mac-and-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dogs-in-it-for-the-rest-of-my-life; I now have to cook for his mini me.
Fear not, all you health nuts. I am not giving up just yet. I keep offering him healthy foods in different ways and slowly he is coming around. I like a challenge. This kid will be like me! This kid will like salads! One day. I have crumbled and offered to cover vegetables in cheese to make them more appealing, even though, of course, that was one thing I swore I would never do before having kids.
Shocker! Everybody likes things covered in cheese! I even get Mike to dive into this creamy side dish! So, yeah, Andy can have a hot dog and some sweet potato fries for dinner, but you better believe he is getting a big scoop of this kaley goodness too!
Recipe adapted from Shutterbean’s Best Creamed Spinach recipe. (Trust me it is the best!)
Remember last week when I warned you that this was the month of soup and chili? I was not lying! This week holds both a chili and a soup recipe. Also, SPOILER ALERT, next week is looking to be kind of the same. You’ll thank me when that cold weather hits and all you have to do is pull a frozen Tupperware brick out of your freezer and plop it into a pot. [Read more…]
Confession: I just mistyped the word popper like three times. I think I have been seeing too many dirty diapers and poop is just on my brain. Sorry. Mom life!
Don’t worry; that is the last mention of poop in this post.
Let’s talk peppers. Mike and I handle heat differently. I can handle a habanero pepper but sometimes jalapenos with the seeds still in them kick my butt. Mike cannot at all tolerate a habanero pepper but loves jalapenos. The seedier the better. I do not get it. [Read more…]
Today I am guest posting over on my friend Julia’s blog while she is enjoying time with her new baby. She and her family just got back from Florida! Ugh! Lucky! Hopefully they brought some warm weather back with them.
I made a bright and healthy (well except for the parm) salad, because I am so not a juice person. You can all have your green juices, but I will always prefer my fork and knife digging into a good crunchy salad as opposed to a straw! [Read more…]