You guys wanna know a secret? I friggen suck at meal planning. It is one thing to plan and shoot recipes for the site but when I have to be in charge of everyday life, I kiiiind of get a little uninspired. You see, Mike and I are in the midst of buckling down and budgeting for a house. As a part of that whole fun process, I have been trying to make a budget for groceries and stick to it. The key word there is trying. I even go so far as two write out the Monday through Friday meals in a little notebook I keep on my kitchen island. Sounds like I have my ish together, right? [Read more…]
Did you guys see this cute April Fool’s Day prank? It was probably my favorite. This was Mike’s favorite. I like good hearted and funny pranks. However, I also like some of those sucky-for-the-person-it-is-happening to pranks. In college, we used to switch entire contents of peoples closets, dump ice water on people in the shower, and pelt people with water balloons as they walked to their cars in the sorority parking lot. Yeah, we were kind of dicks.
We knew the pranking had to stop when showering to get ready for the day became a paranoid affair. I figured out that if is contorted myself and stood up against the far back corner of the shower stall I could mostly avoid the ice water. Thank God the prank days were short lived. Come on past Stef, grow up! [Read more…]
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!)
Today I am taking Andy for his nine month doctor’s appointment. NINE MONTHS! Can you friggen believe it? I can’t! I mean I had high hopes I would be able to be a parent and turn out a pretty normal even-keeled kid, but to see that it has actually happened is still astonishing to me. [Read more…]