I had today's post bumping around in my head since last Thursday night when I was standing in line at the Giant. I saw a flyer with Dora and the Gang on it with recipes for a creative, healthy meals. I took a look at it and thought to myself, "Well, they girls love Dora. Hadley likes to cook. Maybe if she's a part of the process of making a meal she'll eat it, too." So I took a recipe page home with me (they're free at the Giant-there was no stealing involved).
This recipe was for breakfast. Basically, you combine apples, cream cheese, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl, then spread it on a tortilla. This is not something I think I'd ever eat but all the ingredients sounded good, and I figured Hadley would like to pour and stir all the stuff. Plus, she loves cream cheese. Once, when we were at Panera, she took the little tub of cream cheese you get when you order a bagel, and started eating it straight using her fingers to scoop it out. Oh my goodness just thinking about that makes me want to gag.
So we got to work.
Pouring in the honey:
Dumping in the apples:
Stirring it all up:
I spread the concoction on the tortilla, and this is how much they each ate:
Not good, Callie. Not. Good.
Here's what they ate instead:
I was in this lovely little book club when I first moved to DC. We met once a month at The Colorado Kitchen on a Saturday morning for brunch and a discussion of the book we read. One Saturday when we were there, I chuckled at a note that was placed on each of the tables. It said that kids were welcome to eat here, but they didn't serve things like "chicken shaped like stars or other shapes" and they were expected to sit at the table and not run around. I remember saying that I thought this was so great. Who wants to eat food like that and also, who wants to go to a restaurant when there are kids running around all over the place? I think in the same breath of this statement I said, "And when we have kids, we're NEVVVVVER having a DVD player for the car! That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of."
Yup. Our kids are going to eat all the food we give them, never complain about what we give them, and be able to self entertain themselves while we drive the short trip to Grand Rapids and Chicago.