Hi friends! How’s it going? Admittedly, things have been a little quiet in this part of the Internet. We’ve been busy making Fall memories: cheering for John’s sister in the Chicago Marathon, enjoying cupcakes in St. Louis after our friend’s wedding, going to the pumpkin patch, and obviously Halloween! Monica was a pineapple and yes, it was a DIY costume made by yours truly :)
At the same time, I just got over an icky case of strep throat. Monica escaped unscathed, but John is stuck with an annoying cough. If nothing else, getting strep reminded me how important it is to take care of myself. It’s so easy to put everyone else’s needs before my own, but if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be able to take care of them.
Speaking of taking care of ourselves, we’re trying to eat more veggies. Monica is almost 17 months old and is starting to get a little picky with her food. She has no problem with cupcakes or Reese’s peanut butter cups, but veggies are a whole ‘nother thing. A Cup of Jo’s recent post on how to get kids to each vegetables was spot on. Monica loooves fruit, so we offer that at the end of the meal as “dessert” since we know she’ll ignore everything else on her plate in favor of the sweet stuff. And let’s just say we’re not above sneaking in a little kale or other veggies. Two recent dinnertime wins were Lo Bosworth’s turkey meatballs (yes, with kale, which we stuffed into rigatoni) and Pinch of Yum’s healthy Fettuccine Alfredo. Linsey of Pinch of Yum is pretty much a genius in that the Alfredo sauce is made with cauliflower! (She even has an ecookbook with 30 recipes devoted to her creamy cauliflower sauce.) As for the sauce itself, we couldn’t really tell the difference. Maybe it’s because we added some extra parmesan cheese to the sauce ;) Monica gobbled it up and I didn’t feel guilty getting seconds.
If you’re a parent, how do you get your kids to eat their vegetables?