Sunday, November 18, 2012

Meal Planning

On a good week, I go to the grocery store on Sunday/Monday and do the food prep on Monday.  It can be challenging to stick to this schedule – front loading most of the work – but it is always worth it.  

Truman has become pickier in his old age and I am trying to find the balance between making things he enjoys, and not turning our weekly meal plan into a macaroni-hot dog fest. 

(As a side note: We do not worry if Truman skips dinner. He eats a lot during the day and we know that toddlers are less apt to eat big meals at night. (It is a cultural phenomenon to eat a big meal at the end of the day – not a biological one.)  There are no food battles at our house. (Lots of other battles, but we never coerce Truman to eat).
I typically try to plan four or five dinners and a couple of breakfast items (muffin mix that I freeze, granola, or prepping the dry ingredients for pancakes)

Here is our meal plan for this week (a short week):

-          Chard and sweet potato enchiladas with homemade tortillas. I found this recipe here: I make half the tortillas and freeze the other half for a future meal. I have long rolled out my own tortillas, but Jason bought me a tortilla press for my birthday that I will be using for the first time. This is a family favorite recipe and it makes great leftovers.

-          Gado Gado. This is a bed of spinach covered in rice and tons of diced vegetables, tofu, and hard boiled eggs. The entire thing is covered in peanut dressing. It is from the Moosewood Cookbook. 

-          Swedish meatballs and egg noodles. Not the healthiest meal, but will be loved by the boys.  Also makes a good meal to send with Truman to preschool. The recipe is here:

-          Also on our grocery list: Thanksgiving fixins, quiche, cheesy kale chips, and the usual fruit, coffee, milk, and yogurt.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Exploring at Fish Park

Looking handsome

A new salmon sculpture at Fish Park in Poulsbo

"Follow me mommy!"

Building a beaver dam

Working hard

Friday, November 9, 2012

Words and stories

Truman has become very interested in listening to stories. I am impressed with how quietly he sits, looking off into space, imagining the characters in his mind.  I often tell him classics like Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks, but recently he has been asking for adventure stories that I make up on the fly.  Here is how it usually goes: (T in blue, M in purple, J in green)

Tell me a song about two boys.

Do you mean a story about two boys?

The one where they went on the mountain.

Once upon a time, there were two boys who went on an adventure on Mt. Rainier.

Quinn and Truman?

Yes, Quinn and Truman.

And Rowan?

Once upon a time, there were three boys who went on an adventure on Mt. Rainier.  First they packed their bags.  They brought a first aid kit, a compass, warm socks, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and apples.

And candy?

And candy.

And they hiked up the snowy trail and they saw mountain goats and eagles. It was a bluebird sky and the top of the mountain was all the way in the clouds.  Soon they came to a lake and they decided to fish for rainbow trout.

They got out their fishing rods. . .

Truman had two fishing rods.

Well why does he need two?

And Rowan and Quinn had two fishing rods too.

Well that doesn't surprise me, but I still don't know why they need two rods.  I bet their mommies think that is a bit much.

[Long sigh from across the room].

Pretty soon they catch some big fish and the sun starts to set.  They hike back down the mountain and head home to their mommies.  They had a great adventure on Mt. Rainier.

The end.

. . . . . . .

Now do the song about two boys who go on a boat. . . .

Thursday, November 1, 2012