Again from Alice:
Do you plan to teach your kids about Santa?
Right now, no. Margaret's too young for it and I just don't think we'll do it. I don't want to use the "Be good or you won't get any presents from Santa" threat. I don't want an imaginary man be a part of the holiday. Growing up I remember opening everything by 10 in the morning and then it was all over- the hype seems a bit much. Also, I'd feel lie I was lying to Margaret. Even imagining saying, "Hey, Margaret! Santa's coming soon!" just feels wrong to me. I couldn't do it. We'll still do stockings and gifts. Must put "knit stockings" on my To Do list.
What are some of your favorite healthy meals?
I actually got a new healthy cooking cook book. I've found that children's cook books are nice because they don't usually have "weird" ingredients- you know: the kind that you don't even know where to begin looking for in the store. I'm a big fan of spicy. Spicy spicy spicy. Fajitas are very regular here. You can make the vegetarian, you can make them gluten free by not using wheat tortillas. They can very easily be dairy-free by leaving off the sour cream dollop.
Stir fry is very regularly on our list. I'd like to add some Indian food to our menus. I like spicy. I have a special seasoning called "cajun." If you think you've put too much cajun seasoning on, you haven't. You need to add more. Why? Because "cajun" means "Add as much of this as possible."
Ok- It doesn't mean that, but it should.
Another thing I've been doing is re-making our favorite foods from the store. For example, we used to buy "Simply Lemonade" which is just sugar, lemon juice and water. Well, I took the ingredients (28g of sugar, 11% lemon juice) and did the calculations and figured out how much those were in cups and I just did that and it was a perfect match! Woohoo! A lemonade I actually like!
I've been thinking about doing some more research and blog about foods we do and don't eat because of Margaret. For example, I try to make sure we have a high-protein breakfast to ward off and delay tantrums. I've even applied that to myself and figured I should eat a high-protein breakfast to ward off irritability on my end. Scrambled eggs are pretty standard for us. Sometimes I shake it up with cheese.
So that's not really a good answer to your question. I'm going to try some of these healthy recipes in this cookbook and I'll blog about the good ones. Stay tuned...
I'll need more questions for next week! And I'll have a special guest poster for Inquisition Monday October 5th. More details to come!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Again from Alice: