Smell My Feet

I do not like halloween. Never have - even as a kid. So every year, (after kids I mean) I have not gotten excited about it or planned for it - mostly because I figure my kids are too young to know the difference anyway. I always knew that would change, but I was hoping for later rather than sooner...

The first year Stone was only a few months old. The second year, Chet and I were out of town. The third year we had friends invite us to trick or treat in their neighborhood and we did because it was a chance to get to know them better... but the best part was the friend had an old costume Stone could wear. So we went and had a nice time with them and their boys. This year, I figure we're new here and we'll just skip it - UNTIL we turned on cartoons this morning and all the characters were decked out and knocking on doors. Stone of course wanted to know what his costume was and when we were going trick or treating.

Suddenly I felt like a terrible mom. Why deprive my young child of knocking on a few nice neighbors' doors and getting a few pieces of candy (of which he can have a piece tonight and tomorrow night and then I will confiscate the rest and he'll forget about it)? Now, what to do. I have no costume, no candy bucket, and certainly no candy to pass out... did I even think of that when I was walking past all of it in the stores?

Once again - a friend to the rescue. My sweet friend Katie whom I was talking to this morning (and wishing a Happy Halloween Birthday) came to my aid and lent us a cowboy costume her son had worn the year before complete with boots and a hat!

So there you have it. I managed to locate the cow costume Stone wore two years ago with his grandparents when Chet and I were out of town and we went trick or treating. The kids loved it. Stahley got the hang of it really quickly! She would hold out her bucket and when they would put candy in it she would shove it in their faces even more as if to say, "more, more!" Stone was gracious and said thank you every time. We'll have to get him to teach his sister some manners next year... if we go next year!!


Made me Giggle...

At age 4 success is... not wetting your pants.
At age 12 success is... having friends.
At age 16 success is... having a driver's license.
At age 20 success is... having a girlfriend that thinks you are really good looking.
At age 35 success is... having money.
At age 50 success is... having money.
At age 60 success is... having a girlfriend that thinks you are really good looking.
At age 70 success is... having a driver's license.
At age 75 success is... having friends.
At age 80 success is... not wetting your pants.


Food for Thought

Okay - many have asked what I feed my children. I'm guessing this is because a little bit ago I endorsed (as if I have any clout) the book "The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood" by Dr. Sears. So, here are the top ten quick and somewhat healthy things I put in front of my kids that they actually eat. My kids are 3 and 17 mos - so I can't get them to eat wheat germ or anything, but I am not cooking more than one meal... so they have to eat what we do or they don't eat (which has happened a few times). By one meal I may mean fish sticks for the kids and baked fish for me and Chet, but I am baking them fish, too - not making them grilled cheese when we eat fish... anyway...

1. quesadillas: whole wheat tortillas, minimal cheese, & black beans. Put the tort in a pan, add cheese and beans, fold tort in half and melt cheese. Cut with a pizza cutter into triangles and dip in salsa. They eat these like I haven't fed them in a week. (I add sauteed onions and bell peppers to the adults')
2. blueberry pancakes: Aunt Jemima makes a wheat pancake mix that even Chet will eat. Sprinkle a few blueberries while they're in the pan and voila - brain food! No syrup needed - the berries are sweet.
3. fish & veggies: mostly fish sticks, but occasionally I can get them to eat bites of the fish Chet and I are eating. Hey, I figure they're getting omega-3's somehow! My kids will eat green beans plain, but if yours won't, try sprinkling a little brown sugar on them. I hear it works.
4. chicken pot pie: Paula Deen has a "Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie" that I make. If anyone wants the recipe, I'll email it to you. Granted, she puts a whole stick of butter on hers, but I cut it to a minimal 1/4 stick of the healthiest sort of butter I can find. I'm sure hers is better, but I'm going for getting the chicken, carrots, and peas down my kids and they don't know the difference.
5. baked chicken: melt butter in one bowl. in another bowl put equal parts of bread crumbs & Parmesan cheese, some parsley, a little garlic powder, and whatever italian spices you'd like to throw in. dredge chicken tenders in butter then in crumb mix. bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. my kids love it! (you can even cut up the chicken before you dredge it and it's more like chicken nuggets...)
6. pb&j roll: whole wheat tortillas (left from #1 - see above), spread natural pb & low-sugar jelly lightly on it. Roll up and cut into four pieces. It's a different twist on pb &j they think is cool!
7. omelets: scramble how ever many eggs you want with a little salt, pepper, and milk. While in pan, add tiny chopped veggies (small enough so they can't taste them or pick them out!). Fold in half and cook on each side until egg is done. Sprinkle warm omelet on plate with a little cheese (to camouflage the veggies even further of course).
8. fried rice: (this if from Chet's mom): cook 1 cup brown rice. sautee a chopped onion and carrot in a large pan (with some breakfast sausage for the not-so-healthy recipe). when the onion is done, turn fire way down and crack a few eggs in there and let them cook on the hot onion, carrot, (and sausage). add rice to pan and pour some low-sodium soy sauce in. serve warm.
9. nachos (much like #1 - see above): put whole grain chips mixed with blue corn chips on a tray. sprinkle with black beans and cheese. dip in salsa to eat. Stone loves the blue chips!
10. spaghetti: boil whole wheat angel hair pasta (we prefer angel hair because it's the most like white pasta in texture). in another pan, brown lean ground beef and a chopped onion (again, chopped really small so as not to be noticed by the little ones!). drain beef, put back on burner, and add one can Del Monte spaghetti sauce (it's like 98 cents or something at WM). sprinkle in lots of seasonings of the italian type - garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, etc. pour over drained noodles and serve. I highly recommend removing the shirt of any child under two before feeding them this meal!

So there you have it. We are NOT the healthiest eaters - as we do occasionally order pizza from the Pizza Hut across the street, but these are some of the things I feed my kids so we don't eat pizza, chicken nuggets, and mac and cheese all the time. I figure as long as I can control what they eat, I might as well try and shape their tastes towards somewhat healthy things! I keep threatening tofu, but we as adults haven't brought ourselves to that new level yet... when we do, I'll let you know!


It's what?

It's 45 degrees at 9am on an October morning. What will it be in January?
Lord, only YOU can help me get used to this!



We've been...

hanging drywall on ceilings...

playing "Elefun"...

having our lawn seeded...

baking 70 dozen cookies (no - that's NOT a typo)...

... and just being the Sears.