Toddler Eating Habits

I recently posted about the boys’ eating habits and how it completely stresses me out. I’ve heard this multiple times, from multiple moms.

It’s because we care so darn much.

I made all of the boys’ baby food. They ate all kinds of purred goodness. Veggies and fruits galore. They ate their purred vegetables with little problem. If it was plain green beans or peas, we’d usually add a little applesauce and they would gobble it down.

Not anymore. Nope. No way. No how.

When we started to transition to more solid foods and actual whole foods, that’s when things seemed to go downhill. What is really bugging me, is that The Nuggets seem to be eating less and less. I try really hard to stay away from the “easy” items like hot dogs and chicken nuggets. That is just processed junk and if they eat it on occasion, I’m okay with it but I definitely don’t want it to be a staple item in their weekly diet. I’m running out of ideas though. I’ve utilized multiple mom blogs (here, here and here) blog eat Neither likes any type of vegetable any more. Green beans, peas, carrots, squash, zucchini, broccoli… NOTHING.

Corbin will eat carrots w/honey on occasion. I’ve shred veggies up and tried to incorporate it into a casserole but that only works for a few bites and then they’re done. Pasta, potatoes, beans, quinoa and rice are a resounding NO. Weston spits it out if I can even get him to put it into his mouth. I made whole wheat couscous the other day. Little, tiny balls of pasta and he GAGGED when I snuck in a bite. Corbin ate the couscous but hated the beans. He won’t eat pasta or rice either.

They don’t even like tortillas!? Do they realize they live in Texas?!

Fruit is a yes. Always a yes, so they get fruit with every meal. I’ve started bringing back those pouches of purred food for snacks because at least I can get some veggies in that way. blog eat II The newest trick they have is to let their tongue hang out and shake their head back and forth, in a “no-no” fashion, as food flies from their mouth. Can you understand my frustration? blog eat III Every article I read, says not to get frustrated. Don’t make it a fight. Offer them foods and if they don’t eat it, offer something else but, at the next meal. Babies/toddlers will not starve themselves. They can actually go up to a week on a “strike”.

But it stresses me O U T !

I made a smoothie for breakfast this morning that consisted of Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt (the best), strawberries, banana and spinach and they gobbled it up. Probably because it was sweet and they were overjoyed to be using a stripped straw.  Weston wouldn’t even take the straw out of his mouth – he would pause and take breaths and then proceed sucking the thing down. In all of 7 minutes flat.  Corbin drank it, albeit a little slower. I’m thinking I should just offer more smoothies with a variety of greens? XOXO 5E1F90B120FB20C197CC10E4FF74EF96

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More Harm than Good?

So there is a post I wrote about green beans.  And how much I hated them as a kid.  Like, every single time my mom served canned string beans and I would gag, *literally gag* them down.

Oh, wait…I still kinda hate green beans.  Well, kinda.

Enter Lindsey as a Mommy.

My boys will totally eat veggies. If I blend them up and add applesauce.

Which is frighteningly similar to the way I used to consume vegetables. Except The Mo didn’t blend it up.

So my question is, as the boys get older, am I making it worse by semi-blending up veggies and “masking” them in applesauce?

I don’t always add the sweet stuff and a lot of the time they’ll still eat it. Most of the time, I go with giant bag of mixed veggies (corn, carrots, peas and green beans) and they’ll eat that combo but only if they’re blended.  None of that whole chewing business.

I started to notice that they wouldn’t eat veggies as often after we started transitioning from “baby food” to table food.  I didn’t want to give up the healthy green foods and after lots of battling with them to eat it, i.e., them winning with TONS of veggies on the floor…I went back to blending it up. At least they’re getting the nutrition, right?

I know that we all parent differently but I just wonder if I’m causing more harm then good?  In the LONG game.  Does it matter if the boys are 15 years old and eating blended combo of vegetables and fruit?  I imagine when they leave for college, they might realize that’s not exactly cool.   Then again, fruit/veggie/protein shakes are quite popular…maybe this is a head start??? 🙂

No, really.  As with many foods, it takes multiple introductions to a food before your tot seems to actually like it.  Eggs took MONTHS with The Nugs but now they gobble them up. So should I just diligently try to feed whole veggies and deal with the masses that are thrown on the floor?  Will they eventually decide, Mommy is not relenting and these green things are going to keep showing up on their plate?

Doesn’t that contradict my aforementioned post that I wouldn’t “force” feed ’em green beans? What is the end result?  Hating green beans?  Growing to like them? Or tolerating the veggies? blog food boys What is most important? I think, I’m totally over thinking this for a couple of 16 month olds. What do you think?5E1F90B120FB20C197CC10E4FF74EF96

Peanut butter

Well, it’s official. We introduced peanut butter.

Everyone is safe and sound.
I am glad that is over with finally!

Some people say to wait until their two years old.  Others say, once they’ve passed their first birthday, you’re in the clear. One person recommended to go to the fire station and offer peanut butter onsite so if anything happens, emergency responders are nearby.

WOW.  My kitchen worked just fine.  I was very nervous though.

All I can say is, I’m so glad neither had a severe reaction.  My heart goes out to the mommies with children who are highly allergic to peanut butter.  I would worry.  All. The. Time.

At least if you know they are allergic, you are most likely prepared with an EpiPen.  Still, it would be tough to get a call while they are at school because someone accidentally offered them something with peanuts in it.  Ugh.

For other parents who haven’t crossed this bridge yet, here is a small tip that I received from a friend (adult) who is highly allergic (like cannot even be in a room) to peanuts: she recommended to take a peanut and rub it on the baby’s upper, under arm (their bicep).  She said that someone with a severe allergy would most likely have a reaction on the skin surface.  That sounds so much better than keeping my fingers crossed that their throats do not close up.  Anyways, I rubbed both boys, while The Hubs gave me a strange look thinking, “what is wrong with this woman…why is she rubbing peanuts on my children??”

There was zero skin reaction.

I then put peanut butter right in their face.  This time, The Nuggets were looking at me like, “stop teasing us crazy woman!”  No wheezing or coughing.  Note: in no way is that an approved way to check for a peanut allergy. I just thought it was a good idea.

Moving on….

Both Nuggets ate the peanut butter and jelly sandwich like it was going out of style.  And it is not.  My mom fed it to us by the ton.  And it’s still a delicious, and healthy, option for kiddos.

I also realized I forgot to share the smash cake cuteness.  All credit goes to B Faith Photography. Although I hope to start upping my photog skills and posting more of my own work.

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Weekend Wrap Up

On Saturday I, and two of my girlfriends from college, went back to our good ‘ol Alma mater and attended the University of North Texas Homecoming football game.  I left the DFW area pretty quickly after I graduated to follow the Hubs (not the Hubs at the time) to San Antonio where he had a job lined up.  Since we’ve moved back, I am excited to be around other alumni again.  The Hubs is an Aggie so he has alumni everywhere (I swear that school is like a cult…a friendly cult) but you don’t come across as many Mean Green Eagles in south Texas….

We did a little bit of tailgating, meeting a fellow alum who was celebrating her 25 years from graduation.  Her husband and kiddos pulled up next to us and we all proceeded to have a great time together.  It was quite random how much fun we had, being complete strangers only moments before.  Reminds me how great it is to live in the south, where everyone is friendly.

Lets not talk about the score.

On Sunday, the Hubs and I decided to go look at areas where we could possibly want to live one day.  We rent now but eventually we’d like to buy again.  Even though we still have a house in San Antonio area….do you know anyone that wants to buy a house in Selma?  We have renters currently, and supposedly when you have renters the mortgage companies look at it like an investment property (instead of more debt) and we could actually get approved to buy another house.  Oooo I’m rambling.

Anyways, the area I’m truly in love with, Kessler Park/Stevens Park, is sorta…kinda out of our price range.  By a few hundred thousand dollars.  That’s all. So we went exploring in a different part of Dallas and found a couple of areas we really liked.  They are all older homes, with established trees (which is a huge deal for the Hubs) and good size lots.  We quickly went from homes in our range, to million dollar homes which was funny and frustrating and positive all at once.  Either way, we’ve established another area that we are interested in with a more realistic price range.  Note to self: stay away from the million dollar mansions.
During aforementioned house hunt, this girl became ravishingly hungry.  We ended up Google map-ing and finding a place called Fernando’s.  Boy, am I glad we found this place! We went to the Midway and Loop 12 location around 12 pm-ish.  It’s in a storefront with a mini patio our front but we opted to sit inside because we could be seated immediately (this was important as I mentioned, I was about to eat my arm off).  It was very busy and loud inside but after a moment, we adjusted and it didn’t bother us at all.  The service was stellar, it felt like we had 10 people waiting on us, but not in a bad way.  I didn’t catch our waitress’s name but she was quick and very sweet with a little bit of humor. 

We started with mimosas ($2.00 unlimited with purchase of an entree).  The chips were warm, served with an assortment of salsas.  Green = creamy and mild, Red = typical salsa, Dark Green = fire roasted with a good kick (our fav).  We ordered chili con queso that I would skip next time, not the best.  I ordered off the brunch menu and got the “Mexican Tortilla Chicken Sandwich”.  It was perfect.  Corn tortillas layered with shredded chicken and re fried beans, covered in a tomatillo sauce with sour cream, avocados and tomatoes on the side.  It also came with a (strange) side of Mexican potatoes that had onions, chorizo and peppers.  I passed on those (not a chorizo eater) but the Hubs said they were actually really good.  Speaking of, the Hubs ordered the “Anita” and he was pleased.  It was a basic 2 enchiladas, beef taco and a chalupa but he said everything was hot and had great flavor.  This is his “go to” order at Mexican restaurants no matter how I try to get him to mix it up.

The price range was a bit high for Mexican food, around the $12-15 range, but the drink specials made it completely worth it.  Also note: we were leaving around 1-ish and there was a good size/long wait.  With that said, we both really enjoyed our visit and will definitely make another trip to Fernando’s in the future….especially if it’s in our “future” neighborhood!

Lindsey Has Landed

So after a month long hiatus I’m back in the swing of things.  I had a WONDERFUL vacation in Playa Del Carmen, I managed to turn 30 without any tears and we are now living in Dallas.  Look at that, Lindsey’s world didn’t end.

We stayed at El Taj in Mexico and it was a great resort.  Lucky for us, we knew the owners son, so we had the hook up for a place to stay.  It is a condo set up. Meaning kitchens, rooms, living areas, etc but run like a regular resort where they wil come and clean, make your bed, fresh towels and a beach club.  I highly recommend this place (we stayed in condo 311) as the service was great, the rooms were spacious and the grounds and the beach are beautiful

There was so much good food in Playa I couldn’t even start.  We ate at Fusion, best guacamole and they had a belly dancer on the beach one night, 100% Natural had steller smoothies and pitas, Chez Celine was the best french breakfast (in Mexico!).  There were a few Starbucks but lucky for us we discovered Playa’s version at Cacao Cafe first.  You can actually get sipping chocolate there!  Heaven! 

One of the days we took a catamaran out, Catamaya to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world for snorkling.  It was booked through the hotel and it cost us about $96 a person and was totally worth every penny.  The boat was awesome, they served chicken shishkabobs, steak and lobster, open bar and the snorkling was so much fun! Overall this was such a great trip that I cannot wait to go back.  I’m one lucky lady to get to go skiing and then 2 months later celebrate my bday on a beautiful beach vacation!

After all that fun the Hubs and my family hosted a little backyard BBQ on the day of my actual birthday. I was very greatful to get to celebrate and spend time with my family before the big move.  That following Monday I started at my new job!

We found a house pretty quickly and even though I’m back in the suburbs (I wanted to stay in the city), it’s a good central location and downtown Dallas is a measley15 minutes away.  I’ve already been spoiled to be back in the city with all of my very best friends!

As for food, we’ve hit a few spots up and here is a quick review….

La Margarita – Irving, TX – a little spot in a strip mall that has been renovated well with bright, bold colors.  The food was in the medium price range from inexpensive $7.99 to more $19.00.  We shared the queso which was a bit different but had good flavor.  The salsa was served warm and had a good amount of kick. I had tortilla soup which was outstanding with big chunks of chicken, potatoes and veggies, topped with avocado chunks and plenty of tortilla chips.  The Hubs enjoyed a pick two combo with a cheese enchilada and beef taco which he said was okay but nothing to write home about.  Unfortunately a BIG factor for me when it comes to Mexican restaurants is homemade tortillas – these were not. 

The Quarter Bar @ Bread Winners – Dallas, TX – stopped here for HH after work on a Friday.  The specials are domestics and wells $2.00 and half price apps until 7:00 pm. We enjoyed people watching on both the downstairs and rooftop patios and soaked up some sun.  The drinks were strong and the service was friendly.  I ordered the hummus with pita and it was delish.  It’s prepared next door at Bread Winners so I imagine we’ll go back for dinner sometime. 

The Cellar – Las Colinas area – wasn’t sure what type of establishment this was but it was on the canal so we decided to check it out.  The service was poo.  The girl was nice but she was slow and constantly forgot what we asked for, i.e., ketchup or water.  We did a 2 for $20 deal and shared chips and queso – good but nothing special. I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Salad and it was really good.  Grilled chicken tossed in their buffalo wing sauce pilled up on a ton of mixed greens and topped with blue cheese crumbles and tomatoes and celery.  SUPER flavorful and just the right amount of kick.  The Hubs enjoyed a Cellar Cheeseburger, sub turkey burger and fries.  Again, the Hubs said it was good but nothing that would bring him back.  This place overall seemed more like a good bar food joint.

Aspen Creek – Iriving, TX – stopped in here for drinks after dinner at The Cellar and wow what a difference in the service from where we just came from.  I cannot remember our server’s name (because it was very unique) but she was quick, friendly, and a good time.  The drinks were on special “Thirsty Hour” all day on Saturday and Sundays!  Discounted beers, margaritas, well drinks and pizzas!  I had a margarita that was good, made with no mixers just tequila, lime and water!  The Hubs enjoyed well whiskey which gave him a good headache the next day. 🙂  While talking to our waitress we found out that this is actually owned by a more popular chain (Texas Roadhouse) and she found out it was our first visit so the manager came by to introduce himself and gave us a free appetizer card for our next visit!  Talk about customer service!

There have been a few other places we already been to but I’ll wrap up my reviews for now, as my post is getting longer and longer!   What about you, any places you recommend we try in the DFW area?

Dinner Success!

I completely forgot to mention that my Out-of-the-Ordinary Christmas dinner menu was a huge success.  We did not have a very large party so we went all out on the table setting and everyone was served a plate (instead of the buffet style). I had cloth napkins and everything! If you didn’t read what the menu entailed on my previous post, go here

In addition I was at the parents house a few weeks back and found a cookbook on the coffee table titled Guacamole and Green Beans – interesting but it meant more.  My mom works with special needs high school students and one of them was featured and a cookbook was inspired by him.  Some of the top restaurants in Houston share recipes in the book.  Anyhow – I picked two for Mom to bring to dinner and they were both delish.  She made a southwest style salad that was ahhh-mazing and also one of the green bean recipes that even had wasabii peas in them, so different and yummy. 

It was totally a (my) great idea to veer away from plan old mashed taters, green bean casserole and canned cranberry sauce.  I did add potatoes Au-gratin to my menu and they were fab as well but NOT healthy, so it’s more like a one time, special occasion recipe for my repertoir.  The husband did say it was his tasty-est Christmas dinner ever. 

My goal is to continue to branch out and get away from the comfort zone of recipes.  Especially for special occasions or when I am supposed to bring a dish for an event.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get really good at it….

Unexpected Thighs

Last night I went to start cooking Basil Stuffed Chicken breasts (a recipe I created because I’m pretty much awesome)…but when I pulled the chicken out of the fridge to my surprise they were boneless/skinless chicken thighs. What? I didn’t realize that we had purchased them (until later when the hubs admitted he had done it). I had already assembled the stuffing so I was perplexed on how to continue. When I opened them up they were fairly small and quite thin. I decided to forge ahead anyways. I did feel the need to trim the excess fat, but otherwise it was actually easier then beating the sh*t out of a chicken breast. This came out really damn good and I served it with a side of asparagus. So it goes like this:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

3 oz cream cheese (soft)
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (fresh is essential for flavor)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
crack pepper to taste
16 0z boneless/skinless chicken thighs

Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl (stuffing). Then lay out chicken thighs and take approximately 1 to 1.5 tbsp of stuffing in center of thigh. Roll and place in a greased backing dish seam side down. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle additional crack pepper if you’d like. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Boooom.

Quickie side of asparagus:
Break tough ends of asparagus and trash
Bring a large skillet with water to a boil (enough water to cover the veggies)
Boil for 6 minutes (don’t over cook)
Drain – return to skillet
Add olive oil 2-3 tbsp
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp crack pepper
Saute for 2 minutes
DONE.

Your welcome 🙂