The Best Meal WE Can Give Our Children

Yes, I’m a mom. No, I aint perfect. In fact, I relish in the fact that I am far from perfect. I’m me. I try my best to be a mama who is kind, makes healthy snacks, plans fun events, plays, laughs, throws random dance parties, shows and lives what love is through example. Yet, I sometimes react in ways that aren’t ideal. Sometimes…I loose it. I get grumpy when I’m tired, I get really grumpy when I’m hungry and hide your cat when I’m tired and hungry. Yikes. I wish I could take back those moments when I lost my cool over spilled milk, or didn’t answer that sweet question because I was too busy texting a friend some nonsense, but I can’t. To be honest, I think my flaws make me more human and someday my children will look at me as a person they can relate to rather than a robot they feed rubber carrots to only on holidays.

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Lately I’ve been into eavesdropping on conversations between parents and their children. I’ve been hoping to learn some new tricks, and I’m nosey  curious. I have found more often than not, people talk to their children like they are dog poo. I get it, mamas and papas, I’m stressed beyond stress too and heck if you were to hear me sometimes I might sound like a bit** on a broomstick also. However, I’ve been thinking… All this talk about what we feed our kids, how much T.V. they watch, if we breast feed or not, and I still think all those topics are important, but what’s more important is how we talk to them, especially in public. Let’s take a deep breath before going for the public rip down. Let’s close our eyes for a second, take a long breath, and pause for a second before totally loosing it over a lost bathing suit or spilled goldfish. Because at the end of the day, we will erase all of our efforts in giving our children great foods and a healthy upbringing if we verbally poo on their heads. For those of you reading that don’t yet have little stinkers grabbing cheese sticks out of your shopping carts, you take a breather before judging us, please. You try having your 5 dogs in your shopping cart and ordering a half a pound of honey turkey from the deli then we’ll talk. Perhaps, instead of your  best death glare, go over to that stressed parent and give them a your best loving smile? Maybe that bit of support will spread like melted butter and make the world a happier place? I don’t know, but I’d like to be a part of that cause. Because I think the best meal we can feed ourselves, our children and others is respect with a side of kindness.

 

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I’ll follow my own advise.

 

Meal Planning For Dummies

Being that in my last post I outted myself as a non-meal planner type, I thought would expand. Here’s the deal,  I adore cooking, eating and having food prepared for me. However, when it comes to any sort of number crunching, calendar checking and/or color coding impeding on my life I tend to abandon ship. Actually, the thought of any of “those” things makes me feel sea sick with a side of please don’t make me do it. I’ll be the first to admit I like to live in a fantasy world. As far as cooking goes, I need to be a hasty home cook and get the job done before my 2 kids start painting the walls red, literally. Plans usually don’t help me in this department but rather cause stress (something of the affect, oh sh** I forget to thaw the chicken for…X) More importantly, I love imagining I am an olden days European woman; picking my warm crusty bread up from the baker (reality: Central Market), plucking ripe veg from my abundantly green garden (reality: we only really have lettuce because my husband works 90 hours a week and doesn’t nurture the thing) and seeking a local butcher for a fresh cut of grass-fed meat (reality: Whole Foods). Truth be told, I live in the burbs and I drive to most places via highway. But give a girl a dream.

When I heard Erin Chase, the mastermind behind 5$ dinners was coming to town, I was curious and excited. My exact thoughts were, can a non-planner like me be more planny like Erin Chase? And budgets…oh budgets…Could I, a person who makes random whatchamacallit dishes on the budget of “whatever the hell I want and quick!” become more spend savvy? I wonder? I got to thinking, this event would be fun to attend and perhaps Erin is up to the challenge of converting me (and others) over to the spend-savvy-plan-smart-school? Erin, are you up for it? I tend to think she is. We shall see… Either way, there is another fun spring event to add to the food lover mix and support the local San Antonio Food Bank.


The class will be on March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio. Cost is $5 plus a canned good – both of which go to the San Antonio Food Bank. To register click HERE

Take aways:

  • Learn how to save 50% on groceries with coupon strategies for local stores
  • Get valuable and exclusive tools to find the best deals and plan out meals every week
  • Connect with neighbors, make new friends, and find a savings buddy to help along the way

Whether you’re a type Anal planner or the non-planny type, like me, I think we can all benefit. Personally, I would really like to see if I can still live in my European-market-shopping-fantasy world and save me some dough? Furthermore, Erin is a native to San Antonio and we are all about supporting local, right? I’ll see you there. I’ll be the saucy brunette with the deer in the headlights look on my face. That’s right, a meal planning ‘dummie’ indeed.

You can find more information about Erin and the San Antonio event HERE

And if you cannot attend the meeting (try your darndest), check back here soon to see if Erin and her savvy ways converted me over to world of planning?

(Thank you, Debi from SA busy Kids for the above details on the event)

Families Welcome & Foodie Approved… Part 1

Raising a silver spoon

I’ll be the first to admit, I am one of those moms. I’m a party crasher. I show up with my kids at the restaurant where you are having your first awkward date or a stuffy business meeting.  I’ll be wearing yoga pants, have a buttload of cheerios stuck to my shirt, a crazed look of hunger in my eyes. I’ll be eager to sit down at the next available table and take some food photos all while bouncing my 11-month-old and entertaining my 3-year-old. I swear, I’m not nuts. I’m just a mama squirrel tryin to get some nuts *wink *wink. For me, meal time is family time.  With the exception of date night with my hunk-of-a-man, eating out is an all inclusive affair and I like my lil nutty love muffins to be included. I’m all about raising my kids to be shiny, happy silver spoons (minus any pretension). Not to worry, I got ’em well trained. They do pretty darn well at restaurants and they enjoy the experience as much as I do, especially when there’s rice involved.

Yes, I picked this up before leaving. I also see why some people are anti-kid for this reason and this alone. But let’s give rice and peas a chance, right?

What is Foodie Approved?

Foodie Approved: Somewhere i can get this

I’d like to re-invent the idea of “Kid-Friendly” into “Families Welcome AND Foodie Approved.” As much as I love a playground and good food. I’ll take the food over the playground. During my journey to feed my children gourmet goodies I have noticed two things: First, even folks who are so called “foodies,” sometimes  give their kids mystery meat with a side of red dye #5. Why?  Convenience, low cost, or maybe just too many hairy eyeballs at the cool spots?  I write this without judgements.  Heck, I go to the Starbucks drive-thru at least 3 times a week due to convenience and living in the burbs. Secondly, when visiting a new city with my children and asking a seemingly food lovin’ local for a lunch recommendation more often then not they suggest mass produced muck (Friendly’s, Denny’s or IHOP).  Three words: Yuck, Gross and Disgusting!  Just because I come encrusted with crispy cheerios does NOT mean I want to feed my family junk. I want the place where the food enthusiasts roam, where the local meat is being tenderized, where the beef is as grass-fed as a hamster, where the walls look like the 60’s we born again, where the hipsters are a plenty, you get it.

Where am I going with this? If you’re a parent with a mountain of Mickey D wrappers in your minivan, I invite you to join me as we re-invent the family foodie wheel.  Or if you’re recommending a restaurant share the good spots not the grease spots.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Be honest. Let’s stir the organic soup pot. Either, I’m as loony as a bag of fruit loops or are you are on the “foodie approved” bandwagon?

If you’re with me please sign up for the FAST FOOD FREE petition, (no worries: Chipotle is not considered fast food) you can sign your name by commenting below.

If you think I’m coocoo for cocoa puffs and should shut my food lovin’ pie hole, kids n all Please dish…

*Check back soon for more information and a list of certified, “Family Friendly and Foodie Approved” places.