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I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

A Little Horn Tootin'

2016-08-19 | 0 comments
A Little Horn Tootin’
Last week I challenged MYSELF to have the kids cook dinner each night. Here’s the report:
Sunday: We printed the Shopping List and 12 YO and I hit the market. Lots of good choices – she even selected a “peach tasting” (4 varieties) to try as snacks during our marathon Olympic viewing.
Monday: They knocked out the chili in splendid fashion. By this I mean loud music, minimal bickering and a few tips for me to tweak the recipe. They also learned that this is a great meal to fix when we stagger our dinnertimes – Dad wasn’t home until late but still enjoyed a hot, real food dinner.
Tuesday: Music is back on – loud! They made the pesto ravioli and truly did it together – my plan is working! Look at them…working together…enjoying it…then eating together…just the two of them…priceless.
Wednesday: Blew Up. Nobody home. That’s why the plan is only 4 nights folks.
Thursday: My baby is outside grilling! Sissy Biggs at the stove hovering over her rice and learning to prep the pineapple. We were all home to sit down to a lovely dinner prepared by our kids with zero complaints and lots of kudos. Leftovers went right in to the fridge for wraps tomorrow.
All in all I would declare it a success. They really did all of the cooking. And, they want to do more – together! I asked if perhaps we could work out a little schedule each month that goes something like this-
WEEK 1: I cook.
WEEK 2: I cook with my baby (my 12YO baby)
WEEK 3: I cook with Biggs
WEEK 4: They cook together
I almost cried when they BOTH said “Absolutely!”
And ….. scene.


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