In my ongoing attempt to give Henry more independence and responsibility in the kitchen, I decided to reorganize our cupboards.
I have been meaning to do this for a while, but my motivation came while reading Amy McCready's book "If I Have To Tell You One More Time". I have really connected with her positive parenting approach. One of her recommendations is to empower children by giving them many opportunities to make age-appropriate choices throughout the day. I hope this lets Henry know that his input is valuable and respected. There are plenty of everyday ways to do this in the kitchen, such as offering him the choice between apples or grapes at breakfast. McReady also acknowledges the importance of a child's environment for fostering independence. When a child can access things they need by themselves, then they can play an active role in making decisions about what tools or equipment they need to help contribute to the family. In the kitchen, I wanted to impleme…
A few months ago, I wrote about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food and the efforts in Washington state to require food labeling through Initiative 522. While I had hoped to share more information on the topic, this blog has been on back burner for the past few months. However, I haven't forgotten about this important issue and I wanted to share with you why I voted to approve I-522. It really comes down to one simple fact: I want to know what's in the food that my family eats. Even if I end up buying foods with GMOs, I should be able to make that choice for myself and my family.
GMOs should not be allowed to hide in our food. If GMOs are great advancements in agriculture and technology, then food producers and manufacturers should not be scared to come out in the open. Secrecy only creates fear and I don't want to be afraid of the food I eat.
Henry is starting to help out with a lot of meal
preparation at our house. This week, Henry helped me make a creamy tomatillo sauce to go with our carnitas
tacos dinner. It also made a good dipping sauce for his afternoon snack of crackers and sliced mango. We didn’t measure exactly and it was a little messy but it
was worth it since Henry loves being involved. Ingredients 15-20 small
tomatillos ¼ cup sour
cream or plain Greek yogurt ¼ teaspoon
salt ¼ teaspoon
pepper Directions Peel the husks and stems off the tomatillos and rinse them. Put the
tomatillos in a food processor and blend until they are well chopped. Slowly add
the sour cream and continue to puree the tomatillos until well blended.
Sprinkle in the salt and fresh ground pepper, then blend until the sauce comes
to your desired consistency.
Serve immediately or store chilled in a covered container for up to 3 days. How your kids can help 2-year
old: Rinsing the tomatillos.3-year
old: Putting the tomatillos in the food processor.4-yea…
Henry has started to take a more active role in the kitchen. We started by asking him to help set the table, but I wanted him to be able to participate in making our food too. In order to do help out in the kitchen Henry really needs to be able to reach the counter and the sink, so I started looking into stepping stools that might work for us. A basic 2-step stool does not bring him high enough. I've heard that some people use dining chairs as a makeshift platform for their kiddos, but we have a dinette with benches that cannot move around the kitchen easily. Instead, I have been eying the Learning Tower. The price for a new one was out of our range, so Daddy thought he might build one for Christmas. Then last month, I found a great deal on a used Learning Tower so we jumped at the opportunity to buy it. The Learning Tower does take up a fair bit of real estate in our compact kitchen, but I think it has been worth the investment so far. Now Henry can easily reach the counter tops a…
Henry has turned a corner. I knew this day would come -- the day when I can no longer hide some of my less than stellar food choices from him.
For the most part, I try to make good decisions about the food we eat. Choosing a baby-led weaning model definitely encouraged our whole family to become more aware of our eating habits over the past year. Since Henry eats the same foods as the rest of our family, Daddy and I try to set a good example. Henry does get to have occasional sweet treats, but they aren't an everyday occurrence. Last week, we were at a restaurant that has legendary burgers and shakes. I ordered a milkshake with my meal, thinking I would have it all to myself. When it was delivered in a fancy cup topped with hot fudge, Henry was sure it was meant for him. As we waited for the rest of our meal to arrive, I offered Henry a small taste.
When our food arrived, Henry was certain that he only wanted to eat my milkshake and none of his food. After I tried to take the milk…