Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dinner Time! - by Aimee

And this is what happens when I'm left in charge of dinner!  I open the fridge and find a roll of cookie dough -  dinner is served!  Oh, come on!  We've all had those days!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fun with Food - by Shannon

I must start this off by letting you know I have a new obsession.....Pinterest.  I am completely hooked.  I am one who has always loved to create "notebooks" of ideas, dream boards of hopes for the future..etc.  I am also one who tends to let those things pile up and get stuck in my craft room...which has sadly been re-named my "crap room". So....when I found out about pinterest, I was in awe. :)  And how cool that not only did I have a place to store fun ideas that I liked, but I could see what "everyone else" liked, and get even more great ideas!!!!!   And best of's on the computer (or even your phone!)...well, we all know in this day and age, we most likely won't lose that! on to the topic of this post: Fun with Food!

I have been EXTREMELY lucky that my three little munchkins (as I typically refer to them) have always loved to eat...and eat, and eat, and eat!  I can honestly say that the only baby food that I ever got a nose turned up to was green beans. I made about 75% of their baby food and really tried out everything on them. These munchkins seriously ate everything and anything that you would give them.  I was (and still am) amazed at just how much they would eat, and the variety.  So many of my friends, or parents I have known from my years of teaching, have had to struggle with picky eaters.  I am SO grateful at how lucky we have been in this area.  It is really only recently that Ethan has decided to be picky about certain things....but I can not complain at all because broccoli and strawberries are two of his favorite foods! 

I am obsessed with cute food....always have been.  So, with this lovely Pinterest I mentioned earlier, the ideas for cute foods for my munchkins are simply endless!! (I have to remind myself to look at other stuff!!)  I thought that I would share a few photos of my attempts at cute food :)  For those of you with picky eaters, maybe changing things up might help them try something new....even if it is just a bite!  I certainly can't take credit for all of my creations, I have been inspired by the hundreds of ideas I stare at each day :)  But I do enjoy taking a creative license and making my own spin on it. I am surprised at how little time one simple thing like using a cookie cutter to make cute cucumbers actually me, my three munchkins are very demanding and I certainly do not have time to prepare gourmet meals...I just try to make things fun.  If they are having fun, then hopefully I am too :)

Enjoy...and be creative!!!  :)

~Shannon :)

Shannon Smitherman: Former Kindergarten teacher, now stay at home mom of triplets Emma, Ava and Ethan who were born in the summer of 2008.