Friday, August 30, 2013

Yellow Mushrooms and Food Drama

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . . working hard to prepare a nourishing, tasty meal that fit in today's time constraints, only to see it utterly rejected by a four-year-old who would rather go hungry than eat something he's never tried but is certain he won't like.  Siiiiiigh.

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . attending Joy's Back to School Night.  She has a great teacher, and I'm excited for the fun things she'll be learning and doing this year.

. . . walking home in the cool evening air.  One part of the neighborhood had a pleasant, mellow, earthy aroma to it.  I'm guessing it was the big, yellow Sulfur Shelf mushrooms that grow on certain trees this time of year.

And another thing . . .

. . . I made granola in my solar oven this afternoon.  I'm just sure that must qualify me for membership in a hippie commune somewhere.

. . . I spent most of my spare time today researching sack lunch ideas for Joy.  This is the first time I've had to pack her a lunch on a regular basis, and I need to get this down to a system soon.  It's adding a surprising amount of anxiety to each day when I wake up thinking, "Oh shoot!  I have to pack Joy a lunch that is nourishing, filling, and she'll actually eat."  Most of the lunches we eat at home either don't travel well (e.g. scrambled eggs), or Joy has recently decided she doesn't like (peanut butter sandwiches are out, but at least she enjoys ham sandwiches at the moment).

How ironic that I enjoy food and cooking so much, yet feeding my kids is such a consistent source of stress.  I am so grateful that my husband willingly eats whatever I fix for him.  If he was picky, too, I think I would go mad.


So, um, any school lunch ideas you'd care to share?

3 comments:

Siobhan Ng said...

Have you looked into bento ideas for Joy's lunch? There is a blog that I follow called Just Bento that has a ton of ideas (there is a sister blog called Just Hungry, too) and not all (not even most) involve Asian cuisine. The good thing about the bento concept is that a lot of the stuff you can cook ahead of the time and just heat up in the morning, you can definitely use leftovers, and the whole point is that the lunches don't need to be refrigerated or reheated. Perhaps not a solution that will work for you, but worth checking out if you haven't already.

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Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Thanks, Vonnie. I'll definitely check that out.