Hello, Friday!

Hi there! I’m changing it up a bit today to share with you a few snippets of life lately, including some recipes I’m itching to try.

My favorite little helper!

1.) These pumpkin waffles look tasty and pretty adaptable to include whole wheat flour, flax, and anything else healthy-ish I might be able to cram into Henry. Plus I really need breakfast foods I can freeze and then heat in the mornings, because I’m usually already running 20 minutes late by the time we start breakfast. Oops.

2.) Speaking of feeding toddlers, any tips for encouraging vegetable consumption? Henry is almost 21 months, still a little too early to be reasoned with and/or bribed, and he consistently rejects vegetables, especially green ones, to my dismay. Do I need to just wait this out? As you can see, eating carbs is no problem at all.

3.) It’s possible that Henry’s dislike of vegetables bears some relation to the fact that even his mama, in her heart, finds it hard to resist glorious calorie monsters like this. Saw a slice at Starbucks last weekend and have been dying to make a version at home ever since.

4.) I experimented this week with foil-packet baked fish. Pretty good, and super easy! Have you ever made fish this way? Any favorite seasoning combos?

5.) We just returned from a fantastic vacation in Austria. Have you ever heard of the Kinderhotel concept? If you live in or are visiting Europe and have little kids, it is amazing. The whole hotel is set up to be really attractive and catered to both adults and kiddos. Everything is chic yet child-friendly, and – best part – on-site child-care is included! Henry loved the caregivers and play space for littles, which gave us a few hours each day to ski or relax. Heaven! And in the afternoons we all hung out at the pool or took him sledding.

We stayed here and for families, I can’t recommend it enough. I can’t think of a real equivalent in the US, but I hope one exists for when we move back!

6.) This article on high-pressure parenting resonated. We all believe in our kids and know that success is in their best interest, but how do we define that, and who are we really doing it for sometimes?

7.) Last but not least, I am irrationally excited that Amal Clooney, who is incredible, and her husband, whose movies I sometimes watch, are expecting twins. This has no bearing on my life whatsoever, yet makes me so happy.

TGIF, friends! What are you up to this weekend? May there be sunshine, yummy food, family, friends, and anything else that makes you happy. I’ll be back with more good eats next week!


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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    February 19, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Ah! Those Kinderhotels sound AMAZING. I’m a little sad that we will miss out on the entire Paris restaurant scene because I hear that they are not at all child friendly. But I mean… crepes for dinner are not really so bad. 😉

    Ryan is a huge veggie lover, so I don’t have any solid advice, but starting around 20 months, we were able to bargain with him. He asks for a pancake every morning, so he knows if he eats some egg first for that healthy protein, he can have half a pancake — if we tell him he has to finish his egg first, he’ll shove it in his mouth and chew quickly so he can get to the pancake, haha. We’ll do it with other foods he doesn’t love as well — have you tried anything like that?

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      February 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Oh, that’s terrific! I’m not sure Henry is quite ready for bargaining yet, but I am really really looking forward to that, ha!

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    Meg -My Monochromatic Life
    February 13, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Those pumpkin waffles look amazing! Also what a cool hotel concept. How awesome to get to go to Austria. I hope to get to Europe some day and it would be fun to bring our child along. Good luck getting Henry to eat vegetables. I wish I had some good advice for you, but I heard from a pediatrician at this point not to worry to much as long as other food they are eating is healthy. http://mymonochromaticlife.com

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      February 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Yes! Traveling with a little one has taken some getting used to, but now that we’ve got a system it is completely do-able and so much fun!

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    Jennifer Pargeon
    February 11, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Have you tried smoothies? When my big kids were your son’s age, it was about the only way I could get them to consume vegetable. Blueberries, bananas, and spinach were an absolute favorite of theirs. They’re almost 5 now and I still try sneaking extra veggies into food. Enchiladas, pasta sauce, meatballs, quick breads. They all get finely shredded veggies mixed in.

    I’m a little too excited for Amal and George also. Maybe it’s because I’m a twin mom, but I always get over excited when celebrities announce they are expecting twins..

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      February 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      You know, I haven’t tried smoothies too much, but that’s a great idea! I will have to give that a try! And hats off to you as a twin mom!

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    February 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Ah I wanna go to Austria! As for sneaking vegetables in – there are all kinds of recipes on Pinterest for that.


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      February 11, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Austria really was fun! And of course there’s way more to see – Vienna, Innsbrook, etc. I think it would be really pleasant in the summer, too!

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