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.
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!0