My kids love almost anything served taco style. I think they just like eating with their hands. I like tacos because they are easy to make and can provide a one-dish meal for a casual summer dinner, or for a busy night.
My grandmother had seven children. Her mother had eleven. I am convinced that had I not been as careful as I was, I'd have twelve now myself.But back to my grandmother. She had seven children. Consequently, she had to care for those seven children.When I was young, I was put on meatball duty at her house. Frequently. This is a form of slavery wherein one is forced, against one's will, to roll several pounds' worth of meatballs, both regular-sized and tiny ones for soup, before one could continue outside to play....more
2011 was not a great year, for me. There was a good deal of "manning up" and "getting through it". Heat and rest helped heal the neck strain earned via keeping my f@*king chin up. Worn out big girl panties were replaced and put away for another time. (A hopefully FAR into the future time.) And joy, every fleeting glimpse of it, was grabbed onto and hugged hard. Like an addict's last fix. Or a kindred spirit seen too rarely. Or a mother setting off on an unknowable adventure.......more
We are an allergy-rich family, chez Valentine. My kids and my husband each have lengthy lists of foods that irritate their tummies or their skin, and (very fortunately) much shorter lists of items that might actually kill them. My son carries an EpiPen wherever he goes. And it is so much a part of his getting-ready-to-go routine that when he's playing dress-up in the playroom, there is a special bristle-block designated "Shelton's Eperpen" that he tucks in the outside pocket of his construction-worker suit....more
I’m no Holly Homemaker – but I have had marginal success on this matter. My kids eat (or have eaten) broccoli, apples, plums, peaches, carrots, salad (yes salad), cauliflower and more.
Are you having veggie trials in your home?...more
ED: I know I just did a post last night, and I usually like to wait a couple of days so we can have a real discussion about it in the comments. BUT, my loving husband made us some glorious Spanish rice last night, and because he's glaring gazing at me lovingly across the table because I'm hesitant always SO willing to share his literary prowess with all of you, herewith you will find his Spanish rice recipe (and his first ever guest post!):Mike's Spanish Rice...more
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