Saturday, July 11, 2009

First Tomato of the Season

I just wanted to share a photo of Reese pointing out the first tiny tomato of the season. I started a patio garden and everything is progressing nicely. I'm looking forward to explaining to my kids what's happening and incorporating these fresh ingredients into recipes.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Do I Look Like a Cool Dude?

I went grocery shopping the other day, and when Bodin got out of the car, he struck a pose and said to me, "Do I look like a cool dude like this, Mom? Will you take my picture?" After attracting the attention of my fellow shoppers by laughing so loudly, I whipped out my camera and took a picture. I have NO idea where he learned this (but probably from TV), but it was so cute. I squeezed him hard and told him he was my favorite boy. 

For lunch yesterday I made the kids something they ate at Festival '09 in downtown Grand Rapids. Now, at first this seems like a fairly unhealthy, indulgent and 'snacky' meal, but I realized that each ingredient isn't particularly offensive. It's a tortilla wrap with peanut butter, honey, sliced banana and chocolate chips. I used a mini LaTortilla, homemade peanut butter (I haven't bought Jiff in at least five years!), raw and organic honey, a banana and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. Roll it up and voila! The kids ate it up! 

Making homemade peanut butter is SO simple. Take a food processor and just grind up the peanuts until they are smooth and creamy. It takes about five minutes for about two cups of nuts for me. My favorite is cashew butter, which I usually add a bit of grapeseed oil to because it gets rather dry. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.