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A New Idea Executed – Trying to Keep the Negative Voices Away


The storms on Sunday caused us to cancel Family Swim Time, so instead we had a family movie night.  Our dinner of champions consisted of a giant bowl of fruit salad, popcorn, and some Archer Farms brand Crab Rangoon.  Tasted like a great time to me!

I’m also really excited as I tried something new tonight – beyond just a new recipe (which was awesome, more on that in a moment).  My daughter’s daycare is about 2.5 miles from my house, so I came home, prepared the squash crumble recipe, put it in the oven on 30 minute timed bake and set off on the bicycle to pick up my daughter from school.

My quads are screaming at me, but I’m excited that I found a way to work a 5 mile bike ride into the day. Now the hard part is to keep it going and not let negativity get me discouraged.  It’s so easy to be down about the fact that the 5 long, slow miles were HARD, when there was a time, which seems not so long ago, when I could do 25 miles and still be smiling.  But every good trek has to start with a first step, so hopefully this is mine.  A lot of things have to line up to be able to pick her up on the bike, some I can control and some I can’t (afternoon storms, anyone?).  “Life” is really great at providing reasons to not; I guess that’s my job to find a way to do!

That wasn’t the only victory for the evening – back to the dinner.  This recipe was great and it was so pretty while I was cooking it, I had to snap a picture.

I should mention that, for whatever reason, my child has a complete block when it comes to yellow squash.  I mean, she doesn’t love many vegetables, but she really refuses yellow squash vehemently.  Tonight was no different.

When Boog asked what were having for dinner, I told her cheesy squash, which didn’t really elicit a reaction.  We got home and grabbed some water, but she saw some crackers and wanted to eat them…

Me: You can’t eat the crackers, honey, we’re about to eat dinner.

Boog: I want crackers.  <looking at the squash> I don’t want dinner.  I don’t wanna eat this.

I made our plates and put her plate on the table.

Boog: I don’t wanna eat dinner.  I want crackers.  I don’t want my plate.  I don’t want pink spoon.  I don’t want dinner.  I say no to dinner.

Me: You need to at least try it, or you’re not getting anything else.  If you try it, but don’t like it, we have leftover macaroni and cheese and you can have some of that.


Sigh. I started to eat my dinner and was about halfway through when I asked if she wanted to eat some bread and cheese. I gave her a bite of the crumble topping, and she liked it and asked for more.

The next bite, I included a piece of squash.  She said, I like this.  She got in her chair and I told her I was giving her squash and she still ate it.  She saw the tomatoes and asked if she could eat bread and cheese with the “ketchup”.  She ate most of what was on her plate – I don’t care if she calls it bread and cheese with ketchup, she actually ate the meal!  I can’t blame her though – it was delicious:


Author: menusofamom

I'm a mom that works outside the house trying to create home cooked meals for my little family of three. My husband is a small business owner, and my daughter turned 2 in February.

4 thoughts on “A New Idea Executed – Trying to Keep the Negative Voices Away

  1. It’s great that you are working in a bicycle ride. Keep at it, you’ll be surprised at how quickly it gets easier and how soon it feels routine.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Logically I know it, and I’ve done it before, so I just need to remember it. Thanks for stopping by and for the words of encouragement! You can never have enough of those!

  2. Congrats on your bike ride and thanks for all the great menu ideas.

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