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Recap Week of 10/29/12

Happy Halloween!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!  We did, my little garden gnome has been all candy-crazed since Halloween for sure.  Now I remember why she doesn’t get sweets a whole lot…

Other than all of the candy, we had a great food week:

Monday, 10/29: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

It was tasty and pretty easy.  I told Boog we were having “Spaghetti Boats” for dinner and she ate it right up.

Tuesday, 10/30: Buffalo Chicken Chili

This was pretty easy made in the crock pot.  LOVED it!  Husband raved and had to take leftovers to his buddy at the shop.  Boog asked, “What’s this?  Is it a carrot?  Mmm, I like carrots.”  She asked for more carrots and more beans.  What?!?  This is a definite winner in my house, and the only prep was to chop some veggies the night before.

Wednesday, 10/31: HALLOWEEN! Creamy Chipotle Chicken

Husband was wound up about this one too.  While it was pretty tasty, I might keep some of this on hand in a bind, but probably won’t keep the Campbell’s skillet sauces in a normal rotation.  It’s a prepackaged sauce so the stats (read: SODIUM!) are a bit horrendous.

Thursday, 11/1: Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole

Ok, I get that this is definitely not a “virtuous” recipe, but anything that gets my two-year old to hork down an entire bowl of vegetables can’t be all bad, right?  Seriously, this was delicious…with no prep…and less than an hour of bake time.  Yeah.  Winner Winner Vegetable Dinner.

Friday, 11/2: Chili Mac (made with our leftover Doc’s Chili)

I know, I took super healthy chili and dumped it over carbs and added cheese on top.  But it was good.  And at least I started with healthy chili…?  Again, a hit with the Boog, but it’s “skyettee” so how could it not be.  My favorite thing about this is that the preparation was already done.

In other news, the fever is gone, but I’m still feeling a little wiped out.  So, this will be the new format for the foreseeable future, unless I get struck by some extra energy and amazing words come to me…but probably not 🙂

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Bubbles and Miranda Rights

One of the challenges of being a mom is trying to get your kid to eat vegetables. Well, I recently got a new tool in the arsenal.  I was giving my curious and imaginative 2 year-old daughter a bath.  Sadly, all of the bubbles had gone away, so she asked me, “Mommy, where did the bubbles go?”

Me: I don’t know, where do you think they went?

Daughter: I dunno…they go home?

Me: Yes, that’s it, they all went home.

Daughter: Yeah, they go home, go home eat.

Me: Oh yeah?  What do you think the bubbles eat?

Daughter: Bubbles eat green beans.  Yeah.

Now, I latched on to this and we talk about the bubbles eating green beans EVERY night in the bathtub.  In fact tonight, I even got her to say that SHE eats green beans too (which I’m positive hasn’t happened since she ate pureed food).   I almost feel bad, like someone should have read this poor kid her Miranda rights.  Does she not know that what she says can and WILL be used against her at a dinner table in her near future?  Because you’d better believe that the next time we have green beans, I’ll be whipping out the argument…”But the bubbles eat the green beans?  And we looove bubbles, right?”

I’ll let you know how it goes!