Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homemade Baby Food

Peas, sweet potato, green bean and barley, lamb and baked potato, turkey and rice, oatmeal and pears, avocado, carrots and quinoa, apples, prunes and barley, blueberries and oats, bananas, zucchini, etc..

Can Having "Less" Be an "Asset"?

I was an "only" child.  I spent much of my childhood "longing" for a sibling.  In that longing, I pretended  I did have a brother or sister by using my dolls and playing with a neighbor child.  I adopted siblings of my own...always needing to reach out for connection..  Trying to fill the "void" of what I wanted but couldn't have.

I thought I was "deprived" the joy of having a sibling..  Felt I had "missed out"..and I hoped that it still might happen.

Because I had no siblings, I was always "longing" for company..and for a larger family..or children of my own someday.

That "lack of"..created a discomfort in me..and a "desire" for something..that "motivated" me to fill that need..

That "wanting" and "needing" created within me a state of "searching"...

And because of that, I was more driven than I might have been..and eventually, I now have a larger family of my own..and I appreciate them with a passion..

What I lacked..became an asset, because it motivated me to "seek out" others..  And I appreciate my family much more than I would have had I had all my needs met as a child.

I think about that more and more when I see my children in "discomfort"...A part of me, wants to show my love for them and to help "Fill it"...Isn't that part of being a "good parent"?

I used to think so, until I started really thinking about it..

Sometimes, we need to let our children "be"...  Let them process their discomfort..

Sometimes that discomfort creates within them what they need to become actualized adults..  If we are too quick to "fill" their void..with stuff, or rescue them from what they struggle with..we may be actually robbing them of a life lesson..or robbing them of the "deficit" that may turn into their greatest asset..

What do you think?  Have you ever experienced this type of deficit-assest?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kid-Friendly Chickpea Curry

Got the craving for a chickpea dish and searched allrecipes.com and found this recipe:http://allrecipes.com/recipe/butter-chickpea-curry/detail.aspx

But I adapted it (less spice and I made my own Garam Masala from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-garam-masala/detail.aspx

So, here is what I did for a quick meal.  (I happened to have a can of chickpeas on hand-but next time I hope to have some frozen..that I have premade in crockpot) and I happened to have some left-over potatoes and a small tomato soup..so this was super easy for me to make today..  I served it over rice and my kids ate it up!  (except for the zucchini)

4 medium potatoes, cubed
2 TB oil
2 onions diced
2 cloves of garlic diced
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala *
1 tsp of ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 can of tomato soup (or the equivalent in some form of creamy tomato)
1/2 cup of whole milk or cream
1 can of chickpeas (or your own cooked in a crock pot if you plan ahead)

1.  boil the potatoes until softened and drain
2. fry the onion and garlic until soft. Stir in curry, garam masala, ginger, and salt. cook for 2 mintues?  Pour in soup, milk/cream, and chickpeas.  Then potatoes. Simmer until heated/bubbly.  5-10 minutes.

3. fry up some zucchini or other vegetable in oil and add it at the end.  Really good served over rice, or to the side of the rice if you kids don't like their foods combined.

*Garam Masala
1TB ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg.

Mix in a bowl (or grind in a spice/coffee grinder) and store in a cool, dry place.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Latch Hooking

One of the first crafts I learned to do was latch hooking.  Here is a rug/wall tapestry I made as a teen that hangs on our wall now.  This year I have the goal to improve my novice knitting and sewing skills and thought I'd see how my kids enjoyed latch hooking.  It was a big hit/esteem builder and a great boredom fighter/ alternative to watching TV!


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