1. Kids will eat what they cook without whining!!
2. Biscuit scraps look like turtles
Day 0 we spent doing some preliminary work. C helped put the ingredients of the steak stew together. I put that in the slow cooker yesterday (Day 2). After school, C helped me make biscuits to go with the stew. He picked a bell shape. This was his meal. Everything that we ate was made by him. He definitely was proud.
The stew contained kidney beans, onions, chuck steak, and tomatoes. I gave each of the boys a very small spoonful for dinner (so I wouldn't be throwing out a whole bowlful) and prepared myself for the usual comments: "EWWWW!!! Is this tomatoes!??!?!" (like it's a poison I'm feeding them), "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM, what are these red things??? NO way I'm eating this!!" But what I heard was "Hud, just eat it, you'll like it.", "Mom, this isn't bad.", "I like it!". Umm..what happened to my children? They take such ownership when things are made by them! (or by their brothers) My kids are totally cooking with me in the future!
I've also learned that my kids are saying they like things, when I can tell they really don't. They each took one bit of the tomato, one bite of the beans, and one bite of the meat and they said they were done, but they "liked it" (even marked YES on their food charts). I know they did thoroughly enjoy the whole grain biscuits though!
Funny story about the biscuits. While C and I made the biscuits, we had some scrap pieces left over that I just formed into a circle. After these were cooked, Hud came over to look at them and asked where we got the turtle cookie cutter from. Umm..what? I went over to look at what he was pointing at and had to try SO hard not to laugh! I told him I handmade the turtles. My kids crack me up.
Turtle biscuit circled above.
I don't tell everyone, but my closest friends at how much my kids frustrate me. I am constantly yelling and asking them 100 times to do the same thing. I can't tell the world this, because then everybody will know I'm a bad mom (well, take that world! I just told you!). This is only Day 2, and my stress level is down. I can't explain why. I still tell my kids 100 times to do something, but, it's like, we have this food cooking bond now. The next time I have to give advice to an expectant mom, I'm going to tell them to cook with their children. It's amazing (and messy.... :).
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