All weekend my friend Shana and I talked about a soup with turkey sausage and kale, like to the point where it was all I could think about. Snow was in the forecast so I went out to the store before all the crazy bread and milk people got there. I didn’t get the turkey sausage I wanted, but I found a nice precooked Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage. I put everything in the pot and let it simmer on the stove while we went sledding and shoveling. Peeling off all the wet clothes to lay on the radiator and then diving into a steamy bowl of soup with crunchy rolls, was pretty much spot on for the day.
My little guy has an egg allergy, so keeping him fed does have some challenges. After a particularly bad episode of chicken nuggets that spread across his fingers, mouth and then swelled up his eyes, I’ve been packing lunch!
There are lots of egg subs you learn about online, this resource is helpful:
One recipe that has become a staple in our house is egg free mini meatloaves. Little guy likes them so much that he usually marches into our house after day care demanding “meats” or “eat balls.” Yes you can laugh that he says “eat balls,” we do. Truck and Fox are also funny words my toddler says.
You can find lots of different recipes for mini meat loaf (or taco cups or quiches), but I take a step further using a mini muffin pan, a 24 count vs the standard 12 count muffin tin. These bite sized minis make an easy pack-able meal that I can cook on a Sunday and have pre-made, healthy lunches or dinners for the rest of the week.
So we’ve had a pretty snowy year. As a first time mom I get sparkle eyed visions of taking my little one out to make snow angels and sled, then come inside for soft blanketed snuggles and cocoa. In reality, the more time it takes to wrestle a two year old into snow gear, the less time he or she will actually spend outside. Especially if it is still snowing and the flakes touch their face. Toddlers kept home from day care on a snow day are also primed to empty every kitchen cabinet, put refrigerator magnets into your toilet and unplug all technology devices from walls. And when you hear “uh oh,” chances are whatever they just broke was not entirely accidental. Continue reading Historically, play dough has not been a friend→
01.19.14 – 19/365 – why do you stand at the window abandoned to beauty and pride
“Oh darling of angels, demons and saints and the whole broken-hearted host. Gentle this soul”
Leonard Cohen – The Window