I have a new skill. I can glance at the amount of dishes piled up in the sink and know if they will fill the dishwasher (or be slightly too many or too few to fit). This is a ridiculous skill to have, but goes to show that nothing has changed with how much I am doing dishes as I continue to feed everyone real food several times a day around here. I almost always still running the dishwasher at least twice a day and just do what I can to try to keep it clean in kitchen. One thing that has made things a little easier lately is that out of nowhere my husband cooked dinner three times in the last week! My husband is a great cook and enjoys it too, but since he is so busy at work (and travels frequently) he rarely ever does it anymore.
So as a tribute to being treated to someone else’s real food cooking, I thought I would do a little feature on his creations which will hopefully encourage him to do more of this! From left to right this is some of what he made… white gazpacho soup, shrimp & vegetable kabobs over brown rice, and oven-roasted potatoes. It was all delicious and I hope he does more of this in the future!
Well, I have another HUGE challenge coming up tomorrow. I thought our first trip away from home was hard, but this is going to be even more difficult. I am taking my girls out-of-town again, but without my husband this time. Instead we are going with a dear friend and her 6-year-old daughter (who let’s just say is not at all on a real food diet at all). This trip will take us north again to see my parents and then I will also just be taking my oldest daughter to New York City (with our friends) where we will stay in a hotel. Not only does the hotel part concern me, but I am also leaving my 3-year-old in the care of my (only partially real food eating) parents for two nights on their boat while we are in the Big Apple. Yikes! I am excited about the trip, but mainly worried about the following:
- Can my daughters handle being around a friend for 5 full days that may very well be eating some (or maybe even lots of) things that they cannot have? Their friend can of course eat whatever her little heart desires so this will solely be our problem to deal with.
- Can my parents handle sticking to our rules in my absence?? They will be staying on a boat that does not have all of the same conveniences as a full size kitchen (e.g. no oven, blender, or food processor). My mom said she has already lost sleep over this, which I do not find encouraging.
- Last, but not least…how in the world do my 5-year-old and I manage to eat real food and real food only when we are staying in a hotel room for 2 nights that does not have a kitchen/fridge?
- I could pretend that I am also concerned about my husband being home alone and having to fend for himself…but that is the least of my worries!
I just finished sending my mom an email with this list of meals that they can feed my youngest (and pickiest) daughter when I am gone. Since she is so darn picky it didn’t take me long to make this rather short list of almost every single real food item that she has ever eaten and somewhat enjoyed (without having a blender, popsicle molds, and other handy items around of course!):
What Sienna will eat…
- Spaghetti with whole-wheat noodles
- “Roll up” (whole-wheat tortilla with hummus and cheese)*
- Peanut butter and jelly on whole-wheat bread*
- Scrambled or fried eggs
- Cheese/corn quesadilla on whole-wheat tortillas*
- Sushi with brown rice and cooked shrimp or veggies*
- Oatmeal with a little honey and cinnamon*
- Whole-wheat pancakes with pure maple syrup
- Granola cereal with milk*
- Fruit: grapes, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, banana, watermelon, pear, apple
- Veggies: frozen peas (served frozen), green beans, carrots (sort of), broccoli (sort of)
- Tree Nuts and Peanuts*
- Hard boiled eggs
- Brown rice
- Avocado with a little soy sauce*
- Sweet or white potatoes
- Whole-wheat pretzels*
- Lara bars*
- Fruit leathers*
- Chocolate balls*
*To help make these meals happen I am bringing the following in my suitcase: whole-wheat tortillas, hummus, whole-wheat sandwich bread, soy sauce (without sugar), rolled oats, cinnamon, granola cereal, raisins, nuts, applesauce squeeze pouches, whole-wheat pretzels, Lara bars, fruit leathers, chocolate balls
Please wish us luck and stay tuned because I will post an update during our trip!