What’s new in food for me? First thing this morning I picked up a huge container of “krispies” (essentially rice krispies but bought bulk) and the top was off… waterfall onto the table, floor… sigh. The best part was my 5 year old immediately offered “I can help, Mom”. This simple offer immediately relaxed my heart. I love her!
I find myself being pulled in different directions with food this week… while I love to be adventurous and try new recipes – like our raw cacao shake yesterday – I find myself disappointed when my new creations are met with hesitation of my youngsters, thus I am tempted to just repeat the same favorites. Boring for me, great for them! The raw cacao shake was rejected by my oldest, gobbled by my 2nd… and I found it to be a whole new food group! YUMM!
My husband found the first mouthful a bit odd, but after that he enjoyed it too. A great cholesterol free snack for him; again somewhere I am pulled it 2 ways. On the one hand I’ve always enjoyed using butter, eggs, cheese and other organic dairy in my kitchen, on the other my husband was recently told to watch his cholesterol. Hence tomorrow I will try to make and integrate some new “cheese” (made of sunflower and almonds). I find butter, eggs, and cheese to be “real food” and it is challenging for me to switch to the often more processed, sweetened, etc. alternatives.
Third, I find my budget is pulling me to spend less… I toy with giving up buying organic altogether… how much cheaper would that be? Or do I stick to buying organic, unprocessed foods and give up buying any expensive treats like ice cream, prepared baking, even feta cheese! to try to bring my bill down.
Finally I am pulled to spend less time on food preparation, making easy things like salads and tonight’s “Spinach cheese bake” with steamed asparagus. Yet, I so enjoy everything homemade, and it all takes time… fresh oatmeal cookies last night for example, or our “scone party” pictured here – my girls loved these fresh maple date scones on Saturday morning in our yard. As did I!!
Alas, I find myself pulled in different directions and struggle to find the happy balance.