Monthly Archives: August 2019

On Family Dinner

All of our friends and family know that at dinner time, the kids have eaten at 5:00/5:15, while we have made a separate meal of adult food for us to enjoy at 7:30 when they are asleep.

This has been a source of marital happiness and sanity for the last 3.5 years, one last normal holdover from our pre-kid life.

We always swore we would start eating dinner with our kids, sort of around this age but here we were, still eating dinner together. In peace.

Last Wednesday, being the cool mom that I am, I was delighted to introduce mini corndogs to the children.

What actually happened: Critter ate one bite, chewed it for five minutes, cried. Glitter peeled the batter off of all of her corndogs, ate two tiny bites of two hot dogs, cried.

Me: If everyone is going to cry about what they are eating, we may as well eat as a family and try new things!!!

So without further adieu, we started family dinner on Thursday evening.

The children can eat what is served or a peanut butter sandwich. Of the things I have served so far, they have enjoyed variations on gyros, feta cheese (calling that out specifically because they were both eating it directly from the container!!!), grilled curry chicken, coconut rice, kale slaw, elote, peanut noodles. Of four meals eaten together we have made a total of three peanut butter sandwiches.

We also learned that Glitter knows how to use toddler chopsticks.

Logistically, cooking for the family and eating by 5:15- 5:30 each night is a new challenge we are all learning our way through. For me, how to actually cook to that timing, for the children, how to entertain themselves while I am cooking!

If you have any favorite kid-friendly/family favorite recipes, please share in the comments!


What I’ve Been Reading

A brief recap of what I have read recently.

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Some of My Best Friends are Black by Tanner Colby

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


No, seriously.

This week’s garden update is brought to you by the three watermelon plants that have sprouted NINE watermelons as of the current count. I say current, because there are flowering vines where we may yet see more watermelons. I am just going to be honest, I thought three plants equalled three watermelons. Incorrect.

This week, we ate our parsley in pizza beans and tabbouleh, our kale in pizza beans and caesar salad, our green beans as…green beans. Apparently the more frequently you pick your beans the more they produce so we are…doing that?

I am getting more and more serious about starting to compost next year. I should probably do a little more research so that I am clear on what that actually means.

What A Weekend!

I went to brunch and attended my first Fringe Festival play.

We hosted some of our ECFE friends for a BBQ. It rained, naturally. I want to say this is the third BBQ we have hosted this summer and we always have so much fun.

We went to the Carver County Fair for the first time. It is the PERFECT size for littles, but still has all of the fair things we love (animal barns, dairy bar, lots of tractors). Kids under 6 are free. I already wrote it on our calendar for next summer.

We got to go to Gregor Farm (pictured above) for our weekly produce haul and to visit their chickens. The owners are SO nice and the kids are always so excited to go.

Happy Monday!

A Nest Update

This morning when we woke up, Mama Robin and all three babies were in the nest. More chirps, more experimental flapping of little wings. It really has been amazing to see how fast these baby birds grow!

When we got back from our morning adventures (grocery shopping, donut eating, a visit to the indoor playground), only one baby bird was left.

I watched Mama Bird feed it one last time. I watched the bird hop in and out of its nest onto the deck beam for the first time which was actually really interesting to watch in its own way. Then, I got to watch that baby bird fly for the first time as it realized there was an entire world outside of that nest!

It was such an exceptional thing to witness.

Things of Summer

Just a brief post to note the following:

These $5 Farmers Market Zinnias are just The Prettiest.

There is a family of robins nesting underneath the deck – we have so enjoyed watching them grow for the past two weeks. I am hoping we get to see the babies fly, but I will be sad when they and their tiny chirps are gone.

It is dark when we wake-up and the air has a crisp to it in the morning that it did not have in June. We are not ready for this yet.

Garden Update

Magically, we went from no beans to actual beans!!! Honestly, Critter and I were both astonished to discover these hanging from our VERY tangled vines.

Co-planting beans and strawberries seems to have been a success so we will do this again next year, with the addition of some sort of trellis.

Once the beans are done, I will tear those plants out and re-plant our strawberry runners in better rows.

The kale continues to yield a lot of greenery and one plant has grown an additional stalk. (!) Next week I will pick parsley. The watermelon vines have flowered which I interpret as a promising sign. More radishes are popping up.

We need to work on some sort of pest control for next year as the beetles are aggressively eating the bean leaves. Something else is after the kale. Suggestions welcome.