Saturday, December 08, 2007

A very industrious possum brood.

P1 and PDaddy hung our outside lights. We actually bought new lights for the first time in seven years. They're LED lights and I think I like them a lot more than the older sort. Although, I am still a fan of the 1980's, huge bulb lights. Oh well...they did a fantastic job.

Here's a slideshow of our evening.
There are, as usual, captions if you watch the show from Picasa. But, I wanted to point out a few things that answer a question I received a few weeks ago.
Amy Kajeso asked: I don't have an atheist question I have a parenting one.
I'm pregnant. Due in February. You said the possums favorate
foods in the Duggar thread. How do you get them to eat new things?
My little brother was a picky kid at meals. I think I was to. How do
you get them to eat blueberries and chowders?
As you can see from my counter, we eat a lot of fresh food. I'm not into organic stuff, so much, as I want them eating fresh food. It has so much more nutrional bang for your buck. All of that you see on our counter, in addition to the fridge contents (blueberries, carrots, yogurt, dates, almonds, blackberries, pomegranates, artichokes, squashes) and the pantry (potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and garlic) will last us only three days. To feed four kids, we buy a lot of fresh produce. Because, if you stock the house with those foods and allow them to choose their snacks from that pool without question, then they seem really eager to eat it. None of the kids dislike fruits and veggies. Because, in some part, it was never an option to dislike them or they'd have gone hungry. LOL As for the chowders and whatnot - I'm not sure how we got so lucky to have kids with great pallettes. We eat a lot of fish (as you'll see in tonight's dinner prep pics). We eat a lot of soups because they're easy to make in quantities large enough for our family (and I can hide veggies that they might not eat on their own). We only eat red meat a few nights a month. And, anything with refined sugar and/or lots of saturated fat is a treat food. You'll note the Bee Movie fruit snacks on the top of the fridge (next to the remains of their Halloween candy). The key, I think, is to never outlaw a food, but to start talking to kids about nutrition early on. It gets hard when they go to school, but the whole "bento box" movement is helping that. And, the number one motivator for them to try new foods and eat well, is....YOU and your HUSBAND. :) Especially if you're planning to breastfeed, you should eat new things so your child will get tastes of the flavor through your breastmilk. Anyway...tonight we had Rosemary Salmon in our favorite Olive Oil (an Australian product), baked in a foil wrap with three squash variants, tomatoe, and garlic. We had coconut-clove basmati rice for our side. And, for a treat, we made some mac and cheese. Dessert was baked apples with raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon, with a shortbread cookie on the side. That's a pretty standard meal in our house. :)
Another thing - let your kids grow up cooking with you or your husband. In fact, for my boys, it's been great to see that their dad cooks with me and we have fun doing it. We involve the little ones in age appropriate tasks (peeling carrots or moving veggies from the cutting board to a bowl or adding seasonings). It gets them invested in their food and more likely to eat what is served. Good luck with your new little one!! Share pics. I love newborns. And, the fact that you're willing to ask questions like this speaks well for your little one. Kudos, Mommy!

6 comments:

Margaret said...

How can you afford that? I think its great but with four kids isn't it expensive. No kids for me but my mom and pop would have gone broke feeding us kids fresh stuff. How much milk do you all drink in a week? I like the parenting answers you give. We are no way ready for kids! Still it is informative to see how good parents do it.

eyeslikesugar said...

Mmm! Sounds good. I am surprised you keep artichokes. They're my favourite vegetable, (steamed) but I never get around to making them.

You should post some of your favourite recipes. =)

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Margaret said...
How can you afford that?

Direct farm sales. We go to the sources. It's one of the perks of living here. And, we barter with family and friends. Grandpa possum has numerous citrus trees. Plus, I look at it this way - *knock on wood* my kids haven't been to a doctor's appointment (other than the yearly, well-child physical) since 2005. And, if you think of how much we might be spending on meat (for six of us, with two pre-teens), our dollar goes farther with non-red meat based proteins (legumes, tofu, soy, cheese, fish, etc.,.). :) Eating lots of fruits and veggies also means you have to be willing to go with the seasons...that makes it a lot cheaper.

How much milk do you all drink in a week?
Not a lot anymore. The kids are getting older and we try to get them to drink eight oz of skim milk a day. So...we probably go through four gallons a week. We use it in cooking, too.

Still it is informative to see how good parents do it.
Thanks!

eyeslikesugar said...
Mmm! Sounds good. I am surprised you keep artichokes.

Are you kidding? They are mine and P4's favorite veggie. Although, I think we're out of season now...so, I'll buy frozen artichoke hearts for putting it pasta dishes.

You should post some of your favourite recipes. =)

Sure! Here's the recipe for tonight's meal. It makes enough for our family.

Ingredients:
2lbs of nice, fresh salmon
2 lemons, sliced thin
2 yellow squash - chopped
2 zuchinni squash - chopped
1 purple onion - chopped
1 red bell pepper or red tomatoe -chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup of evoo (olive oil)

Cut the salmon into 4-6oz portions. Rinse each piece under cold, running water and pat dry. Place each salmon steak on a square of tin foil (about 12in by 12 in). Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Salt, pepper, and season to taste. We like rosemary or thyme with our salmon. Lay lemon slices on top of each salmon steak. Then, spoon raw vegetables over the salmon. Wrap tinfoil to create a pounch and crimp all edges and corners to keep the juices inside. Put all foil pouches on a cookie sheet in a 425 oven for 15-20 minutes. To serve, just unwrap and dump on a plate.

The rice is easy, too. Just get Basmati rice and sub in 1/2 coconut juice/milk and 1/2 water. Add your cloves or other spices to the water before you put the rice in. Plate with some shredded coconut (like cheese) on top.

Enjoy!

Milo Johnson said...

LED lights last nearly forever, have better color saturation, hardly take any energy to run, and are always nice and cool to the touch and thus safer compared to any other forms of electric illumination. What's not to love?

Cathy said...

You seriously get your P3 and P4 to eat vegetables? Can I have your secret please.

I have tried everything in the world. They won't eat anything that is not beige. Any pointers for an atheist mom who would love to see her kid eat anything grown on a tree and vine.
I like your parenting posts as well. It is refreshing to talk to other atheist parents.

Betsy said...

Wow, that sounds good! We love salmon and stock up when it's on sale but run out of ways to cook it.

Thanks!