Yesterday my daughter had a group project to work on. The result was about 11 teenagers at my house after school. I offered to make some muffins or peanut noodles or popcorn but none of these things met with my daughter's approval. Instead, she opted to give me $10 of her own money and a shopping list of snacks, with the instructions "get the biggest bag that's the cheapest."
She lucked out in the beverage department. Both sets of grandparents have taken to bringing over cases of soda when they visit. We let the kids have a can each and then put the rest in the garage. We just don't normally drink soda and the kids forget its there so they never ask for it. Leen was delighted to discover a full case of soda and an almost full case of Snapple.
I hate buying junk but I think this was important for two reasons. First, she had to decide to spend her own money and she'll have to work to earn more. She's got a big school trip coming up so the need for her to have cash is very real right now. Second, she's begun to recognize how crummy she feels after gorging on junk. Her misery provides me with an opportunity to remind her how much better she feels when she's eating healthy foods.
At the end of the evening, the snacks were demolished and only one friend was still waiting to be picked up. I had made peanut noodles and leftover soup for dinner and offered some to the friend. Turns out she loved the peanut noodles and insisted on finishing what was on her plate even though her mother was waiting in the car. Sometimes getting kids to take the first bite is the hardest part.
Did my daughter think it was worth the $10? I'm not sure but she certainly wasn't asking for more snacks last night. Actually, my daughters paid me a high compliment just this past weekend. After spending most of the weekend with their grandparents, they announced that they were "sick of pizza and veggie burgers" and wanted some of my "real food." I think that sums up how she felt last night. She was ready for some real food.
I've got some over ripe bananas so I'll be making some banana bread tonight and freezing the rest of the bananas. Remember to freeze things in useable portions, it makes life so much easier. If you know your banana bread recipe calls for two bananas, then freeze two bananas to a container. If it uses two bananas but you always make 2 loaves, freeze 4 bananas to a container.
Also on my to do list is to get moving on the kids' Easter baskets. Every year I swear I'm going to just order vegan chocolate from Pangea and I never do. I'll keep you updated on my progress.
Click here for a peek at how we handle Easter last year.