Monday, January 9, 2012

Fine, eat it for breakfast

I realize the following picture has nothing to do with this post.  However, you always come across things when you finally empty your phone of pics.  This was one of them and how we spent New Years.  Mainly because I told Andy he couldn't take my car on his road trip to Arizona (I've grown quite fond of the van).  "I mean, what if I go to the beach or something?"  Knowing full well this would get him because the only thing he would dislike more than driving my old his 2000 4-Runner is the thought of sand being in it when he returned.
So I kind of had to go to the beach then.

 Oh, and also having nothing to do with this post....

 Here is my $20 find at Anthropologie yesterday.
It was one of those pieces that I looked at and said, "I can't decide if those are really ugly or really cute and I can't leave here without them".  The later won out and I went home to see what I could put together with them.

 I think I'll keep them.  And this is a reminder to let my legs see the light of day more often before summertime.  Holy whiteness.

 And now finally, what this post is all about.  My picky eaters.
Addison has always had a selective palate.
I mean to the point that now I believe there are three things that she'll eat.
Macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, and yogurt.
That's it.
Graham is a little bit better, but not much.
So last night while fixing up a staple of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, I decided to be really crazy and throw some ham and peas in there too.  I know, delicious, right?
Well, at least I could tell myself that I was giving them a "balanced" meal.

They would have nothing of it.  Wouldn't touch it.
I held strong and said that was what was for dinner.
Addison was willing to go hungry until breakfast....which made me remember a moment from a year ago that has stuck with me.

My sister-in-law, Sarah, and her family were out to eat with us while visiting in Houston.  Her youngest, Iris, is Addison's age....almost exactly.  She had finished her macaroni but still had broccoli  on her plate and was in no hurry to finish it.  When she declared that she was done, Sarah said calmly, "Fine, you can eat it for breakfast."  Iris replied under her breath, "I think I'll skip breakfast"....then begrudgingly, Iris ate the broccoli.
Better warm and at dinnertime than staring cold broccoli down at 7am, right?
I was so impressed and tucked that away for future use.

Future use came last night.

"Oh really?  You don't want any of this delicious throw together all in one dish?  Fine.  You can have it for breakfast."

"Ok, I'll have it for breakfast", Addison happily replied.

Well this morning, Addison bounded down the stairs and asked for her usual cereal.
I kindly reminded her of her menu choice she made last night.
(I even warmed it up for her!)

They were NOT EXCITED.

 After about 20 minutes, Addison finally ate her 5 bites.
Graham was holding out.

 But after a threat of time out (since taking away his cars & milk wasn't working), he finally at his quota too.  And all was good again.

 Now, while we're on the subject of food....
Let me tell you that I am a fan of this book.
We made a recipe from it last night....fajitas from the Tacos al Carbon recipe.
You might as well call this recipe...."Homesick for Lupe Tortilla".
The marinade for the steak was ridiculous.
And even though I would HIGHLY suggest buying the book, 
here is the marinade we used last night.

I let the skirt steak marinade for about 6 hours and then rinsed it before grilling.

Tacos al carbon
2 pounds skirt steak
Juice of 4 limes (about 1/2 cup)
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
1 jalapeno
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper



Sarah Hart said...

LOVE the shorts. and HOLY SKINNINESS, you look great.

and also, the funniest part of the iris story was that after i said, "you can eat it for breakfast," she said, under her breath: "i think i'll skip breakfast." heh heh. she still ate it.

Lacey said...

So, tried the food thing with Hadley. And guess who happily ate her food?!? I couldn't believe it. She ate it so she could eat the next thing- oatmeal. I thought it was hilarious.

Love, Love, the shorts. And way to go on your last years resolutions. You look FABULOUS!!!!