Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baking vs. Buying !!

Welcome to my Blog !!! It's finally here !! So thrilled to be writing about what I love . . .my kids and our families journey to be healthy while still getting to indulge in chips & ice cream !!
Join me as we all learn what vitamins we really need and how much, why its OK to say yes to dessert for breakfast (sometimes), and why we should cut out those packaged foods . . .eventually!!
I will put it out there, when I had 3 kids in 3 years my favorite person in the WHOLE world was Mr. Presidents Choice !! He made everything my family would eat, conveniently froze it for me and put it on sale every week! For almost 2 years my family ate exclusively out of cardboard boxes . . . . and it was OK ! We all survived! However, I knew that was only temporary to get me through that stage.
Now that my girls are 4, 6 and 8 I have no more excuses! I made a vow last September, before school started, that I would "try" to not buy packaged granola bars or soft cookie bars . . . I would MAKE them. Hah ! I wasn't convinced I could do it for the whole school year - but you know what ? I DID IT !! I made batches of mini muffins and kept them in the freezer, I made awesome brownies with spinach in them and kept them in the freezer and I made soft oatmeal cookies with apples or zucchini in them. Kids loved them all (well, a bit of baking trial & error !!). Then I'd I pull 2 treats out of the freezer every morning for their lunches. I had to bake once every 3 weeks to keep the stock up . . .but I did it!!! Now, we still eat the odd boxed lasagna (and I take granola bars to the beach this summer . . .what? I needed a baking break & its hot!!!) but my kids go to school with no packaged snack food and I couldn't be prouder of my mommy victory!!

Whats your mommy victory? No matter how big or small, everyday we all try our best and we do have those moments when we think we can actually do this !!! Celebrate with us and share your mommy victory!

And for the record, this September, my kids are learning to bake !!!!!!

14 comments:

  1. my every day mommy victory is getting out the door for work and coming home to 2 happy kids each day.

    yay for starting a blog! if you want someone to help spread the word of your gummy vitamins, we can do a review or giveaway!

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  2. Julia, I totally hear you !!! The whole getting out the door on time never seems to get any easier !!! I will contact you for sure for review & giveaways! And thanks for being my first Comment !!!

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  3. Great job on your first blog post! Loved reading it and look forward to more!
    Congrats and good luck with everything!
    :)
    Janine
    @javaj9

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  4. Great blog deb! I am also in home-cooking mode and I am actually enjoying trying new things and seeing what I am capable of making. I really do not enjoy cooking, but feel good when I get it done and people eat it! You have always been such an inspiration with your family's health and I am looking forward to reading more!

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  5. Thanks Janine! II
    Nice to hear from you Christi! Hope you are well . . . you my dear are the inspiration ! We all miss you here !!
    Deb

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  6. If anyone else has trouble leaving a comment let me know . . . I am new to this so want to be sure I have it all on the right settings!!!

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  7. Okay...so are you going to share that brownies + spinach recipe? :-)

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  8. That brownie recipe belongs to Jessica Seinfeld and her Deceptively Delicious book - here is a link. I spice it up a bit with real chocolate frosting and a few sprinkles before it goes in the kids lunches . . . hey, if they will eat spinach, I'll toss in a few sprinkles!!
    http://family.go.com/food/recipe-281285-deceptively-delicious-brownies-t/

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  9. Welcome to the blogosphere! Nice new blog!

    I've been moving to more and more natural foods, away from processed foods. So I have been baking more of our own stuff at home, with REAL food ingredients. My Mommy Victory is that my kiddos aren't junk food junkies because we've always encouraged eating good food - they are really good at eating their fruits and veggies. They have better eating habits than I do. LOL! But I'm working on it! :)

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  10. that's awesome. I keep saying that I'm going to bake more but then I think of the mess then I go for the old stand bys. Still I'd love to make my own pasta as well.

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  11. Ah Sweet Mommy! Its an ongoing effort to cook and bake - those magazines make it look so good and so easy, but I agree with Zeemaid - the mess and the prep and sometimes the ingredients aren't on hand. But its important, so I will try to do it again for next school year and involve the kids more this time. As for junk food - thats a whole other blog ! We have jars of candy around here on purpose - if its always around, they really are less likely to want to eat it . . .but deprive them and they are obsessed with getting it ! I still have easter candy and its August !

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  12. Great job! I am looking forward to reading more and visiting often! :) I have an award for you on my blog! :) Have a fantastic day!
    http://kats-confessions.blogspot.com/2010/08/thank-you-thank-you-thank-you-very-much.html

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  13. I am impressed!!! I am also trying to rid our homes of packaged/processed foods. But wow, no packaged food in their lunches? You're my hero. Stp by sometime...http://hungrigyrl.blogspot.com

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  14. So...do HEALTHY packaged treats count??? I'm loving the mini muffin idea tho...pre-prep and organization is the key...I'm impressed!

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