Has Anyone Ever Been Excited to Eat a Salad?

I am fairly certain that no one has ever been excited to eat a salad. I know for sure that I never have. Well, let me specify. The only salad I’ve ever been excited to eat was the Waldorf salad that my grandpa made. Although, it wasn’t until I was much older that I learned that it was called a Waldorf salad. We always called it apple salad. His was not a typical Waldorf salad. That salad taught me that marshmallows could and should be a salad ingredient.

But…..I have been trying to eat better. Grad school and other stresses have led to some (or a lot) of stress eating so I’ve been trying to eat more veggies and more salad. I have found a salad that I don’t mind eating. Fresh Express bag salads (specifically the chopped kits) are pretty good.  There are greens but also extra crunchy things and the included dressings are pretty good.

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But really…..the reason that I am trying to eat more salad? It’s so that I can eat more of the stuff that I want to eat. I tell myself that if I eat some veggies, then I can have some dessert.

Why do I eat salad?

So that I can eat a donut.

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Guilty Pleasures

Carbs. Carbs. More carbs. I know that I don’t need a giant bowl of carbs….but sometimes…..you just need a big pile of carbs, right?

My newest guilty pleasure…..waffle fries from Spud Heads with the Guns’ n Rosemary topping. I mean. Seriously.

Because sometimes when you’re spending way more time at the mall than you had planned on….and sometimes when you’re kids are going insane because they are tired/hungry/hangry…..and sometimes when you are getting frustrated because you just need to buy some shoes but can’t seem to find what you want…..sometimes you need a bowl of fries covered in yumminess.

What is your guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasure food? Carbs? Chocolate? Carbs and chocolate?

Donut mind if I do

You know how every couple years there is some new food trend? You know how the trend now is donuts? Donuts! Yay! Donuts! One of our local restaurants (that we eat at at least once a week) has donuts on the weekends. Yep. If you want some of Stan’s Donuts you can pick them on on a Saturday even if you aren’t in the city. Yay!

So, because I have a hard time making choices about donuts, I got three and the girls and I had a taste test.  (That’s a lot better than me eating three donuts by myself!)

Our choices: Nutella (the one with an N on it), powdered sugar, and pastry creme filled.

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Although, they were all yummy, there was a clear winner for the girls and I……

The pastry cream filled one was delicious! That one was the winner for us. The girls and I also agreed that the powdered sugar one was second place. I really thought that I was going to absolutely love the Nutella filled one but it was really, really, really rich. Probably…..too rich if you are eating other donuts as well……

Big plate of noodles – Summer checklist #12

One of big girl’s favorite spots for dinner is Noodles & Company. When she wants to go there, I usually say ok because it’s a big meal for the kids for not much money. Both girls get buttered noodles and applesauce pouches. Then, I get a side of broccoli with one meal and a side of apple splices with another. When the meals arrive at the table, I divide the broccoli and apple slices between the two plates so each girl gets some apples and broccoli. If they don’t finish the whole meal (because it’s a lot of food for little kids), I just stick the unopened applesauce pouches in my bag to take home.

And really, we’ll continue going here for dinner because once I find a kid’s meal that is good and not necessarily a giant plate covered in fries we end up going there frequently. 🙂

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Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Summer Checklist – Update #6

Dinner. Check. Dinner from somewhere on the checklist. Check.

Both girls love going out to dinner or lunch or breakfast or brunch at restaurants. They both like picking what they want to eat. However, typically that means that they are choosing the same things no matter what restaurant we go to. Macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, or cheese pizza. Essentially, they eat a lot of cheese.

So, it’s nice to go to a place where (although macaroni and cheese is on the kid’s menu and that’s what they usually pick at other places) both girls choose to pick out different foods. Flat Top Grill is really the only restaurant where both girls will pick out lots of vegetables to eat! Yay! Veggies! And, there is always enough for them to eat for the next day’s lunch or dinner.

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The updated checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Sneaky little vegetables

Big girl is not a big fan of veggies.  She will eat her weight in corn, peas, or bell peppers but those are the main veggies that she will eat.  And even then, there are times when she will refuse even her three favorites.  So, I’m trying to find ways to get some extra veggies into her meals.

Little girl loves these!

Stars, stars, and more stars

Big girl loves thes girl could eat Annie’s All Stars every single day if we would let her.  I don’t feel too bad giving her these, though, because they are organic.  So, the ingredients are a little better than other similar options.  Plus, it’s easy to sneak some veggies into it.

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Mmmmm….veggies

Now, I am not a fan of V8.  I don’t like tomato soup.  I don’t like tomato juice.  And I don’t like the weird tomato-y film that is left on a glass of tomato juice.  But…..if you add some V8 to the can of Stars, you’ve instantly added some veggies without much effort.

Dinner is served.

Dinner is served.

Adding V8 makes the Stars a little runny but big girl likes it because it is similar to a soup.  And this girl likes soup.

Sometimes.

In which Ryan has to wear a jacket

For my birthday, Ryan and I went to a fine dining establishment for dinner. We’ve eaten lots of really delicious and sometimes quite fancy food, but this one was the first time that our dining was truly fine dining.

I love pasta.  I love love love pasta.  And for my birthday, I wanted to have some truly perfect pasta.  So, we went to Spiaggia.  The view is perfect (each table has a view of Lake Michigan and the spot where Michigan Ave. meets Lake Shore Drive).  The food is delicious.  Each course was quite lovely.  I left feeling full, fancy and spoiled by my husband for taking me to a place where he had to wear a jacket to dinner.

And then I saw the people coming out of the bathroom and became very confused.  These people had obviously just dined or were still dining at the restaurant.  And yet, they hadn’t seemed to have done any research on where they were dining.  Mini-sweater-dress?  Jeggings?  Really?

So, then I started to imagine all kinds of scenarios that would explain the casual dress.  Last minute dinner plans?  Just happened to be in the area?

We knew that it would be pricey so we planned and saved for this dinner.

Someday, I would like to have so much money that I can simply walk into a jacket-required-for-dinner restaurant on a whim.

I won’t be wearing jeggings, though.