Another Monday morning.
Caroline and Edward have been eating handfuls of Cheerios for almost a year, but today was the first time I put the cereal into a bowl and added milk. Then they had applesauce. Patrick had Cheerios, too, but disappeared before I could get any fruit into him.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for C&E for lunch, plus some leftover Fernanda pasta and then dried cranberries. Edward loved them. Caroline was more hesitant (not to put too fine a point on it, she made a hideous grimace and then scraped out her mouth with both hands) so I rummaged through the pantry to see if I could find any raisins. All kids love raisins, right? Right! Well, apparently Caroline does at least and she then failed to notice when I substituted dried cranberries at intervals. By the end of lunch she was happily eating both. I will forge the twinkles into less picky eaters than Patrick if it kills me.
Patrick had a bowl of frosted miniwheats for lunch, which I know sounds like a complete cop-out on my part but I feel compelled to add that these are medicinal miniwheats. Patrick has had, ah, issues with regularity since about five minutes after I stopped nursing him. He was on prescription Miralax for YEARS - literally, YEARS - but over the past twelve months we have been successful at getting him off the stuff. Plumsmart juice is a Sunsweet prune product that Patrick likes and we have had moderately good results with it. I recently introduced a few Fiber One things into his diet as well and they are terrific. We have tried their chocolate milkshake and, see, I knew there was a point to this, they have just introduced a frosted miniwheat. So. There it is. After the cereal he had half a red pepper and a cup of raw carrots. Lunch.
My point - apart from the fact that my children are all suffering from culinary ennui today - is that I desperately need to go grocery shopping. We are almost out of milk, bread, cheese, peanut butter and yogurt. I have exactly one apple left in the fruit bowl and those carrots and red pepper represented the last of the fresh vegetables with the exception of half a bunch of celery that looks a little limp but I am hoping I can resuscitate for tonight's dinner. If you soak celery (or cucumbers) in ice water for about fifteen minutes you can usually trick them into firming up. For what it's worth.
Once upon a time I used a grocery delivery service and every Monday night I would spend about fifteen minutes clicking through my online master shopping list and the next afternoon food would materialize in my garage. It was so nice. Then they went out of business about a year ago and I wept. But! They were purchased by a quasi-local grocery chain who vowed to continue service as of old. I cheered. But! They never emailed me to let me know service had resumed so I finally contacted them only to discover that they had redrawn their delivery areas and now cease service two and a half miles from my house.
I'll describe later how challenging it is to grocery shop with twin babies (car seat in basket. car seat in child seat part. where does the food go?) and how challenging it is to shop with twin toddlers (push stroller and basket? push two baskets? push one basket and listen for PA announcement asking for the mother of the lost child to please come to the front of the store?) Right now I need to plan my food for the week and I figure we might as well help each other.
Patrick's requests for dinner:
salade nicoise (I call the cheater's version he likes Wartime Nicoise; it relies heavily on canned things)
homemade pizza (I'll post my dough recipe but I could use a better one)
I bought two fryer chickens a few weeks ago when they were on sale for $3 a piece and froze them. Yesterday I was feeling inspired so I took one out to thaw and now I am committed to it. I hate it when I do that, because it is now almost ninety degrees outside and the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven. I had been planning to use this recipe (I have a baguette in the freezer and some onions and a lemon and that celery I mentioned... .) Any ideas on what to do with a whole chicken and a grill or the stovetop?
Tuna, pizza, beef, chicken... what else? Pasta maybe? Gazpacho?
What are you making tonight/tomorrow/this week?
PS I'll post recipes as I go.