Monday, August 12, 2013

August Crash

That post coffee crash can turn a great morning into a lousy one fast. My solution to this is....have a second cup.

August seems to be a very strong black brew and we all miss our tennis routine. We did 7 weeks of Urban Tennis, essentially daily lessons for the kids in one hour shifts by age group. Those not playing tennis would be at the park or doing summer workbooks. I pre packed snacks and we had a wonderful system.

August has descended like a wonderful deep brew. The intoxicating possibility of sleeping in and having no structure is upon us. Kids all think this is going to be uber cool until week two and they are at each other. Feet stick out just slightly in the hopes of tripping another, bikes are taken without asking the owner (a sibling of course) and snacks roll listlessly into meal times.

To add to the crash we are in the final push of finishing a home build, getting our house ready to sell, starting new schools and potty training L. She actually did number two in the potty today and needless to say it was the highlight of my day. Poop. Her potty sings so it makes poop rather fantastic really.

I am overwhelmed and trying to figure out what my second metaphorical cup of coffee might be. If you have any ideas I'll buy you a latte.
Lucy in a bucket.
Daddy took this trying to get some yard work done while
I slipped away for  a moment of rare solo time.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Otis Food, Recipes & Healthy Kids

I have been trying to be more creative with having our kids have less processed snacks, things like gold fish and pretzels that seem to "take over" our snacking. Some friends reminded me we do a lot of creative snacks already and I thought I would share those! I am always looking for more ideas. We also do beef sticks, cheese sticks and veggies with dip but these are some fun ones. 

Zucchini Muffins

1 shredded zucchini, I shredded and squeezed out water from the day before. If frozen drain. Then microwave to get soft, about 2 min if raw, 4 if frozen then drain and put aside to mix with:

1 ripe banana
3 eggs whole
teaspoon corn starch
cinnamon & sugar teaspoon or plain cinnamon, or add savory spices

Spray a muffin tin, 12 openings. Bake about 12 min or so until brown edges.  

33 Calories per "Muffin" 

Simple Otis Cucumbers 

4 cucumbers peeled and sliced (even the youngest kids love peeling these!)
regular vinegar, 1 cup

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon Stevia (or 2 table sugar)

1 sliced red onion.

Mix together, put in tupperware and turn upside down so all the pieces can "pickle" our kids eat like chips! I leave on the counter and they walk by and nibble. Stays good even in heat because of the vinegar so a great picnic option.

Staying active!
Sheff put up pull up bars in most door ways. If Kids act up they need to do pull ups until they are spent. This payed off when they do the physical fitness tests yearly:)

Chopped Kale Salad

1 head of kale, take off the stems, chop and microwave for 1 min to soften
add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries 

Mix vinegar and Stevia to taste, about 1/2 cup and 1 teaspoon

Chop 1/4 red onion finely toss wit kale, dressing and cranberries.

Add crumbled feta when served. Also good with chopped fresh cucumber or other veggies and in a pinch a greek vinaigrette is really good as well.
Lil Mark & Nate, we have treats too! I just find balancing sugar with fiber and protein helps behavior and energy for all the kids and PARENTS

Apple Pie Apples

6 apples sliced
Ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon
Sugar, 1 tablespoon
Fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon.

Toss and leave out for kids. Lemon stops from browning and the apples really taste like a treat!

Real apple pie is lovely too and a regular treat. I use a bit of unsweetened apple sauce and corn starch to make a bit of extra gooey filling with extra cinnamon, fresh apples, lemon juice and stevia.