For Christmas just before their second birthday, the girls got a play kitchen. It came with a small assortment of food…but about 1/3 of that went straight in the trash.
We’re so fortunate that our girls eat a very healthy diet. They eat the same dishes that we eat, and they love their fruits and vegetables. It’s not unusual to hear specific requests for Brussels sprouts, or beets, or exclamations such as, “We haven’t had kidney beans in soooo long, Mommy!”
The girls have tasted French fries a time or two, off Daddy’s plate at a restaurant, but we call them “potatoes”. And I’ve offered them a taste of chicken fingers, again off Daddy’s plate, but they spit them out both times.
So, back to the play food, I didn’t want to glamorize some of the foods that were included in their set…pretzels, fries, potato chips, fish sticks…ack!
Over the next few months, I bought a couple of additional sets that I was able to piece together…again throwing away some things…until we had a pretty decent assortment of plastic food. I was particularly excited to have a head of garlic, an artichoke, and an eggplant. And you’d better believe my girlies can whip up some tasty combinations!
Over the past year, I’ve allowed the girls to sample a few more things…things that fit in that teeny-tiny spot on the food pyramid. Particularly if I make a dessert from scratch, I’m fine if they occasionally enjoy a small serving.
I’ve even introduced some packaged items here and there…a couple of pieces of candy corn at Halloween…a handful of M&Ms at Christmas…rationalizing that they are part of our culture, and I’d rather the girls understand from me that a little taste now and again is an OK thing.
While I never grew up eating Peeps, I think Pinterest got me thinking about them this spring. And they are so darn cute with all their colors and adorable little shapes.
Yes…I let my girls have a couple of Peeps this Easter! Actually, they each ate ½ of one Peep, on two separate occasions…as an accompaniment to some wheat crackers and a glass of milk.
What could I not resist when I saw them on markdown after the Easter holiday?
Plush Peeps, that’s what. Are they not The Cutest Little Things???
The girls have been pretending they’re cookies. And so far – as I’ve been holding my breath – they haven’t sparked the girls to ask for any sugar treats.