Friday, March 30, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Besides feeling extremely fortunate (in more ways than I can share) to attend Carter's fifth grade concert, I have the privilege of laying my eyes on moments like this. She's a daddy's girl, no ifs ands or buts about it. 



And he gets such a kick out of his dad, and beams with his father's pride. It is precious, and I'm so very glad it's true.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments!
Happy Weekend Lovies!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

haiku wednesday

lovin' gungor band's
ancient skies album. mostly
number eleven.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrate World Doula Week!

March 22 through 28 is World Doula Week annually. The week is chosen because March 22 is the Spring Equinox which represents the renewal of fertility in cultures across the globe. Let's celebrate doulas and the gift they are to women, get the word out and see to it that every woman is supported and attended to before, during, and after her birth!

Here's the deal. No woman should suffer in childbirth. No woman should be left alone during childbirth. No woman should be forced, coerced or expected to undergo any intervention or procedure she doesn't understand or doesn't want for her birth. Every woman should be informed about and empowered in childbirth and have the opportunity to remember it as a positive, beautiful experience for the rest of her life. Every woman should be cared for and attended to during her postpartum period as well.

You know who ensures that happens? Doulas.

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Having a doula present at your birth:
  • Reduces the incidence of c-sections     
  • May shorten the length of labor     
  • Reduces epidural and analgesic requests     
  • Increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation    
  • Increases mother’s satisfaction of birth experience     
  • Can reduce the incidence of postpartum mood disorders    
  • Increases new parents’ confidence in the care of their newborn
Who wouldn't want any or all of those things?

If you're pregnant, consider hiring a doula as you interview care providers and birth locations. Here are some resources to help you in this endeavor:
  • Tulsa Doula Directory - Honeybee Mama's list of Tulsa Doulas.
  • DONA International - More information about doulas, resources for parents, families, childbirth educators, etc. You can click on "hire a doula" to find a doula in your area.
  • DONEOK - Doulas Of Northeast Oklahoma - Find a doula in the Tulsa Metro Area.
  • DACO Inc - Doula Association of Central Oklahoma - Find a doula in the Oklahoma City Metro Area.
If you have experienced the benefits of a doula at your birth, or hired a postpartum doula to assist you as a new parent (or wish you had!), consider giving that gift to someone else. Who says you can't hire a doula for your friend or family member? Consider going in on the gift with others. I guarantee you she will remember and treasure that gift far more than if you had purchased that stroller or crib she registered for!

I love my job as a doula. I am passionate about it. It is a gift and a privilege like no other in my life. It is a blessing to share this gift with others and support women, and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Happy World Doula Week, lovies! And get ready because International Doula Month is right around the corner in May! DONA International is celebrating it's 20th Birthday!

Love and Honey,
Missy

Friday, March 23, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Thanks to my request for feedback on my blog from friends, I've been reminded that {my moment} is inspired by Soulemama, but I don't have to follow her rules. Her blog is sweet and simple and her life is inspirational on so many levels. Her "this moment" posts have no words and only one picture, always (and are always precious and perfect), but I've had some friends share that their favorite {my moment} posts are the ones where I broke the rules and told the story behind the picture. And I'm making the pictures bigger.

So, that's what I'm going to do. I often can't pick just one picture anyway, and really for you to know why my moment is truly exceptional, I've got to tell you about it!

So, here goes.

Little boys are magical creatures. They can be cooped up all day (or week) in the house because it's raining outside and turn into little monsters, bickering with each other and whiny about what's on TV or what's not on TV, what is or isn't in the fridge, and nothing (and I mean nothing) is good enough for them.

And then you get them outside. And they come alive. And their little personalities emerge once again.

This is my Alec. My Alec who holds my hand and kisses me non-stop. My Alec who can also get punched in the face and stand right back up and start wrestling. My Alec who loves his Handy Manny shirt where his head is Manny's. He wants to jump over anything. As he jumps over any crack, lump, bump, curb, rock, river (dribble), he says, "Awe MAN! That was AWESOME! Awe YEAH!" We explored Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness today, which provided for many of these opportunities. This is my favorite of them all.


Then Aidan. Sweet Aidan, who said goodbye to five this week, and is now the big six. And broke my heart when he did. Somehow six seems SO much bigger than five. Aidan who has a permanent outside voice and never stops talking. Aidan, who is, for lack of a better term, up my butt every minute of the day...comes alive outside. He can apparently run so much faster now that he's six. He kept racing up and down the paths ahead of Alec and me. "I just want to go fast but I can't because you guys keep getting left behind!" I told him to run past me so I could get a picture of how fast he was.

I think I captured it. And sadly, also how long his legs have gotten, and how tall and independent he's gotten, and how far he seems from my hand, while I'm holding Alec's.


*Sigh* They're getting big. And they're not stopping despite my best efforts at scolding them. Thank goodness for the moments!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link in your comment.
Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

haiku wednesday

rain rain rain rain rain
mmmmmm, chocolate nanner bread


but it's stiiiiiilllllll raaaaaaiiiiiinnnnning


Monday, March 19, 2012

Mama Monday - The Birth Book You Must Read

When you're an information junkie like me, it's hard to nail down "just one book," to suggest to expectant mamas. There are lots of greats. Many women don't know all the information that's available to them. While What to Expect When You're Expecting is a wonderful resource and considered The Bible to most, it just scratches the surface of knowledge, understanding and preparation you can easily get your hands on before you give birth.

What's interesting to me is that it seems many women read a lot, sign up for weekly updates online, and talk to their doctors and friends about what to do in pregnancy. What do I eat? How much exercise? Is bleeding okay? I hurt here or there - is that normal? However, when it comes to the actual birth process, they tend to think they'll get all the information they need in the few hours they sit through of a hospital childbirth class, or that they'll just go with the flow once they get to the hospital. There is a perception that once a woman gets to the hospital, her work is done and she turns over the rest of the work and decision making to the doctor and hospital staff. Leave it to the experts, right? After all, they're the ones who "deliver" the baby!

There is also an assumption that doctors and nurses will tell you all you need to know about interventions, and certainly wouldn't intervene if it weren't in you or your baby's best interest. Sadly, this isn't always the case. In fact, often common medical opinion and practice is not actually supported by scientific research. To top it all off, informed consent doesn't really include all that much information.

The book I'm loving right now is The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer.

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As I've shared before, my biggest passion in doula work is that women be well informed about childbirth, their bodies, and all of their options when it comes to their own birth experience. Women must know they HAVE choices, and they must truly know and understand their options in order to make those choices. Goer's book does just that. She goes into great detail explaining the reasons behind all of the common interventions, and the true risks and benefits of each.

Understanding the reasoning behind each intervention is crucial. For example, how would knowing the risks of benefits of continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) help you if you don't even know why the practice began in the first place? What and why are they monitoring? How necessary is it? Only when you know the answers to those questions can you then examine the pros and cons of the practice to then decide whether or not you would like to include it in your birth plan. Did you even know you can decide whether or not you want EFM?

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth covers cesareans, breech baby delivery, labor induction, IVs, electronic fetal monitoring, artificial rupture of membranes, dealing with slow labor, epidurals and narcotics, episiotomy, repeat cesareans, doulas, midwives and obstetricians, and choosing your birth location. The author explains how and why various practices came to be and, more specifically, explains the findings of scientific research showing whether or not those practices benefit baby and mother, and includes the real risks of each.

I have no doubt you will be surprised by most of the information in this book, in a good way I promise! I have a great deal of awe and respect for modern medicine and I know that interventions have their place, especially when emergencies arise. However, normal birth often needs no intervention because it isn't an illness or a problem; it is merely unpredictable and completely different for each mother a baby duo. Modern medicine trains doctors to treat and prevent illness, so I think it's difficult for obstetricians to step back and allow birth to happen rather than treat, manage, and ultimately control it.

If you are an expectant mother or father, read this book. If you are a woman, read this book. If you KNOW someone who is a mother or a father, read this book. Read this book! Be a thinking and discerning woman when you plan when, where, and how you will birth your baby. Be informed and be empowered!

Love and Honey,
Missy


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Friday, March 16, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!
Happy weekend, Lovies!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Angelberry Cupcakes!

Yes, there is an exclamation in the title because I am AWESOME. Trust me.

Soooo, I was on the Weight Watchers site (because I've started weight watchers again, which I'm UBER happy about) checking out the dessert cheat sheet and was pleasantly reminded that angel food cake is extremely low in points. Like 2 measly little points for a WHOLE piece of angel food cake!

Then I started thinking about strawberry shortcake, and angel food cake smothered in blueberries and strawberries, or heck, bananas for all that matter. Why? Because on Weight Watchers, all fruits are free, zero points, zilch, nada calories.

Can you see the light bulb? Oh, it's on alright. Bright like a light bright! It hit me.

Angelberry Cupcakes. I figured if a whole big fat piece of angel food cake was only 2 points, a tiny little cupcake that was half fruit anyway would probably be less than 1 point. When I entered the ingredients into the recipe builder and divided it out, sure enough each cupcake only counted as 1 point.

One!

We usually have frozen, unsweetened berries in the freezer, so all I needed from the store was an angel food cake mix (you could make it from scratch - I was just going for quick and easy to test the theory).


Dump your mix into the bowl.


Just add water, and mix according to package directions.



Add about 2 cups blueberries.


And about 2 cups sliced strawberries.


And mix. It gets really frothy because of all the egg whites!


I should have used a bigger bowl...but I really wanted to use the green one.


Spray the cupcake pans with cooking spray and use a measuring cup to fill your cupcake pans. Usually you'd only fill them about 3/4 full, but since the cake mix is so light and fluffy, go ahead and fill them all the way. Make sure and dip down and scoop up those berries, because they fall down to the bottom of the bowl.


Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the cake part gets golden and crusty. You'll need to get a knife and cut around the edges to loosen them a little. At this point in the experiment, I wasn't really sure what I was going to find underneath. I was feeling a little disappointed at how sad the little cupcakes looked on the top.


Then I scooped one out with a spoon and found sloppy, gooey berries at the bottom,


and accidentally plopped it upside down on the plate, and OH! Well, aren't those cute?! They're like little upside down cakes.


And those crusty, gooey bits left on the spoon and on the bottom of each section of the cupcake pan is YUMMY!


See, look up close. Don't those look YUMMY?!


Well, they are. And you should have some. If you want to add one more little bitty measly point, you can add a dollop of whipped cream, like I did for Marc. Now that I think about it, the light whipped topping might not even add an extra point. But they're still just as yummy without it.


I think I ate four or five that first night, then put the rest in containers in the fridge.

They're just as delightful cold. And with coffee in the morning :).

I hope you like them!

Love and Honey,
Missy

My Thoughts on a Thursday

Is it really Thursday? This week has seemed to go by very slowly, and at the same time, I can't believe it's already Thursday!

My inability to deal with the clock aside, I think it's about time to unload some randomness on my blog. That's just what you get sometimes isn't it?

#1. I've felt a little...stuck with blogging lately, for a couple of reasons. I've been thinking a lot about my content and what makes my blog unique. I don't want to just be another mom blog. I mean we all talk about our kids and our lives. Plenty of people share recipes, or talk about new products they love. Of course I share a lot of information on childbirth and pregnancy with Mama Mondays, but I've learned recently that duplicate content is a no-no in the blogiverse when it comes to page ranking and how Google helps people search for information, so now I'm bummed that I can't share the exact same information on my Tulsa Kids blog. In all my thinking and mulling over how I can tackle that issue, I've generally neglected Mama Mondays altogether. Then, just when I've decided to totally abandon haiku wednesdays (because they're my lowest ranking in page views and I'm pretty sure people just don't "get" them), I get an email from a random reader who wanted to tell me he found my card at Topeca coffee house and LOVES haiku wednesdays! Go figure. For those of you that DO read my blog regularly, what do you love? What do you hate? What do you want more of? I want to write what people are reading and want to come back for. Are haiku wednesdays dumb? Do you like book reports? What about recipes or family nights? Are Mama Mondays helpful to you? Do you like finding out about local businesses? Help! I'd love your feedback!

#2. Speaking of projects, I'm really excited about my birth plan manual. I've been working on a project to help my clients and others who need assistance with their births but may not wish to hire a doula. This is one reason why I haven't been putting as much work into Mama Mondays, because a lot of effort is going into creating my manual, but I don't want to unleash that in blog posts until it's a finished product. It's been really fun to run ideas by Marc and get his feedback. He's been so supportive and is really excited about helping me produce it. It is so, so cool to have such a supportive husband who is interested in what I do and validates my profession!

#3. I made Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork this week and it is AMAZING. The sauce is super spicy, but oh so delicious. I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I'll just take credit that I saw it on the Today Show and decided to make it. My husband is the happiest on the planet, and we are having feast after feast with the leftovers!

#4. It's really hard being a step-mom. Even when you do have breakthroughs and connections with your stepkids, you still represent something very threatening and sad to them. I am realizing this week that I will always be an outsider to them, and a representation of their parents' divorce, and the fact that their parents will never get back together. Sigh. On top of that, because Marc and I are both remarried and have children and exes, there is just a certain amount of drama that will never leave us. The last couple of weeks have reminded us of that, and I'm doing my best to stay positive and continue to be myself and live the way I know is best in the face of opposition and frustration.

#5. I'm starting to freak out a little bit about Summer. It's the first summer I'll have with my kids! What on earth will we do? Will they drive me crazy? Will I get any work done? SAHMs and WAHMs help!!

#6. Next week I'm headed to OKC for a redo of my doula training. My certification materials have expired, and I'm actually really excited to go through the process again. It's so great to reread some amazing books, and I'm going to learn a lot more about breastfeeding support this time around. Also, I hope I get to spend some time with some old friends in Norman I really miss!

#7. I've been sewing a ton this last week. It feels so good to make things. I've learned how to make a french seam, and now I want to use it constantly! I also made my first nursing covers and pouch slings which I'm really excited about. Next up, I'm designing a changing pad which is going to be super cute. I'd like to eventually start offering matching sets and lines. Wouldn't that be cool? People, start ordering them for baby gifts! I'm itching to sew more!!

#8. For years I've wanted to plant bulbs in the Fall so they bloom in the Spring. I did last fall, and nothing has come up yet. I'm a little disappointed. But I did some weeding in my flower beds yesterday (and simultaneously worked out some frustration) and am going to finish up some more weeding this afternoon! Hopefully this weekend or next week I can get some sweet Spring flowers planted. There's nothing like a fresh flowerbed to welcome you home and make ya feel good!

Oh I guess that's enough to bore you with today. Now I'm off to get my littlest bee some lunch, then peel him away from Puss In Boots so we can finish up his pre-school projects I have to send back to school...shoot! That reminds me...I have to get Aidan's birthday invitations together to send with him to school before Spring Break hits!

Maybe I won't get to the rest of that flower bed this afternoon...

Love and Honey, Lovies!
Missy

Monday, March 12, 2012

{Ring Slings}

{Ring Slings}

Ring Slings are soft baby carriers worn over one shoulder which adjust with two brushed aluminum rings, designed specifically for babywearing. These are very versatile. You can wear baby in a cradle position, tummy to tummy, on your hip, and even on your back. They can also help you nurse hands-free or act as a nursing cover.

Natural linen for the body of the sling.

Coordinating decorative tail and pocket with velcro closure.

Pleated shoulder strap for comfort with a tab to hook on pacifiers or toys.

Snuggle up that baby (or bear), and look cute while you do!
{photo courtesy of my 4 year old photographer - go Alec!}

All wrapped up for someone special!
Ring slings are $45, with $5 shipping (outside of Tulsa). Extra costs will be added to custom orders with more expensive fabrics or embellishments.

If you would like to add a pacifier/toy ribbon, you can purchase one for an additional $5.00. It will be made with a coordinating ribbon for your sling, with velcro closures on each end.

Please contact me for available fabrics!

{Mei Tai Slings}

{Mei Tai Slings}

When my boys want me to pick them up, they reach up to me and say, "Hold you me, Momma!" That's become one of my favorite phrases, and I even say it back to them. I thought it only appropriate to call my version of the Mei Tai sling the Hold-You-Me!
The Hold-You-Me sling is a mei tai style sling. It is a
handmade, soft baby carrier.

They come all wrapped up, perfect for gifts!
Here, you can see the pocket on the front,
large enough for a cell phone, keys and credit card.

Pleated shoulder straps for comfort, and a ribbon loop to clip
toys or a pacifier onto.

Snug as a bug in a rug!

Wide shoulder straps cross over the back, giving full support.
Shoulder and waist straps are adjustable.

Baby can be worn on front or back; either way you're hands free!

They're also reversible: calico print on front, solid color on the back.
Mommas and Daddies can both wear baby!


Hold-You-Me slings are $65, with $5 shipping (outside of Tulsa). Extra costs will be added to custom orders with more expensive fabrics or embellishments.
 
Contact me for available fabrics!

{Nursing Covers} New Handmade Item Available!

{Honeybee Mama Nursing Covers}



As gung ho as you may be to breastfeed, you may not be as excited about exposing everything in public! Honeybee Mama Nursing Covers offer the privacy you want without restricting movement and fidgeting that happens when you feed your baby.

 
Nursing Covers are complete with adjustable straps and a stiff, curved opening so you can see your baby and ensure she's latched on.


They also feature a pocket with velcro closure, and a burp cloth tucked neatly inside!

 

They are sewn with a heavier weight fabric so they stay in place even if your baby squirms and moves the cover, or if there is a breeze! Nursing Covers come to you all wrapped up with a bow, ready to give as a gift or treat yourself!


Nursing Covers are $30, with $5 shipping outside of Tulsa, Ok. Please contact me for available fabrics!

I accept personal checks, cash and paypal payments to missyrose81@gmail.com. You can also visit my etsy shop: honeybeemama.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cousin Sleepover and Secret Spies

My nephew, Jack (who apparently goes by John now, but I refuse to make the switch), spent the night with the bigs last night. I love when Jack spends the night. For some reason, when the three of these kids get together, they get all kinds of creative. On previous sleepovers, they've had drawing contests, invented new board games, and inevitably stay up entirely too late talking and giggling.

Last night was no different. They began their evening playing in the backyard on the trampoline before dinner. After a taco and chips and queso feast, they played the Wii, then Jack said, "I'm bored; let's do something else."

After I'd cleaned up dinner and started making some break and bake cookies for the kids and Marc's grown-up friends he'd invited over to play, things started happening. I began tripping over a constantly moving, hunched down, whispering trio of children. They announced they were "Secret Spies," and needed disguises. This is what they came up with:


Shut. Up. With how cute they are! I did not pose them. This oozed straight from their little souls!

Then they started asking me to help them collect information, and to send them on missions. "We need to like, retrieve things for you. And we'll have to sneak there to get it, and then we'll come back for another mission," Corrinne tells me.

I began sending them through the front door and telling them to get toys I knew had been left in the backyard. They very sneakily and stealthily retrieved a football, tennis racket, baseball, and collection of sea shells. The sea shells, of course, were very rare and precious that had been stolen from the collection of crown jewels and treasures. They got 'em. And they were undetected.

Then it was cookie time. They all wanted milk with their cookies, and Carter said, "I'm going to pretend I'm at a bar and this is whiskey." Jack came up to the kitchen island and said, "I'm going to pretend you're a waitress and say, 'Gimme a drink pretty lady,' but I'm not really trying to be bossy and mean. I'm just pretending."

"You got it. You wanna slide your glass to me across the counter like you're in a bar?"

All their faces lit up like that was THE coolest idea they'd EVER heard. Soon, they were all standing there demanding second and third helpings of milk so they could keep sliding their glasses to me and demanding more milk.

I asked Carter if he wanted me to put it on his tab. "What's a tab?" he asked me. Corrinne overheard and shouted from the table with a mouthful of cookie, "You can tell her to put it on mine! Say, 'Put it on Corrinne's tab!" Carter fell in line, "Put it on her tab!"

Just when I thought someone was going to start calling me "doll face," they were begging for a new mission. I needed to up the ante. They needed a challenge. Corrinne said she wanted to collect information. I had an idea. The house across the street is for sale, so I knew if they went "sneaking around the yard" no one would notice or, God forbid, call the police! I told them I'd received intelligence that there was a group of enemy spies hiding out in that house and I needed them to plant recording devices and cameras along the perimeter. They were electrified with excitement. They ran around the house collecting things that could be pretend surveillance devices to plant and ran right along. Carter stayed behind as the other two went out the front door to ask me, "Hey Missy, can the next mission be to kill someone?" Oh boy...I'm running out of ideas here!

After I sent them to "take out" the enemy spies that had apparently returned to there base across the street, they barged into the living room to tell me about the scuffle. Corrinne shouts, "He had me by the wrist, but I kneed him in the groin!" The three of them had stories and reenactments of the whole affair. It was beyond amusing.

For their final mission of the night (I was really running out of ideas by this point), I told them to create a report of the information they'd collected by surveillance and interaction with the enemy spies. Then, Jack piped up and mentioned that he'd seen one of the spies steal something from one of the others just before he snapped his neck! You think they've been watching some action movies? Jeez! So I sent them to retrieve the tapes they'd planted, and whatever camera was hidden on the snap-necked spy and come back and create a detailed report of their findings for the "Bureau."

I sent them to the "Spy Station," I set up for them, aka my old laptop at the upstairs desk.



I went back downstairs to watch TV and munch on my own cookies and overheard things like, "Set up the spy senses," "Turn on the night vision..." it was beyond fantastic. Soon, they came thudding down the stairs, and presented me with their detailed report.


Apparently our old neighbors across the street were gangsters with long track records of offenses. Hilarious! What a fun evening of adventure and silliness!

Love and Honey,
Missy

Friday, March 9, 2012

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.





If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment!
Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Sneaky Quesadilla Saga

Ever since I first got my hands on the book Deceptively Delicious, I've tried to make a habit of sneaking fruits and veggies into my kids' food. I no longer follow all of the recipes to the letter, but after trying several recipes and learning a few techniques, I'm always on the lookout for homemade recipes that are ideal for concealing foods the little and big bees would normally turn their noses up at!

One of my favorite dishes to hide veggies in is quesadillas. Since I use cheddar cheese, which is orange in color, I make sure and hide other orange and yellow things in it! I've hidden various squashes and corn in it before, and even sweet potatoes and carrots!

After our Valentine's Day family get-together, we had some delicious leftovers. Here's some sweet potato mash (sweet potatoes with minced onions, garlic, salt and pepper sauteed in olive oil),
and Marc's super awesome smoked turkey breast!

I thought this was the perfect opportunity to whip up some quesadillas for the kiddos. I planned on making a big batch ahead of time and having some leftovers.

I started by pureeing the leftover sweet potato mash in the food processor (essential piece of kitchen equipment when you plan on hiding veggies in food!), then placing it in a separate bowl. Then I threw in a handful of raw baby carrots and chopped those up really fine and added them to the sweet potatoes.

I got all excited when I saw these cute little baby tortillas at target and scooped them up. Perfect for kids' meals!


I mixed in the shredded cheddar with the sweet potatoes, carrots, and finely chopped smoked turkey breast.

I scooped about two heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto each small tortilla,

then put another tortilla on top, and piled them up in the fridge to fry up later that night!


You can brush them with olive oil, or spray with cooking spray or butter, then throw them in the pan to brown off!


Now, I have to interject here and tell you that the above batch was not originally well received by the littles. I did not use any particular measurements, and the ratio of cheese to sweet potato and carrot mixture wasn't right. There wasn't enough cheese. When I presented the kids with their quesadillas, I just told them they were cheese and chicken quesadillas. I totally got busted when they started asking me what kind of "cheese" I used and said they didn't like it.

The thing was I had a huge batch of leftovers I'd intended to feed the bigs with the following night when we'd have them! Yikes. I had to rethink my plan. So, I peeled them all open and added an extra spoonful of cheese on each one.


Instead of putting them back in the pan with more oil, I just lined them up on a baking sheet and threw them in the oven for a few minutes until I could tell the new cheese was melted.

The final batch was much better received by the bigs! Corrinne went on and on about how they were the best quesadillas she'd ever tasted, and had seconds and thirds! Carter also practically inhaled his. Aidan and Alec were sadly a little gun shy from the night before and picked at them a little. They finally finished them, though.

Next time, I'll be sure to get it right. I think the trick might be to smush a layer of sweet potatoes and carrots in between two layers of cheese to better hide it, or simply use less potato and carrots. I think as long as about 2/3 of the mixture is cheese, and the rest is the meat and veggies, you're good to go.

Good luck getting sneaky! And please share any tricks you use to sneak veggies into your littles!

Love and Honey,
Missy
 

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