Thursday, March 09, 2006

Eating and waiting for spring

This time of year always seems to be the toughest, in my opinion: colds linger, spring fever starts breaking out, the weather starts teasing us with little bursts of warmth and sun, but we frequently have another month of winter awaiting us before we can really start saying that spring has arrived. I'm just tired of being sick, and I want the Vitamin C fairy to wave her magic wand at me and make me start feeling energetic again.

Bebe - who is very close to walking, at which point I suppose I will have to stop calling her Bebe and start calling her Kiddo - has gone on a food strike for the past week or so. It started shortly after the pediatrician told me she needs to start eating more. Of course. Every so often I can coax a little oatmeal or yogurt into her, but she mostly wants to feed herself. Yet nothing seems to make it into her mouth and stay there right now.

So at the advice of a good friend, I made some banana bread to see if Bebe might eat it. It turned out really well, and I think she may have eaten a little of it, but I think I ate most of it.

Today I decided to make the recipe again and tweak it to make it a little more healthy: replace some butter with yogurt, substitute some white flour with a little whole wheat and oat flour, etc. I made two loaves: one banana and one zucchini squash. And they turned out really well! I'm always happy when kitchen experiments go smoothly. Of course, here I sit eating the bread from the photo; I'd better save some for the baby.

In other very exciting food news, we were reading the book about yellow things the other day and Bebe got really excited when we came to the page with the banana. "Ooooh! Ooooh!" She was quite upset and confused when she couldn't get that banana off the page. It's fascinating to me to witness this little mind at work.

There hasn't been much crafting to show off lately, but I have lots of things in the works. So stay tuned. And I think the etsy shop will be opening very soon, too. Maybe if I stop eating and start crafting I'll get rid of this spring fever.


  1. Mmm, I love banana bread. My husband has been urging me to make some, but I know that if I do I'll end up eating most of it, which I do NOT need to do.

  2. Love the look of the yellow book, and naturally the banana cake looks equally appealing...

  3. your bread looks so yummy...and reminds me it's been much too long since i made any banana bread! i have to make it every so often, for the same reason you did, but it's my honey i have trouble getting to eat-go figure!

  4. This is going to sound wacky, but when my 2-year old started getting ultra-picky, I started watching the Food Network for a show or two in the afternoon (Barefoot Contessa seems to work well. . .) with him, and then we "cook" dinner together. It has really helped. So, an idea for if this persists into the future!