Cooking Night

I have a 10 year old son.  I want him to grow up independent and able to take care of himself.  Cook for himself, make his own doctors appointment (eventually), get a job, be responsible.  I think that’s every mother’s hope for their kids.

I decided to start a cooking night with him.  My kid is an only child.  Not by choice but by circumstances beyond our control.  I know there is a stereotype about only children out there but my kid is pretty well adjusted.  Plays well with others, shares, loves being around other people,(adult and kids) is sensitive and understands others moods.

That being said I started to notice that I was the one with the issues.  I’m a helper.  I like to do for others and I was always doing stuff for him.  Stuff he was able to do or could very easily learn to do.   He’d say,  “I’m hungry”, and I’d go and get him a snack.  So he got to the point where he would just holler “mom, can you get me a snack please?” from upstairs and I’d get it and bring it to him.  He’d be in the living room and ask me for something  and I’d quit what I was doing go get it for him.   I rarely made him do anything.  I was teaching him to rely on others to get what he needed.

I think this is a danger for those of us who have only’s.  It’s so easy to just do it for them.  I don’t mind helping him out.  I think its a nice thing to do.  It hit me though that I was raising a child who was going to need me to make his doctor appointments at the age of 45.  That is not okay with me.  I was not raised that way.  I was raised to be independent and self sufficient.  Things needed to change for his benefit.

This is totally not the direction I was planning on taking with this post.  Maybe a I need to do a post on raising an only child sometime. This whole post was to share about Monday night cooking nights with my kid.  When I send him off to college I want him to know how to make food for himself among other things like laundry and how to make a bed.  I thought I would start with cooking.  Why cooking? I’m not sure.  I am not a great cook, but I enjoy it and we’ve had some really fun cooking nights.

We started with Easy Mac in the microwave.  We have done things like pancakes and french toast.  Salad and smoothies.  Last night we grilled steak and veggies.   I’ve started asking him what he wants to cook too.  Sometimes he has an idea but most times he’ll leave it up to me.   One night when I asked him what he wanted to learn to cook he asked, “can’t I just get a wife?” Seriously kid?  We have been able to incorporate what he is learning in school with measuring units. We talk about healthy eating and making good choices.  We talk a lot during our cooking nights and that is probably my favorite part.  I love spending time with him.

It’s been a great way to teach independence and confidence.   He gets his own snacks now (as he should) but he was also able to make himself dinner (Easy Mac) when his dad’s meeting ran long the other day.  I love seeing him grow and learn new things. I can’t wait to see where our cooking night takes us in the future.

 

Sneak Peak

I promised more regular posts.  Well, here is a sneak peak at a post I have planned for later in May.  I am so excited to share with you the awesome project my husband is working on.  I was going to say we are working on but I have to be honest.  It’s been all him with a little tiny bit of contribution from me.

Life…

Life has a way of getting really busy and the things you enjoy doing get pushed aside to get the necessary things done.  I hate when that happens.  But that is exactly what has been happening over the past 7 months.

I haven’t blogged.  In 7 months.  Not the plan when I started.  I had a calendar outline of blogging at least once a week if not more.  I like blogging.  Even if no one reads it.  I like processing through issues, sharing recipe’s, sharing stories, success and failures.

I have been debating about whether or not to start up again or just call it quits.  But I’ve been learning about self care recently.  Learning to breath, quiet my mind, get back to doing things I enjoy, and have less screen time.  But that’s another post.

All this to say I am back.  Crazy adventures, personal stories, my northland farming and chicken updates and healthy recipes coming your way.

 

 

Travel Superior Photo Contest

Here are the 3 beautiful finalists in the Travel Superior Photo Contest.  I had some really tough competition and ended up getting third place.  Yay! And my photo is going to be used in the 2018 Superior-Douglas County Travel and Activity Guides.

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This was the first time I’ve ever entered one of my photo’s in a contest.  It was so exciting to be chosen and to win a prize for something I truly enjoy doing!

Make sure to check out the Travel Superior Facebook page for lots of exciting things to do in Superior, WI and Douglas County! #travelsuperior @travelsuperior

Paleo Banana Muffins

I love easy breakfast food.  I need easy breakfast food in my life.  I am not an early morning eater and I work shift work.  That means anywhere from 5:15 am to 10 pm could be my start time.  I need recipes that are simple.  Cooking and baking are not not my favorite things to do.  Mainly because I usually make a giant mess and I don’t like the clean up.

That being said, eating paleo has caused me to become more of a cook and a baker and I am enjoying it more and more. I like finding simple recipes that taste amazing and I found a great one on my paleo flour bag from Bob’s Red Mill.

I think this muffin recipe is amazing.   What I love about this recipe is that it gives you direction about adding fruit or any other add-ins you might desire.  They are simple instructions but at least they gave me a clue about how much to add.  When I experiment or am not sure about a step the ending can be disastrous.   I also love recipe’s that come with pictures of the step by step process.  So helpful when I panic and think is this what it is supposed to look like at this point?  This recipe doesn’t come with step by step pictures – that’ just a little extra info for you.

I am a really picky banana eater.  They have to be just ripe enough to eat.  If it is anywhere past this stage I can’t eat it.  It’s a texture thing.  My husband and son are the same way.   Anyway, I had some banana’s that were well past the eatable stage so I mashed them up and added about a cup to this recipe.  They turned out really, really good.  I not only used them as my breakfast but they were sweet enough (no sugar added) that they worked great as a dessert too.  A multi use muffin that is simple to make!  Yum!

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Travel Superior Photo Contest Finalist!

IMG_4234Oh my goodness! I am so excited.  I don’t think I’ve ever been a finalist in anything before.  Back in June I submitted this photo of one of the waterfalls at Amnicon State Park to the Travel Superior photo contest and guess what? It was picked as one of the three finalists!  It’s a win by the most votes contest.  If you are on Facebook make sure to look up Travel Superior and place your vote! And thank you to all who have voted and will vote!

Pattison State Park

I love hiking!  I love being in the woods.  I love being near water, whether a river, a lake or the ocean.  I love the smells and the sounds.  I love the peacefulness it brings to my soul.  Well, as much peacefulness as you can get while hiking with an energetic and loud 9 year old.

We made the best find yesterday at Pattison State Park.  It’s 20 minutes from our house.  We had hiked the High Manitou Falls a couple of times but had never checked out the other trails that the park has to offer. IMG_5063

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The trails are beautiful.  IMG_5089The trees are tall and cover you with a canopy of leaves providing the perfect amount of shade as you hike.  I can’t wait to go back in the autumn when the leaves are changing.  With all the oak and maple trees we spotted the colors are going to be amazing!

Almost the entire hike is right along the river.  I love the sounds of the river running as you walk through the trees!IMG_5140

 

We happened upon the most peaceful little beach.  It was the perfect place for my son to wade and throw rocks and for my husband and I to sit, talk and enjoy the quietness and beauty of the day.

We hiked to little Manitou Falls

IMG_5156and then back around the lake.  Yes, I said lake.  This park has EVERYTHING! Waterfalls, a river, great trails and a lake.  It even has a swimming beach on one side perfect for cooling off after an amazing hike!

The campground and the facilities at this state park are great too.  So, if you ever find yourself in Northern Wisconsin make sure you plan to spend a day or two at Pattison State Park!

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/pattison/