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  • Little Bundles of Joy and School Lunch

    I tied this small handful of beans together to pack for my daughter’s lunch. I still like to make time to pack lunch for her when I can. Next year she’ll be off to university and I will miss this, so I’m getting my fix as often as is possible for me. 

    I didn’t want to put the beans in her container loosely since I figured they’d end up tossing about and all over.

    The thought occurred to me that if I didn’t bundle them up, my 17-year-old would be annoyed; like most kids, she didn’t like her food mixing together in her lunch box. There's a tip I share often: if you want to increase the chances your kids will eat their lunch, keep things separate. Then another thought occurred to me. As a young adult, she’s probably going to open her lunch today, while hanging with her friends, and gasp. “Ugh. My mom is so embarrassing!” Hahahaha.

    Truth is that the string that I carefully tied around the beans is a symbolic gesture of how I want to keep that which is so special to me carefully bundled together and safe.

    My daughter was like the little beans not so long ago. I wrapped her in a blanket and kept her safe.

    I am imagining her at lunch. I hope she pulls on the cotton string gently so that the beans don’t spill to the floor. At that moment I imagine she’ll understand that the smallest effort to look after something can often give you the greatest pleasure.

    💚Beans that have been bundled by your mom so that they don’t get mixed in with your sandwich and your fruit

    💚Beans that have been bundled by your mom so that they don’t tumble in a messy array onto the floor when you unpack your lunch

    💚Beans that have been placed there with thoughtful consideration just for you

    💚Beans that are a nourishing little bundle of joy

    With love, from Mumma’s kitchen to you my sweet darling daughter.

    Here's an article I wrote that's loaded with tips all about school lunch plus my answers to 10 Questions with Urban Suburban Mommy. 

  • I went to Greece this summer!

    And I'm inspired to share all sorts of delicious food ideas, recipes, news and inspiration for how you can make the most of what you have in your fridge, anytime!

    Speaking of delicious Greek-inspired food, sometimes you need a snack and not a recipe.

    I love super thick strained Greek yogurt topped with savoury ingredients. Here I’ve used Ontario greenhouse tomatoes (the only ones I’ll eat this time of year,) with chickpeas, Kalamata olives, raw sunflower seeds, a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and coarsely ground black pepper.

    You only need a small amount to feel satisfied. 

    Thick Greek Yogurt Snack


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