A momentous occasion happened here at BRK. About three months ago, I was in the middle of placing an LLC on BRK, trademarking, getting ready to do a TV commercial, and preparing to launch my Cooking Salon, all the while still teaching three science classes and girl’s PE. I was one busy and hands off mom. Right at that time, late one night while at the grocery store, in the middle of the cereal isle, I decided to stop buying breakfast cereals and prepackaged cookies. Because I was too busy to cook regularly, my kids were relying on these conveniences too often. Much to their dismay and howling protests, I reported this to my three little angels. They almost hung me out to dry.
So with a very busy mom, and no RTE (ready to eat) cereal, the children went into a fend-for-yourself mode. They started pulling out bacon and eggs, getting up extra early to make pancakes, cooked some oatmeal, started eating more fruit, and even started flipping burgers once in a while for dinner. I even found them rummaging through my cookbooks looking for recipes, then hunting down the ingredients in the pantry to make their creations. Dryden my oldest, seen here in the pictures even took note of my exhaustion one night and made ME dinner- a beautiful plate of Chicken Quesadillas with salsa and sour cream on the side. Wow.
There was plenty of healthy choices in the house, but they did not want them when the cereal was around, their bad, or they were ill-equipped in knowing how to cook the healthier choices, my bad. I took this time to teach Doots how to make homemade chocolate chip cookie bars. I asked him why we were making our own cookies instead of buying them and he said…
1. It’s fun.
2. We spend time together.
3. It’s cheaper.
4. I get to lick the bowl. Hmmm.
5. No preservatives.
Maybe the next step will be baking a healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie by changing up the type of flour, or buying all organic ingredients. Or getting my kids to go completely Paleo and like Paleo Cookies- a nut and fruit cookie pictured above. (Except Zuzu, my nut allergy kid.)
Step by step. Little by little.
Here is an interesting article about breakfast cereals. Breakfast Cereals Americans No Longer Love.
Have you made any changes in your family’s eating?