It is blackberry time again. I confess to a love/hate relationships with the long vines that grow over into our yard from our back neighbor's place. On the one hand, I'm sporting definitive "ow-ies" on my legs and arms from the scratches I've managed to receive... but on the other, the kids love going out there to pick them (mostly watch me do so -- due to the prickly bits) and then eat, eat, eat. Free fresh yummy fruit - who could truly dislike that?
In an on-going attempt to eat healthier as a family and especially for our boy who can always use to add a few healthy pounds, I was headed to a local farmers market today when I decided to deal with dragging the boy with me. He came willingly along to pick up some free reusable shopping bags (although he got the idea of candy in his head and it was hard to let it go)... then he groused for much of the rest of the trip.
I figured however, that if he helped me to pick out the fresh fruit and vegetables for eating this week, that maybe, just maybe he'd be more likely to eat them.
So tonight we decided for a change to try a "make your own" burrito night. I must say it was highly successful! We put out tortillas, fresh corn (from the farmers' market), black beans, black olives, lettuce, cheese and cherry tomatoes (right off our plants) and each of us made our own.
The children each repeatedly THANKED both Dada and Mama for making such a yummy meal and the boy (who I wish had never experienced fast food but honestly knows his Wendy's from his McDonald's) said this:
"This is yummier than even Taco Bell!" Given that said boy is currently on a "it's always better if it is packaged and from a store or restaurant" kick, let me just say we were THRILLED! We shall see how much he likes parmesan chicken or marinated tofu -- wish us luck.
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