Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fire Chili

Lately we've been all about cooking. It's kind of strange, making three meals a day... Jimmy and I are not three-meal-a-day type people so it has been a challenge. Firstly, the little dragons don't like leftovers. This causes me some headaches because it seems like a simple solution to meal time. Secondly, they have some favorites (like cheese) but we are struggling to get veggies incorporated in a way both babies like. Apparently they demand creativity!

For example, here was their menu over the weekend...
Huevos  Rancheros with turkey
Chicken, Cheese, and veggies
Steamed sweet potatoes
Steak with mashed potatoes and cheese

Banana cinnamon pancakes (Gluten Free)
Ham wraps with cream cheese, carrots, and Poblano peppers
Mashed Bananas
Puffs and Cheese
BBQ pulled pork with diced potatoes

Breakfast rice with cinnamon, milk and agave
Sliced turkey, cheese, and peaches
Steamed Sweet Potatoes
Puffs and Cheese
Fire Chili with Sour Cream... (To be continued)

We met with our therapists from DDRC today and did our annual IFSP. Everyone is on the same page and it was nice to see that the little dragons are ahead of their adjusted ages in many areas, like their language and social skills. We are continuing therapy for things like motor skills.

For example, one of our goals is to have James work on feeding himself. He will eat anything - as long as you feed it to him. He is like a little emperor. He will chew on clothes, toys, fingers; he will pick up food but he downright refuses to feed himself. I think it's mostly stubbornness but it is one of our goals to work on this over the next six months. 

Maisie, on the other hand, is like a little general. She likes things to go her way or the highway. We will be working on her continued feeding plan and helping her walk independently. 

Subsequently, with the babies eating three meals a day they eat first. We had such a busy day today with appointments and our IFSP review that we decided to do a crockpot chili. Jimmy pulled it all together and it smelled awesome.

By dinner time the babies were starving and we sat down to feed them. I tested the chili for flavor and decided it needed some sour cream to dull the spice a bit, but it was evident when the babies started eating that they were now fire breathing dragons.

They were great sports. Their mouths were hanging open to get cool air on their tongues, and they gulped whole milk from their open cups. Their eyes watered. We just did not realize exactly how spicy that darn chili was...

We gave the babies bottles, which they finished in a matter of minutes and they went right to bed at 8pm. We got our chili and realized that it was nearly the hottest stuff we'd ever made. Jimmy didn't know what happened -  but we felt horrible.

Next time we will thoroughly taste test for the emperor and the general.

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