Family Gardening 101: indoors or out

With the anticipation of Spring family gardening is a great way to breath life into your week. In this blog, we talk about HOW to garden indoors or out using simple tools and container gardening, WHERE to get started and WHAT seeds to start planting first. Spend time this week with your kids and teach … Read more

Cultivating conversation through food

Cultivating conversation through food Using food to have deeper conversations with your loved ones. As with many tough conversations, food makes things a little easier to address. It eases our discomfort and insecurities and it creates a bridge between the now and more broad ideas. Using food to bridge that gap and be the container … Read more

A Family Affair

Cooking is not the only way to engage your child into the world of cooking. Engaging in a two-way conversation around whole foods is the first step to establishing healthy and independent food choices for your child. Cooking doesn’t have to be the only path to healthy eating though. Beginning a conversation around food is the first … Read more

3 Adjustments to Soothe Your Back to School Transition

  So, it’s October now. Do you feel settled yet in the back to school grind? Kindergarten parents – I’m specifically sending you all the transition love in this new phase of life. I remember our Kindergarten days being so inconsistent and so reactive. There were times when Lucas would ask me, “why do we … Read more

Consistency is the key to a healthy eater.

kids cooking classes in the garden

Join me in a conversation about why consistency will help your kiddo (any age) begin to make more healthy food choices. I have some great news to share! Because our kids cooking classes are not JUST kids cooking classes and provide your child with an immense toolbox of skills, these classes are also best when … Read more

The secret to quick, healthy meals with your family…

Focusing on HOW you are cooking things as opposed to WHAT your recipe calls for is the beginning to freedom in your kitchen.   It not only opens up your creativity, but over time, it allows you to cook whatever. you. have. available. to make a kick ass, healthy meal in minimal time.   This … Read more

Free the ladybugs!

Ok, so I just opened a bag of 300 live ladybugs in my NYC living room this afternoon!   What the hell is wrong with me? Yea, I didn’t think that one through too well. So here’s what happened… I am doing a whole gardening Semester with my K-1 kids and I started with Ladybugs. … Read more

The #1 message for your kids about food…

 

For those of you who don’t know me. My name is Kim. I’m a mama of 2 insanely cute, but crazy as hell little kids. I have a calm as fuck husband who balances us all out and deals with all our insanity. I’m from Long Island, NY and spent most of my childhood growing up in typical suburbia. I didn’t eat farm fresh food from a mom or grandma that spent hours in the kitchen. My mom was a single, working mom who did everything she could for my sister and I (and anyone else in the area who needed it).

We didn’t eat out much because we didn’t have the money. She cooked simple, quick food. Lot’s of pasta, meat and potatoes and frozen (and even canned) veggies. Her specialty was Roast Beef and Mash potatoes with gravy. I didn’t eat crappy food, but it wasn’t anything steeped in culture either.

I always loved to eat though. And thank god, I was never taught as a girl that eating too much was something to watch out for. It was always something that tapped into that primal part of my brain and made me feel good. The more I ate, the more I learned, and the more I wanted good quality food. Not snobby stuff, just the best of whatever it was I was having.

Thinking about it now, I think that came from my dad. He’s always had this little Italian grandma sense to him. Always making you eat more and always spending money on the “good stuff”. Granted, the good stuff to us was Red Lobster and the Sizzler. But hell, we were high end middle classers. The point was that he always attached good feelings to food. Food was fun — exciting and adventurous.

As I got older, I didn’t mind investing my time into making something I could enjoy. The result was worth the effort. “Fresh” mozzerella (it wasn’t actually fresh, now that I know better — just less processed), tomato and basil for an after-school snack as a teenager was normal.

I could have eaten just ice cream from a bowl, but I wanted to take the extra time to make a waffle to pair it with. Hell, who doesn’t want a warm Eggo waffle and mint chocolate chip ice cream. — See!? You want it right now don’t you? 🙂

I realize now that the most important thing I got from my parents around food was something they did mindlessly. They instilled in me that food was ok. Food was fun and indulgent and worth your time.

FOOD IS WORTH YOUR TIME.

That is a message worth passing on to our kids.

That’s the message I model to Lucas and Thiago when I carve out the time for cooking dinner as a non-negotiable, even though I’m tired from being up all last night nursing an almost 2 year old like he’s a newborn (damn teething) and haven’t stopped moving since 6:30am AND I know I’m going to yell waaaay before bedtime even starts.

We have our days of tomato sauce and pasta, of take-out and plenty of leftovers.

But the thing my kids see on a regular basis — 

Good Food is Important.

And that’s the message I want to pass on to you.

Sending you love and Red Lobster,

Kim

xoxox