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Deceptive Indeed

In October 2011 something seemingly innocent happened that rallied parents everywhere. This event wasn't monumental in way of penicilan or amoxicilan but it did get a lot of very positive attention. In October 2011 Jessica Seinfeld released her "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook which presented the haggard homemaker with an ingenous way to get their kids eating vegetables. Hide them.

The plan is for parents to puree, smash, bash, squash, and blend an assortment of vegetables into pastes, freeze them, and then mix in with dinner. Myself and many others thought this was great, asking ourselves, "why aren't I secretly mixing vegetables into their macaroni and cheese?". As parents we began the illusion and I'm sure many continue the process of cook, blend, hide - but I don't. I stopped and for good reason. My kids didn't know what vegetables were.

This is the inherent flaw in Seinfeld's system. You hide the vegetables so that kids don't know what they are eating but later when they see vegetables they don't recognize they've eaten them.

An ironic piece of phrasing comes from part of the Deceptively Delicious introduction; "Wouldn't it be great if kid came into the world with the innate desire to eat the right food? In reality, however, too many food choices - many of them unhealthy - make it impossible for kids to distinguish the good from the bad". If kids don't come into the world with the innate desires to eat right, then this cooking style further defeats that purpose. Hiding cauliflower in homemade chicken nuggets does get your kid to eat vegetables, but it also reinforces eating chicken nuggets without the need for vegetables.

Suddenly having a child to feed is really eye opening. Feeding yourself well is easy, you know what to do, you have good options, young children do not. This is why baby food sells so well. When we were making homemade baby food it was costing us one-forth the price or less for what the pre-packaged stuff costs and we knew what was going into ours. We picked the squash, beans, avocado, and banana. After baby food things get a bit more complicated. Tomatoes are acidic, honey can be poisonous, and leafy greens are choking hazards. For toddlers and pre-schoolers parents need food that's soft, chewable, tasty, healthy, and appealing to little mouths.

Life is better left handed

On Rgooglin Around

Some of you know I've boogered up my right arm - those kids thought they could out-throw me in disc golf - obviously, they didn't know who they were dealing with!.

I got up early and practiced everyday. Each day I found that I could throw farther, harder, and more accurately. After a month or so I was getting pretty good even tho my arm was aching all the time. I knew what to do tho...play thru the pain and manup.

In the end tho, those 20 year olds thru further and more accurate...besides those little shits could come out day after day without icing their arms down and taking hot baths.

You know..., I guess I'm really ok with them throwing better than me, but what I can not abide is not being able to flip my eggs because my arm hurts. So, I had to start flipping lefthanded,

Suffice it to say I not only had half cooked egg on my face, but everywhere else! After a while tho, I finally got to eat more egg than I had to clean up!

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