Five things

I’ve been feeling badly for not posting last week’s highlights earlier but now that it’s Throwback Thursday, it’s totally legit! Don’t you love when things work out like that?

five things march 21

1. I thought IKEA would be mobbed last week with everyone around for March Break, but last Monday it was surprisingly quiet. (Ahh!) I restrained myself from bringing home more kitchen goods and picked up a few things from the Paper Shop instead. (Oh and meatballs, of course.) Have you seen IKEA’s new stationary, gift wrap and party decorations? I love!

2. Tuesday we woke up to more damn snow. Which was pretty and all, but for crying out loud! Enough!

3. I’m not a fan of artificial flowers, but Urban Barn is bringing me around. The downtown store was abloom with gorgeous bouquets last week when I stopped in for the Spring decor workshop.

4. Who knew falafel were so easy to make? Hubby tried Chef John’s recipe on Saturday and they turned out awesome! Have you ever made them?

5. And what a fun surprise to see my Instagram photo in the new issue of Today’s Parent magazine! (And the Spaghetti Nests with Bocconcini “eggs” are really delicious, if you want to try them.)

I’ve got another book review and some great recipes to share with you in the next couple of days. Talk soon!

A tough sell

The fresh pea and edamame soup in the latest issue of Today’s Parent magazine has all the delicious goodness you want to get into your kids.

But can you? Could I? I tried tonight.

soup ingredients

Apart from the mint and the feta, I had everything in the house. (Frozen peas and edamame are totally okay.)

soup collage

Boil, strain, and whizz everything together. Easy-peasy. (Pardon the pun.)

soup in the bowl

Um, it’s awfully green.

This would be an uphill battle.

I intended to ease my kids into the idea, but before I got the chance to say anything my six-year-old daughter saw the magazine open to the recipe and exclaimed,

“Ewww, mom! Did you make that?”

She actually recoiled.

We don’t make the kids eat anything they genuinely don’t like, but they do have to try it.

soup reaction

What you don’t see is her taking the tiniest sip, then spitting it back into the bowl.

(That was the best picture so of course it didn’t turn out.)

She was brave enough to give it a second go, but that was it.

She and her brother were totally grossed out. As I expected. I mean, really.

But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it. For you.

I had the soup (the kids gobbled up some quick quesadillas) and oh my lambs, I could eat vats of the stuff. It is SO delicious.

And a cinch to throw together.

What do you think? Would you get it down your kids? Do they have to eat foods they don’t like? Are there recipes you didn’t think they’d like that they love? Let me know in the comments.