Food for kids week: Day 4

Oh dear. 

In the spirit of honest disclosure I'm not going to fudge it. 

I did not feed my children a balanced dinner of vegetables and protein tonight. 

In fact they were lucky dinner was cooked at all (and not a sandwich.)

*Cough*. Here is what they got:


Oh yes. Not even good quality pasta. And what happened to my from scratch resolution? Matilda Daisy. That's what happened. At 4am this morning. In fact it may have still been in the threes. Wide awake, unable to settle herself or be settled back to sleep. Up and at 'em. 

(Have I impressed on you how much I am NOT a morning person? So not. Particularly when it is still nighttime.)

So, a strong espresso at 9am. Two of these at 10am:

 Emergency chocolate peanut butter cups. When you live in a country without Reese's. 

Melt milk chocolate and peanut butter together in the microwave. Stir well, spoon into micro mini cupcake papers and refrigerate until firm. Really totally awesome. (Note: don't use quality nut-only peanut butter. Has to be the old commercial Kraft-type stuff with requisite salt and sugar to really make these babies sing.)

So by 6pm tonight with no napping available, this is all I was up for.


There were altercations over the cheese:


And I permitted (diluted) apple juice with curly whirly straws in my weakened state:

And guess who, at day's end, is still bright as a button?

Sandpit sand all over her neck, paint under her fingernails… couldn't she at least pretend to be as knackered as I feel?

Adam and I are ordering pizza.


17 Comments on “Food for kids week: Day 4

Alex Nolan
January 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Oh you poor love! Hope you enjoyed your pizza xxx

William Dunigan
January 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

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Suzie B
January 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

Hope Tilds slept in a bit longer this morning honey 🙂

January 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

Pasta and tomato sauce and cheese is a go to in our house too! although to avoid cheesy altercations i serve out two little bowls of cheese. if i am serving this, i usually can’t deal with the altercations too!

January 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

chocolate peanut better cups please!

January 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I read somewhere that tomato sauce is a vegetable.

January 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Ah, no. Up at 3.20am. This time the marvellous Adman sent me downstairs to the spare bed to sleep and he dozed until 6.30am. Bit of an issue. Not sure… night terrors? It’s out of the ordinary.

January 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Yes. True. I think they’ll go down well. Deal.

January 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

So glad I’m not alone! I’m at the place now where I’m thinking toast with tinned spaghetti on top is a perfectly balanced meal. You’ve got your protein, your carbs and one non-stressed mamma! Some days it’s just whatever works!

Alex Nolan
January 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Perhaps it could be the cheese before bed that’s waking her – with vivid dreams. Not what you really want to hear, but maybe do cheese at lunchtime and give it a miss at dinner. Will was the same when he was a kid – although he would eat tonnes of cheese before bed, because it WOULD make him dream!

Good luck for tonight x

Alex Nolan
January 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

PS. Have you ever tried the peanut better squares in Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. Lovely – and pretty simple to make – I can whip up a batch in about 20mins (although yous are MUCH quicker!).

I can’t find online a non-Americanised one, but have a look in the HTBADG book – page 223 I think from memory!

Melissa Linardon
January 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I feel your pain Fi. Brody did the 4 am wake-ups when he was about 2 and a half going on 3. I wasn’t nearly 20 weeks pregnant but i was doing a 50 hr work week (still am) the real gut kicker was that dave slept thru it every-night. We are now experiencing the night terrors and the crying right at 2am but lucky for us he resettles. Dave after being threatened with removal of essential male bits now actually gets up to settle if i don’t. It will get better. Definitely look at what she is eating or how much she is drinking from 4pm onwards. We had to cut out the nighttime milk he loved because it was a soaked nappy at the 4am wake-ups Good luck.

Alex Nolan
January 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Fi, We too have done the crappy nights’ sleep, but I have to say, if it’s several nights in a row, I would instigate sleep training earlier rather than later! You do it your way, that suits you, but we did it by leaving them to cry. Bloody awful for 5 nights, but it DOES work! Might be a bit different with a 3 yr old, but worth looking into I’d say! Can you shut her door so she can’t get out, but is still safe? Would she wake Henry too if she’s screaming? Time to call in the troops (Aunt Suzie, if H needs go visiting again for a few nights maybe?!!)

Good luck, I so feel your pain with sleep deprivation -the bugger of all parenting issues I reckon! Sending so much love and very many good vibes your way xxxx

Leah King
January 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

It was a very wet Sunday in Cairns yesterday (not good for biscuit baking) so I thought I would try the Chocolate Cups instead! DELICIOUS – what a great idea Fi, thank you!! I ended up using dark chocolate and they were divine. And on the pizza ordering front, I finally feel like a “normal” person who can order home delivered pizza. Dominos (sigh) now do gluten-free pizza bases. The toppings leave a little to be desired but the novelty factor makes up for it.

January 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Mel, I appreciate the advice, Tilly is totally out of nappies so we cut out the late milk a while ago anyway… I think perhaps it was the heat? Hopefully!

January 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the advice! I have to admit to being unable to let my children cry for long, just not in me. She’s also not unhappy, just AWAKE! Anyway, hopefully the worst is passed – we’ve had a good couple of nights the last 2!

January 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

COOL! Always awesome to hear someone’s tried one of my daft ideas! Glad Dominos is there to prop up the gluten-free end of the pizza market (you funny girl) and thanks for the apple and polenta flan recipe – gosh that sounds good. Am planning on making it this week. THANKS!! xxx


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