It’s been a rainy week here, with no sign of letting up soon. We’ve spent many afternoons watching lightning from the windows, playing with the salad spinner, and sorting beans and split peas. I used to always think I had to have elaborate activities planned for Little Pea, but she seems to appreciate silly, impromptu games like this much more than toys and trips to the park.
Things To Make
I’ve done the cauliflower pizza crust thing and now I need to try making cauliflower cheese bread. Cauliflower is not usually a hit with Little Pea, but I’m thinking this could change her mind.
It’s fall and we all need a good cheesy casserole to keep us warm and cozy—and this one’s made with lentils, mushrooms and rice, so it’s not totally devoid of nutrition either. Bonus!
A 5-ingredient fall tart? With pears? Yes, please.
Things To Read
This dad’s lunch bag art totally warmed my heart. And then made me feel inferior about the lunches I pack.
I saw this article about how toddlers and infants have no concept of failure and first, it made me happy to see some thoughts I’d already been mulling articulated so much better than I could. I always cringe when Little Pea is playing with a toy at the library and another mom swoops in, telling her older child, “Oh! Can you show that little girl how to play with it? She doesn’t know how it works.” No! She’s playing with it how she wants to play with it! Let her play! And whenever she’s corrected like that, I can see the defeat on her face, and her reaction is usually to hand over whatever she’s playing with, as if to say, “I can’t do this; you do it better, so let me watch you do it instead.”
And then after my initial reaction to the article, I had a second punch-to-the-gut moment. I’ve been feeling like a failure a lot lately. I know that this is more perception than the reality of my life, but I find myself really enjoying blogging here, even when I did it for weeks without anyone even knowing the site was up. I enjoyed taking pictures again, even if they were’t the greatest. I had fun putting together recipes, even if no one was making them. I liked writing, even if no one was reading. Then I started to get self-conscious and began to worry about how other people would perceive what I’m doing here; when I stepped outside my little bubble and started thinking about other people, those feelings of failure set in.
What I realized is that I need to approach this like Little Pea approaches playing with something new—enjoy what I’m doing as I’m doing it, rather than worrying about whether I’m doing it right or what other people think. Blogging is so much fun when you allow yourself to do what you love, rather than listening to what everyone says you have to do because, well, that’s what you have to do.
Things To Buy
I have a bizarre obsession with felt food and I’ve been eyeing this dim sum set for a while. We can pretend the pork bun is really tofu, right?