Leaves and Flowers

So, I didn’t get around to making a meal plan for this week, but M and I did drive down to the co-op on Monday. I’d like to make it a weekly trip, even though it’s an hour away. I just feel better about the food I can get there, and as M starts to eat more and more solid food, I’d like for as much of it as possible to be organic. Our local supermarket has made a lot of progress in the last year, with sections for organic produce and vegetarian meals, but it’s still not the same as being able to do all the shopping in one place. I’ve had this salad for dinner three days in a row — not a lot of creativity, but at least it’s healthy. Lettuce, dressing, avocado, tomato, sauteed green beans, olives, tempeh (sauteed with a little soy sauce for flavor), and garlic sesame sticks. I’ve been toasting up some great sourdough that’s made locally, but I guess the co-op doesn’t get any bread on Mondays, so all I have left from last week are the tiny heel pieces.

Anyway, M usually plays on the floor or in her high chair while I get dinner ready, and it makes me feel good that she sees me actually chopping up vegetables instead of just making another grilled cheese (or whatever). She still doesn’t eat a ton of solid food, although she happily tries anything I give her. She just gets bored before she’s eaten very much. I’m making sure she eats at least a full serving of baby oatmeal now, though. I asked her doctor about iron last week, and she prescribed some vitamin drops that are awful. M didn’t want to take them (even in a bottle), and I didn’t want to smell vitamins all day long (I don’t know how/where it lingered for so long!). So she’s just going to HAVE to eat the oatmeal. It usually takes two mealtimes for her to finish an entire serving, but it took her a while to warm up to drinking more than a few ounces at a time, too.

And just because they’re pretty, here are some flowers from outside. The one in the center is a little sunflower that the birds planted, and the rest are (I think) chrysanthemums that are growing alongside the house. I didn’t notice them the first summer, and everything by the house got mowed down when the painters painted the house last year. But they’re huge and full of flowers this year!

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3 Responses to Leaves and Flowers

  1. katie near chicago says:

    I think that flower is Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Double Daydream’ — a perennial sunflower. So pretty!

    • Anna says:

      Oh, good eye! I bet that is what it is. The leaves had me puzzled, as they’re a very un-sunflowery shape lower on the (~6ft) stalks.

  2. Cyrene says:

    The salad looks so yummy. I miss your food posts :(

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