So instead, I turned around and we went to a different park, which I knew wouldn't be crowded but would have some fun activities and toys provided by our parks department. So we still got our picnic in the park. We just took the long way 'round to get there...
|Leftover potato and sweet potato tots, organic Ranch and ketchup, leftover mac-n-cheese, |
leftover GF Pizza Dippers; organic beans, sugar snap peas, cherries, and raspberries
I think the gluten-free pizza was from Domino's. Another of our very few lazy-day dinner options! Clearly I was running on empty that week! I cut them into smaller strips so she could dip them in the organic Ranch dressing.
And Annie's Homegrown gluten-free shells and cheese. Another Mama cop-out! Woo! 0 for 3 on the "real" dinner front for Mama! At least they were all from different days... Presumably I made a side of veggies each night too, yeah...?
|Leftover mac-n-cheese and GF pizza; organic heirloom baby tomatoes, |
green beans, zucchini, kohlrabi, raspberries, and grapes
These music note picks were the perfect way to make these "plain old lunches" fun!
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...until she lost my green music note pick. *sadness* My first bento MIA. Still. It was worth it for that smile!
|Dairy-free garlic dip; organic carrots, zucchini, and kohlrabi; organic salad (butter lettuce, |
kale, beets, carrots, sunflower and chia seeds, hemp hearts, raisins, and raspberry vinaigrette)
The garlic dip was left over from 4th of July. I made some crackers and tortilla chips, and we brought dip for them. We discovered this dip at a fair or trade show or something, at a booth that sold their own special dry dip mixes. This stuff was goooooooood! You just add your choice of mayo, sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, or a combination. I picked up some dairy-free sour cream and egg-free mayo, and we were good to go! We always buy a packet or two whenever we see their booth somewhere, since it's my go-to for when we host a party or to bring to potlucks - it's just that good!
Tools of the Trade
My big girl has been terrified of the poles at playgrounds forever. She's fearless when it comes to running around on the top level of a play structure, way above Mama's head, or trying to climb ladders and such in various configurations. But reaching out for that pole was always a no-go. She would usually have me hold her up then sliiiiide her down the pole. Until I'd get bored of that and cut her off.
This park visit was the first time she was willing to try it on her own, after asking me to come "spot her" a few times first. I gotta say, I was busting with pride. And tears. My little girl is growing up! *sniffle*