Anyway...we went to a storytime today at Oxbow Nature Center. My GPS apparently hates me and sent me to Ft. Benning instead of to the nature center. A nice military man headed me in the right direction and we only ended up being 10ish minutes late. The program today was about reptiles, so a guy read the book Verdi (which I love), and then there was supposed to be a reptile show. The reptile show consisted of a guy who likes snakes sharing two albino bull snakes. That's all. For $5 a kid, I was disappointed. I could have read Verdi to the kids and then hustled them to a pet shop to see an albino snake for far less than $10. I was so irritated I forgot to take any pictures there. After the "reptile show" the kids and I walked around with our friends looking at the creatures the nature center has on display. There were a lot of different snakes, some baby turtles, and a chunk of a bee hive. The kids seemed to have fun, I guess that's the important thing.
But the best part of the morning for me was going to the Country Life Vegetarian Restaurant. Veg eats, om nom nom nom. They were serving up rice and beans, but I had a veggie burger and the kids had almond butter/agave necter sandwiches. And Reese mooched some chili from our friends. Oh!! They had vegan cherry cheesecake. It was soooooooo freaking good. I had been thinking about cheesecake, so I was quite happy to eat it. There's also a good looking salad bar. Prices were so reasonable as well, I'd definitely eat there again. I'm so glad my friend Hannah and her kids could join us!
I did some shopping in the store as well. They have bulk unbleached organic flour, which I was glad to find. Again, great prices. I love the Country Life store.
Here's Eli, and his pic is blurry because he was running away from me. He's picture shy.
Reese, however, is NOT picture shy. She's posing in front of the store. Yes, she wore her tiara today. That dress? I made that from an old sheet I found last year at Goodwill. It's hard to tell from the pic, but it's wild and flowery, right up Reese's alley.
The sign pic that I wanted at the beginning of this post. Oh well. I should also add that the restaurant was hopping busy. I was relieved because we've only visited on Sundays and the shop is pretty dead.
And a quickie update about yesterday's carrot and rice pudding. It was delicious if you are over the age of 30. The under 30 set in the house didn't like it. Oh well. I don't think Eli even tried it, and Reese licked it. Since I enjoyed it, I'll serve it again. Did you know it can take something crazy like 20 tries of a food before a kid knows for sure he/she likes it or dislikes it? So when you introduce a new food and your kid is all, "I don't liiiiiiiiiike this!!" just keep trying. Get them to lick it. Ask them to help you prepare it, and then tell them something goofy like, "The chef must taste his/her food!" I know this can work because I've been serving up hummus for 4 years of Eli's life, and he's just now starting to like it.
I'll see what I can do about more food blogging. I don't make up many of my own recipes. Rather, I thief them from others. But I'll share what I can. :)