Can I give you a little encouragement today?
That’s all this post is.
Well, encouragement and a massive tease for the next recipe that’s coming at you.
The message, though, aside from “come back in a day or two for a really, really delicious recipe” is to never doubt your ability to get what you want through creativity.
Especially when it comes to feeding your kids (or other loved ones) healthy food.
You know how I’ve been on that ”make everything from scratch” kick? It’s still going strong. I haven’t bought a cookie, cracker, carton of ice cream or loaf of bread for my family in about three weeks. I assure you, getting them to eat the homemade ice cream isn’t an issue. And the bread hasn’t been either.
Until today, when Lulu asked for a bagel and cream cheese for lunch.
We don’t have bagels.
I was tempted to carve my super soft whole wheat sandwich bread into a circle with a whole in it. But then I got a better idea, using the homemade sourdough baguette we nearly demolished at dinner Saturday night (spoiler alert).
There are two additional loaves of this in my oven right now and I assure you, it’s so good and so easy and will make you feel like a hero.
But it’s no bagel.
You know what’s better to a four year-old than a big hunk of dough with a hole in the middle?
A butterfly with a pickle in the middle of it.
I grabbed my Lunch Punch and made two wings with a slice of baguette for each, saving the extra to toast up for croutons for our salad tonight.
Or, more likely, for me to eat while making our salad tonight. One of the two.
Then I smeared each “wing” with some cream cheese.
I added a pickle for a body (naturally), some carrot antennae and a few blueberry spots.
Lunch was served.
But how it would go over was anyone’s guess.
If you want to get ready for that sourdough starter and bread recipe, go get yourself some whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached organic flour (whatever flour you want to use for your sourdough) and a can of pineapple rings or chunks.
Don’t bother picking me up any bagels while you’re there. We’re good.