1. What is your favorite go to breakfast recipe for special occasions or company?
My favorite is a recipe for a Mexican casserole. I first had it at a baby shower brunch. It is delish! My second choice would be waffles or bagels and cream cheese.
2, What is your policy for kids that don't want to eat what you are serving?
I have a lot to say about this. One of the Hoop-lahs is a picky eater. PICKY. Always has been. When you are the parent of a picky eater you get tons of unsolicited opinions: Make her eat it. Make her go without. Don't let her leave the table until she's done. You're coddling her. Blah, blah, blah. On and on. I tried each of those theories at different times, plus a bunch more. They resulted in a child who would purposefully throw up after eating or hide food in her mouth, which she would spit out later behind the furniture in her room, in the trash can, or whatever spot was handy. For me, that was a warning sign that we were creating a negative relationship with food that could result in an eating disorder later. So I changed my approach. There are now three choices: eat what's on the table, have a peanut butter sandwich or hot dog, or go without. That approach works for us.
3. Do you take treats to neighbors? What kind?
Not to the neighbors, although we do make May baskets for the kids. I sometimes will bake something for one of Riley's basketball teams or for Scott's office (around the holidays). Cookies, rice crispy bars, things like that.
4. What is your most used spice in your cupboard? (Besides salt or pepper)
Italian seasoning and garlic salt
5. What is your favorite fruit? Do you have a fave veggie?
I love all fruit, but my favorite is watermelon and cantaloupe. No favorite veggie. I stick mostly to green beans, corn and potatoes. Will occasionally eat broccoli begrudgingly.
6. Bonus question . . . It was tax day here in the U.S. Did you get a return? How did you spend it?
I got the taxes in under the wire last week. We did get a refund, which we used to buy a new basketball hoop for Riley. We also plan to get Carly a new bike. If there is anything left it will go to bills.