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Low Tech Fun: Iron Chef – Boys Edition

After watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and my husband watching Iron Chef of America we decided that cooking healthy food and food competition should be a family event. Luckily my husband is not only a successful businessman but also enjoys cooking himself (listen up dads – be a role model to your boys!). I am proud to say that my husband is a better cook then I am, even though we make a great cooking team. Putting kids on the road to eating healthy also means that they not only experience different foods but also learn how to cook so they don’t get to college and resort to eating pizza every day.

Yesterday we had the joy of doing our first Iron Chef competition for dinnertime fun. I had my boys write down what ingredients they wanted and then I bought them. Our main ingredient was “oranges” so I had fun buying fresh oranges, orange jelly, mandarin oranges, orange juice and even blood orange sherbet. To my surprise (high marks for healthy) – Team Orange Knife which was made up of my 11 year son and his 7year old brother decided to make a fruit salad, drink and dessert. Team Orange Rocket which was made up of my other 7 year old twin son and his wonderful dad decided to make a salad with lots of moms favorite ingredients (tomatoes, walnuts, feta, cucumbers, oranges, peppers, apples).

All the boys went to work preparing their dishes and I got to judge the final result. I took pictures as all the boys prepared the dishes. They all were winners in my eyes – we decided to do this event as a weekly fun dinnertime activity.

TEAM ORANGE KNIFE: Fruit Salad, Orange & Bubbly water drink and melted Fudge Popsicle with orange for desert.

TEAM ORANGE ROCKET: Orange Feta/Vegetable/Walnut Salad and Bubbly Water Drink with Blood Orange Sherbet.

 

Fathers Day Ode to Dr. Seuss

I asked my husband if he would do a blog post for me that I can put up for Father's Day. So my wonderful husband, Neil Blecherman (and super Dad to our 3 very active boys), wrote a poem for Father's Day. Happy Father's Day!!

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Dr. Suess Father's Day – By Neil Blecherman

Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop and do not stop

He is the best, yes Pop is top,

When not arresting like a cop.

 

Couch is old but bounces well.

Boys go up and shout and yell.

Screams are heard all over town.

Kids right side up and upside down

Always a smile, never a frown

They enjoy the Dad Day jumping

But muscles in pops back are lumping

Lumping muscles everywhere

Can I please sit in a chair?

In a chair wayyyy over there?

 

What happened to breakfast in bed?

“Please feed in bed” the dad had said.

Green eggs (no ham) in bed today

Food makes dad glad on dad’s big day !!

Toast is the most, with New York Times

Peace and quiet writing rhymes.

Cereal is also good dad food

Helping calm his “daditude”

No food? Then Bad Dad Poet is rude.

 

Bad Dad Poet goes for a run

Running, phasers set on “stun”.

Stun the dogs, stun the cats

Stun the mailman who wears blue hats.

 

Stun the Sneeches on their beaches

Stun Horton, whose voice Whoville reaches.

 

Stun Thing 1 and stun Thing 2

Stun another Thing, please do!

Keep on running, running slow

Legs say “stop” but brain says “go”.

Brain tells legs, “After run, BenGay

So pain in ancient legs goes away”

iPod playing in old Dad ears

Running with Boston clears ears for years.

Exercise helps grow Dad’s brain

With legs, back, knees and feet in pain. 

 

Big brain helps Dad stay in shape

As hair moves from head down the back (like ape).

Pop’s not Superman with a big red cape.

Hop on pop causes insurance claim

Boys are big, their weight can maim.

 

Dad starts to wonder, “next year please”

Dad’s day in park, (I’m in my forties).

Poem Copyright Neil Blecherman 2009. Names of Dr. Seuss characters belong to the wonderful Dr. Seuss, whose books we read to our kids all the time!!!