Welcome to my first official Thursday Things post about cooking with kids and weight training basics. On Tuesday, I mentioned that I am still planning to post a recipe every Tuesday and Friday as usual. But now, you can also breeze in on Thursday for another post.


In these Thursday Things posts I will be sharing photos from things I have been doing. I will be probably sharing links to things I have been reading. And I will in all likelihood be ranting a bit about things that are on my mind.

 A Little Rest

I’m not really in the mood for a rant today. Maybe because I am still feeling chill from gazing out at this view last weekend.

lake champlain on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

I mentioned in the beginning of May that we were getting ready to open our new cottage up for the season. Well it is officially open, and we are loving it. We have been scurrying around cleaning gardens, what is up with Bishop’s Weed???? I want to punch it! And moving in furniture, fixing leaks… Jase has had a million projects. But at the end of the day I can I can look at this view from our dock. I feel serene just looking at it now.

It makes me all calm inside and able to think about things like: For some reason, here in Vermont we call cottages “camp.” Like “We aren’t going down to camp this weekend.” Usually Vermonters don’t even say “the” or “our” to modify it. It gets a little confusing to call it a camp since non-Vermonters call them cottages. Anyway call it what you want that view is pretty rad, and I am feeling a bit chill as a result. So no rants today.

I also took a little break and spent the afternoon with my daughters at Shelburne Museum. Which is a really cool place to visit if you are in the Burlington area ever. There are dozens of historic buildings from the area that were dismantled and reassembled on the museum ground. There is a 100 year old locomotive and a Steamboat from 1906 that you can walk around in. We looked all around and I went into some buildings that I hadn’t gone into before. We had a craptastic lunch that ironically gave me an idea for a recipe that I want to work on. Stay tuned for that later this month. And I got caught up looking at all of the beautiful old wood everywhere. I couldn’t help but think about all of the propping opportunities. And I took a billion photos of my kids.

Cooking with Kids and Seasonal Things

The other cool thing I did this past week is that I put on my whites and went into my daughter’s first grade classroom to cook with her class. We have a cooking cart in our school, so I wheeled it down to the classroom and I brought all sorts of seasonal produce with me, including fiddleheads and asparagus. We made ranch dressing (coming tomorrow) and roasted garlic hummus. I loved seeing them chow down on all those veggies.

cooking with kids on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

I talked with some of the moms and teachers a bit about picky eating. If you have a picky eater, here are some of my posts on the subject:


My philosophy and methods on picky eating.


Adding a familiar flavor or favorite ingredient to a new food.


Getting little ones to get in their Vegetable Servings.


My friend MJ, who is a RD to be has written about picky eating and development of childhood food preferences too.



Some of the things I have been reading:


I got a copy of this book By Dr. Brett Osborne sent to me a few weeks ago. He is a Neurosurgeon. And he is really into weight lifting. The book, Get Serious, has a ton of great info in it. He is super opinionated, in a cool way, and says things like on the very first page, “If people actually followed the advice in this book, my colleagues and I would be performing far fewer operations… And that’s fine with me.” He says that the number one thing you can do to have good health and feel your best is to strength train. I love that he recommends the basics for weights. He calls these five moves the pillars of a solid training regime. The Squat, The Overhead Press, The Deadlift, The Bench Press, The Pull Up.

Here is an excerpt:
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•  The squat is a full-body exercise; it’s the basic movement around which all training should be centered. Heavy squats generate a robust hormonal response as numerous muscular structures are traumatized during the movement (even your biceps). Standing erect with a heavy load on your back and then repeatedly squatting down will stress your body inordinately – in a good way — forcing it to grow more muscle.

•  The overhead press primarily activates the shoulders, arm extenders and chest. Lower body musculature is also activated as it counters the downward force of the dumbbell supported by the trainee. From the planted feet into the hands, force is transmitted through the skeletal system, stabilized by numerous muscular structures, most importantly the lower back.

•  The deadlift centers on the hamstrings, buttocks, lumbar extensors and quadriceps, essentially the large muscles of your backside and the front of your thighs. As power is transferred from the lower body into the bar through the upper body conduit, upper back muscles are also stressed, contrasting with the squat, which is supported by the hands. Deadlifts are considered by some to be the most complete training exercise.

•  The bench press mostly targets the chest, shoulders and triceps; it’s the most popular among weightlifters, and it’s very simple – trainees push the barbell off the lower chest until the arms are straight. This motion stresses not only the entire upper body, but also the lower body, which serves a stabilizing function. This provides a big hormonal response and plenty of bang for your buck.

•  The pull-up / chin-up stress upper body musculature into the body. A pull-up is done when hands gripping over the bar; a chin-up is where hands are gripping under the bar. Nine out of 10 people cannot do this exercise because most simply haven’t put in the effort. It’s also been called a “man’s exercise, which is nonsense,” he says. There are no gender-specific exercises. Women, too, should aspire to enjoy the health benefits entailed with this pillar.

One more thing. If you want to feel inspired as heck read or watch Navy SEAL commander Bill McRaven speaking on basic SEAL training as an analogy for success in life and how to change the world.



Do you have some good tricks up your sleeve to get kids to eat their veggies?

Do you do weight lifting?

Can you do a pull-up?


That’s all for now. I’ll be back with that ranch recipe and an amazing salad to go with it!

Happy Cooking!


Disclosure: I received the book “Get Serious” for free. I was under no obligation to write about it and was not paid to write about it. The quoted information in the blue box was used with permission by the author and News and Experts PR.