I know how to feed my kids. I can do that. I am more than happy to point them to the fruit bowl when they complain that there’s “nothing to eat” and leave them hungry if I am making a particularly troublesome dinner, wanting them to be as ravenous as possible.
But the rules change when other people’s children come over. I want them to have the best time and to know that Aunty Jo will have all of their favourite snacks on hand – because if I have all the foods they like they will know for sure that I love them, right? Right??
It makes sense to me, anyway. I’ve always believed that food is love.
I have six nieces and nephews and one step-grandchild, and they all like different foods.
Nephew number 1 prefers tuna mixed with corn.
Niece number 1 likes anything that is cheese flavoured.
Nephew number 2 likes green apples only, and crackers.
Nephew number 3 likes crackers and Laughing Cow cheese wedges.
Niece number 2 eats crackers and strawberries.
Niece number 3 likes strawberries, and more strawberries.
My step-grandson likes bread, and bananas.
Yes, there is a lot going on there.
I have the pantry sorted but when it comes to refrigerated snacks I have to be a little more organised. I want my nieces and nephews to be able to open the fridge and see all their favourite cold snacks on a reachable shelf waiting for them.
Because AUNTY JO LOVES YOU.
As long as I have a constant supply of these snacks, I’m sorted;
Laughing Cow cheese wedges.
Fat reduced milk for their milk straws.
Cream cheese for sandwiches or dipping.
Fresh fruit and vegetable already chopped and prepared, sometimes as fruit salad.
Almond soaked in water which the kids peel before eating.
Every imaginable spread.
Two kinds of butter.