Maggie is a stay-at-home mother of three rambunctious little boys by day and a super-hero cook by night. Well, not really, but with three very picky little mouths and one extremely picky husband to feed, she might as well be the super-hero of family cooking.
Her eldest child, age eight, is all about semi-vegetarian eating. This includes just about any pasta, fresh raspberries, corn and green beans, provided they are Frenched green beans (hence the ridiculous contraption called a “Frencher” sitting in her pantry).
Maggie’s middle child, age six, is a carnivorous dinosaur in a petite 3-foot package. He is frequently heard growling over vegetables and fruit but happy as can be when he receives a second helping of meat, any meat, as long as it is meat and just meat.
The youngest child, age four, holds the most promise. He loves vegetables, fruits and meat and will swallow them most days (much to his mother’s immense joy). However, he is not above helping himself to day-old toast he sneakily stashed under his kitchen chair or the occasional bit of cat food left unattended by the resident feline (much to mom’s dismay).
If you think the kids are picky, you should meet Maggie’s husband, who on more than one occasion has remarked that he is going through meat withdrawals upon feeling that he has not received an adequate amount during the week. To his credit, though, he puts on a brave front and will eat his fruit when the children are present and his salad when faced with the possibility of cooking his own meals.
When not cooking for her “little beasties” (note the affectionate tone), Maggie loves gardening and is beginning to research the possibility of creating a backyard homestead complete with fruit and nut trees, veggies, wheat, chickens, bees and possibly, someday, rabbits, goats and pigs.