Indoor Activities and Roasted Carrots Recipe

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We've caught a bug. Womp womp. Aria has been sick the past 3 days and I finally came down with it yesterday. I'm not quite as bad as her, I'm just congested with a sore throat. Poor Aria has the works.

Which means...we've been home doing homebound activities. I did sneak her out for a couple errands and to get some essentials from the store on Monday. But other than that, we've been home.  She needs rest so badly.

What do you do with a toddler when you're stuck at home for 3 days? A lot of crafting, cuddling, playing with every toy in the house, baking and art projects.

Yesterday Aria went on a beading frenzy. She loves making things with beads and it is so good for developing those fine motor skills.



She made herself a bracelet, a necklace...and even made Harper a necklace. Harper wore her necklace all day.



Even during her 14 hours of napping.


We used Aria's tools to fix the wobbly chair in the dining room, painted pictures, drew pictures with markers, and used about 600 stickers to create masterpieces for everyone. Every time we would come close to finishing a picture, she would think of someone else that she wanted to make one for.







A few months ago Aria used to stand to paint. She would circle the table, painting from every angle, over and over. Somehow nothing around us ever got paint on it. Yesterday she sat in one spot to paint and there was paint on her, me, the floor, Harper, the table under the paper that was covering it. Baffling.


And we roasted our favorite carrots!


These carrots taste buttery, with just a hint of sweet. Which is interesting, because there isn't any butter in them. Aria is a big helper and loves to try to eat all of the raw carrots before I can get them into the oven.

Ingredients:

1 bag Trader Joes Organic Carrots of Many Colors
Olive Oil
Dried Thyme
Salt
Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400. Wash and peel carrots. Kids are excellent helpers at washing.
2. Cut carrots into smaller pieces and then in halves lengthwise, like pictured above. Because they are cut thinner, it helps them to cook the perfect amount in just 30 minutes.
3. Lay on lightly sprayed baking sheet. Another step great for little helper hands.
4. Drizzle olive oil generously over the carrots on the baking sheet.
5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme to taste. We use the thyme generously. With the salt and pepper I use my fingers to sprinkle, rather than a shaker. I feel like I get a better gauge on a good amount of salt for the dish.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Once you pull them out of the oven, toss together and put on plate.


8. Enjoy!

I've mentioned before that Aria cooks with me a lot, a lot. She really enjoys being a part of the process and she's 10 times more likely to eat something new if she helps make it. Sometimes it takes a few times...but that's all part of the process with a picky toddler.

 The first time she wouldn't eat the raw carrots or the cooked carrots...and she likes raw carrots. She just enjoyed helping. The second time she ate an orange raw carrot (that's the one she recognized). This most recent time (the third time) we made them she ate all colors raw and even asked for some of the purple cooked carrots for her dinner plate! Persistence and patience.

Well, I'm off for my morning workout. Some core and upper body this morning from home...and then I'll top it off with a run this afternoon at my in laws. Gotta fit it in where I can.


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