Tomorrow is the first day of spring and boy I hope that means the cold weather will be gone! As I type, I'm sipping an extra cup of coffee - one more than my acid reflux allows - as I am freezing!! It is so cold. My New Jersey winter has given us more snow that I'd like to ever see in one season again; we've lost spring break from school, and we will have some tired stressed out kids come June.
But with spring approaching other things start appearing too...wish it was colorful flowers. But alas, it's colorful candy as Easter season takes over the stores. All those artificial colors and flavors calling my kids...jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, spring colored chocolate eggs...need I say more? Sigh.
St. Patrick's Day was easy; I have veggie-based food coloring that made everything green; I brined my own brisket for corned beef. And breakfast, a substitute for Lucky Charms: Mallow Oats not perfect, but better. And the kids don't feel like they are missing out.
I am going to work hard trying to find substitutes for my kids this season. I hate to deprive them of things they love, and they understand that their overall health is more important than that squishy, soft, sugary purple bunny, but they are teenagers after all, and peep pressure almost always wins out.
So let's see what I an find!!
P.S. Rita's Ices gives away free cups on the first day of spring each year. I contacted them and they have two flavors free of artificial colors and flavors; Alex's Lemonade and chocolate custard, in case you wanted a free treat. :)