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Rolling into Spring

March 30, 2016

This post was really ripe for the pun picking.

Howdy!  How’s it going?

Is it spring where you are yet?  One of my favorite things about Huntsville is how spring really does *spring* upon us—one day, it’s dreary and gray and still winter; the next, it’s like all of the trees and flowers have decided to bloom at once, and the skies are blue, and the temps are just warm enough to go without jackets.  We usually have a really beautiful spring here, and this year has been no exception.  We’ve been soaking up the longer days and sunny weather, going on walks around the ‘hood, playing at various playgrounds around town, and just enjoying being outside again before it gets too hot (ugh).

Lila has been really interested in “helping” around the house lately—I think it kind of feels grown-up to her, or something?  She wants to help clean, has been making dinner charts, and asked to help me make the grocery list the other day.  She keeps comparing her workload to Snow White’s, so hey—thanks, Disney!

Getting her to help out with dinner is kind of a mixed bag—sometimes she’s super into it; other times she helps for about two minutes and then runs off to watch Paw Patrol while I finish the cooking.  But, we made these spring rolls yesterday together, from start to finish—went to the grocery store after school to get the ingredients and everything.  She was really into it, which was fun to see.  Plus, when we cook together, she always wants to taste everything along the way, and this was perfect for that—it had her snacking on carrots and cucumbers and mung bean sprouts (seriously) all afternoon.

I cooked the shrimp during quiet time, and then everything was laid out for assembly on a cutting board (plus avocado and rice noodles):


…then we got to work putting the spring rolls together.  We soaked each wrapper, and then Lila helped me fill them with different combos of the fillings.


Stopping for a few snacks as she worked.  Winking smile 


They weren’t the prettiest, but most of them looked decent!  We had them last night with a peanut dipping sauce, plus brown rice and edamame. 

I need to involve Lila in the cooking process more—I think it definitely makes her more inclined to eat whatever it is we’re having for dinner.

Hello from Charlie too:

Hope spring is springing wherever you are!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    March 31, 2016 5:15 pm

    Lila and Anna- I love this post. This is one of my favorite things to eat but have only made them one time. You two look like you had fun. Love you

  2. ginger635 permalink
    April 6, 2016 2:28 pm

    I’ve never made spring rolls but I love to eat them. I’ll have to give them a try! I love the way Lila likes to help – so sweet! I cracked up at Ryan’s Facebook post saying she wanted to get some birds to help out – they sure helped Cinderella; and mice, too. In fact we could probably help you out with some mice. Maybe we’ll send you some!

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