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My Little Ham

My daughter is growing quite a personality. Sometimes this personality of hers is so big that it makes me nervous for what the future holds. I take her to Gymboree once a week so she can run around and play with other kids. I know this condo of ours gets small and boring, especially during the winter. While all of the other children are sitting in their mother’s laps listening to the song, my daughter is the one dancing in the middle of the circle. When the leader uses a puppet, my daughter is the one trying to grab it out of her hands. She is not intimidated by people, even if they are 5 times her size. She is ultra-curious and very trusting of the world.

She loves all things musical and will stop in her tracks if she hears a song she likes. Nothing keeps her from dancing and singing. This is totally endearing as long as we are not trying to do an organized activity. Then it can be a bit embarrassing. But hey, I just chalk it up to her extra big personality. Mom’s with shy children think she is a little wild thing. Mom’s with not so shy children understand. There is nothing wrong with a larger than normal personality.
I sometimes wonder if this big personality of hers will remain as she grows. I think life may be a bit easier for her if she remains trusting of people, trusting of the world. And being a ham can be to her benefit. Everybody loves a clown. Except for maybe teachers and bosses. So I guess I hope she quickly learns that there are boundries as well. I can really hope that she will be confident, loving, and kind. That will take her very, very far.

As she has grown, her taste buds have become a bit more picky. A goal of mine is to make only one meal a night a few times a week. This means she is eating what we are eating. I have high hopes for it. I figure it will let her try new flavors other than veggie dogs, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and grapes. I have to admit though, I just don’t think she is ready for fish. I am not sure why, it’s just a hunch. So this particular night she did not eat what we ate, and I am quite sure she was okay with that.

Parmesan and Pimento Tilapia

serves 2

2 Tb light mayo

1 Tb butter

4 Tb shredded Parmesan cheese

1 Tb chopped pimentos

1/2 tsp chopped parsley

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 tilapia fillets

Preheat oven to 450F. In a small bowl mix together first 6 ingredients until they are all incorporated. Place tilapia in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Lightly press cheese mixture on the top of each fillet. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly browned on top.

5 thoughts on “My Little Ham

  1. kristi

    Quinn sounds like someone I would have been friends with 🙂 I hope we can meet her soon, it sounds like she keeps you on your toes. the tilapis looks delicious, my brother gave me a very similar recipe with salmon that he loves.

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  2. Crea

    Well, I must say it’s no wonder where Quinn get’s her interest in music. We love hearing these little stories added with your food creations. Amazing blog.

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  3. Margaret

    Here I thought this was going to be a recipe for ham. I like this; thinking outside of the box and how much better if you do it with a dance and a song. The world needs creative people. Go girls go

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  4. Margaret

    Here I thought this was going to be a recipe for ham. I like it; thinking outside of the box and it is so much better when you can do it with a dance and a song.

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