For those of you unfamiliar with them, they are not edible (unless you are a squirrel), and they make great conkers (if you’re from the United Kingdom). I like them because they can provide a lovely autumn centerpiece, thrown all in a pretty jar or vase. Princess likes them because you have to squish the pod to get them out (later in the season, they pop out when the pods fall to the ground), and they’re pretty to look at. Last year, we engraved them, added a hook, and they were little ornament/key chains for the various family members, (for Christmas gifts from Princess).
Once that part of the walk was done, we headed home. With Princess leading the way home in our “super running chestnut exercise walk”. Those were her words exactly. That’s the kind of exercise I like. With the weather a bit cooler, I made a nice tomato based soup yesterday, and pleased to say Princess LOVED IT! I feel fortunate that she loves vegetables, and soup. I try to make sure she has a bit of all the food groups and portions of her servings at each meal time, but over the last few days, she has been saying that she is still hungry. At 4, the serving sizes go up by one for fruit/veg. and grain, so I have been giving her bit more in those two if she is hungry.
Below you will see a selection of the meals Princess has enjoyed. Whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce. -- 1 egg, 1/2 serving of cheese, crackers, and 1 serving of vegetables. -- Salad (1 serving of veg/fruit) with a 1/2 serving of mixed beans and cheese, 1/2 serving side of toasted tortilla. -- 1/2 serving of chicken, rice, and 1 serving each of strawberries and carrots, dips for veg and chicken.
Here are the chestnuts collected and Princess playing in the dirt. It's nice to play outside.