Kids, It’s Time Mom Told You Where Vitamin C Comes From

Dear Ethan, Audrey and Isaac,

It’s January. You don’t fully grasp this yet, but it’s the time of year when adults make plans to do things to improve their lives. Why January? Well, it’s the start of a new year and people like to do it then. Lucky for you, your mom is one of those people. Maybe not so lucky for you? One of my goals is to cook more and help our family eat more healthy food.

Do you know what helps? Having a cute apron.



See? Having a cute apron hides the fact that my culinary skills lie more in the area of heating things up than in actually cooking. Apparently, it’s not really the same thing.

I had a little confirmation from God in regard to this goal. As I sat at the dinner table with the three of you, I took it upon myself to tell you about the nutrients that were in the tomato soup we were eating. I announced with great excitement that you were getting vitamin C from the soup. And then Audrey declared that she knew were vitamin C came from. I was thrilled!

“Mom,” my sweet cherub said, “I know where it comes from.  It comes from McDonalds!”


Um, that would be Hi-C, sweetie. I’m not sure where you got that idea since I never take you there, ever(once a week).

Here’s to a new year. A more healthy year. A year with less McDonalds and more real food and real cooking. Will there be tears? Likely. Trust me when I say this will hurt me more than it hurts you. Your mom is going to have to learn to cook. I’m hopeful the apron will help with the process.

6 thoughts on “Kids, It’s Time Mom Told You Where Vitamin C Comes From

  1. Amy, I am here to cheer you on. I adore cooking, perhaps too much. I will happily share recipes or give you a pep talk if you need it. We are working hard at being healthier this year and are starting with a cleanse to start on a clean slate so with that I’m having to stretch my cooking to meet a completely clean requirement for 10 days. I miss parmesan cheese already. I’m here for you girl!

  2. Once I finish my apron, we should start a cooking co-op for nearby moms in which we can trade some of the meals we’ve prepped. And prep all kinds of freezer meals. Or we could do it at the church, I bet, with larger areas… Might have to create a new women’s ministry: Freezer cooking at the church that each person donates some of the food to the frozen food pantry… Hmm… Now you have my wheels turning. 🙂

  3. Amy, I love your writing! Keep it up. Also, I’m totally cheering you on. We made some big changes in what we eat about 8 months ago and I can honestly say that it gets easier as you go. You. Can. Do. It.!

  4. I’ll check my cupboards for the make and freeze recipes I had. Our community ed had a class on how to get a cooking club going like Jennifer is talking about. Good luck with your project kiddo 🙂

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