Tuesday, September 27, 2011

McDonald's Happy Meal Change: Good or Bad?

While I realize it's tough to put the words
McDonald's and healthy into the same sentence, there was just something about ordering a chicken nugget kids meal with whole milk and apples that made me feel a little less guilty about feeding it to my child.  Recently, McDonald's has made a change to their happy meals: "The New Happy Meal - With fruit in every one.  See how we're changing. Together."  Instead of giving parents the choice to either order fries or apples with each meal, McDonald's has decided to give a kid-sized fry and a smaller bag of apples with their meal.  While this may be better for the kids whose parents have always just ordered fries with their meals, as a parent who has always only allowed my child to have apples and milk with their meal, I find this change to actually be a negative change.  I quickly realized, I can just take out the fries, but now they only give about 4 slices of apple in each bag of apples, which they used to give about twice that amount.  I wonder if they would allow me to order 2 bags of apples and no fry with my child's next kids meal.  To me, it's worth a shot!  

What do you think about this change?  Do you think it will actually get more kids to eat "healthier" when getting a kids meal, or will those apples get tossed aside and thrown out?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back to Baking!

Last week was my youngest guy's first birthday!  I can't believe how fast the time has flown by.  Since I went all out and made my other son an extravagant spiderman cake for his third birthday, in March, I obviously had to do the same for my little guy.  Instead of spiderman, we went with the Elmo theme since he's a big fan of Sesame Street.  I bought the cake pan from Party City and used the homemade fondant recipe from TheCookDuke.com and let my creativity and imagination go to work from there.  I must say, it took a while to do everything, but in the end, the cake was spectacular and everyone loved it...especially my little birthday boy!

Checking it out...
Doing  a little bit of taste testing...

I think he liked it :)