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Who you callin’ a shrimp?


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Yes, I am short. I am 5′ 2″ on a good day. Being a Victoria’s Secret model was not a part of my destiny. Never mind my post-baby belly and stretch marks. Ok, I have no shot of being a model. Totally OK with that my friends.
My daughter is a peanut too.
So, I gotta ask, since I am pretty new to this parenting thing. Why do we parents compare our kids to other kids? I am not the only one, right? Why do we drive ourselves crazy with this. I see it all the time. I admit, I have done it. If you don’t have kids, maybe you have found yourself comparing yourself to someone else. You know you have done it. We all have.
Comparisons will drive us bonkers. My baby girl is also a shrimp just like her mama. She is in the 15th percentile with her weight, height and her little head size. The things I now worry about… head size! Good grief. Her doctor says there is nothing to worry about but I still do. I’m a mama. All this talk got me thinking about the obesity crisis in our country right now. Is Madilyn really that tiny or are some kids so big that it has swayed the scale? Interesting thought.
Be proud of who you are. Yes you! I don’t care if you are short like me or if you are 15 pounds over weight. You are who you are at this minute. Own it. You gotta know where you are now to improve. And, if you have kids, be proud of who they are. Don’t compare their height, or their IQ or their wardrobe to other kids. It will drive you crazy. You are all better than that, right? I will try to practice what I preach.
Get real. With yourself and with your food. I love to eat. My girl loves to eat too. The difference is that she eats real food. I don’t give her too much of those weird toddler snacks out of a tub covered in dust. You know what I’m talking about. She pretty much eats anything I put in front of her. My shrimp even eats shrimp… after her tea parties of course. 

Basil Curried Shrimp with Veggies
You’re the shrimp! Hey, I’ll be a shrimp. This dish is crazy good. So easy to make too. I bet your kiddos will like it too. Try it out.
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1 cup quinoa
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 cup fresh basil
Directions:
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and carrots and cook until they are soft, about 8 minutes. In another pot, boil 2 cups of water with the quinoa. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add the garlic and curry powder and cook until your kitchen smells like a 5 star Indian restaurant, about 3 minutes.
Add the shrimp and cook for about 4 minutes. Fold in the basil. Serve over the quinoa.
This is a meal you can make to impress your family and friends. Even the shrimps. 

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