Gardening and pie pops… toddler style: Nashville, TN food photographer
I decided to rethink my gardening strategy this year. I learned quickly this spring when my blueberry bush first started flowering that Aubrey was going to try and eat anything I planted. Somehow she already knows what is edible and what is not, but we are still extra cautious when we see her putting anything in her mouth outside. She has eaten enough green blueberries this spring that she might turn into one soon! My typical garden is normally one thats yields salsa and tomato basil pizzas, but this year I put that aside and decided to garden for a toddler. Strawberries, blue berries, of course the cherry tree at the end of the house and the not ready to photograph yet cherry tomatoes and red bell peppers. I figure any one of those options is better than plucking a cayenne or jalapeño pepper off and dealing with the the aftermath of that! Besides, she is having a blast going to check on the progress of her fruits and while the blueberries are still green (which doesn't stop her from eating them) we finally got our first strawberry! Today we also went out to grab a few cherries for some mini pies before the birds took them all away. I didn't even realize that she could reach the branches, much less pull them down and grab the cherries, but it made for some great shots.
After getting her down for a nap I decided to start in on the pies for our camping trip to the river, and prayed I could get done before she woke… cooking with a toddler seems to be quite a challenge these days too :) I have learned things that she can handle like mini foods and handheld items are much more successful in getting her to eat. I made these with a pie pop mold and just chose to leave out the sticks. These are great to travel with and share once you get to your destination since there are no utensils or plates needed! I was quite happy with the result, a perfectly portioned toddler (and grown up) sweet treat.
Now to take them to the river to share....
or not to share :)