The Time Timer's Ultimate Thanksgiving Throwdown Challenge

Being a Mom 16

We LOVE Thanksgiving at our house. We do it up BIG TIME. Even though we rarely have actual guests or friends or family in attendance, my husband and I cook up enough food to feed a lazy, gluttonous army of competitive comfort-food eaters.And Noah has never, ever once taken a single bite of any of it.

We start at least two days before with the brining and the prepping and triple-checking our ingredient stockpile (since we always, ALWAYS decide that we need more cheese and a couple extra bottles of wine at the last minute otherwise). Thanksgiving eve is spent baking pies and making the stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce, and then we're up first thing in the morning for the main event -- turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, various vegetables baked into a pile of cheese -- and then it all comes together mid-afternoon in a glorious ballet of oven-temperature compromises and burner turf wars for a single solid hour of stuffing our faces with entirely too much food.

Except for Noah, of course, who goes on a day-and-leftovers-long hunger strike every stinking year.

I've never even expected the turkey or vegetables to go over that well, stuffing? It's BREAD, child. Sweet potatoes? What kid doesn't like sweet potatoes? OR PIE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WON'T TOUCH PIE?

Wait. Wait. It's coming back to me now. I'm lying. Last year Noah ate one single solitary brown sugar cluster off the top of an apple crumb pie. And WE WERE THRILLED ABOUT IT.

This year, we had hope. We have a chance. We've had a breakthrough with his eating and texture aversions. He can use utensils and chew meat without choking. The Time Timer continues to be our personal mealtime savior, as he'll generally make a solid effort to try and finish his food so long as we set him up in a race against that stupid clock. He is inexplicably -- though I suspect Nick Jr.'s seasonal programming has something to do with it -- super excited about trying pumpkin pie and has been talking about it all week.

I don't even usually make pumpkin pies (we do an apple and a chocolate-type variation usually), but this year I dutifully made one, remembering my own childhood weirdness where I would s-l-o-w-l-y and deliberately scrape out every delicious bite of pumpkin-flavored custard, leaving the pie crust standing -- still perfectly shaped -- on my plate. Because I absolutely could not stand the texture combination of pie and crust at the same time.


We set the Time Timer to 45 minutes, armed with the threat of No Pie. He ate a few bites of turkey, two small helpings of stuffing and about four glasses of "Thanksgiving juice." (Apple cider, but good luck getting HIM to call it that) A chocolate chip pie that I'd assumed would be the Big Hit was roundly rejected because, when served warm, the chocolate chips got all "melty" and "sticky."

However, he really, REALLY liked the pumpkin pie after all. Custard AND crust. Together. On a fork. Almost a whole slice. Madness!

How'd all the other picky eaters out there do yesterday?

Photo via Amy Corbett Storch

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nonmember avatar Allboys

Way to GO!! I know how exciting it can be when one of your children FINALLY tries and likes something new. We have two picky eaters and two that will eat just about anything. The picky eaters of the family have a few solid dinner time rules. They have to try everything at least once. Then if they don't eat dinner no dessert. Other than that no pressure at our house. Though we came to these guidelines after years of meal time struggles.

Chris... Christy_517

That is SO great! I wish I could say my son did as well....but I at least realized my error, and won't be repeating it. I gave too many things at once, I wasn't he ate the inside of a deviled egg and a bite of stuffing. He's doing better on leftovers though, because I only put two or three things on his plate to choose from. gift

nonmember avatar Erin

We didn't do as well. He dutifully, and tearfully ate his two bites of turkey and one "bite" (if you could even call it that) of everything else except the squash casserole which he flat out REFUSED to eat. This of course was after crawling all over the floor during our actual dinner and refusing to eat with anyone else in the room except myself or my mother. We called it a win though and he got his beloved bacon afterwards...*sigh* maybe next year.

Amy Elizabeth Yergen

Woooooooo! That's so exciting! What a litte sweetie :D

Steph... Stephensmom1214

YAY, Noah!!!  And congratulations to you and Jason for getting him to eat something this year!!!  We were pretty successful, but food has NEVER been an issue for us (thankfully - we have enough issues, thankyouverymuch).

How is he doing with the leftovers?

heath... heather406

My daughter was 9 months old last year at Thanksgiving.  She devoured anything we mashed and put in front of her.  You name it, she ate it.  And then topped it off with a (slightly smaller than average lol) piece of pumpkin pie with cool whip.  This year?  Two bites of stuffing.  Two bites of pumpkin pie.  THAT IS IT.  I was so disappointed, lol.  We talked all day long about all the awesome food we were going to eat .  The excitement ended for her when she actually sat down in front of the food.  Maybe next year. 

Linda Sharps

Riley tried one whole bite of mashed potatoes and ate some non-seasoned turkey, while Dylan had . . . a PLAIN BAGEL. *sigh*

nonmember avatar Karen

We struck out on piece of turkey and a little bit of corn. He did have some cherry pie...and I guess that isn't bad. Last night, I served some turkey and tried to offer a ranch dip and he ended up eating several pieces before...ahem...gagging.

Tracy White DeLuca

My picky eaters had frozen waffles. The time timer has not helped our eating issues but has been a tremendous help with potty training!

Amy May Moss

My kid nibbled the crust off his roll. Yeah. 

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