By Bev Wieler - West Point News Reporter / Shannon Karnopp likes to spend time in her kitchen. With a family of five children she knows the value of cooking at home.
“Our kitchen was remodeled about eight years ago,” Shannon said. “We included a double oven which I questioned. Now I couldn’t live without them.”
Cold temperatures seem to kick up the appetite. It isn’t any different for the Karnopp family. Even in the summer keeping five children fed can just about be a full time job.
To help with the expense and to be able to offer fresh foods, the Karnopps garden, growing many of their own vegetables. They put up as much as they can with either canning or freezing. During the growing season they take advantage of eating the fresh produce.
Their garden supplies them with green beans, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, a variety of squash and more.
The Karnopp’s children range in age from 3 to 12. They are just like other children and sometimes they like vegetables but at other times they may balk at eating what is put on the table.
“I have a one bite rule,” Shannon said. “The kids don’t have to eat a helping of a dish, but they have to take one bite to try something.”
Shannon also believes in the health benefits of certain food groups for her growing family.
“I push fruits and vegetables,” she said.
She hopes that the vitamins from those foods will help her family stay healthy. She knows the secret of preparing foods the children like.
“My family is young and I keep meals simple. They seem to eat better when the meal consists of meat with two side dishes."
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