Peanuts do not go well with pumpkin. If the recipe calls for “nuts” and you think throwing in that small 1/4 cup of peanuts and the last of the walnuts too, don’t. The peanuts will overwhelm the flavor in a most unpleasant way.
If you make something yummy, like homemade macaroni and cheese, and you know the kids won’t like it, it is best to put heaping servings on their plates anyway. It is mentally much easier to scrape their plates into the garbage than to scrape the remainder from the crockpot into the garbage. And you do not need to eat a pound of macaroni and cheese all by yourself.
Do not make banana cream pie two days before your husband leaves on a trip. He will not eat his fair share before he goes.
It is much easier to “treat” skinny, need-more-fat-on-the-bones kids than overweight ones. It is difficult to avoid following the same diet of whole milk loaded with Carnation Instant Breakfast and Oreo cookie milkshakes yourself.
Making your own chewy granola bars in an effort to avoid high fructose corn syrup and in order to add certain other things (like finely crushed nuts since he doesn’t like nuts) will guarantee that everybody will like it, except for the one really skinny kid for whom the recipe was custom-made. This skinny kid will also declare ice cream to be “junk food” and make annoying statements like “I just don’t like eating” causing you to seriously wonder if someone switched babies in the hospital.
Attempting to custom-make healthy snacks for the kids, use up ingredients in the pantry and make a meal for another family all in the same few days will generate a whole lot of dishes, crumb/sauce/debris strewn counters, and a dog happy from cleaning the floor.