Category: Kid Food

Valentine’s Day Leftovers

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day week. We sure had a busy one! And it spanned over a few days, too. We filled food bags for hungry kids through our church and school (which is the same thing for us). It was a great way of showing Bigs how to show love to others, even if we don’t know them.

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It was nice to let Bigs pick out the pantry items to put in the bag.

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And then to see the sea of red bags in the foyer of his school was just heartwarming.

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Then, Bigs’ Thursday class party was just precious. The kids sang (so very softly and with some nervousness too) “Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink”. Then we ate. And it was just a perfect day.

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Bigs and his Valentine’s for his teacher and the Admin 🙂

Bigs woke up to his last “What I love about you” heart on his door on Valentine’s Day. Each morning, starting February 1st, I put a new heart on his bedroom door while he was sleeping. It was a fun thing for him and it allowed me to put in writing for him to see, some of the things I love about him.

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On Valentine’s morning, I made pink almond pancakes with sprinkles.

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They were so good. I put conversation hearts as decoration, although they were highly coveted by The Big One.

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I let him only have a few, knowing how sugary sweet the rest of the day would, inevitably, be.

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And Cupid came, wrote a poem, and left his poop (hey, I live in a house where poopy humor runs [get it?] rampant)!

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We went on our Friday playdate, where the kids exchanged Valentine’s (just like at school the previous day). It was a lot of fun. I packed up the cookies I’d made earlier in the week (what’s interesting to me is that the kids liked the Sweethearts candy more than the cookies! Oh well – more for us Moms!). I had made sure to make double batches of everything so we’d have enough.

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After we got home and napped, I took the boys to the market to get some dinner supplies. I wanted to make a nice meal for them and my Sweetheart. I made Chateaubriand Filet Mignon (such a rare treat!!) and asparagus, and had a few salads.

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To make the steaks, I let them get to room temperature, sprinkled them with Kosher salt, and placed in my preheated, olive oil-coated grill pan. I seared them for a few minutes on each side and transferred them to a sheet pan. I put them in a 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes and brought them out to rest. For the asparagus, I rolled them around in olive oil and Kosher salt and roasted them in the 400 degree oven for 13 minutes on a sheet pan.

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I served them with a strawberry and spinach salad, and a cucumber and dill salad purchased from the market. It was all delicious!

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We had chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, quite fitting.

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That night, I made a Flourless Chocolate Cake (the recipe was already gluten free and I made the ganache dairy free) to celebrate my father-in-law and husband’s (husband has birthday coming up) birthdays the next morning.

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The cake came together easily and so beautifully. It was dark, dense, and oh-so-chocolately. The ganache was glossy, rich, and shiny.

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http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-cake-recipe

While I was making that, the boys painted their little ceramic elephant craft we’d gotten them for Valentine’s Day. They had a lot of fun. It was a lovely day.

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Bigs

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Smalls

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Final product: Bigs, left, and Smalls, right

Bigs also did his Valentine’s Day homework that his awesome teacher sent home! It was a neat Sweethearts themed one!

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It involved counting and coloring heart shapes and sweethearts. SO CUTE!!

The next morning, we got up and “released” Bigs’ Valentine’s Day heart balloon. I sort of love doing that. It’s fun to watch it flit away, wherever the wind pulls it. The kids liked it too.

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I like to think that if I saw a heart shaped balloon flying in such a gorgeous, crisp, blue sky, it would make me smile!

Then we went to my husband’s parents’ house to celebrate his and his father’s birthdays with chocolate cake and a sunshiny day!

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We played with sidewalk chalk and played hopscotch. Does anyone play that anymore?

Then…cake!

I used this knife that my wonderful sister-from-another-mister friend gave me:

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It’s always been my life’s motto! Even as a young child!

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The cake was RICH! So rich, like a truffle. But very good.

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Despite being a short little old thing, it fed a lot of people – my in-laws, my own family, I gave some to my parents and also to our neighbors! The cake that kept on giving!

We ended our day with walking around a craft store. Look at this cute bike bell I found – it’s a donut! I just need a bike now!

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Although I didn’t get it, if I did, it would have been like buying the shoes first…THEN the outfit. That’s normally how I do it.

Church on Sunday was wonderful. We love our pastor and his messages. The boys had fun in Sunday School and had a fun snack before naps:

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Yogurt Banana Splits!

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I cut a banana in half and lengthwise and put vanilla yogurt and chopped strawberries in between. The boys got such a kick out of it. We needed to get back to simple eating after all the festive, rich foods we consumed this weekend.

And back on the diet. :/

I hope you all had a blessed “holiday” weekend! I’m ready to slow down, get back to “normal” (schedules, diets, LIFE!).

Kristin

Wearing my heart on my cheese…

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Happy February 11th, a very insignificant day in romantic history. But it IS a day on which I made two cute lunches for two cute boys for the next day!

Boy, that does not sound grammatically correct. But it is. Trust me.

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I am always grammatically correct (obviously this is a false statement, as masterfully exemplified in this here blog). I is what I is.

Here is the Bigs’ lunch – a love letter themed one!

Love Letter Themed Preschool Lunch

It took FOREVERRRRRRR. Like, more time than I have. And it still doesn’t look that great. But he’s 3. It’s okay. I made a letter out of a PB&J and a teeny little card out of just bread. I free handed the hearts out of fruit leather and the one on the letter is sitting on a little square of cheese. The wonky arrow is also made out of cheese and pretzels. And even more pretzels are on the side, with some cutie patootie conversation hearts.

For Smalls, I did a simple heart theme.

Heart Themed Toddler Lunch

A little cutout heart PB&J and some heart shaped cheese (cheddar makes everything better).

This will keep them busy while I am making desserts for Bigs’ class’ Valentine’s potluck the next day.

Still grammatically correct.

But oddly worded, I’ll agree.

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Or just BE crazy, as in my own personal case. I is what I is.

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Hope you have a lovely Tuesday night!

Kristin

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PS – I am a leetle obsessed with subway art. I wasn’t sure if you noticed or not.

Love & Legacy

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We’re already on Day 2 of Valentine’s Week. You’d think I was counting down to my own birthday or something. It’s not like there’s cake at the end of this countdown. Geesh. I shouldn’t be so excited. But I ammmm!

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I was surrounded by love today at my church’s Mom group. Those are such strong women. And I always love getting together with them.

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We had a speaker today (who is a mentor at my table AND reads this blog) who shared her story about how her sweet, loving husband unexpectedly passed away last year on Valentine’s Day.

Although the pain of what she and her family went through (and still is going through), she is honoring her husband’s legacy by sharing how she’s grown from the heartache, in God’s love.

What a poignant lesson to hear, on a day so close to Valentine’s Day and his Heaven Anniversary. And what a lovely reminder to always love those who are important to us. To SHOW them love.

Thank you, E, for sharing your difficult journey with us. I know it’s hard. It isn’t all for naught. Part of God’s purpose in your journey is helping us young wives and mothers remember to take the time to show our love, in all our incessant busyness. Blessings to you!

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Here is Valentine’s Week Lunchbox #2:

Valentine Kebab Preschool Lunch

I made a PB&J sandwich kebab for Bigs! I used my small Valentine’s Day cutters to make various heart shapes and then stuck them on a kebab stick. I also put in carrot sticks and an applesauce squeezy fruit. And for dessert, a smaller kebab made from two tiny pink wafer cookies flanking a cupcake shaped marshmallow. I think he’ll like this one.

Have a blessed Tuesday!

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– Kristin

“L” is for the way you look at me…

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…and also for “lunchboxes”!

Can you hear the springy sound of Cupid shooting his arrow? It’s Valentine’s week! That means lots of sweet lunches for my children! I can’t wait! You know how much I love themes. 🙂 And I LOVE Valentine’s Day themes because I love love, and pink, and hearts. Could I get any more stereotypically “girl”? In my defense, I have to maintain every ounce of girlishness that I can because I am surrounded by testosterone in my house.

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I’ll be doing a Valentine’s themed lunch each day (even if not in school). Here is Valentine’s Day Week Lunch #1 (for both Bigs and Smalls this time):

Valentine's Themed Preschool and Toddler Lunch

I made PB&Js with strawberry jam and used heart cutters and filled those holes in with pink and Valentine’s colored sprinkles. For Bigs (top lunch), I included pretzel sticks and an applesauce squeezy fruit. I sprayed red food-safe spray on the leftover bread. And for dessert, I gave him chocolate Goldfish cookies with cherry yogurt covered raisins. For Smalls, I did the same sandwich (only half the size), an applesauce squeezy fruit, some pretzel sticks, his extra bread piece, and some raisins.

I hope they’ll enjoy these (and know how much I love them!) while I’m at my church Mommy group.

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So here’s to a love-filled week…

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…that’s also filled with sweet lunches!

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Happy Valentine’s Week!

Kristin

A Pizza my Mind!!

It was Pizza Day in my Bigs’ class yesterday!! You can tell by the number of “!” how excited I was. I am so food-inspired. It’s weird. Anyways, my Bigs was excited too! We love our pizza – OBVIOUSLY. I make a lot of it. We eat it a lot. Even Smalls likes it. And he likes saying it…”Peepoo, peepoo, peepoo!!”. He’s cute.

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Yup.

I made Bigs a pizza-themed lunch, also obviously. It’s what I do.

Pizza Party Themed Preschool Lunch

This one was so much fun to make! I made a pizza-shaped PB&J (this kid and his PB&J’s!!) and used my food-safe spray to make a golden crust and sort of reddish sauce. I cut out fruit leather “pepperoni” (I add the crusts and bread leftovers back into the bento after picture taking – no one wants to see those things), which served as his dessert. I added pretzel chips and real pepperoni so Bigs can make little snack stacks. Is that even a phrase? He also has an applesauce squeezy fruit. I got such a hoot out of making this. I can’t even handle it.

And obviously, we had to dress the part! I can’t help myself!

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Just a red and white striped shirt (my friend, B, let me know that she found Waldo!!) and…PIZZA EARRINGS. I can’t even.

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Food jewelry makes me happy. Is that weird?

Anyways, I painted pizzas on my nails too. Was it too much?

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All the girls in Bigs’ class squealed with delight when I showed these to them. The boys could care less, although Bigs and Smalls liked it, at home!

I do it for the kids. What can I say?

And Bigs dressed the part too (Smalls always matches big Brother, so he had the same shirt on that day too), wearing a shirt with pizzas having a party.

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I know. I know I’m ridiculous. I admit and accept that.

Bigs’ wonderful teacher had really fabulous pizza themed activity centers! And for snack time, each kid got to make their own little English muffin pizza. It was so fun! I loved seeing how different each pizza came out.

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This has sort of been a pizza week for us. I made Pizza Pasta earlier in the week.

I made it up. I mean, I’m sure it’s been done a time or thousand, but I came up with it on the fly, with what I had.

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It basically came out of when dinner time rolled around and I hadn’t thawed anything. And it worked with our pizza theme.

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I mixed spaghetti sauce with teeny pasta shells (GF for Husband), added mini pepperoni, cheese (none for Husband), and olives, only for me.

I served it with peas and apples. It was good and it totally looked like I planned it.

And today, Friday, I made pizza for dinner. Just to “round” out the week.

I used this GF & DF crust mix:

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It’s pretty good. It comes with a packet of yeast, so it’s at least more like a “real” pizza crust.

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This was the pizza for Bigs, Smalls, and me. GF, but with cheese, ham, and pepperoni.

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My husband’s looked a little more pitiful without the cheese and three lonely pepperonis.

But dessert made up for it (it IS Dessert Friday, after all!!)!

I made vegan Chocolate Haystacks.

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This simple recipe consists only of making a quick, vegan chocolate sauce, mixing it with rolled oats, and freezing. That’s it!

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They came together in minutes and were fantastic!

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I think these would make for a really lovely Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Try them! They are so easy and you probably have all the ingredients!

Here is the recipe:

http://www.becauseilikechocolate.com/2013/12/vegan-chocolate-haystacks.html

My kind of blogger – “Because I like chocolate”…

ANNNNND, since we are on the topic of dessert, my beautiful friend had a birthday yesterday and shared her cupcakes with some of our other beautiful friends. We had a great time and cupcakes are ALWAYS a plus. 🙂

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Aren’t they just gorgeous? I meannnnnn….. I can barely contain myself where there is a cupcake around. Just wonderful.

I hope you all have had a lovely week and that your weekend is just as lovely!

Kristin

Too Cool for School

I have the world’s coolest kids. I just do. These kids are the reason I am certifiably insane, but they, and my husband, are a constant in my life that I can count on (to make me certifiably insane…and to make me happy).

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My little Buzz Lightyear loves riding his bike with his wings on. He’s just cool.

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To infinity…and beyooooooond!

And my little Smalls has been loving doing almost everything on his own. He can now “blow” bubbles.

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And by blowing bubbles, I mean eating the bubble blower thing.

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And he loves being walked by his dog. Isn’t this hilarious? Our dog is like Rudolph, pulling Santa’s sleigh. Giddey-up! [Smart parenting lol]

We’ve also been very busy eating food.

I enjoyed good (i.e. food not cooked by me) food for a friend’s birthday. I got gussied up.

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I ate this.

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Fresh, warm pita, edamame humus, goat cheese stuffed peppadew peppers, roasted red pepper hummus, briny olives. I can’t even handle how good that was.

I also ate this.

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Lemony, pine nutty, olivey Moroccan chicken over Israeli cous cous. Yes.

And this…shared with the birthday girl and the rest of our gang:

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Chocolate Lava Cake. And vanilla ice cream. I mean, I could legitimately eat lava cake every day of my life. I have a soft spot in my heart for it (Get it? Soft spot in the middle, JUST like the lava cake? I’m basically a lava cake.).

I also made lots since I’ve last written! You know…because my family thinks they need to be fed or whatever. So weird.

Meatloaf Sandwich

I made this meatloaf sandwich for lunch. Aren’t those good? I like to order them from restaurants too. TooJay’s has a good one. And so did this other little country type restaurant before it turned into a funeral home (don’t ask).

I ate this too:

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Oats with coconut milk, cranberries, and granola. It was a power breaky. Sadly, it didn’t give me power OR energy enough to keep up with my littles.

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Dairy free, gluten free cinnamon pancakes, turkey bacon, and fruit. Yum. We eat a TON of pancakes in our home.

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I made lamb shoulder steaks, vegetables, and fruit.

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My husband LOVES lamb. I pan seared it (after sprinkling on steak seasoning) and finished it off in the oven.

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And for dinner last night, I made this little fun thing. You KNOW how much I love all things cafeteria themed! I made chicken nuggets from scratch. Like, from ground chicken. I happened upon a recipe and it was DELICIOUS!

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They were so easy to make and MUCH MUCH healthier than any chicken nuggets that could be purchased, pre-made.

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I’ll never buy another pre-made chicken nugget for my family again! SO EASY!

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I served them with carrots I peeled and boiled in cinnamon water, chopped pears, cherry halves, applesauce with sprinkles (because…sprinkles), ketchup, and GF bread and butter. It was a hit with EVERYONE! Smalls ate more than I have literally ever seen him eat. I think it was a hit.

Here is the recipe:

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/817988/Tonight-s-Dinner-Homemade-Chicken-Nuggets

I’ll be making those again and again!

I also went old school and made marshmallow cereal bars.

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I used Cheerios (it was all I had that would have worked), white marshmallows, and fruity marshmallows.

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They were great! I put one in Bigs’ lunch for school and when we were discussing what he had to eat (during dinner), he said he loved his “biscuit with marshmallows” HAHAHAH! I literally laughed out loud! He’s funny. And weird.

Below is a link to general guidelines for making cereal marshmallow treats. I love that you can use almost anything and don’t have to be too precise in measurements.

http://food52.com/blog/8304-how-to-make-any-cereal-treats-without-a-recipe

Speaking of school lunches, Tuesday was Construction Worker day in Bigs’ class.

Construction Themed Preschool Lunch

I normally use a reusable compartmentalized plastic lunch container, but since I had this adorable construction-themed sandwich container, I used that instead. I put construction-themed stickers on each little individual baggie. So. He got a PB&J (what else!), on which I drew (using my Food Writers) a “Detour” sign with an arrow. I also packed carrot sticks, a squeezy fruit, pretzel stick “logs”, and a small Cheerio marshmallow treat. For snack, he got a box of raisins and some wheat crackers.

And don’t you know I love a theme? He wore a construction-themed shirt.

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A digger/back hoe thingy with “I dig my Dad” on it. Too cute.

Anyways, enough catching up on kids and food!

Off to paint my nails for Pizza Day (oh, just you wait!)!

Kristin

Just call me butter, baby…

…’cause I’m on a roll!

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Or a croissant…

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Doesn’t that look incredible? My Mom is a master baker. She’ll deny it, but she is. And she made these. AND the Chocolate Pear Jam (am I the only one that thinks of Pearl Jam when I see ‘pear jam’? I love 90’s grunge, what can I say!) next to it. I know. I’m wicked blessed (for many reasons other than the buttery pastry and jam).

It’s good to be back in some routine (as you might recall I’m a fan of), although now my Husband is sick. Seriously. I thought we were done with this! I just hope the cycle ends with him. Once and for all. Seriously. Go away, Sickness!

Despite that, we’ve been doing great at focusing on the Simple Things.

Game Night

We had a Game Night, where we played Disney Candyland. It is always a fun game, but was made more special with popcorn. Bigs goes ape poop for popcorn. He always has.

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It was pretty fun except Smalls kept sweeping his hand through all the player pieces and cards. And the popcorn. 18 month olds aren’t good at playing games.

Art Night

We had an Art Night, where we got out this huge pad and everyone drew on it. It was great. We love doing that.

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I cannot even handle how much I love Bigs’ happy face drawings (bottom right, middle of page). He’s just the coolest. Literally The Coolest.

Know what else is cool? Pretzels. Homemade pretzels. I made some. Sure they ended up looking like chicken wings. But chicken wings are cool too, right?

Pretzel Dough

The dough was really easy to make and came together well.

It was sticky though. And that didn’t make for very clean pretzel forming. But that’s okay. It’s not like they ever had the destiny to LOOK good. They were supposed to be like pretzel nuggets but since the dough was too sticky for me (and I had two crazy boys running amok), I just sort of cut it and some had tails and looked like sea monkeys and some were cute and others were wonky. And I didn’t score any but one (the one that made me make the decision not to score the rest). They went into their baking soda hot tub and floated to the top.

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I piled those suckers up and added an egg wash. Okay, not an egg wash, but just a beaten egg (before EGG above, after egg below). Oops. They stunk a bit when baking.

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They baked up beautifully though, and the eggy smell went away. I brushed melted butter on them after they were done baking (before butter above, after butter below).

They were just like “real” soft pretzels! Crunchy(ish) outside, delicious and chewy inside.

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They look like those Snyder’s Honey Mustard pretzels here. They aren’t.

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Some I tossed with Kosher salt.

Side View Buttery Pretzels

Don’t they look like the best ever chicken wings? Well, they’re not.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

The other half of them I added cinnamon sugar to.

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That was more of a hit. But I like pretzels in any flavor.

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Look at all those glistening, delicious pretzel nuggets.

I also made some delicious roasted sweet potatoes for dinner. I had both white and orange sweet potatoes (The black ones appear to be purple sweet potatoes, but they’re not. They burned. But I did that ON PURPOSE because my husband loves burned stuff. Works for me.).

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I had about a million sweet potatoes that I needed to use (they were sprouting). I made mashed sweet potatoes the night before.

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I served those with sausages and fruit.

And lastly, to round out this very wonky post, today was Fireman day at Bigs’ school.

Fireman Themed Preschool Lunch

Here is his cool lunch. It’s a PB&J (duh), with “F I R E   D E P T” stamped on it and red, orange, and yellow outlining to represent fire. I made a little construction paper fire for him with directions on it, saying, “Put this fire out with your pretzel “hoses””. I also gave him a few more red tortilla chips. And lastly, he had cherry yogurt raisins, orange yogurt raisins, and some dried pineapples and bananas (all keeping with my red, orange, and yellow theme).

And naturally I had to send him in matching clothes. It’s how I [stop, drop, and] roll.

Cutie Fireman

I can’t help myself. It’s some sort of a sickness.

I hope you all have had a great Thursday. It’s one step closer to Friday – woohoo!

Remember…stop, drop, and roll!

Kristin

Parenting, Police, and Biscuits

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I feel as though I am constantly messing up as a parent. It’s a really hard (but so very blessed) job. I find myself changing my tactics all the time, after learning or reading something about studies showing how harmful that particular tactic is. It’s exhausting. And I’m sure it is for Bigs and Smalls too. One day Mommy acts like this, the next day, a different Mommy. You’d (I’d) think that I’d have it “down pat” by now, but the truth is, I don’t. I don’t know what I’m doing. Probably in life either. But, I love that life (and my boys) give me second, third, fourth, etc. chances. Even if I have a particularly horrible “Mommy Day”, the next day is a new day, a clean(er) slate, of sorts. I was going to write mostly about biscuits and meatloaf today, but I read another article on “correct” parenting behavior this morning and how the antithesis of that negatively affects them. It’s so much pressure. And there are so many articles. I am actually sitting here feeling bad for myself and for them. But there’s hope. There’s ALWAYS hope.

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I think I’d like to try a more “Back to Basics” approach, since I literally cannot possibly keep up with all that I am supposed to do. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Surely that is enough to get me ‘started’ on this whole parenting thing (that which does NOT come with an instruction manual), right? Here are some other verses which are helping me.

Psalms 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 

Sure, my kids are supposed to obey me. But they also see my reactions and imitate. That’s something I need to constantly work on.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

I am taking this to be directed at ME, as well, not just “Fathers”.

This isn’t saying that we shouldn’t discipline our children:

Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

The Bible says, in fact, that we SHOULD discipline. I think it’s just how we go about it.
Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

My job as a parent to Bigs and Smalls is to provide structure, discipline, my love, kindness (and a million other things). I need to bring them up as God wants and build up their confidence in this world.
[CAVEAT: I hope you take this as I intended – as a Biblical guide that can be a starting point. I am (quite, humbly and obviously) not a perfect parent (SO far from it) and am learning everyday.]
[CAVEAT II: I was discussing this with my husband and he was telling me that parenting does not come with an instruction book (as I mentioned and you all for sure know) and that all these articles cannot tell us exactly how to parent. We just change the things we want to change. Ahhh so simple – men see things so very differently!]
You know what else I don’t do so great (even though I HAD instructions)? Gluten free, dairy free biscuits. Or “hardtack”, as I am now calling them.
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I thought I’d “whip” up a batch for us for dinner last night. The dough wasn’t so bad.
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I did like that I could over-mix the dough without the fear of making it tough.
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Oh, I SHOULD have had the fear of tough biscuits, however.

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Those suckers came out like baptism wafers. The hard kind. Luckily, my husband sort of likes those.
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Don’t let this picture fool you – they were still white as snow. And hard as rocks.
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But so very strangely addictive. Especially with butter and honey.
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Look at that height (LOL)!!
Seriously. Weirdest things ever. I had to make them dairy free as well (the recipe was just GF) so I am not sure if THAT is where things went wrong? Who knows. Did I have ALL the proper ingredients? No. But whatever!! I’m the Queen of Improvisation and Replacements!
Here’s the REAL recipe, if you are interested:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/03/gluten-free-buttermilk-biscuits-recipe.html
(I used almond milk and vegan butter and coconut oil since I, naturally, ran out of vegan butter.)
Some adjectives I heard around the dinner table: hard, white, chewy
By the by, they get harder. I went for one this morning and almost broke a toof.
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I served it with some gluten-free (usually I use breadcrumbs and remembered too late that I had cornflakes I could have used instead) meatloaf. I used about a pound of organic, grassfed ground beef to which I added fresh parsley, dill, and rosemary (from my neighbor’s garden), and a Mrs. Dash seasoning packet. I made the beans and carrots I always make. I also served it with sliced pears, cranberries and candied nuts.
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And we’ve really made an effort to get back to the Simple Life these past few days.
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The kids plucked our very own (SOUR) tangerines off of our tree.
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We tasted those sour little boogers.
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And my husband grilled out while the boys and our dog pretended to wash the pool deck.
It really is the simple things.
Also, today is Police Day in Bigs’ class!
Police Themed Preschool Lunch
I cut out “P O L I C E” on a piece of bread and made a PB&J (always) on that bread. I used my Food Writer to make a “reds and blues” police light boarder. I served red tortilla chips (sorry, I KNOW these have mega red dye in them!) and corn. And for dessert, I picked the red and blue Smarties out of the little package I’d frozen since Halloween and some peppermint yogurt covered raisins. On the baggie, I wrote, “Police Lights Dessert – Eat last or go to jail!!”. I hope he likes this lunch! 🙂 It was a fun one to make.
Remember that we are never too old to learn, and there is always hope – to grow, to change, to make things better.
Hope you eat your healthy food first today!
Kristin

The Whole Tooth

I’ve had a post I’ve been meaning to get to, but…life. You know. My little one got sick again. It’s so hard. Waaaah!

Anyways, Bigs learned about Doctors (how appropriate) and Dentists this week in school. Obviously I had to come up with some themed lunches.

Here is the Doctor Themed:

Doctor Themed Preschool Lunch

That one was a little tough for me. I made a heart shaped [box…tee hee, die hard Nirvana fan!] PB&J and sprayed it red with food-safe spray and wrote “Doc” on it with my Food Writers. You know…like a heart. I think kids Bigs age think our hearts are actually heart shaped…didn’t you? Only me? 🙂 I added a chocolate chip cookie, pretzel sticks, and an applesauce squeezy fruit. And for snack…an apple. And raisins. But I wrote on the bag, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Here is the Dentist themed lunch:

Dentist Themed Preschool Lunch

That one was easier! I made another heart shaped (don’t make me sing you that song, because I will!) PB&J and drew lips and teeth on them. So it’s like a mouth, in case you can’t tell. I might have to explain this one to Bigs. Anywho. He has gold teeth (corn) and “tooth” picks. I have those. I do. Aren’t they cute? I stuck them in a bunch of 7 layer bars I made as a gift for my dentist. The irony wasn’t lost on him that I was giving him sweets. I added an applesauce squeezy fruit and for dessert, I made a mouth out of apple slices, peanut butter and a few marshmallows (for teeth).

Hope you all are having a wonderful week. It’s been…a week here. And I know some of my friends are having a tough time. So. Prayers. All around. For you, for your families and us.

In Christ,

Kristin

He had a dream…

You know that Destiny’s Child song, “I’m a Survivor”? That’s my theme song. For only right now. Not any time ever other than that. Because I’m not into Destiny’s Child. Not my thing. I’m more of a 90’s grunge sort of girl. But I’ll dance to just about anything. Anywho. So my family made it through The Great Illness of 2014. Mostly unscathed. Only lots of doctor and hospital bills to contend with. It’s okay. That’s life. In addition to both my boys being sick, I ended up having a double ear infection and an upper respiratory infection. I am sad to say I now know what my babies go through when they have ear infections. AWFUL. I didn’t even notice at first, chalking up all pain to sinus pressure, but dang, it was painful. Throbbing, burning, dull-but-not-so-dull aches in both ears. Ouchie.

Praise God we are better.

During the not-feeling-so-good phase for Smalls, he developed a new…thing. When he’s upset, which has obviously been a lot, he throws himself on the ground. Just right there. Wherever he is. Have you ever seen those fainting goats? It’s JUST like that. Goat running, goat playing, goat fainting. Smalls running, Smalls playing, and boom. Smalls on the ground, prone, screaming.

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It’s really bizarre. I am sure (as I’ve seen it a thousand times over with other kids) that this is a normal behavior to begin around 18 or so months (heading towards The Terrible Twos), however I have never had that experience before. Bigs showed his tantrums in other ways. I am not even sure what to do. Do I let him cry it out on the sidewalk in front of our neighbors (I didn’t let him play in the street – I’m an AWFUL Mommy) or do I pick him up and have him arch his back out of my arms? Not sure. Still working on this one.

He even does it in his stroller. It’s quite a sight to behold.

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This particular incident occurred while I was at the doctor’s office for myself. Okay, CVS Minute Clinic. I’m sorry, I like to shop while I wait!!

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What a spirited kid!

Anyways. I’m sure that even though The Sickness has left, that behavior is here to stay.

He’s still adorable though.

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I meannnnn, how cute is he standing on a chair to look outside, holding his Koko (his little lovey he is rarely without) and a Cheerio stuck to his bum?

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We are almost done with breathing treatments. I am weaning them off, per doctor’s orders. So happy to be almost done with these! I love how my Smalls clings to me when he’s worried. Look at those sweet baby fingers (yes they are pinching my um…chest – but I’ll take clinging in any fashion).

I had the rare opportunity earlier this week to spend a few hours alone with my Bigs. I took him on a donut date (our favorite).

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I’d say he loved it. I felt a bit guilty about eating my donut but it WAS on a holiday, which is still a weekend, technically.

Which brings me to my next thing. I made Bigs a Martin Luther King Jr themed lunch. He was to be home with my husband during lunch time after our donut and kid gym date and since we were getting a new fridge installed (wherein the delivery guys almost burned our house down by letting a new fridge door fall and land on our stove turning it on), I thought I’d make his lunch earlier so Hubs wouldn’t have to worry. Is that even a true, technical, grammatically correct sentence? Whatever. Anyways. Here’s his lunch.

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I made a dove shaped PB&J, and PB&J letters spelling “MLK JR” and “PEACE”. I gave him some pretzel sticks, dried cranberries, yogurt covered raisins, and a squeezy fruit. He loved it and he learned a lot about MLK Jr. I gave him the whole run down. I adore how puzzled he was when I told him about the strides that MLK Jr made in African American history. I love that to Bigs, his friends are his friends. People are people. Our insides are the same. As it should be.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Oh! And by the by, I got my sesame balls this past weekend. I needed them. It had been a while.

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Aren’t they cute?

Be blessed

Kristin