Archive for August, 2011

August 27, 2011

Super Healthy, Feel Like a Good Mom CUPCAKES or PANCAKES!

Ready to feel good about what your kids are eating AND be the best Mom around? Check out this recipe. You can make it as pancakes or cupcakes, but I think I prefer the cupcakes.

* Set the oven to 350 degrees

Blend the following ratio (I do the ratio below times 6, but I have a big blender)

* 2 eggs (you can do 2 egg whites for every egg if you prefer)
* 1/2 cup cottage cheese
* 1/2 cup oatmeal (dry)
* Cinnamon to taste (I like to add a lot)

Pour into muffin cupcake liners in a muffin pan; fill it a little more than half-way, it will not rise very much. Cook 15-20+ minutes; it is hard to cook them too long. You want to make sure they are really cooked in the center. Sometimes I let my batter sit a little and then cook them.

The magic touch, the “spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down,” is to frost it. I use Nutella, however any frosting will do. Your children might like these plain, so try that first. But if it requires the frosting, who cares? Your children are eating cottage cheese, eggs, and oatmeal and they like it! They will also think you are pretty awesome for giving them cupcakes as a snack. (But between you and me, there is so much nutrition in this cupcake that it will not send their blood sugar skyrocketing like a normal cupcake would.) You can freeze these without frosting and frost them when they thaw. I like to bring a few out at a time and really spice up breakfast or snack time.

August 27, 2011

Sweet Carrot Salad

* Shred 3-5 long carrots (depending on size)
* Peel & then shred 2 apples (my favorite is golden delicious)
* Pour in a can of crushed pineapple with all of the juice.
* Sprinkle on raisins to taste.

This is even yummier the next day.  Here is a picture of the salad with ‘rainbow shaped’ pizza.

August 27, 2011

Rock Art

This is a great craft inspired by my daughter’s cute friend who came over to play. The girls grabbed a Sharpie and a rock, thought about the rock’s shape, and drew features to make it come to life.  If your children use a Sharpie rather than a washable marker, I would suggest having them draw in the grass.  That way you can avoid permanent marker on your patio.  You can also paint the rock and use hot glue to add googly eyes, buttons, glitter, or whatever.  Think of it as its own organic canvas.

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August 27, 2011

The Simple Deviled Egg

When I was learning how to make deviled eggs, I was overwhelmed by the long list of ingredients and crazy amounts of mayonnaise.   That was until I attended a party and had my friend Sarah’s deviled eggs.  They were perfect.  I asked her how she made them.  It was so simple, I’ve never changed recipes and I can always remember it. They are a cost effective snack/side, and using much less mayonnaise than typical recipes do keeps them quite healthy.

Boil as many eggs as you like, peel and slice in half, put yolks in a bowl and add:

* 1 T of mayonnaise or so, start with a little (and work your way up)

* salt to taste

* A little squirt of mustard if you like

Mix to desired texture, add back into the sliced egg white, and sprinkle with paprika. Sometimes I like to add a slice of my favorite type of pickle in the bottom of the egg white before adding the egg yolk mixture.  It adds a nice surprise as well as flavor and crunch.

An interesting idea for those of you who like to avoid egg yolks is to stuff the egg white with hummus instead of the yolk mixture.

August 27, 2011

The Law of the Harvest

I learned early on that if you “harvest” food with your children, they are much more likely to eat and enjoy that food.  “Harvest” can mean having your child garden with you, go to U-pick farms with you, pick out the food at the grocery store with you, or cook with you.  I have seen this principle work time and time again with my children.  For example, today I made Sushi with my 4-year-old daughter.  I was using canned wild salmon.  She looked at it and said, “Oh, is that tuna? Can I have some?”  Now first of all, she does not even like tuna.  So I said, “Here try some.”  She liked it, so I decided to tell her it was salmon and she said, “Oh, I LOVE salmon!”  She kept eating it out of the can.  I couldn’t believe it.  I know this was all because she was “harvesting” the food with me.

I knew this principle worked on children, but I did not realize it worked on adults as well.  We recently went to a nearby U-pick farm to pick blueberries.  I like to eat frozen blueberries every day in my smoothie, but I do not like them raw.  I was encouraged by the owners to eat what I wanted while picking.  I hesitantly tried one, just to make sure I was picking them at the right color, and it was really good.  I couldn’t believe it, I ate more and more.  I was sure to tell the farmer how his blueberries had converted me.  The law of the harvest worked on me (as well as the law of how much better fresh produce tastes).

 

August 27, 2011

The ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ Inspiration

August 27, 2011

The Spoonful of Sugar Mom

Silver 11x14 family
Mary Poppins’ technique of adding just a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down inspires me.  Granted, she was magic, but she had so much fun with those kids. She gave them her time, adventures, and yummy food (even their medicine).

After leaving the profession of process and strategy consulting and becoming a full-time Mom in 2004, I realized that I was still developing skills and learning new things within the walls of my home.  And with my new ‘Mommy Brain’ (my inability to remember simple words, sometimes even my own name, since becoming a Mom), I needed a place to record what I was learning for myself and for my kids.

Seeing as I called my daughter’s backpack a ‘garage’ today, I’m glad I’m writing this stuff down.

August 26, 2011

Whole Food Snack Ideas

Here are some ideas of simple whole food snacks.

  • Hard-boiled or deviled eggs
  • Kale chips (300 degrees for 20 minutes with EVOO & salt)
  • Scrambled eggs (make a large pan and store, are still good when reheated)
  • Rice cakes with nut butters or hummus (can add home-grown sprouts on top)
  • Whole wheat english muffins (with no additives) with nut butter
  • Plain popcorn (my kids eat it this way just fine, I’m the only one having a hard time)
  • Fruits and nuts, or sliced fruit dipped in nut butters (specifically apples or bananas)
  • Dried fruit with raw unsalted nuts (raisins, pineapple, apricots, etc.)
  • Homemade sweet potato or normal potato fries
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Power Balls (equal parts honey, nut butter, and protein powder, rolled in coconut, granola, or rice krispies)
  • String cheese and Triscuits
  • Hummus or Cashew Dip with cut up veggies (snap peas, carrots, jicama, broccoli, cucumbers, etc.)
  • Whole wheat mini bagels and cream cheese
August 26, 2011

Get Rid of House Ants with Borax

My Mom told me about sprinkling Borax to get rid of ants long ago, but I didn’t listen.  I thought the pest control man would know better.  When he didn’t and when the ant traps didn’t work, and when they were in my pantry (!!), and when my neighbor also suggested Borax, I decided to try it.  Simple! Just sprinkle it wherever you see ants and you won’t see them again.

I am reminded of this trick because I had to use it again today in our garage when my 4-year-old left food on the floor.  There were ants everywhere.  Rather than squash them, I sprinkled the Borax and walked away.  They were all gone in just a few hours.  My understanding is that the ants take it back to their nest and it dehydrates and kills all of them. I don’t really care how it works, it just does and I am happy! Borax is found in the laundry aisle and is much cheaper than ant traps, and less dangerous if ingested by a small child (I know because my neighbor’s baby ate some and she had to call poison control).  Not that I would suggest it as a snack, but compared to other poisons, it is natural and relatively safe.

August 24, 2011

Painting Nails – Lots of Fun!

For all of you parents who have girls, you might want to try painting nails together every once in a while. I’m not saying all the time, maybe every month or so. They get a real high from it, and it is essentially a free activity. I just have a few tips:

Tip 1: Use a clear coat of nail polish underneath the nail to help protect the nail, and a clear coat on top to keep the polish on longer.

Tip 2: Start off with lighter colors. Darker colors, if left on too long and used often can actually turn the nail a yellow color. So until you have an established habit of taking the nail polish off in a week or so, I would keep to the lighter colors. Lighter colors are less stress, because you will be just fine if you never get around to taking off the nail polish with remover.

Tip 3: Let them paint their own nails. They can start off by just painting their nails with the clear nail polish, and then move on to doing everything themselves. Just make sure you have something that you don’t mind getting polish on protecting the table. At first their hands may not look cute, to say the least.  But it is good for them in so many ways (coordination, pride in accomplishing something new, independence, etc.).