Month: March 2015

Easy Grab Pancake Muffins

Simple Grab Pancake Muffins

Breakfast was so simple when doing baby cereal. I would usually add something to it like a fruit or veggie puree to give it something extra. But either way, it was so easy, simply because it was the same thing every morning. I would switch up what puree I added but it was always the same thing, baby cereal. I didn’t have to think twice about what I was giving my little guy for breakfast. Now that I’m making actual breakfasts every morning instead of doing baby cereal it has demanded a bit more creativity. Now it’s, “Oh yeah, what am I making Sawyer for breakfast?!”

I really feel like I should switch it up so I try not to give him the exact same thing every morning. And yet, at the same time I want something really easy that I can quickly prepare for my demanding child that gets his “wake up and I want breakfast now” attitude that he gets from his mom 😛

These pancake muffins make 12 muffins and are super simple to just zap in the microwave in the morning! Boom…just like that you now have some ready to go breakfasts.

How to make:

Simple Grab Pancake Muffins

 

Simple Grab Pancake Muffins

Easy Grab Pancake Muffins:

Use:

-2 Cups bisquick (or any pancake mix would probably do! Or if you have a favorite homemade recipe)

-1 Cup milk (I used whole milk since they were for my 1 year old)

-2 Eggs

-1 Tbsp coconut oil (make sure to melt down if it’s solid so that it mixes in well)

-Handful of chopped spinach

-Add-ins of your choice (Ideas: blueberries, strawberries, cheese, bananas, sausage, cinnamon, sweet potato…)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix together bisquick, milk, eggs, coconut oil and chopped up spinach. I used a fairly good amount of spinach and my son either loves spinach or can’t tell at all that it’s in there! If you are only going to use one add-in you could add desired amount now. If you want to use multiple different add-ins to switch up each muffin then add them in separately once in the muffin tin. Once your batter is ready pour it into your muffin tin. I used silicone muffin liners. Now add a little bit of whatever add-ins you would like. This time I chose to use blueberries, banana and cheddar cheese (each for separate muffins). Bake for about 12-15 minutes.

Simple Grab Pancake Muffins

That’s it, super easy! Add a bit of syrup after heating if you’d like.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Simple Grab Pancake Muffins

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More to Whippersnappers!

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I have recently added the new tops to the Whippersnappers Etsy shop! There are now two new colors in the submarine tank and a few more completely new designs. Soon to be added will be handmade leggings, harem shorts, top knot headbands and slouchy beanies. It has been a process getting everything that I want in my shop up and ready but I am excited that it is all coming together.

In the meantime, head on over and check everything out! Modern and stylish clothes for the little kiddos in your life 🙂

Click HERE or you can find my Etsy shop by clicking on the “Etsy Shop” tab in the main menu of the blog.

 

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Dr. Seuss – Cat in the Hat – 1st Birthday Party!

First Birthday Party

Oh what fun, Sawyer is one!! This is a bit overdue since he turned one on the 10th but I figure, better late than never!

We had a blast throwing Sawyer his very first birthday party! It was so much fun since both sides of grandparents could both come! With living so far away from everyone, that sure doesn’t happen very often! You could really tell that Sawyer was loving all of the attention, almost like he knew that the day was all about him. I knew that I wanted to do a Dr. Seuess – Cat in the Hat theme because he has so many of the books and loves the “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” TV show. He grins and dances every time it comes on!

 

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

I was so excited to make all kinds of food and especially his very first cake! I decided to make him his own smash cake and then make cupcakes for everyone else! I even made “Green Eggs & Ham” by making the filling inside of deviled eggs green and making ham wrapped pickle rolls to go along with. My husband and I came up with some cute “Seusical” names for name tags for the food. We had things like:

Punchalafizzer (Punch)

Green Eggs & Ham

Oodles of Noodles (Pasta Salad)

Trufulla Trees (Veggies)

Barbaloot Fruits

And a few others too. It was fun and really brought out the kids in us! Well…that doesn’t really take a lot 😛

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

 

For the cupcakes I made Thing 1 & Thing 2 inspired cupcakes. The use of cotton candy for blue hair wasn’t really my own idea…I had seen this on Pinterest a few times! I made red velvet cake and a vanilla buttercream icing toped with blue cotton candy. Then glued on little circles to the paper but instead of saying Thing 1 & Thing 2 it said “Sawyer is 1.” Little tip, if you ever want to make cupcakes with cotton candy on top, make sure to put the cotton candy on shortly before serving. Luckily I did this so it worked out okay but after sitting for awhile the cotton candy kind of just dissolves into blue crystals on the cupcakes. This oddly enough worked out and gave it a nice texture anyway! I think it just depends on what the humidity is at and the fact that it is sitting in icing.

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

For Sawyer’s smash cake I made a white cake (Okay, I’ll admit it, I used boxed cake! But hey, I didn’t have a lot of time and to be honest, I think boxed cake tastes delicious!) iced with vanilla buttercream. For the buttercream I just used 1 C butter, powdered sugar, 2 tsp vanilla and milk. For the powdered sugar and milk I didn’t really measure. I just added until it all mixed together with a good taste and consistency. I made the Thing 1 & Thing 2 characters by melting white chocolate and adding color to it. The chocolate tends to harden back up a bit when you add food coloring so I added just a tiny bit of coconut oil and it melts it right back up really smooth. I had printed the characters out on paper and layed wax paper over top so that I could see the characters through it. Then I just piped the melted chocolate on the wax paper tracing the characters. I wasn’t sure if it would turn out or not but they ended up looking great!

First Birthday Party

The funniest part about the whole party was Sawyer eating his cake! We literally just sat and watched him for so long! We sang him Happy Birthday, blew out his candle and then gave him his cake. I kind of expected him to be a bit iffy about it because he doesn’t like getting gooey things all over his hands. But I mean c’mon, it’s CAKE! So I thought he’d be diving in at least a little! Nope, after nearly poking it he already has a completely disgusted look on his face! My husband goes and grabs a baby fork and to my amazement he actually uses it! He sits there and eats his cake with a fork! I love that little stinker so much!

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Food for Kids!

St. Patrick's Day Food

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Sawyer and I have our green on today and it is the most beautiful day here! It’s 82 degrees and sunny out now so we are definitely going outside as soon as Sawyer is up from his nap! I absolutely love holidays! For many reasons, but for one I love to really get into it even when it comes to food! Having kids is the perfect excuse to go all out even more! So today for St. Patty’s Day we have already had a very fun and festive breakfast and lunch! This morning I made green Shamrock pancakes, which were a huge hit! Then for lunch we went all out green! Luckily, with green there are tons of healthy options! Making green yummy and desirable for kiddos is a whole other story! Check out what I did 🙂

 

Green Spinach Shamrock Pancakes

What? Spinach? I didn’t say spinach! Psst…don’t even mention the spinach part because you don’t even know it’s in there! I added quite a lot even and you could hardly tell!

 

 

Shamrock Pancakes

Shamrock Pancakes

How to make:

(I quartered a Bisquick recipe since I was only making pancakes for my 1 year old. This made 2 good sized pancakes for me).

-1/2 C Bisquick

-1/4 C milk

-1/2 tsp Baking Powder

-A few spinach leaves chopped real fine

-Green food coloring

Mix everything together thoroughly and pour onto a skillet over medium heat. I attempted to make shamrock shapes but wow, that is way harder than it looks! I’ve seen people make some real elaborate things with pancakes and I am now giving them more props than ever because I could hardly make a shamrock shape! No biggie…all tastes the same!

Yum! Like I said, a huge hit with my son! He was begging for more after every bite!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

Everything Green!! I knew that veggie macaroni and cheese would be perfect for today! Plus, my son gobbles it up every time!

St. Patrick's Day Food

St. Patrick's Day Food

 

Veggie Macaroni & Cheese:

-Elbow macaroni

-Veggie Puree ( I used broccoli/cauliflower/spinach puree. Find out how to make broccoli/cauliflower puree on my Homemade Baby Purees page.)

-Small amount of Velveeta cheese

-Avocado oil

Boil pasta per the package instructions. Drain and pour back into pot while still on a low heat. Add veggie puree, cheese and avocado oil. Let everything heat up while stirring until everything melts together. That’s it!

 

I also used peas, shamrock shaped kiwi slices, cucumber and crackers.

St. Patrick's Day Food

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Food

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St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Smoothies!

Healthy Smoothies

GREEN Spinach – Kale – Kiwi Smoothie

I’ve made all sorts or green smoothies and what better than a GREEN smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day!

So I’ve made a compilation of a few of my favorite green smoothies.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothies

 

1) Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

 

 

Use:

-2 Oranges
-2 Bananas
-Handful of spinach
-Carrot Juice
-Vanilla Greek yogurt
-Chia seeds
-Ice

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend well!

 

 

2) Strawberry – Kiwi Smoothie

Healthy Smoothies

Use:

-4 strawberries
-2 kiwis
-half banana
-handful of spinach
-3 small stalks kale
-1/4 Cup greek yogurt
-1/4 Cup carrot juice

Add ice to your blender. Add all of the ingredients and make sure to blend really well. Add more carrot juice or water if needed. The kiwi works so well in this smoothie and adds a good level of tartness. Could also add flaxseed 🙂  

 

 

 

3) Super GREEN Smoothie

Healthy Smoothies

Use:

-2 Kiwis
-1/4 Cup pineapple chunks
-1 Banana
-Handful of spinach
-3 Small stalks kale
-1/2 Cup greek yogurt
-1 Spoonful of flaxseed
-1/4 Cup pineapple juice

 

Add ice along with all ingredients to your blender. Blend until very smooth. Add some water if it’s too thick. Amazingly delicious green smoothie! Yes, it is very green, but don’t go by looks! It tastes fantastic!

 

 

 

 

4) Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie

 

Simple Green Smoothie

Use:

-2 Kiwis
-1 Banana
-1/2 Cup Pineapple chunks
-Handful of spinach
-2 tsp Chia seeds
-Coconut water (as much as needed)

Add ice along with everything else to the blender and blend well! I made this one with my son but for his added his own Yobaby whole milk yogurt and didn’t add the chia seeds to his. He loved it and so did I!

 

There you have it! Some green smoothie ideas just in time for St. Patricks day. You can find these smoothie recipes along with others on my “Healthy Smoothie” page.

Enjoy!!

 

Healthy Smoothies

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Sawyer’s First Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Today is Sawyer’s first birthday! What?! I absolutely can’t believe it has already been a year since he was born! Where in the world did the time go? However, I feel so excited because he has learned so much and is always such a happy boy! It’s crazy how even the simplest things are so exciting when it is your own child. Something like pointing to an object may not seem like that big of a deal to most people but when you are the one to raise them and see them go through a phase of only eating, pooping and burping and all of a sudden they’re communicating! It’s HUGE!

Happy Birthday!

It’s very funny actually, I have recently noticed that there are many conversations like this in our house; Sawyer: “baadaaaaaaay.” Me to my husband: “oh my gosh…oh my gosh! Did you hear that? He said BATH TIME!!” My husband: “I think that’s a reach, hun.”

Happy Birthday!

At one year he is now walking, saying a few words, laughs all the time, points at things and is showing so much personality now! In fact, he is even getting a bit sassy. Giving dirty looks or yanking MY phone away from me when I try to take it back from him. He can be quite a stinker but he is SO much fun! I love spending my days with him.

1 Year Old! Happy First Birthday to my amazing little guy! ❤

 

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Birthday Pancakes!

Birthday Pancakes

Today is my son’s very FIRST birthday!! I wanted to start out the day extra special by making him some birthday pancakes!

These were super quick and easy to make and taste delicious too! Of course I knew he would only have a few bites so…oh, darn! More for mommy! 😛

 

Pomegranate Birthday Pancakes N’ Berries

For the pancakes I just used a simple plain pancake recipe from FoodNetwork.com found HERE.

 

 

Birthday Pancakes

Birthday Pancakes

Here is the recipe from Food Network Kitchen

 

Use:

-1 C flour

-1 Tbsp Sugar

-1tsp baking powder

-1/2tsp baking soda

-dash of salt

-1 C buttermilk

-1 egg

-3 Tbsp melted butter

 

Beat all ingredients together well. Heat up a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour small amounts of pancake batter into the pan at a time. I added sprinkles to each pancake. Add whatever fruit or toppings you would like! I chose strawberries and blueberries! Blueberries are my son’s absolute favorite so he of course picked all of those off right away! I think he would just continue to eat blueberries for as long as I gave them to him!

 

For the syrup I reduced pomegranate juice (bring to a simmer until it reaches a syrupy consistency) then added maple syrup for a pomegranate maple syrup. I had never tried this before (usually just stick to good ol’ maple syrup) but it was really delicious!

Enjoy!

 

Birthday Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Pancakes

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Whippersnappers: Adding New Items Soon!

I am still in the very early stages of finally setting up an Etsy shop! So I am doing my best to keep up with blog posts but it has gotten a bit more difficult! I only have a few items in my shop right now but will be adding more designs as well as completely new items as well…very soon! Also on the way as I write this is a couple more toddler sizes. Click on my “Etsy Shop” tab in my blog menu or click HERE to check out my shop and keep checking back for more items on the way. Thank you for the support!

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

I’ve had so much fun taking photos of my little guy in the shirts I have made! It is so fun just to know that I made it! 🙂 Plus, come on…how adorable is he in those sunglasses?! I may be biased since he is my own son but that’s just plain cute!

Explore Your Imagination

Explore Your Imagination

Help spread the word to anyone who may be interested in my shop. It is tough getting started but also a lot of fun along the way!

Whippersnappers also has a Facebook page, Pinterest page and an Instagram account! You can find the link to these in the right column of the blog.

Thank you!!

 

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Apple N’ Greens Kids Smoothie

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

Smoothies have been a great go-to lunch option lately! Of course, I’ll admit sometimes it is much easier to throw together a quick sandwich or hotdog but most of the time I try to be more healthy and my son is my biggest motivation for that! So…GREENS! Super hard to get kids to eat, right?! Turn to smoothies, it will work! Even smoothies that are visibly green or maybe even a little gross looking are some of the tastiest smoothies! Throw some spinach or something in a smoothie and you really can’t even tell at all! Needless to say, don’t even mention that it’s in there and they won’t even know!

I whipped up this one the other day, kind of just trying to use stuff I had around the house. I realized that for some reason I have never used apples in a smoothie before. I don’t know why because it sounds great to me!

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

Apple N’ Greens Smoothie

 

What to use:

-half of an apple (peeled and cored)

-one banana

-handful of kale

-favorite yogurt of your choice (if making a baby smoothie, use whole milk yogurt. I use Stonyfield YoBaby)

-Splash of coconut water

-ice

 

Add everything to the blender and blend well!!

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

I accidentally used way to much kale this time so it was pretty chunky :-/ Surprisingly enough, Sawyer gobbled it down anyway! Works for me! (By the way, I did not use all of the kale in the picture! Just use one stalk or so…that would be waaay excessive :P)

Try this one out, the apples are great in it!

Enjoy 🙂

 

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

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