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Homemade 4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! I absolutely cannot believe that the 4th of July is next weekend already! Time is really speeding by lately that’s for sure. Even so, I am super excited for the 4th!

We decided to make some homemade popsicles because…why not?! Red, white and blue and extremely simple! No joke, I really just threw these together! So perfect if you want to make something homemade but quick and easy.

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Firecracker Popsicles!

All I did to make these was slice up strawberries into slices and small bites and add them to a popsicle mold along with some blueberries. You can add however much fresh fruit that you want to be in your popsicles. Don’t forget to add your popsicle sticks or whatever you want to use for a handle! Then I added sprite to fill everything in between!

Wasn’t really sure if these would turn out but they were way good! My son is obsessed with blueberries so these were a hit! Try them out! Super easy and fun for the kiddos šŸ˜›

Enjoy!

4th of July Popsicles

Whippersnappers

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Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Orange Gummy Bears

Okay, it has definitely been way too long since I have done any blog posts! It is so difficult to keep up with everything but I’m doing my very best! I’ve really been focusing on my new Etsy shop lately, however, I really enjoy the blog so I want to keep it up to date as best I can!

As I have mentioned previously, I am probably going to be going crazy with making all different kinds of homemade gummy bears and fruit snacks since it was such a hit with my son! Such a perfect snack and a much healthier alternative to store bought.

These orange gummy bears are exactly as it sounds, full of orange goodness! I thought they tasted great and so did my son!

How to make:

Orange Gummy Bears

Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Use:

– 1/2 Cup orange puree (use 1 large orange to get approximately this amount)

– 1/2 Cup Orange juice

– 3 Tbsp powdered gelatin

– 1 Tbsp honey

Peel and slice the orange and blend well in the blender. No need to add any liquid since there is already enough liquid in it to puree it well. Measure out 1/2 cup of the puree and set aside. Heat juiceĀ along with gelatin in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes while stirring. Do not bring to a boil. Add juice mixture to the puree slowly while stirring. Add 1 Tbsp honey and stir it in well. You could add any other add ins you would like as well such as chia seeds for example! Poor into a pan wide enough so that the gelatin mixture is fairly thin. An 8×8 pan works well. Let mixture set in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Cut into gummy bear shapes or any other small cookie cutter shapes you want!

That’s it! Quick and easy. Best of all, this recipe just uses honey for a sweetener to make it that much more healthier for those little tummies! Remember not to give honey to babies under one year old.

Enjoy!!

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Homemade Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus

My new thing to make lately is homemade hummus. Which is weird because…I don’t really like hummus. But my son does and if he likes something that is healthy and will actually eat it then heck yes I’m making it! He will pretty much eat anything if it can go on a cracker. Hummus is really good for you and has protein. This is awesome for little ones who don’t get a lot of protein. Sawyer loved the plain hummus I made so I thought adding avocados would make it that much better!

Find my classicĀ homemade hummus recipe HERE.

 

How to make:

Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus Recipe

This recipe is super simple! All you really need are the ingredients and a blender! Boom…done! This particular recipe also makes quite a lot so if you don’t eat a whole lot of hummus you may want to half it. It lasts about a week, after that starts to turn a bit brown.

 

What you need:

– 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (also known as chick peas)

– 2 Avocados

– 2 Cloves Garlic

– 3 Tbsp avocado oil

-1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

– 1 tsp Cumin

– 3/4 Cup water

– tsp salt

 

Rinse garbanzo beans. If you really have a lot of free time then you could consider peeling the garbanzo beans. I didn’t do this since it is a bit tedious but I have heard that it can make a big difference in making your hummus really smooth. Add everything to the blender and blend well. Add more water if you want it creamier.

 

Enjoy!

 

Avocado Hummus

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Monthly Dinner Menus

Monthly Dinner Menu

This is something that I have been wanting to post for awhile since it has been so helpful to me. I (like many people I’m sure….I hope…) get so busy getting other things done and thinking of a million and a half things that by the time supper rolls around, I don’t have anything planned. So many nights have consisted of whipping up something quick simply because I don’t feel like making something or it’s too last minute to thaw out chicken or anything else for that matter! This means many nights of “Lets just do spaghetti…” or “Lets go out to eat instead.” Which means it either starts to get boring making the same ol’ thing or costly by going out to eat more often.

So I finally discovered a routine that really helps me with this problem so I want to share it! I’m sure I am not the only person who does this but I wanted to get it out there anyway! I must admit, this does take a little bit of organization but it really will save you in the end!

I started making these monthly dinner menus a few months ago and my husband and I LOVE it! I think some people may think this is crazy and that’s okay! But for me and my family, it really works! Ā I type up and entire month of meals planned out for each day. Including everything: main dish, sides and vegetables. I do this at the end of each month so then just a few days before the new menu begins I do one big grocery trip. It DOES feel like an expensive trip but I find myself not having to go to the grocery store every other day for certain meal items. I do still make quick trips now and then for fresh fruit, milk…things that just don’t really last a whole month.

Positives to monthly dinner menus:

-You have something planned for each day

-Groceries can all be bought ahead of time

-Be more organized so things don’t go bad (I hate wasting food just because I forgot about it!)

-Having everything written out gives you a visual of what you’re eating so you can be motivated to eat healthier

-Planning meals out ahead of time makes it easier to take the time to try new recipes

 

When I plan out a menu I take an evening to sit down and pull up all of those amazing looking Pinterest recipes that I have been wanting to try! Whereas, if I am just trying to make dinner plans last minute, chances are I am not going to try something new or even have all of the stuff for it. I also get super frustrated when I have to go to the grocery store a million times because I forgot something for a recipe (okay this still happens, who am I kidding! šŸ˜› ) so planning ahead of time, looking at recipes and making a grocery list for everything really cuts down on this a lot.

Tips for making a monthly dinner menu:

– Leave Saturdays (or whatever day you have open and like to splurge) open for pizza, going out to eat or anything else fun your family likes to do.

– Take leftovers into account. If your family likes leftovers leave days after larger meals open for leftovers. I don’t usually plan for leftover days since it works out really well for my husband to take leftovers to work for lunch.

– Don’t plan huge meals that make lots of leftovers multiple days in a row, spread it out.

– Still plan for quick n’ easy nights like simple pasta or grilling burgers. For example, when I make lasagna I make the sauce homemade and have lots leftovers. So we will freeze serving sizes in ziplock bags to take out and quickly make up spaghetti or a pasta bake another night.

– Add new recipes you’ve been wanting to try to your menu.

– Add a vegetable to your menu for each day. I feel like by having a particular vegetable actually planned makes it way easier for me to have vegetables each night. Otherwise I find myself saying, naaa we don’t really need it! This is extra helpful for me since I want to be setting a good example for our 1 year old!

– Switch things around! There are times when my husband has to work late so we will just switch what we had planned with something simpler from another night. Make sure to still stick with it though or it is easy to fall out of taking the time to make the menu and follow it.

 

Hopefully this helps some of you the way that it helps me!

Banana – Coconut Homemade Gummy Bears!

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Any sort of snack that is an easy grab n’ go snack or something that I can simply give my son without having to feed it to him has become a staple in our house! The homemade gummy bears that I made a few weeks ago was a complete success! My son loved them and the great thing isĀ that they don’t have a ton of added sugar or artificial ingredients like store bought gummy bears or any other sort of fruit snack. In fact, they’re purely fresh fruit puree, juice, gelatin, honey and any other healthy ingredients you may want to add in! So needless to say, you can expect that I am going to have fun with this and experiment with different flavors šŸ˜›

I whipped up these banana-coconut gummy bears at the same time I made my strawberry-pomegranate gummy bears and am finally finding the time to writeĀ about it! Find the strawberry-pomegranate gummy bears HERE if you are interested.

These actually became somewhat of a joke in our house since my husband and I were digging into them just as much…they are quite addicting!

How to make:

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Banana/Coconut Gummy Bears

Ingredients:

-1/2 Cup pureed bananas

-1/2 Cup Pineapple – Coconut water (plain coconut water would work just fine).

-1 Tbsp Honey

-3 Tbsp Gelatin powder

 

Add 1-2 bananas to the blender (depending on how big your bananas are and about how much will make 1/2 cup pureed) and puree until very smooth. Add a small amount of water if needed to puree smoothly. Cook coconut waterĀ and gelatin powder in a saucepan over low heat until the powder has dissolved (4-5 minutes) while stirring. Do not let mixture come to a boil. After the powder has dissolved take the liquid off of the heat and slowly add it to the bananaĀ puree while stirring. Add honey and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a pan or gummy bear molds. If you use a pan you want to use a size that will make it so the liquid is fairly shallow. An 8Ɨ8 or 9Ɨ9 inch pan would work well.

I did find that these did not last as long as the other gummy bears I had made. Bananas kind of get gross if left out so I suppose the same things happens when in gummy bears! They last about a week or less in an air tight container in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Homemade Gummy Bears!

Homemade Gummy Bears

Up until recently I didn’t even think about making something like gummy bears or fruit snacks homemade! But now that it’s becoming more and more popular to doĀ things homemade, have less sugar and use real, fresh fruits and veggies I now thought it would be a good idea to try. Not to mention it’s way more fun to say that you actually made them!

While I was making these I literally thought they were going to be awful! I’ve never used plain unflavored gelatin and I don’t know if it was just me or not but it smelled so bad! Must have just been when I was heating it all up though because they turned out fantastic! No, like I’m not kidding! These are so delicious and ADDICTING! Like my husband has to tell me to stop eating our son’s snacks type of addicting! šŸ˜›

I just wanted another snack alternative. I feel like I am constantly giving my son crackers alllllll the time! Crackers, crackers, crackers…they are everywhere! In the car, in the stroller, on the counter, on the floor, in my diaper bag, in the toy box…Why do I keep finding all these crackers?! I swear he has more fun dropping them everywhere than actually eating them. Okay, getting a bit off topic! I kept finding homemade gummy bear ideas and recipes on Pinterest and wanted a give a go at my own recipe. You can use pretty much any type of juice or milk to add the gelatin. I decided to go with pomegranate juice because of all of the health benefits. There are lots of different kinds of pomegranate juice but I went with just 100% pomegranate and then used a strawberry puree. They are SO good! Don’t take my word for it, try them out!

Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

Strawberry – Pomegranate Gummy Bears

-1/2 Cup Pureed Strawberries

-1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice

-1 Tbsp Honey

-3 Tbsp Gelatin Powder

First rinse and cut off ends of fresh strawberries. Add a few large strawberries to the blender (around 5-7 strawberries or so) and puree until very smooth. Add a small amount of water if needed to puree smoothly. Cook pomegranate juice and gelatin powder in a saucepan over low heat until the powder has dissolved (4-5 minutes) while stirring. Do not let mixture come to a boil. After the powder has dissolved take the liquid off of the heat and slowly add it to the strawberry puree while stirring. Add honey and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a pan or gummy bear molds. If you use a pan you want to use a size that will make it so the liquid is fairly shallow. An 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan would work well.

Put pan in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or longer.

Homemade Gummy Bears

 

Homemade Gummy Bears

Once it is completely set (you should be able to touch it and it is firm and smooth to the touch, not sticky or wet) you can start cutting out the gummy bear shapes. You could make any shape you want, it doesn’t have to be gummy bears. I got these adorable itty bitty cookie cutters from Amazon, it is a pack of three and the smallest one is really tiny and resembles a gummy bear. You can find them here.

I saved all of the extra gummy parts that were in between each gummy bear shape as well. Hey…it all tastes the same!

Keep refrigerated.

These are so much fun to make and another great toddler snack! I made a whole bunch to take on our road trip with us to go visit family!

Enjoy!

 

Homemade Gummy Bears

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Super Simple Hummus Recipe

Simple Hummus Recipe

Okay, so I can’t really take credit for this one. My husband is actually the one who whipped this one up!

A little while back Sawyer loved garbanzo beans, LOVED them! He would shove them in his mouth one right after the other. Of course, soon after that came to a halt and he now refuses to eat them. He may try it at first but then spits it right out with a disgusted look. So I don’t know what happened but regardless, I had a few cans of chick peas lying around. My husband had the brilliant idea to make homemade hummus. Okay I am going to come clean and admit that since I’ve never even eaten hummus I didn’t even know that it was made primarily from chick peas!! Maybe I’m the only one but this was news to me! So I didn’t realize it was so easy to make homemade.

This is perfect because our son, like many one year olds I’m sure, won’t eat a whole lot of meat or protein. So this is perfect for a little extra protein. If it goes on a cracker, my son will eat it! Crackers are his absolute favorite!

How to make:

 

Super Simple Hummus:

1 Can Garbanzo beans

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1/4 C water

Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. This next step isn’t necessary but to make it even creamier peel the garbanzo beans. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Simple Hummus Recipe

Simple Hummus Recipe

I, myself am not a huge fan of the taste of chick peas so hummus really isn’t my favorite. Hummus is really good for you though so IĀ did try to see if my son liked it and he eats it on crackers! Success!

Enjoy!

 

 

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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 šŸ˜›

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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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 šŸ™‚

 

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 moreĀ 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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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! šŸ˜›

 

Pomegranate Birthday Pancakes N’ Berries

For the pancakes I just used a simple plain pancake recipe from FoodNetwork.comĀ 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 reducedĀ 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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