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Kids Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast Ideas

Babies eating solids, toddlers and kids on up!! It’s sometimes a struggle to make a healthy meal first thing in the morning. If your child is anything like my son, he wants food RIGHT when he wakes up. Gee….I wonder where he gets that from 😉 So this was my attempt at giving myself some motivation to switch it up with healthy options. It’s so easy to just grab a yogurt or make a quick piece of buttered toast, which I’m learning is just going to have to be okay sometimes! But I also want to make an effort to give my son healthy eating habits.

It can be hard serving kids healthy meals when they are picky! Especially toddlers who love something one day and are totally disgusted by the exact same thing the next! My son is so hard to feed sometimes. One night he CHOWED down on sesame chicken, white rice and crab rangoons (I was shocked to say the least!) and the next night turned his nose up over simple spaghetti. Anyway…I do my best with feeding him healthy meals as much as I can!

What’s nice about these breakfast ideas is that they are really simple! Nothing too complicated or time consuming here!

Simple Breakfasts:

1) Simple buttered toast with slices of avocado.

One of the easiest! My go-to breakfast with my son.

2) Breakfast pancake muffins with grapes.

These pancake muffins were so easy to make and you can make them up ahead of time, stick them in the fridge or freezer and simply pop one out anytime you want! To see my recipe for them click HERE. You can add in anything you want such as blueberries, banana, spinach, etc.

3) Oatmeal and blueberries.

Bananas are a great add-in as well along with some cinnamon. Another one of my son’s favorites. He’s OBSESSED with blueberries. I prefer using plain cooked rolled oats versus instant oatmeal and just adding in whatever I want.

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4) Scrambled eggs and kiwi.

Also quick and easy!

5) Peanut toast and oranges

Make faces or fun pictures out of food to make it look more fun and appealing! I look forward to my son actually being old enough to appreciate fun things like this! 😛

6) Pineapple shaped pancakes w/ chocolate chips and bananas

Obviously they don’t have to be pineapple shaped! But have fun with it and make pancakes into shapes or characters! This is definitely not a talent of mine. I’ve seen videos where people make faces or detailed images with pancakes…crazy!

7) Eggs (switch it up from scrambled!) with cantaloupe and pineapple!

8) Avocado toast and yogurt

If you’re using an avocado that is in a really soft stage (or you can just mash it up) its perfect for spreading on toast. It’s considered a healthy fat and a super food!

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9) Strawberries and pancakes!

Clearly I just like making faces out of food! I think I’m still a kid myself! Switch it up with waffles too! Add fruit or shredded spinach for added nutrients as well.

Another fantastic option…Smoothies!!! Here are some great smoothie recipes!

Blueberry – Pear Smoothie

Berry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Celery N’ Greens Fruit Smoothie

Click on Healthy Smoothies in the menu for more smoothie ideas!

Enjoy!

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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 I did try to see if my son liked it and he eats it on crackers! Success!

Enjoy!

 

 

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How Quickly the Time Goes

Enjoy the Little Things

Today I really just feel the need to write an update on how my little guy is doing. He is well over 10 months now and growing insanely fast. I swear every day I look over at him and can visibly see how he has grown in just a day! He is learning something new every single day and it amazes me! From waving and blowing kisses to saying “dada” and (FINALLY) “Mom!”

This photo was taken this last weekend. We went downtown for the day since my mother-in-law and Aunt were in town visiting. I can’t believe how blue his eyes are!! Mine are dark brown so he definitely gets his eyes from dad 🙂

I try to cherish every moment with him because I know that everything is already going by way too fast. It’s funny, really, because that is what I heard over and over again when I was pregnant. Everyone always has advice and tips one of them always being “Enjoy it, because it goes by way too fast!” I feel like this is something that I haven’t truly come to understand until actually having a child. Not that I’m super experienced…I’m not. I mean, come on, I have one child only 10 months old. I am not the most experienced mother out there but even then, I can still tell you that it is ALREADY going by way too quickly.

It is easy to get sucked into things we are working on in our busy lives so my main goal is to stop and pay attention and enjoy the little things 🙂

 

 

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Organizing My Kitchen

New Organized Kitchen

After saying “Wow, I really need to get this kitchen more organized!” about a million and a half times, I finally did it! Well…mostly my pantry! I’ve really been trying to keep our kitchen more organized in general because it is a huge pet peeve of mine to have things all over the counters all of the time (even though things tend to accumulate on the counters anyway). However, the main thing that needed some major organizing was our pantry! Oh man…opened boxes all over, things piled, baby cereal and snacks all over the place, extra canning jar boxes scattered all along the floor…just a disaster! I feel like it is so easy to throw something back in the pantry when you’re done with it instead of keeping it orderly so I finally decided to completely reorganize to make it much easier to keep things looking nice.

New Organized Pantry

I bought some OXO containers to keep boxed snacks, chips, cereal or whatever in. You can get them on Amazon, Target and most places but I was actually lucky enough to stumble upon them at TJMaxx for much cheaper, score!!

I also used mason jars to put baking stuff in such as cocoa and corn starch. Not only does this keep it more organized and fresh but it is way more cute than all of the random containers! I then used chalk labels and a permanent chalk pen to label them.

New Organized Pantry

I used our old flour/sugar canisters for pasta. We use a LOT of pasta so it is nice to have it right there in a convenient container. I put additional different types of pasta boxes in a pull out tote (which can’t really be seen towards the inside of the pantry) as well as another pull out tote with small things like taco seasonings, tuna, etc. Below that I used baskets to organize jars of things such as coconut oil, cooking spray, etc. I stuck canned good in towards the inside ends since we don’t use those as much.

On one hand, I wish I would have taken a “before” photo for you but on the other hand, it is probably best that I didn’t 😛

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For some reason I am obsessed with chalk board stuff! So awhile back I got this small little chalk board that has a little stand on it to put on our kitchen counter. Sometimes I decorate it for the holidays, but much of the time I like to write our supper menu on there!

I love the colorful look of all of our cookbooks so I never liked them hiding away in the cupboard. I found this wire basket to display them in, plus they’re easier to grab!

I hope this can give you some inspiration! It’s helped me a ton and is so much nicer to look at 🙂

 

 

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Chicken – Cheddar Broccoli Baby Food Puree

Chicken - Cheddar/Broccoli

It’s official…we are starting meats now!

My son had his 9 month appointment a couple of weeks ago and his pediatritian suggested to start him on meats now. I had been previously giving him little pieces here and there from my own plate at dinner but now he can have his own for a whole meal! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with his homemade baby food so I was very excited! However, little road block…he doesn’t really like it pureed :/ I can tell it is definitely a texture thing. I will put it in his mouth and he immediately sticks out his tongue and lets it fall out. But it’s okay, we are working on it and hopefully he starts to like meats a bit more.

For his first meat meal I decided that chicken would be easiest and I wanted to add a veggie. Plus, it will be better flavors by adding a veggie or something else instead of trying to give them just the meat plain. I decided on Chicken – cheddar/broccoli. Since I usually like to make his food in bulk and then freeze it, I wasn’t sure how good the cheese would be so I decided to just make the cheddar broccoli and then add some of the cheese when heating up his meal after thawing it. But if you are going to make it and give it to your baby fresh then you could just add the cheese at the same time.

Chicken - Cheddar/Broccoli

Chicken - Cheddar/Broccoli

How I made it:

-1 lb chicken

-1 small bushel of broccoli

-1 Tbsp cheddar cheese

-Breastmilk or water

 

Cut chicken in bite-sized pieces. You could also leave them not cut up to cook them but I cut them into pieces to ensure that they would be fully cooked and also figured it would be much easier to puree that way. Steam the chicken for 20-30 minutes. The chicken could also be cooked on the stovetop or baked in the oven. Remove the chicken and add to your blender and set aside. Steam broccoli for about 15 minutes. Towards the end add the cheese to melt it in. Like I previously said, if you are going to be making a whole batch and freezing it, you could simply melt the cheese in later when heating up a single meal. Add the cheese and broccoli to the blender as well and let it all cool a bit. Add a small amount of breastmilk or water. You may need to add more once you start blending if it is to dry or needs to smooth out. Blend well, and that’s it!

I actually thought that this smelled really good! I would eat it myself if, well you know…it wasn’t pureed!

This made about 5 – 4oz jars for me but varies depending on how much meat and broccoli you use.

 

 

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Homemade Canning Jar Gift Ideas

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I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Things were very hectic this year for the holidays and I have been very busy non-stop! Not to mention, we were having many relatives come to visit for Christmas through New Years day so I kept trying to think of ideas that we could do that may work for everyone and not be too costly. I knew I wanted to do something homemade so that effort and thought could go into the gifts instead of a ton of money! Around this same time my husband and I kept saying that we had been wanting to get into canning and preserving for something to do. Then it clicked! There is no better time than to start now and make some preservatives for gifts!

The nice thing about this is it does not have to be used for Christmas gifts! This would be a wonderful gift idea for many occasions such as birthdays or housewarming gifts! I’ve even used canning jars for other things instead of actually using them for canning. For example, I have used them for party favors! I threw a baby shower for a close friend and added chocolate chip cookie dry ingredients to a jar. The possibilities are endless!

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For this years Christmas gifts my husband and I decided on giving homemade canned items as I mentioned so we picked out 3 completely different recipes so that we had some good variety. We decided on doing homemade salsa, apple butter and blueberry chia seed jam. We had so much fun making all these and were SO excited that we even ended up with a few extra jars to keep for ourselves.

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Homemade Salsa

First I must start out by saying, this is one of the best salsas I have ever had! It is delicious! If you like a salsa that is spicy but also very sweet, then this is the one for you! In fact, next time we make this (because there definitely will be a next time! It is deeelicious!) I would even make it a bit more spicy and add some more jalepenos. So if you are a big fan of very veeeery spicy, then I would suggest adding more of a kick with more jalepenos in this recipe.

Find the salsa recipe I used here. I got the recipe from Food.com and it is simple and you can’t go wrong with the amazing taste!

For the tomatoes I used about half fresh tomatoes and half canned crushed tomatoes. This was simply because I ran out of the fresh 😛 But hey, it worked out okay! I chopped all of my ingredients very fine in order to have a smoother salsa versus chunky but you could go either way. This recipe made 7 pints for me.

 

 

Homemade Apple Butter

Ooooh my goodness…this stuff is amazing! My husband could not stop “sampling” it to make sure it tasted okay 😉 Thankfully we had a couple of jars to keep for ourselves! The other best part about making the apple butter is that it was SO simple! You literally throw a few ingredients into your crock pot and let it go! The most time consuming part was just peeling and coring the apples but that of course didn’t take too long either.

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Find the apple butter recipe I used here. I found this recipe at Money Saving Mom’s blog through Pinterest and it is fantastic! She even offers some adorable free printouts for apple butter labels! However, I decided to make my own.

After the apple butter was completely done we decided to throw it all in the blender and puree it up so that it was completely smooth. This totally depends on preference so you wouldn’t have to do this but I really loved the smoother texture. This recipe doesn’t mention anything about canning but we wanted to be able to preserve them so we just put them in a hot water bath for about 15 minutes.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

This is also a really good recipe! My only advice is definitely do not make it when blueberries are out of season and the only ones you can get are in the grocery store for about $4 for an itty bitty container! And it STILL did not make all that much for me. But hey, it’s okay, I just used some little adorable 4oz jars so that I could have more.

Find the blueberry chia seed jam recipe that I used here. I also found this one through Pinterest at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

The best thing about this jam is that it is healthy and doesn’t have any bad additives or extra sugar! Instead of using extra sugar or pectin that is often used in homemade jams, this one just adds honey and lemon juice along with the blueberries and chia seeds. I doubled this recipe since it doesn’t make very much. However, if you are just making it for yourself it would be the perfect amount.

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canning gifts

 

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As you can see, I also had some fun decorating the jars, making some labels and putting them in gift baskets! I just added a kitchen towel and a mini spatula and it makes a great gift!

 

 

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Broccoli-Cauliflower Puree

Broccoli-Cauliflower Puree

Another super easy baby food to puree! This is a great combination to put together as a veggie for your baby.

A good time to introduce this combination would be around 7-8 months.

 

What you need:

-1 large bunch of broccoli

-1 large bunch of cauliflower

-water or breastmilk

 

Make sure to rinse off all of the broccoli and cauliflower really well. Cut up into smaller pieces and added to your pot or steamer. Make sure to use the stalks of the broccoli! I recently learned that the stalk of the broccoli has the most vitamins and nutrients! That surprised me! So don’t cut off all of the stalks or you could be losing out on nutrients. Steam the broccoli and cauliflower for about 15 minutes. I steamed mine separately simply because I didn’t have enough room in my steamer to do it all at once. You could also boil the broccoli and cauliflower but I really prefer the steaming method since it holds in all of the good nutrients.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Puree

Add all of it to your blender, add some water (or breastmilk for added nutrients if you prefer) and blend really well until smooth. Add more liquid if needed. This one made a ton for me but it depends on how large of an amount of broccoli and cauliflower you have. For me it made about 13 – 4oz jars. I froze them so that they will last longer.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Puree

Thats it! Very quick and simple! Longest part is just waiting for it to steam! My son loves this one!

 

 

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Things To Do For Baby’s First Christmas

Baby's First ChristmasWow, Christmas always sneaks up on us but this year it really has come up extra quick! It is going to be my little guy’s very first Christmas! He is going to be 9 months old and I am so overly excited to be able to share all of the holiday traditions with him! I have such wonderful memories of Christmas from when I was little and I want to pass those on to my son as well. So many people have said, “Oh he won’t even remember this Christmas!” Helloooo…it’s my son’s FIRST Christmas! I realize he will not remember anything and you betcha I understand that the wrapping paper will be way more fun than the gifts themselves but that’s okay!! It’s his first Christmas, which makes it a special one. Even though he doesn’t really know what is going on, he is going to enjoy it in the moment!

What are some Christmas traditions that you and your family have? Here are a few ideas to do with your little one of their very first Christmas!

1) Go sit on Santa’s lap!

Okay, of course they can’t tell Santa that they have been good this year but it sure does make for a memorable first Santa photo! I thought FOR SURE my son would take one look at Santa’s scary beard and bust out balling! But to my amazement he looked up at him in awe and just stared. I got the BEST picture of them looking at each other and I know I will love looking back at this.

2) Read Christmas books

 

Get a few children’s Christmas books to read throughout the holiday season. This is perfect because you can pull them back out every year and as they get older they will appreciate them more and more. Not to mention they will recognize them and you can start a tradition with it!

           Classic Christmas Book Ideas:

-Twas the Night Before Christmas

-How the Grinch Stole Christmas

-Elf on the Shelf

-Dream Snow

There are endless options! We walked in to a small local bookstore and they had a few cute ones I had never heard of. Bookstores or libraries may also have story times around this time of the month with holiday stories.

3) Do Christmas crafts or make baby’s first ornament

Pinterest has many great ideas for this! Use a footprint or handprint to make an ornament. I bought a plain empty ball ornament at a craft store that I am going to stick things in like his hospital hat, bracelet and a photo.

4) “Help” put up Christmas lights!

“Help” is in quotes for obvious reasons. Your little one may not be able to lend a hand in decorating or putting up Christmas lights but they sure will love playing with all the bright colored pretties! I let my son explore in lit up Christmas lights and ended up with an amazing Christmas card photo 🙂

5) Decorate a Christmas tree!

When I was little, we always went out and picked out a real tree to cut down! We didn’t do that this year but we plan to in the future!

6) Drive around looking at lights!

Depending on how festive your neighborhood is you may just be able to drive around the area and have fun looking at all the bright lights in the evenings. However, most places have an actual set up to drive through and enjoy the lights.

7) Attend Christmas events in your area!

Baby's First Christmas

This year Babies R Us did a Babies 1st Christmas event! There was a craft, a Christmas story and a raffle for prizes. Wasn’t anything major, but still cute and fun to go to.

8) Play Christmas music!

I’ll admit, I’m one of those where the second November hits, the Christmas music starts rollin’ in!

9) Play in the snow!

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If you’re in an area that gets snow, let them check it out for the first time! We recently moved to South Carolina so it’s unlikely we will actually get snow but thankfully we went to Iowa over Thanksgiving to visit family so our son got to see snow for the very first time! He was really checking it out and stomping his feet in it!

10) Make holiday treats and desserts!

I love baking and I don’t know how many other people do this or not but I like to put my son in the front carrier while baking and he loves it!

11) Take Christmas Photos!

You will want to always remember your baby’s first Christmas! Plus it will be fun to bring back old photos to show to them later when they are older.

12) Watch Christmas Movie Classics!

Get some of the classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. There is also the original animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

13) Start Elf on the Shelf!

You could wait until they’re older to really do Elf on the Shelf games and so that they can name him or her themselves, but it may still be fun to get out and read the story!

It is never too early to start Christmas traditions with your family. That is how they learn and come to understand the traditions! Carry on traditions that you and your family have always had or maybe start some new ones! Don’t hold back simply because they won’t remember. Enjoy your baby’s first Christmas!

Happy Holidays

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