Category: Adventures in Cooking
|January 19, 2016||Posted by Holly Marie under Adventures in Cooking, Recipe|
Our meals are prepared at home every single day. Making meals that both my toddler AND preschooler love is a difficult task sometimes. I do not have time to be a short order cook for every meal. Making meal time FUN is essential at this age for a successful, healthy appetite.
Making Meal Time FUN
When each kid was a year and a half I started implementing rules about table manners.
-Always saying thank you after receiving their meal
-Saying please if they need extra milk or water
-Asking before they blow bubbles in their milk- blowing bubbles is one of life’s pure joys-do it and not smile-just try.
-Staying at the table until everyone has finished their meal
-Always asking about each other’s day- MY FAVORITE question to ask
Adding faces to ANYTHING on their plate’s equals immediate praise. I mean, I can Picasso with the best of them and my “faces” make the cut. So YOUR faces that you make with fruit-veggies-ANYTHING- will make the cut. Now Emma Marie takes the time to rearrange her faces and plays with her food. AND eats it-all of it.
My TIKI head that I made out of Greek Yogurt and fruit was a winner! The kids thought it was hilarious that the TIKI was sticking their tongue out at them. Whatever works.
PLUS I find if I add in as many colors of the rainbow as possible that they are more willing to just love the meal. The brighter, the better.
I grabbed a ten pack of Nestlé Nesquik® at Target and through a bunch in the fridge. They can hang out in the pantry and you just throw some in the fridge when you want to spice up the meal with some chocolaty, healthy goodness.
I grew up on Nesquik. LOVE being able to share in some simple joys with the kids that bring me back to my childhood. You can BET that I blow bubbles with them. Why not?
Nestlé Nesquik® Chocolate Low Fat Milk is made with 100% real milk and has 8g of protein in every 8 fluid ounce serving. And, because #Nesquik® is specially packaged you can store it in your pantry. So feel free to stock up but don’t forget to refrigerate after opening.
How do you make meal time fun? Would LOVE to find out what works for your family!
|April 29, 2015||Posted by Holly Marie under Adventures in Cooking, Life and Times in our House, Party||
For our Avengers Superhero Party we wanted to make sure we had some Captain America approved treats! The kids LOVED the Star Spangled Marshmallows that were easy to eat and deliciously food-allergy friendly. Another favorite treat of my two little ones has always been a cup of popcorn and with a little pizzazz we made some that all of our Little Superheroes were proud to eat.
3(large) Bags of White Air-Popped Popcorn-do not get a flavored popcorn-does not take color correctly.
1 lb Bag of each Candy Melt– Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Red.
Sidenote: Candy Melts are typically in the party decorating aisle and not in the easier to understand baking aisle. Who knew?
In glass containers melt your Candy Melt- following the directions on the bag-otherwise your Candy Melts will in fact burn and turn black.
Fill large containers with Air-Pop Popcorn(microwave doesn’t work as well). After the Candy Melt is a soupy texture you can drizzle it on to the popcorn, as even as possible.
As soon as the first layer is covered you can mix the popcorn up to get even saturation. Do not wait for the Candy Melts to dry on the popcorn before mixing… mix immediately.
The darker colors took the best on the popcorn but I still enjoyed having the extra layer of color with the light blue. The Candy Melts just up the sweetness factor which of course led the kids to love it just that much more. Definitely perfect for our Superhero Party!
As the weather warms up I know that I will definitely be breaking out the Patriotic Popcorn and Star Spangled Marshmallows for the Fourth of July! What a great way to celebrate with our family and friends. Plus it has been declared that all parties from here on out with have color-coded popcorn AND marshmallows. And the price point and time expense make this an easy one to say YES to.
What are your go-to snacks for parties? Any family-friendly options or “secret recipes” you would like to share?
Please and THANK YOU!
|April 13, 2015||Posted by Holly Marie under #ToddlerApproved, Adventures in Cooking, Life and Times in our House|
Dinner around the table is a must in our family. Catching up on everyone’s days and the highlights and sometimes low-lights is essential. We always, always make sure to eat at the table for each meal when possible. One of the dinners that is always, ALWAYS a hit with our family is our Burrito Bowl Meals or Taco Tuesday!
As a food allergy family it is imperative for us to read ALL of the labels of EVERYTHING that we bring into the house. This has made trips to the store harder and longer, but that’s our reality. We tend to eat as fresh as we can and with little to no additives if possible seeing as that is where most of the cross-contamination can occur for our (life threatening) allergies.
When Del Real Foods asked if I wanted to share about some of their food I jumped at the chance to showcase a brand that we LOVE and that is SAFE for our family. We bulk buy the Gluten-Free Chicken and Gluten-Free Beef from Costco. Hello deliciousness. I try to make all of our meals from scratch but goodness does life get busy! After a day out and about with the toddler and preschooler I hardly want to make another meal…
For the last two years Del Real Foods has helped keep our Burrito Bowls full and Taco Tuesday easy. I LOVE when I can count on my kids eating the food I put in front of them. Nothing makes me crankier than wasting a plateful of food that a picky kid just won’t touch. We have never had a burrito bowl turned down.
My husband and I LOVE spicy food and the Al Pastor Taco Kit came with some of the tastiest, spiciest sauce to spread over my marinated pork tacos. We wiped our plates clean. Embarrassingly clean. I know exactly what I am going to pick up for our next party as that Al Pastor Taco Kit came full to the brim with food easily enough for 5-7 adults. Took my husband and I nearly a week to finish. YUM.
You see those gorgeous Beef Tamales? Yes, they were fresh and perfect. Coming from someone who has lived in the Southwest for thirteen years? That should say something.
We were sent our favorites: Shredded Chicken and Seasoned Shredded Beef AND were able to try the Carnitas, Al Pastor Taco Kit and those oh so filling Beef Tamales. And I am more than a little excited that one of my readers will be able to pick FIVE items to be sent straight to your door.
Asking them not to dive right into their plateful of foods? Well, that right there took some restraint. A ton of restraint for a hungry toddler and preschooler. Thankful that the first shot worked(everyone’s eyes open is a win) and we were off to the races. Our fridge was overflowing with goodness.
And these two didn’t see to mind one bit that we had tacos all week. Definitely hit the store for more bell peppers- their fave to crunch on for Taco Tuesday’s.
And NOW onto the GIVEAWAY!
|September 4, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Adventures in Cooking, Life and Times in our House, Reviews|
There are FOUR total possible entries for this giveaway.
1. Leave a comment on the bottom of this post on why you would love to win a set.
|September 2, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Adventures in Cooking, Life and Times in our House, Reviews, Weekend Update||
3 Bean Salad:
Classic salad of green beans, wax beans and kidney beans in a vinegar based, sweet-tangy dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
4 Bean Salad:
Classic salad of green beans, wax beans, kidney beans plus chickpeas in a vinegar based, sweet-tangy dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Thinly sliced potatoes and bacon in a traditional sweet-piquant dressing. Great served chilled, heated or at room temperature.
Southwestern Bean Salad:
Robust mixture of black beans, corn, hominy and kidney beans in a subtly spicy tomato-bell pepper, chili-lime seasoned sauce. Serve chilled, warm or at room temperature.