Baby Feeding Tips
Posted by Keiko Zoll
Toddlers and messes go hand in hand. It’s simply a part of life as a toddler! I could spend every waking minute chasing after Judah with a baby wipe in hand… Or, I could take a far more Zen approach to toddler messes.
Dare I say it: I’ve even learned how to love the mess.
Posted by Janssen Bradshaw
Halloween season is swiftly approaching which can mean a month of sugar, sugar, sugar.
While I’m happy to let my little girls eat fistfuls of candy on October 31st, I don’t want the whole month to be a never-ending stream of treats.
But I still want to be a fun mom and make the month festive.
These ideas for fun healthy snack options let me be fun without suffering the consequences of a month of hyper toddlers.
- Ghost Milk. Use black stickers or a black washable marker to draw eyes and a mouth on a clear glass and then fill it up with milk (or, if you’re packing it in a lunch box, remove the label from a milk bottle and draw the face on there!).
- Clementine or Orange Pumpkins. You’ve probably seen the peeled clementines with a tiny piece of celery in the top to look like a pumpkin – it’s darling! If that’s too much, just draw a little face on an unpeeled clementine or orange with a pen or marker.
- String Cheese Ghosts. Unwrap a piece of string cheese and then shred the bottom half to make wispy ghost ends. Add some raisins or mini chocolate chips as eyes!
- Candy Corn Fruit Plates. Use peeled pears, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks to make a candy corn shape. Easy and healthy.
- Pepper Pumpkins. Cut the top of an orange bell pepper out like you would a pumpkin. Remove the seeds, then carefully cut a face in the front of the pepper. Replace the lid and voila! Tiny jack-o-lantern. For even more fun, fill the pepper with a thick dip like guacamole or hummus.
- Spider Web Mini Pizzas. Spread an English muffin with tomato sauce, then use a piece of string cheese to make long strands of cheese and arrange it on top of the sauce in a spiderweb pattern. If you’d like, add a tiny spider or two cut from pepperoni! Bake until the cheese has melted.
- Cheese Pumpkin Sandwich. Use a sharp knife to cut a face into a piece of American cheese, then place the cheese slice on a piece of bread.
- Apple Slice Monster Teeth. Cut two thin apple slices, then smear peanut butter on one side of each slice. On one piece, arrange yogurt covered raisins like teeth, then put the other apple slice on top of the raisins with the peanut butter side down.
- Spider Plums. Stick eight toothpicks into a plum (four on each side) to make a black spider. Add eyes with chocolate chips or dots of frosting if desired.
- Banana Ghosts. Peel a banana and cut it in half to make two little ghosts. Use chocolate chips or raisins to make eyes and a mouth. Serve immediately.
What are your favorite healthy Halloween snacks?
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Posted by Kristel Acevedo
I mentioned in an earlier post that gallo pinto is one of my family’s favorite Nicaraguan dishes. We visit my grandmother once a week, and she will usually cook a little something for us with Liam’s help. It’s fun for him to learn and we all get to enjoy the delicious outcome.
This week we had gallo pinto. The secret to a good gallo pinto is to use day-old rice. I’m telling you, it’s the best. Then you can mix in the beans and any other leftovers you may have. That’s what I love about my grandmother’s gallo pinto. It’s always a little different depending on the mix-ins she adds. Check below for the recipe.
Posted by Carmen Ordonez
Lately, I’ve been looking for quick and easy recipes that I can prepare for the entire family. The other day, I found this picadillo recipe that was a huge hit.
Picadillo is a traditional Latin American dish made up of ground beef, tomatoes, and other ingredients. This recipe also called for raisins, which gave it a nice, sweet taste. I’m from Miami and eat this dish all the time at Cuban restaurants, but it was the first time I actually tried making it at home. It was packed with flavor and so much easier to make than I thought. I mixed it with some rice, and my little one absolutely loved it. We had leftovers for the next day, which is always a lifesaver.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dish with some Latin flavor, you might want to give this one a try. Here’s how to make it: