Crumby!

Recently, my son had to say “farewell” or “see you later” to one of his dearest friends who had been relocated here in a transient situation like many of  us.  Their dear teacher gave me permission to bring in some treats, with that….

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Thinking and thinking what to bring in???? Something easy to transport, something the kids will enjoy…cupcakes, no! Something simpler.  What did this little boy from Thailand truly enjoy, you ask?   None other than good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.  Bingo!

With that I made a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pizza pan, served to the children like a slice of pizza!

Added a little hand-made message and voila, it felt genius but really just FUN!!!!

I used a classic chocolate chip recipe and filled the pizza pan with all the dough.  Cooking time varies based on you pizza pan, but approximately 20 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

What else can you tell your nine year old son when he is so sad…It is just CRUMBY to see your friend go!  and yes, you will miss him but thanks for technology and the sometimes “small” world where we live, you may cross paths again soon!

With that a BIG HUG….

 

 

 

With Love!

Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like homemade sweet treats. This year, spread the love while getting the kids into the kitchen with one of these family-friendly Valentine’s Day recipes. From hand-rolling rich chocolate truffles to decorating sugar cookies, kids will feel proud of their creations and empowered in the kitchen. Plus, these […]

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Snack Time Blast Off…Energy!

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Cocoa Bombs

¾ cups coconut oil

2 large eggs

¼ cup Honey

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup unbleached sugar (if you like sweeter cookies add an extra ¼ cup of sugar)

3 cups of rolled oats

1 cup of unbleached White flour

½ cup of whole wheat flour

½ cup of unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven to 325 F °.

In a blender process the 3 cups of rolled oats, until you reach a consistency similar to flour. Add coconut oil, eggs, honey, vanilla and cinnamon, blend well. In a seperate bowl stir together sugar, cocoa, flour and baking soda. Add liquid from blender into bowl and mix either by hand or with a mixer until everthing is well combined. The cookie dough will be thick.

On a silicone mate or parchment paper drop 1 ½ inches of cookie dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes .

Makes approximately 36 cookies. Freeze and enjoy whenever you need a chocolatey wholesome snack.

 

Sharing is Caring….

When we went plastic-free, we cut store-bought snacks. Those processed foods come packaged in plastic in one way or another—either in plastic bags, or in plastic bags tucked inside cardboard boxes or individually wrapped in plastic and then stuffed into yet more plastic bags. So we started making more snacks from scratch—stovetop popcorn, crackers, dips […]

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Breakfast Fun…EASY!

If you are like me and your kids are still on holiday vacation, start their day with a little fun that’s simple.

Breakfast the first meal of the day, get them involved.  We typically make pancakes once per week.  Sometimes they are simple with just whole grain flour other times they may have fruit and chocolate chips in them.

For this particular activity I chose a simple recipe as follows:

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup of white unbleached flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

1 cup of  2 % milk or almond milk

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix all dry ingredients.  Make a well in the middle and add all the liquids.  Stir until smooth.  Let rest a few minutes.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan.  Pour about a 1/4 cup for each pancake.  Cook until golden brown.  Set aside.

Grab some cookie cutters and whatever toppings your kids love chocolate hazelnut spread, jams, honey, peanut butter…you get the idea.

Let them cut away their shapes.  Top and even sandwich them together for great morning activity to start the day out.   Our kids help with the entire process but if you want to limit the mess have the stacks ready to go for when they wake up–Surprise!

The remaining scraps do not go to waste, they become breakfast!

 

Stars!

 

 

Winter Simplicity…Spruce Up!

After a bit of a hiatus…I am back.

Something fun and easy you can do with your kids.  Maybe “spruce” up your house or brighten someone’s day.

It is my opinion that fresh flowers or greenery always brighten up a space.  If you are also like me, well, I am trying to cut corners and expenses.  Buying fresh flowers, or cultivating them from your garden or a friend’s is not always feasible especially in different places on the globe.

Do you know that spruce or evergreen tree in your yard?  It is a great option to make a simple arrangement and enjoy it’s natural scent.

Try the following:

1 glass vase, recycled glass bottle or an unmatched old glass from your kitchen

Several pine cones, rocks, fabric scraps ( I found felt to work great) or sticks (whatever you find lying around outside or inside for that matter)

Depending on the size of your vase/cup fresh cut spruce or pine (anything green) different lengths to arrange

Place the objects either pinecones, rocks, small pieces of sticks in the bottom of the vase/glass so it is about a 2/3 full.  Arrange your fresh cut limbs.  The objects you placed in the bottom will hold up your branches.  I added water to keep these alive a bit longer.

Voile…easy and inexpensive!

Check out this simple holiday design for more ideas….

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Other ideas using scraps of felt and a stick from the yard.

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Random glass with stones.

 

Healthy Ice Cream recipe video — WANDER the WORLD

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Summer is here, and that means many delicious flavours of ice cream in overload! From chocolate chip to peanut butter-jelly and from blueberry sorbet to strawberry cheesecake, choice in abundance! But as much as I love ice cream, a healthy lifestyle and body means a lot to me as well.

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Tasty Summer Recipes- Part Two! — foodwasteaced

With summer getting even closer and closer, we’ve planned out a delicious menu for the season that you can use for your family and friends whether your hosting one person or a party of 100! As promised, here is the highly- requested part two to our summer recipes post! This time, the theme is picnic […]

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