Sneaky Peanut Butter

As I have mentioned before, my kids are super stubborn and picky eaters.  So I always am trying to sneak at least one thing into their food.  Today I was sneaky with their peanut butter and honey sandwiches!  Yes… you can totally sneak something into this simple dish.

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My kids got an extra dose of fiber and omega-3 vitamins today!  All it takes is a little sprinkle of ground flaxseed as you are spreading the peanut butter.  It mixes right in and they don’t even notice a thing!

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Next to that I served up some XOXO and heart apples with some sliced grapes!  It is very frustrating trying to feel like a good mom and getting your kids any possible nutrients you can, but today I felt like I got a little bit of a mom win!  Do what you can and know you are an awesome mom!

 

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Monkey making Monkey Bread

My sweet monkey had so much fun on her birthday party!  And one of her gifts, from her awesome aunt, was The Disney Princess Cookbook! It is a darling book and very easy to follow.  Our first recipe to try was Abu’s Monkey Bread!  So fun and she did so great!  I’m so proud of my little chef!  She is really having fun in the kitchen with me and it is so wonderful to have something to bond over!  I highly recommend this cookbook for your own little princess.  I would also love to find more kid friendly cookbooks, so let me know if you find some good ones!

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I’d say she did pretty dang good!!!  It did not last long!

Here’s the recipe so you can give it a try with your little one!

Abu’s Monkey Bread

(As written from the cookbook except my own notes in parenthesis)

Ingredients

3 Cups Flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cold butter (We used softened)

1 1/4 Cups milk

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup White sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

6 Tablespoons Butter, melted

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°.  Generously grease a nonstick fluted tube pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  With a table knife, cut the butter into small pieces.  Use your fingertips to pinch the butter into the flour mixture until the lumps of butter are about the size of peas.  (We used a pastry cutter)  Then stir in the milk.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 seconds.  Pull off pieces of the dough and shape them into 2 1/2 to 3 dozen golf ball-size pieces.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  5. One at a time, dip the dough balls into the melted butter, roll them in the sugar mixture, and place them in the prepared pan.  Stack the balls on top of one another until the pan is full.
  6. Ask an adult to help you at the oven.  Bake the monkey bread for 20 to 25 minutes.  You can tell if the bread is ready by sticking a toothpick into it.  If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done baking.  Set the bread aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  7. Use a small spatula to gently loosen the bread from the sides of the pan.  Now it’s time to turn the monkey bread out of the pan.  Be sure to ask an adult for help with this step!  First place a serving dish face down on top of the fluted tube pan.  Next, hold the dish and pan together securely, and flip them over.  Slowly lift the pan off the plate and release the monkey bread.
  8. Let the bread cool slightly. Then pull pieces from it and enjoy!

 

I am an avid believer in getting kids cooking in the kitchen!  I hope you are inspired by this and take action to let your little ones get their hands dirty.

Enjoy!

 

Honey Suckers For Sore Throats

My sweet four-year old little girl has had a terrible sore throat.  I wanted to stop feeling like I couldn’t help her, so I did a little research instead and made her some honey suckers!  I threw in my own touch with some essential oil, and she loves them.  She was so happy for a special surprise and now instead of tears I can see comfort!  Makes me feel like a good mom when I can create something healthy and helpful for my kids.  Here is the recipe!  I highly recommend them!

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Get Well Soon Honey Suckers

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Lay lollipop sticks out on the covered baking sheet. ( I did not have parchment or lollipop sticks, so I got creative and cut up wood skewers and used tin foil.)
  2. Pour honey into a pan and heat until boiling.  Boil for 10 minutes until candy thermometer reads 300°F.  (If you do not have a thermometer like me, you may test the honey by dropping some into a bowl of ice water.  If it hardens it is ready.)
  3. Once it has reached 300° remove it from the burner and stir in cinnamon and 1 drop of On Guard.   Let it cool for a while to thicken.  This will make it easier to pour.
  4. Once thick enough, pour over the sticks.  The thinner they are the sharper they will be, so try to make them thick.  You can reheat the honey on the stove if it hardens too much in the pan.  Let them cool completely and keep them in an air tight container.

Origional Recipe here

Reading is an Adventure for Two

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Trying to find balance in life can be a little harder to do with children.  But they can be the best part of that balance if you let it.  One of the best ways to grow and gain a wonderful relationship with your children is through jumping into a good book with them.

Your exuberance for a story can build their love for reading, as well as a love for adventure.  Together you can learn new things, discover new places, and escape the stresses of life.  We all have those moments where we want to be a kid again.  We want to feel free from grown up life.  Our kids see that stress and can feel it too.  They want us to be happy, so why not escape to a land excitement with them?  There are so many benefits of reading and as parents we are responsible for helping our children.  So pick up a book and have some fun!  (Silly fun voices and accents required.)

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  1. Building a Good Relationship – Spending time with them shows them you love them and are willing to make time for them.
  2. Speech – Children learn how to speak and say words through listening.  The more variety of books you are reading and how you enunciate will help them learn proper speech.
  3. Higher Aptitude for learning–  Children who are read to early on are shown to do better in a formal learning environment.
  4. Concentration and Focus – A child who learns early on to sit and follow along in a story will have a better time focusing and concentrating in school.
  5. Language and Communication skills–  Reading provides a way of learning how to express their feelings as well as understanding what others are saying to them.  We only say so much in the day for them to learn from.  Books provide language and situations that may not come in everyday life.
  6. Logical Thinking– They will understand cause and effect, and apply logic in their lives.  There are many books out there with stories that require logic and problem solving.
  7. New Experiences– Sharing a story that is relevant to a new situation that your child is experiencing can help them acclimate and remain more calm.
  8. Reading is fun!-  Your child is going to be reading A LOT in the years to come, so we have the responsibility to show them how much fun it can be!  Find books with subjects they are interested in and become active and engaged in it with them.

Not only will this help your children learn and grow, it will help you as well.  Reading is good for the brain and can de-stress the body.  So grab your kid and a book and go on an adventure!