Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 21 Oat Bars

We are busy people. It is a rare day when we stay home the entire day. Most of the time we go to the athletic club (for mom); shopping for groceries; get together with friends; or Audrey's music lessons. In the down time we cook and bake. That is why I love making portable foods. Audrey's sister is now old enough to want something to snack on while we run errands so we need items that are easy to eat. Oat bars are a favorite. We usually add raisins and sometimes chocolate chips. The next time we make them will be in our cute silicone baking cups because everyone loves a muffin treat! If you have a favorite oat bar recipe to share send it our way. We like the ones we have but are always looking for more.

August 20 Blueberry Muffins

Some days you have time to pull out your favorite cookbook and make a beloved muffin recipe from scratch. These are wonderful moments to cherish in the kitchen with your children. Other days a nice dry mix + milk is all you have time for. Children do not know the difference. Audrey loves to pour a mix out of the package and into a bowl. To her it is just a different form of dry ingredients. We try to bake from scratch when we can but some days that is not possible. Instead of missing out on fresh blueberry muffins we settle for a store bought mix and enjoy the next best thing.

Wordless Wednesday September 1

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 19 Bread Machine Baking

If you have ever had a young child underfoot in the kitchen while you are trying to do something you will no doubt think this whole idea of cooking with a 2 year-old is crazy. I used to think the same. Until I found that a lot of times Audrey calms down and is much easier to handle if I simply find something she can do. I started off with small projects and even then we had some trouble. There is very little in the way of how-to on cooking with children under the age of 5. What I found is that she had no problem simply placing ingredients in the bread machine and then pressing the button to turn it on. She simply wanted to help. Here is a cute video of her from one of our first cooking adventures. She is so young in this video.

Soon it will be Maurene's turn; she started helping a bit the other day. I was pulling basil off a plant I keep in the kitchen and she pointed to it. When I gave her a leaf she threw it on the pizza just like I was doing. Just to make sure it was intentional I gave her another one and she repeated the action. They learn by watching. Let your little one pour some flour in the stand mixer or help put the ingredients in the crock pot. It will be worth it in the long run.

Muffin Tin Monday August 30

We are still not on theme but we are working hard on rainbows so I thought it alright. Audrey and her sister accompanied me to the grocery store to pick out rainbows for lunch and dinner. I am going to try to offer as many colors as possible at every meal in hopes they will start to try and consume more. Here is their rainbow lunch:
Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tip of the Day August 18

Another favorite muffin recipe is Carrot Applesauce. If you pair one with a berry and grape yogurt parfait you can have a rainbow for breakfast or a light lunch. We are starting to focus on better eating habits now that Audrey has become a little more receptive to new tastes. She still does not always consume her rainbow but she is at least tasting it when we include her in putting the meal together. Along with our wonderful Eat a Rainbow kit from the Today I Ate A Rainbow website we have been reading about too much junk food for the Berenstain Bears and Charlie and Lola's book I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato. And I found a great cookbook and nutrition guide called 7-Color Cuisine. It promises to be a month of change for us in September. Check back to see how we do.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tip of the Day August 17

Another simple baking fix with a mix! We used a Jiffy cornbread mix and jazzed it up with shredded cheese. It was going to be dessert at first until The girls spied the cheese when I was looking for fruit to add. Cornbread is a great batter to add flavors to. It goes well with sweet and savory additions and tastes different with each combination. So next time you are at the store pick up a box of this versatile mix. Maurene wanted to help as well.

Tip of the Day August 16

The final days of our Curious Chef Pizza Party Kit giveaway are here. Do not miss this opportunity to win. Audrey loves and uses her Curious Chef knife all the time. It makes her feel so included to have her own tools in the kitchen.

We have been very busy at Audrey's house and have not had a chance to bake as much as we like. One of the recipes we will be making as soon as we get back to it is Mini Banana Muffins. It is a great recipe for using overripe bananas and it is very tasty. We have them a lot. I believe it is our time to make snacks for our Mom's Group and this should be on the menu.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tip of the Day August 15

There is a new cooking magazine for children called Chop Chop. It put together by a non-profit and is wonderful. We were lucky enough to hear about it in time for the first issue and ended up making several items. One of the best was the Applicious Oat Bars. They were so good Audrey's daddy ended up eating half the pan in two days. That is not uncommon for apple desserts with him. Back to the magazine. They are coming out with the second issue soon and I recommend you get a subscription. You will not regret it. You can keep up with them on their website, Twitter, and Facebook. When I got Audrey's subscription it was only $10 and now it is up to $15. Hurry!
Be sure to enter our Curious Chef Pizza Party giveaway! It ends soon and has low entries!

Thursday Blog Hop August 26

I am hoping to find some more followers and reach out to new online friends for Audrey and I. Here is our link for the Thursday Blog Hop. Please have a look around here and check out the other blogs. I am certain you will find something you like.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tip of the Day August 14

What is more fun for breakfast or snack than Monkey Bread? Even the most novice junior chef can help cut with a butter knife; stir the cinnamon sugar; or shake the bread up to coat. You can bake it in one large piece or in smaller chunks in a muffin tin. However you do it I know you will have fun. Select margarine instead of butter and whole wheat dough instead of white for a more healthy option.

Tip of the Day August 13

Flipping through an old church cookbook I came across a fun 3 ingredient bread recipe. Audrey and I had fun mixing the ingredients together and throwing the dough in the fridge. She had to try the butter and flour as we added them. I did not discourage this as I would like her to be open to try new foods.

Cottage Cheese Rolls

  • 1 cup of butter or margarine
  • 12 oz small curd cottage cheese
  • 2 cups flour
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for 4 hours. Divide into 3 balls. Roll out each ball into 12 to 15-inch circle. Cut 12 wedges as for a pie and roll up, starting with the widest part. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. 

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Add and mix ingredients
  2. Help pat and roll balls
  3. Cut into wedges (with guidance)
  4. Help roll up
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Assist
  3. Bake
These were so simple and fun to make. I loved the fact that we only needed 3 ingredients to prepare this wonderful recipe. Never overlook your church, market, or school produced cookbooks. They can be full of valuable recipes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday August 25

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Tip of the Day August 12

Baking with children can be a lot of fun. Especially if you skip the time consuming parts and go straight for the decorations. Audrey's Danya (grandma) shared this post with me from a visit this past May. We made sugar cookie dough but you can buy a tube at the store. After spreading the dough into a 13 x 9 pan we baked it until golden brown. Before it cooled completely we took cookie cutters and cut out the shapes we wanted to have in our cookie scape. We took purchased frosting and tinted it several different colors and frosted our design together. Audrey does really well at frosting if you give her a small spatula and guide her to spread to the edge. She had a blast with this design and kept going back to ask for another flower. If memory serves me I believe her Papa had several sections of this masterpiece.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tip of the Day August 11

I don't know about other children but Audrey loves cupcakes. She used to call them 'birthdays' and now they go by 'Muffin Tin Mondays' (because of the tins we use for her Monday lunch.) I have found that making our own is so easy and a great deal of fun for both of us. She usually wants to make them different colors and sometimes I let her. So that we do not end up with a large stock pile of sweet treats I have adapted a recipe to make 4 large ones or about 6 regular size. If you visit the link you will see that we sometimes bake these in small mugs and eat them that way. It is more fun that way. I recommend trying this recipe next time your little one wants to bake so you don't have to be the mean mommy who says, 'no more cupcakes!'

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday August 23

Today is a special edition of Muffin Tin Monday as we are practicing Eating a Rainbow. (We did not follow the theme, sorry!) Audrey and I went to the store with our rainbow chart and selected items to match all of the colors of the rainbow. She selected all fruit this time so we will have to work a few more vegetables in next time. When the meal was finished she moved the magnets to her chart that represent the colors she ate. This was a great deal of fun for both of us. It also gave me a very good idea of what the girls consumed in the way of fruit and vegetable servings. This helps me know when I am offering enough good, healthy foods to the girls to allow them to make positive food choices. We would not typically try to consume the entire rainbow in one meal but we are going to be traveling the rest of the day and I wanted to try to get as much nutrition in as possible before the lure of fast food hits the weary parents.

In addition to the beautiful chart and matching magnets there is also a book about children who eat poorly and how that impacts their health. By the end of the short story they are making good choices and feel better. We have read the book several times and Audrey is starting to talk about eating good foods. She would still love to eat nothing but cupcakes but she is starting to try food more now that she is a part of the process. I highly recommend looking into the Today I Ate a Rainbow website and seeing how you can encourage your child to make better choices.
Don't forget to enter our Curious Chef Pizza Party Giveaway, it ends soon (and there are very few entries!) These are cell phone photos so they are not the best quality. My camera eluded me for several hours.

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Tip of the Day August 10

One of the easiest baking recipes I have found for young children is Peanut Butter Bread. There are only 5 ingredients and the result is tasty. If you have a peanut butter lover in your house you should give this quick bread recipe a try. It tastes really good warm with butter and jam. I have to make sure not to have any of this around the house unless we have company to help consume it. Do you have a favorite quick bread recipe to share? If you try this one, please let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tip of the Day August 9

For my friend Libby we made a Food Processor Whole Wheat Bread. She said her fear of cooking with her toddler was that flour would end up every where. With the food processor that fear can be laid to rest. The only ingredients that do not go directly into the processor are the yeast and a little sugar water. This part can be made ahead and added with the other ingredients. In this way you can start baking with children who are not as capable or a little wild in the kitchen. I got this recipe from our Food Processor Bread Book.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Yeast Bread

  • 2 to 5 tbsp warm water
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3 tbsp powdered milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup raisins
Combine 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Fit processor with the steel blade. Measure the flours, wheat germ, dry milk, butter, remaining 1 tbsp sugar, coriander, and salt. Process on/off 2 to 3 times until mixed. Sprinkle zucchini over flour mixture. Process until zucchini is blended, about 5 seconds. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture. Turn on processor and very slowly drizzle just enough remaining water through the feed tube into flour mixture so dough forms a ball that cleans the sides of the bowl. Process until ball turns around the bowl about 25 times. Turn off processor and let dough stand 1 to 2 minutes. Turn on the processor and drizzle in enough remaining water to make dough soft, smooth and satiny but not sticky. Process until dough turns around bowl 15 times. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead raisins into dough. Shape dough into ball, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into smooth ball and place on greased cookie sheet. Roll or pat into circle about 5 inches in diameter.Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover breads and bake until evenly brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire rack.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Make yeast mixture
  2. Add ingredients to processor
  3. Operate processor
  4. Help knead dough
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help knead dough
  3. Bake dough
This was a great time. Easy to prepare and fun for the entire family. Maurene really wanted to help so I had to get the sling out so she could be involved. It turns out she just wanted to eat the dough. As long as I kept feeding her small pieces she was fine. Audrey was showing off for daddy in these photos. The first one was taken by me and the second, obviously, not. Enjoy.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Eat Local Challenge Day 3

We had many local items in our meal for this day but, alas, not a lot. The main course was pierogies and to that we added a zucchini side dish and a tomato in our salad. We had organic broccoli and lettuce from California and corn from Colorado. This time of year if it is not a squash of some kind it has been frozen, canned, or is from out of state. We are still getting tomatoes and cucumbers in our CSA but that was not enough tonight. I wanted corn. And Audrey picked out the broccoli. No mom is going to tell her toddler she can't buy broccoli. Audrey tried the broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, and pierogie. She found none to her liking but she did try them all on her own. That made me very happy. Here she is helping make the secretive zucchini side dish. We are recipe testing again so I cannot revel the recipe. It was a zip top bag with the ingredients inside. She enjoyed shaking it.
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Tip of the Day August 8

Black Bean Brownies are always a hit at Audrey's house. They are so simple to make; use the food processor which Audrey loves; and are gluten free for our friends who have gluten intolerance. We liked them so much we shared with our play group and now some of the other mothers bake them as well. I try to keep at least one can of black beans on hand so we can whip up a batch of these when ever the mood strikes us. Before you decide you could not possibly like brownies made with black beans, try them. You could make it your Green Eggs and Ham.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tip of the Day August 7

Audrey's daddy works a lot. This is what affords me the ability to stay home and cook with my children. No complaints. The reason I mention this is because Audrey will take any opportunity to spend time with her daddy. He decided to include her in making a (not very healthy) afternoon snack. They opened a can of crescent rolls; poured cinnamon sugar on top; and baked them. This made Audrey feel very important. She does not often get to take part in projects with her daddy. See if you can find some time for your little one to spend with a beloved parent, relative, or friend in the kitchen. I promise it will be remembered, even if you just make cinnamon sugar crescent rolls.

Tip of the Day August 6

Continuing with the idea that it does not take a lot of time to cook with your child, Audrey and I made cupcakes from a mix. The mix was on sale and directed at children so I splurged. It was very easy and fun for Audrey. She was able to use the egg beater that she adores as well as crack two eggs. I also let her color the cupcakes blue. This last part was more to disguise the fact that I slipped half a cup of shredded zucchini in the batter before we put it in the muffin pans. Audrey called the muffin pans her "Muffin Tin Monday" pans. I found that very amusing. The mix we used is from Arrowhead Mills Bake with Me series. There was also a $1 off coupon, muffin liners, and an offer for a free child's apron inside. A pretty good deal for the $2 I spent for an organic mix.
This was the only decent photo I got because Audrey sprayed batter all over my camera with her egg beater. We are still working on keeping it in the bowl.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tip of the Day August 5

Baking bread was the task that I was most certain I could never master. Then I got a bread machine and learned to love that method. I still felt that yeast baking by hand was beyond me. Until I made friends with the woman next door. She was a wonderful influence on me and showed me how to bake bread, make yogurt, and much more. I was still uncertain about how to be successful at bread making with a child in the kitchen. That is until I found the Bread in a Bag recipe. It is so easy for children to master as everything is mixed in a zip top bag. Try it yourself to see how easy it is and then invite your child to help you. I think you will find it a fun activity.

Eat Local Challenge Day 2

Audrey helped me roast a chicken from Hilltop Farms and cut up vegetables from our CSA, Mellowfield Urban Farm. To this I added pasta and sauce to make a nice meal. For dessert we had a watermelon from the Farmers Market and a Honeydew from The Merc. This was not a 100% local meal but it was pretty close.

Audrey's Tasks:

  1. Cut vegetables
  2. Peel shallots and garlic
  3. Add herbs
  4. Pour water over top
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Cut chicken
  3. Place pan in oven
  4. Cook pasta
I let Audrey cut the vegetables in any way she wanted and throw herbs in the pan wherever. When we poured the water in the pan to roast it the herbs mixed up and got over everything. After the chicken and vegetables were finished baking I took them out; cut the up; and mixed them with pasta and sauce. It was easy and good.

Tip of the Day August 4

Sometimes it is easier to just do the fun part. Audrey recently took a baking class where she rolled pre-made cookie dough and cut shapes; cut meat and cheese into animal shapes; decorated pre-baked cupcakes; and iced her cookies. We did not make the cookie dough or cupcake batter. This made it easy to keep Audrey involved because she got to do the fun part. If all of the work gets in your way just skip to the fun part. Purchase a roll of cookie dough or buy plain cupcakes. Then you and your helper can enjoy the best part of baking.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tip of the Day August 3

Baking can be a fun and easy way to incorporate healthy foods into a picky eater's diet. Audrey loves to make Baked Apple Pancakes for Sunday brunches. She is able to use her favorite Curious Chef knife, crack eggs, and lick batter. All fun tasks for her. The result is a treat with a lot of wholesome apples. If you have a budding baker in your kitchen I recommend the Williams Sonoma Kids Baking cookbook. It is so yummy!

Curious Chef Pizza Party Giveaway

Thanks to the wonderful people at Curious Chef we have another giveaway! This time it is a Pizza Party Kit with 15 items, including the fabulous knife and cutting board Audrey uses so much. This kit also includes 4 hats and 4 aprons so you can have your very own pizza party!

To enter simply leave us a comment with your child's favorite pizza toppings (Audrey's are ham and pineapple with extra cheese). Please include an email. If you would like an extra entry, visit the Curious Chef website and tell me something you learned about the company or products. Contest will run until August 31st at midnight. Good luck!

Kids Cook Mondays August 16

Audrey and I were a little short on time but I found a way to let her be involved with Kids Cook Mondays this week. I have been working a little Monday afternoons and have yet to get my meals prepared in advance so I picked up a skillet meal full of vegetables, chicken, and pasta. It still is not the healthiest of choices but I believe better than fast food or a delivery pizza. Hopefully next week I will have a crock pot meal or frozen dinner ready to go.

Audrey really wanted to help so I let her stir the meal and make toast. She enjoyed making the toast more than anything. She had to put the bread in the toaster herself and then I got out a spatula to help her spread the butter on a little easier. The only thing I helped with was getting the hot bread out of the toaster.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eat Local Challenge Day 1

Audrey and I picked up some local goodies at the Cottin's Thursday Market. We pick up our CSA (community supported agriculture) there so it was a great place to purchase local food. Here is Audrey picking out our vegetables:
And here she is paying for pierogies:
Here is our 100% local meal:

Muffin Tin Monday August 16

The girls had a small meal as we had snacks on our morning adventure to the Baker Wetlands. We had a lot of fun looking at dragonflies and flowers. Audrey asked for a Muffin Tin Meal on the way home. Last minute this was all I could get together. Audrey helped put the grapes in and cut the sandwiches.

The girls had PB&J star sandwiches, grapes, and a yogurt/applesauce mixture. Maurene's is the one with cut grapes and Audrey's is the whole grape meal.

Tip of the Day August 2

Baking is a wonderful and easy way to include children in the kitchen. They love the process and there are so many things they can do. Audrey started by pouring pre-measured containers of ingredients into a bowl and mixing them. Now she can help measure, crack eggs, and place the batter in cups or on baking sheets. It is so much fun. She also loves to lick the spatula when we are done (as long as there is no raw egg in the batter) and will get out a spatula if I have not. This month we are going to do some from scratch baking and some from mixes. I want to show how fun and easy it can be, regardless of your time availability.

Baking can be a little on the unhealthy side if you do not pick your ingredients well. Audrey and I like to make our special treats with a little healthy goodness inside. We make Carrot Cake Cookies from the Sesame Street Yummy Cookies Book because they have carrots and raisins to make our treats a little better for us.

What are your favorite healthier treats?

And the Winner is...Curious Chef Giveaway

Using Random.org we selected a number and it was number 19, Tami Kersten! She won the Curious Chef Pizza Kit with the fabulous knife Audrey loves. If you did not win, don't fret. We have a Pizza Party in a Box to giveaway from the wonderful people at Curious Chef! I will post that giveaway in the next day so please check back and enter to win!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tip of the Day August 1

August will be all about baking. Audrey and I do a lot of it and baking is easy to do with young children. You do not need any special tools and the outcome is almost sure to be consumed. While Audrey's grandparents where here she got to bake with her Danya (grandma) and she loved it. They made a simple peach shortcake using a recipe from the Bisquick box. The result was amazing. If you make your own baking mix I will include the recipe for you to make:
  • 2 1/3 baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
Combine mix, milk, sugar, and butter until a soft dough forms. Drop by 6 spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Top with whatever fruit you would like. The recipe calls for strawberries but we had peaches. Blend fruit with a little sugar and let it set for an hour or so.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help measure and add ingredients
  2. Mix
  3. Help place shortcakes on the baking sheet
  4. Ask a lot of questions about the batter
Grandma's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help Audrey
  3. Place shortcakes in the oven.
  4. Peel and cut peaches
Audrey could have helped with the fruit but she was napping. It would also have been a very messy task. You are invited to have your little one help cut the fruit as well if time allows. I think we are going to make this again soon as Audrey's daddy brought home a large box of baking mix and I do not have any other uses for it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

July Lunch Recap

July was a hard month for us in Audrey's house. We made it through and we are looking forward to baking in August. It is still pretty hot in Kansas but we will try to get most of it done in the early mornings. That leaves afternoons for snacking! Our first giveaway ends this weekend. If you are interested in the Curious Chef line this is the best set to have. Audrey and I adore her knife and cutting board.
Recap of July:

  1. July 1 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Toasted
  2. July 2 - Fruit Salad
  3. July 3 - Pizza Pockets
  4. July 4 - Tortilla Roll Ups
  5. July 5 - Hot Sandwiches
  6. July 6 - Strawberry Soup
  7. July 7 - Grilled Cheese with Jam
  8. July 8 - Nachos
  9. July 9 - Shape Sandwiches
  10. July 10 - Homemade Peanut Butter
  11. July 11 - Quesadillas
  12. July 12 - High Note Nibbles
  13. July 13 - Pizza Wraps
  14. July 14 - Mini Pizzas from Curious Chef
  15. July 15 - Turkey Melts
  16. July 16 - Mini Fruit Pizzas
  17. July 17 - Homemade Guacamole
  18. July 18 - Lunch Kabobs
  19. July 19 - Pizza Muffins
  20. July 20 - Fruit Salsa with chips
  21. July 21 - Cabbage Pizza
  22. July 22 - Peanutty Apple Italian Delight
  23. July 23 - Sneaky Chef Oat Bars
  24. July 24 - Cream Cheese and Fruit Pinwheels
  25. July 25 - Salad, on a Stick
  26. July 26 - Cinnamon Sugar Rattlers
  27. July 27 - Vegetable Salad
  28. July 28 - Bread Sticks
  29. July 29 - Grilled Cheese Pop Toasts
  30. July 30 - Breakfast Ice Cream

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tip of the Day July 30

It's hot here in Kansas. The weather will not give us a break. Many days we try to stay cool while still having fun and we are always looking for food that will not heat up the house. For that reason we made Breakfast Ice Cream for lunch. Audrey had a great time throwing all the frozen fruit in the blender and I was happy not to have to cook.

Grilled Pop Toasts

Another way to make grilled cheese, with a toaster! This idea came from an article in Parenting.com about making quick and easy pop toasts. I changed the filling to cheese and we have a great lunch idea that the girls devoured. I paired these with sliced apples and even I wanted seconds. The girls both enjoyed this easy meal a lot.

Grilled Pop Toasts
  • 2 slices bread, crust cut off
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 slice cheese

Butter both pieces of bread, and place cheese on one slice. Put other piece of bread on top. Use the tines of your fork to seal the bread slices together. Toast.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Butter bread
  2. Place cheese on top 
  3. Put sandwich together
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help Audrey seal with fork
  3. Place in toaster

We did not have sliced cheese and only whole wheat bread on hand. Both worked fine but I would recommend the whole grain white and sliced cheese.

Working meticulously

Shake Your Booty

This is an unflattering view of momma shortly after the birth of Audrey's little sister. However, it is too cute to not share.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pizza Bread Sticks

Pizza Bread sticks for lunch! Audrey and I always have so much fun making our food processor pizza dough I decided to turn the recipe into bread sticks. The girls loved it. They both ate well. And Audrey loved making them. I made an adjustment to the original recipe to replace a little of the white flour with whole wheat. It still tasted great and my girls ate a little healthier. Here is Audrey helping mix the yeast, water, and sugar:

Mixing the yeast with sugar and water

Instead of rolling out the dough as a pizza crust we tore it into smaller pieces and rolled it into bread sticks. These taste great with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top before baking as well. I baked them in a 425°F oven for about 15 minutes.

The last days of our Curious Chef Pizza Kit Giveaway are here. Enter soon!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday August 9

We had a last minute Muffin Tin Monday lunch. I made no plans to feed the girls this way but when it came time to eat and Audrey was in a spunky mood I invited her to help. I pulled out a few favorites and some leftovers hoping to have something decent. The girls ate it, that is all the matters.

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth