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Spooktacular Meals For The Littles : {Happy Halloween}

Halloween is in full swing in our house and the kitchen is no exception! If you read my blog, then you already know I am a fan of batch cooking. Meaning, I typically cook my toddlers meals for the whole week at once, depending on what it is. Since Mondays tend to be the day we typically stay home, it works out pretty perfect!

I knew I wanted to incorporate Halloween into her breakfast and lunches for the week. It was also important that I keep the prep work pretty simply for the days that we were out and about. Plus, we are not morning people and she is never a huge fan of eating at that time.

Cookie Cutters are usually my go-to for fun and simple! A few good metal cookie cutters can take a boring meal and turn it into a fabulous creation! So, I grabbed some Halloween inspired ones from the drawer.

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Breakfast

Halloween Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with Ghost Bananas 

Cookie Cutters: A cat, witch hat, and pumpkin

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 to 1/2 Cup Sugar

4 TBS Butter Melted

Bananas

Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

My daughter used the cookie cutters to make shapes out of the tortilla shells. Then she dipped them in the bowl of melted butter. Next she pressed them into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Lastly, we placed them on a a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes and Enjoy! You can store the remaining crisps in a tubber ware bowl on the counter.  (Note: I got busy and left them in for a few extra minutes and they were much darker then intended. So really pay attention to the timer.)

Cut a banana in half, to create two individual ghosts. Press chocolate chips on the bananas to create the eyes and mouth. Creating the perfect Spooktacular Breakfast!

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Lunch

Mummy Hot Dogs, Apple Teeth, & Pumpkin Carrots

1 Can of Crescent Rolls

Hot Dogs

Cheese

Apple Slices

Peanut Butter

Marshmallows

Carrots

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Roll out crescent roll dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips. (Note: My strips did not come out perfect by any means, but the Mummy’s still came out great!) Lay a slice of cheese under a hotdog and wrap the strips of dough around the hotdog and cheese, in a mummy like fashion. Use a little dough to create some eyes. Set them on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for about 17 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the hotdogs are hot. (Note: I made five hotdogs, but there was enough dough to use all 8 hotdogs if preferred. Once they were cooled, I placed the remaining mummy’s in a sealed tubber ware bowl. Put them in the refrigerator to have for the rest of the week.)

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We always seem to be pretty busy through the week. So when I plan to do a themed meal that requires a little extra prep, I try to make it as easy as possible. Buying the precut apples is one of those ways! While the hotdogs are in the oven, I pull out the apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows to assemble the apple teeth! Using a butter knife, I spread peanut butter on to one side of the apple slices. Line up the marshmallows on one slice and place a second apple slice on top. WALA! Apple Teeth!

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For the pumpkin carrots, I found this easy tutorial from Little Dairy On The Prairie!

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Snacks

Finally, no Spooktacular meal would be complete without dessert! Thanks to my husband for finding these super cute Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders!

Is Halloween a major deal in your house? What Spooktacular meals do you have planned for your littles?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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A Long Hiatus!

Hello Friends! I’m back!

I took an unexpectedly long hiatus from blogging. My originally intention was to come back at the start of the New Year, but instead I procrastinated. Why? Well, because my first post heading into the New Year was going to be the start of a 30 day home organizing/de-cluttering challenge. This is something I have been dreading, as it feel like such a daunting task! Although, I do need to get it done before the weather is nice so I am not stuck inside cleaning.

My hiatus from writing became significantly longer than what I expected because my toddler caught a stomach bug, which she then gifted to me. Needless to say, that alone was a fun two weeks!

My daughter lived on pedialyte, crackers, and toast. I lived on gatorade, crackers, toast, and jell-o. I thought for sure my daughter would share my love of jell-o, but unfortunately that was not the case. Luckily, we are now feeling better and I can get back to blogging!

So glad to be back!

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Little Hands in the Kitchen

Have you ever noticed that once you begin the process of making a meal, there becomes several tiny hands tugging and pulling on you? Yep, that’s me! It’s as if the kitchen fairies encourage my daughter to be right underneath me while I am trying to put things in the oven. I have found that including her in the process can make the whole experience go smoother. Notice I didn’t say faster? Having a toddler or young child help you in the kitchen can be an extremely messy and stressful experience, but it can also leave you with lasting memories. Ultimately, this is what I want as a mom – to make memories. I want to live in the moment and not always be concerned with the time or mess. Don’t get me wrong; I am still like any other parent. There are days we have time constraints… Days that I don’t want to clean up a big mess in the kitchen… Then I remember all of the fun we have and how much she is growing from these daily experiences.

I didn’t grow up in the kitchen. There are no memories of my mother and I cooking or baking together. That is not to say I didn’t have an amazing childhood. We had a lot of mother-daughter experiences, cooking just wasn’t one of them. I knew this was something I wanted to change when I had children.

When we had our daughter, we lived in a cozy, two-bedroom apartment of no more then 600 sq. ft. Needless to say my dream of being in the kitchen with my child wasn’t a possibility at the time. Fast forward 21 months later and here we are in our first home, with what I would describe as a large kitchen. While in many aspects I would not call in my “dream” kitchen, I would say its perfect for me. I actually have a dishwasher, room to move, counter, and storage space! So, while it may not have the charming appeal of beauty, it is the perfect place for making memories.

Aside from making memories, the kitchen is an excellent place for a child’s educational development. While my daughter stands on the step stool, I talk her through the process of our cooking/baking adventures. “We need a mixing bowl.” She responds, “Mixing bowl.” “Now I need to crack two eggs.” While she will no longer eat eggs, apparently it is hilarious to watch me crack them! I always count aloud the amount of cups or teaspoons I am placing in the bowl. Have you ever heard of Gallon man? He was a great teaching tool when I taught sixth grade. Within the next year or two I hope to have him proudly displayed in our kitchen, in an effort to make measurements easier to understand before our daughter enters kindergarten. The kitchen is the perfect environment for extending literacy and math skills.

Another positive to including my toddler in the cooking process has been to help combat the “picky eater” stage. Honestly, I was under the delusion that we would bypass this stage and so many others… Unfortunately, around 21 months it came full force. Having her assist me in dumping ingredients into the mixing bowl or stir seems to go along way in the mind of toddler. Plus, I always make a huge deal out of it! “Wow, you made this! I can’t wait to eat it! Do you want to lick the spoon while I put this in the oven?” The lengths a parent with go to have a child try something is AMAZING! If you saw me you would understand. I look like a giant dork – jumping up and down, while clapping! “Yay! You made some delicious food!” Whatever works right!?

Healthy eating habits were never a topic of discussion in my house. We hardly spent any time, if ever in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. Most of our foods consisted box meals, processed food, 85% fat ground beef, etc. See the pattern? But if you’re a kid who grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, healthy eating was not a big topic. Honestly, it wasn’t a prevalent topic amongst my friend’s parents or in schools. As a result, I have always struggled with my weight and eating health. This is not something I want for my child and future children. I want the discussion of health eating to be a regular topic from the start. But that it simply not enough – my husband and I need to demonstrate healthy eating habits as well. To be honest, we have done a great job thus far. We are not perfect and there are still things we are working on, but as far as our toddler goes – she eats more, well-balanced healthy meals then I ever did.

Is the kitchen the focal point of your home? Do you make beautiful, messy memories with your picky eaters? If not, give it a try – your children might just surprise you!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

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