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Mickey Mouse Takes Over Our Kitchen!

Mickey Mouse runs our house! If you have seen my recent post about birthdays, then you know my daughter had a Minnie Mouse themed 2nd birthday. To be honest, I think that’s where it all began.

While she loves all things Minnie Mouse – from the t.v. shows to the bowtique toys, its Mickey who is steering this ship! She has three different sets of plush Mickey/Minnie Mouse stuffed animals and while she loves them both dearly, Minnie often gets tossed to the side. Usually with a resounding, “Don’t want it!”

So, what has created this household rift between the beloved Mouse duo? My guess – our kitchen!

Mickey Mouse has now taken over our kitchen and that’s no joke! My toddler constantly asks for all her favorite foods, which consist of – you guessed it, Mickey Mouse! Everything from Mickey Mouse Waffles, to Mickey Mouse Pancake Poppers, and Mickey Mouse Pizzas.

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It all started a few years ago, during one of my Black Friday Shopping trips. I came across a Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker, which quickly became a huge hit. So, this past year I was on the hunt for another kid-friendly kitchen appliance. Insert Mickey Mouse Cake Popper, which quickly became a Pancake Popper breakfast staple!

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In betweens these two purchases I was trying to come up with a Mickey Mouse lunch option, so she would quit begging for waffles at every meal! That’s when I came up with my Mickey Mouse pizza recipe!

Ingredients:

Minnie/Mickey Sandwich Cutter (found at Wal-Mart for $2)

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

Pizza Sauce (When I am in a pinch I grab a jar. Otherwise I grab some tomatoes and make a basic homemade sauce.)

Spinach (or whatever veggie your toddler enjoys)

Pepperoni (I prefer to purchase slices from the deli, but boxed ones work just fine.)

Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use the sandwich cutter to cut out the amount of Mickey Mouse heads needed from the tortilla shells. Spray the same number of muffin tins needed with cooking spray. Place Mickey Mouse ears up in the muffin tins. Spoon on pizza sauce. Layer with cut up pieces of spinach and pepperoni. Top with cheese and place in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan!

Eat. Enjoy. Mickey Mouse!

What foods are your toddlers currently obsessed with? How do you make food fun?

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Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

One of my favorite networks to watch is the Food Network. I’m always fascinated by how quickly people can come up with recipes off the top of their head – especially when it comes to the kids baking challenges. I can’t believe these children can make gourmet baked goods without following a recipe.

While I’m no gourmet chef, I do consider myself a pretty good cook and baker.  Over the course of the past seven years I have become pretty good at substituting and omitting items from a recipe, on the spot.  I can even whip up a simple meal without the use of a structured recipe.  Of course, like anyone I’ve had my share of both recipe failures and  successes!

Then, it occurred to me as I was planning my daughters breakfast and lunches for the week – I have always used a structured recipe when it comes to baking.  If I can prepare simple meals without a recipe in front of me, certainly I could bake without one. I mean, I have been baking for a long time, so I knew I was more than capable of coming up with my own recipe using all the basic ingredients. So, earlier this week, that’s just what I did!

My daughter has been on a chocolate chip kick for the last several months!  Every week  she asked for the same things, chocolate chip pancakes and waffles. Of course I’m big on variety, so this is not something I make every single week.  When I do, I typically omit sugar from the recipe or use a very small amount. For me, it’s a personal choice. I feel adding chocolate chips is more than enough sugar content. So if I’m going to make chocolate chip pancakes and waffles, I typically make a healthy batter.

However, when it comes to muffins, breads, cupcakes, and cakes – I always use sugar.  I have made healthy breakfast muffin recipes in the past. The ones where you omit the sugar and use Greek yogurt, applesauce, or honey.  Unfortunately, my daughter was uninterested in most of those recipes.  Her request for this week was chocolate chip pancakes and I thought, while I could make them for a second week in a row –  why not throw caution to the wind?  Why don’t I try to make a healthy chocolate chip muffin without following a structured recipe?

It’s raining muffins!

I had a bunch of leftover bananas from the week before, oatmeal in the cupboard, and about a half a bag of chocolate chips.  I figured with that and all the basic baking ingredients I have in the cupboard, I could make a pretty good muffin off the top of my head.  So I set to work in the kitchen on my own baking challenge!

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup oats

1 cup chocolate chips

3 ripened bananas (mashed)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1  teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of nutmeg

2  large eggs

1 cup milk

1/4 cup of brown sugar

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray. Fill each tin with batter 3/4 of the way full. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.

Final product:

Constructing these muffins without a specific recipe is something I found to be very easy. Having baked so often, I felt all the basic ingredients come to me very quickly.  My spice cabinet was brimming with all the usual suspects.  However, I did get tripped up in a few places. Eggs. How many did I need?? Some healthy recipes that I’ve done use no eggs. General baking recipes use between one and two eggs,  so how many was I supposed to use?  I decided that it was better to use a little more than a little less when it came to this ingredient. So I settled with two large eggs.

Sugar was the next thing to trip me up.  When it comes to breakfast batters and chocolate chips, I typically omit the sugar or only used a few tablespoons.  Since my daughter doesn’t like those healthy muffins where you omit the sugar or substitute it for something else I wasn’t 100% comfortable leaving it out. At the same time, I wasn’t comfortable using a whole cup of sugar, as I typically would for a baked dessert.  It took me a few minutes to finally decide, but I just couldn’t seem to go without the sugar. So settled on about one fourth of a cup of brown sugar.

After adding the bananas and all the other dried ingredients. I realized I needed something liquidy to combine them all into a batter. So I added the eggs. I quickly realized, that eggs alone, were not enough to combine everything.  So I’m standing there wondering what I was missing?  After several minutes it finally occurred to me. Milk!  So I added one cup of milk and began to stir.  Slowly it began looking like a typical batter. By this point my confidence was building. Maybe I didn’t always need to use a recipe for baking? Maybe I could experiment on my own, like so many others? Of course the real test was the first bite.

The muffins were delicious! I realized later in the day after already eating three muffins that I forgot one typical baking ingredients – butter. I thought to myself, was it OK that I accidentally left out butter from a baking recipe? Then I realized, yes, yes it was!  They tasted amazing! So why mess with with a good thing? Later that evening I’d also  come to the realization that I had made one healthy batter my daughter enjoys, which has no butter, but does include one cup of milk. Her simple pancake recipe – with chocolate chips added of course! So while I think I could tweak a few things for next time – maybe even omit the sugar completely. In my opinion, they were pretty darn good!

If you haven’t baked anything without using a recipe. Give it a try! You just might make an excellent creation!

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Recipe Failure

It’s no secret that I enjoy creating new and delicious recipes for my toddler. Inspiration seems to be everywhere, as my newsfeed explodes with short video clips of tasty foods. We even enjoyed a few amazing dinners from those videos. So, when I saw a breakfast recipe which appeared to be easy, quick, and appetizing – I knew I had to give it a try.

Recipe Failure…

The recipe had ingredients my daughter loves – toast and cheese. Eggs were also a main ingredient. Like any toddler, sometimes she loves them and sometimes not. So, I began changing a few things. Here is where I began my first recipe failure in a VERY long time.

Recipe:

  • Use a spoon to indent the center of bread
  • Crack and drop an egg in the center
  • CHANGE: My daughter is big on texture. If I cut into a piece of toast and orange oozed out, she wouldn’t try it. So I scrambled the egg…
  • Buttered the edges of the bread and placed shredded cheese over the butter
  • The egg soaked through the bread like french toast
  • Had a little egg left over, so I dumped it on the bread and placed it in the oven immediately
  • Cook at 400 F for 15 minutes

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This recipe inspired me to try the same thing with other ingredients my daughter loves! Also a recipes failure…

Recipe:

  • Use a spoon to indent the center of bread
  • Place cut up strawberries in the center
  • Pour pancake batter on top
  • Sprinkle sugar around the edges
  • Cook at 400 F for 15 minutes

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The eggs were overcooked and the pancake was undercooked! Needless to say – I tossed them out and made a typical pancake for my girl! While my adventures in the kitchen aren’t always successfully, they do create some great memories.

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What was you latest kitchen catastrophe?

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