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I microwaved scrambled eggs for the first time.

Seriously, where has that been all my life?

I’m always a bit hesistant to cook eggs in the morning because it’s such a hassle.

But microwaving?  What a life saver!

I’ll be the first to admit that microwaved scrambled eggs are NOT as good as stove top scrambled eggs.  However, it’s a quick and easy way to get some eggs for breakfast.

I scrambled two eggs into a microwave safe bowl.  I added some Lawry’s season salt for taste.

Then, I popped them into the microwave for 30 seconds.

At that point, only the outer edge of the eggs are cooked, so I stirred it all up and added another 30 seconds.

Stirred that up again and did another 30 seconds.

By then, most of the eggs are cooked, only a small amount of liquid is left.  I mixed that around and found that they remaining liquid cooked itself as the eggs were sitting there and mixed.

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And there they are in all their microwaved glory.  Now the consistency is much firmer than eggs I normally cook on the stove top.  I supposed microwaving them for less time, or adding some milk could soften the consistency.  However, I didn’t mind the firmness at all.

In fact, I believe that the firm consistency is the reason K liked them so much.  She usually spits out my stove top scrambled eggs.  I think it may have something to do with the slightly mushy texture it leaves in her mouth.  But these eggs were a hit!

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And here is a very blurry shot of the action.  (Yes, we were eating breakfast in the living room on the couch.  Sometimes, we like to live on the wild side.)

I can’t wait to experiment with some add-in ingredients to make these eggs more exciting and yummier!

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M has been pretty obsessed with hot cocoa lately.  She saw it on one of the TV shows she likes to watch and has been asking for it for awhile.

Last year, we tried to buy her a hot chocolate from Starbucks to try, but she just wasn’t into it.  So this year, I was a little hesitant to let her try it.  However, it’s been a year.  A lot can (and has) change in a year.

Hubby came home one weekend morning from running errands and treated M and I to some Starbucks in bed.  I got a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and M had a kids hot chocolate.

She LOVED it.

Those kid’s hot chocolates are so small and the temperature was just barely warm enough that she ended up guzzling the whole thing within minutes!

I knew she was hooked.

I’m all about making things at home now without having to rely too much on mixes or overly processed items, mainly because of her peanut allergy.  It was relieving to see that the can of baking cocoa that I had in my pantry had a hot cocoa recipe.

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Hot Cocoa

1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking cocoa

A tiny splash of milk to mix it into a paste.

1 cup of warmed milk to mix into the paste.

Super simple, right?

Everyone’s microwave is different, but I warm up M’s milk for about a minute and half, while I warm up my milk for 2 minutes.

She loves this.  It’s not too sweet at all.  The sugar can be adjusted to taste also.  You don’t have to rely on those packet mixes that can be too sweet.  This one is just right amount of chocoately sweetness.

I bought my baking cocoa at Sprouts, but I’m sure you can use any brand of preference.

It’s the perfect drink for these cold winter days and nights!

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Have I told you how much I love my Kitchen Aid mixer?

I absolutely LOVE it!

I made snickerdoodle cookies last week and they came out perfect!

I followed the recipe on this page.  It was super easy to follow.

I made the cookie dough the night before.  When I got home from work, I cranked out a bunch of cookies.

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They look store bought!  I love it.  They were super soft on the inside and not too sweet at all!  I think I ate about three while I was baking them. 

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Don’t they look so yummy?!  Since the first time I’ve made them, I had to make another batch while my parents and brother were visiting for Easter.  I reall y think this is going to be something I will be making all the time!

Click here for the recipe and give it a try!

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That’s an M-sized bite!  She absolutely loved them!

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In the quest to find more foods that my daughter will eat, I found this great recipe for Baked Chicken Fingers.  Clicking on the link will take you to the website where I found the actual recipe.

I used it as a guide for my own chicken fingers and modified based on what we had on hand.

Here is the recipe, based on the link above:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Based on this recipe above, this is what I did:

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of dry Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

My measurements were only rough estimates.  I actually did things more “to taste.”   Always take a taste of the breadcrumb mix BEFORE adding the raw chicken. 

To start, I set the oven to 400 degrees to pre-heat.  I took the chicken breasts and sliced them into about 4-5 pieces, depending on the size.  I put them into a bowl and tossed them in the vegetable oil.  I made sure that the chicken pieces were fully coated.  Then, I transfered the chicken pieces into the larger bowl where I made the breadcrumb mix.  I tossed that around until all the pieces were coated.  I placed the coated chicken pieces onto a foil-lined, cooking sprayed cookie sheet.  I baked the chicken for 10 minutes, then turned them and baked them for another 10 minutes.

The wasn’t too crispy, but it did have a nice light coating full of flavor.  M, who doesn’t usually eat meat, ate one and a half pieces.  I served the chicken fingers with some pasta shells and M LOVED it. 

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Don’t they look so yummy???

Share some toddler friendly recipes in the comments!  I’d love to try them!

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M loves pizza.  I knew I had to figure out how to make our own pizza.

Thank God for the internet (and the Kitchen Aid).

I followed this recipe: Pizza Dough

It was very easy and it came out just like it said it would.  I have no qualms about it..

M enjoyed watching me the pizza dough that she just HAD to get in on it.

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She spent a good 45 minutes playing with the tiny left over piece of dough AND the loose flour.  She played around while the rest of the dough was set aside to rise.

Because I didn’t have a round pan, I just spread the pizza dough out on to a cookie sheet.  We baked the pizza for about 13 minutes at 450degrees on the cookie sheet.  Then we took the pizza out of the oven, let it sit for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.  We transferred the pizza from the cookie sheet onto a crisper mat into the oven for another three minutes at 450degrees. 

The pizza came out nice a doughy (the way M likes it) but with a good slightly crisp crust at the bottom. 

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This was our pizza for the night.  It had steak and spinach on it.  I had forgotten to brush olive oil on the crust when we initially put it in the oven, so the crust was very pale.  When we put the pizza back into the oven on the crisper, we brushed to crust with olive oil and within those three minutes of baking, there was a little more color to the crust. 

The pizza dough recipe makes two pizzas.  We had pizza for dinner the next night, so we just wrapped the left over dough in plastic and placed it in the refrigerator to be used the next night. 

I’m so glad this came out so yummy. 

Does anyone want to share any other pizza dough recipes?  Leave them in the comments below!

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A few days ago, I wrote this (click here) about hiding veggies in M’s smoothies..

It was a success for the most part. 

Here’s what we used:

– Milk
– Banana
– Blueberries
– Honey
– Spinach leaves only

Don’t ask me about quantities, I never know.  Hubby and I usually just eyeball everything. 

We didn’t make much, we didn’t want to waste it if M didn’t end up liking it, but I know we used roughly 10 leaves of baby spinach. 

M took a spoonful of her smoothie and liked it.  We continued to spoon feed her the smoothie until it got a little too watery.  It wasn’t as thick as our usual smoothies are, I’m not sure why..

We took the remainder of the smoothie, put it in her favorite cup with a straw, and gave it to her that way.  She loved it!  She called it “smoothie in da Belle cup with straw.”  

She didn’t finish the serving.  She had dinner about an hour and a half prior to the smoothie.  I’m still very happy she took it. 

She never tasted the spinach in the smoothie.  I tried it, and the spinach was completely masked by all the fruity flavors.  I can’t wait to try other recipes.

Leave some smoothie recipes in the comments below.  I’d love to hear some suggestions!

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Having a picky toddler means being creative with our food choices..

More often than not, our attempts fail.  She will either taste the “offending” food, or she will find the “offending” food hidden in the food she is eating.

I tried to hid pieces of cooked carrot inside the shell of her chicken and shell soup.  She found it and proceeded to inspect every shell I tried to feed her after that.

I figure I should try not to get caught hiding things like that from her or else she could end up with some major trust issues in the future.

So, now Hubby and I are trying the smoothie route.

Tonight, we are going to attempt to sneak in a few spinach leaves in a smoothie consisting of milk, banana, blueberries, strawberries and honey.

Wish us luck!

I’ll keep you posted… in the meantime, can you recommend some good toddler-loving smoothie recipes?  Post them in the comments below!

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When my brother was young, during any meal, my mother would accompany his food with gummy bears.  It got him to eat whatever my mom would try to feed him.

For years, I thought it was the strangest thing.  Not only because gummy bears don’t necessarily go with Filipino food, but because I never got to have any.. no.. I’m not bitter.

It was a phase my little brother went through during a picky eating phase of his life.

I swore that I would never do that with any of my future children.  Gummy bears just didn’t feel like a good habit to get my child to eat.  It was just weird, but my mom stood her ground AND my brother ate.

Well, now, M is going through a super picky eating phase.  All she wants is pastas, breads, and rice…

I read on Babycenter that bribing may not necessarily be a completely bad thing, so Hubby and I have been trying to give M some incentives. 

Cookies, m&ms, yogurt, ice cream… they may not be the best choices, but they’ve been working.  She’s sworn off meat, but now will try 1-2 bites during her meal.  She’s been refusing some vegtables, but will now eat a few. 

I understand the lure of the gummy bears… I understand my mom’s intentions..

My motherhood lesson??
You really don’t know how you are going to deal with your child until you are actually dealing with a child..

What are some of the ways you get your picky eater to eat?

M is currently all about the pasta.  She loves noodles.  LOVES noodles.

Every dinner time is like an episode of Chopped on the Food Network.  Will I get put on the chopping block?  Will my food be good enough for M?

A few nights ago, I passed the test!  She LOVED my dinner, she had three servings!

I made beef with brocolli and udon noodles.   I don’t use measurements when I cook, but I will try to describe the meal as best as I could.

I started off by slicing up some beef into strips.  I browned the beef with some olive oil and garlic.  After it cooked, I poured a can of chicken broth over it.  I seasoned the broth and beef with some soy sauce and fish sauce.  I’m sure you can substitute fish sauce for oyster sauce depending on your flavor preferences.  After I seasoned, I added the broccoli to start to cook. 

While that was simmering, I started to cook the udon.  I buy dry, organic udon noodles at an Asian grocery store.  I boiled it according to the directions on the packaging.  After the noodles cook, I rinsed the noodles with some cold water. 

After the noodles are cooked, I go back to the beef and broccoli.  I added cornstarch to the broth in order to thicken it up so that it becomes a sauce instead of a broth.  Once the sauce thickens, I tossed the noodles into the mix.

The sauce coats the noodles and it’s just so yummy!

M LOVED it.  Every time she’d take a bite, she’d say “delicious!” 

It’s those moments that make me so happy to cook for her.  I just wish that she’d do that with EVERY meal that I make for her…

Are there any recipes you’d like to share that are toddler friendly?  I’d love to hear them!

I made Filipino Menudo. I rushed home from work to get the meat going, cooked as fast as the food let me so that by the time M and Hubby came home, dinner was almost done.

M didn’t like it.

I made meatloaf.  I spent a good amount of time tediously chopping some veggies to incorporate into the meatloaf.  Cooked as fast as the food let me so that the food would be done by the time M got hungry.

M didn’t like it.

It’s very frustrating.

It’s not that she’s super picky.  It’s just a major guessing game to see if she’s going to like the food being prepared.  AND even if I cook something that she’s been known to like one day, it may not be the same the next time.  She may like it today, but will she like it two weeks from now if I make it again?!

It’s a battle.

The foods that seem to never fail usually involve some sort of pasta.  But who wants to eat pasta all day, everyday?  Not me! 

Recipes.  Send me recipes.  What did your kids like? 

I’m open to trying new things… just nothing majorly preparation-heavy…

Leave a comment below.


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