bell pepper sailboats

bell pepper sailboats, foodlets

WHEN IT COMES TO CUTE FOOD SOMETIMES PARENTS GRUMBLE, “But then they’ll ask for something special every day!” I imagine my brood like little emperors reclining on fluffy pillows with pipes perched in the corners of their jam-smeared mouths. In come the demands: “Bring me my grape caterpillars!” “You call that a spider sandwich?” “WHEEEERE is my… 

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strawberry chia seed pudding pops

strawberry chia seed pudding pops

NOT EVERY KID IS A CHIA SEED PUDDING LOVER. I know. I have four small kids now and they’re all doing this thing where they’re developing their OWN tastes. It reminds me of this great post from Facebook, “I want my children to be independent headstrong people. Just not while I’m raising them.” But when a mother’s… 

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3-Ingredient Chia Seed Refrigerator Jam

3-ingredient chia seed refrigerator jam

WHY MAKE JAM when in the year 2015 it’s very easy to zip right down to the Food Lion and pick up a jar or seven? And what about your mom’s delicious homemade recipe? Here’s my case for chia seed refrigerator jam: Store-bought or homemade, jam is typically full of sugar. Making traditional strawberry jam… 

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7 Nutritious Finger Foods for Babies (the Whole Family Loves, Too)

nutritious finger foods for babies the whole family loves

HEALTHY BABY FOOD DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PUREED. And it can be part of a meal you’re making anyway. When it comes to great finger foods for babies, here are 7 of my favorites–which happen to be elements of family favorites as well. 1. CRUSTY BREAD (OR TOAST). We serve a loaf of crusty bread with… 

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Lemon Yogurt Cakes with Blueberries

lemon yogurt cakes with blueberries

{SPONSORED POST} THERE’S A SECRET TO MAKING A CAKE MOIST. Add yogurt. This time, it was Yoplait Greek 100 Whips and the result was delicious. I learned about yogurt cake when we lived in Italy. Estelle was about a month old when we took a weekend trip to Umbria and did all sorts of things I… 

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slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples

slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples, foodlets

THIS IS THE JUICIEST SLOW COOKER PORK I’VE EVER HAD. We have another awesome (and simpler) recipe for slow cooker pork here but this one, inspired by Real Simple, works even harder. If you’re worried that picky eaters won’t try it, this pulled pork uses two strategies for serving kids new foods: Bridge foods, serving a new food… 

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Mini Broccoli & Cheese Patties (“Broccoli Cookies”)

mini broccoli and cheese patties foodlets

PSSST. THESE ARE NOT COOKIES. But my kindergartener insists these broccoli & cheese patties are. Because of the shape. Obviously I did nothing to deter the automatic adoration that came with the name. I just got out the Ranch dressing and continued to mind my own business. Yes, I totally believe in Ranch dressing as a… 

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