WE KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO BE HEALTHY, because this cookie recipe was inspired by 101 Cookbooks. But we’re all pleasantly surprised to know they’re tasty too. (And when I say “we” I mean Phoebe and Estelle who keep hanging out by the little blue storage bin, longingly.) With a quarter of the sugar you’d usually find in a “sugar” cookie such as this, all we added was food coloring and love. In the form of hearts, that is.
EVEN THOUGH WE’RE IN ITALY where the 4th of July only means George’s first month birthday (and that’s only at our house), I couldn’t resist showing off some of these adorable Independence Day ideas from my favorite blogs. Here’s to you, USA! Looking forward to some major fireworks next year. [Read more...]
YOU DON’T EAT THEM EVERY DAY so why mess with a good thing? Because in our house we’re dealing with babies. And toddlers. And neither one is a pretty sight in the company of too much sugar. Actually, Estelle hasn’t really had sugar yet and Phoebe talks a good game but after a few bites she usually gives up–and we’ve got half a regular-sugar cupcake in the fridge to prove it. [Read more...]
CUTE, RIGHT? Didn’t matter. I could whittle these carrots into the shape of Phoebe’s smiling face and it wouldn’t make a difference. She doesn’t like carrots. Or zucchini. And the only thing that coaxed her into eating one of each (as is our family rule at dinner time) was the promise of “cake” afterward. [Read more...]
SO. MUCH. CUTENESS. Not sure if I can take it!
Looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration of my own, I clicked through some of my favorite blogs and all I can say is, wow. These are all unique ways to say it with sweets–and I especially love those with a nod toward nutrition. Gift tag shaped mini cookies atop a fresh pear, brilliant. “Owl always love you”, raspberry lemon cupcakes, dipped fruit, fancy pretzels and fudge with only two ingredients? What more could the little guys (or this pregnant lady) ask for? Actually, there IS more. Thank you so much to each of these talented bakers for allowing us to display their gorgeous goods in the first Foodlets Roundup of Amazing Ideas. Enjoy! [Read more...]
EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT REALLY A THING in Italy, I still like the idea of celebrating even the littlest of holidays. And you’ll hear no complaints from the mini members of our household. “A party? A present? Give it to me! I mean, yes please!” So I’m sure our Valentine’s Day will involve stickers (thank you grandma!) and some heart-shaped baking. If you want to get in on the action, take a look at some of my favorite ideas for gifts and activities on February 14.
from Williams Sonoma $13
EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT MUCH of a holiday in Italy, there was a Halloween cupcake decorating class last weekend. So I took it. It was in Italian, though the gracious instructors from Food Fairies both spoke English and did so to me every few minutes, making sure I was keeping up. Lucky for me, the first half of the class was devoted to sincere questions about how to use cupcake liners and the best beaters for butter cream frosting. You see, not only is Halloween not really done in Rome, cupcakes aren’t either. But it looks like they are now!