low sugar coconut cookies (a 101 cookbooks makeover)

low sugar coconut cookies from Foodlets

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… 

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Snap, crackle, fun! 3 last-minute food ideas for the 4th of July


4th of July Layered Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen 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… 

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Better-for-you Valentine’s Day cupcakes from a mix (chickpea variation)


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… 

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Heart-shaped carrots and zucchini

all heart shaped carrots

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.  


10 absolutely adorable ideas for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Valentine's Cookies

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… 

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Valentine’s Day gifts & activities for mini-foodies

apron from pottery barn kids

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… 

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Cookie Recipe Makeover: Martha Stewart’s Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps

Chocolate snowcaps on Foodlets.com

GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF both Christmas and New Year’s (and least where resolutions are concerned) me and my team of mini-bakers set out to makeover a cookie recipe from the master, Martha Stewart. As you may or may not know, I used to work at MSLO. Not as a cookie expert, but rather a… 

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Halloween cupcakes for kids

Halloween cupcakes

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… 

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