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Improvising, odds and ends and mini potato gratin recipe

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

We are having our first snow storm in about 18 months, and alas we left M’s boots at school Friday afternoon. So, we came up with these for some playtime in the snow: tennis shoes, her too-big snow-pants (‘cuz she has to wear them for two years) and some left-over packing tape. They were a little slick with the tape around the bottom in the front, but the back was still nubbly enough so she wasn’t falling over all the time. Worked for about 45 minutes to keep her feet dry...

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raising a child who isn’t afraid to cook, and ” I might like it this time” (hint, she didn’t…)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

Recently we made a quiche. We tried a new refrigerated dough. Alas, when M unrolled the first one, it stuck together and broke apart. I figured she did it “wrong” so I unrolled the second one very carefully, and it too broke and cracked and fell apart. Then, I couldn’t find the pie dish. So we improvised. We used a square Pyrex and pieced together a crust, which left us with extra dough. M asked if we could make a little blueberry pie. We had blueberries, so sure, why not? She...

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Trying new recipes: maybe delicious, but risky and expensive

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Blog Posts | 12 comments

So, I was flipping through Cooking Light and saw a new recipe for a cucumber salad I thought I would try. I find that I rely on the same dozen or so stock recipes, but occasionally I want to try something new. When I try new recipes, if one out of four is quick (start to finish 30-40 minutes max) and tasty enough (and doesn’t call for $12 worth of shallots of pomegranate seeds) to make it into the regular rotation, I’m pretty happy… A few things I noticed about tonight’s...

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playing chef, my cheap toy kitchen

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

Here is M when she was almost two. I was pining for one of those fancy toy kitchens (which she ended up getting for Christmas a few months after this photo, which is at right…)   The first “stove-top” was our laundry basket turned upside down, and I used a Sharpie to draw four “burners” on it.  She LOVED it. We had a cheap set of small pots and pans… She played with it a lot. With that success, we went ahead and spent the money on the fancy kitchen,...

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Playmobil family Meal #1: can you spot the “mistakes?”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Blog Posts | 11 comments

M is pretty obsessed with Playmobil, and I have indulged, since I pined my entire childhood for the pricey toys… After getting the kitchen set recently, and setting it up in the bookcase where they all live, we had a little fun… I have set up a scenario, and there will be more, and want you to see if you can spot some common feeding “mistakes” that can make it harder for kids to learn to eat a variety, or eat the right amounts or their bodies… I’d love to see...

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