Archive for Crafts

Easter Bunny & Chocolate

Happy Easter!

Working on the boys Easter baskets. So what are you putting in the Easter Basket? Feel free to comment below.  What are your healthy choices? Here is a list of things that we have put in the boys basket . Yes chocolate is in their basket it would not be Easter without a few chocolate eggs right?

Our Easter Basket Goodies

  1. A summer outfit and a few tee-shirts
  2. Fun games they can play with each other
  3. Card games
  4. I also made both boys a CD with their favorite music for the car
  5. Play-doh

I found a web-site click here. That had free printable. Here is what they look like. I have mine all printed out and ready to go for Easter Sunday for the boys to have their egg hunt

 I love this recipe thought I’d share with you. Turkey Stuffing! Need a easy stuffing recipe for your Easter Turkey?  Simple yet tasty recipe. *Recipe found on Cooking Nook*

Best Turkey Stuffing

3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
4 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried savory
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
14 cups dried white bread, cubed

In a large frying pan, melt butter over a medium heat. Fry onions and celery together with the dried herbs, salt and pepper, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a very large bowl. Add the bread cubes and mix well.

If you are making the stuffing ahead: Transfer the cooked vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Let cool and refrigerate in an airtight container for 24 hours. Mix with bread cubes before stuffing the bird.

Stuff the turkey at both ends with this mixture. (see our Roast Turkey Recipe for directions on stuffing the bird).

IMPORTANT:
Stuff the turkey just before baking it. Do NOT stuff the bird ahead and let it sit, even in the refrigerator. It can become infected with bacteria and make you quite ill.
feel free to share your favorite stuffing that you use.


Enjoy your Easter Weekend with loved ones!

Advertisements

Comments (2)

Everything Green for March

Green with envy it’s March! Or is it the fact that I have Irish roots? Either way I love this month. I will share with you my own personal favorite green vegetables and what you can do with them be it crafts, or recipes. I will also talk about some great green fruits and what crafts, and recipes I’d like to share with you. Starting this year because my boys are 2 & 3 years old I have a fun ritual that I found on pinterest. I will start this tradition this year, I’m excited for their reactions!

A bowl of lucky charm cereal (only on this day) I’m not a personal fan of sugar cereal (however once in a while is A.OK with me) & a glass of milk with some green food colouring is absolutely the best way to wake up on St. Patrick’s Day! I will follow-up after March 17th with my own photos with my boys enjoying this once a year treat! If you end up doing this with your little one(s) please feel free to share your personal photos! You can always post them on Baby Yums fan page If you have any traditions you’re doing with your little ones to celebrate this day please comment below and let us know what you do!

Looking for some fun crafts for this month to do with the Kids? I have a two and three yo and both very active boys. There is nothing more fun then a messy craft! I’m looking forward to spring so we can get out and enjoy the great outdoors and do more fun crafts!! Here are a few of our personal favorites! I will post “original” post to crafts!

Wee little shamrock men

hand print leprechaun’s

St. Patrick’s Day free printable

Here are some great green veggies & fruit plates that are fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day along with a few fun recipes for older kids! Original link posted!

Nothing says a Pot of Gold like Jello! A great treat for any age!

Here is a good one for little eaters (you can omit salt & use unsalted butter)
Green Pea Puree
Ingredients

  • 3 10-oz. packages frozen peas
  • 2 bunches watercress
  • 1 cup canned chicken broth
    3 tbsp. butter
  • Salt
    Instructions

    1. In a saucepan, cook the peas and watercress in the stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon and put into a food processor with the butter, leaving the stock in the pan. Add stock until the puree is smooth and thick, with the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes. Makes 8 to 10 servings

Heres a really cute one for pre-school children Leprechaun lunch
here is a great “green veggie dish! you can also turn this into a shamrock stamping craft. ENJOY!!! or you can also be creative and make a rainbow out of a bunch of fruit a great healthy snack!

Please share with use your go to creative breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinners. I will be posting a dinner recipe that is in our newsletter. If you’d like to sign up for Baby Yums newsletter click here. It’s only published once a month! Great little read!

Looking forward to seeing all of your comments.

Leave a Comment

It’s all in the cookie cutters at our house.

It’s all in the cookie cutters at our house.

A couple of months ago, I realized my own boredom, when it came to packing my kids’ lunches, was starting to affect which foods were going to school. I was falling into the trap of choosing “convenience” foods because they were easy. It was a disappointing realization, because I really believe in teaching my children the value of good and healthy eating; I was a mama who made all my own baby food, after all.

In the New Year, I declared a change was in order. I went online, I read blogs, I floated around on Pinterest. I found beautiful lunches, that I wanted to eat myself! And more importantly, I saw beautiful messages in those lunches. They seemed to say, “I picked the best and healthiest foods for you because I love you.”

And so the, lunchbox revolution, began at our house. I opted for the Bento Box style so portions are appropriate for their appetites and healthy choices are on display as soon they pop the lid open.

Since my very rudimentary beginning, I’ve continued to find inspiration online, but I’ve also started to throw in some of my own ideas. Mini cookie cutters are my new addiction. At least one of them comes out to play each day: high fives for test and presentation days, a wee heart to ease worries, and a wiener dog when some giggles are in order.

I also stared packing fun mini-muffin liners with treats like popcorn or jelly beans, because I feel the small portion helps them to appreciate the idea these foods are a treat, not a food choice. I think they also show the kids how much fun you can have with food.

The best outcome for me is the fact my kids’ lunchboxes are coming home empty and even better, the notes from teachers about my son having a rough day have disappeared – it seems the fact he used to leave his lunch uneaten was taking its toll.

If you’re struggling with filling lunch boxes, find a great starting point; there are many. Just start reading, there’s inspiration and heart-shaped cheese everywhere!

**********************************************************************************************************************************

Louise Gleeson is a freelance journalist and mother of four. Her professional portfolio can be viewed at www.louisegleeson.com and you can follow along as she shares stories from everyday life on her blog at www.latenightplays.com.  You can also find her on twitter @louisegleeson

Comments (1)

%d bloggers like this: