Category Archives: Toddlerhood

A Seusstacular Birthday!

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Miss Stella is turning 2 here very soon. The theme for her party? Glaringly obvious. It totally has to be a Cat in the Hat theme!

Yesterday I finished her invitations.

(I don’t know why the color is so off, that happened when I uploaded them to Photobucket- when I get time I’ll probably re-shoot and re-upload and replace this shot.) 

I’m pretty proud of them. I created them in Pages, an entirely new program to me.

I stole the concept, and that awesome rhyme from “Andrew’s Second Birthday Party” over at Annie’s Eats. 

~T

Hey, remember me?

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Poor Miss Stella and I were both struck down with a nasty cold, resulting in both of us ending up on antibiotics for one reason or another. Between the two of us the bug hung out in this house for 3 weeks. I don’t wish it on anyone (many, anyway)… it’s taken me forever to feel back to normal and to find any ounce of motivation to complete something. Anything.

Poor Stella is still rather clingy in miserable. Trying to find activities to keep us entertained has been… entertaining.

Woe is me aside, I’m wrapping a practically weeklong birthday celebration with my closest friends and family. I feel like I’m going to need another week to recover!

Last weekend my mother, sister and husband put together an amazing surprise party. I was so touched by the people who traveled to celebrate with me!

Monday my mother and I went up to the Museum of Play to meet Stella’s favorite character in the Whole Wide World- the Cat in the Hat. (Whom she affectionally calls Go-Go.)

From afar? Go-Go was the coolest.

Oh, wow, Mommy! Go-Go!

Up close? Not so much.

My husband took the day off to spend my birthday with me. We had an amazing day that started with my favorite breakfast ever with my two favorite people ever.

With zero plans for the day doing whatever Stella wanted to do became the primary plan.


Glow in the Dark Sand by Crayola.

We began our Saturday by building the coolest fort ever. Complete with guard dogs.

You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten breakfast in a fort.

Then we snuggled up and watched Shrek 2.

That evening my parents took Stella and we went out for an amazing dinner.

Sunday my family took us to brunch and then came over to hang out.

My sister made amazing conch fritters.

That disappeared too quickly for a picture.

And we wrapped up the weekend with a Stella Parade. (If you haven’t participated in one- you’re missing out!)

“Erin, clap!”

Now I promise to return to some at least semi regular posting.

Easy Roasted Garlic

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It’s such a simple thing that adds such awesome flavor to just about anything!

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel off flaky paper off the outside of the garlic, but leave the cloves attached. Trim off the top of the head of garlic and place on some tin foil.

Drizzle with olive oil. You could even get fancy and throw in some extra herbs or spices, depending on your game plan for the garlic.

Seal up foil.

And pop that sucker in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves are nice and soft.

Let cool and squeeze out the cloves.

They should really ooze right out.

I used this particular head of garlic to make some Roasted Garlic Flaky Biscuits  by For the Love of Cooking to serve with the big ‘ol pot of chili I had made up.

I just plopped the garlic in and broke it up with the whisk. The biscuits were a huge hit.

And as usual she was a huge helper.

Toddler Approved “Sugar Free” Cookies

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Thanks to my father who provides my kid with a ginger snap or 3 every.single.time.we.see.him she now has an obsession with cookies. I recently discovered that if I puree vegetables and tell my daughter it’s dip she has no problem chowing down- with just a spoon nonetheless- and asking for more. So along those lines I set out to find a cookie substitute we would both be pleased with.

A girlfriend recommended this recipe for No Sugar Oat Drops. Below is my version. I chose my ingredients based off of what I already had, but am anxious to try some more variations.

Now, I say “no sugar” because aside from the obvious sugar in the fruit, the coconut I used was sweetened.

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped (I used a mix of walnuts and almonds)
1 cup dried fruit (I used 1/2 chopped dried prunes, and 1/2 raisins)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the oats, coconut flakes, salt and seasonings of your choice together.

Toddlers are fantastic helpers for this.

I gave the nuts a good whirl in the food processor to make sure they were toddler friendly before mixing those in as well.

Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches. Because I used prunes mine got pretty clumpy. Once I broke the clubs up with my fingers I gave the whole thing a few whirls in the food processor, too.

Dump the mixture back into the original bowl and mix the bananas, oil and vanilla until smooth.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients,

and stir until well combined.

Bonus of no eggs? She can nom on all the batter she wants!

Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. My oven tends to run hot so I started at 17 minutes. I think I could have gone a little less.

Now the true test: Will the toddler eat them?

Success!