Cute Crustless Sammies

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Mini Thor was recently diagnosed with a diary allergy so we have made a few adjustments in the way we eat. We have lots of recipes to share and we are going to get the party started with this fun dairy free idea we just love..Cute Crustless Sammies! It’s a tasty and fuss-free kid favorite whether you have allergies to worry about or not. Kids love fun shaped foods!

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Here’s what you need…
– Whole Wheat Tortillas
– Peanut Butter (or your kiddos favorite nut-butter, like almond butter)
– Cute Cookie Cutters. We used a shark and a fish this time.

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The How-To:
These are quick and easy! Just use the cookie cutter to cut 2 of each shape you are using.

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Spread a thin layer of peanut butter (or other nut butter) on one tortilla and then add the other as the top and you’ve got the cutest little sandwich ever!

Pair with fruits and veggies and you have a tasty dairy-free meal for your little one!

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Mini Thor made quick work of these sammies!

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These sammies are simple to make and will surely bring smiles! Using a wheat tortilla means no crust and no crumbs, plus you’re sneaking in some whole grain, and that means happy kids and happy moms! We hope you try them and love them as much as we do!

Keep making memories,
-Kate

Back to blogging…hopefully!

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Mini Thor and I have had a rather busy the past few months and the blog ended up rather low on the priorities list, But oh I have missed it so! Things got kind of crazy for us for a while.. Little man started preschool in September, then holidays, and we’ve had doctors appointment and procedures out the wazoo (which are getting complicated to schedule, how many times am I going to end up saying “we need a different time, he’s scheduled to see dr. -insert name- that day,” seriously, so many appointments), and of course the normal intensity that is being a single mother to a high-needs child / full-time college student / office manager at a non-profit….Needless to say, we’ve had a lot on our plate. Things are settling down now it seems, well other than the normal busy. Mini Thor is on an every 3mo with one doctor and every 6mo with two other doctors, and -knock on wood- we have all the procedures and test out of the way now.
We’ve still been making memories and having fun, there just has not been time to blog them. Maybe now we can start sharing again!
Plus, we are embarking on a new adventure. Mini Thor has been put on a Dairy-Free diet. We will be trying out recipes so hopefully we will have some to share!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and rockin’ 2014! Keep making memories,
-Kate & Mini Thor

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Fingerprint Doodle Art

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Mini Thor has been sick again and that means I’ve been trying to keep an active little munchkin occupied indoors. Luckily we have this amazing book called “The Big Book of Things to Do”. It has science experiments, crafts, magic tricks, etc. He loves picking something out of this book. Our latest endeavor was making “Fingerprint Doodles”

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It’s simple yet can be full of imagination.

You just need an ink pad, paper, and a pen!

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After the fingerprints dry let your little one add faces and designs to create their own little world!

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Mini Thor made some cool little people, flowers, bugs, and a helicopter out of his prints.

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It was wonderful watching him use his imagination!

We hope you give this a try!
-Kate

Cranberry Almond {No Bake!} Granola Bars!

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So I was cruising through Pinterest the other day and I kept seeing different recipes for chewy granola bars. I thought “hey awesome I can make granola bars with pronounceable ingredients!” It’s amazing (and I don’t mean in a good way) what nonsensical things are in prepackaged food! Ok ok, getting off my soapbox now. Back to the granola bars… I pulled the best parts of a few different recipes and did some ingredient swapping and I ended up with yummy yummy in my tummy easy to make granola bars! So I give you.. Cranberry Almond {no bake} Granola Bars!

What you need…
The Basics:
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter (4tbsp)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup quick cook oats (get Gluten-Free Oats, like Bob’s Mill, if you are on a GF diet)
The Fix’ins to Mix in:
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup shredded or flake coconut
1/4 broken up pretzel sticks + a few more to press on top of the bars (we used Glutino pretzel sticks, which are super tasty and Gluten-Free!

Add the sugar, butter, almond butter, and honey to a medium pan and heat over medium heat.

Tip: for measuring things like almond butter and honey, this Pampered Chef measuring cup is my hero!
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Bring the sugar mixture to a low boil and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat.

Add your oats and stir to coat. Once it’s all evenly coated let it cool for five minutes.

Now it’s time to add in your fix’ins!
Doesn’t that look like a tasty pot of heavenly goodness!!!
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Mini Thor helped me mix in the goodness
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Line a casserole dish with parchment paper and then spread your granola in the dish. Top with some extra pretzel pieces and use the bottom of a cup or bowl to press everything down really well.
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Let that goodness chill in the fridge for 2 hours and then you can cut them. You end up with about 12-14 bars depending on what size you want them to be.

What emerges are delicious, nutritious sweet, salty, chewy (insert more adjectives as needed haha) granola bars!!!

I took half the batch to Granmomma and received this text two days later…
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The great thing about this recipe is the flexibility. Use “The Basics” and you can add what ever “Fix’ins” you and your family would like. You can even substitute the almond butter with peanut butter if that’s what you have handy. These bars can be made a number of ways….although I must say they are pretty darn tasty my way 😉. I hope you whip up a tasty batch of your own to be enjoyed by the little super heroes in your life.

-Kate

Wreck-it-Ralph “Drive-in Movie” Night

Summer is coming to an end. Boooo! With my fall semester starting I wanted to get some fun in with little man before the busy-ness starts. I took a few days off from work and we hung out and played! We played outside, made stuff, had lunch with Granmomma downtown, visited our favorite coffee shop for some bubble tea, went shopping, and I just soaked up the memories! I love spending time with my little sidekick!
One of the fun things we did was make an empty box into a car for a drive-in movie in the living room! Mini Thor got to pick out the movie and I planned a supper to go along with it. He was so excited all day as we assembled and decorated the car!
Markers and a cardboard box can be extensively entertaining to a small child haha! I just set him loose decorating it however he pleased.

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I cut a paper plate to look like a steering wheel and let him decorate it. If you attach it with a prong then the steering wheel will be able to turn! Mini Thor loved turning the steering wheel and “driving” his car!

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We added another cardboard piece as a roof and black paper plates as wheels! The Mini Thor Mobile was complete with windows and all!

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Mini Thor selected the movie “Wreck-it Ralph” for our Drive-in Movie Night! If you haven’t seen it yet, we highly recommend it!

Of course we had to have some fun snacks and supper to go along with the movie!

For our appetizer we had “Sour-bil Grapes” (these are like the monster snacks from our Monsters Inc movie night)

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These are so simple, just washed grapes + jello mix! He mixed them up all by himself and then enjoyed them in his car!

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For our meal I got creative and Mini Thor was so excited when I told him what I was making! Here’s a look at the menu…

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I got my inspiration by checking out a list of what video games were in the film ,and there were a lot! Mini Thor had requested Dino Nuggets so I was thankful the the game “Primal Rage” was in the movie. So the Dino nuggets became Sauron nuggets! The Mac&cheese and the fruit salad dishes are both PAC-Man references, as you probably guessed! Mini Thor now request that I make Mac&cheese like that every time haha!

For our movie night activity we made Sugar Rush race cars! We used graham crackers, marshmallow cream, peanut butter, marshmallows, candies, and sprinkles to build a pretty sweet car!

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Mini Thor got to wreck-it when we were done (of course) an he ate the marshmallow wheels haha!

For dessert we had “Tapper’s” Root Beer Floats!

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We had so much fun planning this night together! We hope you take this inspiration and have a movie night of your own!

Keep making memories,
-Kate

Fluffy Bath Paint

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Mini Thor used to loooooove taking a bath and wanted to take several baths a day, but suddenly he refuses to take a bath! I don’t know what caused the change, but seriously, little boys NEED baths! They play in the mud and dig in the dirt, find bugs, and collect rocks…being a boy is messy business! I’ve had to come up with a few ways to bribe him to take a bath make bath time more fun! One of those fun things is Fluffy Paint!

These paints are super simple to make; they are just shaving cream + food coloring! A fellow momma to a sensory kid told me she tried this with her little boys (shout out to M.J.) and I just had to give it a whirl!
You can mix them up in an ice cube tray, muffin tin, or in our case the jello Jigglers mold from our “Monsteriffic Jellotastic Movie Night”, pretty anything with sections will do.

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Spray shaving cream into each section and add 1-2 drops of food coloring. Stir together the two ingredients and you’ve got fluffy bath paints!

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Mini Thor has a blast with these!

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They are fun for painting the tub walls…and also adding hair-dos to rubber duckies!

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Have some fluffy fun!
-Kate

P.S. Try some of our those bath time favs…
Like these bath paints
Or have a snow day in the tub!
Or maybe a glow bath like we have done many times. Just put glowsticks the bottom of the tub during a bubble bath!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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Mini Thor and I love to play outside! Kids need sunshine and fresh air! I try to come up with fun new things for us to try and I had seen SideWalk Chalk Paint on Pinterest like a million times so I whipped some up for us to play with. This paint is so simple to make and the best part is…it is washable!!!

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Here’s what you need..
– 1 Cup Corn Starch
– 1 Cup Warm Water
– Food Coloring (a few drops of each color you want to make)
– Containers (like muffin or cup cake baking containers, I used silicon baking cups)
– Paint Brushes (Basting Brushes work great for this!)
These are all things you probably have in your kitchen! This activity would be great for an impromptu afternoon in the sunshine!

The How-To:

Whisk together your corn starch and water in a small bowl.

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Pour some of the mixture into each of your containers and then add a few drops of food coloring to each one. Stir it up and that’s it, you’re ready to go paint!

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The colors will be dark when you first paint them onto the sidewalk but they dry in beautiful almost neon colors!

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We had so much fun with this! Mini Thor got to splatter paint all over without worrying about getting his clothes messy or getting paint everywhere. Its a beautiful thing when children get to play in absolute freedom! He had droplets all over his white shirt and it washed out no problem!

Give this fun activity a try and I bet you’ll see some smiles 🙂

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And all the excitement might just wear out your little one!

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-Kate

Painter’s Tape + Imagination

Mini Thor has been sick again…yes, again! He hates being stuck inside all day so this momma has to get creative. This time we put a roll of blue painters tape to some fun uses!

How about indoor hopscotch for those times when the Motrin is working and your sick kid suddenly has a burst of energy?

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Or our new favorite sick day activity… Making roads with the tape for cars to drive on.

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I made a tunnel and a garage using the empty box and Mini Thor helped me make the roads using the painters tape. He picked out some cars to drive around and we made some buildings out of Lego Duplo blocks!

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Wonderful Granmomma even got in on the fun when she stopped by with some food for us!

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She was pretty darn good at making voices for the Lego people. I’d post the video of he grandpa Lego voice but she’d kick my butt! Haha!

Mini Thor makes amazing houses!

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I wonder what else we could do with the painters tape?

-Kate

Pitas to Personal Pizzas!

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We all have those nights when we need supper to be something quick an easy. Top that with a side of picky kids and you have a recipe for difficulty. Never Fear, this momma has a solution. Simple, easy, and everyone gets to have it their way…Pita Personal Pizzas!
With just three ingredients + toppings these pizzas are so simple a toddler could make them.
You just need pita bread, pizza sauce, cheese, and your fav pizza toppings. We kept it simple with plain ol’ pepperoni.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and start creating.

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Bake for 10 minutes and ta-da everyone has their own customized pizza!

Mini Thor approves!

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He loves making his own pizza. We usually have a picnic in the living room floor when we have these. He loves having picnics. 🙂

These pizzas are a great way for the whole family to make dinner together!

Added bonus, these are low cal pizzas! You can eat your whole pita pizza for under 300 calories if you leave off the pepperonis and add some veggies instead. With pepperonis you’re still only at about 350 calories!

Enjoy 🙂
-Kate

Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night

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Mini Thor loooooves the Disney Pixar Movie “Monsters, Inc.” With the new Monster University movie coming out this month there is Monsters stuff all over Walmart. He spotted a Jell-O juggler mold with the faces of a few characters right next to “berry scary” flavored jell-o, so of course we just couldn’t pass it up! There were a couple other jell-o uses that I’d been wanting to try as well, so I thought we’d just make a night of it. A Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night!

First we made Jello-Jigglers so they could sit for three hours in the fridge and be ready for dessert after supper.
This is the end result…

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They turned out awesome and Mini Thor loved them!

Next I fixed “Monster Snacks” for us to eat while we watch the movie. I made Jello Grapes and they were a hit! (There are many many posts out there with this idea so I’m not sure who actually came up with this genius snack.)
Here’s the how to..

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Mini Thor and Aunt PeyPey both loved them! They were gobbled up quickly and I had to make a second batch!

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(You may want to use a lighter colored jello if you are worried about messy fingers)

Next we made some “Jel-doh,” homemade play-do using jello mix! I’m kind of weird (which you may have guessed already) and I just can’t stand the smell that store bought play-doh leaves on your hands, yuck! so when I found a recipes for making this scented dough I just had to try it! If you have a little one who may be tempted to taste play-doh this dough might be a good trial before using other modeling clays with them.  If they eat this it won’t do any harm, although I can’t imagine it tasting very well. 

Here’s the how-to…

In a small saucepan combine the following:

– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup salt
– 1 Tbsp cooking oil
– 2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 cup water
– 1 (3oz) package of Jello

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Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough becomes the consistency of mash potatoes.

Remove from pot and cool on a lightly flour surface.

When it has cooled enough, kneed the dough thoroughly.

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(Store in an air tight container when not in use.)

We put our Jel-do to use as soon as it was cool! We made it into MONSTERS!

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We used googly eyes (I love googly eyes!!!), pipe cleaners, and pompoms to make silly monsters!

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Mini Thor was occupied by this for like half and hour, which is a very long time for a two year old!

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I loved making jel-doh monsters with my little monster! We made many monster friends!

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We ended up watching Monsters, Inc. a couple times and we had lots of monster fun!!!
-Kate

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