Introducing “Dog Butter” – Tips for Getting Picky Toddlers to Eat (Don’t Say It!) Cheese

In the earlier days, our daughter would gladly (and hungrily!) eat shredded cheddar or shredded parmesan cheese like it was going out of style. She loved cream cheese on her bagels, daily. And she didn’t mind other kinds of cheese here and there. She liked to try new things. Now she’s fallen prey to the overwhelming stereotype that toddlers are apprehensive about cheese. It’s hard to conceive of this, as cheese is one of the few things I personally like to add in abundance to many of my meals, especially in Italian cooking! Continue reading Introducing “Dog Butter” – Tips for Getting Picky Toddlers to Eat (Don’t Say It!) Cheese

Pancake Restaurant: Places that Make Creative or Shaped Pancakes for Kids

Shaped pancakes are a huge hit in our house. As you may have read, we make the extra effort to make our own homemade dog-shaped pancakes for our toddler. She loves them so much that we will try to vary the shapes a little bit, making our family pet as well as Natalie’s two favorite stuffed dogs, Lucky and Pumpkin. Sometimes we also make a bone or a ball pancake and plenty of other shapes. Finding a pancake restaurant that makes creative shaped pancakes in our area or places when we travel is an especially helpful. It’s also a fun way to make sure our daughter gets enough food in her belly. Continue reading Pancake Restaurant: Places that Make Creative or Shaped Pancakes for Kids

Toddler Must-Haves – Spill-Proof Snack Cup

It’s fun when your kid first learns the joys of snacking. Goldfish crackers, Cocoa Puffs, raisins, even homemade toddler trail mix. The part that’s not so fun is when your little one has an outburst of some sort and throws her snack cup or when her ingenuity leads her to figure out exactly how the lid comes off…and exactly how much fun it is to dump out the contents. Times like these leave us grasping for better snacking containers that won’t leave our cars and our homes as the prime battlegrounds. A friend and I had a fantastic idea for a snack cup that wouldn’t leave us open to toddler tantrums and curious exploration. To our surprise (and slight disappointment!), such a spill-proof snack cup already exists…. Continue reading Toddler Must-Haves – Spill-Proof Snack Cup

Gotta Have It: Hotdog Slicer Dog, a Fun Summer Accessory

My daughter loves dogs more than any other animal. I’m sure I probably partially inspired it by getting her mostly dog stuffed animals, beginning from the time before she was even born, plus the fact that we have a truly wonderful canine companion. And, as you know by now, Natalie is a fairly picky eater. She does enjoy hotdogs but sometimes only eats a few small pieces. I am excited that I’ve found a pretty successful way to get her to eat her entire hotdog, and sometimes even asking for seconds! Continue reading Gotta Have It: Hotdog Slicer Dog, a Fun Summer Accessory

Shaped Food for Kids: Fried Egg Flowers, Pancake Hearts, Bears and More…

Cooking for kids can be a lot of fun, especially when you have cool kitchen gadgets to make the process a little more creative. I have found that my daughter really enjoys eggs—fried, scrambled, hardboiled, on sandwiches, just on her plate, in a cup—she’s a big fan. I’ve tried to keep mealtimes interesting and exciting for her so that she is more inclined to eat appropriate amounts of food. (She’s only in the fifth percentile for her age, so the pediatrician wants us to keep getting her to eat more and higher fatty content foods.)

I’ve found some fun kitchen gadgets to make my life a bit easier when it comes to cooking for my toddler. I really enjoy using the pancake and egg molds as well as cookie cutters to keep the process and the meals fun and exciting. Continue reading Shaped Food for Kids: Fried Egg Flowers, Pancake Hearts, Bears and More…

Why I Make Dog Pancakes for My Daughter

Everyone has his or her own way of doing things in life. Some take the easy way out, others live their lives by Pinterest boards, and some, like me, find themselves comfortably navigating through life somewhere in the middle. I have vivid memories from my childhood of many things, but the younger I was at the time, the less I remember now. Still, I feel like the fondest and most poignant memories are often the ones I try to recreate with my daughter. It’s a special bond we can share that ties back to my own childhood and my family when I was a little girl.

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Under the Sea Fruit Plate – A Healthy Toddler Snack Idea

Some kids are picky and others might just like a little variety added into their daily meals and snacks. Sometimes it’s easier to get a child to eat a better meal by making things fun! I recently decided to try a lot of fun new kitchen techniques to get my toddler to eat more, and to actually enjoy it. She’s always liked fruit, so this Under the Sea Fruit Plate idea was a fast favorite.

You really don’t need much to make it happen, and even if you have different fruits (or veggies!), you can try this fun snack idea at home for your own little ones. Follow these simple instructions to make your own Under the Sea snack or meal for your son or daughter. Continue reading Under the Sea Fruit Plate – A Healthy Toddler Snack Idea