It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a Chipwich, and it’s certainly no secret that my toddler is practically my mini-me when it comes to food preferences among other things. At such a young age, she’s already discovered that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, it’s most likely not worth it. (I have no idea where she got this idea! 🙂 Disclaimer: I actually do love a lot of other desserts, particularly apple or cinnamon or cookie based!) We often have dessert in our home, as I am someone who feels the need for even just a taste of something sweet after a meal. (This is a thing, right?) Our latest favorite quick, easy, and delicious treat is the instant ice cream sandwich.
Frogs are a fun, playful creature and they happen to be just perfect for celebrating Leap Day, springtime, or simply anytime when someone you know loves frogs. As you may know, my little girl loves pancakes and we try to make our meals fun when we have time, so today we decided to make Leap Frog Pancakes in honor of Leap Day, today, February 29. Here’s how we did it!
What started out as Valentine Rice Krispie Treats soon—with the help of my three-year-old—evolved into a Minnie Mouse themed Rice Krispie treat recipe. These treats were so simple—we didn’t even dirty a big soup pot to make them. Instead, we just melted our butter and marshmallows in a Pyrex pan in the microwave and voila, we simply had to mix the sticky mixture together with the cereal. Rice Krispie treats are a classic dessert and childhood baking activity. Making these Minnie Mouse treats was fun and memorable with my little girl. She was so excited to make Minnie treats as well as heart-shaped treats.
The day has come where I have to rethink how I offer breakfast choices to my daughter. No longer can I say, “Do you want frozen waffles,” because now that means a fresh, whimsical, snowflake-shaped waffle instead of an ice-cold disc from the freezer. We received the Frozen Snowflake Waffle Maker for Christmas and so far it’s been a hit trying waffle maker recipes of our own creation! With two little girls, I am sure we will get a lot of use out of this small kitchen appliance, should it hold up to the test of time.
It’s no secret that my three-year-old and I are complete suckers for chocolate chip pancakes. In fact, my daughter likes pancakes so much that I think she could live entirely off of pancakes, fruit, milk, and water, if I would let her. Her love of pancakes has inspired me to get a little more creative in the kitchen, so now whenever I have time, I make my own pancakes from scratch rather than turning to Bisquick or Mrs. Butterworth’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with either of them, mind you—I will still use them both in a pinch and they are delicious. I’m mostly just experimenting with flavors when making homemade chocolate chip pancakes.) Recently I stumbled across a new pancake of my own creation—Toasted Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Before giving you the recipe, I should disclose that these could even pass for more of a dessert pancake rather than breakfast pancakes, but in our house, pancakes are pancakes, so have at it!
I tried for a long time to get my toddler to eat oatmeal – a healthy, nutritious, easy morning meal. She loved oatmeal cookies, but wanted nothing to do with cooked oatmeal or its unique, sticky texture. My daughter finally decided to give oatmeal a try at age three. She gave it a shot one day when I likened it to oatmeal cookies. I tend to eat my oatmeal on the hard side whereas my husband prefers a milkier oatmeal. Natalie seems to like hers somewhere in the middle. She now asks for oatmeal most mornings for breakfast and enjoys making it herself (mostly).
My three-year-old loves pancakes. She would probably eat them every day, for every meal, if I let her. I’ve contemplated trying to make up other kinds of pancakes for lunch and dinner but I just haven’t gotten that far yet. We usually cycle through the same few kinds of pancakes until some kind of inspiration strikes me and we come up with something brand new. Here are a few of my favorite kinds of pancakes to make, along with pancakes from other toddler food bloggers that I can’t wait to try!
If there’s one thing my daughter will eat on a regular basis, it’s chicken. Well, chicken or fruit. But let’s stick with chicken breast recipes for now. Chicken breast recipes are great ones to try for your toddlers because they’re often meals the entire family can enjoy. Easy chicken breast recipes can turn into great family dinner ideas, which in turn become extra easy lunch ideas for the next day. I’ve recently gotten my daughter, who is almost three now, to try a variety of different chicken dishes, and even turkey. It’s no longer just “chicken and fries, AGAIN” as she likes to say.
My three-year-old is pretty much infatuated with Minnie Mouse, so it was only common sense to throw her a Minnie birthday this year. We didn’t get to make all of the wonderful Minnie Mouse birthday treats that I had in mind—like the Minnie Mouse fruit ideas I wanted to try—for the party, but we still plan to make them as fun snacks and desserts off and on throughout the year. It was a warm, sunny day and we were in need of a healthy snack, so Natalie and I decided to make our own Minnie Mouse fruit platter, well, more like Minnie Mouse fruit kabobs a la Edible Arrangements style.
Pancakes are one of my toddler daughter’s favorite foods, so here’s another one for the books. You’ll see on our site that we have dog pancakes, raspberry chocolate chip pancakes, and bunny rabbit pancakes. Now I’ve decided to take it a step further with three-dimensional animal pancakes. Just before the weekend we found ourselves with some extra time so we decided to make 3-D pancakes. In this post, I will show you how to make 3-D piggy pancakes, 3-D puppy dog pancakes, and 3-D bunny rabbit pancakes.