Recently, Fearless Toddler has been learning lots about colors. She is so proud of herself for being able to say the names of the different colors + tell us which of her toys are red, which are blue, which are green, etc. So, one day last week while she was taking her afternoon nap, I decided to make a homemade funfetti cake as a surprise for her. I knew that combining her favorite things — cake! sweets! colors! — was sure to be a big success. I looked up a few different recipes, found one that used all ingredients that I already had in the house (woohoo!) + got baking.
And the result? This cake turned out fantastic. It was super quick + easy to make, incredibly buttery, soft, + flavorful, + was a huge hit with both Fearless Toddler AND the adults in the house. It *did* turn out denser than a typical boxed funfetti cake mix, but after reading the comments/questions posted on the original recipe, that appeared to be common + expected. I actually loved the texture, and found that it got even softer + more delicious the day after it was made. For the buttercream, I used Recipe Girl’s buttercream recipe that I use all the time. I’ve tried many buttercream recipes, and this is the absolute best – it tastes excellent and always is the perfect consistency. continue reading →
I love celebrating holidays now that I have a child. With a nearly-2-year-old at home, I’m always looking for ways to teach her about holidays through crafts, activities, books and food. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, what better time to share some delicious, healthy, kid-approved green snacks?
First up: green smoothies! My daughter loves fruit smoothies, but I was skeptical about whether she’d go for a green one because, well, it’s green. The more involved I let her be in the food-preparation process, however, the more likely she is to eat the result. For this recipe, I let her assist with washing spinach, peeling the banana, measuring ingredients and putting it all in the blender. After watching it whir and turn a gorgeous green, I asked, “Do you want to try it?” Her response was an enthusiastic yes. Much to my delight, she loved it! It doesn’t hurt that these smoothies are absolutely delicious – they’re creamy, citrusy and coconutty, like something you’d enjoy on a Caribbean vacation.
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Despite the fact that I use my Crock-Pot all the time, I haven’t posted a slow-cooker recipe here in almost six months. How is that possible?! Well, certain slow-cooker favorites (like this, this, and this) are such big household hits that I haven’t had as much need to try out new recipes. That’s a pretty darn great problem to have! However, my toddler has become a huge fan of beans, legumes, + meatless meals, so that inspired me last month to try this wonderful Chickpea Coconut Curry. Do not be fooled by the short, simple ingredient list – it is packed with beautiful, bright, complex flavors. Since then, it has been in frequent rotation in our home, impressing both the adults + the kiddo alike. My favorite way to serve it is as pictured, with Cilantro-Lime Rice (which is SO good), but it’s also tasty with plain white or brown rice, quinoa, farro, or naan.
While this turns out beautifully in the slow-cooker, it is easily adapted for quicker cooking on the stovetop, which I’ve done when I left dinner-planning until the last minute. =) Simply saute your onions/garlic in a medium saucepan until tender/translucent, then add in the other ingredients as described below. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer + cook, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are heated through and the sauce has thickened to your liking (about one hour for me). Whether you cook this on the stovetop or in your slow-cooker, however you serve it, I know you are going to be wowed by it — it really is a scrumptious meal! continue reading →
I’m so excited to share this recipe with y’all! It is one of my favorite meals to make for dinner parties/company, as it’s pretty darn simple to prepare with basic, easy-to-find ingredients, deliciously decadent (lots of butter + cream!), + full of amazing flavor. Plus, it’s easy to double depending on the size of your party, and if you do wind up with leftovers, it makes for a fantastic lunch the following day. While I have made this many times, I’ve never put it on the blog because, when you have people over for dinner, it’s a bit awkward to excuse yourself from the table to get some great pictures of your chicken. =) So, I recently re-made this simply to get some pictures to post it. The fact that it was scrumptious, and my husband, toddler, + I all loved it as much as ever, didn’t hurt, either!
For this meal, you take boneless/skinless chicken, pound it fairly thin, then season it, dredge in flour, and get it browned in a good dose of butter. Using the same pan with all that chickeny/buttery goodness, you saute shallots + garlic, add in some cream + wine (or chicken broth, if you prefer), and get everything simmering until you have a lush, creamy sauce. Pop the chicken back in that amazing sauce, let everything simmer for a few minutes while you saute up some spinach, then serve it up! I like to plate mine simply — buttered egg noodles topped with the chicken, the sauteed spinach, a generous ladle of the cream sauce, + a little freshly-grated Parmesan cheese. This meal is pure perfection, and I cannot wait to hear how y’all like it! continue reading →