Menu – Week of November 3rd

Sunday Thursday
Breakfast – French toast with strawberries and whip cream, sausages and fruit saladLunch – Leftovers

Snack – Smoothies or apples with peanut butter

Dinner – Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and salad

Dessert- Turtle Cheesecake

Breakfast – Pancakes, sausages and fruit saladSnack – Granola bars

Lunch – Sandwiches with veggie sticks and berries

Snack – Graham crackers with nutella and bananas

Dinner – Breaded fish, quinoa with cheese, roasted veggies and salad

Monday Friday
Breakfast – Muffins and fruit saladSnack – Yogurt and granola with berries

Lunch – Chicken, mashed potatoes and veggies

Snack – Crackers and cheese with apple slices

Dinner – Enchilada Casserole, cornbread and salad

 

Breakfast – Oatmeal and smoothiesSnack – Apples with peanut butter

Lunch – Wonton tacos

Snack – Granola bars and fruit slices

Dinner – OUT

 

Tuesday Saturday
Breakfast – Baked oatmeal and apple slicesSnack – Granola bars and oranges

Lunch – Enchilada casserole and veggie sticks

Snack – Pretzel chips and oranges

Dinner –  Soup (butternut squash) and grilled cheese

Breakfast -Toast, eggs, bacon and fruit saladLunch – Sandwiches

Snack – Smoothies

Dinner – Pulled pork (on pretzel buns?), yam fries and veggie sticks

 

Wednesday Baking
Breakfast – Toast, yogurt and fruit saladSnack – Muffins

Lunch – Quesadillas and veggie sticks

Snack – Crackers,  cheese and veggies

Dinner – Slow cooker honey garlic chicken, rice, roasted veggies and salad

 

Sunday – Muffins (banana muffins; carrot muffins); Finish cheesecakeMonday – Bread; Applesauce

Tuesday – Granola bars

Wednesday – Cookies

Thursday – Bread

Friday – Challah bread; muffins

Saturday – Pretzel buns

Menu Week of October 20th, 2013

 

Sunday Thursday
Breakfast – Waffles, strawberries and whipped cream and sausages and fruit salad

Lunch – Leftovers

Snack – Smoothies

Dinner -  Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and veggies

Dessert – Apple Pie

 

Breakfast –Muffins, yogurt and fruit salad

Snack – Dried apples and granola bars

Lunch – Quesadillas and veggie sticks

Snack – Graham crackers with nutella and bananas

Dinner – Baked spaghetti squash, garlic bread and salad

 

Monday Friday
Breakfast – Waffles and fruit salad

Snack – PB crackers and fruit snacks

Lunch – Chicken, mashed potatoes and veggies

Snack  – Muffins and smoothies

Dinner – Mac’n cheese (with bacon) and apple chicken sausages with salad

 

Breakfast – Cereal and berries and bananas

Snack – Granola bars and smoothies

Lunch – Sandwiches with fruit and veggie sticks

Snack – Popcorn and apples

Dinner – PIZZA!

 

Tuesday Saturday
Breakfast –Baked oatmeal

Snack – Yogurt and fruit

Lunch – Mac’n cheese and sausages and veggies

Snack – Granola bars and oranges

Dinner -Stir fry with noodles

 

Breakfast –English muffins, eggs, bacon and fruit salad

Lunch – Leftovers

Snack – Smoothies and crackers

Dinner – Hamburgers (mushrooms, bacon, etc…), potato wedges and coleslaw

 

Wednesday Baking:
Breakfast – Toast, eggs and fruit salad

Snack – Crackers and cheese with carrots and  apple slices

Lunch- Stirfry with noodles

Snack – Puff pastry pumpkins

Dinner – Mushroom pork tenderloin, rice, roasted veggies and salad

 

Sunday – Pie & Coffee Cake

Monday – Apple muffins, carrot muffins

Tuesday – Bread, Granola Bars

Wednesday – Puff Pastry pumpkins

Thursday – Dried apples, Banana bread

Friday – Cookies; Pizza dough

Saturday -

 

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

One of our favourites, between home and dayhome, is a good granola bar!  Recently I was tired of preservative filled store bought granola bars.  I decided to google search and stumbled on a recipe for peanut butter granola bars!  After some tweaks and accidentally misreading the recipe, this is the bar I have created!

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1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rice syrup (or corn syrup)
1/3 cup applesauce **optional
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick oats (add an extra 1/3 cup if you use applesauce)
2 cups of nuts or chocolate (any combination: coconut, almonds, chocolate chips, craisins, raisins, etc…)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add peanut butter, brown sugar, rice syrup, vanilla, and applesauce if you are using it.  Mix well.  Add in oats, and nuts/chocolate of choice.  Stir until well coated.

Put in a greased (or parchment lined) 13×9 pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool and slice into desired sized bars.

Potty Training

Little miss is potty trained…and she has been since she was 2 years old.  We didn’t force her…we encouraged and suggested it to her, but I mean she was 2, how do I force a 2 year old to pee and poop?  Like really?

Now often on mom groups and sites I follow I see people who struggle with potty training and need answers.  I know we were really lucky in how easy missy was to potty train, but seriously, people offer these individuals no help.  All they say is we trained in 3 days, we had it done by X age, or my favourite is you just gotta get tough mama.  Like really.  Do people not think these parents probably don’t want to be blamed, they are at their wits end no doubt.  So why not offer good suggestions?  Here is my list of suggestions:

1) RELAX!!  Trust me, your child will get it!  Did you graduate with any kids in diapers??  Your kid won’t either!

2) Don’t be afraid of accidents!!  Did your child learn to walk by just getting up one day and they were walking?  Probably not, they likely had falls, and you had heart attacks, and they cried, and they got back up and tried again.  When little miss was learning, but sorta getting it, I would put her in panties/leggings and send her outside.  She learned what it felt like to pee and she learned how to predict it.  She also learned it was no big deal, we cleaned her up and got new clothes and moved on with our day.  I was very lucky in that we did this over the summer so we were able to let her run around in just a dress with panties or a pair of leggings…and the messes were kept mostly out of doors!  To this day she still says “It’s ok, it was just an accident”.

3) There will be setbacks.  These setbacks are frustrating, they will make you want to cry, you will be certain you are doing something wrong…but trust me it’s all part of the process.  It will get better, it will

4) Let them practice, let them sit on the potty with no expectations of anything happening, but just making it not scary!

5) Let them see you use the potty.   I know for many this is uncomfortable, but honestly, how else do we learn things?  We see someone eat so we learn what to do, we see someone read so we want to read…it’s part of human nature.

6) Be patient.  We started little miss on her kid potty around 14 months, at first she just played with it…we had to stop her from running around with the pot on her head like a hat :)  It then took time till she would use the potty and even longer for her to use it consistently.  Once she knew what was expected of her, she had to learn what it felt like to have to go before it was too late…this is the hardest part!!

7) RELAX!  Yes, I know I have said this one already, but I can’t stress it enough.  Try not to yell, try not to push, try not to get upset at yourself or your child.  Just let it happen!  Kids all learn when they are ready.

Now I will also mention, some kids do have special issues, and these need to be addressed.  If you are really struggling and feel there is something more to the issue, go in and speak to your doctor or health professional.

Do you have any tips or funny stories to share?

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

If there is one food I can make in the kitchen that I know is sure to please everyone, it’s Banana Bread!!  When our family had a reunion a few years ago a recipe book of my great-great-grandma’s (along with other favourites from the family) recipes was compiled and I found the first perfect banana bread recipe!  I usually triple a batch and make some mini-muffins, as well as a loaf or two.  I love how versatile this recipe is!  I have altered it,  for more nutritional value than anything, and each bite is full of banana flavour and goodness!  I hope you enjoy as much as we do!

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1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (you can use vegetable or coconut oil if you prefer)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chocolate chips ** Optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together oil, sugar, eggs, bananas.  Add baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Mix in flour.  Add chocolate chips if using.

Spoon into muffin tins or loaf pans:
Mini-muffins – Bake 15-20 mins
Muffins – Bake 25-30 mins
Loaf – Bake 50-60 mins

Honey Almond Granola

After looking high and low to find a granola recipe and coming up empty handed, I decided it was time to get creative.  I took what I want from all the recipes I saw and made what worked for us, which meant no dried fruit and something “chunky” rather than baked oatmeal pieces.

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1/4 cup Honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. oil (coconut oil is great!)
1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole wheat flour

Mix all ingredients together until well mixed; I find it easier to add all dry ingreidents first, then add the wet ingredients on top  (TIP: if you put oil in the measuring cup before honey, syrup, etc… it will come out like a breeze).  Bake at 300 degrees for 8 minutes.  Remove and flip.  Place back in oven for another 8 minutes.  Remove and flip.  Place in oven for another 5-8 minutes.  Remove and cool!!  Now use with milk and fruit or ontop of some yummy homemade yogurt :)

Caramel Vanilla Coffee Cream

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(Reposted from original dated 07/11/2012)

I LOVE coffee :) It is what I get out of bed for!! I was severely disheartened recently to link my stomach pains to store bought coffee whitener :( (Ok I have known for a while, but really didn’t want to admit it to myself!!) Then came my realization that I must be able to make something as an alternative!! Behold the power of the internet and google. After countless recipes I have developed one that works for me!

3 cups coffee cream (18%)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can of dulce de leche (caramel)
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Dulce-De-Leche (I use the slow cooker)

In a pan on the stove, add the coffee cream, sugar vanilla and caramel! Stir and warm until sugar and caramel dissolve in cream.

Voila! I find the higher cream content allows me to use less creamer in my coffee, feel free to change it up to what works for you! The splash of vanilla (a new obsession) is the perfect compliment!

Store in a container of choice in the fridge, and enjoy your success each morning!