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We discovered a fun way to feed Avery, using little bowls usually used for cooking prep. These particular ones are Pinch Bowls from Sur La Table.  Offered in different colors and made of BPA-free melamine, they come in a set of four.  Certain colors are on sale right now for $3.99.  A great investment for a little price! You can also use these cute bowls to serve dips, sauces and condiments at dinner time.

With a spread of food in front of her, Avery gets the opportunity to choose what she wants to eat and be creative in mixing foods or trying different combinations.  Plus it's an interesting visual way to present food since children tend to eat with their eyes!


first cupcake

Avery's first cupcake: a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting from Susiecakes for her first birthday.  She devoured it!



cooking with avery: making granola



Making granola is simple and quick, and is something children of all ages can help make. Children as young as toddlers can pour and mix dry ingredients and experience different textures and shapes (with adult supervision, of course).  Cooking with children is also a perfect time to build language, teach new vocabulary, expose your children to math and science concepts (e.g., measuring, cause-and-effect relationships) with concrete, hands-on experiences.  Did we mention it's fun and yummy, too?

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (hulled)
1/2 cup  dried fruit (papaya, cherries, blueberries, or any other dried fruit)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons oil

Mix the dry ingredients except for the dried fruit in a big bowl.  Drizzle oil and maple syrup over the dry ingredient mix and stir to coat.  Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool, then stir in dried fruit.  Store in an airtight container. Enjoy over yogurt or ice cream!

For a variety of taste, crunch and texture, you can add wheat germ, chopped nuts, raisins or other dried fruit to your granola.

Note: This recipe was inspired and adapted from a recipe at Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco.


a start

Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm a wife, photographer, speech pathologist, mom to Avery and wrangler of Augustine, our rambunctious but very loved Abyssinian cat.  This blog will be a record of Avery's first forays in cooking, art and everything in between.  She has so much to learn, experience and enjoy!  Of course Augustine, Avery's sidekick, will be there to share some of her adventures. Here we go!

P.S. I'll probably insert a few entries here and there about things that I have found to be lovely or useful for bringing up Avery. :)

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