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Entries in toddler food (18)


mini frittatas


Mini Frittatas with Basil and Ricotta

6 large eggs

½ cup whole milk

½ cup fresh ricotta cheese

¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Garnish:  fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk together eggs, milk, ricotta, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Stir in cooked pasta and chopped basil.  Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray or grease with butter.  Pour egg mixture into mini muffin tins and bake until eggs are completely set, 10 to 12 minutes.  Garnish with basil.

(By the way, we omitted the 3 cups cooked and drained penne rigate pasta which were originally in the recipe.  However, one day we plan to make the frittatas with the pasta.)

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living via Sunday Suppers

You can eat the mini frittatas by themselves, with a salad or in a hot-pressed sandwich with cheese and/or ham.  We had them with fresh mozzarella on sourdough (on the panini grill, of course).

Avery wasn’t too keen on the frittatas, which meant more for us.  Hopefully she'll try them again one day!


avery celebrates 4th of july

In honor of Independence Day, Avery had a brunch of cherries, blueberries, waffle dippers and Straus Organic Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt swirled with maple syrup.  We used Whole Foods Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix with our trusty Waring Pro Professional Belgian Waffle Maker (one of the best buys we made during our first year of marriage).  Avery had a grand ol' time dunking her waffle strips into the maple yogurt swirl.  We weren't sure if she would get the whole "dipping" concept but it seemed to come instinctively! lol  (Kids inherently love to dip.  Duly noted!)

Happy 4th of July, everyone!


mimi the sardine lunchbug

I first tried Mimi the Sardine's bibs based on my cousin's recommendation and found them to be some of the best out there!  Later, Mimi the Sardine hired me to do some photography for them and I got a chance to work with more of their products.  I was so impressed with their beautiful prints, durability and wonderful design!

This is their lunchbug (their kid-sized lunch bag).  It comes in a variety of vibrant and fun prints, is lined on the inside with a complementary dot or stripe print, has cushioned handles and a wide, zippered opening.  All their fabrics are designed in Sweden, manufactured in the Bay Area, are stain-resistant and eco-friendly, can be wiped clean or machine-washed.  


Pictured below is the propeller print.  Note that this lunchbug is from Mimi's older line.  It is lined with the same fabric as is on the exterior of the bag.  

This is what will fit in a lunchbug: Avery’s afternoon nosh of Straus Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt, Whole Foods Organic Golden Rounds, tangerines, Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams and a Blue Ice pack to keep Avery's yogurt cold in case we're out for a few hours.

Avery always gets excited with anticipation when she sees her lunchbug because she knows that her meal is in there!   


bambu for kids

If you're looking for an alternative to plastic utensils and tableware for your kids, try Bambu.  The Bambu KIDS collection is made with certified organic bamboo with absolutely no bleaches or dyes.  Avery seems to like the length and size of her Bambu utensils.  And we don't know if it's just our imagination, but food seems to stick a little better to her Bambu spoon and fork, which is important in her current stage of learning to feed herself.   She manages to get quite a bit in her mouth now, but not without spillage!  Thank goodness we have the wonderful Mimi the Sardine messy baby bib there to catch Avery's strawberry mess!

You can read about Bambu's philosophy on renewable materials and more, here.


japanese plums

Avery enjoying a snack of Japanese plums from the farmer's market.