Baking Cookies With A Toddler

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler!! So don't stress about the mess & make some memories with your kid!! A HUGE part of the holiday season, for me, is baking delicious cookies. I have wonderful memories baking cookies as a kid and it became a tradition with not only my mom, but with my nana too (my mom’s mom). My nana and I would always make gingerbread men. I remember standing on the chair, decked out in my mini apron, making a mess and enjoying sneaky tastes of batter/frosting/toppings. I can even recall picking off the raisins (used for buttons or eyes) because I hated the way they tasted after baking.

Lily is at the perfect stage to start this favored tradition. For an OCD freak, the thought of baking with a toddler would normally have me heading for the hills. Well today I have some thoughts & tips on how to bake cookies with your toddler!

Take A Chill Pill. Not literally….but go ahead and take a deep breath before you start. Most likely this will be a messy experience…but take it for what it is…an experience for you to make a memory. Your toddler may or may not remember, but you will.

Choose an easy recipe. Don’t make this harder on your self and choose a recipe with too many ingredients and 12 steps! For Lily’s first cookie experience I went super simple and used a cookie mix from a bag that only needed two additional ingredients! It was also one that didn’t need egg, so I didn’t care if she stole tastes of the dough!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! Let your toddler help. What fun is it if you do all the work and your kid only gets to stir for a hot second? With the cookie mix, I let Lily pour the bag into the bowl (with assistance), and I let her hold the measuring cup of liquids when we both dump it into the bowl. Lily’s favorite part is the mixing. I give her a spatula and let her go at it for a while. After a minute I’ll grab the utensil and with her help, I will finish mixing the dough. If you need to use a hand mixer allow your toddler to place one hand to help guide. Obviously before you use the mixer explain that your toddler’s fingers need to stay away from the bowl and/or bottom of the mixer or they will get a Boo-boo. The warning of getting a boo-boo is enough of a warning for Lily!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! Prep. Before you even get your toddler involved make sure you are prepped and ready! Make sure all your ingredients and the correct measuring cups are out. Melt your butter first. Beat that egg first in a small bowl that your toddler can easily pour into the mix. I don’t have one of those toddler step stools, so I just pull a chair up to the counter. This is another reason to have the ingredients ready because you do not want to leave your kid standing on a stool while you grab the milk from the fridge! To continue the apron tradition, my mom gifted Lily & I matching monogrammed aprons! Now whenever I tell Lily we are going to bake she bolts to the pantry to grab her apron…it is so adorable that I always stop and watch her do it! If you don’t have an apron, put one of your husband’s t-shirts over your toddler’s clothes! It will help keep them clean….or cleaner than if they didn’t have it on! OR if you’re like me and you plan messy activities in the am…just keep your kid in their pajamas! After the mess, just toss the pjs in the hamper!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! If you are making sugar cookies using cookie cutters like we did then I have a great tip. To contain the mess (as much as you can) and make an easy clean up, use a cookie sheet that has edges as your work station. Damp a wash cloth and place it under the cookie sheet so the tray stays still and doesn’t move around on the counter. Sprinkle some flour on the tray and then let your kid spread it around and help you pat the dough out!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! My best advice is find a cookie cut out that has a handle to make it easier on your toddler! Now most likely your toddler will just go crazy with the cutter and will not place the cookie cut outs right next to each other…who cares! Let them have the fun! Just keep rolling the extra dough together, pat out again and allow them to continue making their cookies!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! Sneaky sneaky. They WILL attempt to eat the dough or place utensils in their mouth. It is inevitable! If you are uncomfortable with the whole raw egg, then you might want to try one of those bag cookie mixes that do not require eggs. But let’s be honest….licking the spoon and testing some of the cookie batter is part of the whole experience!!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! Frosting. We went simple (again) and bought pre-made frosting that came with a small pack of sprinkles. Once the cookies were cooled, Lily got her own small cup of frosting with one of her toddler knifes to spread on the cookies. If you set your standards high for some Martha looking cookies…then you need to re-think again. While your toddler is having fun smearing some frosting you can decorate a few on the side….so you can have some pretty ones! But more than likely you will have some crazy looking cookies with way too much frosting or barely any! Remember it is all about the experience!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler!If you are adding sprinkles place some in a small bowl and allow your toddler to pick up a few at a time and sprinkle. I have used the kind of sprinkles that you normally just lightly shake over the cookies…but with a toddler there is no light shaking. The one time I used those with Lily, she ended up dumping most of the sprinkles on one cookie!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler! Remember to just have fun with it. You will have more of a mess to clean up than usual. The cookies might not look as pretty as your usual ones. BUT they will taste yummy and your toddler will have a blast!

Great tips on baking cookies with a toddler!

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    December 24, 2013 Reply

    She’s so cute! I love the determination on her face. So excited to see her big girl room, too! Merry Christmas, Amy!

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Planning Lily’s Big Girl Room

Part of prepping for baby number two is turning Lily’s nursery into a toddler or big girl room. Baby number two will be using the crib Lily sleeps in now, so we thought it would be easier to start the transition to a toddler bed now prior to sleepless nights with a newborn. The baby will sleep in our room in a bassinet for awhile, but with Mike travelling for work coupled with the inevitable extreme exhaustion that comes with a newborn…worrying about sleep training Lily in a new bed on top of that would just be insane! So this week is all about changing Lily’s room! (Check out posts on her nursery here and here)

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While pregnant with Lily I was on a total girly girl kick…and ended up painting her entire nursery a pale pink (called “cotton candy” by Benjamin Moore). After a while the in your face color started to give me the itch to re-paint it, so I’m thrilled this week it’s going bye bye! We purchased a large rug for her nursery after Lily turned one and we saw that our new carpet was beginning to show wear in the area by her changing table. The rug is from Pottery Barn Kids- for my friends that know me this is no surprise…most of my house hails from that store- and it’s called the Camille Butterfly rug (no longer available). It is a large grey soft wool rug with purple, pink and cream butterflies that hug the edge. Using that grey rug along with Pottery Barn kid’s online pictures of their rooms we opted to go grey for wall colors and use lavender for her big girl bed.

toddlerroominspiration To start off we are changing the color like I said from pink to a pale grey. After several samples of various grays we settled on seashell gray by Valspar from Lowe’s. I attempted the darker grey like the inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids, but it just didn’t work out for us. Lily is a vampire and only likes to sleep in pitch black conditions, so we have her window blacked out. Instead of purchasing drapes lined with black out material, I purchased a blackout shade from Walmart. I cut it to fit the window and adhered it to the glass with blue putty. Since the blackout screen is taped to the window it stays pretty dark in there unless her overhead light is on. We choose a paler grey paint so her room wouldn’t feel like a total cave! I found the color to show you (below), but it looks too beige…so if you Google the color and click on images to see examples from around the web you will get a better picture of the new paint color.

toddlerroonpaint We decided to upgrade the crib to a twin instead of a larger bed because I wanted to keep more space in her room for playing. I fell in love with the Lewis headboard from Pottery Barn Kids and the slipcover and bed skirt will be in lavender. For her bedding I choose the Tory Quilt, also from Pottery Barn Kids. Lily already has PBK’s anywhere chair so we bought a new slipcover in lavender. We are getting rid of the tall white Ikea bookshelf and got PBK’s Cameron 3-shelf bookshelf in simply white. Lily can’t reach the top shelves so I opted for a shorter bookcase for the new room. I am going to hang white bookshelves on the wall at toddler height to make it convenient for her. I purchased some hanging shelves from PBK, but I’m not sure if I’m keeping them for Lily or placing them in the new baby’s room…jury is out. And my last purchase was just swapping out her pink lamp shade for this cute gathered bow shade in lavender from PBK.toddlerroomaddiotionsI will post picks once the room is completed…but wish me luck with the toddler bed transition!!!

 
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Bliss On A Budget: Comfy Beanbags

If you have been following along with my blog you know I like to bring attention to two very similar products, one being the expensive option (the “splurge” item) and the other a cheaper version (the “save” item). The posts are typically labeled Splurge vs Save.

Well sometimes I find wonderful products out there that are affordable, yet don’t have a cheaper or “save” item to compare it to….this is where Bliss On A Budget comes into place. I’ve added this new category to the search bar on the right and you will be able to find all past/future Splurge vs Save posts along with any future posts with just one item that is easy on the wallet!

Today I bring you a awesome deal on comfy beanbags. While shopping at Target I noticed they had a similar beanbag lounger compared to Pottery Barn Teen’s sherpa beanbag. Lily already has PB Kids’s Anywhere chair, so there is no real need for extra seating…but as I sat there looking at the comfy seat I felt a bit nostalgic!  Growing up my brother and I had beanbags….the old school kind. You know the ones that were made from shiny vinyl. If you sat to fast or jumped on the bag you always risked the inevitable hole that would unleash the tiny white ball filling that took forever to clean up. Yep those old beanbags!

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Well these comfy beanbags have a super soft cover rather than the annoying old school vinyl I had. For all of us women who love a monogram, Pottery Barn’s beanbag has that option (for an additional $7) where Target’s doesn’t. Pottery Barn has them on sale currently, but even with a discount the one at Target is still significantly cheaper!

Splurge: Sherpa Beanbags (Pottery Barn Teen) $199-$219 on sale $149-$185

Save: Bean Bag Lounger (Target) $44.99

 
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Crock-Pot Fiesta Chicken & Leftover Fiesta Chicken Soup (two Recipes in one!)

Easy crock-pot recipe! Fiesta Chicken is delish and perfect for taco night, or for enchiladas! It has been some time since I’ve blogged a delicious dinner recipe! Today I bring you a simple recipe for the crock-pot that will bring you and your family TWO different meals! The first recipe is for Fiesta Chicken. This delish shredded chicken is perfect for tacos! You could use it for enchiladas as well! The leftovers are used for the second recipe, my simple one pot Fiesta Chicken Soup!

This is also one of my favorite recipes so I hope enjoy it!

Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken
1 can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can  (10 oz) Rotel (use any kind of heat, I use mild)
1 packet of taco seasoning (I use the reduced sodium option)
5-6 frozen chicken breasts

Coat your Crock Pot with cooking spray.
Lay Frozen chicken on the bottom.
In a bowl mix the can of diced tomatoes, Rotel & taco seasoning. Pour mixture over frozen chicken,

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Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Once cooked, remove one chicken breast to a bowl. Using two forks pull the chicken apart, shredding it. You can easily keep the chicken inside the crock-pot to shred it, but I find it’s easier to shred each breast by itself in a bowl.
Place shredded chicken back into the crock-pot and mix with stewed tomatoes.

For tacos, fork the shredded chicken into a tortilla and layer with whatever toppings you like! Leave shredded cheese, lettuce, avocados and/or sour cream in small bowls to set up a taco buffet! This is perfect for serving a large crowd or for a super simple family dinner! Since toddlers have trouble eating tacos, place some of the fiesta chicken on a tortilla with cheese to make a quesadilla…Lily LOVES ‘em! Plus since I use mild Rotel, it isn’t spicy for her.

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If you are serving this to a small crowd save the remaining chicken and juice for my yummy leftover fiesta soup! Recipe for this below! You can also place the leftover chicken in a freezer safe Ziploc and freeze for a later meal!

leftover fiesta chicken soup. A simple (& delish!) recipe using leftovers from a easy crock pot recipe!!

Leftover Fiesta Chicken
1 can (15 oz) black beans (do not drain)
1 can (8.75) corn (Drain all but a tablespoon or two or the juice)
Avocado
Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
Fresh lime or bottle of limejuice

In a pot pour the leftover chicken (with it’s juices) along with the can of black beans. Pour the can or corn (with the tablespoon or two of juice) into the pot too, mixing it all together.  Cook on medium heat until the soup is warm! To serve spoon the soup into bowls. Top the soup with chopped avocado and shredded cheese. Squeeze a fresh lime or squeeze a few drops of limejuice from a bottle on top. You can serve the soup as is, or spoon the soup over rice! The possibilities are really endless! I love it when you can re-use leftovers in a different recipe!

 
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Dressing The Bump

dressingthebumpTruth…I HATE maternity clothes. Probably because my body totally morphs while pregnant and I don’t feel comfortable in anything. Yes while pregnant with Lily I gained an asinine amount of weight causing me to feel and look like Free Willy. I have kept myself in check with this pregnancy, however as I mentioned my body morphs while there’s a bun in my oven. My hips expand causing me to look and feel like I’ve gained more weight than the scale suggests. My boobs inflate so much I rival Dolly Parton, and any toned muscle becomes too relaxed and flabby.

Combine my lack of appreciation for my pregnant body with the fact that 90% of the time I can’t find anything that makes me feel cute….you can see why I just hate maternity clothes period!

Don’t get me wrong there are some really cute options out there…I’m just self-conscious in everything I put on! So to make shopping a little easy on all you soon-to-bes I have compiled a list of companies and websites that sell maternity wear! I’m sure there are plenty of other sites that won’t make it on the list, so please leave a comment and share places you shop with other readers!

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Gap

Old Navy

J Crew

Asos

A Pea in The Pod

Motherhood

Destination Maternity

Loft

Rosie Pope

Etsy

Fillyboo

Nordstrom

Target

Belly Dance Maternity

Top Shop

Hatch

H&M

Isabella Oliver

Ingrid & Isabel

Don’t forget eBay & Amazon too!

 
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    […] Speaking of bumps….yours will appear this trimester. You will finally exit that annoying stage where you know your pregnant, but a complete stranger might think you just love Duncan Donuts a tad too much! Need help finding clothes to dress the bump?? I did a whole post on stores and online resources for maternity wear- read HERE. […]

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First Frosty

frostyI hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family & loved ones. This year we were in Pittsburgh and were thrilled to get a much colder climate than expected! It snowed…a first for Lily.

Growing up in the ‘Burgh Mike has had plenty of snow experiences, and living only three hours from Tahoe gave me plenty of memories of sledding, boarding and building snowmen. So Mike and I were tickled when we awoke to a white blanket of snow while we were there.

frosty1A day before the inches stuck we were able to bring Lily out as a few snow flurries started to descend. Lily really didn’t understand, it was as if she was just playing in the rain. It wasn’t until the next day when everything was covered that she finally got it.

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frosty3Like most things Lily was hesitant at first. She was having a blast getting bundled in a new jacket, wearing a hat & gloves because these are items we rarely wear in the sunshine state! Not wanting to freely walk out into the cold we had to carry her out and place her boots in the snow. It took less than a minute for her to break through whatever fear she was having and then she was running through the snow having a blast.

Mike and Gram rolled balls to make Lily her first frosty. A carrot for a nose and two olives (it was an Italian frosty!) for eyes, Lily had her first snowman. Our time in the snow was short lived because the falling snow turned into a chilling rain. Sadly said rain eventually melted frosty.

frosty5These firsts are what life is all about and being able to relive them through a child, especially your own, is just priceless. Watching Lily’s complete joy was exactly what I needed while I suffered more extreme nausea over our trip. I have only 14 weeks left until baby number two arrives and today I entered the final pregnancy trimester. Seems that this nausea is here to stay. Bleh.

frosty4With Christmas right around the corner thought I re-share some old posts for any new readers! If you haven’t yet set up your tree or your pulling out your hair keeping your toddler from breaking ornaments read this tip! There is also a great playlist of old classic holiday tunes along with some great modern Christmas songs in that same post. Need a new cookie recipe & you’re an almond cookie lover??? Then try this recipe…it is my favorite recipe and the sweet treats actually melt in your mouth! An added bonus is that you get a great tip on how to bring butter to room temperature in a matter of seconds. A great tip to have with all the holiday cooking!

 
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Checking in…

Only 16 more weeks until we meet baby number two. I’ve said it more than once, but I can’t thank you all enough for continuing to be supportive readers with my absence.

At 24 weeks preggo I wish I could say I have finally passed the “morning sickness”…but it seems to have swung back through my doors with full force yet again. Around 18-19 weeks I started to get more breaks in the day and it seemed that the nausea was slowly starting to tapper off. It would only hit in the afternoons and the evenings…then only in the evenings. It was horrible, but I was more than grateful that I at least had half of the day to be a loving mom and supportive wife before I made my way back to the couch or bed at night.

Last week the nausea started to seep back into my mornings and by the time the weekend rolled around it seemed I was back to all day nausea. Conveniently this tide swept back in during a small getaway Mike and I had to Arizona for a trip he won at work. On the night of the big dinner for all the reps, I was holed up back in the room, in a fetal position and hoping my Phenergan kicked in soon. Since then I’ve been sick everyday and all day. Glass half full….the nausea is low enough in the mornings that I can at least run errands and get “stuff” done before I’m miserable come lunch time.

I would love for this second trimester energy to kick in. I’m pretty wiped out all day. Sticking to my guns I still go to the gym Monday and Wednesday mornings to work out with my trainer. I’m hell bent on keeping this pregnancy in check. The only kicker is that those workouts take any piece of energy I have and toss it to the wind. I’m pretty much good for nothing the rest of the day.

firstdayofschoolSo besides the obvious continuing battle with morning sickness I made a HUGE leap with Lily a few weeks ago. This stay-at-home-mom signed up her first kid for a “moms morning out” program at a nearby preschool. Yep the woman who feared leaving her kid for the first time only a few months ago has gathered the courage to drop off her kid with practically strangers for a few hours twice a week. And you know what….it was the BEST decision! Yes I get three hours to do whatever I want twice a week. But of course I have spent it catching up on laundry and curling up on the couch with nausea, my crappy side kick.

As much as we get a chance to see Lily’s buddies or meet new friends for brief park outings, I wanted to put Lily in an environment where she could learn to develop even more. No I don’t have flash cards already, and I’m not pushing her to learn a second language…she’s only 2 ½ years old. I only wanted to put Lily in a social setting where she could develop more. Learn to share, get along, take turns…blah blah blah. I had planned to enroll her in the spring semester so I would have those two mornings to spend with the baby come March. When I found out there was an opening at the preschool I really wanted her to go I jumped on it. Having her enrolled in this program gives us first dibs on open spots in the preschool next year.

firstdayI was so nervous the first day of drop off. I had flashbacks of the preschool I attended and my two teachers that I recall not having fuzzy feelings for. I remember having a bit too much energy and feeling like they were exasperated with me, even being scolded once. Crap feelings for a toddler to soak in right? So besides the nerves of actually leaving my child, I was nervous that the kids wouldn’t be friendly, or that my kid might not be the friendly one, that she would be scared, hate it and most importantly not feel cared for by her teachers like I did. When I dropped her off she couldn’t have even cared that her father and I were walking away. Which is exactly what I had hoped for, but it was bittersweet. I almost wanted her to miss me. Three hours later when I arrived to pick her up I was flooded with emotion when Lily rushed to me yelling my name…half happy/ half upset. My eyes watered and I kept it together until I got to the car and called Mike.

For the first week Lily had no problems. The second week blindsided me when Lily sobbed when I dropped her off. Oh my heart broke. I quickly exited so I didn’t draw out the pain. Walking away from your kid when they want you is one of the hardest things to do. I come early for pick up because Lily has a hard time watching all the other moms picking up their kids, and she gets scared. So until she is completely at ease I don’t mind coming early. The other issue she’s had is with allowing her two teachers to change her diapers. We couldn’t figure it out until this weekend when she said “gloves” when I was trying to talk to her about it. We discovered the she was freaked out over the gloves they wear for sanitary reasons. Other than the diaper changes and the tears during drop off/pick up, we are so happy with the school. The teachers are nothing compared to the ones I had. They are sweet and loving towards all the kids and Lily talks about Miss Emma & Miss Dana all day everyday!

Besides tacking this blog during nap time and brief windows in the nausea I have started prepping the nursery and started the transition of Lily’s nursery to a big girl’s room. More on the transformation coming this week!

Again thanks y’all for sticking around while this pregnancy kicks my behind. I have had some sweet calls/emails/texts from family, friends and a few readers to check on me due to the lack of posts! Thanks for making me feel loved and supported! Thank goodness I have the greatest husband ever and a mom with a heart the size of Texas to help me out as well…

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    November 27, 2013 Reply

    I’ve been thinking about you. Geez, I’m so sorry to hear about all your sickness. Maybe that means you’ll have it easy when baby #2 arrives……she’ll smile constantly and sleep all night long :) Hang in there, mama!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      December 3, 2013 Reply

      HA I’m so hoping for that!!!! I’m actually looking forward to the sleep deprivation over this constant sickness!

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A Semi DIY Bee Costume

A cute (semi) DIY Bee costume for toddlers! The tutu is a super easy & cheap DIY project. Pair it with some black tights & shirt...all you need to buy is the wings & ears! Is it really Halloween already? November is this weekend? Where has this year gone?

Taking full advantage of still having control over Lily’s wardrobe choices I picked her costume this year. I’ve tried to ask her what she wants to wear, but she has yet to really take interest in choosing her clothes. This is fine by me because I like dressing her and I’m not looking towards the days she fights me on mixed matched outfits or totally inappropriate hem lines (I swear I’m going to blink and she will be 15 tomorrow).

Rambling off costume options Lily said yes to every one I gave her….including Rambo & a trash can. Not knocking those options…but just a demo that she will say yes to anything. Wanting to keep her costume easy and something I could semi create… I went with a bumblebee! A fabulous excuse to put her in a tutu.

beecostumeThis costume was even easier than her ghost costume from last year! I used a black shirt from Gap (that she already owned), pair of black shoes from Target (that she already owned) and I purchased a “bee set” from Amazon that included her wings, ears and the stinger that clipped to her tutu (cost $23 including s&h). The only thing I made was the tutu and I used the same steps from my super easy DIY tutu tutorial. I did purchase some black tights from Target the day before a costume festival only because Tampa received a random cold front.

beestingerThe tutu literally took me 15 minutes to make and cost less than $5 for the tulle (I had plenty of elastic band from other tutus!). The tutu will be re-used whenever my husband’s beloved Steelers play. Being lazy I opted to just order the “bee set” from Amazon instead of driving around searching for one. After it was delivered of course I found bee accessories at my local Target. Oh well.

A shopping center nearby had a fall festival where kids could trick-or-treat at the stores giving all the kids a chance to sport their Halloween costume more than once (something all parents can appreciate especially if they spend time and $ making them!). When we put the costume on her to go she LOVED it!

lilybeerunShe ran back and forth on our walkway as if she was flying…stopping to Buzz and shake her tush waving her stinger. I about died it was the cutest sight. It was also impossible to get her to stay still and take a decent picture…

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This year she totally understood the trick-or-treating part. But like any inquisitive toddler she stopped constantly to spy inside her pumpkin and demanding to eat every single candy. Her father and I had a blast eating it later that night while catching up on our DVR.

beecandyLily was beyond excited to see her girlfriend Makyla…who was the cutest little lamb!

lilycacaAnd you gotta love a two year old toddler…the only way I got her to look at the camera with me is by giving this face…

beesillyfaceAnd this lovely face with her dad!

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  1. Diane commented:
    October 30, 2013 Reply

    Love, love the tutu theme! You did
    an awesome job on Lily’s costume!!
    You can tell she loves it, and that is
    what is important. :)

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Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cupcakes

Get into the season with these yummy & easy pumpkin muffins/cupcakes! They only need TWO ingredients, gained toddler approval & they are easy on the waistline!!

It has been way to long since I have posted a recipe and today I’ve got a perfect one for the fall season! I was re-introduced to these delicious pumpkin cupcakes (or you can call them muffins if you want to munch on one in the am!) after I gave birth to Lily from my Cousin Kim. As a mom I am in constant search for easy recipes that actually taste good that I can whip up in a flash. I was shocked that I had this recipe all along in my family cookbook that my mom used to make as a weight watcher’s recipe (I’ve been told they are only 2 points).

Get into the season with these yummy & easy pumpkin muffins/cupcakes! They only need TWO ingredients, gained toddler approval & they are easy on the waistline!!

This is a easy recipe…only takes two ingredients (you can add fat-free Cool Whip if you want)…is toddler approved (especially with the Cool Whip!)…they melt in your mouth…they’re quick…and there is little clean up (worth it just for this factor alone!).

Enjoy!

(I had a toddler hovering so taking more photos was a little difficult!)

Get into the season with these tummy & easy pumpkin muffins with only TWO ingredients! Toddler approved too!

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cupcakes (or muffins!)

1 box Spice cake mix (I like the Duncan Hines brand)
1 can of pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill muffin tins with liners.

Using a hand mixer, blend the pumpkin & spice cake mix for about 2 minutes.

Spoon the mixture into the lined muffin tin and bake for 19 minutes.

Pop the cupcakes out of the tin and let cool on the counter.

You can eat these as is, or apply a small dollop of fat-free Cool Whip. You can step it up another notch by sprinkling crunched Health bits over the Cool Whip (your inner fatty will thank me!).

Get into the season with these yummy & easy TWO ingredient pumpkin cupcakes! Toddler approved and they are easy on the waistline!

Have you heard of the blog Picky Palate??? Well head over there for her take on using these two ingredients with two others for some super cute (& delicious) pumpkin spice cookies! (Click Here)

Yummy pumpkin spice cupcakes with only TWO ingredients...easy & toddlers like 'em!

 
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  1. Kelsey commented:
    October 17, 2013 Reply

    I LOVE these!!!! We picked up a GF, vegan mix and everyone can enjoy!! This is one of those great shortcut recipes for sure!!

  2. Keisha commented:
    July 18, 2016 Reply

    I thuoght finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!

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Baby #2 Is A…

genderrevealIf the picture above didn’t give away our big news then here it is….Lily is going to have a SISTER!

Mike will be living in a home filled to the brim of estrogen. I might be biased, but he is the best girl dad. He is the perfect companion when Lily plays with her dolls, he instigates routine dance parties every night (where he attempts to twirl like a ballerina) and he clips Lily’s bows in his hair just to make her smile (and often forgets about them for hours….of course I never remind him).

genderreveal1We are both excited and Mike’s wallet might have squealed yippee the loudest. I melted a few credit cards shopping for Lily before she was even born. This babe has a full wardrobe and she is only 18 weeks old today. Lily grew so quickly that she outgrew a lot of really cute outfits (some she never even wore!). So I’m thrilled to take out all the saved clothes and get a chance to see baby #2 wear some of my favorite outfits.

I’m still feeling the glorious morning sickness…but I’m happy to report it only hits in the afternoons and evenings. Usually I save Lily’s naptime and bedtime for my “blogging” time, but since morning sickness falls during that time I’ve obviously still slacked at regular posting….and I thank you for being understanding!!

Since announcing baby #2’s sex, I can share that I purchased the at home gender prediction kit by IntelliGender (found at drugstores near pregnancy tests). I didn’t take this with Lily so I was interested in what the results would say. The kit comes with a cup filled with crystals that you pee into in the morning. After waiting for five minutes the test will reveal the sex of your baby depending on what color your pee turns. As you can tell it said we were having a boy.

genderreveal3When I saw the results, I didn’t really believe them because I had a gut feeling we were going to be cheering team pink again. The test says you can find out as early as 10 weeks and we used it at 11 weeks. After taking it, I went online to read reviews and Mike and I laughed when a majority of comment threads showed that the test had been wrong for so many. If you are thinking of buying it….I say save your money (it’s around $40) or go ahead and buy it, but be warned do not use this test as an actual confirmation!!

So a big YAY for team pink!! Mike and I have started making lists of potential names. I thought picking a name for Lily was difficult, it’s even more challenging for this baby! We have to start from scratch because I don’t want to use any of the names we had on the list while searching for Lily’s name. So once a name is chosen of course we will share, because this momma will have the itch to start monogramming!!

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  1. shauna anderson commented:
    October 7, 2013 Reply

    Can’t wait for baby #2!!!

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