FOR THE KIDDOS
This page features Chef Shayna’s recipes for meals and snacks to enjoy any time of the day. She strives to offer families and children healthy and achievable instructional dishes.
This month I turned into the Gingerbread man. I hosted a decorating party every weekend so my house and car was concerted into a candy factory. I could have stopped to build a house at a moment’s notice (not that that’s a skill that actually comes in handy). I couldn’t let the month end without sharing one of my favorite ‘Book & Bites’ pairing. Check out my favorite gingerbread story and recipe on the blog- even if you have to archive it to use next year.
There are so many reasons to love Fall and I don’t think I’ve met a person that doesn’t enjoy the season. There is something wonderful about the transition occurring in nature and magical about the colors swirling around us. Watching Fall through my girls eyes amplifies the splendor. Read more to see our favorite Fall books and a fun food craft to enjoy making and snacking on.
What do your kids do during Thanksgiving break? It can be challenging to keep them occupied without relying on the screen or loosing your marbles. A week off seems like a long time but we are very excited to have time together without the regularly scheduled programming. Last year, over the span of a couple of days, the girls and I worked on creating a family masterpiece. Each day we used a different art medium to completely cover a white canvas. It is one of our favorite memories so are going to do the same thing this year. I am sharing our day by day guide so you can recreate this in your home.
It’s time to head back to school which means getting back into a regular routine complete with a new set of chores. The girls recently received Octopus Watches by Joy to help remind them of their daily tasks and responsibilities. Today I am sharing my review of these watches as well as sharing the chores and responsibilities that the girls will be helping with. Make sure to check out the discount code at the end…. Do you have regular chores for kiddos? Would you like a “mommy assistant” to help keep them on track? If yes, then read on for my thoughts from one mama to another.
“I carried a watermelon.” I actually carried two (these 2) in my tummy and during both pregnancies consumed more watermelon than I probably should have. So we are all HUGE watermelon fans and will gladly carry them any distance to enjoy the perfectly sweet, crispy, juicy fruit. We can easily polish off a small watermelon each in one sitting so I always purchase more than one. If you’re looking for a cool treat to beat the heat and like watermelon than today’s recipes are for you. Also, I rarely share motherhood advice but rather tips that I’ve picked up along the way but recently learned an important lesson that I think is important to share with other mamas.
As a mom snacks play a big role in our lives. Our kiddos constantly request them. We always stuff them in our bags as to never leave home without them. We are usually cleaning them out of the hard to reach crevices of the car. Snacking seems so routine and mindless but is really an opportunity to fill our kiddos (and us) with nutrient dense foods. Today I’m sharing some thoughts on snacking and Little Miss is blending up one of our favorite afternoon snacks- Peanut Butter Protein Bites.
When I first started cooking I wanted fruit tarts to be my signature “thing” but after my first attempt and the crust didn’t quite turn out, the custard was runny and the fruit slid everywhere, I decided that maybe I should pick something else to be “my thing.” Friday I decided it would be fun to make them again with 20 toddlers and their mamas but this time with some short cuts. Check out the recipe and I promise you too can make a fail proof Fruit Tart too.
Have a picky eater? Let them help make lunch. Oftentimes empowering kiddos in the kitchen encourages them to try to eat new foods. Avocado toast is super trendy but all for a good reason. It is delicious and simple to make. Set out the ingredients and tools and let your kids to the rest… Little Miss shows you how with a quick video.
Monday, Monday! I am learning to tame the chaos with a solo cup of coffee to gather my thoughts before the girls wake up and yoga, lots of yoga. Did you see my yoga giveaway on Instagram? Monday is also a great day for the girls and I to work together in the kitchen. My youngest daughter, who I call “Little Miss” has been making my lunch and asked me to film her. In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts on getting kids in the kitchen, how I let the girls help at home, and our tuna salad recipe.
Some Mondays I am ready to charge ahead and some seem to be a whirlwind of chaos. Mondays seem to be a day that most moms I know can use a little more support so I aim to share weekly ideas on simple projects to do with young kiddos. Today I'm sharing a great snack to make with your kiddos at home, my version of "kid only sushi" as I called it in my class. I encourage you to make both the green (aka healthy) roll as well as the sweet treat. Let your kids get their hands dirty and have fun rolling their own food. Make it a longer activity and check out the book recommendations as well.