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Back to School: Bento Lunchbox Series

Back to School: Bento Lunchbox Series

A friend of mine once told me, when you have kids, it will feel like long days, but short years. And it’s so true. I can’t believe my little one is already in first grade. Summer has already come and gone again. And it’s already […]

Painting Flower Rocks with Markers

Painting Flower Rocks with Markers

I wish I was a crazy plant lady, with a crazy talented green thumb. Flowers and plants everywhere. But I’m not. I have a hard enough time keeping my succulents alive. A couple of years ago, I created a mini garden for my then toddler […]

Fun Rainbow O’s Edible Necklaces for Kids

Fun Rainbow O’s Edible Necklaces for Kids

For my daughter’s final bake sale of the school year, I had wild ambitions to make fancy cookies, lemon brownies and gooey sprinkled rice Krispy squares. Of course — In brown paper packages all tied up with string… But as it always seems, the night before, we fell short of ingredients for everything! And who wants to make another trip to the store?! So I thought, as my daughter and I have been making tons of necklaces, why not keep going? We had all the ingredients after all. (It’s basically one ingredient not counting the string) And came up with these.

Fun for Kids, Alternative Bake Sale Idea: Rainbow O's Edible Necklaces

We used 365 Brand, Rainbow O’s cereal. Made with organic wheat, corn and sugar and with no artificial food coloring.

Fun for Kids, Alternative Bake Sale Idea: Rainbow O's Edible Necklaces

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The only other thing we needed was string. Which we always have on hand.

Fun for Kids, Alternative Bake Sale Idea: Rainbow O's Edible Necklaces

And with clean hands, my daughter and I sat and beaded O’s after O’s onto colorful string. We made sure they were long enough to fit over the head and tied a little knot at the end.

We then packaged them up into little clear treat bags. (I find everything looks better in a clear treat bag.) I also found these plain stickers to seal them up. We used to make these when Els was smaller for fun, but never thought of packaging them up like this. They turned out super cute! And it was a big hit, I think!

Fun for Kids, Alternative Bake Sale Idea: Rainbow O's Edible Necklaces

Els got super excited when she spotted a kid wearing one and munching away.

I know technically, it’s not baking, but I thought it was a cute alternative! And I think they were pretty much all sold out! Yay.

Here’s Els wearing her very own.

Edible Rainbow O's Necklace for KidsHalf eaten, I think.

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Happy Summer!

Fun DIY Gumdrop Bead Necklaces

Fun DIY Gumdrop Bead Necklaces

(For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links, at no cost to you.) Since making our summer fruit necklaces, Els and I have been on a necklace making roll. We found other fun beads to play with and some silver chains to go with it. […]

Summer Fruit Bead Necklaces

Summer Fruit Bead Necklaces

My daughter and I, have certain rituals before bedtime. As most people do. Besides the usual, no more snacks, ya should have eaten your dinner, go brush teeth, go brush teeth, go BRUSH TEETH,  put on your pajamas, pajamas, PA–! Get in bed, I said […]

Healthy Unicorn Snack with NO Food Coloring

Healthy Unicorn Snack with NO Food Coloring

Like probably every 6 year old out there, my daughter is obsessed with Unicorns. She uses up all her eyelash, birthday, penny-in-fountain and tooth fairy wishes for a real live unicorn, every single time. Seems like the rest of the world is just as obsessed. Here in LA, there is unicorn food, everywhere.

I’m totally all about it. I love color. But not so much all that food coloring. So I thought I’d jazz up an afternoon unicorn snack of my own, and whip up some colorful cream cheese to go with toast and crackers using real fruit.

Unicorn Snack for Kids. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit, NO food coloring.

It’s actually really simple.

Unicorn Snack for Kids. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit, NO food coloring.

Buy some freeze dried fruit from the grocery store.  (I used Organic Strawberry, blueberry and mango.) And grind it up in a food processor.

Unicorn Snack. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit. No food coloing!

Sprinkle it on some whipped cream cheese, like so. And just stir it all up.

Unicorn Snack for Kids. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit, NO food coloring.

The colors came out really pretty.

And tasted delicious! The difference of taste was very subtle, actually. We added some fruit on top too, which made it extra yummy.

Adding Color to cream cheese using freeze Dried Fruit

We also saved some cream cheese for toast in the morning.

Dye-free and no added sugar. Perfect little breakfast for my 6 year old.

Unicorn Snack. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit. No food coloing!

Enjoy!

Also if you like this, check out my dye-free pink popcorn!

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Unicorn Snack. Adding color to cream cheese using real fruit. No food coloing!

Because … Always –

Believe In Unicorns

15 Sweet and Simple Mother’s Day Gift Ideas under $50-ish That’s not Chocolate and Flowers

15 Sweet and Simple Mother’s Day Gift Ideas under $50-ish That’s not Chocolate and Flowers

Sometimes it’s just the small and simple things that matter to show your mother you care. Besides the homemade card and DIY picture frame, the usual bouquet of flowers and chocolate… Why not throw in something else small and thoughtful and unique. Right? Like these. […]

Easy Muffin Tin Parmesan Pesto Egg in a Basket

Easy Muffin Tin Parmesan Pesto Egg in a Basket

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

I love Easter morning. Not only does the Easter bunny come, (check out the giant paw prints) and bring us lovely treats —

But it also means BRUNCH.

I’ve been wanting to make egg in a basket’s for a while now. Ever since I discovered them at Trails here in Griffith Park. They make them with pesto and parmesan and it is SO so good. So, I decided to give it a go!

I took a wide mouth mason jar and cut out whole wheat bread into circles. If you have a 3 inch cookie cutter that would also work.

You can roll them out with a rolling pin if you want, but I just kept it simple and left it like so.

*Don’t let the rest of the bread go to waste. I chopped up the scragglers, drizzled it with some olive oil, sprinkled some salt and garlic powder and popped them in the oven for 13 minutes after the egg in the baskets came out and made some homemade croutons with it.*

But let’s focus! I set aside some pesto, parmesan cheese and olive oil.

And then placed each piece into a greased (with olive oil) muffin tin. I then brushed some olive oil on top of the bread, added some pesto in the middle and cracked a whole egg in each cup.

I sprinkled some parmesan cheese, MORE pesto and black pepper on top.

And baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Once done, I just carefully popped them out.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

Sprinkling some chives on top… These herb scissors by the way, are the best.

Easter Brunch Ideas: Egg in a Basket

And voila. Eggs in a basket with pesto and paremsan. These are so tasty and super easy to make. We gobbled them down in no time.

I would call these everybody friendly. Kids and adults alike! And it was the perfect Easter morning brunch.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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FULL RECIPE:

PESTO PARMESAN EGG IN A BASKET
YIELDS: 12

Ingredients:
12 pieces of whole wheat bread
12 eggs
1/4 cup of pesto
olive oil
parmesan cheese
black pepper
chives

Directions:
*PRE HEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees farenheit. 
1. Cut out with a 3 inch cookie cutter or a wide mouth mason jar, 12 round pieces of whole wheat bread.
2. Grease muffin tin with olive oil.
3. Place each piece of bread into the muffin tin and press down gently. Brush lightly with more olive oil.
4. Add about a 1/4 tsp of pesto in the middle of each bread.
5. Crack a whole egg into each cup.
6. Add 1/4 tsp more of pesto on top. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. And add black pepper.
7. Bake in oven for 11-13 minutes. At 350 degrees.
8. Let cool for couple of minutes. Then carefully with a butter knife scrape at sides and gently pull each egg basket out.
9. Sprinkle with chives on top and ENJOY!

Simple Candy-Free Easter Egg Ideas

Simple Candy-Free Easter Egg Ideas

If there’s one thing that doesn’t go old in our house, it’s beads. My daughter loves making jewelry. As do I. And I thought, why not fill some clear plastic eggs with beads and string. It’s colorful. It’s shiny. It’s not as good as candy, […]