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 – BED…!  We do eventually get to the reading stories, giggling, cuddling and  talking about our day… Somedays we even bust out our pencil crayons and color together in those relaxing color therapy books.  But lately, we started a new thing where we like to make necklaces and bracelets with beads and string. It’s actually really calming and a peaceful activity before bedtime. And a special bonding moment, also.

Since we were quickly running out of beads, I searched online and came across these colorful fruit beads on Amazon. I thought they would make the cutest summery little necklaces.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

I already had some string on hand.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

And my daughter and I, lay on the bed and beaded necklaces together every night before bedtime.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

They even look cute on chain necklaces.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

We actually ended up liking them so much we decided to package them up for my daughter’s annual school fundraiser at school.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

I just bought some clear goody bags, and blank stickers, and packaged them up. So cute.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

I tied a knot at the end of each last bead so it can’t move, and on each end of the string to make it adjustable. Click here to see how I did it on another one of my necklace posts.

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

So fun! And summery!

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

Here it is on Els. Isn’t it pretty?

Summer Fruit Bead Necklace Craft

If you liked this, check out the handmade pom pom necklaces we made!

And stay tuned for some more necklaces we’ve been making – all really simple and cute. And such a great activity to do together with your little one.

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*always supervise little ones when playing with beads.

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.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

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 be perfect.

It should look 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.

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.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

And baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

Hubby helped cut some chives to sprinkle on top. These herb scissors by the way, are the best.

Of course, Els helped too.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

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.

Easy Muffin Tin Egg In a Basket with Pesto and Parmesan

Check out that yolk. 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!

Healthy Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin season is the best season. Because I can make pumpkin biscuits like these and mini pumpkin muffins like these.

Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

What a perfect little healthy bite-sized muffin for tots and kids.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Instead of butter or oil, I opted to use unsweetened applesauce.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Whole wheat flour. And old fashioned rolled oats.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

And almond milk with brown sugar.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Can’t forget the pumpkin, and I also added some unsweetened coconut flakes for added taste and texture.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Overall, it came out quite moist and tasty! Just a tad sweet, which is perfect for me. These are a great grab n’ go snack and a nice little lunchbox treat for my little one. Let me know how yours turn out! Tag me @bebeandbear on Insta with your pics!

Mini Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Whole wheat flour
1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of organic pumpkin
1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce (but if you want it more moist, you can use 1/3 cup of canola or coconut oil) *I chose to just use applesauce
1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 large egg
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of vanilla extract
dash of salt

*mini muffin pan (if you don’t have one, you can buy one here.)

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line your mini muffin pan with liners.
Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, salt)  together in one bowl. And the wet ingredients (pumpkin, applesauce, almond milk, brown sugar, vanilla, egg)  together in another bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until combined. Scoop into muffin liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Then let cool and enjoy!

Recipe altered and adapted from: Kateinthekitchen.com

For more toddler muffin ideas check out my most popular post: No sugar, no butter. Healthy muffins for toddlers. 

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2016 Thanksgiving Inspirations

It’s that time of year again. My favorite time of year that is!

FALL.

And all that comes with it.

Including, the crisper air, the cooler nights and of course all of my fall i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n-s. Here’s my list from last year. And here is — to now.

Fall Decor Inspiration.
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Moody candles. White pumpkins. Delicate soft flowers.


Rich, fine, luxe velvet.
Pup included.

Pie Pops
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Easy to make, kid-friendly pumpkin pie pops.

Apple Rosemary stuffing
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Beautiful AND delicious apple cranberry stuffing.

Sorel boots
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Warm, ankle Sorel boots.


Shearling
everything. In every color. Every room.

rosemary wreath

Minimal rosemary wreath table place cards.

Pinecone turkeys
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Pinecone turkeys. 

And, last but not least —

Cranberry Moscow Mule
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This delicious looking cranberry Moscow Mule. 

What are some of your Thanksgiving inspirations?

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The Perfect Little Granola Bites

There are two things I never buy. One, is Granola. And the other, is Granola bars. I’d much prefer to make my own. Here’s my go-to healthy granola recipe. And here’s a new super healthy granola bite recipe that I just discovered!

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

They look and taste AMAZING.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And they just happen to be vegan. No bake. Full of healthy seeds and grains. And only sweetened with honey.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

The key to these amazing bites is, in my opinion, the brown rice crisps and the chia seeds. It gives it a really nice crunchy, popping consistency.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

It is super easy to make, takes very little time, delicieux, and ready to eat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I found the easiest way to mix all the ingredients together was to just get in there and use my hands.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And then scoop with a tablespoon and form into little balls.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

My 5 yr old daughter helped make these. This is a really good recipe to have your little one help out in the kitchen.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

See all the yummy healthy goodness?

I usually just use half chia seeds and half golden flax seeds, but for this batch I used this ancient grain and seed medley from Tj’s.

perfect little granola bites

Both ways are equally as good.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I have my mother-in-law and brother-in-law visiting, so you can imagine these went pretty fast in our house.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I like the idea of easy, healthy, grab n’ go. Whether it be in the morning, midday or after school.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I even packaged some up for my husband’s co-workers. As a fun little healthy work treat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And – here’s Els enjoying her own too…

Perfect little Granola bites. Healthy snack for toddlers and kids.

Enjoy! Please tag @bebeandbear on insta if you try them out!

The Perfect Little Crunchy and Chewy Healthy granola bite

Perfect Little Granola Bites Recipe:

INGREDIENTS: 
1 cup of quick oats
3/4 cup of brown rice crisps
1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter
1/2 cup of Tj’s ancient grain and seed medley
BUT if you don’t have that 1/4 cup of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of golden flax seeds is good
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients together. Mix well. Take a tablespoon and form into little balls. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Freezes well up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Ice Pops

When I was in the hospital last summer, where I underwent unexpected emergency brain surgery, I spent my days recovering ordering only pudding and popsicles from the hospital menu. Little did I know that everything that I was ordering was being tracked and recorded, which then led to a frantic nutritionist coming down to pay me a visit.

I laughed out loud.

My mother was actually making me gourmet meals so I was eating just fine. Pudding and popsicles were what kept me going. And in that instant, even when I had no idea if I was going to live or die, I still had these kind of moments.

What I call – the pudding and popsicle moments.

And for this Halloween, in ode to that time, I made these!

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Jack-O-Lantern ice pops.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

I used frozen organic peaches, water and organic mango nectar. Organic apple slices for the eyes and mouth.

To make them, I used the Zoku ice pop maker.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

One of the best gifts I have ever received. I highly recommend. And fear not, you can buy it here.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

It also came with a cute little character making kit.

Just thinly slice an apple or a pear and cut out shapes like so. Then follow the directions they give you by soaking the apple cut outs in water and then placing them on to the green silicone stick. Slowly insert stick into the popsicle mold machine and press to the top and hold for 15 seconds. Once that’s done place the sticks in the molds and pour in the fruit puree. It takes about 10 minutes to freeze and then you just pop them out.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Els snacked on these afterwards. Waste not, want not!

I even tried making Ghost pops with Greek yogurt, honey and chocolate.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And here’s Els.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And Bear sneaking a lick or two.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

So delicious, healthy, refreshing and fun.

Peaches and Nectar Jack-O-lantern Ice Pops Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup of organic frozen peaches
1/4 cup of organic mango nectar
1/4 cup of water

DIRECTIONS:
Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice molds and remove when frozen. *Makes 3 ice pops.

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And… I’m BaaaaaaAACk!

So it’s been a while, I know. And no excuses. But, I guess you can say, it’s been quite a year.

Els completed a successful year of PRE-K. My husband is as busy as ever with a huge slate of movies/tv shows in development. We rescued a tiny little puppy, named, Bear. And oh, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Like I said, it’s been quite a year!

But now, I’m back into the groove of things and excited to get this blog back up and running. So many new recipes, crafts and mommy-isms to write about. And not to mention hilarious puppy anecdotes and musings.

My brain, thankfully is fine and healthy! It was shocking for sure. Extremely rare. And also benign. And with successful surgery and radiation, completely on the right track.

I look back and am so thankful to my friends and family that supported me. Without them, I don’t think I would have been the same smiling, laughing patient that I was. I remember my friend staying up all night and hand feeding me pudding. My mother cooking me every meal so that I could avoid hospital food while she ate nothing. My brother shedding a tear when receiving the phone call. And my husband and daughter being so brave and strong even when things felt so scary and alone.

And through all the poking and prodding, going through major brain surgery, being bedridden, and rehabilitating… I can’t help but look back and think, (as cliché as it may sound) I wouldn’t change a thing.

I learned that kids are resilient. And with the proper words, actions and guidance they can get through anything. Els, never spent a day without me let alone a night. And she went 2 weeks, strong. She went 2 weeks being a 4-year-old that showed support and understanding. And seeing that, made me strong.

I never shed a tear for myself during that time. Only for her. This, I guess is parenthood.

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Little Bear. Rescue. Poodle Mix.

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All I want for Thanksgiving

All I want for Thanksgiving is my – i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n-s.

Here’s what’s inspiring me at the moment.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Chalkboard menu pumpkins.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Rosemary Sprig place cards.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Kids thanksgiving table with craft paper.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Mini pumpkin mantel.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Mini pumpkin pies.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas

Homemade pumpkin biscuits.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Roasted baby carrots.

Thanksgiving inspirations and ideas
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Leola Dress with beige booties.

And of course being thankful for family and friends!

What’s inspiring you this Thanksgiving? Please share.