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Make Your Kids Their Own Kid-Friendly Cheese Board this Thanksgiving

Make Your Kids Their Own Kid-Friendly Cheese Board this Thanksgiving

Let’s get real. Everyone loves a good cheese board. But what’s worse than getting to the cheese plate too late when everything is gone? Getting there right after a swarm of hungry kids with their grubby little hands. Haha. But seriously, I love the idea […]

Bento box Lunch Series: Quiche and Seasonal Fruit

Bento box Lunch Series: Quiche and Seasonal Fruit

Leftovers are the best kind of lunches. As soon as we finish dinner, I make sure to put aside leftovers for the next days lunch for my daughter. Today on the bento box lunch menu: leftover broccoli quiche, grapes and strawberries, persimmons (my fave) and […]

Simple Fall Pumpkin Banana Bread

Simple Fall Pumpkin Banana Bread

I feel like everyone has their go-to banana bread recipe. For me, it’s the kind that reminds me of my childhood. Banana bread, has to taste just like how I remember it at my friends house after school. Or at my school bake sale where I’d eagerly hand over my 50 cents after careful choosing. I also like my banana bread pretty simple. And that’s kind of what I did with this. I took my go-to banana bread recipe and added in some pumpkin and cinnamon and got this. Simple, fall pumpkin banana bread.

Simple Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

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The pumpkin taste is very subtle. But just enough to excite your taste buds. I used this organic pumpkin from Whole Foods.

Simple Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

I also always add walnuts because pumpkin banana bread is not pumpkin banana bread without walnuts. Unless you’re allergic. Then do chocolate chips instead.

Simple Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

I found the pumpkin made the bread super moist and delicious. I used a mix of whole wheat flour and white flour to make it healthier. And cut the sugar so it’s not too sweet. And now that the weather is finally cooling down, this bread was the perfect thing to make. And eat.

Simple Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

My husband likes to eat it warm with a little butter spread on top. My daughter likes it in her lunchbox as a little lunchtime treat. I like it with my cup of coffee in the morning, just as it is. So yummy.

For more pumpkin recipes check out my healthy mini pumpkin oatmeal muffins and also my thanksgiving pumpkin biscuits!

Simple Fall Pumpkin Banana Bread

5 minutes

1 hour, 20 minutes

1 hour, 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil or organic cold pressed canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of cane sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas and add in all wet ingredients. (almond milk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, pumpkin.)
  3. Then add in the dry ingredients starting with the sugar. Then the flour, baking soda, cinnamon. Add the walnuts last.
  4. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake for approx 1 hr and 20 mins. Check if a toothpick comes out clean.
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ENJOY!

How many times can I say pumpkin in this post, right?!

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Fun Halloween Bento Lunchbox for Kids

Fun Halloween Bento Lunchbox for Kids

Making lunch should be fun right? Like this Halloween Bento Lunchbox. But more importantly, fun to eat! I think, even the pickiest eaters will like this one. The purple witch fingers are actually grapes. They’re called Moondrop grapes and they’re naturally long. Crazy right? I […]

Convenient Healthy Snack Prep For Your Kids AND YOU

Convenient Healthy Snack Prep For Your Kids AND YOU

When my mother-in-law went to the doctor’s office a while back, I remember her telling me her doctor asked her if she’s a toast and tea type of person. A toast and tea person? She asked. Yeah, you know, like you wake up and make […]

‘BOO!’ Chocolate Ganache Glazed Halloween Cupcakes

‘BOO!’ Chocolate Ganache Glazed Halloween Cupcakes

BOO! chocolate ganache glazed halloween pumpkins

If I had to choose between pie or cake, it would always be cake. Frosted or glazed?

Always glazed.

And who knew, glazing a cupcake would be so easy?!

Super simple 'BOO!' chocolate ganache glazed Halloween cupcakes

I found this chocolate ganache recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen and decided to give it a try because it literally is only 2 ingredients and sounded super simple.

Super Simple BOO chocolate ganache glazed Halloween Cupcakes

And it was. All I needed was semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream. Glazing them was also a breeze. All you need to do is dip the cupcake into the ganache, just to the edge of the liner, and hold it above the bowl until it stops dripping. Done.

Super Simple BOO chocolate ganache glazed Halloween Cupcakes

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To decorate the cupcakes, I used a small #3 piping tip with white icing. Because less is always more, I decided on a plain old BOO on all of them. But you can get pretty creative and write or draw anything that works. I personally liked the one with the exclamation point at the end even better. My daughter LOVED piping the icing, and went crazy drawing ghosts, spiders and cobwebs on hers.

Super simple 'BOO!' chocolate ganache glazed Halloween cupcakes

For the chocolate cupcakes, I used this delicious recipe. Feel free to use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. If you want to use a boxed cake mix, I highly recommend this organic cake mix that has similar ingredients to what I used.

Halloween BOO Chocolate Ganache Glaze Recipe
(I glazed 24 cupcakes and had a lot left over, but I liked having the leftovers.)

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of organic whipping cream

For the Boo icing:

#3 Wilton piping tip
White icing

Directions:

  1. On med/low simmer the whipping cream until you see tiny bubbling.
  2. Once you see tiny bubbling, REMOVE from heat and pour in the chocolate chips making sure it’s all covered.
  3. Put a lid on the pot for 5 minutes. Do not mix.
  4. Once the 5 mins is up, whisk the chocolate starting from the center until it becomes velvety yumminess.
  5. Let it cool at room temperature without a lid for 25-30 mins.
  6. Once the cupcakes are cool, dip the cupcake into the chocolate right to the edge of the liner and let it drip.
  7. Attach the piping tip on the icing and ice away! Take your time!

And ENJOY! We had so much fun making these. I love how glossy the chocolate glaze looks. And how the white lettering pops in all its glorious simplicity. But it’s not just the aesthetic’s here, these cupcakes and the glaze were – can’t-just-eat-one, super delicious too.

If you like this post, check out our dye-free, amazing strawberry buttercream frosting. And for more Halloween party ideas, check out our candy-free string and bead favors for kids!

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Creative Unicorn, Monster and Cat Pumpkins for Kids

Creative Unicorn, Monster and Cat Pumpkins for Kids

Part two of decorating pumpkins! Because y’all know how much we LOVE decorating pumpkins. Last week we made really cute and colorful drip paint pumpkins, which I thought was a big success. This week, as per my daughter, we decided to make creative unicorn pumpkins, […]

Colorful Rainbow No Carve Drip Paint Pumpkins

Colorful Rainbow No Carve Drip Paint Pumpkins

rel=”attachment wp-att-3423″> It’s pumpkin season! Everyone knows, that’s my favorite season. Because we LOVE decorating pumpkins. We’ve made glittered pumpkins and jeweled pumpkins but never did we try – rainbow drip paint pumpkins. Until… NOW. These were so fun to make. All we needed was some acrylic paint […]

Easy, Accessible and Effective Way to Organize Kids Arts and Crafts to Get your Kids Creative 

Easy, Accessible and Effective Way to Organize Kids Arts and Crafts to Get your Kids Creative 

This past summer, I made sure to have a variety of cool, colorful and fun art supplies to carry us through the break. A lot of the stuff I found on sale and hoarded it into my closet until vacay started. Similar to my previous Halloween Haul, I wanted to find a good way to keep all the craft supplies organized, but more importantly — easily accessible.

Truth is, I was going to be at home with my 6 year old daughter all day, all night for the entire summer. And I wanted to A) minimize whining about being bored/wanting to watch TV and B) make sure she could reach and see all her art supplies without making a complete mess or asking me to do it. (Because I’m pretty sure when she’s about to ask,  I just sat down for the first time all day.)

Easy and effective Kids Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas

SO, I grabbed all my empty jars, (mason and jam jars) and started organizing.

Easy and effective Kids Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas

Pencil crayons in one jar. Crayons in another. Markers etc. Oh and SCISSORS all in one place. Because why and how do scissors always go missing when you need it the most?!

Easy and effective Kids Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas

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I used the IKEA RASKOG utility cart to hold it all together. If you can’t make it to an IKEA or don’t have one near you, here’s a similar one you can order.

Easy and effective Kids Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas

I filled all our supplies into each tier. Play dough, paint, string and beads… On the bottom I put pads of paper and coloring books. Also brand new boxes of markers and paint. Pretty much everything had its own little space, where it could be clearly seen, found and accessed.

Easy and effective Kids Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas

I hate that these two carts aren’t matching in color, but that’s besides the point. My daughter had a super creative craft-filled summer because all of this was within her arm’s reach whenever, and however she wanted. And the wheels made it easy for the supplies to follow her wherever she needed to go.

All in all, this simple organizing that took very little time and energy to do, made my life so much easier this summer in the long run. Win win for both my daughter and I.

If you –  like I, don’t have the luxury of creating a Pinterest-y room dedicated just for arts and crafts, (cuz who does?!) do this. It’s all you need. Out in the open. ORGANIZED. And totally effective.

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Back to School: Healthy Bento Lunchbox Series

Back to School: Healthy 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 […]