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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
How many times can I say pumpkin in this post, right?!
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 […]
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 […]
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.)
SO, I grabbed all my empty jars, (mason and jam jars) and started organizing.
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?!
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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.
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.
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.