Friday, April 26, 2013

Recipe: Creamy Coconut Popsicles!

Sweet, Creamy & Delicious.... Creamy Coconut Popsicles. This recipe makes about 12-15 Popsicles depending on your molds.

You'll need:

1 can of coconut milk (I used Thai kitchen organic)
1 can of reg sized condensed milk
½ cup Almond or Coconut milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1. Blend ingredients together.

2. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze for about 5 hrs.

3. Enjoy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Activities!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday, We are both having a pretty good day despite the gloomy weather. We are going to be enjoying our Earth Day by painting some stuff indoors and pretend cooking some delicious ;-) healthy meals. hehe

here are some ideas you and your little one can do depending on the weather and what you have available to you:

  • Play Dough
  • Painting
  • Drawing with crayons (use up carton from cereal boxes to make a nice card)
  • Sensory box (no need for rainbow rice, use beans, lentils, flour... so many recipes around)
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • if you have a tablet (you can read, do puzzles, practice the alphabet or shapes... it pretty limitless)
  • Pretend play
  • Go out and play, look and point at different things around you. 
  • Go to a playground
  • Get dirty with them and plant something or Play in a sandbox!
  • Cook something together or ask them to help you put the dishes away
  • Make a tent out of sheets, furniture and cushions.
  • Sing and Dance (my daughter goes crazy around music.
  • Watch a movie
  • If your child is a little older you can sew a doll or make collages or other fun crafts.
There is so much you can do. I will be posting a new Sensory Recipe tomorrow hopefully and this awesome cookie recipe I found. Big soft cookies with choc chunks anyone?!?!

I'm off to try to sew a pair of leggins for my little carebear (new to sewing), Wish me luck!!! :D

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Spicy Cilantro, Lime & Paprika Chicken Thighs

This chicken recipe is not only delicious, but Whole30 & Paleo friendly. It's also a quick but flavorful meal to prepare during the week.

You can either grill these or bake them in the oven. I have tried both and they came out great either way.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of Chicken Thighs Bone in & skin on (usually 4)
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp of dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tbsp of Cilantro (I used pureed)
  • Juice & zest from a Lime
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
Preheat oven at 400F if you are going to be baking it straight away (if you are going to let it sit, hold off on that).

 Mix all the ingredients together (not the chicken).  Once you have your marinade, add your chicken thighs and coat them well.  I usually get some under the skin because if you don't the chicken can be rather bland.  Depending if you are letting it sit some or not, go ahead and bake for 35-40 mins.  Once finished leave to cool for a few mins and serve.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Recipe: Rainbow Rice Sensory Box (Alcohol Free)

It's Friday!!! Woooooo!!! Today Scarlett had a playdate and we (I) have been dying to try the whole sensory box idea. I am sure if you a pinterest user you may have seen tons of pins about these.

I came across a few different recipes, I went with the vinegar version because I didn't like the idea of alcohol all over the rice and possibly on her hands and then into her mouth. Anyways, here is my recipe, walk through. I could have taken more pictures but it's so easy that I got carried away.

You will need:

Zip lock bags (sandwich size) or plastic containers you don't care about.
Cheap Rice (2 cups per color)
Food Colors (you can use natural dyes) (a few drops or more per color)
Distilled White Vinegar (2 tbsp per color)
something like a cookie tray or anything you can use to lay the rice on to dry over night (it could stain)

First thing you will need to do is place your 2 cups of rice in your zip lock bag or container, add your 2 tbsp (tablespoon) of vinegar and then add your food coloring in, stir it if you are using a container or close your zip lock bag and shake it around till all the rice is covered. open the zip lock bag and place on the tray to dry out.

Rinse and repeat. I left mine to dry a few hours before I moved mine but that could vary per home depending on climate. if you can and it feels dry on top, try braking it up some so it gets some air and leave to dry more. :)

I hope you enjoy this, I know the kids had a blast and even I enjoyed it my self.

Warning! If you have wild ones and they are not old enough to understand to stay in the box, I would recommend doing this outside unless you want to be picking up lots and lots of rice. hahahaha

here are some pictures of our playdate from today, I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. :D