packing school meals: month 7

march began with a nor’easter but that doesn’t keep us from packing her meals! this month’s school theme is water so you will see some rain and planting. other things to look forward to: Dr. Seuss’s birthday and revisiting childhood … Continue reading packing school meals: month 7

packing school meals: month 4

it’s December! more holidays are coming up and the weather’s getting colder. what meals will we have for little one this month?¬† Continue reading “packing school meals: month 4”

packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1

just so we share morning preparations, m and i are trading off days to prep little one’s meals. the days i don’t do it, i miss it but then it gives me more time to get my juices flowing ūüôā Continue reading “packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1”

learn with food: apple taste test

when little one started solid food, i wanted to show a range of flavors. for apples, there was a variety of choices as there are so many different apples! Continue reading “learn with food: apple taste test”

packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2

when your kid tells you that you should mess up the picture you created because she’s scared of bugs … maybe it’s better to make cute pictures? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2”

learn with food: tri color sweet bell peppers taste test

during little one’s play dates, we usually end the date with a snack. this playdate was no different but it included a taste test. which sweet bell pepper tasted the sweetest? Continue reading “learn with food: tri color sweet bell peppers taste test”

packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1

it’s month 2 and i’m starting to preplan and think of ideas to make meals fun for both myself and little one. when i grew up, i used to love newspapers that had word jumbles. since little one’s class is working through the alphabet, why not play word jumble with little one with her food? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2

after two weeks of just churning them out, i can start to enjoy myself and have fun with the meals. some pictures… some words… but always color and always fruits and veggies. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school

it’s back to school! now little one is adjusting to a public school schedule so we’re learning too. school starts earlier and ends earlier. luckily little one’s after school program is in the same room so no awkward transition there. so the meals are: breakfast, lunch, end of school snack and after school snack. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school”

toys with allergens: alternative for modeling dough – Soy-Yer Dough

after learning that baby can’t play with Play-doh at school due to the fact it contains wheat, i found Soy-Yer Dough. before bringing it to school however, i gave it the same food test (try 3 days before ruling it “safe”). so far, so good. Continue reading “toys with allergens: alternative for modeling dough – Soy-Yer Dough”

new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals

so my little started a new school! but while previously all students brought in their own lunches and snacks in the previous school, the new school provided 4 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner! unfortunately wheat and eggs are common ingredients in their menu so i will have to pack my little one’s meals. Continue reading “new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals”

toys with allergens: NO Hasbro Play-Doh

i got a call from my little one’s teacher — “your child had an allergic reaction to play-doh. we washed the face and applied the anti-itch medicine. other than a reddish rash, your little one appears fine.”

??? allergic reaction to a toy ??? Continue reading “toys with allergens: NO Hasbro Play-Doh”

baby feeding schedule: going with the flow

this month¬†my motto had been¬†to keep things simple. most vegetables¬†are just lightly saut√©ed with a little olive oil (i.e. boy choy – or – spinach and pepper)and paired with a protein which is just cooked in a pan with its natural oil (i.e. fish (salmon and tilapia fillets, beef patty). Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: going with the flow”

children’s books to read, cook and eat together!

i love the idea of cooking with my little one. though k’s not yet 2, i look forward to it! it was exciting though a little intimidating to see the kids on Master Chef Jr. – the kids are so young (ages 8 – 13) ¬†yet can chop with a sharp knife better than i can (or so it seems)! not that i am thinking of my baby to become a master chef but it is curious to think of how old you start kids cooking?¬†k’s daycare¬†already has cooking class in school, so i guess it can start as early as 1 year old to just mix fresh and/or dry ingredients — it doesn’t just have to be pretend (although that is¬†fun too!) Continue reading “children’s books to read, cook and eat together!”

baby feeding schedule: beginning of a picky eater?

friends have told me how their kids used to be a good eater but then the kid later became a picky eater. i was always afraid that would come true because we’ve been lucky that k has been a really good eater. then last month, k started to say:¬†“no peas” “no pepper” “no corn” consistently. every now and then she’ll say:¬†“no tofu” “no ¬†blackberries” – which she normally loves.¬†other times, she’ll be selective and say: “only bok choy”, “only fish” or “only pasta”. if we say “no”, she’d tantrum. what happened my happy eater? Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: beginning of a picky eater?”

baby feeding schedule: “grown up” dishes

this month, i worked on making some more meals that we can eat together, including some breakfast foods like gluten free vegan muffins and crepes – to – crab avocado salad and tacos! meals have begun to be easier to prepare. yay! recipes to some new dishes include: Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: “grown up” dishes”

Happy Easter! name the title of the waffle art vignettes from books about bunnies

vignette 1:

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-1

vignette 2:

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-2

book 3

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-2 Continue reading “Happy Easter! name the title of the waffle art vignettes from books about bunnies”

guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 3d

can you name the book?

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-3

(disclaimer: beginner food “artist” ‚Ķ sorry book illustrator!)

‚Ķ and the title is: Continue reading “guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 3d”

guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 2d

can you name the book?

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-2

(disclaimer: beginner food “artist” ‚Ķ sorry book illustrator!)

‚Ķ and the title is: Continue reading “guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 2d”

guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 1

can you name the book?

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-1

(disclaimer: beginner food “artist” ‚Ķ sorry book illustrator!)

‚Ķ and the title is: Continue reading “guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 1”

book: “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

If You Give a Dog a Donuti read¬†Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s collaboration If You Give a Mouse a Cookie a long time ago and loved it so much that i bought it for my future classroom library, when i was planning to teach elementary school. since then i went into a different career so i didn’t know it expanded into a¬†If You Give ‚Ķ series. when i started taking k to the bookstore/library regularly.

i saw other books by Numeroff/Bond and was excited by the idea of the series but i didn’t fall in love with any other book – i.e If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and¬†If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. for the later, it wasn’t¬†because it is not really a book about food – instead it didn’t have the same kind of flow as the first book did. Continue reading “book: “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond”