Play Kitchens

Genevieve loves playing with the kitchen center at her daycare, so we knew we wanted her to have one for her birthday  (which her Poppy and Bibbie got for her 2nd birthday).

She has the Kid Craft Large Pastel Play Kitchen (here).

It took Michael HOURS to put it together, but the end result was wonderful!  She still plays with her kitchen almost every day.

 

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Most of her dishes and things are from Green Toys and Melissa and Doug.  I prefer the wooden items as much as possible.

 

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This picture was taken when she was first given her kitchen!

We even got a video of her playing with if for the first time.

And more recently, she was gifted a condiment set to go with her kitchen.  She loved these condiments so much, she took them to bed with her every night for several weeks!

Breakfast for Dinner and Tales of a Helpful Toddler

Last night was the first night in a long time that I cooked dinner for my family.  I love to cook and I normally cook quite often, but Michael had been out of town for a bit and then my Mother-in-Law had a heart attack (more about that in another post) and as a result we have been back and forth to Little Rock (to visit the hospital) and Michael has been staying at the hospital a lot too.

Michael was home last night and I wanted to cook, but I had forgotten to set anything out to defrost.  I was left to ponder what I could fix for dinner fairly easily and with what I had on hand and ready to cook.

I decided on Breakfast for dinner –  a fairly regular meal at our house.  I thought about what I would include and decided on gluten-free biscuits, scrambled eggs, and sausage links.  Now generally Michael prefers bacon or at least sausage patties, but all I had was sausage links, so he was just going to have to make do with them.

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The kitchen quickly becomes a disaster area when I am cooking!

Genevieve saw me in the kitchen and wanted to help.  She climbed up in her learning tower (we found this at a Rhea Lana’s sale for so cheap!), and asked to help me.  She first pointed to the sausages and told me that she wanted to eat the “hot dog,” which was so cute!  I told her that they were sausages and she then told me that she wanted to eat the sausages, but I told her they had to cook first (much to her disappointment).  She then helped me cute the biscuits.  When I started breaking the eggs to scramble them, she asked if she could crack the eggs.  I wouldn’t let her crack the eggs because I didnt want to fish all the shells out.  She got so made at me that she ran out of the kitchen saying that she was going to go “tell daddy that you are doing it wrong!”

When dinner was finished cooking, we all sat down to the table to eat.  It was such a treat for us all to eat dinner together, since it had been so long.

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I ate my biscuits with honey…yum!

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Want to know how to make these amazing gluten-free biscuits?  I use this recipe from Maebell’s blog.  It is the best gluten-free biscuit recipe I have found.  I generally tweak it by adding 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum, cooking in a glass 9×13 casserole dish coated with melted butter, and I cook them a bit longer – 15 to 20 minutes (finishing with the broil setting to get a golden color on top).

Morphing a Gluten Free Cake Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix
  • 1 pkg chocolate fudge jello pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (add a couple extra tablespoons if the mix is too dry).
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together and spoon into a oiled bunt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

The batter is VERY thick and will not pour.  This batter will need to be spooned into the pan.

Notes: This cake is one of the best cakes I have ever made, regarding texture.  The cake was very moist and held together very well.  It was fluffy.  I was afraid it would be dense because the batter was so heavy, but this cake is very light and springy.  I even cut it while it was hot and it didnt crumble at all!  I will say that it did not taste overly chocolaty.  I think next time I make it, I will add more cocoa powder.



 

 

Insta-Moment: why does the blurry photo have to be my favorite?

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly  ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. .... and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife | February 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. …. and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife

Creamy Ground Turkey Casserole

In my effort to purchase minimal groceries this month (and try to use up what we already have), tonight’s dinner was an experiment.  However, it turned out to be a very  tasty experiment.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey

3 Cups minute rice (We use Minute Brown Rice)

1 1/2 Cup Chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp chopped garlic

1 Yellow Bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Cup sour cream

1 pkg Cream Cheese

1 Can diced tomatoes in juice

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese

1/2 8oz can of tomato paste

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes and then add the ground meat and Italian seasoning. Keep cooking until meat is browned.
  3. Add sugar, salt, , garlic powder, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and keep cooking for a few more minutes (you want the flavors to blend together).
  4. Then add the cream cheese and sour cream and cook until melted into the sauce.
  5. Put the dry rice into a 9×13 casserole dish and pour the chicken broth over the top.
  6. Pour meat/sauce mixture on top of rice.  The sauce does not have to completely cover the rice.
  7. Top with the shredded cheese of your choice.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  9. If there is too much liquid in the casserole then remove the foil and cook another 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

Genevieve’s Bookshelf

Of course as a Librarian, everyone expects my daughter to love books.  Thankfully, she really does love them.  In fact, if she is upset or hurt, you can offer to read her a book and she immediately quits crying!

I recently discovered a movement that promotes the gifting books instead of toys.  This movement inspired the creation of a reverse registry and book recommendation website designed for children. This website is called Red Antler Books.  I will be reviewing this website soon, but while you anxiously await my review, I wanted to share the current list of titles on Genevieve’s bookshelf.

So without further ado: http://ninaksodhi.wixsite.com/red-antler-books/genevieve-exisiting-library

 

*the basket holds her clothes books. She also has a small basket next to the chair in her room for her current favorite books to read at bedtime.

Snack Mix Using Mike’s Seasoning

Dry Mix

 3 cups rice chex

3 cups corn chex

3 cups cherios

1 cup party peanuts

2 cups pretzel sticks (we use Gluteno’s)

2 cups cheese crackers (we use Van’s)

Seasoning

3 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

1 stick butter + 2TBSP, melted

1 tablespoon onion powder

3 tablespoons Mike’s seasoning

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Directions 

Mix dry seasonings into the melted butter.

Mix dry ingredients together and then drizzle 1/2 the seasoning mix over it. Stir well. Add the remaining seasoning slowly while continuing to stir. 

Once evenly coated put in a sheet pan or large tossable aluminum pan. Spread out as thinly and evenly as possible.

Bake at 250 for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.

Cool well before storing.

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