Category Archives: Cooking

Perfect Day

I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve had a wonderful day today so far. I went for a walk with the little guy after dropping lex off at preschool. We stopped at Bel Bacio which is an amazing Italian coffee shop and I had a cardomoccachino. Next I finished an etsy order and packed up Christmas cookies for some family and friends. I finished little guy’s Christmas handprint ornaments and then just sat outside with him for a little while watching the breeze and listening to sounds. Babies grow so fast and I’m enjoying every minute of my time with this guy as an infant. Today was so productive yet relaxing.  

  

cardomoccachino at Bel Bacio

  

little guy’s first christmas handprint ornaments

 

  

Recipe: Chia Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

So I decided a while ago that I wanted to start making my own heathy snacks to replace packaged foods.  This is one of my endeavors to get rid of foods with preservatives and incorporate more whole grains and seeds into mine and my kiddos diets.   I have been loving granola bars lately and there is a homemade one at a coffee shop that I go to that is SO good so I was inspired to find my own recipe.  I stumbled upon the blog Well Plated and found some great recipes, particularly a healthy Chia Granola Bar recipe that I modified.  I love that these are a no bake recipe that can be kept in the freezer.  Also, they were very easy to make as well as modify.  I doubled the recipe because I’ve been super busy lately and want to have some snacks on hand, but here is a breakdown of what I included in mine:

1 1/3 cup creamy organic peanut butter

2/3 cup raw honey

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic black chia seeds

1/2 cup organic millet

1/2 cup organic dried coconut

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup raw organic chopped walnuts

To make, just mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the mixture into a pan and pop in the freezer.   I cut mine into small 1″x 1″ squares  so they are more like bar cookies.

The recipe is DELICIOUS and I love the combination that I made, however the possibilities are endless.  Maybe next time I’ll try almond butter or some dried fruit for a different variety.  The millet was the only ingredient that was completely new to me but I love it.  It gives a great much needed crunch.  These are definitely kiddo friendly and will give me lots of energy when I need something to snack on to keep up with these TWO kiddos 🙂

Recipe: Homemade Cheese Crackers

So yummy! I was inspired by a post yesterday from Weed em and Reap and I decided to try my hand at some homemade snacks for the little one. Cheese crackers seemed to be a great starting place for this endeavor so here it is! They were a big hit with my little cheese connoisseur!!

Recipe can be found here at home cooking in Montana.

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Wahoo! Our Garden Rocks!

This is one of the best gardens I’ve ever had!  Since my last garden update things are really taking off! Perhaps it’s the consistent watering, lots of sun or the 100s of caterpillars, aphids and snails I’ve picked off the leaves, but the plants are really pulling through this year.  We’ve always been pretty limited in sunlight and having to use pots but I think we finally found a way to make it work.  My sweet 100 tomato has about 20 little green tomatoes so far and it’s doing so well that I’m planting a second tomato-an heirloom pineapple tomato- in the front planter on the other side of the big ugly bush that I had to hack away.  The sweet pepper plant has about 5 little peppers growing on it and the bell pepper has 3 little ones and a few more on the way!  The herbs are doing great-except the parsley for some reason- and the strawberry is turning into a giant strawberry monster plant-it has about 10 new plants that it’s making so we’re putting it in a bigger pot.  Our lemon tree looks like it’s going to have lemons for the first time ever with about 15 of them the size of cherries or so and plenty more blooms.

It’s been really fun gardening with Aleksa everyday and seeing her watch plants grow.  It was especially exciting this week to watch her eat the first red tomato off the sweet 100.  It’s so important for little kids to learn where their food comes from!

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Lots of Fun Stuff in our Garden!!

Just finished potting some of the plants that I started sprouting a month ago. I have an herb pot this year with basil, cilantro and oregano as well as a pumpkin and strawberry plant. Excited to see how these do in their pots! Cementland out front is starting to look like it has some signs of life! Yay!!

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A day at the Farm: Tanaka Farms CSA Day

Yesterday we went to CSA day at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. We have been receiving veggies from them for over a year and it was really nice to visit the farm and see where it all comes from! We hada great day and Aleksa got her first facepainting done (and she saw a pig). Tanaka farms has a great CSA program!!

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An Amazing Thanksgiving

Yesterday was Aleksa’s first Thanksgiving so I thought I’d share some photos and a video of our day (also wanted to prove to my family that I DID actually cook a Thanksgiving dinner…hehe).

I’m thankful for such a wonderful family!!