Cooking & Eating

Snack Time with Sam, Episode 3: Mini Muffins

Here we are again, at Sam’s snack station. This time, we’re making lemon and chia seed mini muffins (think lemon-poppyseed, but with a healthy twist!). We were going to share these with our friends last week but we ended up eating them all instead! Here’s the recipe: Continue reading “Snack Time with Sam, Episode 3: Mini Muffins”

Cooking & Eating

Snack Time with Sam, Episode Two: Peach Lemonade

Sam is back at his snack station, and he’s got a special guest or two! (Spoiler alert: it’s Violet and Mommy.) Watch Sam make his favorite beverage (lemonade) with a fun flavor (peach). Here’s the recipe:

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Cooking & Eating

Sam Hosts a Cooking Show

My son and I really enjoy cooking together–and we especially like baking. We also enjoy cooking and baking shows, and he’s developed quite an interest in being on TV. Lately, he’s taken to standing in front of the fireplace and telling me he’s doing his fireplace show, which consists of him telling me about anything that’s on his mind from the itty bitty stage that is the hearth. Thus, I decided it would be fun to shoot a cooking show–or, as he preferred, a baking show. Which is really easier for kids because the prep part rarely involves heat or anything sharp.

So here’s our first, rickety, badly filmed shot at making a baking show. He absolutely loved it (though his sister, as you might hear from her commentary in the background, was not entirely thrilled to be working behind the camera), and we are absolutely going to do it again–especially since I’ve now learned how to focus the camera properly and use iMovie and all that.

Here’s the recipe we’re going over in the show. It’s a very healthy cracker recipe, and I’ve got some tweaks from Sam’s instructions–it’s actually better in the blender, and we got a little hectic toward the end there and somewhat underbaked two of the trays, plus this recipe includes the granulated garlic. Continue reading “Sam Hosts a Cooking Show”

Cooking & Eating, Friends & Family

Violet’s Tummy Yummies

img_0406My baby girl, in all her glory (pictured above), has a little problem that I think a lot of babies can relate to: she’s gassy. She’s gassy, and she only poops once or twice a week (TMI? Not if you’re a mom) and I’ve been searching for ways to help… move her along. She won’t eat prunes straight, and she’s not big into purees. We’re working on teaching her to use a straw, so she can start drinking smoothies with a little probiotic mixed in, but until then, I had to do something. So I came up with a cookie recipe. It’s loosely based on the British digestive, which was originally developed for similar medicinal purposes but is now most often enjoyed as an afternoon snack, dunked in tea, with no thought of digestion at all. Here’s hoping that these somewhat chewy, healthy cookies, will become a regular treat (pun intended) for my darling baby. She’s happily gnawing on one now, and I’d say she’s getting about half of it down, which is pretty good for such a wee one.



1/4 cup prunes

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

pinch salt (optional)

1/2 cup applesauce (no sugar added)



Preheat the oven to 375 F

In the bowl of a food processor, blitz the prunes until they look quite mushy. Add the oatmeal, flour, and salt and blitz again until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add applesauce and pulse until all the crumbs are moistened (it won’t come together in a ball–don’t worry, you will smush it all together in a minute).

Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dump the contents of your food pro onto it. Use the plastic to help you press the crumbs together into a nice rectangle, then lay another sheet of plastic wrap on top and roll the rectangle to about a quarter inch thick, using your fingers to neaten the edges if you care about that sort of thing. Turn the rectangle onto a sheet of parchment paper, and put the parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cut the rectangle into pieces, as pictured below (I did 14. You could do 16 or 12.) No need to separate them at all, as long as they’re cut through. Bake for 11 minutes, until nice and firm.