You know you how you meet some people in your adult life and think, “Oh yeah, duh, we are friends already – you’re just too cool/funny/normal/not normal like me – to not be my friend.”
That’s Laurinda. Gymboree brought us together and our six kids under three keep us crazy and sane. She is so Martha (Martha Stewart) but won’t admit it. But when we get together for play dates, let’s just say my kids always have snack envy.
Meet Laurinda and enjoy some of her quick and easy Martha snacks. I know the egg recipe has changed my life already!
Do you have a quick summer snack you love? Please share in the comments!
Guest post by Laurinda Oliver
Ahhh old trusty Toshiba laptop. I have not seen you for the past 3 years since the first rugrat made her appearance. Here I sat thinking, if only I had an ipad I could sit and watch House (DVR version so I can skip the ads) while writing for Kristin’s awesome blog and eating my dinner at the same time. Then my rusty old brain cogs started turning and I thought, huh, I have that old portable thingamagig down in the basement somewhere I could dust off and type on. And you sweet thing you went ahead and started up just like I hadn’t ignored you for 3 years. Kinda like an old best friend you have lost touch with, we picked up right where we left off (although I did have to reset your date and time, just like old friendships…). In no particular order here are a few recent highlights.
So this morning started on a positive note. I was still asleep at 7 am when I heard bom bom bom bom, ”Mommy!” from upstairs. Still I actually showered before all 3 unleashed their list of demands and desires for the day. I even got to brush my teeth after I showered as C wanted to brush hers. So as I put the regulation mini dot of toothpaste on her brush she decided to be helpful and put paste on mine. Well, as it turns out , the tube of zinc butt cream looks exactly like the tube of toothpaste to an almost 3 year old. Lucky for me I realized it before it made it into my mouth and in an unusual twist, I even had a new toothbrush in the drawer (otherwise I would have had to choose between trying to scrape off the butt cream or using someone elses toothbrush. Both highly questionable.)
So eagle eyes spotted a sanitary pad in the bathroom and asked, “Whats this?” The best explanation I could come up with at the time was “It’s a special nappy for mummy”. To which she replied “a big one for your big boppum?” Yes…. Yes it is for my big bottom.
I was so proud of her yesterday when she heard ‘ob la di ob la dah’ on the radio and said ‘that sounds like the Beatles”!!!! Thanks to my Mum for teaching her some music culture!
It seems like life revolves around feeding the gang, cleaning up after they smear and toss their way through meals and snacks and of course dealing with the end product. So to make the last job more interesting I like to try lots of different foods just to see how they look at the other end….
Here are a few snacks that are popular around our house:
*Snack cup ‘trail mix’*
Mix together small animal shaped cheesy crackers, small graham style crackers in cute shapes, craisins or raisins and small freeze dried yogurt drops. This is our basic blend but you can substitute any of the ingredients for other current favorites (cereal, freeze dried berries, unsalted pretzels etc). It makes me feel like at least there is the opportunity for them to eat something different (although normally the crackers get eaten first). I make it to order, in the cups daily, as they tend to stick together if you leave them in the cup longer than a day. Keeps small people busy for around 30 min at a time and works great at filling in all the crevices in the stroller/carseat.
*Peanut Butter Bites* courtesy of Leslie Babione
2 graham crackers
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup powdered sugar (1/4 cup works fine too)
1 tablespoon of honey or agave
¼ cup shelled sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons craisins or raisins
Place 2 graham crackers in a ziplock bag. Use hands or a rolling pin to crush crackers (awesome job for kids!). Pour crumbs in a pie pan or on a plate.
Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar and honey or agave. Add sunflower seeds and dried fruit.
Roll mixture into small balls then roll balls in cracker crumbs. Chill in refrigerator for one hour. Eat and smear in your hair.
*Speedy microwave egg omelette*
This is my ‘go to’ recipe for a fast protein snack, breakfast or dinner. It works great for my short people and travels well in a plastic container for outdoor meals. It is also one of my favorites as it is the perfect size for a homemade ham and egg muffin/ sandwich.
Basic recipe in a 2 cup pyrex glass container whisk together 2 eggs and a ‘slosh’ of milk (approximately 3 or 4 tablespoons). I just use a fork to whisk. Place in microwave and cook on full power for 2 minutes. It should puff up to the top of the container then collapse when you take it out. Check it is cooked underneath by peeking through the bottom of the glass. Run a knife around the perimeter and tip out onto a plate. Cut into bite sized pieces for short people and allow it to cool or leave it whole to place in a sandwich.
Additional ingredients can include; salt/pepper, cheese, chopped ham, parsley, peas or anything you would throw in an omelette or scrambled egg. If it doesn’t look cooked on the bottom, microwave for 30 seconds extra then recheck.
One egg takes one minute to cook, 2 eggs 2 min and 3 eggs around 2 min 30 sec.
Makes a great tactile toy, missile and hair conditioner as well.
I have tried to make it in bowls/mugs and it comes out OK but by far the most consistent results seem to be with my trusty pyrex bowl.
Hope you and your kids enjoy some of these snacks!
L SAHM to C (almost 3yrs), I and Ch (almost 18 mths) xxx