Monday, February 20, 2012

Latest Happenings

How does each week go by so quickly?! Here's what's been going on lately:

We had a little celebration for Jet's 2nd birthday.

I can't believe he:

Is now him:

He blew out the candle himself! And is pretty happy about it.

I admit that it is fun to splurge on non calorie-conscious foods, especially at parties, but I wanted to challenge myself this year for Jet's little b-day party to provide food that was healthy and still tasty so we had:
(*FYI, if you want the recipes for the stuff you see, just click on the item name and it'll link you to the recipe).

(I used multi-grain bread flour besides just whole-wheat for added nutrients)

Organic tortilla chips with pico de gallo

Fresh fruit

(The recipe is originally meant to be bite size but I made them into fingers for easier dipping)

Veggies and herb dip.
Isn't it funny how we typically dip fresh, healthy veggies into fat-laden dips? But this dip is made from yogurt cheese (basically strained non-fat yogurt) and is packed with lots of fresh herbs that actually tastes really good.

Gelatine cut-out hearts.
These are so easy to make and so much better than the dyed, sugary stuff you buy in the stores. I used white grape and cran-raspberry juice but you can do this with whatever suits your fancy.
To make these, just use the ratio of 1 cup fruit juice to 1 packet of gelatine. I doubled the ratio for two different flavors. Boil the fruit juice, mix in gelatine, pour into pan, refrigerate until firm. When ready to serve, dip bottom of pan into hot water to loosen, then use whatever cookie cutter shapes you want to cut out jello bites.

*Do not make the frosting the night before! Trust me. Since it's meringue-based, it will start to liquefy so make the frosting the day of and just an hour or so before serving. It tastes really good but is sort of high-maintenance since time is this frosting's enemy. The angel food cake bakes out pretty small as well which is great if small is what you're going for, but if you're looking for a hefty sized cupcake, don't go with this recipe.

I think strawberries are my favorite fruit.

Then to balance all that healthiness, for Jet's actual birthday we brought him out to good ol' Mickey D's to get him his favorite: french fries! He ate all the fries and nothing else:) He was so cute, sitting in the twisty chairs, waiting patiently for Daddy to come back with his food - I love this kid!

I have been having so much fun cooking and baking:

The same chicken I served at Jet's party. 
These things are great and so easy to make and packed full of nutrients.

Baked fries. 
Just cut up the potatoes however you want, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes, pat dry, then toss in egg whites whisked with sea salt and fresh ground pepper (and any herbs you want to use), then bake at 425 degrees, flipping them halfway through and bake until golden - yummy!

The good-for-you chicken nuggets and fries:)

I am LOVING my bread book - if you haven't picked up a copy yet, do it. Now. You will love me for telling you to do so.
I made these rosemary flax baguettes yesterday - so good! Once you get some essential tools, it is so, so easy, you won't ever want to buy bread at the stores again!

This cake is delicious! Since it's flourless, it's very dense and rich but that means a little goes a long way so you can serve smaller portions and this thing just melts right in your mouth, it almost has a mousse-like texture and will please any chocolate lover and is good for anyone needing to avoid wheat. Make the cake the night before and make the frosting the day of serving, this will help making it more manageable since there are quite a few steps to it but is worth it!


And of course our days are filled with enjoying sweet moments with the munchkins:

I wish I looked this cute (and happy!) upon just waking up

We had a bunch of snowfall over the weekend and Jet wanted to "scoop" it

He never ceases to amaze me with all his different hammy expressions

When I need to be efficient on time, I'll put Roxy's little bathtub inside our soaker tub and give them both a bath at the same time. They both get a kick playing with each other and that means accomplishing two baths at once - woo hoo!

The cutest little girl

The coolest little boy

Is this not the cutest little cry face?
So many people say they think Roxy looks like me, but I think she looks so much like Matt when he was a baby, what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. oh my goodness, she totally looks like Matt. Love the crying faces so adorably sad/cute!