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  John DoudBlueberry Smash CakeJohn Doud

I can’t believe that my baby, John turned ONE this past week! We celebrated with family and friends on a chilly Sunday afternoon. 

John loves blueberries SO much, so I decided to make his smash cake a blueberry one! I love turning to Pinterest to find inspiration for such occasions. I found the perfect Blueberry Smash Cake for him.

The recipe is from a site called ChowHound and was so easy to make! 

Ingredients:

For the Cake

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium ripe banana (about 3 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Butter the cake pans and then lightly dust them with wheat flour. Two 4” spring form pans are recommended.
  3. Heat frozen blueberries on medium / low heat until blueberries are soft / burst. Estimated time: 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once they are cool, use a blender to smooth out the berries. Allow mixture to continue to cool.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking power, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix banana, applesauce, milk and maple syrup in blender.  Add in the egg and almond extract.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredient bowls. Don’t worry about overmixing!
  6. Split the batter into two of the 4” cake pans. Bake for approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Check with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes our clean, let the cake cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Place a knife around the edges and transfer to wire racks to cool.
  7. Mix the frosting ingredients with a mixer, carefully folding in the blueberry mixture. TO frost the cake, the best way to do it is to start from the bottom layer first, then add the second layer and frost with a spatula.
  8. Now, prepare to serve to your ONE year old for them to smash!

John loved his cake so much, that I might just have to make it again - we probably won’t have him eat it as a smash cake this time though!
                    DoudJohn Doud

We love this time of the year, as we celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, our wedding anniversary and just having more time to spend together as a family with those we love close by.

We hope that you’re surrounded by loved ones this weekend, doing all the fun festive things.

Xoxo

Nicole 

 

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Favorite Recipes Edition II: Oatmeal Energy Bites

 

Oatmeal Energy Bites

 

When everyone is hungry, it’s helpful to have a quick snack to have easily accessible. You want your snack to be healthy, tasty and kid-approved. I’ve found these Oatmeal Energy Bites that everyone (even the pickiest eaters!) can agree upon.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Raw Honey

1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed

Directions: 

Mix all the ingredients together.

Roll out teaspoon size balls onto a baking sheet (it’s easiest if you cover the baking sheet in parchment paper for a quicker cleanup!)

Freeze them for one hour.

Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!

Once you try them, they will become a staple in your family and something the kids will always want you to keep on hand!

This recipe and the photos was taken from Hip2Save.

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Photo Courtesy: Cafe Delites

There’s no better feeling than knowing at the end of a long, busy day (when you’re going 100 different directions in a limited number of hours) coming home and knowing that you have one of your favorites on the menu for dinner! This family favorite is easy and perfect for the mid-week stressful days.
I make Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken often in our home. Almost all the boys love it (minus one slightly picky eater!) and best of all, it’s quick and easy! Seriously, it takes only 25 minutes total. Additionally, it’s a healthy option that the entire family will enjoy. I found this recipe from Café Delites, via Pinterest. To view more of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, visit here! 
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Without further ado, Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken:

Ingredients:

Chicken: 

  • (2) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts halved to make 4 fillets
  • (3) teaspoons of Italian seasoning or Italian herbs
  • (2) teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • (1) tablespoon olive oil, for cooking

Topping:

  • (4) Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • (1/4) cup red onion finely chopped
  • (4) tablespoons of fresh basil, shredded
  • (2) tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • (1/2) cup of freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Balsamic Glaze:

  • (1/2) cup balsamic vinegar
  • (2) teaspoons brown sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic and salt. Heat oil in a grill pan or skillet, and sear chicken breasts over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cooked through (about 6 minutes each side). Remove from pan; set aside and allow to rest.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt. Top each chicken breast with the tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
  3. Serve immediately with balsamic glaze (optional).

 

Balsamic Glaze: 

  1. (If making from scratch, prepare while chicken is cooking.) Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).

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March 28, 2018

Easter Bunny Munch

It's almost Easter! For many it's spring break this week. If you are around the house and looking for some fun, little things to do for your kids, this easy recipe will bring smiles to your little ones! {and it's easy!}

Easter Bunny Munch

4 c. cheerios 

4 c. chex cereal or choose your own. I had some chocolate cherrio bunnies on hand 

1 c. candy coated easter eggs

1 bag of white chocolate chips or 2 chunks of white chocolate bark

You really can add anything you would like. That's what I love about this mix. You can make it healthier or more sweet. 

1. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except white chocolate. 

2. Place white chocolate on the stove on LOW for 10 minutes, stirring often. 

3. Pour chocolate over snack mix and stir. 

4. Let harden and enjoy! You can let it set on wax paper. I just let it harden in the bowl and it turned out great! 

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