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The Great Fence-In 2013: Part 2

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Ahhh! Doesn’t that look amazing?  Super Hubby built it with his own two hands. Quit laughing. I’m serious.  Needless to say, I’m beyond impressed.

He did have some help. His mom and dad came up for a day to help watch Wee One and dig the holes.  His mom even mulched our front flower beds (while watching Matty–why can’t we do that?! lol), which was a HUGE help!  And I think we borrowed tons of tools from various friends.  We have very resourceful friends. Plus one awesome Craigslist find for a rototiller. And of course, I helped with painting, mulching, and planting.  We have hours of blood, sweat, and tears into this thing, literally! It was in the 80’s most days, and rosebushes are sharp!

 We’ve had neighbors stop (repeatedly) to tell us how great it looks, so we’re feeling pretty proud.

Here’s the view from the backyard when we moved in, and now:

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And the view from the side yard:

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The best part?  The fence, gate, and arbor were under $250 to make and install, including paint, painting supplies, gravel to set the posts, and fence hardware.  Heck, I’ve seen arbors for almost that price alone! It was much cheaper than buying pre-made fence panels, of which we would have still had to do the hard labor of digging holes.

We still have plans to add a few more flowers, including a couple of climbing plants up the arbor.  But for now, it’s doing a wonderful job of keeping Matthew contained!

Oh, and since this is Part 2, be sure to read up on Part 1.

Questions:

1. Hubby impress you with his brute strength and engineering lately? 🙂
2. Why is outdoor work so backbreaking and lengthy, yet the payoff never seems quite as big?

Happy Memorial Day!

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It’s been a crazy weekend. Crazy good, but still crazy. Matthew was able to experience his first parade this morning, though he may have been more enthralled with the steps, of course.  He loved the trucks, and spent the walk back to the car asking for “more chrucks”. Oh, and he loved the fact that “Pop Pop” went with him.

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The day before, Eric and I went to the Indy 500.  Aside from our shortcuts to and from the track being closed for “security reasons”, a major road into the track being closed for “security reasons’, waiting in traffic for an hour, losing our parking spot, and waiting almost 2 hours in line just to get into the track for “security reasons”, it was a great day!  Apparently, at one point in the day, security officials were measuring coolers, like physically measuring coolers. FOR WHAT PURPOSE?! You can take whatever size bag you want in. They weren’t even really checking bags. But damn you and your 16 x 16 cooler with too much ice!

Thousands of people missed the start of the race, and we witnessed more than one fight almost break out from people upset in line.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, once it got close to racetime, they quit checking bags and coolers at all, and once the race started, they just opened the gates and didn’t even take tickets, so anyone could just walk in.  Obviously those unnecessary security procedures did their job…(sarcasm hand).

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This picture was taken about 11:30.  Aka, we moved about 250 feet in 45 minutes.  Our line had no end in sight, and the line to the right is the line to other gate, which had doubled-back on itself.  Thankfully, we did make the start of the race and had great pit views.

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We changed our seats this year, and although it was fun to see the pits, we couldn’t see much else, so we’ll be changing next year.  We also had great weather.  This is first year that I’ve gone where it hasn’t been 90 degrees.

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And because Saturday wanted in on some of the holiday weekend action, we found ourselves at bachelor and bachelorette parties for Eric’s sister and her future hubby. Unfortunately, due to lack of a babysitter for the kiddo and travel to Indianapolis, I missed out on some of the festivities, but did join a group of lovely ladies for afternoon of wine and painting.

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It’s an awesome idea–an unpainted canvas with a picture lightly sketched on, a few mini-lessons throughout the session, and a glass or two (or three, if that’s your thing…) of wine.  Voila! Anyone can paint.  It really was a lot of fun.

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Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Memorial Day (or Decoration Day, if you’re totally old school).  Apparently it’s been Memorial Day since WWII, but I totally learned Decoration Day in school.

Tales From the Crib: Month 20

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20? 20?! I’m in the “2’s”, which means my birthday must not be too far away, right? Can someone please ensure that there’s real cake this year? Preferably of the chocolate variety.

I’ve been working really hard this month.

First, I had to teach Daddy how to mow the grass.

Then I had to help Mommy get ready for the garage sale.

Then I had to teach Daddy how to measure TWICE, cut ONCE.

Then I  taught Mommy how to put makeup on.

And finally, I had to teach Daddy how to drive.  About time someone did that.

Thankfully, he learned quick. Fast like racecar, Dad. Fast. Like. Racecar.

Things I Like:

  • Going to “Wowes” to get “toos” and “tune tunes” (go to Lowe’s to get tools and petunias)
  • BUS! BUSES ARE SO FUN. AND TRUCKS. AND CARS. AND MOTORCYCLES. AND AIRPLANES. AND, AND, AND…
  • Getting gas in the car
  • “Rrrrow Rrrrow”. (Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
  • Pushing the “beeton” (garage door opener) when we leave or come home
  • “ahhhce” (ice)
  • Getting naked. The living room, Grandma’s, the front yard, the store…makes no difference to my happy, naked tushy.
  • Talking. About everything and about nothing. Quite philosophical, no?  Before bedtime, I like to take a few (or 20) minutes to give a recap of my day.
  • Going potty. But only on Tuesday, Thursdays, and every other Friday.  Sometimes I go on Monday nights, just to spice things up a bit.  I like when Daddy takes me potty. Let’s just say chaos ensues and Mommy gets called in for reinforcement.
  • KIDS!  Sometimes the older kids in the neighborhood come to play with me.  They don’t stay long.  Apparently I’m not good company.  Don’t worry, I chase them down the street, much to Mommy’s exasperation.
  • Blocks! I did it all by myself.  Then I went to get Mommy to show her, and she accidentally slipped on the rug and they all fell down and I cried.  I was saving them for Daddy to see. ;(

I’m also very happy to finally get outside and meet my dear old friend, Mr. Hose.  Unfortunately, there’s been a Great Fence-In Project of 2013 which has kept me gated to my own abode.  Escape plans in progress, stay tuned…

P.S. Looking at this post, you would assume I spend all day with Daddy, and not Mommy.  So what do Mommy and I do all day?

This. We do this.

2013 Summer Fun List

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The weather has hit almost 90 degrees (???!!!), the local water parks and amusement parks are open, and the sunscreen is flowing freely, so it’s time to think about all of those activities–large and small–that we want to do to make our summer fantastic.  This year, I decided to  do two lists: one for family fun, and one for myself (and the hubby).  We really need to work on balance around here, aka get out more, so hopefully this will help.

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You can check out last year’s To Do list rundown here.  We have a busy, busy summer ahead of us (and already upon us), but I hope we can take the time to get these goals done.

Questions

1. Any must-do Summer activities?
2. Any traditions? Eric’s gone to the Indy 500 every year since he was 6, and I started going in 2004. Unfortunately, I haven’t gone the last two years due to a little thing I like to call “a baby.” 🙂
3. What is the first “sign of Summer” to you?

Grage Sale?

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This weekend was our neighborhood garage sales.  Our neighbors put out a sign at the corner, “Grage Sale”.  It took everything I had not to take it down.  We have a pretty large neighborhood and draw at least a thousand people to the sales.  Folks even set up food stands; one guy has a funnel cake stand, like you see at fairs and carnivals. It really is fun to chat with neighbors and meet new people.  I saw a lot of my former students from a local college, so it was fun to catch up with them, too.

Last year was our first year participating, and this year I didn’t even think I had enough to have a sale, yet still made close to $200. Whoo hoo!

Which leads to my question…in terms of baby clothes/items, how do you determine what to keep and what to get rid of?  My original thinking was to keep a lot in case we have another baby, but what’s the likelihood that baby will be in the same size and season? And what if it’s a girl?  Plus, I think shopping for a baby and picturing them in certain outfits was a great pre-bonding experience to get ready for baby.  Then I thought I’d keep it all for family members who will have bambinos in the future, but that’s unlikely to happen for a few more years.

What’s the protocol? Gifts? Hand-me-downs? Do people want that stuff back?  I ended up checking with family and friends who have littles and put anything I could away for them.  We kept key pieces of clothing that had meaning–the outfit Matty came home from the hospital in, the first outfit that Eric’s sister bought when we found out we were expecting, a handful of items that were gifted by special friends and family members, hats and blankets made by family and friends.  I felt so guilty getting rid of things, but am I really supposed to keep this 3 mo. onesie forever?   Plus, I had tons of stuff I bought at garage sales.  So a garage sale seemed a natural remedy to get rid of it all.

There’s a few great posts on how to host a garage sale here, here, and here.

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I’d also add a few tips:

  • Have cold drinks and snacks for sale.  The weather reached the low 80’s, so cold drinks were needed.  I had a basket of bananas and apples, along with traditional chips and cookies.  Many adults bought the fruit, and the mom’s appreciated the chips and cookies for kids who were over the whole garage sale thing.  I sold 24 bottles of water, 8 bananas, 5 apples, and 12 packs of chips/cookies.  I profited about $20.
  • Don’t forget to have bags for people to put their purchases in. You’ll probably need more than you think.
  • An apron with pockets is perfect for holding cash.  The money goes with you, so you don’t need to worry about a cash box if you need to help someone carry something to the car.
  • If things aren’t selling after the first or second big rush of people, mark them down.  We had a lamp marked for $15, which got a lot of looks, but no buyers. I marked it to $12, and it sold within 5 minutes.  Sometimes people just don’t want to haggle.
  • Have a “Free Box”.  Or toys on the ground you don’t mind kids playing with.  Keeping the kids occupied allows parents to linger longer, therefore buying more.
  • Start early.  I didn’t start until 9am (I have a toddler, folks) and I missed a huge rush of people who already moved down the street.
  • Stay open as late as possible.  We had tons of people driving by at 5 and 6pm on their way home from work asking if we were open and coming in to take a look, even though we were simply outside doing some yard work and not having the sale at that time.
  • Don’t forget to advertise online.  Perhaps an ad early in the week, and another the night before.

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Do you garage sale?  Growing up, my Mom took me to a lot of garage sales.  Back then, things were different.  We drove around all morning, stopping at the corners reading tiny signs, and trying to find certain streets.  I hated this.  I also hated showing up at classmate’s houses.  The whole thing was mortifying and I always swore I hated garage sale-ing.

When I was pregnant with Matthew, I used to walk back and forth to work a few times a week.  One of our neighbors was having a sale, and I had to 15 minutes to spare, so I decided to check it out.  They had tons of baby clothes, brand new with the tags still on, for $.50.  They had unopened packs of diapers for a couple of bucks.  I was shocked, and admittedly a little hooked.  I hit quite a few more sales during the summer, and ended up with enough clothes (more than enough?!) for Matty for the entire first year…all for under $75.  All name-brand. 90% of it still had the tags!  I’m talking shoes, pants, shirts, a snowsuit, jackets, hats, gloves, everything.

Things have changed since sale-ing with my mom 20 years ago. There’s facebook groups and Craigslist ads for sales, usually with pictures and a complete list of the items they have.  I’ve totally googled-mapped addresses and zoomed in far enough to actually see the house, surrounding houses, and make sure it was a nice neighborhood.  GPS is a life-saver.  I was chatting with a lady this weekend, and she mentioned her sister-in-law uses her iPad with this app to scan credit cards at her garage sales.  How hardcore is that?! And maybe people just overshop and have better things to get rid of?

Here’s a few of my awesome finds do far this year.

Old School House Desk. $20

I can’t wait to refinish this. Natural wood? Bright, fun color? Who knows?! It has a small drawer on the side for pencils and paper. It’s a hit.

Little Tykes Work Bench. $10

I bought this a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of keeping Matty occupied while we installed a fence. Worked like a charm.  He played with it for hours. And still does every day. **Note: Be sure to check for recalls.  Some of the pieces on this were recalled, but had already been replaced by the previous owner, a kindly old grandpa who played with Matty for a solid 20 minutes before loading it in our car. 🙂  The great thing about Little Tykes and Step 2 toys is that they can always be resold for just as much when I’m sick of looking at them.

Summer Clothes. $8

Matty will only wear shorts with “pops” (aka pockets).  So I picked up a few new pairs of shorts with pockets.  Yes, I’m enabling him, but life is too short for meltdowns over pockets. Pick your battles, people!  Thankfully, my husband makes soap for a living, so a quick load of laundry is no biggie. 🙂 I got 5 pairs of shorts and 5 shirts for $8, plus 2 pairs of footed pjs, a winter coat for next year, a 3T sweater for next year, and a medium-weight jacket to replace his now too small one for $9.  The light-weight jacket and sweater still had the tags on them…

Robeez Shoes. $4/pair

Brand new. Need I say more?

Questions:

  1. How do you determine what baby & kid items to keep?
  2. Any great garage sale tips?
  3. Any great garage sale finds?

Our HGTV Photoshoot!

Hi, Everybody, (Especially Grandpa)!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some exciting news (Nope, still not a baby brother or sister).  I recently had the pleasure of playing host to the wonderful folks at HGTV when they came to shoot my humble abode for their newest publication, Toddler Geniuses Build Good Stuff. Let me share the article, you know, in case you’re not able to pick up a copy in your area.

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Construction on this one room studio home began in February 2013.  Using only upcycled materials and items found around his Mom’s house, construction was completed during the course of one afternoon, with decorating being an ongoing occurrence.  The walls are cardboard, made from reconfiguring a range and a washer box acquired from the owner’s former babysitter, now a Menard’s super-employee. “Mr. James really thought ahead.  He even saved the inner packaging as brace supports for the house.  He’s good at engineering and changing diapers.  It’s really a rarity in men these days.”

The roof is braced out with cardboard, from one of hundreds upon hundreds of packages the UPS man delivers to the owner’s Mom and Dad. “I had to find some way to use all these boxes.  I mean, one can only make so many play barns and toy boxes.”  To top it off, a brown sheet was draped casually over the braces, lending to the air of casual chic.

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To add a pop of color, the door was painted Flag Red by Walmart Craft Aisle Paint. “It really is an affordable, easy option for everyone.” As a finishing touch, the doorknob, in Duct Tape Black, was hot-glued on for extra stability from grabby toddler hands.

The owner added a flower garden.  Drilled holes act as a wonderful playtime opportunity for planting flowers.  The felt-board provides a home for bugs, a must-have staple for every little boy’s dream home.  “Me and Kitty have lots of fun playing flowers.  She jumps through the window, then I poke a flower, then she attacks the flower, then I poke another flower, then she attacks the flower, then I poke another flower, then she attacks the flower, then I poke another flower, and OH MY GOD IT’S SO FUN!”

To finish up construction on the the outside, the owner installed a mailbox using his Mom’s scrapbooking stash and his own array of magnetic letters hot-glued on.  “My mom and dad spend so much time here, they even had their mail forwarded.”

On the inside, a former crib mattress acts as a reading nook.  “I never used that damn thing for sleeping on, and since it was a bazillion dollar organic mattress, with organic mattress protector, and organic sheets, I figured I was obliged to use it somewhere.” A raid on his Mom’s pillow stash added a few pops of color and texture to an otherwise drab background.  A nearby basket of independent level books provides an easy quiet-time activity.

When the owner wants to tap into his creative side (either clothed or naked), he takes step over to his drawing pad.  A cut-in-half toilet paper tube, reinforced on the bottom with paper, provides a house for his rainbow of crayons.  “My mom has her faults, but she does allow 24-7 access to crayons, so that’s pretty cool.”

On dreary days, a bit of light is needed for optimal fun, so the owner installed Sparkles, by “Christmas” bin in the garage.  “I don’t think Daddy will miss them much when he goes to put up the Christmas lights next year.” 

As a finishing touch, a doghouse was constructed for the owner’s dog, Pudding.  “I recently visited my aunt, where there was a dog named Cookie.  Since then, I’m convinced every dog should be named after a decadent dessert.”

In the upcoming year, the owner has plans to add a 3-4 car garage. “Well, I have a racecar, and a pushcar, plus I need an area for my workbench, and a mancave would be nice.  You never know when I’ll want to have the guys over to eat wings and watch rugby without my mom nagging me every 15 minutes for a potty break.”  Other planned renovations include fresh exterior paint (in hindsight, the owner would have turned the boxes inside out before construction…), as well as some storage options (there’s no place to hide cookies).  And a table.  “Sometimes I take my snack tray in to read a book, and I have to makeshift my own table from a common cardboard box. Wait…”

This toddler was a delight to work with, and is the most creative and insightful individual I’ve ever encountered.  His eye for detail leaves me breathless.

Okay, I might have added that last part.  But I’m really happy with the way the house turned out.  In fact, I’m starting construction on my outdoor Summer home as we speak…stay tuned!

Pssst…I’m linked up over at My Healthy Happy Home for Toddler Tuesday.  Check it out!

Old Fence, New Fence, Gray Fence, White Fence

You got my Seussical reference, right? Ok, then.

It’s Spring Pinterest Challenge time!  The game? Stop pinning and just do it! Aka, pick something from your Pinterest boards, do it, blog it, share it.  This project came about accidentally.  First, let me share some backstory.  We want/need to fence in our back yard.  But we can’t fence in our back yard because the entire back property line has utilities lines running underground, and while we love the trees and shrubs in the yard and are trying to work with them rather than rip them all out, the roots are causing their own problem.  So we had to get super-creative with our fencing solution(s). Enter a mix of traditional fencing, lattice privacy screens, well-placed shrubs, and planters.

This little gap is at the back-right corner of the property.  We love the shrubs to the right because they completely block the neighbors yard, and to the left is our back neighbor’s fence, so we just need something to stop a toddler from exploring the other side of this little gap. Oh, and it can’t be a “permanent fixture” because the utility company has to be able to maintain access, if needed.

The previous owners had this contraption in the middle of the yard (the fence to the right).  The posts were dug about 4 ft. down, and roots were wrapped around it, so it took about 3 hours to disassemble the thing.

Our plan was to toss it, but after seeing the wood, Hubby had a brilliant plan to turn it into a rustic planter.

The boards were 5 ft. long, and our gap was 10 ft., so it was meant to be! We were able to use all the wood except one board–how’s that for upcycling!

A little exterior paint, a whole ‘lotta dirt, and a carload of flowers later…

We did a mix of annuals and perennials to try to cut costs–this is a huge bed! (NOTE: It’s not a permanent fixture, but we’re sure not moving the thing!)  We did put slats about 12″ down, so the dirt only fills the top 10″.  And we finally get to the original Pin:

DIY Drip Irrigation

In the past, we haven’t been the best at watering, though I don’t think this will be a problem this year since Matty loves to use the hose to water the flowers.  But as added reassurance, I rounded up 5 plastic bottles. To make sure the bottles were well cleaned, I gave them a thorough rinsing, and stripped them with vinegar.  Then, I drilled holes throughout the bottom half of the bottles.

Before adding the dirt to the planter, I spaced them evenly, then they got buried with just the opening showing.  Voila!

The planter definitely does it’s job to keep to keep Matty in the yard. We were able to reuse a lot of the materials we already had, and we only had to spend money on dirt and flowers, which was in our plan anyway! It only took one day to disassemble, rebuild, and paint, then we filled and planted the next day.  Slightly back-breaking, but we love the end result!

It makes a huge difference in appeal when looking into the backyard.  I can’t wait for all the flowers to fill out!

Question:

Any creative fencing solutions?  Or should I say toddler containment solutions?

Of course, I’m linked up with the Pinterest Challenge crew. Check out these links to see hundreds of awesome Pinterest-inspired ideas!

Emily @ Sparkle Meets Pop

Katie @ Bower Power Blog

Sherry @ Young House Love

Renee @ Red Bird Blue

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Um. Yeah.  This clip is part of a new commercial that I’ve seen lately.  The first time I saw it the Hubs started laughing and said I was twitching.  It’s just that I can relate so well, ya know?!

You know what else I can relate to?

My yard is looking great, but my house is a disaster.  I went to the grocery across town to buy organic, healthy food, but now I’m out of time and too tired to cook.  My kid is happy and clean, but I look like a hot mess.  I really think “two” is the magic number. So you see, you really can have it all…just not at the same time! So if you’re going to stop by, call ahead to see if it’s a “clean house” day.  Ha!

At least I’m not alone.  Many internet enthusiasts share my snarkiness sentiments.

Actually, Eric dared to ask me this last night.  Well, he was talking about how impressed he is with Matthew’s skills and development and wondering how he’s learning all of these things…, and I of course replied by saying, “what do you think I do all day?”  His reply? “Watch TV, read books, …and stuff.”

TV? He better have meant read books to Matty. And stuff?  AND STUFF? To keep my own sanity, I’m going to assume he was so overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tasks I do all day that he just couldn’t verbalize it. Yeah, I’m sure that’s it.  (Has that sarcasm font been invented yet?)

UPDATE: According to the hubby, I’m supposed to learn to day-trade.  You know, because I have so much time during the day to not only check to see if the stock market is up or down, but to sit in front of the computer analyzing trends, researching emerging markets, and buying and selling stocks with every change of the wind. OMG.

FREE HUSBAND

High maintenance, unrealistic expectations, but great at tech-support.  Will engage in manual labor if prodded.  You haul.  If you pick up within 24 hours, I’ll throw in a free cat.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

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If you’re like me, you have a little one that loves to be outside.  And if you’re like me, you’ve discovered there’s not enough chalk, bubbles, and ride-on toys to keep that little one occupied all Spring and Summer.  So I’ve started to develop some games and learning activities to help us have a little more structured time outdoors and to stretch those independent activities a little further.

Matthew loves walking through the  yard neighborhood and notices everything.  So I thought he’d enjoy a scavenger hunt.  But I knew I had to bring it to his level.  I used basic pictures (and it’s never too early to add words!) for a simple find-and-match hunt.

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He thought this was great fun.  I was interested to see if he’d get the concept of matching a picture representation of an object to the actual object.  First, we went through the cards flashcard style–I was super-impressed he was able to name each object!  We did the first one completely together including talking about the picture, walking to find a rock, and putting it on the mat.  By the last card, he was able to do it completely independently.  Where did my baby go?!  I think 6 cards was a good number for this age.  As the Summer wears on, I plan to add more cards involving things we notice around the yard.

I left these on the shelf with his outdoor toys, and he’s asked to do it twice more this week.  Funny enough, he goes to the exact same spot to get the object each time.  I wonder what he’s going to do when those dandelions finally die. Ha!

I designed these using basic Microsoft Clip Art and fonts (Century Gothic is a great font for kids because the “g” and “a” come out like print instead of wonky), printed them on 8.5″ x11″ cardstock, then laminated them using these laminating sheets.  Now they’re durable for outdoor play!  If you’d like to skip the entire design-your-own thing, you can download the ones I made here: Nature Scavenger Hunt Cards.

Happy Hunting!

Munchkin Meals: Muffins!

Fruity Muffins

A few weeks ago, I finally figured it out.  What’s “it” you may ask? “It” is why my little guy has been going into the pantry, pointing at a sack of cornmeal, and begging to eat.  Over and over, I would reply with, “that’s not a snack, that’s for cooking.” After a particularly bad crying fit, I finally lifted him up, and told him to show me.  He jabbed the sack of cornmeal. Over and over, with a look on his face that said, “Mom, it’s obvious. Don’t you get it?” And I finally did.  There’s a picture of a muffin on the sack of cornmeal.

Me: OHhhhh, you want a muffin?
Matty: Thinks for a moment about the meaning of muffin. Yah, a MUFF!

Needless to say, I felt so bad about denying the poor kid the pleasure of a muffin for so long that we had an afternoon Mommy-Son date at Panera…complete with muffins and juice.

So obviously, someone is on a muffin kick around here.  When I noticed this week that we had two bunches of overripe bananas (seriously, how does that happen?), I scoured Pinterest for uses.  Combining a few ideas, I came up with these:

Fruity Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used 1 c white, 1/2 c whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup  honey (I was a bit short, so I added a little pure organic maple syrup, mmmm)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated (I used a green delicious because Matty had eaten a slice earlier and I needed to use it.)
  • 3/4cup -1 cup diced strawberries
  1. Mix dry ingredients 
  2. Whisk wet ingredients (including fruit)
  3. Slowly add dry mix and stir until combined
  4. Spoon into greased muffin tin or tin lined with muffin papers

Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes (though I used the toaster oven, which tends to cook faster…). Makes 12 standard size muffins, filled to full.

You could also make a ton of mini-muffins, which apparently most toddlers like.  But my kid prefers muffins that are as big as his head, so yeah.

I made these after Matty went to bed, and I was certain he was going to wake up to come see what the delicious smell was!  I surprised him with these for breakfast the next morning, along with some scrambled eggs and apple-carrot juice (orange juice was causing some serious tummy problems, but he still wants his juice to be orange–so hello carrot juice!).

Pssst…I’m linked up at A Healthy Slice of Life for Munchkin Meals.  Click on over to find other great toddler eats!