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How to Disney with a Toddler

How to Disney with a Toddler

Disney World! With a toddler?! Yes!! Now, I know I’m gonna hear it all(I already have) but hear me out. First of all, they’re FREE! 3 and under are free in Disney World. Second, they believe the magic, that IS Mickey (Mostly, unless you’re my […]

Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure

Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure

Peaches! We have a beautiful farm near us who has a multitude of peaches, veggies and apples in the Fall! While we’re waiting on Apple Season, (Fastly approaching to my disdain. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE apples. It just means Winter is coming and […]

A Lesson in Cherry Pitting!

A Lesson in Cherry Pitting!

Cherries! We love cherries!

They were on sale at our grocery store so we bought up a bag. But, we never eat the whole thing, they go bad before we finish them.

What to do?

Make Cherry Pie!!!

Pitting the cherries is the hard part, or so we thought! Evie mastered it in no time!!

So, as you see, all you need is a straw and a bottle! Easy peasy!

While it is messy, see cherry juice everywhere, this toddler had a blast pitting the cherries and was upset when we were done.

But we got to cooking up the filling for the pie.

We used a recipe we found on Pinterest. Again lol

This time from Gal Meets Food. Her site is gorgeous!

Cherry Crumble Pie
It was super easy since we decided to use a pre made crust from the store. Especially since we were making a crumb topping. If we didn’t, you bet we’d be making it from scratch!

Obviously, exercise caution when allowing a toddler near a hot stove.

We boiled down the cherry mixture and then allowed it to cool completely in the fridge.

Next, we got to work on the crumb topping.

We then filled our pre made pie crust, which we had baked a bit before filling.

And sprinkled the crumb all over the top!

And popped that baby in the oven!!

Now, I feel pretty darn silly because I didn’t take any after photos. BUT I can tell you the pie was delicious! We all loved it!

Although for me, I’d like a less crunchy texture on the crumb topping. That’s just me though. It gives it a nice ratio of smooth filling to crunchy topping!

Definitely a pie recipe worthy of those in season cherries!!


Ahh Vacation

Ahh Vacation

Vacation is one of those things I NEED. I need to get away, to have time to relax with my husband and family. Seriously. If I could get paid to travel AND bring my husband and Evie with me, I’d do it in a heartbeat. […]

What’s Growing On? Tomato update!

What’s Growing On? Tomato update!

Ahh tomatoes. Our plants are huge but we have yet to see fully ripened tomatoes. We seriously can’t wait. Evie takes very good care of them, making sure they’re watered almost daily. I had to stake them with branches already because they’re getting huge and […]

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Most of you know, or maybe you don’t, there was a story going around about a certain chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus. The short version of the story: a woman was lunching at Neiman Marcus and had the most amazing chocolate chip cookie, asked for the recipe and was charged $250 for it. She was so upset by this and shared it with the world.

Now, I’m not sure whether that was true or not, but it is definitely great exposure for Neiman Marcus(which btw I’m not being endorsed for mentioning etc).

Here is the Neiman Marcus recipe direct from the source: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

It seems to me, over the years it has been altered a bit, with the ingredients somewhat the same. Evie and I decided to use the recipe posted by The Girl Who Ate Everything. 

Sadly, we didn’t have pecans at the time so they were omitted.  Side note: I’d kill for some Texas pecans =P

There are so many things a toddler can help you do while baking. It does require a truck load of patience but it can be done! I promise!! Besides, teaching them how to bake is a great life skill!

We had to blend the oats into a powder, almost like flour. Here’s where Evie came in, as I set up the food processor(best underutilized kitchen tool in our house) she measured out an even scoop of oats with the measuring cup I gave her and then dumped it into the processor. (There are a ton of activities out there of toddlers using various items and scoops to help them learn, why not show them real life examples instead? IF you can handle it that is LOL)

Once we measured out all of the oats, we put the top on the processor and pulverized away. Evie had fun pulsing the button and watching the oats turn into a powder.

Baking is such a fun science and I love sharing that with her!

Next we mixed our wet ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar. Almost everything, I allow her to put into the bowl, although I crack the eggs one at a time into a tiny prep bowl she is allowed to pour in. I am NOT ready for her to start cracking eggs just yet!!

Wet ingredients
She is also allowed to turn on and control the mixer. She has not gotten used to the speeds yet, so often she’ll ask me to do it. She’ll learn by eye one day but for right now, I’m glad she asks!

We poured our dry ingredients next and allowed them to incorporate with the wet mixture. Then we stirred in the chocolate chips and chocolate bar.

I had to stir them in because stirring that thick dough and making sure the chips were dispersed throughout is a bit hard for a three year old to do!

Now we move on to the fun part! Aside from taste testing that is!

Evie loves rolling the cookies and our cookie scoop makes it so much easier to keep them at a consistent size! She hasn’t mastered using it yet but we’re getting there! Its a great exercise for them, especially when they love to play with play doh. They can actually put together a real world use for that skill than just play!


Cookies for Days!!

Oven Time!
And we wait, 8-10 minutes. But our oven took a bit longer, probably because our cookies were a little bit bigger, about 14 minutes.

Are they ready yet?
We were also making sauce that day with our favorite basil!!

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies
I definitely loved these cookies! And I could also tell they would be much more delicious with the pecans!

This recipe whether it was Neiman Marcus or not, is a keeper!!

What’s Growing on?-Basil Garlic Pasta

What’s Growing on?-Basil Garlic Pasta

  Basil!! I just threw this together when we needed a side the other night. I can’t tell you how much I love fresh basil! The smell when you pick it, the taste, everything! Evie loves it too! She’ll pick leaves right off the plant […]

The Patriotic Cake!!

The Patriotic Cake!!

For the Fourth of July (I know I’m a little late), Evie and I decided to make a very Patriotic cake. Red, White and Blue, flags, the whole bit. It turned out so awesome, there’s even a surprise inside! Evie was SO SO good about […]

What’s Growing On?!- Tomatoes

What’s Growing On?!- Tomatoes

For a few years now, Evie and I have been growing tomatoes. Last year we had a late start and ended up with A LOT of green tomatoes in October right before the first real freeze.

Not this time! We made sure to grab our favorites from Home Depot early! Evie’s favorite is the purple tomato, the Cherokee heirloom. We love big juicy tomatoes!

I used to eat them a lot during college. I’d bring 1-2 fairly large tomatoes, grab some salt from the cafeteria, and eat! Summer tomatoes are one of my favorite things. Even tomato sandwiches with yellow mustard, so good! Weird?

So far we’ve gotten a few blooms but no tomatoes as of yet. We can’t wait!!

Your Favorite Cookie….

Your Favorite Cookie….

What is your favorite cookie? I think one of the staples of cookie “stardom” is definitely a Snickerdoodle. Chewy, sugary, cinnamony(can this be a word?) goodness! It happens to be one of our favorites around here! They’re also quite easy to make. Plus, very toddler […]