What’s for dinner Wenesday?: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

How often do you have one of those…I am so awesome as a mom moments? All the time – good for you! For me – not so much. But dinner the other night…definitely, you are an “awesome mom” moment!

Check out this dinner – unfortunately, I cannot take absolute credit for it…Parent Magazine gets the concept and recipe credit and Skip Hop gets the cutest dishware for toddler award for sure. But hey, I at least put it all together :)

Source: Parents Magazine – November 2011

Ingredients
Mashed – Potato Clouds
3 large baking potatoes; peeled and cut into cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk (I just used regular milk)
3 Tbs. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Meatball Raindrops
2 small shallots, peeled
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. ground chicken (I forgot to buy and used ground turkey – chicken would probably be better :)

Steamed broccoli florets (optional) – As you can tell from my picture, I used green beansinstead.

Make it
Grown-up: Preheat the oven to 350; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Kid: Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover  by about 1 inch. Add a few shakes of salt.
Grown-up: Bring potatoes to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool  for 5 to 10 minutes.
Kid: Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Using a big spoon, stir in buttermilk, butter, salt, and pepper.

MEATBALLS
(make while potatoes cook)
Grown-up: Put the shallots and garlic in the food processor.
Kid: Add the Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and salt to the mixture.
Grown-up: Lock the top on.
Kid: Turn on food processor and when everything is in tiny pieces, turn it off.
Grown-up: Empty the contents into a  large bowl. Add the ground chicken.
Kid: Using your hands (wash them first) mix everything together until it’s the same color.
Together: Roll the meatball mixture into 3/4-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. You should have approximately 50.  Everybody wash your hands. Bake meatballs for 10 minutes. Assemble  the dish. Spoon a few “clouds” of potatoes on the plate. Put meatball “raindrops” under the cloud.  Makes six servings.

My daughter and I changed it up a bit and decided that the clouds were turned into the tree leaves, with the green beans acting as the tree trunk. The meatballs turned into “rocks” and the green beans at the bottom of the plate was grass. Best discovery ever….the three year old likes green beans!


Happy Eating!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

Edible Eyeballs anyone?

I was searching online for a healthy snack my preschooler could bring to school today to share with her classmates. I couldn’t be happier with this snack and it was super easy!

All you need are carrots, cream cheese and black olives! I cut up the carrots last night and put them in some Tupperware with cold water and also cut the olives in half and put those back in their brine. This morning all I had to do was “paste” the cream cheese on the carrots and plop the olives on top – my three year old helped me with that step.

Happy Trick ‘O Tricking!


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‘An Afternoon In Italy’ Baby Shower

How sweet is this?

Last Saturday, I attended “An Afternoon in Italy” Baby Shower in celebration of a close friend, pictured above, who is expecting her first child — a little girl! — at the end of December.

The setting was completely charming! My friends who hosted did a stunning job transforming one of their backyards into a beautiful space reminiscent of an Italian trattoria.

The afternoon was complete with Italian music, delectable homemade and catered Italian bites…

 

Bellinis, vino, champagne, and Pelligrino…

{On a side note: How cute is that watermelon-baby buggy?! And how about that homemade chalkboard? I made it out of an Ikea picture frame and a can of chalkboard spray paint :) }

And gifts and games! My favorite game was trying to guess the name of the famous baby mama stuck on your back. It’s a great ice breaker if not everyone knows each other. I FINALLY guessed mine after deducing that my celeb was blonde, around 30, married, not an actress, not a model, not a singer, that she is seen in magazines like Us Weekly and People, and not on reality TV but her dad is — Can you guess who?!

We played two other games throughout the afternoon. In keeping with the Italian theme, the winners each won a bottle of wine. One game was to estimate the number of taffy pieces in a glass jar, and the other was to determine who carried around everything but their kitchen sink/the most useful stuff in their handbag. To determine the winner for the latter, a pen was handed to each guest along with a piece of paper listing 50 items. Anything from a toothbrush to a calculator, rubber band, and safety pin. If you had it in your bag, you got a point. I had a teeny tiny handbag with me that day so I got two points since my smart phone counted as a calculator and a camera. Someone (with a big bag) got 38/50! I didn’t walk away empty-handed, though. All guests received a cute little jar of cocoa butter with the event name and date engraved on the top!

Finally, I just have to share that as gifts were being opened, one of the gals sitting directly next to me whom I had never met before pulled out a Marmont Nursing Cover and started nursing her baby! …Of course I had to say something and she was kind enough to allow me to take photos even after I warned that they might end up here or on our Bebe au Lait Facebook page :)

Have you attended a baby shower recently? What’s your favorite baby shower game?

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Traveling Tuesday – Camping with Kids!

My husband and I packed up our girls last Friday and headed to the mountains for a Father’s Day weekend camping trip. There were originally going to be three other families along with us but they decided that threatening thunderstorms and a low of 40 degrees at night was reason to stay home cozy in their beds! My husband, however, is from Colorado. He scoffed at 40 degree weather being cold and said that our family was packing up and heading out! I have to say I was a bit reluctant… I am a California girl born and raised – Northern, so I can take a bit of dampness, but definitely not cold and definitely not with a three year old and a 9 month old!

One of the best things about having a Dodge Sprinter (one of those huge cargo vans which my husband has for work) is that you can fit EVERYTHING into it plus the kitchen sink — and trust me we did! Besides all the extra clothes and wipes that you all suggested (thank you very much!), we also brought our full sized barbeque, bike, futon mattress, scooter  plus all the camping gear that is needed.

There was four items that I brought thinking that they might be over the top but I am SO glad that I did. First, the toddler potty for the middle of the night bathroom needs. I put in right next to her makeshift bed and she was able to get up and go – best thing ever! The second essential was the baby tent. We were able to put the baby in it while we were setting up camp, making dinner, etc and she was happy to play in here and I didn’t have to worry about her eating dirt/twigs/etc…  I am just not that relaxed of a mom. Finally, and we probably could have done without this, is the booster seat. We were able to plop the baby in it and get her fed while working on our dinner – awesome! Another item that was totally not necessary but very fun for the three year old? Her Adirondack chair with umbrella that I recently got for her.  The umbrella provided hours of entertainment!

I am sure that you can do this kind of trip without half the stuff we brought, but it sure was nice to have some of the comforts of home in the woods!

Happy summer traveling!

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