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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Mama Monday – Pedicures Anyone?

If you are anything like me, you take care of everyone in the house first and then if, you have time and more like energy left over you do something for yourself….sound familiar?

I know and everyone tells you that you are a better mom/wife/partner/everything if you do take time for yourself, so I did just that this weekend and took a couple of delicious hours just for myself!

Ok, so I did get the car washed – but I sat in the sun by myself for 30 minutes WITH MY EYES CLOSED – can’t do that with a 13 month & 3 1/2 year old with you. I then treated myself to a juice smoothie and headed over to the nail salon for a pedicure and mini-massage. Maybe the best three hours I have had in a couple of months!

You don’t have to make a big production out of taking time for yourself – just do simple things that give you a chance to just be.

Kick your feet up everyone once in awhile….I promise, you deserve it!

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Halloween Candy Hangover

Last night was the first time my 3 1/2 year old got the “real” experience of trick or treating! Needless to say, she had a great time. I told her when I picked her up from preschool yesterday that she would be allowed to eat as much candy as she wanted tonight. She thought that she had hit the mommy jackpot…little did she know what was to come!

My little sweetie, who I “protect” from sugary and processed foods as much as possible went buckwild and practically ate every piece of candy that got dropped in her bucket.  At the end of the night – we pulled out her little pumpkin bucket and looked at all her goodies. I told her that she had the option to either eat one more piece and she could “donate” the rest and mommy and daddy would buy her a small toy or she could get one piece a day until it was gone. I think this partly worked in my favor because she was so full of candy when I gave her the choice but she also is a sucker for new toys. Luckily, my neighbors are awesome and “treated” with a lot of other items besides candy…my favorite – seaweed & Cliff bars:

and also other items, like pencils, erasers, stickers (what kid doesn’t love them) so she didn’t feel like she wasn’t keeping anything:

This plan was great for all! She was able to trick or treat and eat candy AND we got all the candy out of the office so mommy didn’t eat it for the next week :)…not so lucky for my co-workers who I “donated” the candy too!

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It’s A……

Recently, we received two very fun and unique announcements from friends sharing that they’re expecting and if it’s a baby boy or girl. And they’re just too cute not to share with you! Bonus? These expecting moms found a fun way to make their announcements fun for family and friends both near and far!

One really unique way of revealing the exciting news? (It’s delicious, too, if you live nearby!) A friend posted this on Facebook:

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And a few hours later…

 

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Love this idea? We thought you might! See below for instructions on how to make your very own “Baby Cakes”

Baby Cakes

1) Prepare a batch of your favorite cupcakes (24 count). Let cool completely.
2) Mix up the filling while cupcakes are cooling:

2 tsp. hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
1 jar marshmallow cream (7oz)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring (Red or Blue)

3). Dissolve salt in hot water and set aside to cool.
4). Whip marshmallow cream, shortening, sugar, and vanilla until it’s fluffy.
5). Add in cooled salt water and whip well until completely combined.
6). Add drops of food coloring to filling and whip until you have your desired color.
7). Fill your cakes:

Place filling in a pastry icing bag with a #22 star tip.
Insert tip into top of cupcake and gently squeeze until a small amount of filling is in the cupcake. You can also cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spoon filling in if you prefer.

8). Frost your cakes with your favorite icing to cover up the colored dot on the top of the cupcakes.
9) Serve to family and friends to share the wonderful news!

 

Another friend made the announcement by combining her love of photography, design and shoes!

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Did you do anything fun or different to let your loved ones know the good news? Let us know!

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