a mini-post

Well, I did exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do, and that is get wrapped up in rushing around as a professional, as well as a mommy.  It’s really hard to not think about work when I’m at home, but it’s all in the profession, I suppose.  I’m trying to stay positive, and keep blogging.  Projects have been put on hold for now, except for a few *wedding present surprises* that I can not divulge at this time.

We have been eating fairly well since adding another working parent to the mix.  It has been easy, however, because of Mr. C’s busy schedule, I really only have to cook 3 days a week, and we have enough food for lunches too.  I’ll try to post sample menus next week, as we’ve been dealing with a sick toddler and trying to throw in some birthday celebrations in for me (although, acknowledging 29 is not a priority!).

Until next time, when I’ll try to get my head unjumbled and actually remember what we’ve been up to lately!

Toddler Tasties

 

I have been attempting to meal plan each week and in this plan, I try to include something that I can make in bulk that not only we can eat for dinner, but that I can have on hand for Baby Cakes to eat whether he’s with me or off to his nanny.   The old Mrs. C would have baked up some bland chicken breasts or broken into the frozen stash of emergency (why-did-I-even-buy-these) chicken nuggets.

Two recent hits were these turkey pesto meatballs (recipe calls for chicken, but I had ground turkey and it was delish!) and homemade chicken nuggets from Skinny taste.  Like most toddlers, Baby Cakes is Mr. Independent and wants to hold and bite his own food, so both of these options are perfect for his little hands!

Skinny Taste nuggets, perfect for toddler hands

Enjoying the pesto meatballs

“Oooohhhhhh” “mmmmmmm!”

Baby Cakes is a very expressive eater (like his daddy) so we always know when he is enjoying something.  These recipes will definitely be repeats!  If you have any other faves that you make for your toddler, send them my way, thanks!

 

The Cheese Chef

There are a few obsessions in the Cupcake household these days, especially by the littlest member.  When a toddler is infatuated with something, you listen, or pay the price.  One huge obsession: cheese.  As soon as that refrigerator door opens, and you hear that sweet pitter patter LOUD thump, thump, thump, you should be prepared to give into the pleas of “CHEEEESE!” or else…

Baby Cakes is also very interested in cooking, or rather, interested in mommy when she’s cooking.  In the past, this has been my excuse not to cook anything complicated, but remember that new leaf i’m trying to turn?  Last night, I had an AHA moment, as my cling-on was getting dangerously close to the stove and oven.  Combining two things that this little man loves: cheese and cooking (or watching his mama cook), I put him to work and gave him a little snack while I was at it.

 

I know, this is probably not rocket science, but finding ways to entertain a toddler so that you can actually complete simple tasks, can make you feel like a genius.  If anyone has other suggestions to keep a highly energetic, mobile, lightening fast, 16 month old occupied, let me know!

Summer Spaghetti and Smoke Alarms

I’m a teacher.  This means that I love things in order.  I love following rules and people who can follow the rules.  I think anything can be accomplished as long as you can read and understand simple directions.  I think I am learning that some things may take a little more skill than that…

After the rush of the holiday on Wednesday, I realized we had no food in our house for the rest of the week or weekend.  I took this as the perfect opportunity to peruse my pinterest board of things-I-probably-would-never-make, and decided that today is the day I would start.  Let the meal planning begin!

Thursday night’s choice: Summer Spaghetti from The Goddess of Scrumptiouness. This looked easy enough to me, a simple pasta dish, right?  I started off by marinating the chicken during Baby Cake’s nap time.  When it came time to actually make dinner, I thought I was an amazing wife and Mr. Cupcake would surely be impressed.  Wrong.  In case you didn’t know, Mr. C is a little nosey when it comes to my cooking.  We actually had to have a serious talk early on in our marriage, about him not coming in and making me nervous.  In this case, his nosiness was appreciated.

When a recipe says “cook on medium” and you have a gas stove…cook super low.  I bet you knew that already.  I, however, did not and was not fast enough with adding ingredients to the sauce, thus, there was smoke…a lot of it.  Mr. C sprang into action, fanning away and opening the kitchen door, which stopped our normal smoke alarm’s screaming.  Not a big deal, right? Wrong.  We actually have two smoke alarms.  The regular one and another that was installed by our security company.  We were told that this one was only supposed to detect heavy smoke.  Wrong again.  Not 2 minutes after I punched in our code, did the alarm company call to get my name and our “code word” (you know, to make sure that a bad guy wasn’t posing as me and starting fires in our kitchen).  Embarrassing!

Back at the summer spaghetti prep, things were looking better.  I remade the sauce and everything else turned out wonderfully.  At the last second, I decided to add in fresh spinach, since one thing I have taught the hubs is that every meal needs a vegetable (and that corn and potatoes do not count).  He wasn’t thrilled, but I think it added a little extra color.  Next time, I would add more chicken and spinach, but skip the parsley, as I feel that it’s purpose was to add color, and the spinach took care of that.  So, there you have it, my first summer-as-a-stay-at-home meal. Don’t worry, it was enjoyed with a nice glass of wine after that ordeal.  Let’s hope that none of our other meals involve our alarm company, or I’m going to need to stock up on some more bottles.

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After a smoke alarm snafu, it actually turned out quite tasty!