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Power Cookies

Power Cookies |

While I was writing this blog post for you, the Bean ate a leaf.

Ok, she didn’t quite eat a leaf, but she picked a leaf from a tree in our yard, and took a couple of hefty bites.

I quickly fished the masticated leaf bits out of her mouth, and contemplated a call to poison control or whatever it’s called, but she assured me—in the way that only a three year old can provide assurance—that she didn’t actually swallow.

Phew, I suppose.

Except she now knows the attention-grabbing power of eating garden greenery. Bean: 1. Mama: zero. Continue Reading →

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Make-Ahead Breakfast: Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles

Banana Oatmeal Waffles |

If “waffle” makes you think of the boxed up frozen kind or the topped with fake whipped cream and syrupy strawberries kind, then read on. Waffles can be healthy! As in totally whole-grain, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free healthy. They can also be as easy and weekday-friendly as toast….if you whip the batter up the night before. Continue Reading →

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Make-ahead Breakfast: (Almost) Instant Steel Cut Oats

Almost Instant Steel Cut Oats | (Cooking for) Kiwi & BeanMarch 24. That would be the last time I posted anything on this blog. Oy. I blame it on the three month old that is shifting around on my hip as I type this. At some point—apparently shortly after March 24—he (a) woke up from his newborn coma, and (b) gained a few pounds. Which if you are at all familiar with baby physiology means that it was all hands (or dare I say boobs) on deck for this mama.

When I did this baby thing the first time around, rough nights could be chased with sleep-ins and leisurely mornings. Not so with a toddler in the picture. The Bean—bless her—greets each day with a rousing chorus of “Mama I’m huuuuuuuuungry!”, which does not let up until I have carried her downstairs (yes, she INSISTS I carry her down), and slid a bowl of something breakfast-y onto her Thomas the Tank Engine placemat.

So you can imagine why I might seek out a way to concoct make-ahead oatmeal. As I’ve said before, there is really nothing finer than a breakfast that cooks while you sleep and greets you—ready-to-eat—when you wake. Continue Reading →

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Springtime Granola

Healthy Breakfast Granola |

The Bean and I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of (very cold) months talking about the arrival of spring. When she has trouble sleeping at night, I implore her to close her eyes and think about all the fun things we will do when spring comes: play in the park, pick flowers, hunt for easter eggs, etcetera. Just like in the storybooks:


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