Dinosaur Birthday Party!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Three years and counting! I can not believe how much fun 3 years old is becoming! Where does the time go? Three is a pretty big deal. There is more {understandable} conversation and it is the first year kids begin to understand the fun of a birthday party. Chase is really into cars, Lego's, trucks, Mickey Mouse, dinosaurs and the show Dinosaur Train! So it was no question when I asked him what kind of party he wanted, except his response was CHOCOLATE and then Dinosaur Train... funny little man. A chocolate party would have been pretty amazing but since I have exceeded my take on chocolate lately we will just include it into the cake.



Since Dinosaurs are a big thing in our home, this was so much fun to plan! We started out with making a Dinosaur Bone Digging area where kids can dig for bones in a sandbox. My husband made this two days before the party and having it has been a party itself.

Then the details.... Tissue Paper pom-poms, dinosaur cake, a menu including dinosaur eggs on a stick {aka: red and green grapes}, herbivore veggie tray (with fun chevron treat cups for veggies), chips, pizza and gluten free sandwiches. And Pin-The-Tail on Shiny from Dinosaur Train.

My husband used scraps from his construction site to make signs. I just painted them with Chalk Paint from Michael's Arts and Crafts Store with a foam brush.

For your Dinosaur Party - here's where to get supplies:

Dinosaur Skeleton Bones, Tattoos: Amazon
Chevron Treat Cups: Party Pail
Party Favor Celebration Stickers or Gift Tags: Tiny Prints
Dinosaur Plates, Napkins Table Cloth & Party Favors: Party Pail
Striped Paper Straws: Party Pail
Chalkboard Paint: Michael's Arts and Crafts

Happy 3rd birthday to my little sweetie! I am so glad you had a great time with your friends. Mama did too:-) Happy kids makes a happy mamma!

Green Eggs - Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

Sunday, August 17, 2014

“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”  
“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”
Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham    

If you do not know these quotes nor have ever read Dr. Seuss books, I am sorry. They are full of fun and wonder for all ages! Dr. Seuss was most widely known for his children's books he had written and illustrated. Every time I make this recipe I find myself repeating quotes from his book Green Eggs and Ham.

There is no ham in this meal, just green eggs and lots of vegetables! My sister-in-law made this for our kids at one of our weekly meetings for Woodlittle. The kids (ages 2, 7, 9 and 12) all devoured it within seconds served with roasted rosemary potatoes. The key ingredient they all love is ketchup - green eggs smothered in ketchup! Every time I make it for Chase, it is a sure bet he (and your kids) will get a balanced meal of protein and vegetables!

Just throw Kale, tomato, onion, eggs, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper into a blender, mix, pour and bake!

Ultimate Apple Crisp with Chia Seeds {gluten free}

Sunday, August 10, 2014

One of my favorite desserts is a good ol' fashioned apple crisp. They are quick to throw together and sweet and savory to taste. Especially made with coconut oil. Instead of loads of brown sugar and butter I used honey and coconut oil with a sprinkle of pecans for added crunch. The honey makes these super moist!

Two ways to make an apple crisp are to spread the filling in a 9x9 inch pan then sprinkle the topping on top, or core an apple and stuff it with the topping. Just add an extra 5 minutes to your cooking time when cooking the stuffed apple version. I also like to leave the skins on for added fiber and nutrition, but you can remove them before dicing if you prefer.