Chocolate-Chocolate Muffins

These are easy-peasy. And fast. Almost fast enough to appease a toddler. Not quite. He satisfied himself with some other breakfast first, and then feasted on part of one…and then part of K’s. And I think part of mine, too. He is a little mooch, isn’t he? Anyway, he has certainly learned what chocolate looks like and knows he wants it when he sees it. Smart boy.

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Quick sidenote…do you consider muffins strictly for breakfast? What about donuts? I always considered both more treats than breakfast, but my husband and some friends feel otherwise.

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Fudgelet Food, Part 7: Animal Crackers

Let’s be blunt. These are not just like the ones from the store. They are more like shortbread cookies, buuuuut I think they are still good. They are just different good. And the shapes of mine are definitely better than the store ones, so ha!

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Fudgelet Food, Part 7: Raisin Newtons

Often when you make food it takes awhile and even if it is for your kid, it is hard to make it around them. Well, this was something I was able to make while the Fudgelet was around, without him getting bored, and he even liked them!

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Fudgelet Food, Part 6: Healthy Banana Bread Cookies

The Fudgelet is still figuring out what foods are his favorites. Apples are near the top of the list. Each time he sees an apple, sees the steamer I use for cooking them for him, or even sees some of the containers that often hold his cooked apples he gets super excited and starts clamoring for “apples, apples!”. Luckily, we live in an apple state. But, a boy cannot live on apples alone. Thankfully he eats a pretty good variety of food, so no worries about that. When he does an especially good job with a meal, I will sometimes let him have a treat. I’ve tried some of the “toddler cookies” from the store, but he doesn’t care for them that much. They tend to be really dry. He prefers his food to be moist. I discovered he even prefers gravy on his mashed potatoes, rather than eating them plain (even if they have seasoning added). Other times I give him a treat during snack time. Those treats I prefer to be healthy and filling. A string cheese, peanut butter on crackers, etc.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars

I alllllllmost named this as a Fudgelet Food post. Almost. He has had some, and I made it Fudgelet-Friendly (no nuts), but let’s be honest. I really wanted this for myself and have been enjoying it as a filling afternoon (morning and evening) snack. It’s mostly healthy as far as treats go, and it makes both the Fudgelet and myself want more.

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Lactation Chocolate Chip Cookies

A friend recently had her baby and was worried about her milk supply. So yeah, when I said lactation in the title, I meant….lactating moms. Does lactating sound odd to you? It does to me, but I think because the term isn’t used all over the place as often as “breastfeeding” or “nursing”. Lactating makes me feel more like a cow. When a (different) friend commented how I am still lactating, I was all “whooooaaa….oh yeah, I guess so, haha.” And I guess there is the whole idea that you might even be lactating but not breastfeeding. So, maybe these should be called Breastfeeding Chocolate Chip Cookies? Anyhoo, the friend with the baby (who also has a toddler) was going to make herself some cookies. I volunteered, and she still said “I think I might have some time, and I have the supplies”. After I pushed a bit more, she willingly let me make them for her, since I have half the number of kids she does, so therefore triple the amount of free time. And baking is one of my “things”, so it was nice to be able to help out with a hobby. She sent her husband over with the Brewer’s yeast and flaxseed (who then handed them over to K at the door since I was putting the Fudgelet down for bed, which felt like a drug deal, haha), and gave me a recipe she used previously. I changed the recipe a bunch, partly because the original one wasn’t super clear with the directions. Also, I ended up making two batches, so I changed the ratios a bit the second time since I now knew how the cookies would turn out.

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Mixed Bag (Part 3): Popcorn, Potatoes, and Pstuffing

Yeah, not really Pstuffing, but when you have popcorn and potatoes already in the title, it seems better that way. These dishes were all….okay. I liked them, but not sure if I loved them. Let’s start with the Pstuffing…okay, stuffing.

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