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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before the Fudgelet was even eating solid food, I heard of making yogurt melts. A mom had shared a Pinterest picture where someone piped out small bits of flavored yogurt and froze them for her baby. I attempted it once he started eating food, but he did not care for yogurt at all, and I was not going to waste my time with the piping. I didn’t want to waste the yogurt mixture I had made, though, so I ended up filling some silicone molds with it. Lo and behold, a few months later he loves them, especially the ones from the Lego people mold I have. So, I am sharing what worked for me and how you can alter it for your own taste buds.
I used to make granola, back when I ate yogurt because it was supposed to be good for me. But then I realized that yogurt either had too much sugar, used fake sugar, or was way too sour for me. Soooo, I gave up on my granola making. Since then, I’ve eaten lots of different kinds of cereal, but never been entirely pleased with any of them. The ones I liked the most tended to be pricey, and it was a pain to wait for sales when I was running low. I found a post where someone made granola with applesauce to replace some oil. I thought that was such a neat idea, so I decided to try making granola again. This time, I would add almonds since I discovered how much I liked them in other cereals I was eating.