Doesn't it feel like March break has already been going on for weeks? It does to me. Ben's about to go away on a long work trip so I'm feeling under extra pressure to come up with lots of things to do with the kids. We've got birthday parties to go to, play dates, day camps, and of course, baking. Here's one from the archives, Morning Glory Muffins. They're so good, I was really happy to make them again when I was in the studio with Maya. It's so good to get nice shots in these old posts. But of course I'm leaving in the original shots of Esme and Julian looking like absolute babies. Look at Julian's fat little hands?! I mean, honestly. Now excuse me, I think I have something in my eye.… C.M.
After months of having a baby in my arms most of the day, Julian is about to walk. Of course, he's been crawling for a couple of months but now he's constantly on the move, cruising and getting closer to two-footedness. And as much as this trend toward mobility means constant falls and bruises we're both enjoying the independence. It also means I can do more with Esme, which I've been missing a lot. After some negotiating — "Let's make a cake!" "How about muffins?" "No — cupcakes." "How about muffins?" "Okay, muffins!" — we decided to make Morning Glory Muffins. I like these as they're a good snack but healthy enough to be breakfast. Read more
I love crafts. No, seriously, I love doing crafts. I’d rather cut and paste for a full day then spend three minutes eating in my daughter’s pretend restaurant. Sadly, for Scarlett, pretend play is like having a cavity filled for me. However, if you want me to hand cut, cheery-coloured felt to sew into holiday stockings, I’m your girl. In fact, if you have ever sent a kid to my home for a play-date you know I usually have a fun project planned. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to be the “crafty girl” when Netflix approached us about teaming up each month. We will be working with them to help deliver a great list of themed movies and television shows, as well as recipes and crafts you can create together as a family.
For our first installation, we’re throwing a March Break Film Festival using Netflix’s lineup. Scarlett and I chose flicks inspired by some of our favourite books including The Magic School Bus and Gulliver’s Travels, as well as Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. We also liked the idea of this beaded bookmark (and jewelry) craft since our bedtime tales inspired our festival. Beading is such a low-mess craft and I love that it yields useful and, frankly, adorable accessories rather than over-glued, paper thingamajigs that I always have to save way past their “Best Before” date. Read more
March Break means getting out of Dodge for many families. But for me, it’s the turning point, that fork in the road that says spring is aaalmost here. No, we’re not busting out shorts and flip flops yet, but we’re also over the worst of it. And not a moment too soon – this is a rough winter for many of us. Like lots of Canadians, we’re staying put for March Break – but, we’re still going to shake things up and have some fun. This brings me to some funs news: Laura and I are really excited to be teaming up with Netflix to help make time with your family awesome.
Each month, Laura and I will be sharing what we're looking forward to watching with our kids on Netflix, along with a recipe and a craft project that you can do with your kids. Our whole family loves Netflix and I like knowing I can give my kids some screen time without worrying they’re going to come across something inappropriate. Over March Break I’m going to be running a little film festival (for an audience of four!), which will include Turbo, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (we love that book). What do you think? Read more
Everyone loves a smoothie, right? It's a quick breakfast, it's a filling after school snack and it's a great way to use up on-the-verge fruit hanging out in your fridge. My kids are crazy for them and think they're almost as much of a treat as ice cream, even though I use Greek yogurt, chia or flax and almost never add any sweeteners.
Want to know my trick? Of course you do! Listen up, I'm about to lay some solid gold on you: frozen bananas. I always have a couple in the freezer waiting. This is a particularly good way to deal with bananas that are on their way to over-ripe-ness. Lots of people get turned off by bananas with too much black on the skin — but that's when their flavour is best. So, pop those suckers in the freezer, skin and all, where they will turn completely black. Then when you're ready to make a smoothie, grab them and cut them out of their peels and add to the blender. They create an icy, creaminess that feels just like ice cream, plus they add quite a lot of sweetness so you won't need to add honey or syrup. Trust. Read more
Scarlett and I have an on-off love affair with smoothies. We go through fazes when they're all we crave in a day and then other times when they fall from our radar. Take the past few months, I haven't made a single smoothie. Maybe it was the endless, battering of cold. Or maybe the fact that I've been trying to conserve the Summer berries I picked then froze. Regardless, until recently, we hadn't had a single smoothie. Now we can't stop drinking them. Take today for instance. Scarlett had a little ditty with strawberry, banana, mango and orange juice while I had a juice containing carrot, apple, beet, celery, cucumber and parsley. We already made a plan for tomorrow including banana, yogurt, almond milk and almond butter. It's okay. You can steal our idea.