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Breakfast Bento Box

school lunch ideas

When my husband works late, we go crazy at home. Out of control dance parties with the Pandora Disney station? Check. Staying up late? Check. Waffles for dinner? Check. A nice glass of wine for mommy? Double check.

Cat Bento Box

This little girl would turn herself into a cat if she could.

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For about a year, she wore cat ears every. single. day. School, church, the beach – cat ears came along with us.

Now she’s content just to wear cat shirts and shoes occasionally, which is good because I had visions of her going away to college with cat ears.

cat bento ideas

This bento box was her all-time favorite. She gleefully asked me to look inside and see how much was left when I picked her up from school – she ate everything but the fruit picks and the muffin liners. This bento just proves to me yet again that kids will eat just about anything if you make it fun.

Why is Pinterest telling us what to do?

As I scrolled through Instagram today, I saw a tutorial that promised me perfect, homemade bread. Later I saw similar claims to perfection on Pinterest: amazing DIY window cleaner and the best way to remove stains from laundry.

I have started to wonder why.

Why are we so inundated with opinions about how we run our homes?

The obvious answer is that we live in an age when it is possible to do so.

Women who might have previously been content to take home a blue ribbon from a county fair or a school bake sale now post their recipes online. Creative mothers who delight in coming up with rainy day activities share their ideas on Pinterest (and unintentionally spread mommy guilt to those of us who aren’t similarly gifted). Women who might’ve offered child-rearing advice to friends and family now share it with the world as Gospel truth, thanks to mommy blogs.

But I think the answer is more complicated than “it’s simply possible.”

how to knead bread

So many of the tutorials I see are for tasks that our grandmothers and great grandmothers wouldn’t have thought twice about. How to make chicken stock? Or clean with baking soda and vinegar? How to bake a flaky pie crust or knead bread? These women knew how to do that with their eyes closed.

My dad, who grew up in Canada’s equivalent of Little House on the Prairie in the tiniest of Québecois villages, said he remembers the loaves of homemade bread that his mother left to rise on the window sills. And every one of his nine brothers and sisters knew how to make the family’s favorite chocolate cake recipe.

Why are we so different? Why do we look have to look to Pinterest for help?

Dinosaur Bento Box

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The boys in my little girl’s pre-K class evidently have some strong opinions. She is forever lamenting that they think she wears too much pink, she likes cats too much, and her lunches are too weird.

It was seriously bumming her out.

Most of her lunches are super girly, but this one is great for boys, too. And apparently, it made the cut with the boys in her class because she happily told me that they wanted one, too.

healthy school lunch

It seems fussy, but if you omit spelling out “dinosaur” with mini-cookie cutters and cheese, then this comes together in just a few minutes. It’s really simple.

Hot Pink Hummus

easy hummus recipe

If you’re new around here, it’s important to know that I have two little girls. That explains the insane amount of pink recipes you will see – pink toddler cookies, soft sugar cookies with pink raspberry frosting, and one of the easiest recipes ever – hot pink rice.

pink cookies without food coloring

In my house, if it can be pink, it has to be pink. Or there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

how to get kids to eat beets

This hot pink hummus was my very first pink recipe. I posted it years ago when I was blogging casually as a way to keep track of recipes my then-two-year-old enjoyed, but the pictures were kind of rough, so I thought it deserved an update.

pink kid recipes

I love this hummus because it’s a deep, gorgeous shade of pink, it’s ridiculously healthy, and it’s delicious. When I made a batch yesterday and gave my toddler a spoonful, she brought me a bowl. It’s fantastic for pita chips and vegetables – or straight out of the bowl on its own if you’re a pink-obsessed toddler.

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Yield: 1 batch of hummus

Prep Time: about 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 40 minutes

Total Time: about 50 minutes

Hot Pink Hummus

I came up with this yummy hummus for my daughter who loves all things pink.

Ingredients:

1 big ol' beet, roasted (see instructions below)

1 clove of garlic, papery skin left on, roasted with the beet

1 1/2 T. lemon juice

1/4 c. olive oil

1 can white beans, rinsed

1/4 t. cumin

Directions:

  1. You have a few options with the beet. Since we live in Florida, our beets are frequently really sandy, so I peel, dice, drizzle them with oil, and roast them at 425 for about 20 minutes or until they're soft. Add the unpeeled garlic during the last 10 minutes.
    If your beet can be scrubbed clean, pierce it with a fork, grab some foil, and make a little pouch around the beet and roast until it's soft (about 30-40 minutes). The skin will peel right off - just wear gloves or put the beet in a baggie. Don't forget to toss the garlic in the pouch with your beet so it can roast and develop some amazing flavor.
  2. Purée the beet, garlic, olive oil, lemon, cumin, and the beans in a powerful blender or food processor.

This keeps for several days covered in the refrigerator.

beet dip recipe