Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

One morning, I decided to serve both K & Roey Banana oatmeal. K ended up eating both servings and Roey ate Bananas instead. K got used to eating anything you serve her, believe it or not. My Mama has really helped a lot in her eating habits. She may be skinny but I am thankful that she is not sickly as well. Both my kids, actually. Thanks to HIM! Because, health is definitely a priority for me, and then education.

Roey, on the other hand, is the picky eater, she is not skinny though. She has just learned ( I don’t know where!) to say no to any food she thinks to be yucky! Unfortunately, the oatmeal I served them was one. So, the Mom in me was given a challenge. How can I make this kid eat oatmeal?

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Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Since I have been seeing oatmeal biscuit recipes online, why not try one? So, I ended up with these Banana-Raisin Oatmeal cookie cups the next morning and was very satisfied with the result.

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soft on the inside
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I love it Mom! It’s so fluffy…uhm…chewy!

She ate 2 cookie cups for breakfast and kept coming back to the fridge until every cookie is gone. K enjoyed the cookie cups too. Too bad I was out of flour and only ended up with 18 pieces that day. I also made a Choco Banana Oatmeal cupcake after few days for a variety. And will sure explore more healthy baking and cooking innovations for my loves.
How about you?

Hope you can share your Mommy-moves and creative tactics in serving your kids healthy breakfast or snacks, I would sure appreciate that!

Thanks in advance and happy baking or cooking and then eating! Ha! Ha!

Serve The Kids with Fun!

Gingerbreadman shaped bread

 

A number of parents have already ventured into Bento. Be it their kids’ snack or lunch at school. I have not tried Bento-ing or experimenting in serving my daughters with cute looking packed foods. But, I guess this was one of the firsts. I used my gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter to serve both my girls with peanut butter sandwiches. The scraps satisfied me, I have no problem with that.

Since I have been Pinterest-ing for quite sometime now, I have seen pretty cute and clever ideas how to serve kids with fun and healthy snacks. From the simplest to the most creative ideas, Pinterest have it! So, if you have that calling to be creative in the foods you serve to your kids, have fun with Bento and Pinterest too!

Snacks and Sweets

 

 

Every Mom wants to serve her child/children all the healthy foods there is and it would bring her so much joy if the kids would like it and enjoy! I never had trouble giving veggies and fruits to my girls. They’re both curious and experimental (with the different tastes), I may say. Now that they’re able to help me out with little things and chores, I ensure to compensate them (okay, reward is the word) with healthy snacks.

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Nutty Banana cake

 

And I give in to sweets too, sometimes. In the next photo, lucky Roey has a 70 grams of assorted candies. That includes caramel fudge cubes I requested. Ha Ha!

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Roey at the Candy Corner SM Nova branch

So, do you given in to their sweets requests too?

Simply Healthy, Simply Happy!

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Cooked a simple yet healthy lunch for the family one day last January. For a stay/work from home Mom like me, it is quite hard sometimes to think and prepare the family’s meal of the day. Especially if you have a picky eater, a curious toddler and a spouse that loves to alternate most all-time-Filipino-dishes. Not to mention a slightly tight budget. I have to set my own choice most of the time… not until this particular day when I did not ask for their meal requests. I gave in to mine! To my surprise, they all liked it too! I am just glad that both my girls eat veggies. They may be both picky at times but does not say NO to veggies.

In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare

In the Kitchen: Beef Kare-Kare

I have cousins who do really good in terms of cooking. There may not be a chef in our clan but a lot of them (excluding me since I only have the interest but not the skill) really can make delicious dishes. We have been teasing one cousin to put up a catering business – this excites me in all honesty. I just wish she would soon agree and have the guts and capital to start the business.

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I have been wanting to serve the family something out of the usual dish we have everyday and so I thought of Kare-Kare. Kare-Kare originated from Pampanga, Philippines. Kapampangans use either oxtail, tripe or beef but there were sophisticated variations which use chicken.  This Filipino dish is normally served during special occasions as it somehow requires some time from preparation to cooking.

I decided to use beef since it was my first time and I was just to use Del Monte Quick n Easy Kare-Kare mix I bought from the grocery. I have added string beans, eggplant and Pechay leaves (Chinese Cabbage) to complete the stew. Thanks to Del Monte as my first attempt in cooking Kare-Kare turned out yummy, easy and quick! I was saved from the stress and effort in preparing the peanut sauce which I truly doubt to perfect. One huge off point though – I forgot the Bagoong (Shrimp Paste)! This dish wouldn’t be complete without the shrimp paste. Well then, next time will be perfect!

My Tabletop Electric Oven

My tabletop electric oven was a gift. I have been eyeing a beautiful oven from the appliance center for a long time but saving to get it will take a lot longer. So, with a friend”s suggestion, and since I am not really planning on using it for business purposes (using it now just for my kids), I told Ronald (yes, he”s the financier for this oven) that I would go for this one.

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I have been Pinterest inspired! As soon as I have read the manual for this tabletop oven, I started baking! I have had my share of baking failures but have a atoledo.com lot of successful ones too.

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Most of my baked goodies were Chocolate and Banana flavored and Carrot too. I make them during weekends so it will be ready as school snack for my elder daughter, K. I would always let her bring more than she could eat so she can share some to her friends too. Or sometimes, I remind her to eat (if there are leftovers) as afternoon snack while she is travelling home bound.

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Last Christmas season, I got the chance to frequently use my tabletop oven – served its purpose very well for some goodies which we made and gave as gifts. I am sure that this oven will last for quite long, besides it being durable (a testimonial of my baker friend, Iris of Project Happiness ), I have been extra careful using it. =) 

In The Kitchen: Bake Time!

 

If I have had a baking sad story, I can tell you more successful ones at least. That disappointment I felt with the cupcake disaster that happened the first time I tried to make buttercream frosting did not stop me from baking. As most positive individuals do, I took it as a challenge to be better.

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 Carrot-Yogurt Muffins

Since most people here says no to super sweets, I decided to do bold cupcakes instead – muffins! The photo above shows a carrot / yogurt muffin and in the next photo are chewy Lemon cookies. Pardon the photo quality as these photos were taken using my netbook’s camera.

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 Lemon cookies

Besides cookies, cupcakes and muffins, I tried making carrot loaf. Now, this is something I am definitely proud to have made. I used the same recipe I found for my cupcakes and voila! It came out of the oven like an eye candy!  Just right! It even tasted so good that my elder daughter brought few slices than she could eat to school. Well, she sure gave some to her classmates and came home with compliments that made me wish to learn more about baking. It did not stop there though… I dreamed of having my own bake shop / cafe which was set up beside my own gift shop. Both businesses were set up in the front of my own house. Okay, wake me up now!

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 Carrot Loaf

Ahhh! I wish to win the Lotto! Ha ha!

In The Kitchen: Bicol Express

 

When I was still young, I never want to eat anything that has too much coconut milk in it. I feel like throwing up because of dizziness it causes me – no, I did not have hypertension then or even now. I think it was more of a psychological “kaartehan” or an alibi so I could eat or ask for something yummier for a child. My Mama was from Bicol province where people are known to cook almost all their delicacies with coconut milk and wild chili (local name: siling labuyo).  But when I started to mature, and became interested working in the kitchen, my alibi faded. It came to a point that I finally enjoy Bicolano delicacies and even asked my Mama to teach me cook some.  There is one dish I have never tried cooking though, Bicol Express!

I got the inspiration from one of my cousins, Ate Jen. One time I was planning  what to prepare for the family, I decided to get all the ingredients necessary for Bicol Express dish. I even found myself browsing for the recipe even if I already know it. And, this was how it looked like when it ended in our table.

 

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The pork was tender and the dish has a balanced salty-spicy taste that even my 10 year old daughter enjoyed it. My Bicol Express dish has given me added points of confidence in the kitchen. Having said that, I may have to try few more Bicolano delicacies soon!

 

Rangemaster Cookers Continue To Improve in 2013

 

Getting a great review on appliances means someone had to work hard enough to earn the trust of consumers on a regular basis within a considerably respectable amount of time. Great reviews deserving of higher accolades come from long-standing quality, upscale performance features and reputable customer attention-to-detail factors. Where do you look for such an appliance company? You find it with Rangemaster.

Rangemaster appliance products have been earning culinary respect for decades. As a top appliance choice for Britain’s finest home cooks and chefs, Rangemaster ovens have proven over and over again who is top dog in the high-end oven appliance market. The praise doesn’t just begin and end in Britain, however. Rangemaster is a highly-respected, international, master cooking delight. Let’s take a look at one of Rangemaster’s oven styles to see why.

rangemasterThe Rangemaster 90, one of Rangemaster’s best-selling ovens holds its own with lots of inviting features. In fact, diversity is the Rangemaster 90’s middle name. This little beauty brings a lot to the culinary table beginning with fuel-type options. Electric, gas and dual fuel options means greater cooking capacities for homes of all kinds. Gas and dual fuel options also offer a wonderful way to keep burners free from dirt while providing extra work surfacing with an inclusive safety glass lid. This well thought out detail is yet another example of how Rangemaster incorporates simplicity and convenience into the daily routines of every chef. Simply choose your favorite fuel option; or, design around existing fuel set-ups in the home or business location to suit personal tastes.

Moving from fuel types is the undeniably exciting moment of moving towards Rangemaster 90 styles and colors. From the gorgeous, smaller versions donning traditional oven windows or no windows at all to the visual warmth offered with all kinds of delicious color options, Rangemaster 90 performs. Larger professional ovens exuding a contemporary and industrial flair with multi-functional cooking spaces, burners and design elements promises Rangemaster 90 does not disappoint.

Finding the right oven means doing your homework. In Rangemaster’s case the homework has already been done for you. Rangemaster and Rangemaster 90 ovens make it extremely easy to by-pass any lengthy oven researching drudgeries. Exploring Rangemaster ovens mean having fun in choosing the right oven for you and your family. It is OK to be choosy. Let Rangemaster make up your mind with cooking confidence for years to come.

 

In The Kitchen: Holy Week Special – Sardines

Catholics observed the Lenten season last week. No meats, that is! As expected, prices of seafood and vegetables went up. For a budget conscious mom like me, “diskarte” is what I implemented! Ha ha!

I bought a can of Ligo sardines and a medium sized Chayote. I have 2 kids that needs to eat too so this is the idea that came to my mind last Good Friday. Very timely for the Holy Week. My 2 year old loves tomatoes and fish and my elder daughter likes to eat vegetables, Chayote in particular. Hubby and I can go with anything that is not pork that day.

I normally saute Chayote with Tuna flakes but I did something different with this dish. I boiled the Chayote slices over medium heat while sauteing the sardines with butter, onion slices and tomatoes. I just had to pour the sauted sardines on top of the half cooked Chayote and voila! Viant was served.

“Wow! I love the presentation Mommy!” and “It tasted good!” – Those were the words my elder daughter told me after eating lunch. She never really liked sardines at all but was thrilled to see it was served over her favorite vegetable, Chayote. Our Holy Week was filled with simple recipes and vegetable too. I actually can deal with that anytime, even if it ain’t Holy Week at all. I am not just sure with hubby and the kids. LOL!