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I don’t know about you guys, but school mornings at our house have always been like WOAH. From back in the day when I was a teacher trying to hustle my little one off to daycare, to now as a SAHM trying to hustle my big one off to class, the name of the game has always been to get everyone fed as quickly- and as free of chaos!- as possible. Here, you’ll find our ten favorite recipes and tricks to make eating breakfast go down a little easier. Continue reading “Easy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings”→
When Lila was a tiny baby, she was not about that puree life. She turned up her nose at pureed veggies, scoffed at baby cereal, and just forget about anything mushy. No, that little girl wanted FOOD. We turned to Baby Led Weaning, and found that she ate MUCH better. Shredded chicken, cheerios, diced fruits, pieces of cheese- she gobbled it up with abandon. But it was still such a struggle to eat her to get vegetables, and getting her to eat enough iron was nearly impossible. I searched and searched for recipes to suit her taste, and finally found the winner in these veggie muffins. This easy recipe has all of the good stuff- whole grains in, fruits, veggies, and even protein- with (less) of the “bad stuff.” As a bonus, they freeze wonderfully and can be made in a mini-muffin pan (baby sized baby muffins!!!), so that you can give your toddler what they need, even with their ever-changing appetites.
The other upside is that this yummy toddler muffin recipe is a great way to use up pureed fruits, vegetables, and cereals that you Baby Led Weaning leaves behind. Finding a recipe for baby cereal muffins that uses up leftover purees is such a relief. It’s a healthy breakfast idea for babies, and offers well-rounded nutrition in the process. Break it into small pieces if needed, or just let your little one nibble at it in their own way. Always supervise little ones while practicing baby-led weaning, and then sit back and watch as their appetites and tastes expand on their own.
If you’re looking for the perfect crowd-pleasing dessert for your summer barbecues, you can stop looking now. You’ve found it. These sweet little Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches never fail to bring the Oohs and Aahs, and they are crazy simple. Better yet, they are made ahead of time and pop out as individual desserts, so there’s no cutting a cake or hearing people ask for a “small slice of pie- no maybe a little bigger than that- okay now it’s too big.” Which Drives. Me. Bananas. So all you’ve gotta do is pass these bad boys around your party and then you’re free to accept all the compliments (and eat all the Ice Cream Sammies).
Here’s What You’re Gonna Do…
Prepare and bake a 9×13 size batch of brownies. Any moist recipe will do (sorry if you hate that word, but there’s no appropriate substitute), but I use a box mix because EASY.
Line a cupcake pan with Saran Wrap (please don’t skip this step. You’ll hate yourself for it when it’s get-them-out time).
Put your ice cream on the counter to soften.
Get a little handful or spoonful of brownie and mush some into each cupcake space. Don’t use more than half of your brownies to do this step, or you won’t have enough left to do the bottom of the sandwich.
Top with vanilla ice cream. Put cupcake pan in freezer to harden for twenty-thirty minutes.
Remove pan from freezer and top with remaining brownies. It should form a little ice cream sandwich.
Return to freezer until fully frozen. Lift the Saran wrap and remove the ice cream sandwiches from the pan. Place on a plate and keep in freezer until ready to serve.
Try not to eat them all before your guests arrive.
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
One batch of brownies, 9×13, fully prepared
Half gallon vanilla ice cream
Prepare a batch of your favorite brownies (9×12 size) according to the recipe (or box).
Line a cupcake pan with saran wrap. Place your ice cream on the counter so it can soften.
Using a small spoon (or your hands), place a small amount of brownies into the bottom of each cupcake space. It should come about a third of the way up for each cupcake area.
Fill the next third of each opening with softened ice cream. Place the cupcake tin into the freezer for about twenty-ish minutes so it can harden again.
Top the ice cream with another layer of brownies. Return to the freezer until frozen again.