Toddler Meal Tray

Toddler Meal Tray

One thing we’ve been trying very hard to do in our house is encourage our two year old to eat healthy and eat a variety of foods.  Now, we definitely are not perfect.  There are days that I think the only thing that he’ll put in his belly are goldfish and juice, but I figure if I continue to put the good foods out there in front of him, he’s bound to eventually give each of them a try, right?!

To make healthy eating a bit more fun, I picked up a couple of small muffin pans to serve Jackson his snacks and meals.  It’s nice because what foods he doesn’t quite finish can easily just go into the refrigerator until the next meal, and I can add a different food to it then if needed.  He likes the little “cups” and all the different colors that make up his meals too.

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On this particular day, I attempted to get Jackson to eat the following at lunch time:

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The one thing I didn’t think he’d touch were the ham & cheese roll ups.  He’s gotten a bit picky about eating meat lately {unless it’s a chicken nugget or a hot dog–great, I know}.  To my pleasant surprise he ate two of them!  Small victories make me smile!

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He also loved the strawberries, which made this mama happy!

What foods does your toddler approve of?  I’d love to add to our list!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

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I’m sure you’ve done this before.  You find a new product at the store, contemplate if your family would enjoy said product, bring it home, and to your disappointment, it’s a total bust.  PLUS, you just spent a few extra dollars on something that is now going to go to waste!  Not a fun day in this coupon clipping mama’s book.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Bear Hugs Mix}

{Bear Hugs Mix}

I mentioned earlier this week that Jackson and I went to a play group together.  Well, for the adults I made Chocolate & Oreo Parfaits, but for the kiddos I wanted something a bit more at their level.  Again, I headed to my pantry to see what I could put together that would be perfect for little hands.  I found the following ingredients and got a brilliant {at least I thought so} idea.

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To make Bear Hugs Mix, you’ll need:

1 box of honey flavored Teddy Grahams

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup Mallow Bits {think the size that comes in the hot chocolate packets}

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To get started, rip off a few pieces of wax paper and place on a clean counter top.  Dump the entire box of Teddy Grahams onto the wax paper and spread into a single layer.

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Melt 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips according to package directions.  Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate all over the Teddy Grahams.

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Before the chocolate begins to harden, sprinkle 1/2 cup of the Mallow Bits over the chocolate bears.

Note: I found the jar of Mallow Bits at Wal Mart, but have also seen them at my regular grocery store as well.  Look in the hot chocolate & coffee aisle.  

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Let the mix dry on your counter for at least an hour so that the chocolate hardens and the mallows stick to the bears.  You can store Bear Hugs Mix in an airtight container for about a week.

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To share with the kiddos I put a small scoop into snack sized Ziploc bags {since we were travelling to another house}.  You could also use a cute cupcake liner to share the snack.

This little mix would also be so cute for a class Valentine’s Day party!

Enjoy!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{toddler mix by absolute mommy}

Hey friends of Meredith and Wait til your Father gets Home!
I’m super excited to be here today,
sharing some back to school goodness.
I’m Megan, from Absolute Mommy.
 

I may look pretty glam in my button,
but here is the real deal.

 

And these two cuties are my blog inspiration.
My motto is:
I wasn’t built for motherhood.  It built me.
It’s a work in progress.
So if you get a chance, come and check it out.
When you do you are going to find that I’m the kind of mom
who tries to make her life easier.
With crafting, with cooking, with mothering.
I don’t have the time to be a Pinterest Perfect.
I’m all about the short cuts.
Today you are in luck.
I’m sharing the easiest way to clean out your pantry.
It’s a snack mix only a toddler could love,
hence the name,
Toddler Mix.
As you can see it’s so super easy.
I was sick of all the almost empty boxes
of gold fish, cereal, crackers and cookies in my pantry.
So I grabbed a plastic bowl with a lid,
dumped the almost empty random snacks in,
and called it a day.
And my kiddos loved it!
My hubby too.
He calls it ultimate childhood snack mix.
Or Toddler Mix if you will.

 


The best part is,
it will never be the same mix twice.
Unless you plan it that way.

For my Caitlin’s 5th birthday I actually planned the mix.

Pictured above is:

Gold Fish (the rainbow colors)

Coco Puffs

Honey Teddy Grahams

It was a hit!
So looking to spice up those lunch boxes?

Need something to keep your little one occupied while they

watch Mickey or Grover?
 


Look in your pantry.
 


I bet you’ve got everything you need!
Don’t forget!  You’ve got just one more day to enter the HUGE Back to School Giveaway!  Good luck to everyone :)

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{chocolate drizzled popcorn}

{chocolate drizzled popcorn}

Warning…if you decide to make this popcorn, you will eat all of it (unless you get it out of your house)!  I know it’s going to be tempting to keep it to yourself, but you must share it with others (because let’s be honest, popcorn and chocolate should not be consumed in large amounts-sad, I know)!  I found this recipe on, where else, but Pinterest!  Which sent me over to Bridget at Bake at 350, who originally shared this idea on her blog.  The best part about this recipe?  You can make it for any holiday (gotta love M&M’s and their themed holiday bags) or you could always make it “just because” too (regular M&M’s are just as delicious as the Bunny Mix).

To make Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, you’ll need:

  • 3 bags of popped popcorn (I used Orville Redenbacher’s Tender White–my new fav)
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips

Step 1: Pop the popcorn.  Once each bag is popped, pour the popped corn into a large bowl.  Enjoy a few bites of popcorn before proceeding to the next step!

Step 2: Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions.  I used the entire bag and microwaved it on medium for about 1 minute 30 seconds.  Times will vary!

(While your chocolate is melting, try the popcorn to make sure it still tastes okay!)

Step 3: Pour the melted white chocolate over the popped popcorn.  You can also dump the entire bag of M&M’s on top of the mixture as well.  Start stirring!

Step 4: Once the popcorn, chocolate, and M&M’s seem to be evenly coated, spread it out on a cookie sheet or two in a single layer to cool.

Step 5: After about 10 minutes, your popcorn should be ready to enjoy!

You can store it in a large bowl, or package it in individual baggies to share with others (like I said, get it out of your house)!  In my case, I divided it into 8 sandwich baggies, loaded it into a large purse, and enjoyed it with some friends at a viewing of The Hunger Games!  Yes, I know it’s wrong to sneak snacks into the movie theater, but it is SO expensive to buy food there!  Plus, last time I checked they don’t sell Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, so that makes it okay, right?!

Enjoy!

 

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.