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Friday, April 25, 2014

"You aren't even two"

Hearing those words come out of my husbands mouth these past few days have me laughing hysterically, hysterically. Because he is also laughing and this new found shall I call it a skill?

Our sweet little 13 month old has discovered that he can cause a scene when he doesn't get what he wants. The face he makes make me laugh every time. Throws his head up eyes pinched shut with this half whine/half scream sound. No tears stream down his cute full cheeks or well up in his blue-grey eyes. He will open his eyes to see if it worked completely straight faced and promptly return to the previous state because we won't cave in.

These tantrums take place because he cannot have; the tissue box, empty the kitchen drawers and cabinets while we cook, play with the toilet, eat board books, open the fridge to get more "mum-mum", have the phone, remote or keys as a teether, climb over the couch, drink my coffee aannndd my favorite by far is because he cannot touch the Xbox and eject the disk and lick it. True story, happened yesterday the tantrum was one to capture but we missed the opportunity and tried not to laugh while it was happening.

Said tantrums last for 15-20 seconds and he has a "squirrel" moment and gets distracted by something else. Little man has a lot going on in his thinker; he is on the verge of walking (took his first step yesterday- proud mommy moment!!!), repeating so many words he can say Batman (bah-mon) and Costco (cosss-co) but we still don't know exactly what he wants sometimes, teething (just cut 2 more and 2 are right there ready) and growing so much. He is rapidly growing out of his 12 month clothes and fitting into 18 month ones. Life can get frustrating being carried around, fed upon request and taking two enjoyable naps everyday :) But seriously he is growing into a little independent person and is frustrating when he knows what he wants and cannot express it.

While these tantrums are hilarious we don't fuel the fire and try to laugh when he gets distracted. I know more are to come and while these tantrums are in there small developing form I will laugh a lot. We calmly explain to him why he cannot have insert object here and hope one day he understands what we are saying.

When did your babe start throwing tantrums? Did you laugh?

Happy Friday!!!

Greek Yogurt and Peanut Butter Apple Dip

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Friday, April 04, 2014
A little while ago I came across this yummy apple dip. I am a reformed carmel apple dip addict. I co go through one of those tubs in like 2-3 days easily. Usually eating way more carmel than apples. In my quest to make better food choices I am replacing the carmel with this dip which in my opinion is 100x better (and better for you). I cannot find the original site I found the recipe on to give due credit and when I googled it the variations are a bit different.

Greek Yogurt and Peanut Butter Apple Dip

1 tbsp greek yogurt
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tbsp honey

Mix three ingredients together and serve with apples.

Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Little man is an amazing eater, I have been told this by just about everyone who is with us when he eats. He is very enthusiastic about food and will try everything and quite literally demand for more once he swallows what is in his mouth. I have been obsessed looking for toddler meals on Pinterest. I came across this recipe several times (not sure who to give credit to, my apologies but most recently used this one) and surprise-surprise he loves it! These muffins take no time to make and they are packed with so many ingredients it is a full meal for him.

Without further adieu I present you:

Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup blueberries (I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 375˚ F

Line one muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix applesauce, greek yogurt, brown sugar, oil and egg in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add the applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in blueberries.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

Serve to your tiny cutie!

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