April 17, 2013
Motherhood has aged me. I look at the crow’s feet that were never there before, dark circles under the eyes from the lack of sleep, and stray white hairs that I’ve pulled out more often than I care to remember. I’ve swapped my heels for Birkenstocks, thanks to those lovely bunions and walk around with my brain permanently stored in a jar somewhere. I look at my old photos where I was a pretty, young thing and stare at the mirror where not much is perky anymore. Earlier this week, Dove released their Real Beauty Sketches and it was so poignant and moving, I had to stop myself and watch it again. read more »
April 2, 2013
Easy Chicken Tonkatsu with homemade sauce
I have menu-itis. It usually happens on a weeknight especially in between homework and carting kids from music to sports and trying to keep an infant happy. I get in a rut over dinner but want something fast. This is when I reach for my Japanese Chicken Tonkatsu recipe. There’s very little prep time and dinner is made while you boil rice. Try it! read more »
March 26, 2013
A candy free Easter Basket from Edible Arrangements
We never buy our kids candy for Easter. The countless Easter egg hunts takes care of that. But we do like to give them a treat so when the Easter bunny dropped off this Easter basket from Edible Arrangements, the kids were hopping with joy. Here was a beautiful arrangement of fresh melons, strawberries, and grapes with chocolate dipped pineapple bunnies to boot!
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March 25, 2013
Easter Basket idea – Fresh eggs & kid sized Joie cooking utensils
Easter Bunny put on her thinking cap to come up with a healthy Easter gift and put together this beautiful scrambled egg kit. It is simply an assortment of blue hued eggs freshly laid by backyard chickens and the cutest kid-sized cooking utensils from Joie. read more »
February 15, 2013
IttyBittyFoodies meets Grace Lin – yes! Linsanity!!
In honor of the Lunar New Year, we’re featuring the works of the American Chinese children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin. Her vibrant and beautifully illustrated children’s picture books are a great resource to questions like ”What is Chinese New Year?” and “What is dim sum?”
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February 12, 2013
If you’re staying at home for Valentine’s Day but want to end the meal with a restaurant quality dessert, this White Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate Ganache recipe will give you the best of both worlds. It looks fancy but the recipe is so easy the kids can help make it. I use Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bars as they melt nicely but feel free to improvise. The recipe makes 8 glasses so spread the love around and invite friends over. read more »
February 5, 2013
(Clockwise) Laminated brioche, almond croisssant, chocolate canelés and pain au chocolat
Like little pigs with their noses to the ground sniffing for truffles, every so often a foodie finds a hidden treasure like we did with Village Baking Company. For months we drove by their baking facility on University Blvd and each time my little piggies hold their noses in the air commenting that something smelt yummy. Then one day, someone propped up a small sign that said “Pastries & Artisan Breads” that lured us right into their small showroom lined with fresh baked breads and pastries. There’s no ‘shop front’ to speak of and you just pull up to what looks like the backdoor to the baking warehouse. read more »
January 10, 2013
Forest Gump once said “Life was like a box of chocolates”. I see life more like a carton of eggs. We walk about protected only by delicate shell and a false sense of security. We push limits thinking we’re indestructible but one wrong move and we’re falling off the kitchen table and heading for Splatsville. And as I reflect upon 2012 and my entire life for that matter, I realize the best gift I have ever received is my carton of eggs. Most of us, seldom wake up thinking how glorious it is to be alive. Perhaps if more of us did, it will change our perspectives and challenge how we live. So for 2013, I’d like to cherish my carton of eggs more, whether it’s sunny side up one day or scrambled the next.
Happy New Year! Till our next Happy Meal!
Thanks for listening to my Motherhood Musings
Cheryl Collett is a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates and IttyBittyFoodies chronicles their yummy adventures. For recipes and other crafty fun ideas, look under HomeMade or check out the best kid friendly places under Restaurant Reviews where the food is delicious for both parents and children. Get the latest updates if you Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ittybittyfoodie
December 17, 2012
Southern Fried Chicken and Jack
Four year old Lollo’s favorite ‘burger joint’ is actually the new sandwich shop in Snider Plaza called East Hampton Sandwich Co. I’ve tasted it and the burger patty itself is not unlike many other burger places but we finally figured that it’s the bread that makes Lollo yearn for more. Lines have been snaking out the door at lunch time so if you’ve got little ones in tow, be smart and head there early for lunch or avoid lunch altogether and go in for an early dinner. read more »
December 14, 2012
Pikelet and Lollo just tasted four assorted cupcakes from the new bakery, Pure Delite and to my surprise, a gluten free chocolate cupcake emerged as the winner. Pure Delite which opened it’s third US location last month, specializes in gluten free, vegan, reduced fat and reduced sugar cupcakes. In honor of National Cupcake Day (Saturday December 15th), Pure Delite will unveil it’s holiday eggnog flavored cupcake with a gingerbread star called “Yuletide Cheer”. read more »
December 10, 2012
Hey Mamas! A big shout out to Dallas TidBits who are hosting their holiday party at Last Call this Wednesday December 12 from 6pm to 8pm. Sounds like a fun event just for all you mamas out there who spend the rest of year looking after everyone else in the family. There’s bubbles and read more »
December 10, 2012
For months now, Pikelet & Lollo have been anticipating the birth of their baby brother, Googie. They first saw Googie at our 12 week scan where the sonographer mentioned that the baby was attached to an egg sac and one of them added, “like a googie (ie runny) egg” and the nickname Googie was born. Then four year old, Lollo thought it’d be cool to crush egg shells and make a craft for Googie when he arrives. That was around August. read more »
December 3, 2012
You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a while and wondered where I’ve gone. The family has been in “Googie Wonderland” this past month. We’ve been cooking a special original recipe and after 9 months of waiting, our little Googie was born. Pikelet & Lollo welcomed their new baby brother in November and they are in love with him. “Googie”, as in a ‘googie egg’ was a nickname they gave him while he was still ‘cooking inside Mama’s tummy’ but now that he’s out, the name has stuck. So in honor of our sweet miracle baby, we’ve decided to add a new baby to toddler category.
Will you join us in Googie Wonderland!
Till our next Happy Meal, enjoy these cute baby feet!
October 26, 2012
Toothpaste Man vs Cavity Man
It’s end of October and as we brace ourselves for the 5 month candy fest that follows from Halloween to Valentine’s Day, we interviewed our dentist friend, Dr Alan Nguyen from North Carrollton Dental, for some advice on tackling this sugary season. Yes, even dentists give their kids candy too. Dr Nguyen and his wife Tiffany have three ittybittyfoodies (ages 6, 4 and 3) so they know how hard it is to let kids enjoy holiday treats without going overboard. read more »
October 23, 2012
The mommy set are abuzzed with the opening of Start Restaurant. They serve real food and there’s a drive thru? Yes, it’s all true. The new fast slow food restaurant next door to Rusty Taco’s and a few doors from Central Market (Lovers location) had been jammed with mommy vehicles packed with hungry tikes making the drive through not so fast in the first few weeks. read more »
October 12, 2012
photo courtesy of Color in Motion 5k
Thank you to all that entered the Color In Motion 5K Giveaway! Unfortunately, there’s only one winner… and the two tickets (worth $100) goes to read more »
October 4, 2012
photo courtesy of Color In Motion 5K
Ok this looks like a fun event to get messy, keep fit and help a good cause. Color in Motion 5k organizes 5k races across the country and will be in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl Fair Park on November 17th 9am. All you need to do is show up wearing your freshest whitest clothes and by the end of the race, you’ll be covered with bursts of color (note color is washable). This is not a race where you need to be the fastest. You and your family can jog, run or take a leisurely stroll. Just have fun! read more »
October 3, 2012
photo courtesy of Texas State Veggie Fair
It’s time to get your green on at the 3rd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair which returns to Dallas on Sunday, October 21, 2012. We visited last year and loved the simpleness of it all. It was a gathering of families, vegetarian or not (we’re not) with lots of food, live music, carnival games and art at grassroots level. No big fanfare but good wholesome fun and definitely not as crowded as those at Big Tex. Last year 2500 attendees packed Winfrey Point, a reason why this year’s location is at the 46 acre, Reverchon Park near Turtle Creek. read more »
September 19, 2012
We always think of September as apple season! Lollo’s school likes to start off parent night with a serving of applesauce made by all the kids. This month we’ve been branching out from our usual suspects and discovering some of the New Zealand apples like the sweet and crisp, Envy apples. I also tried my hand at ‘baking’ an apple crisp … sort of. read more »
September 17, 2012
Ah! The moment you’ve been waiting for! Thank you to all you readers who entered the MetroCooking Dallas Giveaway! IttyBittyFoodies loved reading all your kid foodie restaurant favorites. Thank you for sharing our blog on your facebook too! We are pleased to announce that our winner is Katherine Johnson! You’ve won two prize tickets to MetroCooking Dallas! Katherine’s kids eat gluten-free and here are some family favorites she shared with us! Congratulations!
My kids eat gluten-free so eating out is a little bit more limited for them. Nonetheless, we love these local child-friendly spots: Rafa’s (Tex-Mex very casual on Lovers Lane near the Tollway); Shinsei (great sushi for three of us and my son who doesn’t yet appreciate sushi loves their salmon, fried rice, edamame, chicken skewers. We always get a great meal there and they are nice to the kids too!; at Toulouse on Knox we love sitting on the patio with the kids for steak and frites. Souffles are delicieux!; Finally, at Company Cafe (on Routh near Katy Trail) offers a gluten-free menu, great outdoor seating at picnic tables and the kids can play with their chalkboard or run around on the Katy Trail while we eat and converse.
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Till our next happy meal!