Green Muffins

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Yippy, (jumping up and down) my Weelicious Lunches cookbook finally arrived!!!!!!!

That means I am headed down the road to becoming a slave to my kitchen, which I’m totally not complaining, and Holden’s class will be treated with scrumdiddlyumptious goodies!!!!!

Calling all Spinach haters, I have a challenge for you!!!!!!

I dare you, in fact I double dog dare you to make, bake and eat these Spinach Cake Muffins.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbl spoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

I dare you to…

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and use paper liners or greased mini muffin pan.
  2. Place the applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, sugar, and oil in a food processor and puree until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor I’m sure a blender will work out fine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the spinach puree into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Scoop the batter into the muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 12 mins, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. transfer to wire rack to cool.

Now eat one and thank me later because you couldn’t taste the spinach, could ya?.

Chicken for your chicken with a side of peppermint candy canes

I got a couple sick chicky’s in the house and thought I would make some soup. Chicken tortilla sounded good so I pulled out the cookbook and went to town on a recipe I havent tried yet. Im so excited about this creation that I want to share it with you.

I subed a few ingredients and it was fab.

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SOOOOO Yummy!!!!!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • my substitute: 1/2 red bell pepper, diced and 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One 32oz box chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • One 15oz can diced tomatoes
    • My substitute: One 15oz can of diced tomatoes with green chillies
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts whole
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • crushed tortilla chips
    • my substitute: warm tortillas
  1. In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté till soft.
  2. Add the salt, bell pepper, garlic, and cumin and sauté for 2 mins.
  3. Add the broth bay leaf corn, tomatoes, and chicken. Bring to a boil then simmer on low for 10-15 mins till chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once chicken is cooked through, remove chicken from the pot and set aside to cool enough for you to touch. Once cooled shred with a fork or your fingers.
  5. Place the shredded chicken back in the broth, add the lime juice and simmer for approx. 3 mins to warm the chicken back up.

Additions to yummy it up: Shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, green onion.

Thank you Weelicious cookbook for the great recipe!

 

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As for dessert… Do you have any left over candy canes?????????

  • Crushed up candy canes. put the candy canes in a plastic baggy and crush them with a meat cleaver.
  • Vanilla ice cream as much as your heart desires
  • Chocolate syrup or fudge (optional)

Make your self a bowl of ice cream and sprinkle the candy cane on top.

Enjoy friends.

 

 

Itty Bitty Christmas List

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Holy crap… before Halloween even ended stores were setting up Christmas stuff as if Santa moved Christmas up a month.

Jeeeesh!

If you’re anything like me you are currently thinking your kid has way to many toys and the last thing you should do is play Santa and bring more toys into the house.

Or…

 You think about Christmas and wonder why it has become a day of getting whatever you want and way to much of it vs. what its really about. I know, I sound like an old person but for real, its getting out. of. con-trol!

This year we decided to do the itty bitty Christmas list. I think its important that the kiddo still gets a few gifts for Christmas, I mean… Santa has to leave something behind doesn’t he, but I don’t want it to become this cray ordeal where he gets whatever he wants and expects it every year.

Grandparents, spoil him howev, we are sticking to our guns “you’ll shoot your eye out”.

I want to thank a close friend of mine who has many kids who gave me this idea.

Its simple || 4 gifts.

Something they want
Something they need
Something they can read
Something they can wear

I’m even thinking that me and the hubs should test this for each other while we are at it.

Merry Christmas after Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

My Christmas List Part Uno.

Shamu and a special little girl

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Brixton and her mom

The fam and I took off  to San Diego this month for a very special little girl, Brixton Mary. Brixton was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer PPB Plueropulmanary Blastoma at 6 months old. She is now 21 months, has only 1 month of chemo left and on her way to being healthy. As some of you may or may not know its a long process and it wont be over till shes 7. The family and I did a walk for her through Sea World to help raise money for the Rady’ Children’s Hospital in San Diego where she gets her treatments. If you want to donate please click here. Every little bit counts.

Other ways to give back to Brixton is to purchase one of the “Brixton” bracelets made by Queen Jewelery Design for $20. $5 will be donated to the Hospital for every Bracelet sold. Email your order and PayPal email to queen_design@ymail.com to order your bracelet.

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Brixton is the strongest little girl I know and will never give up.

Pssst…Check out our mini San Diego Vay-cay.

Gone Fishin’

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I’m always looking for different things to do with the fam besides the main stream amusement parks, over the top water parks, and Chucky E. Cheese, Don’t get me wrong, I love the mainstream stuff but I like to adventure out and spend a little less.

I grew up in Colorado and fishin’ was a regular event for my family. Although we would catch the fish and eat them that night for dinner for some reason I never acquired a taste for fish. Anyways, I found this hidden treasure in Agoura Hills called Troutdale. They have 2 ponds packed with trout. They say if you don’t catch a trout within the time you’re there, you must be a bad fisherman.

Here’s how it works…

You pay $7 per person fishing or not.
You get a bamboo pole, bucket of water (for the caught fish), cup of corn (bait), and license.
You can also rent poles for $5 or bring your own.
Oh and you can buy other bait as well.

You find your spot, post up for a bit, and wait for the fish to bite.

Its that easy!

Its a great little place to picnic or and have a birthday party.

Hope you get a chance to explore it with the little’s.

Flat Stanley

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Flat Stanley was a friend who came to visit our family in California. He was sent to us from Ian a 7 year old kid in Arizona. Ian and his class mates wanted to know about where we lived and how we lived our life. Flat Stanley was about 5 inches tall, had colored on clothing and he was paper flat.

Everyone meet Stanley, Stanley meet Everyone.

IMG_7804Once Stanley arrived he lived with us for about a week. Below is his week long adventure with the Diskin Family.

Stanley’s Adventure

First stop he went to work with me. We stopped by one of my stores in Santa Barbabra and ate at Three Pickles for lunch. BTW a great place to grab a sandwich if your ever in SB. He picked up a tech deck for Ian while we were there.

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Holden and I  took Stanley to the beach. He gathered up seashells and sand to bring back to Ian. We tried to catch a seagull but it wasn’t happening.

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Stanley went with Lee for a bike ride to the Griffith Observatory.

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Stanley went to School for a day with Holden.

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Holden took him on a helicopter ride.

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I Took him on a long boarding.

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The whole family took him to Disneyland!!!!!

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Lastly, he went to work with Lee and hung out with the drummer from Bad Religion, Brooks Wackerman. Ian may not know him now but will appreciate the picture when he grows up. For now I’m sure his mom or dad will.

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And that was the week of Flat Stanley.

When it was time for Stanley to go home we gathered up all the souvenirs he picked up, printed all the pictures, and sent it back in a box to Ian and his class.

This project stems from the children’s book Flat Stanley. Its a book about Flat Stanley and his adventures. As for the little ladies out there you can do a Flat Sally.

Its kind of like a pen pal but better. I recommend you try it with your little’s.

We would like to do a Flat Stanley adventure with our Little sometime. Let me know what state you live in, in the comments below and maybe you can be a host family.

To many adventures to come,

See ya later alligator

Bedtime stories

The imagination is an amazing thing.

Think about your little’s imagination when they play with their toys, ride in the car staring out the window, or hear a bed time story. Its amazing how real it is to them.

Here’s a few bedtime stores your little’s imagination can run free with.

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Goodnight sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite.