Monthly Archives: April 2012

Happy 30th Birthday, Papa!

IMG 1556Today Bradley turned 30 (I love the couple of months a year that we’re the same age). We’re pretty low-key about adult birthday celebrations around here, but to celebrate, Miss G got to stay up late to have a family dinner and open a couple of little presents once her Papa got home from work.

IMG 1555This may have happened too… Her first ever taste of a chip.  *Gasp!*

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Teeny Tiny Striped Bikini

IMG 1548Ridiculously cute while so wrong baby bikini #2.  (Number one can be seen here.)

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Dinner Helper

IMG 1536Everyone’s got to have a job, right?

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Homemade Cheddar Crackers

I don’t think I know a single toddler who doesn’t love crackers.  The problem is that many of them are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, sugars, sodium, artificial colouring, and a bunch of other ingredients that I can’t properly pronounce.  Luckily, we have found several healthier options that Miss G loves (like these, these, and these), but that doesn’t stop us from whipping up a batch of these delicious goldfish cracker knock-offs every once and a while.  They’re ridiculously yummy, easy to make, and only require a handful of ingredients. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

IMG 1471Here’s the ingredient line up:  wholewheat flour, olive oil, good cheddar cheese, some garlic or onion powder (plus cayenne if you wish) and a tiny bit of sea salt. (You may also need a touch of warm water if you’re using a mixer instead of a food processor.)

IMG 1472Of course a tiny little kitchen assistant is a necessity also.

IMG 1475First things first, measure your wholewheat flour into a large mixing bowl.

IMG 1482Add in LOTS of old cheddar.

IMG 1488Be sure to sneak a little pinchful into your mouth while no one’s looking.

IMG 1490Then add your spices.  We use a combination of garlic powder and cayenne pepper, but you can pretty much add what you like.

IMG 1493Next, add some olive oil.

IMG 1496And just a teeny tiny bit of sea salt.

IMG 1497When all of the ingredients are in the bowl, mix everything up.  If you’re using an electric mixer like we did, or mixing by hand, you’ll probably have to add just a touch of warm water to help the dough come together.  If you’re using a food processor, the moisture from the olive oil and cheese will probably be enough.

IMG 1499Take a look inside your bowl and stare in awe.

IMG 1500Right now, your mixture should look something like this.

IMG 1501Dump the contents of your bowl onto a clean work surface, and gently form your dough into a ball.

IMG 1508Lightly flour your counter and rolling pin and roll out your dough fairly thin.

IMG 1512Using a teeny tiny cookie cutter, cut out tons of tiny crackers.  You may want to flour it every so often to ensure a clean cut.

IMG 1513Gracen chose a moon-shaped cutter, so millions of tiny moons it was.

IMG 1516Lay them on ungreased baking pans.

IMG 1518And then pop them in the oven to bake.

IMG 1521Take them out of the oven just as they begin to turn slightly brown, let them cool, and serve!

I highly recommend making a batch of these sometime soon!  The original recipe can be found here, and this is our modified version:

Wholewheat Cheddar Crakers

  • 3 cups of sharp cheddar
  • 8 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne paper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of warm water (if mixing by hand or using an electric mixer)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients and gently form dough into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8 of an inch thick. Form shapes with a cookie cutter, dipping it in flour from time to time to ensure a clean cut. Gently transfer crackers to an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake the crackers for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are just barely browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Enjoy!

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Out for Papa’s Birthday Dinner

Tonight we headed out with Grandma Charlotte and Uncle Brett for an early birthday dinner for Bradley (he’s celebrating a big one in just a couple of days).  He decided upon a restaurant not too far from our house, called Burgoo.  We’d tried to eat there a little while back, but with a half hour wait and an antsy, hungry munchkin in tow, it just wast our night.  So this time we planned ahead…  Although they don’t take reservations on weekends, we arrived early, put our name on the list, and took a little stroll down Main Street.  And let me tell you – it was worth waiting for!  In fact, it was so good, that if you live in Vancouver, live near Vancouver, or ever visit Vancouver, you need to visit this joint.  With a cozy, rustic atmosphere, friendly servers, and an amazing menu filled with delicious comfort foods, you’ll be planning your next dinner out as you’re walking out the door.  Here are a few {poor quality} photos from our dinner out…

IMG 1459Papa and his little lady.

IMG 1460Manmaw, Papa, and Grae.

IMG 1465Uncle Brett and Grandma Charlotte.

IMG 1462Miss G enjoying the most delicious-looking Gooey Cheese Griller  and Sunset Corn and Chicken Soup.

Happy {almost} birthday to Bradley (a.k.a. Papa).

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Kerrisdale Carnival Days

This morning we headed down to Kerrisdale for their annual Carnival Days.  Not going to lie – what was supposed to be a fun, low-key morning turned out a little rough.  On top of Grae waking up at 5:00 a.m. in a freezing cold room due to her window accidentally being left open overnight (parenting fail) and running very late (such is the case when 4 people are trying to get ready and get out the door in a teeny tiny one bathroom house), I was grumpy, Brad was grumpy, and Gracen was grumpy.  Poor Grandma Charlotte was the only one in a good mood and she was stuck with us 3 crab trees.

Either way, Gracen enjoyed the parade.  She plunked herself down on the street to watch the tame parts (like baseball teams walking by) and then jumped in someone’s arms when horses or a loud band marched past.IMG 1428IMG 1430IMG 1432IMG 1435IMG 1446IMG 1448

The good news is that our day, which got off to a rocky start, got better after some lunch and a nap…  It’s amazing what some good food and rest can do.

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Up Late

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IMG 1425Guess who arrived tonight… And guess who is up past her bedtime chomping on a slice of watermelon while showing Manmaw our {blossom-covered} garden…

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In Search of a Better View

IMG 1414Our little daredevil watching a game of basketball at the school across the street.  Luckily there’s a big bed covered in a cushy duvet and tons of pillows right there…

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {8}

Toddler Food

It’s crazy to me that this is the eighth Toddler Food post I’ve done…  Seriously, where has two months gone?! As they say, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Cheesey, but true.

On a different note, can you tell that we’re early risers and our house is still dark when we eat breakfast?  I have to apologize for all of the terrible morning photographs!  With summer on it’s way, hopefully that won’t be a problem for much longer.

Anyways, here’s a  look at some of the things our little doodlebug ate this past week:IMG 0978

Breakfast // Wholewheat flax pancake with plain organic whole milk yogurt, strawberries, and blackberries.

IMG 0920Breakfast // Avocado and cheese on sprouted grain sesame bread.  Fruit salad.

IMG 1089Breakfast // Baked blueberry and banana oatmeal with organic whole milk.

IMG 1214Breakfast // Toasted 12 grain flax bagel with all-natural cream cheese and avocado slices.

IMG 1021Breakfast // Multigrain french toast with almond butter.  Strawberries, blackberries, and black grapes.

IMG 0947Snack // Organic corn puffs, organic brown rice puffs, organic cranberries, and organic raisins.

IMG 0973{A Papa & Grae} Snack // Unsalted in-shell peanuts.

IMG 0982Snacks {on the go} // Raw almonds. Roasted garlic parmesan chickpeas.  Strawberries and blackberries.  Steamed edamame beans.  {Apple} LARABAR (one of our diaper bag staples).

IMG 0981Snack // Raw almonds.

IMG 1304{A Silly} Snack // Raw walnuts.  Black grapes.  Strawberry half. Cantaloupe slice.

IMG 1344Snack // Cheddar cubes. Raw almonds. Apple slices.

IMG 1098Snacks / Lunch {on the go and barely visible due to a sneaky little hand) // No-salt-added chickpeas.  Mary’s Organic Seed Crackers. Tofu chunks.  Organic no-sugar-added fruit leather. Red pepper strips.  Avocado half. Raw walnuts. Strawberry halves. Apple slices.

IMG 1046Snacks / Lunch {on the go} // All-natural peanut butter and Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Spread on a cape seed roll.  Fruit salad.  Tofu cubes.  Red pepper slices and carrot coins.  Multigrain Melba Toasts.

IMG 0922Lunch // Veggie and quinoa soup.  Grilled mozzarella on seedy flatbread.

IMG 0976Dinner // Chicken and spinach lasagna.

IMG 1133Dinner // Warm chicken, grape, almond, and wild rice salad.  Spinach and avocado with Little Creek dressing.  Wholewheat pita.

IMG 0915Dinner // Wholewheat spaghetti with homemade roasted tomato basil sauce.  Edamame salad.  Grilled chicken.  Steamed beets.

IMG 1193Dinner // Turkey lasagna soup.

IMG 1347Dinner // White bean and arugula pasta salad (wholewheat fusilli, no-salt-added beans, arugula, feta, red onion, avocado, olive oil, and red wine vinegar).

IMG 1339Dinner // Wild rice with toasted almonds and grilled chicken.  Oven-baked parmesan zucchini chips.  Steamed broccoli with all-natural cheddar.

IMG 0971Dessert // Cantaloupe chunks.  Watermelon chunks.

IMG 1013Dessert // Banana almond flax yogurt pop.

IMG 0917Dessert // Plain organic whole milk yogurt with banana slices, organic oats, and raw sunflower seeds.

IMG 1018Dessert // Berry yogurt pop.

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