Summers Here and We #WannaPlay

 

Summers Here and We #WannaPlay

Some of my best memories as a child were long summer days playing outside.  Out in the sun from the morning and not coming home until you could hear your parents calling for you to come in for dinner.   

For my boys the times have changed.  iPads, video game consoles and numerous other electronics to keep them busy sometimes i feel as though they don’t get as much outside time as I would like.  

It can be hard with varying schedules of parents, outside clubs and activities that we have planned for our little ones.  There are so many different factors that play a part. 

Fact:  9 out of 10 kids today do not get the appropriate level of daily physical activity to be healthy

This summer Canadian Tire is rallying Canadians to rediscover play.   We were fortunate enough to be downtown when they held an outdoor soccer game for anyone to join.  It was a ton of fun and was great to see so many people getting active.    We also walked away with a fantastic soccer set that we set up this week and i got to enjoy some fun time with the boys and an unexpected visitor. 

 

So whether its be playing soccer or just running around having fun.    We would love to see how your family is getting outside and getting active.  Use the hashtag #WannaPlay and join in the fun! 

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#3 yr old tantrums

 

#3 yr old tantrums 

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If you have children you have been there.  If you haven’t had them you WILL experience this one day. Whether it be your own , family’s ,or your friends little angels.  Here are a few things that my 3 yr old has had meltdowns about

1. The sun went down. apparently night-time is not allowed.

2. Wanting a smaller bowl for his cereal.  No not the big one the small one.  Because the cereal tastes different in that one.  (of course it does :/ )

3. He doesn’t like mama singing.   Nor does he like me humming.   He covers his ears and screams stop it. ( I must sound awful.) 

4. I won’t let him use all the band aids in the cupboard and stick them on the wall.   

5. I won’t let him touch the hot stove and burn himself.  

6. I won’t let him draw on the wall or the couch.  ( I am all for artistic talent but the wall and  furniture is where i draw the line.) 

7.  He can’t wear my bra out. 

8.  His cucumber slices weren’t cut into diamonds. 

9. He can’t pull the cat’s tail. 

10. He got wet in the bath.   

 

 

What are the reasons your little one has tantrums?

 

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Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake

 

 One of my all time favourite desserts Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  The perfect cake in my mind is a dense cake that is moist and not overly sweet.  So I thought why not throw some coconut in the mix and see what happens.   I was pleasantly surprised.    Now if you don’t like too much sweetness you can omit the topping but i really like how adds to the cake.  This cake would be perfect for a dinner party dessert or to bring to a summer barbeque.

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Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake

 

 

Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake
One of my all time favourite desserts Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
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Ingredients
  1. Topping
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 tbsp of butter
  4. 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  5. 1 can of pineapple rings or fresh pineapple
  6. 2 tbsp of pineapple juice
  7. Cake
  8. 1/2 cup of butter
  9. 3/4 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice
  10. 1/3 cup of milk
  11. 3 eggs
  12. 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  13. 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  14. 1/2 cup white sugar
  15. 2 tsp baking powder
  16. 1 tsp salt
  17. 1 1/2 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter. Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9-inch cake pan.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of the butter with2 tbsp of pineapple juice and the brown sugar. Spread mixture in the bottom of the cake pan. Arrange the pineapple rings on top and sprinkle with coconut.
  4. Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
  5. Separate the eggs. Beat your egg whites until stiff.
  6. Beat the egg yolks add pineapple juice, vanilla, and melted butter. Add to the flour mixture. Add milk to batter as needed until moist ( I found I used 1/3 cup to make it the consistency i wanted ) Gently fold in the egg whites.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger, or a toothpick inserted comes clean about 30- 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cover pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.
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No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

With all this hot weather we’ve been having I wanted to make the boys a treat. Ice cream was the first thing to came to mind.   Unfortunately i don’t have an ice cream maker but lucky for me and you one is not needed!

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No Churn Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream

No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
A delicious and easy ice cream recipe no ice cream maker needed
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Ingredients
  1. 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk ( 1 1/4 can )
  2. 2 cups of heavy cream
  3. 1 vanilla bean
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 cup Hersheys chocolate sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine condensed milk, vanilla bean, vanilla mix together. In a large bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold heavy cream into the condensed milk mixture. Fold in chocolate sauce. Put in a loaf pan or tupperwear container and freeze for approximately 6 hours ( keeps for 1 week)
Notes
  1. Don't feel like chocolate add some caramel , strawberry or even some bits of pineapple the possibilitys are endless!
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Goat Cheese and Onion Tarts

Goat Cheese and Onion Tarts 

 

I have always loved the idea of visiting France.  French food fascinates me.   This is something that I would imagine I could find in a cosy little bistro for lunch. An easy and delicious recipe that can be used as an appetizer or as a main entrée along with a salad.   I forewarn you once you start eating these its hard to stop. 

 

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Goat Cheese and Onion Tarts
An easy and delicious recipe that can be used as a main entree or as an appetizer
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Ingredients
  1. Pastry
  2. 1 3/4 cups flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter in cubes
  5. 2 eggs beaten
  6. 3 tablespoons of cold water
  7. Filling
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 large onion sliced
  10. Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs ,minced
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1 tsp of parsley ( optional)
  13. 2 tsp dried mustard
  14. Salt and Pepper to taste
  15. 8 oz goat cheese at room temperature
  16. 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  17. 2 eggs
  18. 2/3 cup of heavy cream / evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Pastry
  2. In medium bowl combine flour and salt. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until the mixture is the texture of course crumbs. Add eggs and 1/2 water and mix quickly with fork. add more water if needed. Press the dough together with your fingers and pat into a flat disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350. Roll dough out and fit pastry into your tart pan. Line with aluminum foil and weight down with dried beans or pasta. Bake for approximately 10 mins or until pastry is set. Remove it from oven and remove the foil and beans. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork and return to oven for about 5 mins or until lightly brown. Remove and cool.
  4. Filling
  5. In a small pan add olive oil and sauté the onion , thyme , and bay leaf until the onion is golden. Remove from heat discard the bay leaf. Set aside. In a food processor or with a mixer combine the goat cheese, cream cheese , eggs, dried mustard and salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.
  6. Put some of the onion mixture in each of the pastry shells and then add the cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  7. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. *1 tsp of parsley makes a nice addition to the onion mixture
  2. * Store bought puff pastry can be used instead of homemade
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What you dont see

What you don’t see 

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You see us in the grocery store. That mom frazzled trying to shop with her children. The children are running and grabbing everything in sight. The mother quietly trying to calm them.

You see us at the park. A solitary child awkward, playing alone talking to bugs one moment. Attempting to make friends but no one will talk to him.
The next moment crying and covering his ears , a meltdown waiting to happen as a large noisy truck drives by.

You see us at playdates. The child jumping up and down excitedly , the child who talks continuously and can’t seem to calm down. Chewing on toys and seeming nervous.

You see us at the school. A kindergartener in the office screaming and throwing toys. A meltdown of epic proportions. Screaming for their mom , a blind rage it seems.

Perhaps you think to yourself why can’t that mother control her child. Shaking your head you criticize thinking they need to discipline more.
What kind of parent would raise a child like that.

You don’t see that mother worrying she’ll be judged . Worse yet that her child will not be accepted by others.

You don’t see the fear she has that other parents won’t accept her and her child.

You don’t see the endless appointments , the struggle to find resources for that child.

You don’t see the love that child has. How gentle they are with their siblings. That this child yearns to belong.

You don’t see that they just learnt to write the letter A. Or painted a picture for the first time.

You don’t see the pride in that mothers eyes when their child finally makes it through their first full day of kindergarten after struggling with 2 hr days for months.

You don’t see all of they joy that child brings to her life.

You don’t see the struggle of ADHD and SPD.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire : #Streamteam

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Liar liar pants on fire”  is something I remember chanting to my little brother on many occasions when I was younger.   We all lie from telling your lil one the park is closed when you have a ton of other things to do and are strapped for time , to the easter bunny dropping off chocolate when they fall asleep.  Sorry boys there is no bunny :/

And while those little white lies can make our life easier or make our kids happy they are still lies.     Lying is a part of life and a part of growing up.  Children will lie as they are learning to distinguish between fact and fiction , to get out of doing something they don’t want to do or just because the truth isn’t very interesting. 

How you handle it will teach them that truth is a better alternative. 

The truth is hard to tell. Especially if you have just lied about something.   I have learnt that if your child confesses that they have lied the most important thing to do is thank them for their honesty and give them positive reinforcement for telling you the truth.   Then if needed follow with appropriate consequences.   Lying is never the answer but it happens.  Helping your child see that is oh so important. 

This Month Netflix has many shows for you and your family to watch to help with your next conversation about white lies or even to start that conversation.

For your little kids:

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For your big kids:

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For teens and parents:

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What do you do when you catch your little one in a white lie?

 

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