With Memorial day being around the corner, I wanted to share this quick red, white and blue dessert that not only looks pretty neat on the outside but also contains some healthier ingredients on the inside. Ok – crème fraîche frosting aside. But really, who doesn’t love fresh berry desserts?? Not to mention making this recipe with my little one was tons of fun. We unintentionally turned it into a science experiment as Mia had never seen how jello is made. Love watching her learn new things. This recipe is a must!
Fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries)
Silicone cupcake molds
Coconut Crème fraîche Frosting:
1 (14 ounce) can regular coconut milk, pre-chilled the night before
1/2 tbsp organic butter
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
fresh mint leaves
Berry Gelatin: Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and, without touching it, let it soften for 5 minutes. Heat a 1/2 cup of water in a small pan until very hot and stir the softened gelatin into it. Stir this mixture over a low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in Meyer lemon juice. Pour a layer of gelatin into a mold and arrange some of the berries in this layer. Refrigerate for an hour. Repeat for additional layers. Before you try to invert it onto a serving plate, place the mold in hot water. If you're not serving it right away, be sure to keep it chilled.
Coconut Crème Fraîche: Carefully open pre-chilled can of coconut milk and remove firm, white coconut cream layer from top, avoiding coconut water. Only the cream will be used. In a mixer, whisk butter for a couple minutes. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and coconut cream on high for a minute or until well blended. Add vanilla and blend for an additional minute.
When serving, add a dollop of coconut crème fraîche, a strawberry slice and fresh mint leaves.
I’m all about buying mommy products that are versatile. And bonus points if they happen to be fashionable and on the cool side. Enter this Kennedy Cee Cee & Ryan diaper bag. It’s not your ordinary diaper bag. It’s got style and I love pairing it with our Sunday’s best mommy and me outfits.
This bag is not only easy on the eyes but it has tons of storage for my kiddos things as well as mine. The interior of the bag is divided into two sections. One section has pockets that fit Alexia’s bottles, wipes, diapers, clothes and even Mia’s toys while the other side has pockets for my cell phone, shades, lipstick, wallet, keys, water bottle and snacks to name a few. Definitely makes it easy to spot everything I need while I’m on-the-go.
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Ok – so technically it’s not summer yet but the weather sure has been acting like it in our neck of the woods. We’ve even hit the low 90s folks! And since I’m a huge fan of all things summer; I wanted to share a popsicle recipe we love to make when the temperature starts to rise.
These mini pops are definitely sweet, but balanced with protein for a healthier kick. Oh, and if your kids are allergic to nuts, not to worry, skip them altogether and just add sprinkles, shredded coconut or even granola. Trust me, they’ll still be packed with protein.
First things first. I've found it easier to work with the banana once it's frozen via a popsicle mold. So be sure to prepare the pops a night before or a minimum 8hrs prior to dipping them into the melted chocolate. Start by peeling and slicing 4 bananas (1-2 inches). Using a spoon, place a piece of banana into the crevice of each mini popsicle mold and smash with spoon until entire crevice is covered. Repeat until all crevices are filled. Top with popsicle sticks.
Prepare your work space. Let's face it, anything that involves chocolate and melted for that matter, can get super messy. I like clearing our kitchen table and having everything I need on it to make these popsicles quickly.
Arrange bowls for the toppings you'd like to use (we used almonds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds) and leave a space for the bowl of melted chocolate and protein powder. Place a cookie sheet with parchment-lined paper to place your frozen choco-banana mini popscicles.
Fill the bottom of a sauce pan with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer. Place chunks of dark chocolate into a glass bowl (I used a glass measuring cup). Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the sauce pan and transfer to your work station.
Once you have everything prepared and ready to go, take out your popsicles from the freezer (I suggest doing a few at at time as the banana can thaw pretty quickly and get mushy if left out too long).
Dip a popsicle into your protein powder bowl. The powder will stick to the banana rather quickly as it's frozen. Then immediately dip into melted dark chocolate. Be sure to have a spatula or spoon inside the melted chocolate so that you ensure the popsicle is completely covered. I also turn the popsicle as I do this. Remember to move as quickly as possible as the banana will freeze the chocolate almost instantly.
Remove popsicle from melted chocolate. Use one hand to hold the popsicle and the other to grab toppings. Sprinkle toppings over the melted chocolate while rotating. Again, be sure to move quickly as chocolate will harden and the toppings won't stay put if this occurs.
Place the chocolate covered popsicles onto baking sheet with parchment paper for a couple minutes. Remove the rest of the frozen popsicles from the mold and replace with chocolate covered bananas back onto the mold. Be sure not to push the chocolate frozen bananas into the mold but rather just use the mold to stand them up. Place back into freezer. Once you've covered the remaining popsicles with chocolate and toppings add them all to the popsicle mold. And viola! you've got yourself a tray of delicious healthy mini treats.
I’m a big fan of chambray anything and everything. It’s lightweight and oh so comfortable. You can dress it up this season with the right accessories or dress it down. Which is why I’m always on the lookout for timeless chambray pieces.
This textured chambray shirtdress from Banana Republic is one of my latest steals. I found it at a Banana Republic outlet for 50% off ($35). I love how the material feels and all the simple details it has. It’s loose-fitting with a wrap around belt to hide the little baby weight I’m still haulin’ around. Plus, it’s nursing friendly. Need I say more?
I’m currently wearing the dress with pops of neon (neon coral pumps and neon clutch) and loving the contrast. Would you wear it?
The rainy weather in Southern California is long gone and we’re now enjoying our afternoon cafecito outside our grandparents lovely garden again. For as long as I can remember, my grandparents have had this tradition of hanging around the kitchen/patio table after meals drinking coffee and chitchatting (also known in our culture as sobremesa). Specifically drinking Nescafé. I was amazed to hear my abuelito tell me that he’s been drinking Nescafé long before I was even born. Apparently well over 40 years.
This lingering after a meal usually entails chitchatting about memories from our families motherland, Mexico, to catching up on what’s going on with the kids, grandkids, and now great grandkids. And let me tell you, there’s plenty of funny material to cover with all the younger kids travesuras (antics).
We’re truly blessed that our kids get to spend time with their great-grandparents. And I for one, am grateful to be able to capture these sweet moments on film so that my girls can one day look back at them. Interestingly enough, Nescafé has always been a part of these family memories.
Great grandma Trina sure has the prettiest blooms we’ve ever seen. Her garden is filled with papayas, avocados, lemons and just about every flower and herb you could possibly think of.
The sobremesa (after-meal moment) tradition is definitely here to stay. It’s also an integral part of my parents and in-laws weekly Sunday dinners and certainly a part of our extended family back in Mexico. I can’t imagine our family gatherings without our pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) and NESCAFÉ cafecito. Coffee really does bring friends and families together, right?
NESCAFÉ did an interesting experiment about how people actually talk more when coffee is included in their after-meal conversation. Check out their video HERE and be sure to also stop by the NESCAFÉFacebook page to create and upload your very own Sobremesa video with your friends and family.
Let me start by saying that, yes, I might be a tad obsessed with sunglasses. I really think shades or glasses in general, are the best accessory anyone can wear. And if you’re anything like me, I lose these things just as much as I do my hair scrunchies. Anybody else with me on this one? I mean come on. One day I have a pair of shades in my diaper bag and then viola! the next day it just magically disappears. Little sticky fingers are usually the culprit. Ahem, Mia. I’ve found some of them looking mighty “stylish” as she calls it on her stuffed animals others have just gone somewhere into the abyss. But regardless, just another excuse to buy new ones, right?
These Betsy Johnson Betsyville shades help frame the shape of my face and are perfect for summer. Found them on clearance at my favorite store, Target.com and at only $7.48 each (70% off), I had to buy multiples. Is that a deal or what?
We’ve partnered up with HERDEZ® to celebrate Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) by creating a kids hands-on recipe. This recipe is easy peasy, healthy and tasty for all those sweet kiddos in your life. It’s also perfect for warm summer days that are (fingers crossed!) headed our way soon.
Veggies (grape tomatoes, sliced olives, chopped green onion, sliced avocado)
Grill chicken breast the night before.
Slice chicken and place into a medium size sauce pan along with the salsa verde. Bring to a boil and set aside to cool down.
Slice and chop veggies. Break apart and wash butter lettuce.
Place all items (salsa verde chicken, butter lettuce, veggies, mayo and Herdez salsa) onto your table. Let the kiddos dig in and create their own lettuce wraps by adding chicken, salsa, mayo and veggies on top of each piece of lettuce. **Note: It sure can get messy but the fun definitely out ways the mess**
So what’s Children’s Day all about you might ask? It’s a National holiday celebrated on April 30th in Mexico for well over 90 years now. “On this day, teachers in schools organize the day for their children. In some schools, lessons are suspended for the day. They organize games, music, and the children bring in their favorite foods to share with others,” per Wikipedia. To learn more about this holiday click here.
Join us in celebrating this awesome holiday by trying this recipe and participating in the HERDEZ® Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway.
|Dress: Zara| Booties: Burlington| Sunnies & Leggins: Target| On Mia: Faux Leather Jacket: TJ Maxx| Gold & Black Polk A Dot Leggings: Target| Hair Bow: Wal-mart| Boots: Nordstrom Rack|
I’m a big fan of buying clothing items that I can make work for more than one season. This Zara charcoal dress, for example, is an oldie but goodie of mine that seems to be in my monthly if not weekly wardrobe rotation this season. In fact, I’ll also be wearing it well into this summer. And it’s definitely come in handy for nursing. How’s that for a win-win ladies?
Paired the dress with some black leggings and booties for spring. Perfect for cooler days that aren’t quite warm.
I’m always trying to modify recipes to accommodate our little nuggets food allergies. Specifically when it comes down to baked goods. And believe you me, there have been plenty of fails along the way but in retrospect, some good certainly came out of it. This chia blueberry banana mini muffin recipe is one of them. It’s so moist and scrumptious you would never know it’s packed with some pretty healthy ingredients, 100% vegan and most importantly egg-free for our little nugget. Click here to read about our food allergy journey.
Cooking With Kids: Chia Blueberry Banana Mini Muffins
1 1/2 cup organic flour
1 1/2 organic coconut oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp organic chia powder
1 1/2 cup organic blueberries
1 1/2 ripe bananas
5 tbsp vanilla almond milk
**You'll also need a mini muffin pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin pan with coconut oil or cooking spray.
Mix chia powder and 1 tbsp warm almond milk and let it sit for a couple minutes until the chia powder absorbs the milk. Using your electric mixer, combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda) and mix. Then slowly add in warm coconut oil (it will mix better if it's in liquid form). Add in chia powder and warm milk mix. Followed by the ripe bananas. Lastly, add in the 4 tbsp of milk one at a time and mix at low speed for about a minute. Poor mix into mini muffin pan. Let the kiddos add the blueberries and then top off each muffin with more mix.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until muffins are cooked all the way. Remove from oven and enjoy!
Besides, what kid doesn’t love blueberries and bananas? So good they won’t be able to tell it has chia in it.
Speaking of chia, did you know chia powder is a superfood packed with protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids? Chia powder’s omega fatty acids are eight times more abundant than salmon gram-for-gram! High five to being sneaky and adding in this superfood into muffins.
Easter is around the corner and while you’re probably making crafts, treats or planning the perfect family gathering, don’t forget about your Easter ensemble which can at times be placed at the bottom of your mommy to-do list.
We’re loving all the girls Spring dresses Target currently has on sale. Particularly this Soutach dress. Plus, I found this Topshop dress that just so happens to have a hint of the same color as the girls dresses. Score!
P.S. I might have bribed Mia to take these photos. Two Marshmallow bunnies and a sucker to be exact. I then started to regret it once she started jumping off the walls. Ha! Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to snap photos with her.