Chocolate Orange Avocado Pudding | Kids in the Kitchen

Our little guy had a tummy-bug recently and he had very little appetite as a result.

Now that he’s on the mend, I’m trying to get some healthy fats back into his diet.

Enter: “Chocolate Orange Avocado Pudding” (Recipe: www.fooddoodles.com .)

To me, this is like chocolate mousse, and reminds me of happy childhood memories (My Mom would make mousse in tall ice-cream parlor glasses and I loved the anticipation of waiting for it to set in the fridge!)…

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I absolutely LOVE this recipe! We made it today. We make it often. It is SOOO good.

Here is the original recipe by Food Doodles.

Why We Love It: The kids can enjoy 1/2 an avocado in one child-size serving! This is great for our “picky eater” who doesn’t like avocados by themselves. I love that there are so many great health benefits in the avocado, orange juice, local honey, and even the cacao or cocoa powder too.

YUM! Do you have any other great avocado recipes for kids? We’d love to test out some new recipes!

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Heidi @ Food DoodlesJune 24, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Yum! Thanks so much for linking to me. Yours looks amazing, great shot. So glad you and your little enjoy it as much as we do! And glad he’s feeling better now too :)

A Mom’s Day Gift Your Preschooler Can Help Make

I saw a cute tutorial on Pinterest last week – I quickly glanced in our cabinets and realized we had all of the supplies on hand for this really sweet and simple Mother’s Day Gift (original directions HERE). This Homemade Citrus Sugar Scrub is the perfect Preschool DIY Gift! 

Sugar ScrubThe Sugar Scrub recipe calls for: 1.5C sugar, 1/4C olive oil, 5-6 drops essential oil, 4 (4oz) mason jars . (Note: We used Citrus essential oil, but I think Lavender would be fantastic too!)

Your child can help;

– measure the ingredients

– mix them up in a bowl

– scoop the ingredients into the mason jars

– print and punch out the awesome printable labels (available HERE)

– screw on the mason jar lids (We simply taped the labels to the circular lid and then screwed the ring on.)

Sugar Scrub2I love projects like this that the kids can take ownership of! What kid-made Mother’s Day Gifts are you planning to make this year? 

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At the Craft Table | Using Natural Indoor Light in a Tight Space

The other day the kids and I whipped up this super-simple dough recipe: 

1C inexpensive conditioner (use scented for added sensory fun) + 2.5C cornstarch

It was awesome because the three of us could mix it up in one bowl, with our hands, no heaps of dirty dishes required (though Little Brother did manage to get cornstarch all over the bottom of his feet and left little powdery footprints all around the house). We plan to do this again next week as a cupcake invitation to play activity, so stay tuned if  you’re interested!

The point of this post is to share a few thoughts on photographing the kids at their craft table in a tight space, with limited natural light. It was midday and the kids were at a table right next to a West-facing window. I turned off the overhead lights in order to have only one light source, the window….

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Having one light source from the side (rather than overhead) highlights the texture of the dough and the kids’ features, which I love. Our dining room table is located in the center of the room, further away from the window. So, we often use this small craft table, close to the window light. A small craft table makes for easier clean up too!

Do you love taking photos of your kids engaged in a craft activity? If so, do you ever turn off all indoor lights and take advantage of the natural window lighting instead? I think you’ll love it!

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KelleyMay 26, 2015 - 8:48 am

Love this, Jane! Here’s my question…when I try to just use a little natural light, my photos are blurry. Do you crank your ISO? Or use the white balance button? What tips do you have for settings? Beautiful photos by the way :)

adminMay 26, 2015 - 9:00 am

Hi Kelley,
How are you? Great question! I definitely crank my ISO up all the way when needed. I like the shutter speed to be no lower than 1/125, even in a quiet moment like this, because you never know when you’ll suddenly get an excited expression, etc. So, you could use manual or Av/A mode. I basically start with a wide aperture (small number) and see what shutter speed it gives me. If it is too slow, I keep upping my ISO. If you’re using just window light, I would keep it on AWB (unless you’re setting it manually with Kelvin or a grey card, etc). That’s my opinion anyway!
Let me know if this is useful?
Hope all is well!
All the Best,
Jane

KelleyMay 26, 2015 - 9:07 am

Thanks, Jane! I will play more this summer. During the academic year it is so hard to focus on anything other than school. Summer is about to begin for me, so once it does I will be having fun with my camera :) So much to learn! Hope you are doing well…and staying dry! So worried about everyone down there! xoxo

Let Sleeping Babies Lie | A Few Thoughts on Photographing Your Sleeping Kids

His Big Sister is a deeeep sleeper…I mean, you could pick her up and twirl her around and move her to another bed and maybe even dance and sing while you do it, and she wouldn’t wake up. This Little Guy, on the other hand, wakes up soooo easily! And I so desperately wanted sweet sleeping pictures of him. With my heavy-sleeper, I would usually go in at naptime and open the blinds and move myself around until I got a good angle and was able to zoom in on the details as I liked, etc. With a light-sleeper, even opening the blinds would wake him. So, one time he fell asleep in our bed with the bedside lamp on and I snapped a few photos. I wanted to share with anyone interested in photographing their kids at home. If you’re using only lamp-light, you can easily adjust the color casts afterwards. Here, I think we had a couple of light sources making the images pretty funny in terms of color. So, I just processed them all as Black and White…Poof! I’m so happy to finally have some sleepy pictures of this amazing little Man. What are some of your favorite tips for catching sweet, sleepy photos of your kids? 
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A Food Gift your Child can Help Make | Houston Mom Photographer

Warning…Here is my first EVER…(shameless!) repost of a Christmas DIY Food Gift I posted about two. years. ago…..kind of a long time. A whole new baby has blossomed into a rambunctious toddler in the meantime. And, alas, I still love this Kid-Friendly Christmas-Craft, so here it is…a festive little Blast from the Past!…

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I saw this fantastic idea for making chocolate-pretzel trees on The Artful Parent last week (and, by the way, this blog is AMAZING…a veritable treasure trove of craft ideas for small children). I won’t show detailed photos of the process, because the original post has excellent photos and instructions. I just wanted to share a few photos of O happy at work, making her own version of the craft…

She looks quite serious when she’s focused (…in this case, focused on eating all the sprinkles…)

This was such an easy food-craft for young children. At 2, O was really able to participate and enjoy this. We picked out the supplies together before-hand and I think that also made it fun for her.

Yep, look out, Family…You’re probably getting these in your Christmas Stockings…

Mmmm…sprinkles!…

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Here is what we ended up doing with the pretzel trees that year…

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Around 4 of them per cello bag, with a cardstock free printable gift tag in the cello bag (facing outward, so that if you flip the bag over you see the front of the gift tag), tied with baker’s twine and served up in an Anthropologie “Latte” bowl among a few other homemade goodies. 

Fuzzy photos, but perhaps a fun idea, if you’re looking to make some easy homemade goodies with your kiddos! (Looking at these old photos makes me realize that we should do this with Little Brother too!…Or maybe we’ll make these or these instead!) 

What are you making or enjoying this Holiday Season?

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