About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.

LIFE WITH A BOY Cars everywhere

As some of you already know, those who know me, know my son is crazy for his cars. He will spend countless time lining them up then crashing them. Sometimes dinosaurs will crash their gathering and send them hurling through the air. Even punish them for not sharing or hitting (so happy he is paying attention to when I speak).

His favorite cars are the “Cars” cars, if one of them goes missing the world ends till we find them.

No matter how much I have tried to keep his room clean, there are cars everywhere. I have given up! I expect him to clean his room with help from mommy, but it will never be a perfectly clean room. I have excepted this. My mother (Mrs. Clean) has a hard time accepting this notion.

I have learned a long time ago to only listen to yourself as a mom. I feel its okay to let the clean up of toys slide in order to spend more time with my happy little dinosaur. Life is about moments I get spend with him not worrying about everything being put away every moment of the day.

In turn my son, feels better when the cars are put away at night. This fact alone shows me that he knows he has to clean up, but knows when to do it and when to have fun.

SCHOOL LUNCH July 12 2012

I am going to start showing what I make son for breakfast and lunch at daycare. This will help me remember what to make him and share my ideas.

For Breakfast: I made pulled out previously frozen banana mini-muffins. These were easy to make and froze easily. I added scrambled eggs and dole canned manderine oranges.

For Lunch: I gave him cars chicken nuggets and tortilla chips. There is a wholly guacamole packet and a bbq sauce. I know there isn’t much veggies, but he had lots of veggies on his homemade pizza last night.

I love easylunchboxes but their coolers are not great. Two of them broke on me. Hubby buys me better quality lunch coolers that fit the containers.

REUSING Shoe boxes

So, after seeing so many great craft ideas on Pinterest, I was struck with an idea for shoe boxes.
I took brown construction paper and drew roads and trees on it with chalk.
Then I taped it on the shoe boxes with packaging tape to keep it from getting wet or ripped.

Son loves them and uses them every day to drives his cars. They cost me nothing to make. I am a proud mommy.

NO CHEESE Breakfast Wrap

One of my favorite breakfasts is turkey bacon and egg wrap. My dinosaur superhero loves it too. He can eat it, very carefully, on his own. Even dips it in ketchup sometimes.

three eggs
three strips of turkey bacon
olive oil
wrap of your choice

I heat the wrap on the cast iron skillet first then put it on the plate

put a little olive oil in the skillet

Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in the skillet

Once bacon is cooked, add the eggs

I don’t have time to scramble, I just crack them in and mix them as I cook.(Hubby hates when I do that, lol)

Place bacon and eggs on wrap and fold up two ends,then roll the up the tortilla on the other sides. This ensures food doesn’t fall out as you eat it.

You don’t need cheese to keep the eggs and bacon in the wrap. As long as you wrap it correctly, it all stays put.

Mango Pancakes with Banana Syrup

YES, mango pancakes!

I cut the mango into tiny cubes and mixed them well into the regular batter. They smelled so good when cooking and YES on one of my cast iron skillets. I swear I love the way they cook food.

Then I mashed a banana into a bowl and added syrup. Yes, that simple. I poured it all over son’s pancakes and he ate them up.

I even froze the leftovers for him to have a daycare one morning.

Crunchy Sandwich

Superhero Dinosaur loves eating ham sandwiches, but they get boring. So I decided to spruce them up and make them fun.

by simply grating carrot and cucumber onto the sandwich, it gives it a coleslaw like flavor. There’s a great crunch to the sandwich and son goes crazy for it. I’ve also added apples and pears.

*As mom’s we have to find ways to sneak in veggies anyway we can

**If you havne’t noticed, I don’t put cheese in my son’s sandwich. I use mayo or hummus. We are both allergic to dairy, therefore its a big NO NO for us.

Pork Nuggets and Carrots

Son loves food that he can hold and has a kick to it. I also wnat him to eat healthy.
As with all my recipes, I don’t follow directions too well AND don’t give good directions, I remember it all in my head and make it up as I go along. I see a pic and try to figure it out. I SUCK AT BAKING THOUGH, LOL

One pork cutlet
olive oil
french fried french onions
bread crumbs
minced garlic, curry, all spice
fresh baby carrots

Cast Iron Skillet

cut raw pork cutlet into strips

Marinate in eggs and seasonings

Coat in breadcrumbs and crushed french onions

Cook pork strips in skillet on stove top, only a few minutes on each side. they are thin and will cook fast, you don’t want to dry thenmout.

Remove when cooked and place on paper towel to blot away excess oil.

Place fresh carrots in skillet and sprinkle with seasonings and extra oil.

Cover skillet and put in oven at 300 for twenty minutes.

Carrots will be cooked but still have some crunch to them. You donn’t want them soggy.

*We have an electric stove, which cooks quite fast. Before we moved, our gas stove took a long time to cook. 

**This was a fast and easy meal to cook. This was just for son and I, hubby REFUSES to eat pork cutlets, but I do love them. 

Mommy’s awesome sauce and meatballs

Hubby and son love this, as Italian men they can’t NOT eat pasta, sauce and meatballs.
As with all my recipes, I don’t follow directions too well. I like to make it up as I go along. I find that makes my dinners rock. 

Jar sauce
1/2 cup water
frozen meatballs
oregano, chives, parsley, diced garlic and onions
two sausage links, with skin removed.
Cast Iron Skillet

Cook sausage and break up into small pieces in cast iron skillet on stove top.

Once sausage is 3/4 cooked, shut off stove top

Add sauce, water, seasonsings, meatballs to skillett

Put top on and place in oven at 300 degrees for half hour

*we have an electric stove, which cooks quite fast. Before we moved, our gas stove took a long time to cook. 

**Yes, they are frozen meatballs and jarred sauce. No I do not cook from scratch. If you are one of those moms that can do that, then good for you. I don’t try to be someone I’m not or try things that I know aren’t for me. My son thinks I’m super mom and that is good enough for me.