Foodie Friday ~ Blueberry & Lemon Crumb Bars

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FILLING:

2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

CRUMB TOPPING:

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Start by making the crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, lemon zest and salt. Cut in the 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg and vanilla together; stir into the crumb mixture until a dough forms. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Sprinkle blueberries over the crust. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg; sprinkle over the blueberries. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, cream together the 5 tablespoons butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the flour, so that the mixture is crumbly like streusel. Sprinkle over the blueberry layer.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned. Cool and then dust with confectioners’ sugar before cutting into bars.

Tuesday Tots ~ Teeny Tiny Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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6 Tbs. soft butter

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tsp. light corn syrup or golden syrup

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt (omit for babies under one year of age)

1 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup dark raisins, cut in half

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Beat the butter, sugar, and corn syrup or golden syrup together with a fork until pale and fluffy, then beat in the vanilla. Fold in the flour, baking soda, salt, and oats, followed by the halved raisins. Form into about 18 small balls and arrange on baking sheets.

3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the time. Let cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. The cookies will crisp up as they cool.

Foodie Friday ~ No-Bake Chocolate Smores

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Nonstick cooking spray

8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided

1/4 cup butter

1 3/4 cups Milk Chocolate Morsels, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 whole graham crackers, broken into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

Line 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat 6 cups marshmallows, butter and salt in large, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until smooth. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup morsels; stir until melted.

Working quickly, stir in graham cracker pieces, remaining 2 cups marshmallows and 3/4 cup morsels. Spread mixture into prepared baking pan with greased spatula, pressing down lightly. Cool for 2 hours or until set. Lift from pan; peel off foil. Cut into squares with serrated knife. Enjoy!

Tuesday Tots ~ Pasta Salad Pickups

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1 bag of tri-color pasta

1 C chopped fresh broccoli

1/4 C sliced black olives

1/2 C baby Carrots, julienne

1/2 C zucchini, sliced thin

1/2 red onion, sliced very thin

2 T olive oil

Black pepper and lemon juice (low-fat salad dressing of your choose)

Boil pasta until it is al dente. Sauté broccoli, carrots, zucchini in olive oil until crisp yet tender. Drain & rinse pasta. Combine pasta and vegetables in large bowl, and add parmesan cheese to lightly coat. Add black pepper and lemon juice if you wish. Serve warm or cold. Easy for little fingers to pick up!

Monday Moments ~ Preparing Siblings For A New Baby

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How are you preparing your older children for the impending birth of a new brother or sister?

Here are just a few ideas to share:

1) Allow your child to express his or her feelings throughout your pregnancy. When they ask questions, answer them (based accordingly to their age).

2) Get any changes out of the way BEFORE the baby arrives. If you are going to be moving your child(ren) to another room, do so so they have time to adjust. Work on toilet training and weaning if you feel they are ready.

3) Sibling birth classes are often offered. If you think your children are having a hard time adjusting to the idea of a new family member, consider a class to help them transition.