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Toddler Meal Prep: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

When we first started introducing solid foods to my daughter she was such a great eater. We basically could feed her anything and she’d gobble it down. Nowadays she goes through stages: one week she only eats the veggies on her plate, the next week she only eats the meat, and at no point will she ever eat a potato in any of its delicious forms. (This is how I know she is not my child and was probably switched at birth. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like.)

In Claire’s last blog, You’re gonna jinx it…, she mentions the likely scenario of what happens the second you start to brag about how your child is such a good eater; they turn the tables on you and refuse to eat anything except Cheerios found in their car seat and string cheese.  This is slowly happening more and more everyday so I went to Pinterest for some “toddler meal” inspiration. What I found was horrifying. 

Take a look at this BS:

Who in their right mind has time to do all of this? And my real question is, does it actually work? Do kids see food shaped like an animal and magically decide to eat it instead of throwing it on the floor?

In our house, everyone is awake no later than 6AM and we usually eat breakfast right away. Breakfast is never an issue, it is my husband’s and daughter’s favorite meal of the day. If I were to try to get more creative with toddler meals for the rest of the day I’d have to start preparing lunch as soon as breakfast were over and I’m sorry to say, I do not have time for that. I barely find time to shower and brush my own teeth between breakfast clean up, reading 1,000 stories to my daughter, and playing outside. By the time 11AM roles around I’m scrambling to put together something semi-healthy for us both for lunch.

One day I tried making Onigiri (rice balls) because she loves them and eats them every day at daycare, but I was taking too long and my daughter had a meltdown so I just ended up handing her a plate of clumpy rice. She thought it was just as good as the rice balls so I’m now convinced that fancy schmancy food preparation is completely unnecessary when it comes to toddlers. They will eat what they want and throw the rest on the floor. 

My attempt at toddler meals. At least I have cute plates!
Come on Pinterest! Give us real Moms a break!

I mean seriously, I’m impressed with your mom skills, but this is just over the top!

What does your toddler like to eat? It’s ok if you are the type of mom that makes animals out of the food! Tell me it really works and I’ll give it a try!

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Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that is easily overlooked when it comes to decorating and making a big fuss. You probably still have some Halloween candy lingering in the pantry and a decoration or two out that you’ve been too lazy to put away and are just calling it a “fall pumpkin”now instead of a Jack-o-lantern. Now is the time we start to rack our brains for Christmas gift ideas and Thanksgiving is just an event that falls in the middle of all this chaos.

My husband and I live on the opposite side of the country from our families so we won’t be able to celebrate and give thanks with them this year. I was almost going to ignore that Thanksgiving was even happening, but some of our dear friends, who we share this military life with, have invited us to spend the day with them and their family. It feels nice to have a place to go and share the day with friends and for that I am truly thankful.

So now I’m ready to get in the Thanksgiving mood. I pulled out all my fall napkins and tablecloth, but the house still doesn’t have that fall feel that I was hoping for…maybe it’s all the 90 degree days we have been having. I love FamilyFun‘s craft projects because they are usually pretty easy and I seem to always have the supplies lying around the house. For instance, I have 4 larges vases of pine cones sitting on my mantle from last Christmas. I’ve been trying to justify that it is an “all-year” decoration, but you and I both know I’m just lazy. FamilyFun Magazine gave me the idea to put those pine cones to good use by making a Fall Garland (see instructions below).

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SNEAK PEEK: Eat Like a Gilmore

I don’t know if we’ve mentioned our Gilmore Girls fanhood on the blog…well, now’s as good a time as any. Both Mallory and I might be a little Gilmore Girls obsessed. Mallory went to the pop-up Luke’s at 5:30 AM to stand in line for free Luke’s coffee. You can sell me on just about anything tangentially related to GG. So, when I heard there was a unofficial cookbook in the works called, Eat Like a Gilmore, I followed it on Facebook and Instagram.


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Home Chef: Saving Mom-Sanity One Meal at a Time

One of the goals of Two and Three Quarters is to provide our readers with useful information along with a touch of our humor and snark. We want other moms (and dads) to be able to use us as a resource and think of us as comrades on the parenthood battlefield. We recently received one of our first samples for review: Home Chef, a weekly meal delivery service. Not only was I thrilled to receive a sample, but also excited to try the service because I love to cook. The following is my review of Home Chef.
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Brownies Are Not Fat Free

Claire and I were discussing brownies the other day when she made the unfortunate mistake of substituting applesauce for oil and was disappointed with the results. I get it, she wanted to be healthy, but let’s all be honest with ourselves…if you are eating brownies you are not making a healthy choice. I’m not judging! I can put a hurtin’ on some brownies, and believe you me; I ain’t churchin’ those brownies up with applesauce, pumpkin, black beans, zucchini, or any other weird substitute. In fact, I like to add Oreos and chocolate chips just to make sure they will make my yoga pants a little tighter. They are the gooiest, most delicious brownies that you will ever eat. And because I’m a good friend I will share the recipe with you here. You can thank me later!

Here are the things you will need:

It is best to make these in front of your child, especially if you do not plan on sharing. That’s just good parenting.

The secret ingredient to these brownies is love and sweat. Put your hands right in the bowl and squish up the cake mix, melted butter, and egg. Then transfer it all to your prepared baking pan and flatten evenly across the bottom of the pan.

Now you can get some aggression out by smashing up your Oreos. Any Oreo package will do! There are so many to choose from. My favorites so far are mint and red velvet Oreos.

Toss the Oreos on top of the cake mix. If you feel like you want/need more Oreos on there, by all means add them! To ensure the Oreos fuse with the cake mix, cover everything with a can of sweetened condensed mix. Now I know you are thinking this is already going to be a decadent treat and you are right, but to top it off go ahead and add a bag of chocolate chips. If you are like me your teeth will hurt after eating one of these, but your heart and soul will thank you.

Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until cooked through. A double oven makes it easier to bake two batches at once. The more brownies you have the more friends you can make…or enemies if you are not sharing.

double oven = double brownies

Enjoy with a glass of milk or a bottle of wine!img_7853


Mommy’s Brownies

  • 9 x 13 inch baking pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14+ Oreo Cookies, broken into bite size pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, then spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place cake mix, butter, and egg into a large bowl. Mix to combine. You may need to use because it gets thick.
  3. Press cake mixture into prepared baking pan. Top with broken pieces of cookies.
  4. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cookies and top with chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven.
  6. After 5 minutes of cooling, run a knife around edges to loosen. This makes it much easier to remove from foil.  Let cool completely, remove foil from pan, then cut into squares. 

Makes 12 bars