Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kids Healthy Muffins

This was provided by my new parent contact Alison Astair and I wanted to share this on my blog website. I plan on making some substitutions to make them even more healthy. Suggestions are using organic unbleached whole wheat flour as well as organic options for some of the other remaining ingredients. 

These are to be some yummy healthy options for my kids and kids alike!!!! Enjoy.

Oh and I will post when I make these. Woohoo. 

Please mind your manners and say 'please' and 'thank you' for it gets you a lot and I speak from experience. 

Kindly, 
Joël 
KIDS MUFFINS! These are delicious and so healthy. Lots of great ingredients in there. Make a bunch and freeze some so you have a quick and healthy treat on hand!

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
2 large bananas, mashed
1 (4.5 ounce) jar baby food squash
2 carrots, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard muffin cups.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs. Stir in the flour, oat bran, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until just combined. Spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze.
KIDS MUFFINS!  These are delicious and so healthy.  Lots of great ingredients in there.  Make a bunch and freeze some so you have a quick and healthy treat on hand!    Ingredients    1/2 cup butter, softened  1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste  2 large bananas, mashed  1 (4.5 ounce) jar baby food squash  2 carrots, grated  2 eggs, beaten  1 cup all-purpose flour  1/2 cup oat bran  1 teaspoon baking soda  1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  1/2 teaspoon salt  Directions    Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard muffin cups.  In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs. Stir in the flour, oat bran, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until just combined. Spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups.  Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

New Parenting Contact

Made my first parenting contact to use on my website/blog. Exciting!!! I will be sharing her wisdom, insight, knowledge and expertise. Thank you https://www.facebook.com/parenting.coach.alison.astair
Giving parents the tools to use helps reduce the stress and makes parenting a more positive experience.More successful and positive parenting builds stronger relationships between parents and children. Parent and child success is what we all strive for!
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Funday

Today was a fun filled day with the whole family. Sean, Jonathan, Janette and I went to see the new Spiderman movie, then it was off to Giggles 'n Hugs for lunch. What a great place to play, eat and have a glass of wine. Oh and there was a treasure hunt which Jonathan won. His prize was a king crown and he also won a queen crown for his sister. There was an added bonus to his winning, a free cupcake which was shared among the two of them. I highly recommend this place for kids. Indoor play fun at its best.

On another note, shopping is at a high these past weeks. A lot of retail stores are offering extra percentages off of sale items. It has been a steal! Sean and I picked up some amazing stuff. Definitely keep your eyes out for those sales!

Lastly a quote really struck a chord in me and I try to live by this daily.
"Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Dr. Leo Buscaglia

Remember your manners and say 'please' and 'thank you' for it gets you a lot. I speak from experience. :-)

Kindly,
Joël



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Friday, July 6, 2012

Finally!

Hello and Welcome, My name is Joël and I am a full time stay-at-home dad to my two kids. My son is 7 and my daughter turns 5 on July 19th. My partner Sean, who is the best ever, works to support us all and allow me to live my dream of being a stay-at-home dad. Yeah! I am thrilled to have my own domain name/website for my blog. My goal is to create an open resource center and discussion forum for dads. Whether you are gay or straight, I am accepting of all. I know when I become a dad resources were limited and even more so for a gay dad. I've been a stay-at-home dad for 3 years now. I have to say I enjoy everyday of it. Even when I get cranky at my partner or when the kids have tested me to my limit of patience. I thoroughly love it. My life now is more than I ever dreamed it could be. I feel blessed and I am humbled everyday. My grandmother raised me and she too was a stay-at-home caregiver to me and my two older brothers. It is my joy and passion to do the same for my kids. Thank you for reading my blog and allowing me the opportunity to create this project. I hope this grows and grows. Please spread the word. Kindly, Joël