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I Like: Liberte Baby Yogourt

liberte baby yogourt

Since it is a know fact babies needs fat for their brain development, I was surprised when my son reached the solid feeding stage to see that the food industry doesn’t provide parents many options.

And the fascination with 0% fat yogourt, while many are eating bacon and pork belly, does nothing to help parents. I also try to minimize his sugars intake which is why Zack started eating Minigo (fresh cheese) around 10-11 months instead of a regular yogourt. He adores the Minigo! I added the Danone’s Oikos 2% fat a few months later. These days, Zack either eats two Minigo, or a Minigo and a greek yogourt, for dessert at night. Continue Reading

ORGANIZING

Freezer Storage Labels from Simple to Stylish

simplest frozen food labels

simplest frozen food labels
photography: Roland Persson for Brasserie Rouge cookbook | food styling: Linda Lundgren – via Hey Look

Style plays an important part in your life but I remain a practical girl. Sometimes that means to cut corners. A good example is when comes the time to track food that I will put in my freezer. I simply rely on a roll of plain mashing tape and the reliable Sharpie to write down the contents and the date. I do it because both items are in a drawer close by.

So, imagine the moment of pure delight I experienced when I spotted this superb picture from the cookbook of Brasserie Rouge, a Swedish restaurant. It elevated my process and gave me the strength to share this little secret with you.

Printable Freezer Storage Labels

To do like Martha, print your own freezer storage labels that include their own calendar to track the shelf life of everything in your freezer. There is even room to write down the year — I write down the year by habit.

stylish frozen food labels
photo credits: two templates by Martha Stewart | Freezer Storage Labels | Clip-Art Freezer Labels

stylish frozen food labels details

Before you head to the office supply store, note that you will need to buy a box of weatherproof labels for laser printers. As long as you maintain a fresh supply of label sheets, you can look stylish less time that it takes me to cut my mashing tape.

Are you stylish or simple when it comes to everyday freezer storage labels?

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Halloween Desserts and Milk Shakes

halloween desserts and milk shakes

I would be proud to serve these desserts for Halloween. They look awesome! As you might have guessed, they are all from Martha Stewart.

halloween desserts and milk shakes
photo credits: Almond Brownie Coffins | Orange Jack-o’-Lanterns with Sorbet | Witch cupcakes | Boo-nilla Shake recipe

On Halloween morning, I want to serve the Boo-nilla shake to my son.  To make your own, simply paint the ghost faces inside the glass with melted chocolate. You can decorate your glasses up to one day ahead. But wait until serving to make the milk shakes.

Any of these treats would make a great finale to the Spooky Forest Halloween Party Food I showcased three weeks ago.

FOOD + DRINK RESTAURANTS

On The Road iPhone/iPad App from Food Network

food network on the road app

food network on the road app

US Fans of in Food Network will be glad to know about this new free iPhone and iPad app. There are roughly 3,000 U.S. restaurants, food trucks and hot spots that you can search by chef, TV show, city, type of food from Food Network On The Road app.

food network on the road app search by chef

The app can help you decide where to eat next in your home town or to plan a road trip. As you would expect from that type of app, there is a badge system, a la Foursquare.

At first glimpse, Food Network have decided to tap into their huge content database to bring added value to its audience. You can download the app at the Apple store.

Have you tried Food Network On The Road, yet? Will you download the app? Does it appeal to you?

LIVING TRAVEL

The Italian Train of Taste

Italian Train of Taste

Italian Train of Taste

If you happen to be near Lombardy region this summer, you should try to book yourself a ticket on board of  il Treno di Sapori — meaning “Train of Taste”. Passengers will be served local food and wines as they enjoy the scenery of the region. It is a nice way to discover local cuisine.

train local food

You can sit down in the dining room or sit at the bar. From what I could undertand from the Google translation, the Train of Taste travels from Iseo through the Franciacorta region along Lake Iseo and through Valle Camonica.

Train of Taste view

I love the view. And there are plenty more stunning landscape images at the il Treno di Sapori Web site.

FAMILY KIDS products

Sport Plates and Transportation Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski

Sport Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski

→ A Healthy Way for Kids to Play with Their Food

Sport Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski
photography: Sport Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski

With less than a month before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the six Sport Plates that drew and sell Polish designer Boguslaw Sliwinski seem to be ideal to share the spirit of the games at the table. Creating your scene with food is probably easier with his plates than cutting and assembling bento style food.

Transportation Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski
photography: Transportation Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski

My little boy would prefer his Transportation series since he enjoys playing with trucks lately. All 6 drawings illustrate one way to transport merchandises. What I like about Boguslaw Sliwinski’s drawings is that the kid can learn stuff at the same time. They can invent their own storyline.

Plus, the game is about eating. I am strict about how kids should behave at the table. My son doesn’t play at the table. I thought him that there is a time for eating and another for playing. Since he loves vegetables, we don’t need to stimulate his appetite. But he enjoys looking at his decorated plates and bowls.

If shipping these plates from Poland seems too cumbersome for you, maybe that you can recycle his idea with your own designs the next time you go to a painting ceramic studio with your kids.

+ via MoCo Loco

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Easy Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

Scrambling to come up with a Valentine’s dinner plan? Both Kim and I agree that staying in is the way to go, but if you really want to surprise your loved ones, create a special start to their day by putting a little love into the most important meal of the day.

Although Tuesday mornings don’t usually afford a lot of time for a leisurely meal, these quick Valentine’s day fixes will send them off with a smile without having to set your alarm for 5 a.m. wake-up-call.

Bacon and Eggs
A match made in heaven if ever we’ve tasted one, this classic breakfast combo gets a couple of creative tweaks to make it V-Day appropriate.

paper mama valentine's breakfast bacon heart

  • The Paper Mama cleverly twists strips of bacon into the shape du jour

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

  • A heart-shaped cookie cutter turns easy-to-make egg-in-the-nest into something to remember (we love the cute ketchup hearts too!)
  • If hardboiled eggs are your family’s preference, try this heart-shaped version – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. (Tuck this idea away for Easter brunch.)

Hot Drinks for Valentine’s Day
For those who prefer a liquid breakfast, these creative ideas put a Valentine’s spin on their favourite warm-me-up drink – whether coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

valentine's tea wrapper printable creature comforts

adore magazine valentine's tea printable

  • Make their tea simply sublime with free printable teabag wrappers from Creature Comforts or Australia’s Adore Magazine. If a mid-afternoon cuppa is your love’s thing, stash one in their work bag or notebook for a surprise.
valentine's day drinks hot chocolate printable
  • What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a steaming cup of hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows? All if takes is a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter (or a warm knife and a steady hand) to make these.
  • If they’re taking their bevvie to go, wrap their travel mug (or ask for an extra cup when you stop at your favourite café today) in this adorable printable sleeve from Eat Drink Chic.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? How will you celebrate this year?

SOURCING:
+ Bacon Hearts How-To from The Paper Mama
+ Heart-Shaped Egg-in-the-Nest How-To from Cute Food For Kids
+ Heart-Shaped Hard Boiled Egg How-To from Anna The Red
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Adore Magazine
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Creature Comforts
+ Heart-Shaped Marshmallow How-To from MarthaStewart.com
+ Free Printable Je T’aime Coffee Cup Wrappers from Eat Drink Chic

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

Ideas to Steal: Baby Potatoes in a Mason Jar

baby potatoes in a mason jar

baby potatoes in a mason jar

We have seen tons of use for the Mason jar, and this one is a keeper. Next time that you are having friends over for diner or to eat a raclette, be ready to serve your baby potatoes in a Mason jar. Go either for individual portions or for a few communal jars.

I spot that idea on Apartment Therapy from Amy Rosen’s trip to Copenhagen. She saw it at the famous Restaurant Jacobsen.

SOURCING:
+  photo: Amy Rosen for Apartment Therapy

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Kitchen Tip: Stock-Up for Your Slow Cooker

slow cooker veggies healthy mama baby blog

slow cooker veggies healthy mama baby blog

During these dog days of summer, the prospect of a hearty, rich slow cooker meal likely couldn’t be further from your mind. After all, it’s grilling season!

But this quick – and brilliant – tip from Tara and Stephanie at Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby makes so much sense right now, when farmer’s markets are loaded with fresh, locally grown veggies.

They chop meat and veggies to pre-assemble and freeze basic slow cooker meals. All it takes is a few ingredient adjustments to create completely different meals – from barbecue chicken to Thai curry.

Your slow cooker may stay in storage for another few months (although it sure beats turning on the oven during a heat wave!), but when you’re ready for your first cozy fall meal? You can re-live summer memories with the tastes of the season.

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Indoor S’more Maker from Plow Hearth

indoor smore maker kitchen tool

indoor smore maker kitchen tool

The first long weekend of summer – Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the U.S. – doesn’t just kick off the sunshine season, but camping season too.

Unfortunately for campers, at least those of us in Canada, Victoria Day weekend weather is notoriously unreliable. In my experience, thunderstorms, howling wind and even (shiver!) a dusting of snow have made an appearance (just thankfully not all at once).

One needs to be prepared for any kind of weather, even if it means keeping a cozy indoor spot on standby. But you don’t have to throw out your camping traditions with your soggy sleeping bag.

This indoor s’more maker is designed to be used any time, anywhere: no open flame required. Build your s’mores in the baskets and slide the wire rack into your oven, toaster oven or barbecue. And unless you want oven-cleaning to be a part of your  long weekend plans, be sure to stack the rack on a cookie sheet to catch, ooey-gooey marshmallow drips.

SOURCING:
+ Indoor S’more Maker from Plow Hearth, $24.95 USD

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Airtight Food Storage and Jars by Takeya

takeya storage jars

takeya storage jars

These food and drink storage products should appeal to the design-conscious while the airtight feature will please the health-conscious. I like that they have an airtight twist top lid.

takeya pitchers

I read that they have more desirable features. The freezer-safe storage containers are shaped to easily pour out food. The hot and cold beverage jugs can be stored upright or it can be laid on its side without leaking. They are made of a durable and high temperature BPA-free acrylic, that has glass-like clarity. They are supposed to be stain and odor proof.

The Takeya products look great on paper; does anyone have tried them?

SOURCING:
+ Airtight Food Jug by Takeya $17.99 USD for the 40oz, $19.99 for the 66oz
+ Takeya Airtight Jug $12.99 USD for the 40oz, $14.99 for the 66oz