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April 1st

Gettin’ Crafty for Easter

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Easter is a holiday that I don’t celebrate because I’m a Jew and Passover is the holiday I’ll be celebrating this weekend. BUT boy do I ever love the crafts and food that surround the Easter holiday!
Gavin had two friends coming over for a playdate today so I figured lets get crafty!
For starters, I always serve the kids a snack when they get home from school. To keep with our playdate theme I had some fun with deviled eggs and I dyed em. I took the cooked whites and soaked them in food coloring before adding the filling. I let them sit in the dye for a good 30 minutes for the color to really saturate.
Now don’t get me wrong, my kids eat really healthy foods on a daily basis, so this was a special and festive treat. A one time a year type deal.
Since food coloring is the principal supply for easter egg dying, I strained the leftover dye from the deviled eggs into jars so the kids could dip n dye.
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We took it a step further and also dyed some marshmallows with a brushed/ombre type look.
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Since we craft quite a bit around here, we have a box of supplies lying around the house. Glue, glitter, rhinestones and paint. Of course the kids were all over the glitter…which a total mess. Thank goodness I covered the table with kraft paper! I just rolled it up and tossed it when they were done. It was SO easy!easter18
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These eggs will make the perfect place cards for the table at Passover dinner or Easter brunch. You can take a sharpie and write each kids names. Set in a soft boiled egg holder or just on a napkin on the table.
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For a really cool, fun dessert we made chow mein noodle nests. Omg. Look at these! I found the recipe in the most recent issue of GoodHousekeeping. It was a package of chocolate chips, 3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter and a can of chow mein noodles. I covered a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then combined the chips and peanut butter over low heat stirring constantly till all was melted and smooth. I added the mixture to a bowl with the chow mein noodles and mixed well. I scooped balls onto the parchment paper and then pressed down in the middle to shape into a nest. Let these puppies sit in the fridge to set for at least 3o minutes. Add chocolate eggs and there you have it. Cutest Easter dessert ever!

categories: Appetizers, Decorating, Eggs, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Project Playdate, Sweets, Toddler activities

March 30th

Ready – To – Slime.

You can’t do that on Television was a Canadian TV show that aired the year after I was born. This show consisted of teenage comedy sketches that involved slime that would get dumped on their heads. It was pretty hilarious to watch actually.
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So when my friend Ilana told me that the Kids Choice Awards were coming up and Nickelodeon was hosting it…I thought this could be interesting…
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We are always looking for fun ideas for our Project Playdates as Gavin and Mazzy love any reason to hang out. And they seem to really love when we have a fun activity planned!
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So I found a recipe for “the best green slime” on Pinterest and it only required a few supplies. I was down.
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School Glue (8 oz bottle)
Liquid Starch (1 cup)
Green paint (we used glow in the dark) – you only need 1 squish….or the whole bottle…yikes.slime5
Give it a good stir.
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Finish that bottle of paint…ya may as as well….
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AND Get Ready – To – SLIME!
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Now stop it! That’s too much slime! You’re making a MESS! It’s getting ALL OVER OUR CLOTHES!
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Well that made for a super fun clean up.
Moving on to the cupcakes….they also got slimed.
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My sister was visiting for the weekend and we made a lime custard slime to top some baked off cupcakes. Oh hell these were disgusting. But boy did they look pretty. !!
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We also had a little slime lime punch…what’s a slime party without a little punch?!
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The playdate was a successful mess. And as usual, the kids had a blast.
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All photos above were taken by my friend Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts.

categories: Kids eats, Little Miss Mommy, Project Playdate, Toddler activities

March 27th

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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Just in case you didn’t know this…. I have some stinkin’ cute great-nieces and nephews. I love spending time with them….although with a full time career and a side job as the CEO of thegardenofeatin, it’s not always possible to see them often. Do you also know what it’s like trying to book them for a playdate? These kids have better social lives than I do. I have one great-niece in particular who is a real girly girl. She is four years old (or by her calculation – 4 and a half).

Remember when we loved counting the halves until it was our next birthday? When you get to my age, you don’t want to be a half older than what’s necessary. Anyways, Miss O. loves pink, princesses, dressing up and BAKING. Um…hello….did you say baking? A kid after my own heart. This past weekend we scheduled a baking day with little Miss O. She is a spirited little redhead who is bright, witty and knows exactly how to stir a bowl of batter. When I putter around in my kitchen, I like to experiment with different scratch cake recipes. For this date, we were baking at my brother and sister-in-law’s home so to keep it simple, we used a box mix, jacked it up a bit to taste like scratch and paired it with two piping bags of canned buttercream icing that I prepared the day before with organic food coloring. (yes…..sometimes it’s okay to make things from a box and a can)

I packed up all my GOE gear (including the camera, cake stands, props etc.) and headed to someone else’s kitchen to make a mess. When I arrived I grabbed Miss O. and she was Ready and Set to GO!”
We gathered all our utensils by rummaging through the cupboards and drawers. She was my little assistant. She placed all the paper cupcake liners in the pan, alternating the colors brilliantly and then helped to make the cake batter, with the exception of using the hand mixer. You see, she doesn’t care for the noise. She promptly left the prep area until that was over and returned to the quiet serenity of the kitchen. Flashback to my eldest son when he was four. He couldn’t stand noise too. When I took him for a haircut to a salon, everyone was required to turn their blowdryers OFF when he walked in.
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Needless to say, he received the fastest haircut in the history of haircuts.

Back to baking…..here’s what transpired with our project. We ended up making enough cupcakes to open a store and then some. After churning out the goods, we iced them, photographed them and proceeded to stuff them into our faces. All in all, a really good day.

MISS O’s CUPCAKES

-1 box of confetti cake mix
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup of oil
-1 cup of milk
-1 box of vanilla pudding

Preheat oven to 350 F. Warn Miss O. that the mixer is going to be turned on. Watch her run and hide. Beat ingredients with the very loud mixer for 30 seconds at low speed. Continue beating at medium high speed for another 2 minutes. Call Miss O. back into the kitchen and tell her that the noise is OVER. We made mini cupcakes so this is what happens next. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes. Test with toothpick. You will have enough batter to make to make approximately 36 mini cupcakes.
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Completely cool, (this is the hard part…..FOUR YEAR OLDS DON’T LIKE TO WAIT…..but then again…..neither do I). Pipe your frosting on and stuff a “tester” cupcake into your face just to make sure they are good.cupcakes2cupcakes1
Pretty in Pink (or Purple) Icing
-1 can of buttercream icing
-2 – 3 drops of organic food coloring
Blend and place into piping bags fitted with tip.cupcakes8cupcakes9
Miss O. wanted to share her truckload of cupcakes with her school mates. Special thanks to my sister-in-law for calmly cleaning the icing off surfaces that have never seen food.cupcakes12cupcakes15cupcakes13
See ya next week!
debi @thegardenofeatin
xoxoxo
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categories: Baking, Dessert, Eggs, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

March 26th

Let’s have a Spring Fling

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The most anticipated season of the year (on the east coast at least ) is undoubtedly, spring. So when someone comes to us and says they want to throw a spring fling just for the fun of it, we say, yes please! Out with the cold, in with the warm, let’s party!
The key to a successful party is the food, drinks and music. We brought in Cobblestone Catering and served a beautufil spread of hearty hors d’oeuvres.
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Shrimp lollipops with a lemongrass dip, cremini mushroom sliders and lamb meatball pita sammies were all part of the spread that we stationed on the big dinner table for guests to graze over.
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To drink we served a fresh peach and basil sangria. We set the bar with “drink up buttercup” and “cheers” napkins from our girl Joanne at Oh Goodie Designs.
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I think my favorite part of the party was the back office. In this room…we set dessert. EAT CAKE was our theme over here with these awesome balloons from The Flair Exchange.
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The party was a blast. The perfect way to ring in the warmer months ahead and enjoy sips, sweets and eats with friends. And our client told us…now she’s going to make this an annual party.

categories: Cocktail party, desserts, little miss party, Party, Party Stylists

March 25th

Little Miss SHOWER Party in a Box is HERE

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We are thrilled to announce our latest addition to the LMP in a Box collection…Shower! We know how stressful it can be to throw the perfect shower for that special friend, sister, daughter, co-worker. Luckily, Little Miss Party has you covered. And we thought of everything. This neutral party is perfect for the bride-to-be OR mommy-to-be! Having a girl? Simple…add pink or purple blooms to the bud vases and matching mini cupcakes. Celebrating a future Mrs? Stick with a neutral palette and opt for white or yellow flowers.  Anything goes with this amazing array of party supplies.
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We kept this box simple yet sophisticated. Included are gold striped lunch plates, gold lunch napkins, silver star dessert plates, silver star napkins, silver scalloped paper cups, heart stamped bamboo forks and spoons, 6 glass bud vases, one 36″ confetti-filled balloon, one strand of shiny gold tassels, gold striped straws and a collection of paper fans, honeycombs and lanterns.
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The best part is this box can be used for so much more than just showers. We love it for a ladies lunch or even a Sunday Brunch with friends.  The gold, silver and white palette really does go with anything.  We like to think of this as the Little Miss “Anything” Box. And after the party is over, the bud vases are the perfect addition to your desk, bathroom, bedside table or kitchen island. Pop a fresh stem in each vase every week and your room will thank you.
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For more info and to SHOP the box, check out our Little Miss Party in a Box site.

Thank you to Raquel Langworthy of Untamed Studios for the beautiful photos taken here.

categories: Baby shower, Brunch, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Party Stylists, Shower

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