Super Berry Muffins

It’s that time of the year! A time for tasty summer fruits and vegetables. I’ve recently found some great deals on bulk strawberries at my local grocery store and some days I’m left with too many.  Just too many to eat before they go bad.  Let’s just say I get carried away and buy too many  when there is a sale. I created these Super Berry Muffins recipe so I can use up some of the berries because my kids will never pass up a muffin!

Muffins

Berry Muffins

These very berry muffins are easy for busy mornings and I also pack them for snack. Just make sure you use sweet strawberries and blueberries or else you’ll have a sweet and a little sour muffin. What I love about my recipe is its very flexible as far as the amount of sugar is used. Depending on your desired taste you can make it less or more. I’ve used half a cup, a fourth, or even a whole cup of cane sugar before.

If you can mix a cup of coffee you can totally do this! First you mix the wet ingredients, then the dry then you mix them both together!

I also made them more festive by using vegetable cutters similar to these to add a little fun to the muffins.

 

Berry Muffins

A great treat for a summer day!

 Recipe

Super Berry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. sugar (can make it to 1 c. for a sweeter muffin, or 1/2 c. for a less sweet)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla
  • 1 c. chopped fresh sweet strawberries
  • 1/3 c. fresh sweet blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Prepare and chopp strawberries
  3. In a bowl, mix wet ingredients (except fruit)
  4. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients
  5. Combine dry ingredients with wet, until well incorporated. Tip: There will be clumps, do not over mix!
  6. Fold in fresh fruit
  7. In a greased muffin tin, add mixture all the way to the rim for a muffin top. Top with more fruit if desired, using a cutter
  8. Bake for 17-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Tip: Use sweet strawberries and blueberries, otherwise your muffin will be a little sour. Also, make sure your coconut oil is melted, otherwise it will be lumpy
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Unicorn Sand Slime

It’s officially summer. That also means it’s summer break and a lot of time with the kids. I wanted to do something fun with my sons since we are home more.  I’ve always wanted to make kinetic sand. I tried a few recipes but failed miserably. I either got sand that was just like wet sand, or sand that didn’t really change. Along the way through my countless efforts, I discovered sand slime. It has a pleasant texture and is super fun to make. We mixed three colors and created a fun unicorn color shade. This Unicorn Sand Slime recipe is worth a try this summer!

 

Sand Slime

A great sensory slime!

Yes, you can buy kinetic sand or probably slime at the store, but making it is what makes it fun. It gives the kids something to do and they just love fake “cooking”. After making this a few times I did learn a few things. Here are some tips:

  • Buy fine sand, play sand just doesn’t give it a smooth consistency. I bought some at my local craft store as well, but I think this pack of colored sand should work as well.
  • After making the slime mixture, separate a little sand at a time. Do not go all out and use it all.
  • Add sand slowly in small amounts, until you reach your desired consistency

First you’ll want to mix glue and water.

Then you’ll add baking soda and contact solution.

This is important, are you still with me? Stir and wait until the glue mixture thickens into a slime. Depending on how much you make this would take about 5-10 minutes. Your kids can play with this too and you can stop here, but I felt it was way too messy. That’s why I thought of adding sand to it.

Then separate a small amount of slime aside and place into another bowl.

Add a small amount of sand at a time into the slime mixture. This is the part that is a little subjective. Add little amounts of sand until you reach your desired consistency. If you want it a little more moist add some baby oil.  You can make different color batches and then mix them together, to create unicorn slime.

Voila! You’ve made unicorn sand slime. The kids can stretch it, mold it, and cut it. The most satisfying thing ever I might say.

Recipe

Unicorn Sand Slime

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. glue
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbs. contact solution
  • Fine Sand
  • Baby Oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix glue and water
  2. Add baking soda, and contact solution
  3. Stir and allow to thicken, could take 5-10 minutes
  4. Separate a small amount of the glue mixture, in another bowl
  5. Add sand 1/2 tsp. at a time and knead
  6. Repeat and add more sand until you enjoy the texture
  7. Add a few drops of baby oil (optional)
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/06/unicorn-sand-slime/

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Breakfast Burrito Cups

After countless tries of getting my kiddos to eat burritos or tacos without a huge mess to cleanup, I found a solution! These breakfast burrito cups are delicious and makes life so much easier. I don’t know about you but every time I make a burrito or taco, 3/4 of it ends up on the floor. Either I need to improve my ninja burrito making skills or my kids are just too young.

What I love most about these breakfast burrito cups is how incredibly versatile they are. If you have a picky eater you can finely grate zucchini in it. They won’t be able to see it through the egg. It’s also virtually tasteless just don’t add too much. You can add mixed vegetables as well or just plain cheese or even cooked bacon. It’s totally up to you and your family!

Getting your children involved in the process of cooking makes it more likely for them to try the food they make. You can essentially have an omelet bar and have them choose what they want to put into their breakfast burrito cups.

What you want to do first is prepare all the fixings. Cut the vegetables you want to add in, or the turkey or ham. You can also steam vegetables like below.

You’ll then whisk some egg and milk together with your seasonings of choice. It can be as simple as salt or pepper. For more adventurous palates you can use onion powder or even a dash of curry powder. It all really depends on your taste buds. Next you’ll cut the tortilla into fours (shown in the video). It’s best to pick larger size tortillas so it can fit into the muffin tins nicely. Don’t forget to generously grease your muffin tin with cooking spray. You’ll then fill the cups with the egg/milk mixture and add your toppings of choice.

Bake it until the egg is cooked and voila! Breakfast is served. You can cover the pan with foil for a softer tortilla or uncovered for a crispier tortilla. I love it both ways!

These breakfast burrito cups are also good for freezing for hectic mornings. It’s obviously not the same as fresh, but great on a pinch!

Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield:  12-15 bites

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Ingredients

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1/4 C..Milk
  • 5-6 Tortillas (depends on size)
  • Dash of Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
  • Toppings of choice
  • Shredded cheese, ham/turkey bacon, garden vegetables

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix eggs and milk. Set aside
  3. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut tortilla in fours (see video)
  4. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and carefully push in cut tortilla
  5. Fill tortilla with egg mixture and toppings
  6. Add cheese on top
  7. Cover with foil and cook for 20-25 minutes
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/06/breakfast-burrito-cups-2/

Freeze in ziplock bags and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. It may vary with several cups in the microwave, i tried it with one.

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