Oatmeal Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Pumpkin season is the best season. Because I can make pumpkin biscuits like these and mini pumpkin muffins like these.

Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

What a perfect little healthy bite-sized muffin for tots and kids.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Instead of butter or oil, I opted to use unsweetened applesauce.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Whole wheat flour. And old fashioned rolled oats.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

And almond milk with brown sugar.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Can’t forget the pumpkin, and I also added some unsweetened coconut flakes for added taste and texture.

Toddler Muffins: Mini Oatmeal Pumpkin. Made with unsweetened applesauce.

Overall, it came out quite moist and tasty! Just a tad sweet, which is perfect for me. These are a great grab n’ go snack and a nice little lunchbox treat for my little one. Let me know how yours turn out! Tag me @bebeandbear on Insta with your pics!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Whole wheat flour
1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of organic pumpkin
1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce (but if you want it more moist, you can use 1/3 cup of canola or coconut oil) *I chose to just use applesauce
1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 large egg
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of vanilla extract
dash of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line your mini muffin pans with liners.
Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, salt)  together in one bowl. And the wet ingredients (pumpkin, applesauce, almond milk, brown sugar, vanilla, egg)  together in another bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until combined. Scoop into muffin liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Then let cool and enjoy!

Recipe altered and adapted from: Kateinthekitchen.com

For more toddler muffin ideas check out my most popular post: No sugar, no butter. Healthy muffins for toddlers. 

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2016 Thanksgiving Inspirations

It’s that time of year again. My favorite time of year that is!

FALL.

And all that comes with it.

Including, the crisper air, the cooler nights and of course all of my fall i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n-s. Here’s my list from last year. And here is — to now.

Fall Decor Inspiration.
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Moody candles. White pumpkins. Delicate soft flowers.

Settle in and sink into luxury. [Link in bio to shop] #velvet #midcenturymodern #frenchbulldog #arhauspets

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Rich, fine, luxe velvet.
Pup included.

Pie Pops
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Easy to make, kid-friendly pumpkin pie pops.

Apple Rosemary stuffing
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Beautiful AND delicious apple cranberry stuffing.

Sorel boots
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Warm, ankle Sorel boots.


Shearling
everything. In every color. Every room. On chairs or cozy sectionals.

rosemary wreath

Minimal rosemary wreath table place cards.

Pinecone turkeys
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Pinecone turkeys. 

And, last but not least —

Cranberry Moscow Mule
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This delicious looking cranberry Moscow Mule. 

What are some of your Thanksgiving inspirations?

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The Perfect Little Granola Bites

There are two things I never buy. One, is Granola. And the other, is Granola bars. I’d much prefer to make my own. Here’s my go-to healthy granola recipe. And here’s a new super healthy granola bite recipe that I just discovered!

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

They look and taste AMAZING.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And they just happen to be vegan. No bake. Full of healthy seeds and grains. And only sweetened with honey.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

The key to these amazing bites is, in my opinion, the brown rice crisps and the chia seeds. It gives it a really nice crunchy, popping consistency.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

It is super easy to make, takes very little time, delicieux, and ready to eat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I found the easiest way to mix all the ingredients together was to just get in there and use my hands.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And then scoop with a tablespoon and form into little balls.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

My 5 yr old daughter helped make these. This is a really good recipe to have your little one help out in the kitchen.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

See all the yummy healthy goodness?

I usually just use half chia seeds and half golden flax seeds, but for this batch I used this ancient grain and seed medley from Tj’s.

perfect little granola bites

Both ways are equally as good.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I have my mother-in-law and brother-in-law visiting, so you can imagine these went pretty fast in our house.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I like the idea of easy, healthy, grab n’ go. Whether it be in the morning, midday or after school.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

I even packaged some up for my husband’s co-workers. As a fun little healthy work treat.

The Perfect Healthy Granola Bite. No bake. Great for toddlers and Kids.

And – here’s Els enjoying her own too…

Perfect little Granola bites. Healthy snack for toddlers and kids.

Enjoy! Please tag @bebeandbear on insta if you try them out!

Perfect Little Granola Bites Recipe:

INGREDIENTS: 
1 cup of quick oats
3/4 cup of brown rice crisps
1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter
1/2 cup of Tj’s ancient grain and seed medley
BUT if you don’t have that 1/4 cup of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of golden flax seeds is good
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients together. Mix well. Take a tablespoon and form into little balls. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Freezes well up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Easy Halloween Pom Pom Pumpkins

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Sometimes it’s all about the simplicity.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Foam Pumpkins. Tons of assorted colors and shapes of pom poms. Hours of fun.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

I found all of these at 60% off at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kidsAll I had to do was put some glue in bowls and let Els figure out the rest.

(Just dip and stick.)

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Kinda cute, right?

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

And so great to paint too.

Grandma is visiting from Canada, so they did this together. We just put the music on in the background and had a nice relaxing crafting pumpkin day. Sounds sweet, because it is…

Let me know how yours turn out! Tag #bebeandbear on Insta!

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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Ice Pops

When I was in the hospital last summer, where I underwent unexpected emergency brain surgery, I spent my days recovering ordering only pudding and popsicles from the hospital menu. Little did I know that everything that I was ordering was being tracked and recorded, which then led to a frantic nutritionist coming down to pay me a visit.

I laughed out loud.

My mother was actually making me gourmet meals so I was eating just fine. Pudding and popsicles were what kept me going. And in that instant, even when I had no idea if I was going to live or die, I still had these kind of moments.

What I call – the pudding and popsicle moments.

And for this Halloween, in ode to that time, I made these!

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Jack-O-Lantern ice pops.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

I used frozen organic peaches, water and organic mango nectar. Organic apple slices for the eyes and mouth.

To make them, I used the Zoku ice pop maker.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

One of the best gifts I have ever received. I highly recommend. And fear not, you can buy it here.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

It also came with a cute little character making kit.

Just thinly slice an apple or a pear and cut out shapes like so. Then follow the directions they give you by soaking the apple cut outs in water and then placing them on to the green silicone stick. Slowly insert stick into the popsicle mold machine and press to the top and hold for 15 seconds. Once that’s done place the sticks in the molds and pour in the fruit puree. It takes about 10 minutes to freeze and then you just pop them out.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Els snacked on these afterwards. Waste not, want not!

I even tried making Ghost pops with Greek yogurt, honey and chocolate.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And here’s Els.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And Bear sneaking a lick or two.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

So delicious, healthy, refreshing and fun.

Peaches and Nectar Jack-O-lantern Ice Pops Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup of organic frozen peaches
1/4 cup of organic mango nectar
1/4 cup of water

DIRECTIONS:
Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice molds and remove when frozen. *Makes 3 ice pops.

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Who Says Glitter Can’t Mix With Halloween?

Halloween Crafts
For those of you who know me, I’m a wannabe ‘minimalist.’ I try to live by the philosophy ‘less is always more.’ And ‘quality over quantity’ for everything.

Except when it comes to crafts.

I love EVERYTHING about it. And ALL of its colorful clutter.

For every occasion, (Halloween, Christmas, Easter etc…) I binge buy anything holiday related so that my daughter can create anything she desires.

Halloween Crafts

Shiny Beads & String.

Halloween Crafts

Giant Pom Poms. Yarn. Paper. Glitter.

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Masks & Fuzzy Stickers…

I mean, this is just some of the stuff.

Usually, to keep all of it somewhat orderly and at bay, I organize everything into bowls and glass jars. I then lay them out on our table for easy access. Subsequently, while trying to find some bowls to hold all of my addictions — I came across this NIFTY little video.  (You have to click to watch how cool and easy they make it look.) And decided to try and make similar glitter bowls in Halloween themed colors to hold everything together.

Halloween Glitter BowlsAll you need is some Mod Podge, Foam brushes, balloons and glitter.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Mix the mod podge and glitter half and half. Paint thick coats, 3-4 layers, letting them dry couple hours in between. My 5 yr. old was totally able to handle this.

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Once dried overnight, pop the balloon, trim the edges and TADA!

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Glitter bowls.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

You can make them big or small depending on how big you make your balloon.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

They are obviously not that sturdy, or at least mine weren’t, but will definitely hold steady for the month of October. And my daughter has an entire month of Halloween to get messy and go crazy creating, crafting and letting her imagination take over – Wild.

Halloween Crafts

For more Halloween glitter, check out our glittered Halloween pumpkins. Super sparkly. And easy.

Happy month of Halloween!

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And… I’m BaaaaaaAACk!

So it’s been a while, I know. And no excuses. But, I guess you can say, it’s been quite a year.

Els completed a successful year of PRE-K. My husband is as busy as ever with a huge slate of movies/tv shows in development. We rescued a tiny little puppy, named, Bear. And oh, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Like I said, it’s been quite a year!

But now, I’m back into the groove of things and excited to get this blog back up and running. So many new recipes, crafts and mommy-isms to write about. And not to mention hilarious puppy anecdotes and musings.

My brain, thankfully is fine and healthy! It was shocking for sure. Extremely rare. And also benign. And with successful surgery and radiation, completely on the right track.

I look back and am so thankful to my friends and family that supported me. Without them, I don’t think I would have been the same smiling, laughing patient that I was. I remember my friend staying up all night and hand feeding me pudding. My mother cooking me every meal so that I could avoid hospital food while she ate nothing. My brother shedding a tear when receiving the phone call. And my husband and daughter being so brave and strong even when things felt so scary and alone.

And through all the poking and prodding, going through major brain surgery, being bedridden, and rehabilitating… I can’t help but look back and think, (as cliché as it may sound) I wouldn’t change a thing.

I learned that kids are resilient. And with the proper words, actions and guidance they can get through anything. Els, never spent a day without me let alone a night. And she went 2 weeks, strong. She went 2 weeks being a 4-year-old that showed support and understanding. And seeing that, made me strong.

I never shed a tear for myself during that time. Only for her. This, I guess is parenthood.

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Little Bear. Rescue. Poodle Mix.

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