Friday, December 19, 2014

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #105: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)


The linky is at the bottom.

A couple of weeks ago, Rebecca from Raventhreads shared a very yummy looking recipe on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. I knew I was going to have to make it soon for Breakfast for Dinner Thursday. And make it we did. It was delicious. We made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal. This is really a twist on the Baked Oatmeal we have made in the past.


3 cups of oats (we used Old Fashioned)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
3 Tbs butter, melted,
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
scant tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
generous handful chocolate chips (we use miniature chocolate chips)

We added all the ingredients one at a time.

The oatmeal:

The brown sugar:

The milk and melted butter (which I did):

The eggs:

The baking powder and salt:

The vanilla:

The peanut butter:

Then we stirred it together.

The children all took a turn tossing in a handful of chocolate chips.

We baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (recommended time is 25-30 minutes).

This ended up being our dessert as our oven wasn't coming to temperature, so we had eggs, sausage, and toast while we impatiently waited.

The children prefer eating a piece on a plate.

Mommy on the other hand prefers putting it in a bowl and pouring some milk on top of it. Yum!

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #27: December 18, 2014

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around December 18th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook. 

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. 

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Originally posted December 18, 2012
Muffin Tin Monday: Christmas Colors

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Koogle's Korner shared:

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

Just a note:
There will be no Throwback Thursday next week as we will be celebrating our Savior's birth and will be staying off the internet. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. See you in the new year for more Throwback Thursday remembrance fun!

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: December 17, 2014 (w/linky)- Snow Play

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Workbox Wednesday- December 17, 2014

Welcome to Workbox Wednesday! 

Last week, Melk the Christmas Monkey shared a couple of different lessons that involved Gingerbread Men/Boys. We were supposed to make life-size gingerbread people but didn't have big paper, so we made little ones to help decorate. We were supposed to make cookies, but the snow was more inviting. Every day since then we just haven't found the time. I finally decided we are going to wait until Saturday to make them, so we can take them to our church's Christmas program. 

Though we didn't make the cookies, I did find some fun activities for the children. Embark on the Journey has a FREE printable pack suitable for pre-K through 1st grade all about gingerbread men.

There are puzzles.

Hannah worked on the tracing page.

 The older girls enjoyed the Story Sequencing Cards.

Harold has been learning to count one-to-one, so I thought he would enjoy this counting activity.

There were quite a few more activities, though we haven't done them all and I didn't get pictures of all the ones we did do. There are coloring sheets with traceable dotted words, a graphing game, number mazes, a roll and stamp game, count and clip cards and more. 

If you use workboxes, tot trays, or anything similar, feel free to post a link to your blog post or a picture (pictures can be from facebook, but please make sure they are PUBLIC so we can see them, or use a host like to get a URL for your photo) that shows WHAT IS IN YOUR BOXES!

Please don't forget to visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Line Upon Line Learning.

Visit others that link up, leave comments, follow, etc. The favors will be returned! Feel free to grab a button too, so others can find the link up and join in the fun!

What is in your workboxes?

Chestnut Grove Academy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Toddler Ideas Tuesday: December 16, 2014

Welcome back to Toddler Idea Tuesdays! I hope you will join with me again in sharing the fun activities, crafts, and lessons that you are doing with your young children. 

Today I would like to share a sneak peak at a fun product we have been reviewing. The children had some fun last week playing and doing the activities that came in the Animal Trackers Club subscription box. Don't forget to stop back later this week for the review!

Each of the older girls worked with a younger sibling to make a Savanna Art project.

Then we used the Savanna Animal Cards for a few different activities.

We matched the front of the animal to the back of the animal.

Then they had to match them one at a time.

Lastly, we played a memory match game.

Now onto:

Toddler Idea Tuesday Features

On my last Toddler Idea Tuesday post, there were 7 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post. 

This week's randomly selected post is:

Hint Mama shared these great tips for keeping your child busy with The Best Playtime Stickers.

In addition to the above post, the following posts tied for the most clicks:

1- Shecki from Greatly Blessed shared Katie's November Tot Trays.
2- Shecki also shared this simple yet fun activity/craft idea that can be found in her Weekly Wrap-Up: The One With the Felt Trees post.
3- Christianity Cove shared these decorative and yummy Jelly Bean Christmas Trees

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your toddlers and preschoolers? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas board and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up. Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our toddler time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your toddler, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

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