Monday, May 10, 2010

Adventures in Felt Food

I have been having a ridiculous amount of fun making FELT play food for my kids play kitchen. There are NUMBEROUS blogs to check out on the subject and you can get great ideas on etsy (or just buy them if you don’t want to make them yourself).

Here are a few Links I think you should check out; they are VERY impressive!

Homemade by Jill (she also has LOTS of links)

American Felt & Craft blog

Ivers (check out her felt food photo stream)

So far, I have made a pizza (which is a little more involved than I originally thought but, I think it will be worth it in the end). I am making all of the toppings separately so my kids can get creative in their pizza toppings

The sauce and cheese are essentially one piece of felt just edged. I currently have basil (or spinach) and tomatoes for a margarita pizza. I will also be making mushrooms, pineapple, pepperoni and possibly even green peppers. We will see.

I have also made orange slices and fried eggs. With plans for pancakes after my pizza project is done.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Feeding The Masses

It seems to me that my kids are ALWAYS hungry. I feel like I am CONSTANTLY preparing food (& cleaning up after it). Well, I finally got organized this month and even on day two I have noticed how much easier it is to feed the masses.

I have designated a drawer in my fridge and a bin in my cabinet JUST for snacks. It took a bit of time, separating and bagging things when I came home from the store but it is worth it in the long run.

As for making lunches. . . Through this blog, I have been blessed with ideas shared by people all across the globe! I cannot even believe that I can say that! SilverMoon Dragon shared with me a GREAT idea for getting school lunches ready. She just prepares all of the items ahead of time and then her children pack their own lunches! BRILLIANT!

I made turkey wraps for all of my family this morning and cut them in half. That way, they don’t waste the other half and I won’t have to make them again tomorrow. Plus, if someone is extra hungry, they can grab one out of the fridge.

I have also made a box full of bagged lunch items: veggie chips, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, trail mix, seasoned toasted garbanzo beans, and fruit bars. Along with the celery, carrots and cheese sticks in the fridge, my boys can pick three items to go with their drink and sandwich (or wrap).

One last thing that I did this morning was to cook up a family size package of chicken tenderloins in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They can now be used for our chicken pizza tonight, quick protein snack before soccer practice, sliced on top of a salad or diced up in a lunch wrap. Since my 10 month old still eats fairly simple, they are perfect for her as well. So, for $8, I have a multipurpose food ready to go, feeding a family of 6 for about a week.