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Apple Nut Cobbler

Need a warm pick me up on a rainy day? I would suggest making this quick and easy dessert. After I posted a picture of this on my instagram I was asked to post the recipe, so here it is.

Apple Nut Cobbler

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Ingredients

1 apple
1 lemon, juice approx 1/4 cup
3 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar (I’ve made it without this and it was delicious)
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg

1/4 cup almonds
1/8 cup pecans (you can substitute any of the nuts with a different nut you enjoy)
1/8 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
2 dates chopped
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Splash of vanilla extract

Directions

1. Slice apples into thin slices. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and seat aside to soak.

2. Pulse nuts and spices together until chunky. Place into a med bowl. Blend together dates, coconut oil, water and vanilla until smooth. Add to your chunky nut bowl until fully combined.

3. Microwave apples in juice for 45 seconds. In individual dishes place a layer of nut mixture. Place half the apples on top and top with the remainder nut mixture. If you would like it warm microwave for another 30 seconds.

I added a little greek yogurt on top of mine. Delicious!!

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~Tammy


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Tammy’s out of the Comfort Zone

Today Karen sent me this picture.

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My first reaction was you didn’t share that did you? I’m embarrassed of this. All the photos I’ve posted as before and afters, not one have been of my heaviest. I feel a little sick to my stomach that I’m sharing this but everyone starts somewhere. Yes I was very unhealthy but I had the strength and willpower to make a change.

My husband and I went for a walk this morning. I was sharing with him that sometime I feel guilty about the money I spend on personal training and fitness. It can get a bit pricey but when Karen send that picture it reinforced that I’m investing in me. I’m also saving money being healthy. We don’t eat out nearly as much as we used to plus I am a ex-smoker. I’m not sure but I think my reduction in wine alone pays for at least a few training sessions.

If you are at a point where you want to change I strongly encourage you to maybe talk to me or contact the most amazing trainer I know in Hamilton Eric Cornell. I really hope that from me being a bit uncomfortable sharing this I can encourage at least one person to believe in themselves.

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~Tammy


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A Lego Birthday Party

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Growing up my parents always made a big deal about birthday parties. This is something I want to do for my kids. It isn’t always about the money you spend on the party but the little details that make it special. We have a note book for each of our children. Each birthday we get all of the guests to write or draw a little something. My parents did this for me and I love to look back at my birthdays as a child.

This year our son really wanted to have a Lego birthday party. It was difficult to find any Lego decorations or games. Here are a few things that we did to make his Lego birthday a exceptional one.

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Loot Bags

–  Use a 1” circle

punch to cut out 6 circles for each bag. Attach with foam adhesives to the coloured paper bag so they are raised. Write Lego on each circle. You can also make name tags with the Lego font to attach to the bags.

Lego Activities

–  Each child received a 3 in 1 Car Lego kit. We set up a ramp in our backyard for the children to race their new Lego cars down. This was also a part of the loot bag to go home.

–  Give the children a large bin of Lego and see who can build the biggest tower in a 1 min. This is one of those games everyone can participate and really enjoy.

– Give each child a plate of Lego and vote for who made the most imaginative creation, best animal, and most creative vehicle.

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Lego Snacks

– Marshmallow Lego men heads. Cut a small marshmallow in half height attach to a larger one. Dip in yellow melted chocolate. Use a food colour pen or fine tip icing to draw the Lego men faces.

– Primary coloured smarties always makes for a yummy snack and goes along with the colour scheme

– You can find

 Lego candies at your local bulk store.

– We used a lego box our son made for all the utensils

– Purchase yellow cups and used black permanent markers to draw on different lego man faces. Each one was different so the kids knew which cup was theirs.

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I had a lot of fun organizing this party for our son. It was a great colour scheme of 4 primary colours, which made it easy to find coloured plates, forks and na

pkins. Our son really loved helping out in making the decorations with his Lego. I hope this gives you some Lego ideas for your little ones special day.

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Tammy


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Craft fun: Glitter Snow Globe

We love doing crafts in our house so I thought I would make a glitter filled snow-globe with my 3yo, ‘S’. What child doesn’t like to have some fun with glitter? This was a really easy and fun craft that she could help a lot with.

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Glitter
  • Foam Stickers
  • Paint (optional)

 

Step One: Paint the lid of your Mason Jar
This step is optional, but we love paint in our house.  The kids love any excuse to get their paints out. You can also sprinkle some of the glitter on while it’s still wet to add a bit of sparkle.

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Step Two: Apply stickers

You can place stickers on both the inside, and the outside of your jar. If you use the 3D stickers from Michael’s they tend to stick a bit better in the water.  The foam ones from the dollar store will sometimes come loose, which isn’t always a bad thing –  S loved watching them ‘swim’ around in the sparkly water!

Step Three: Add your water

Fill the jar with water leaving a little room at the top, then add a drop or two of vegetable oil. The oil will help the glitter settle slower and keeps it from clumping together.

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Step Four: Add your glitter

Sprinkle your glitter in the top of the jar. We had a variety of glitter and some worked better then others. The larger flakes seemed to work a bit better then the little ones. You can also use fake snow.

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Step Five: Seal and Shake! 

Seal jar really tight and shake away.

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I would suggest using a mat to do this craft on so that glitter and water don’t end up everywhere. It will help make for an easy clean up. S loved this little craft and plays with it often.  It also works  for time outs – Shake it up and once all the glitter is settled time out is over. We also use this when the kids are having trouble sharing toys. Same idea as the time out, once the glitter settles it’s time to trade.

 

Happy crafting,

 

Tammy

 

 

 

 


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Feed Me Friday ~ Snow Maple Taffy

Hello, I’m Tammy, that mom with 2 energetic kids, and I’m super excited to be a part of That Mom Blog. I have one little princess that is 3 years old and a little guy that is 5. I’m looking forward to sharing our crafty family projects, recipes, weight loss tips and all other things that fall into that mom territory.

For my first contribution I’d like to share about our recent adventure making Snow Maple Taffy. What child doesn’t like to eat snow? This recipe is so easy to do and super fun for the kids to eat.

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Here is how to make this yummy treat:

  1. Collect a pie plate full of fresh clean snow. The very important part of this step is making sure it’s clean. Try to avoiding yellow snow all together. 😉
  2. Pour half a cup to a cup of good grade maple syrup in small pan. I use Grade B maple syrup because we enjoy the darker flavor.
  3. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and bring to a boil over medium to high heat. You’re going to want to continually stir the syrup until it reaches 250F.
  4. Once you’ve reached the desired temperature, immediately pour over the snow.
  5. Let sit for a minute or two to cool down before letting the kiddies dig in.

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This is a fun wintertime dessert that everyone can help prepare. Your kids can help by measuring out the syrup and packing the snow into a plate or bowls. It’s also a nice way to talk about how a liquid can change to a solid and vise versa, taking advantage of those teachable moments. Our kids had a blast with this and were thrilled that they were allowed to eat snow with candy on it. Check out this little video below that we put together of them digging in!

Enjoy your sweet winter treat and I’d love to see if you can write your name in the snow with that delicious syrup.

Tammy