Bird cookies

Spring is finally showing up! Slowly but surely the weather is getting better with each passing day.

We’re pretty lucky at our house, thanks to our next door neighbour who’s yard is completely full of trees we see many birds that have decided to make nests in our neighbouring “forest”. Frankie loves seeing the chickadees, blue jays and cardinals especially!

Frankie had noticed during the winter that there weren’t many birds around. This winter we thought him about migration and where birds go in the winter. Now with the weather warming up Frankie is excited about all the birds “coming home”!

He wanted to buy a bird feeder and have a special treat waiting for them when they get here. I thought it would be more fun to make something ourselves. 

I did a little research and came up with this idea and recipe, Frankie said they looked like cookies. So he named them bird cookies!

They are very easy to make, Frankie loved it. The only downside is waiting overnight for them to dry, which with a 3 year old is a good lesson in patience. All in all I think it’s a fun way to welcome spring, and all of Frankie’s “birdie friends” back home after this long cold winter! 

Bird cookies

What you need:

  • 4 cups bird seed
  • 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbs corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Yarn
  • a straw
  • Cookie cutters
  1. In a large bowl add ingredients, mix well until blended
  2. Line your work surface with foil or wax paper.
  3. Press seed mixture into a cookie cutter, press firmly so mixture is tight packed. 

 

4. Insert a piece of your straw into the shape to make a hole in your “cookie”. Be sure not to make your hole too close to the top, or the yarn will break right through when it’s hung. 

  

5. Let sit for one minute, slowly slide your cookie out of your cookie cutter.

6. Repeat until all your mixture has been used up.

7. Let dry over night 

 

When dry thread yarn through hole and they’re ready to be hung!

  

I’m hoping to catch a picture of our “friends” enjoying our special treat in the coming days. For now I’ll have to wait until morning for Frankie and I to hang these ones up!

xo,

Fran

Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas

Ok, yes I’m doing it again! 

I did it for Valentine’s Day now I’m doing it for Easter! 

All of the kids in our family get showered with candy at Easter. All of the aunts, uncles and grandparents get the kids chocolates. 

Then they get to do their Egg hunt and guess what….. More candy!!  

Last year I suggested we fill the eggs with some all natural fruit snack I found. After noticing all of the dirty looks I was getting, I got the hint… no one was on board with that idea lol!

We try to limit the candy The Easter Bunny leaves at our house because of the inevitable candy avalanche that is to come later in the day! 

This year we have the extra challenge of making an Easter basket for Emilia who will only be 5 months old at Easter. At Frankie’s first Easter he was 9 months old so we could include edible treats, no such luck this time!  

For Emilia we bought just a few things:

Hair accessories, teether, a pair of shoes, a rattle, a stuffed lamb and a little windup chick! (I couldn’t resist!)

  

Frankie’s basket was much easier, also Mike helped with his. That’s why you’ll notice the abundance of chocolate and candy in this one…..

For Frankie’s basket besides the candy we bought him:

A paintable bunny mask, bunny straws, paintable Easter magnets, a tic tac toe game, Easter slinkies, hopping frogs and a pack of markers.

  

Here is a list of some more things to add into your little ones Easter basket this year! 

  • Bubbles
  • Bunny Ears 
  • Activity books
  • Bath toys
  • Play doh
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sippy cups
  • Crayons
  • Playing cards
  • Board books
  • Nail polish
  • Puzzles
  • Beach toys
  • Jump rope 
  • Rattles 
  • Kite
  • Pjs
  • Bouncy balls
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Stickers
  • Stamp set
  • Headband/hat
  • Fun socks
  • Finger paint
  • Easter plate and cup
  • Finger puppets
  • Water gun
  • Toy cars

I hope I’ve helped all you parents with some fun new ideas for Easter this year!  Any other ideas you’d like to share? I would love to hear them! 

xo,

Fran 

Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

With two little ones it’s hard to plan a fun filled day and also be able to prep a meal and have it ready in time for dinner everyday.

 My crock pot has been a life saver! Especially on Mondays after a busy weekend, who wouldn’t want more time to relax and hang out with the kids?

I’m always trying to find new ways to use it. I would use it everyday if I could! While scrolling through Pinterest I saw a few recipes for potatoes, so I decided to put my own spin on them and came up with this recipe!

Crock Pot Garlic Parm Potatoes

3 lb baby potatoes, halved ( I used to multicoloured ones, but any variety will do)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened 

4 cloves of garlic , minced

1 tsp dried basil 

1/2 tsp dried dill

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup greater Parmesan cheese

2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped 

1. Lightly coat the inside of your crockpot with non stick cooking spray. Place potatoes, olive oil, butter, garlic, oregano, basil, and dill into your crockpot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together so potatoes are evenly coated.

  

2. Cover and cook: low heat 4-5 hours or high heat 2-3 hours or until tender.

3. Serve immediately, topped with the Parmesan cheese and garnished with the chopped parsley.

  

So, that’s it, I really don’t think it could be any easier! 

Enjoy all of the extra spare time this recipe gives you, and these delicious potatoes. They are a perfect side dish for any dinner! I served ours with a pork roast and everyone’s plates were scraped clean!

Enjoy!

Fran 

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Yesterday, I experienced a rare occurrence in our home. Both children slept past 8:30! So what did I do with this free time? Go back to sleep? Enjoy actually finishing a cup of coffee while its still hot?

Nope, this lady made a chocolate chip pound cake!

Frankie commented that the house smelled sooooo good when he woke up! I made sure to tell him not to get used it! The next time this happens (fingers crossed) I’ll be staying in bed.

Try this recipe for yourself, it tastes great no matter what time you make it!

chocolate chip pound cake
Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

  • 1 3/4 Cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1Tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 butter (softened)
  • 1Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350, grease a 9 inch loaf pan.

2. In a small bowl whisk flour and salt, set aside.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. ( about 5 mins)

4. Slowly add in eggs, then yolks, then vanilla. Beat until fluffy. (About 3 mins)

5. Add the flour mixture gradually to your wet ingredients, beat on low until combined.

6. Fold in chocolate chips.

7. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 50- 60 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

8. Let cake cool for 20-30 min before removing from pan.

We had a piece right after it cooled for a bit, it was still warm and so good!

Enjoy,

Fran

Spring Flowers 

With the beginning of March a small light at the end of this dark cold winter tunnel is in sight!

I thought I would share a fun craft Frankie and I made for both my Mother and Mother in law for Mothers Day! He loved making them and they loved recieving them. The best part is, you only use things you probably already have around the house!  

These adorable flowers will lever wilt and will always be around to brighten your home to give you a little hope that all of this snow will soon be gone!

What you need:

Egg cartons ( as many as you want depending on how many flowers you would like)

Paint

Pipe cleaners

1 enthusiastic little helper!

Pretty easy directions, 

Cut out all the individual cups of the egg carton. 



You can shape them into different flowers shapes, but I thought they looked cute as they were.

Paint the cups whatever colours you would like, completely inside and out. My helper wanted rainbow flowers! 

Then set aside to dry!



(Frankie loved this part, but we took many breaks to wipe my little clean freak’s hands lol)



Then we used pipe cleaner to make stems! Construction paper would make great leaves but we used pipe cleaners for those as well. We then wrapped each bouquet up the same as a florist would. I didn’t get a picture of that but trust me it was super cute!



This bouquet is now proudly displayed at Frankie’s Nonna’s house and I think they are adorable!



This was a fun activity that I thought I would share, and a perfect way to welcome spring with your little one!

Have Fun!

xo Fran

Shrimp pasta with lemon butter sauce

Making dinner every night can be a challenge and honesty it can get pretty boring. I find myself making the same things over and over again. Mainly because they are things that Frankie will eat without sitting at the table for an hour arguing with me!

I see the look on Mike’s face when he gets home, ” oh (insert one of my 5 main dishes on rotation) again….”  Sorry Mike!

We recently discovered Frankie loves shrimp, and what kid doesn’t like pasta? So I had a starting point! 

I really wasn’t in the mood for tomato sauce, so the experiment began. 

I was really happy with the final product and so was everyone else, especially Frankie who asked for seconds!!! Once I picked myself up off the floor after fainting from that request, I decided everyone should try this recipe out!

Shrimp with lemon butter sauce

1 lb raw peeled shrimp

4 cloves of garlic minced

Zest of one lemon

Juice of half a lemon

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

3 Tbsp butter

1 tbsp basil

4oz pasta of your choice

Grated Parmesan for serving

Place your shrimp in a bowl and add half of your chopped garlic, the lemon zest and vegetable oil. Stir everything together making sure shrimp are well coated and let marinate while you continue.

Cook your pasta, until just before done. About 1 minute before package directions say.

During the last 5 minutes of pasta cooking, heat your butter in a large skillet until it starts to bubble.

Add the remaining garlic and sauté about 30 seconds, add your shrimp with the marinade and lemon juice continue to cook until shrimp are just turning pink.

Add basil and mix well.

Reserve 1/4 cup of your pasta water, then drain your pasta and add it directly to the pan. Quickly stir to combine and allow both the shrimp and pasta to continue cooking until done.

If sauce does not completely coat pasta add the reserved pasta water until to your liking, discard the rest.

Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.



It’s a quick and easy recipe that everyone will love!

Enjoy,

xo Fran

Liebster Award! 

Yesterday the lovely holly from http://hollyshousewifelife.blogspot.ca/ awarded me the Liebster award! 

I was so excited, so happy, so honered, so ……. Confused! Ha ha!

Being a newbie blogger I didn’t know what this involved, so I did some digging online. 

What I found was that this is a blogging award going around that’s about showing some love to some of your newer favourite blogs, while getting to know them better. 

 There are a few rules to this;

You thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Answer the 10 questions about yourself.

 Nominate other bloggers for the award that have fewer than 2000 followers. 

Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by posting links to their blogs in your blog post. 

 So here we go! 

 1.How did you get the name for your blog?

I was trying to think of something catchy, something that reflects my life. 

Unfortunately  Pj wearing, messy haired, sleep deprived  stay at home mommy that likes to eat snacks didn’t really have a good ring to it, 

so……. The hungry homemaker was a close second place! 

 2.Why did you start blogging ?

I love cooking baking and sharing recipes. After becoming a mommy I spend my days being subject to the weird things my son says and does. 

 I would constantly post quotes and and pictures of the crazy things he did on Facebook,and many people suggested I start a blog sharing his daily antics. I also thought of it as something to do for myself, a way of getting some me time. 

 While Hiding from my crazy family…. Just kidding…. Sometimes. 

 3.What is your favourite food?

I love all food, honestly it’s hard to choose just one. If I had to I would have to say sushi. When we go to an all you can eat sushi restaurant you better believe I get my money worth!

4.What do you like to do in your spare time.

Spare time… spare time? I remember those days…… 

 Nowadays spare time comes pretty rarely.

When I do get it, I like to read, catch up on some of my favourite shows, actually engage in adult conversation and find out what is going on in the world. 

(Besides the super exciting daily lives of the residents of Sesame Street I’m really out of the loop) 

 5. What is your dream vacation spot?

Somewhere tropical is always a safe choice, but if I really think about it I would want to go back to Italy. I was 13 the last time I visited. I have family there I haven’t seen in many years.

My grandmother, Aunt and cousins are there who my children have never met. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another trip there. 

It’s a beautiful place where I made many memories that I hold close to my heart and I would love for my children to have the same opportunity. 

 6. Are you a cat or dog person

Dog person all the way. Reason being I grew up around dogs, and cat hair makes me swell up like a balloon and almost die so………. 

 7. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?

In fifty years I see my self as the crazy old grandma with big hair, who speaks her mind and wears a lot of animal print! 

So kind of like now just with wrinkles ha!

By that time I’ll be 80,’I would want to be able to spend time with my children and hopefully grandchildren passing down family traditions and stories. 

I pray to be happy and healthy and enjoy my golden years surrounded by family and some doctors who are really good at Botox! 

 8. Do you like meeting new people?

In truth, I do and I don’t. I’m a pretty shy person who won’t initiate conversation, but I’ll talk up a storm if someone starts a conversation with me. 

I’ve been told sooooo many times before “I thought you would be such a “b” before I met you” thanks resting b****face! 

 I suffer from mild social anxiety and while I would love to be that outgoing person that I want to be, I’m always questioning myself and worrying about others opinions of me. Even blogging and sharing myself in that way was a big thing for me. 

 9. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

The first thing that comes to mind is of course my children, they are all I’ve every wanted and I love them more than anything! 

I know, I know que the “Awwwwwwwws.” 

 If I had to choose a material thing, it would be the tickets to the Madonna concert Mike got me last year because, HELLO!! Madonna! 

 10. If you had one wish what would it be?

The one thing I would wish for would be for all of my family and friends to be happy and healthy! 

 Also jewels lots and lots of jewels, 

 but mostly everyone happy and healthy….

 So there you go, a little more about me! 

Now I nominate these bloggers who I enjoy reading  about and following on Instagram.

http://gluedtomycraftsblog.com/ 

http://armywifetosuburbanlife.com/ 

http://www.firsttimefancy.com/ 

http://www.goddessofbaking.com/ 

http://www.lovebakeread.blogspot.ca/ 

http://www.mykitchenlove.com/ 

http://www.freezerfriendlymoms.com/ 

http://momwifefoodie.tumblr.com/ 

http://thelittlehouseondavis.com/ 

https://foodishope.wordpress.com/

Have fun! 

 xo

Fran