Roasted Garlic and Parmesean Broccoli 

Coming up with new ways to get Frankie to eat his veggies without a fight can be hard.

Thankfully broccoli is one of his favourites no matter how I prepare it, but it’s always nice to change things up!

This recipe is so easy it’s crazy, and so good. Mike was raving about it for hours, it’s only broccoli calm down buddy!…. (Well actually it was REALLY good!)

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Broccoli 

  • 3 Cups of broccoli 
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425, grease a large baking sheet

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, mix well making sure broccoli is well coated.
  2. Pour broccoli onto your prepared baking sheet, making sure they’re spread out evenly. Sprinkle any leftover ingredients over broccoli. 
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until broccoli is cooked through.
  4. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with extra parmesean cheese if you choose before serving.

   
Could it be easier?? 

Enjoy, this easy and delicious side dish. If you’re making this and need a guest for dinner I’m sure Mike will be more than happy to join you! 

xo, Fran

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Frankie’s Lunches Week 1 In Review + First Week Update!

So we have come to the end of Frankie’s first week of school! 

On its own it would have been a pretty exciting time, but Frankie decided to add a little more “fun” to the week! 

After dropping him off on his first day, I hadn’t even reached our house while I walked home when my cell phone rang! It was the school, Frankie had fallen and hit his head, he was ok but they would monitor him and update me.

I then got another call at 1:30 saying his head had started to really bleed and I should pick him up and take him to get it checked out! Off we went to the emergency room….

 

Thankfully he didn’t need stitches, a little glue and he was good as new! (Not to mention he made friends with the nurses in the emergency room and got a Popsicle while he waited to see a doctor )
The rest of the week went by much quieter! 

He came home each day with stories of trips to the library, story time, new friends and crafts! 

I decided to post his week of school lunches, to help some of you who might be in a rut and need some ideas! (Also I know I’ll be coming back to these photos when I’m lost in a few weeks!)

I love this lunch container I found for Frankie, it’s made by Cool gear and has so many perfectly sized compartments. The middle blue tray is a freezer pack that helps organize the smaller containers while keeping everything cool! 

  
   

  

  1. Chicken wrap, carrots and cucumber. Babybel cheese, pear and strawberry fruit salad and a minion cookie treat.
  2. Mini spinach and tomato frittatas (recipe in archives) cheese string, carrots and cucumber. A Mandarin orange and some mini Oreos.
  3. Ham sandwich on a mini ciabatta bun,cheddar cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes with grape and strawberry fruit salad.
  4. Chicken nuggets (left over from dinner) carrots and cucumber. Babybel cheese, grapes, apples slices and a minion cookie.
  5. Ham wrap, cheese string, Mandarin Orange, Annie’s whit cheddar bunny crackers, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Week one is done! On to the next one. 

Here’s to hoping it won’t be as “eventful”……. We’re slowly starting to get into the swing of things and getting used to these early mornings. A huge change from our “early 8/9 am wake ups and lazy days where we had no plans and did what ever we felt like. Nevertheless, Frankie loves school and is always excited to run (CAREFULLY!!) into the school yard and meet up with his new friends everyday! 

To keep up with what’s for lunch, follow along on Instagram:https://instagram.com/thehungryhomemakerblog/

Or search the hashtag: #frankieslunchbox

This momma is ready for the weekend! (A nap would be nice too!) 

xo, Fran 

Frankie’s First Day + Giveaway ! 

So it happened! 

Yesterday Frankie had his first full day of kindergarten.

I have to admit, the night before I didn’t get much sleep. I was worried about how he would handle it. Frankie was never put into daycare and has pretty much spent every day for the last 4 years with me. 

Also the fact that my emotions came into play, replaying the last 4 years in my mind and wondering when my 8 pound 11 ounce new born turned into this big kid! 

We of course did the traditional first day picture!  

first day of school, printables, giveaway

And then headed off to school!  (Doesn’t he look so small with that huge backpack?….. sigh)

When we got to school he ran righ into the school yard to join all the other kids. So much for my sentimental emotional goodbye …..

Yes I did shed a few tears, but I was wearing my sunglasses so my tears were well hidden! 

Seeing Frankie take so well to his surroundings made me feel so much better. (Also helped to prevent more tears!)

Once we were home, it felt pretty strange! 

It was way too quiet. Nap time for Emilia was actually peaceful and wait for it……. I actually laid down with her!!!! Unfortunately the rest of the time when Emilia was awake, she was pretty sad. Constantly looking around in search of her best friend. 

Poor Emilia was not happy! Not to mention our dog sat by the door crying most of the day.

The day did fly by pretty fast. Before I knew it I was waiting by the school yard gate for my big kid! I watched from afar as he played with his new friends. It made me so happy to see him happy! When it was time to go he spotted me and waved from his line, with a huge smile on his face.

He ran right up to Mike, Emilia and I, and almost started crying because he was so happy to see us! On the way home we heard all about his fun day and all of the things he did. He then proudly showed us some of the cool things he worked on!  


All in all he had a great first day! 

Isn’t that first day printable adorable? 

  
I came across Sandra Ferguson Designs on Etsy, and instantly fell in love with her printables. She creates beautiful prints,birth stats, party invitation, banners and greeting cards! All of which you can instantly print at home. I love supporting local small businesses and this one is only 20 mins from my house! 

Find out more about Sandra’s designs and products on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SandraFergusonDesign

In honour of Frankie’s first day I’ve teamed up with Sandra to offer one lucky winner a $10 store credit to her shop! You can put it toward a beautiful keepsake back to school print like the one I got for Frankie, or one of her other beautiful products! 

Head over to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Thehungryhomemakerblog for all of the details! 

I hope everyone else had a successful first day of school! Here’s to a happy and fun school year for all of our little (and not so little) ones! 

xo, Fran 

Story time + Little Voice book review

We’ve been reading to both of our children since before they were born. Frankie loves story time and will sit and listen to the same story over and over. I am definitely a book lover, whenever I get a chance you’ll usually find me cuddled up with a book and a cup of tea! So story time is right up my alley.

We are proof that reading to your children helps develop early speaking and reading skills. Frankie started putting words together before he was a year old, and at just 4 he’s been able to read sentences and new words for a while now. I hope Emilia also inherits a love for reading! 

Even when we get busy and we may not get a chance to do it throught the day, there is always story time before bed. It’s a time when we can sit, relax and spend some quality time together in the evening. The books we choose are usually up to Frankie. (Usually something to do with superheroes) I do like to mix in books that can teach a life lesson or he can learn something new from.

I discovered a new book called Little Voice while scrolling through Instagram. 

  
It was written by Amanda Bernardo and beautifully illustrated by Samantha Clusiau-Lawlor.  

Little Voice has an amazing message inside its beautiful pages. 

The message: We all have that little voice inside of us. The one that tells us to be ourselves. It tells us to celebrate our differences, what we’re good at, what we love and everything that makes us…. Us! 

In a world where these days everyone wants to look, dress and act like everyone else, Little Voice is teaching little ones to be different! 

When I found this book, I was excited to read it to Frankie. I was hoping to inspire him and help let him see that just being himself is amazing! After reading it to him, I was inspired myself!

I wish that this book was around when I was growing up. I didn’t have very high self confidence and still struggle with it to this day. Frankie is a pretty confident kid but I’m glad that this book exists to help reinforce the message to be who he is and be proud of himself. 

As a parent, you really notice all of the negative influences and messages out there for kids to see. I try my best to fight them, but it’s good to know there are people out there that are helping fight all the negative with a great positive message like this one.

Please do yourselves a favour and check it out. For your little ones and for yourselves! 

You can find out more about the book and its creators at http://littlevoicethebook.com

Also follow along with the latest news and updates on Instagram: https://instagram.com/littlevoicebook/

It really is great and I’m so happy to have found it! 

xo, Fran

(I was sent a digital copy of this book for review and at no cost to myself. As always my opinions are honest and my own.) 

Fall Family Traditions 

I Can’t believe September is already here! 

This summer really flew by for us.

With the arrival of fall I always look forward to the many traditions we started when Frankie was born. I love looking back at the photos and seeing how much he changes every year. We have so much fun and make new memories that I know we will all hold in our hearts for years to come!

In September we go apple picking at a local orchard. Nothing beats picking your own apples right off the tree! I love Red delicious apples while Mike goes straight for the Honey Crisps! We’ve been doing this since Frankie was just a month old. The first year mike snapped a candid shot of me walking through the rows of trees with Frankie in my arms. I loved it, and decided it would be fun to recreate it every year and see how he’s grown!  ( You can tell I was pregnant last year from my big butt lol!)

With me only being 5 feet tall, I know it won’t be long until he’s taller than me! I also can’t wait to add Emilia into the picture this year! I look forward to it every year, and always shed a few tears looking back and comparing each one.

  
Frankie makes sure to taste test the apples before we buy them, you know just to make sure….. I’m pretty sure it’s his favourite part! (Mine too!) 

October means a trip to the pumpkin farm! 

As a kid we always got our pumpkins from the local grocery store. Living in the city there wasn’t a farm near by. 

We are so lucky to have a pumpkin farm only 10 minutes from our house. They have a petting zoo, pony rides, hot apple cider, kettle corn and of course tractor rides! On our first visit Frankie was only two months old. It was where we took our first family photo.

  
Of course Frankie slept through that whole visit. It’s now something he looks forward to every year! He marches into that field every year determined to find the perfect pumpkin! 

 

I think as a parent I look forward to these traditions and holidays even more than I did when I was young. I love seeing the excitement on Frankie’s face and all of the fun he has. I get so much joy seeing the smile on his face and hearing the sound of his laughter. 
I can’t wait for Emilia to join in on these traditions this year. I hope they both continue them when they have families of their own. 

Who knows, maybe I’ll have picture of myself walking through the orchard holding my grandchildren one day? 

Do you have any Fall traditions you and your family do every year? I’d love to hear them! 

xo, Fran