The Perfect Egg

A few weeks ago I stumbled on an article claiming to have cracked the code for the perfect hard-boiled egg.  It promised a well cooked, fluffy yolk, a non-rubbery egg white, and easy peeling!  I’ve heard similar claims before and so I was skeptical of this one, but decided to give it a try.  I’ve made them multiple times with the same results so I’m confident when I tell you, these eggs are perfect!  Here is the step-by-step:

  • bring water to a boil
  • lower cold eggs from the refrigerator into boiling water using a ladle or spoon (so they don’t crack)
  • boil for 30 seconds
  • pour a large cup (or 2)  of ice into the pot of boiling water
  • once the water reaches a boil again, cook for 11 minutes
  • remove from heat and drain water
  • run eggs under cold water until they’re cool to the touch
  • place in refrigerator

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Fall Treats

I’m so excited to be part of  a blog-hop series incorporating Montessori into the upcoming holiday season!  This 15 day event will give you some great ideas and I look forward to reading something new everyday from these fantastic bloggers.  Check out  Montessori Bloggers Network to see all the posts in this series and get some great ideas and inspiration!

Finding a snack for your little ones that is healthy, easy to make, tastes good, and uses multiple senses can feel like searching for a unicorn…blindfolded.  Well I think I found the unicorn!  This apple chip recipe is a delicious snack and becomes an edible garland for your winged/furry friends outside.  I hope you have as much fun as we did making both the snack and the craft! Continue reading

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Sweet Treat

The mere mention of fruit snacks, fruit roll ups or fruit gummies send my daughter into a wide-eyed frenzy.  We’re visiting my parents this week and BB (my mom) told me about a homemade fruit leather recipe she found on CookingLight.com.  I jumped at the chance to make a healthy, organic version of my daughter’s favorite treat using local peaches and fresh strawberries.  I love that it only has four ingredients and uses natural sugar from the fruit and a little honey to make it just the right amount of sweet.

Cutting Fruit with BB

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Soup in July

Despite the heat index of 109 today, my daughter requested soup to eat. Well, 4:30 rolled around and  I had zero plans for dinner. After fighting the strong urge to just call Papa John’s, I decided to whip up this easy, toddler approved meal. I’m not sure which she loves more, how delicious it tastes or helping me make it.  My mom made soup like this when I was little and it is still one of my all time favorites! I included the recipe for my light, veggie-packed  soup at the bottom of this post.

As with any Montessori lesson, preparing the environment is key and cooking with your children is no different. By giving them the tools and instruction they need, you set them up for success and your overall experience should be a happy one. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • make sure your child has a clear work space
  • use a Non-Slip Cutting Board to ensure everything stays put
  • cut veggies in half or quarters to keep them from rolling around
  • zucchini and squash are perfect for beginners because they slice so easily
  • use child friendly cutting tools like this Wavy Chopper(seriously one of my favorites!)
  • Yes those are affiliate links, but look at that beautiful crinkle-cut zucchini!

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