Kitchen Tools for Kids

We love to cook together as a family. Recently my kids have expressed the desire to be more helpful in the kitchen. While we have always involved them we have not been keen to let them cut much due to the risk of cutting themselves. Our kids are still under the age of 7, but we find that we do not want to discourage them from helping. So we did a little research and found this really great set of utensils perfect for little hands.

Curious Chef is a line of kitchen products designed with kids in mind. They feature knives, baking utensils, and even specialty gadgets like apple slicers. We wanted our kids to be able to get snacks themselves and be able to help us when they wanted to without worrying about them. The Curious Chef knives are made of nylon with a tooth-like edge. They are perfect for cutting meat, hard vegetables and fruits, and they are less likely to cut your child. The work with a sawing motion, which is fairly easy for little hands to figure out.

They are available on Amazon in multiple sets. We chose the set that came with knives and the apple slicer since we spend a lot of time eating apples and baking with them this time of year. So far our kids love them. We even ordered an extra set to have at their Grandma’s house because she loves when they come over to bake with her. If you have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen you should definitely check it out, it has been a lifesaver for us.

 

Apple Pie Muffin: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm.

We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make ti a slow-going enjoyable fall day. When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We of course enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffin recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute  half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!)

Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!

Ben Sherman: Looks for Fall

Fall is coming! At least we have been promised it is coming. We are still seeing a lot of record-breaking heat wave days here on the west coast, but we have that cool crisp morning and evening air coming in which can only mean one thing — FALL IS COMING!! So of course that means we should break out all things fall. Halloween decorations, autumn themed decorations, boots, jeans, and long-sleeve shirts!!

My boys do not have a lot of long-sleeve looks right now. Over the last year they have grown so much that everything is too short! We have a lot of hand-me-downs thanks to a cousin that is a year older than my youngest, so we get a lot of clothes that way. However, as goes the way of hand-me-downs most of the really fabulous and special stuff is kept for nostalgia. This means we don’t get some of the fancier dressy looking items that my boys will need for the holidays and big events coming up.

The Boy’s Store has a great line — Ben Sherman — that always has some fantastic dressy-casual looks that are perfect for fall weather and holiday events. Right now they are even priced out at only $9 each!! So I am running to get a few items that will satiate my fall look hunger and keep us prepared for the holidays coming up.

Plaid Button Down Shirt by Ben Sherman: This decorative rolled sleeve blue plaid button down is perfect for fall weather. It has that crisp outdoor rugged yet handsome style that will make even the smallest little man loo like a mini-grown up. It can be paired with jeans, corduroy, slacks, you name it! Dress it up or keep it casual, you cannot go wrong with plaid in the fall.

Batiste Shirt by Ben Sherman: This decorative rolled shirt is denim on the outside and plaid lined. It really makes the shirt feel very sophisticated yet rugged and comfortable all at the same time. Pair it with whatever pants you want and make it the look that screams cool.

Striped Button Down Shirt by Ben Sherman: This dark button down leans more towards dressy than casual, but can still be worn either way. It will look great in photos and would make a great chose for a school photo day or for family photos!