Monday, October 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Turkey time! I made this Thanksgiving dinner set for my little ones, who love to pretend to cook. My little Chef will be as busy as me on Thanksgiving! It is similar to the chicken dinner set, however it has been modified a bit with more vegetables (come on, this is Thanksgiving we're talking about! MORE FOOD!) & a side of cranberry sauce. Keep your eyes open in my shop for a whole turkey complete with stuffing that is coming soon!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Peony Onesie Product Review

I love shopping on etsy - I love the incredible artists that make up the etsy empire... So, when I find a particularly amazing item, I shout out support for it!

I love this Peony flower onesie that was made by adorablefiend. It is beautiful, eye-pleasing & looks great on this gorgeous little girl! She custom paints the images (I have another one of a Sakura blossom) onto a white onesie - it even has a flower on the bum!

Check out her shop to see her awesome work!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Caramel Apple Time!

Autumn is here, so it is befitting to create some Harvest Festival favorites - Caramel Apples! These tasties are life size with the "caramel" felt layer sewn on the apple. The stick is wrapped in felt & securely stitched to the bottom of the apple - perfect for little hands to hold. These make me dream of the real thing... (If you are interested in the most divine sweets & baked nummies, I recommend JustBakin on Enough to ruin anyone's diet!)

Thankfully, my apples are high in fiber & have no fat whatsoever. ;) But please, save me a lawsuit! Don't eat my felt food items... save them for the imaginations of your children.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

That's Just CORNY!

Yeah yeah, cheesy title, but it got your attention didn't it?

With the Fall Harvest upon us, it was time for me to finish a Farmer's Market vegetable basket. Even though our local market is over, I like to relive our fun late summer days at the park eating baskets of tomatoes & peaches with my little felt food Farmer's Market Basket.

These are almost the same as the fresh produce from the local vendors - just more fiber! I love the eggplant & the corn the most. I made the corn removable so little chefs can add them to their pretend dinner plates - maybe the chicken dinner?

So I say, "Come one, come all! Get your 'fresh' farmer's produce! Grown right here locally in the BugBites family garden!" It's a shameless plug, I know, but I'm in a "corny" mood today... Happy Harvest!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Favorite Fall Recipe

I am going to switch gears in this post & talk about some real food love... Apple Carrot Cake! When Autumn arrives with the cool days & color explosion in our canyon, I start thinking about comfort food. & this is one of my favorite things to eat in the Harvest season. It is whole wheat, high fiber, & all that other healthy stuff. I actually serve this to my kids on their first birthdays Here's the recipe so you can fall in love with it too! Try it & tell me what you think...

Apple Carrot Wheat Cake (from Jeffrey L. Anderson)

1/3 c. Granulated Sugar
1/3 c. Brown Sugar
1/3 c. Canola Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/3 c. Buttermilk
1 c. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 c. Carrots - grated
1 c. Apples - grated
1/3 c. Nuts (Almonds, Pecans)
2/3 c. Oatmeal (not instant) or Granola
1/4 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix sugars, oil, eggs, salt, cinnamon & buttermilk together until thoroughly blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into an 8x8" greased pan & bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 9.