Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Small Style: Summer Girl September 8, 2011

Filed under: Small Style — gastromami @ 9:27 am

We headed to “The Shore” this weekend to enjoy the last little bit of summer

A mini family day vacation, if you will

Joyful Confession:  The Shore < The Great Lakes

But we will do it more often next summer, for sure


On Fiona:

Romper:  Carters,  gifted from Abuela

Muslin Blanket:  Bambino Land

(Love, love, love their super large blankets that can still wrap up my baby and am mourning her recent Houdini-like skills)

(P.S. – I know I’m late to the party but I LOVE INSTAGRAM)

*Linking up to Small Style on Mama Loves Papa


Cinnamon Breakfast Bites September 7, 2011

Filed under: 'Nack! (Snacks!),Dessert!,For Helpers! — gastromami @ 2:34 pm


First off …. a GastroMami FYI

I know that the “tool doesn’t make the artist” but in the restaurant world we do say “how good a steak is depends on the sharpness of your knife”

and here I’m going to say,

My good camera is broken so all pictures are being taken with my very-handy-love to have with me-waterproof camera and, although sufficient for my needs, it doesn’t always produce the best shots, especially in our windowless kitchen!



Although I don’t ever want him to become a chef (I’d love to have him around for holidays!) it is one of our favorite things to do together when Fiona is sleeping!

Last week I had totally forgotten that we had a playdate scheduled and our cupboards still looked like we were on vacation.  I found this recipe on Lovin’ from the Oven and it was perfect since we had everything on hand!

The best part of this recipe – Ren, seriously, did almost everything “all by self,” as he likes to say

Honestly, I was amazed but hey, with his father, I shouldn’t have been surprised!

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

(with little fingers doing the dipping – we had to modify the original recipe in response to spillage!)

Put the rice cereal in a plastic baggie and let your little helper crush away!

In a bowl mix the flour, crushed cereal, 2 T sugar, baking powder & salt

Let your helper mix in the butter, with their hands, until the mixture is crumbly

Slowly add the milk

Mix until just moistened

Roll into balls

While your helper is rolling the batter into balls, melt 1/4 (or 1/2) cup butter and mix together 3/4 cup sugar & 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Dip balls into butter & then sugar/cinnamon & place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

(we were out of parchment paper so I lightly greased a cookie sheet – but, due to the stickiness of the melted sugar I would use parchment!!)

Bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes

Ren (and friends!) approved!


September ONE September 1, 2011

Filed under: ONE — gastromami @ 5:25 pm

I don’t know if it is the change of seasons,

The thought that it has been one year of doing ONE posts

Or that the biggest one was folding diapers (!) while the littlest was playing in the exersaucer

but today I have felt like my kids are GROWING TOO FAST!

Reny is 2

Fiona is 4 months

Inspired by Adventures in Babywearing


small style: Irene Inspired

Filed under: Small Style,Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 6:24 am


Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in Ripley, NY sans TV) you were probably, like the rest of us, glued to The Weather Channel last weekend as Irene made her slow and destructive march up the Eastern coast. And, in true 24-hour news channel fashion, it had us here in Philly frantically calling relatives to stay with “just in case,” running to the grocery store for water, canned foods, batteries & wine, pulling out candles (even though it wasn’t an anniversary), and wondering “do I really want to climb up and tape those windows?”

And, while the lady didn’t move north without leaving her mark, we here in downtown Philadelphia were, gratefully, spared the worst of her wrath.

We were, however, graced with so much rain that puddle jumping was inevitable.


And we LOVE puddle jumping!

On Ren:

Fireman Rain Jacket: Carters, gifted from his Tio Willie (who is a real fireman!)
Big Brother shirt: Gymboree
Shorts: Gap
Rainboots: Western Chief via Zulily

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