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Millet Muffins

Muffins are a tricky business.

Grocery store varieties and even healthy looking versions from the bakery are usually loaded with processed sugar. And it’s difficult to find one that is made from whole grains.

When I first started baking my own whole wheat muffins they were dense and dry. Barely edible past the first day. Then I discovered whole wheat pastry flour also known as soft wheat flour. I now bake almost exclusively with it.

Whole wheat pastry flour allows me to experiment with traditional recipes and produce a healthier whole grain version that is healthy and yummy :)

These muffins make a great grab-and-go breakfast for days you’re running late (I have them even when I’m not running late)! Or hey, you could savour them as a mid-afternoon snack ;)


number activities

Mirror math with glass gems and dry erase markers

I’ve been doing a lot of number counting with my four year old and when I saw the post about number bubbles on Mamma.Papa.Bubba I knew that these mirrors would be a hit at our house. I was right. I couldn’t find mirror tiles at the dollar store (I checked several stores) and in the end I got mine from Ikea for $7.99. It was a four pack amounting to $2 a piece. Here’s what you need for this activity: mirror tiles… READ MORE ➞

painted rocks

Alphabet (Painted) Rocks

These were inspired by a set of alphabet painted baltic sea pebbles I spotted on Etsy.  Last year. Safiya collected pebbles (that were flat and just the right size) last Summer and she’s been waiting patiently ever since for us to get around to this project. I finally bought some acrylic paint and a can of glaze (plus a pack of pebbles from the dollar store so we’d have enough to go around)! While I was painting my ABC’s, the… READ MORE ➞

picky eaters

A FUN, Interactive System to Transform Your Picky Eater

See that cute kid on the fridge magnet? That’s my darling seven year old. Two years ago she ate a variety of foods that covered all the major food groups. She could have been a poster child for the food pyramid. Not so much anymore.   To rectify the situation, I was searching online for kid’s nutrition activities (I was hoping to teach mine the importance of a varied diet) when I stumbled upon a nutrition chart that was used by a mum… READ MORE ➞

Old San Juan

A Family Trip to Puerto Rico

For the past five years, our vacations have veered towards all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. The first time we travelled to an all-inclusive we had three kids and I was pregnant with my fourth. It was sheer bliss. The second time we chose this route, we had a six month infant in tow. The all-inclusive brand of vacation worked for us. Until it didn’t. On our last vacation we spent ten days in a lovely resort in Punta Cana. Safiya… READ MORE ➞

Teen sleep habits

Is Your Teen’s Sleep Pattern Cause for Concern?

Watching our teen girls stay up past midnight on week-ends and then sleep half the day away has been a constant source of frustration for both my husband and I. It was driving us bonkers. A few weeks ago, we made it clear that everyone in our home was expected to be up by 9:00am on week-ends. We’re up at 7am with the younger two, so technically, the teens are still sleeping in! Although, we didn’t specify a set bed-time, we did warn them to be… READ MORE ➞

teens texting

Does “Normal” Define the Standard for YOUR Teen?

Two years ago I had 4 children. Now I have 2 children and 2 teen-aged girls. My teens used to have limited screen time up until they were 10 and 12 years old. Over the past 2 years we’ve been stumbling down a slippery slope. Why We Stumbled 1. The birth of my fourth child. My eldest was ten years old when my son was born and she was still too young to stay home alone or to babysit; so… READ MORE ➞

Ice Storm

A Winter Wonderland

Tens of thousands of families spent the days leading up to Christmas without power or heat. Some families woke up Christmas morning with power yet to be restored to their homes. Our family was spared the chaos as we were in sunny Puerto Rico and hence we missed the aftermath of the ice storm. When we returned home on Thursday night, the scenery that greeted us was incredible. Trees everywhere were encased in ice. It felt surreal. A winter wonderland. I thought you might… READ MORE ➞

teens eating

Keep Calm and Carry On

  My teens complain ALL THE TIME that there is nothing to eat. But this is a good thing. There used to be plenty to eat at our house. The pantry was stocked with cookies, assorted chip packets and microwave popcorn. And that’s just a sample of the snacks that used to be. We also had Bear Paw Brownies, chocolate chip granola bars and Rice Krispies squares. Yes, there used to be plenty to eat at our house. My teens… READ MORE ➞

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