Author Archives: Christy Pogorelac

Easy Slow Cooker Ideas

Slow cooking for fast family meals

I am the mother to an extremely sassy toddler. I also work full-time. So like many working moms, I have developed a series of routines that help me balance both sides of my life. One of which is the after-work-dinnertime-routine. It goes like this: Every day, I leave the office and pick up my daughter from the babysitter’s house. We then drive home, let the dog out to go potty and make dinner. I … (read more)

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Sweet Potato Chips

Baked sweet potato chips are a super-easy to prepare and super-healthy snack.

  • 2 whole Sweet potatoes, washed & unpeeled
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice the unpeeled potato in thin rounds. Arrange the slices on the prepared sheets, and keep them from touching as much as possible. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake for 45 minutes. Turn chips over and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. … (read more)

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Pumpkin-Banana Brekkie Bars

These easy, home-baked breakfast bars are packed with tons of energy and nutrients to help get each day off to a great start for your little guy or girl.

  • 2 whole bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
  • 3 tbsp honey*
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom … (read more)

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Baked Apple Oatmeal

A great breakfast recipe for all ages!

  • 2 2/3 cup Old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 3 2/3 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar, packed
  • 2 whole Apples, peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider
  • 1 whole Banana (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine all ingredients, except the banana, in a 2 quart casserole dish.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed … (read more)

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Easy Apple Snackers

Steamed and seasoned apples are an easy finger food to make for baby.

  • 1 whole Apple
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

Wash, peel and core the apple.
Cut into small, bite sized pieces that are large enough for baby to pick up without being a choking hazard.
Pour water into saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.
Add apple pieces, ginger and vanilla. Stir and cover.
Reduce heat … (read more)

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Enjoy Safe Summertime Fun

Summertime and the livin’s easy. After a season of cold temperatures and indoor activities, swimming pools, sunshine and backyard barbecues offer appealing options for family fun. Before you head outdoors, take a moment to review a few quick tips that will help make those long, summertime days injury-free.

Get sun smart.

So you’ve probably heard that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and is commonly caused by ultraviolet (UV) light, or sunlight, … (read more)

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Items You’ll Need to Take Your Baby Beyond the Bottle

Adding solid foods to mealtime is an exciting and important milestone for you and your baby, ranking up there with crawling and saying that long-awaited first word. Not only is your baby moving past the extrusion reflex and learning how to eat from a spoon, but she is finally getting to enjoy some of the same foods you love. Different than the bottle or breastfeeding, this is a new opportunity for bonding at the dinner table, and depending on your … (read more)

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Homemade Baby Food Storage Tips

How long is too long for your homemade purées?

Chances are that if you are taking time out to prepare a delicious mango-blueberry puree for your baby, that you are going to make more than one 3-ounce serving in the process. Sure, there are times when you will make just enough of something to cover a meal. For the most part, if you have decided to make your own baby food, then there are probably several mango-blueberry breakfasts in your … (read more)

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