Most important meal of the day.

Just uncovered this from the photo dump folder while I was cleaning up and had to post it to the blog. I have to wonder just how many other moms out there have this same dilemma. Although I always have snacks for the little guy available in my purse, I will forget to pack my own breakfast three times out of five a week. At least this means that my supply of baby snacks is always relatively fresh 😉 Those Moomin whole grain and fruit cereal bars (middle) are pretty tasty, actually. The Ella’s cookies were a bit dry but …

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French Toast Cut-Outs

Right, so I realize that this one is sort of a cheat, because who doesn’t like french toast? Especially when it’s cut into cute little animal shapes and drizzled with maple syrup? To be fair, the recipe that I used from Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner did not have any added sugar element, as befitted something for very small people. However, since I was making the toast for everybody and the baby saw me using syrup, he had to have a bit too. It is pretty much this recipe without the sugar and with a bit …

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Hedgehog Mushroom Omelette

A couple posts back, I shared a photo of some wild hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum repandum) I collected in the forest adjacent to our house. We are lucky enough to have some very choice mushroom species grow practically in our backyard — not usually enough for more than a small meal here and there, but it always seems like a treat when most people have to go on special mushroom hunting expeditions to get them. Blob is inordinately fond of mushrooms, we found out this summer, and the hubby is not so much, so it all ends up working out well …

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Chocolate Cake Oatmeal!

Most days, I try to put a bit of thought into what goes on the table. Sometimes, however, it’s all I can do to shove some oatmeal and water into the microwave whilst shoveling food into Blob’s mouth. On top of having one of those mornings recently, I was also in a very indecisive mood. We had some cake in the fridge, you see, but it was 7AM and I am starting to find that my sweet tooth isn’t what it once was. Still, the chocolate cake we had made days before was calling to me. Saying, “I’m chocolate! And I’m cake!” So I …

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Crab Quiche

Yet another quiche! This one, because I happened to find canned crab meat at the supermarket when I was out shopping the other day. Although that might not seem like anything special in, well, just about any other country, it was a huge and pleasant surprise to me. I use crab meat in lots of dishes and I was vastly disappointed when I found that most Finnish supermarkets simply didn’t carry it back when we first moved here. I’d have my out-of-country friends load up on it when they came visiting, which I’m sure got them all kinds of weird …

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Finnish-American Pancakes

I’ve written about my ever-evolving pancake tinkering in the past, and I’m pretty sure this will not be the last post. However, it has been a little less than four years since I last mentioned these, so I suppose they are fair game. Especially since I am now converting everything over to printable recipe format with my shiny new plugin. 😀 As I mentioned before, these are the result of years of tinkering to come to a happy compromise between the eggy thin Finnish pancakes the hubby likes and the fluffier American ones that I’m used to. They’re a little …

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Asparagus Bacon Quiche

One of the big things on my list for pre-baby prep has been to make and freeze as many meals as possible so that we have a wide variety of easily-reheated homemade food to last through the first months when we’ll (well, let’s be honest — I’LL) be too tired to cook. To this end, I try to double everything I make now and freeze the leftovers as fast as possible so we don’t end up eating them all ahead of time. It encourages me to keep cooking rather than rummage around for the easy stuff. With the whole gestational …

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Naked Quiche

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Hey look, it’s another recipe! Been a while since I’ve posted one of these, eh? Mostly because I haven’t had as much time to experiment in the kitchen as I did in the past, sadly. When your main goal most evenings is just to slap together something that’s edible for tomorrow’s lunch, new recipes aren’t at the top of the list. This was one of the things I made back when I was still doing weekly menu planning, and it also happens to be quick and painless enough to keep around for the weekday lunch rotation.

So yes, naked quiche! Yeah, sure, the original recipe calls it “crustless”, but same thing, right?

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Lemon Lavender Muffins

Autumn is certainly here, and with it come cooler temperatures and less sunlight. My lavender plant has been the most affected by this — I’ve watched it go from vigorously overgrown to shriveled and dead within the last few weeks. Luckily, I harvested and froze a batch of leaves before this happened, so have some fresh lavender to use this winter. I didn’t get too many blooms out of it, because I started it a few months later than typical. Next year, I’ll definitely pick up a plant the minute they can come out in the spring and give it …

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Streusel-topped Bilberry Muffins

Well, strawberry season has come and gone but late July saw the start of bilberry season! The plastic berry scoopers and baskets (for the do-it-yourselfers) started to show up in stores early in the month and a couple of weeks later, the kiosks outside the markets all had fresh bilberries for sale. Apparently this year’s harvest has been a bit sparse, due to the unusually hot and dry summer. We were going to pick berries at the summer home last week, but the boy’s grandparents reported that there were barely any to be had, since they hadn’t gotten enough rain …

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