DIY Kale Crackers

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My daughter loves cheddar bunnies. Yes, I am a mom who will pay $2 more for ORGANIC cheesy crackers vs the little orange fish. As parents, we try try try to do our best, and that includes what we’re giving our kids for consumption. I’m not a complete hippie ok, so just hear me out. These are easy, don’t involve a lot of effort, and are an easy way for YOU to give your kid an extra veggie throughout the day. Because of my daughter’s love for cheddar bunnies, we always seem to be out of them. She eats them in fistfuls and for some reason, she prefers savory tastes to sweet. Once upon a time my husband bought me these spinach+kale tortilla chips and I gave one to Sugar Plum because she would not leave me alone. Well, giving her a chip only intensified her clingy-ness because then she wanted to eat the whole bag. SO, I decided why not make my own kale crackers to satisfy her? Not only could I relax about the ingredients, but it saves me from going through $5 boxes of cheddar bunnies.

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What you need:

  • ⅓ cup of frozen kale  (loose leaf spinach works too though!)
  • ¼ cup oil (I use avocado oil)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt)
  • 1 and ½ tbs water
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat flour)

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Sugar Plum was concerned at first, that it wasn’t cheddar bunnies that made their way into her mouth… She eventually asked for “more” of these kale starts, though!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Puree the kale, oil, salt, baking powder and water in a food processor or blender. (In my case, I used my nutribullet)
  3. Combine the flour and the spinach mixture in a mixing bowl.
  4. Knead the dough and form it into a nice ball.
  5. Roll the dough out on a well floured surface. The dough should be rolled out very thin for best results.
  6. Put the dough on a floured baking sheet or silicone baking mat.
  7. A cute cookie cutter, like my star, works well for cutting our the crackers from dough (a pizza cutter or knife will do if you don’t have one)
  8. Prick each cracker with a fork.
  9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  10. Crackers should be put directly on a kitchen towel to cool, to maintain their crispness.

Enjoy!

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One-der Woman

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However much fun I had planning parties for adults, has only been amplified after having a baby. I was so excited and tickled with myself when I thought of the ONE-der Woman theme, that I couldn’t wait to get started. Since Bella’s birthday was on Memorial Day this year, I had no problem finding star-spangled decorations for this affair. I was tempted to sell-out and buy hand made. Wonder Woman themed decor from Etsy, but instead decided to just play with the colors, and add small touches of the comic heroine here and there. Overall, I’d say everything looked pretty adorable.
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Usually when I host any event, I get anxiety over what food I should have, dishes I’ve overdone [cocktail meatballs], things that are maybe to ambitious [macarons], but planning her first birthday involved no stress because Is imply made all of Bella’s favorite foods. Cherry tomato and cucumber kabobs, cheddar bunnies, berries, and the main course was catered by Chick-fil-A, which Sugar Plum got a taste for while we were on vacation [the grilled chicken only, of course] 
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Once your kids grow up, and start having their own likes/dislikes, its not as easy to pick a theme for them. Both being comic book nerds, J and I were thrilled that we forced at least one nerdy birthday party on our child!
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As fun as the party was, it would not have been enjoyable for me if my parents had not been able to make it in from California. I was happy when my mom booked her ticket [and ordered those cute, personalized m&m’s for the party] but I was absolutely thrilled when my dad said he would be able to make a pit stop at our house before heading on to a business trip on the East Coast. Despite all the other sugary goodies we had at the party, that was the best treat I could have asked for.
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Overall, Sugar Plum was a little overwhelmed by being the center of attention. She likes independent play, and hates loud noises. Ha. Birthday parties are pretty much a recipe for disaster for her. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse. She slept through at least 2 hours of her party, so that was 2 hours of her not fussing and being afraid to be held by family. I was irritated at first, because every one wanted to know why she was still sleeping, and I was racked with anxiety and the preassure to go wake her up to see company. I’m so glad I didn’t because she wound up over-exhausted and miserable after everyone left, despite having had a nap during the party! You have to just go with the flow when you’re throwing a party for little ones. Some love the attention and wan to do everything at once, others [like my dear child] are easily overwhelmed and need time to warm up to company, presents, and cake. 
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It’s pretty clear from the doe-eyed pictures that my child was perpetually in a state of being startled, but there were small, candid moments when I did see her face light up, and that made every thing worth it..
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