Auntie Mern Suggested Reading Selections | Kiddie Book Club

Reading Is Fundamental!

 

It is important to include books of struggle, diversity and overcoming obstacles from every background in your children’s personal library. Thank you Auntie Mern for sharing these important books of History.

 

 

Encouraging Children’s Interests! | Loft & Learn Thought of the Day

 

I am so proud of Ace taking the initiative and researching online ways to teach yourself to draw. He found a way to help him draw super hero characters’ which he is fascinated with. It was so inspiring and surprising to see him dedicate such a great deal of time to researching and then practicing the skill until finally he was pleased with an amazing result.

I have to say not just as a proud mama, that I was pretty darn impressed myself. It is so interesting to discover along with your child what their interests and passions are. I never knew that he liked to draw until this moment! Wow, I suppose just exposing our boys to different things and sitting back and observing what they take to is the key.

His little face just lit up as he saw my glee and appreciation of his fine work. I could tell that he was extremely impressed with his hard work. Everyone needs to feel celebrated for their efforts, especially when they produce a pretty cool result.

Although Motherhood has its obvious challenges, the moments like these make the sleepless nights pale in comparison. Being a mommy rocks!!! Great Job Ace.

Chicken Parmesan Cacciatore Quinoa Bake Recipe | The Loftus Kitchen

Cooking With Kiddos

 Chicken Parmesan Cacciatore Quinoa Bake Prepared By Colin & Ace Loftus

 

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

60 mins

Total time

1 hour 10 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002BWS1OM
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 green pepper
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cups Marinara Saucehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000R75W72
  • (any kind of spaghetti sauce will work!) We used Ragu
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken brothhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002FYJTCE
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat, but white or gluten-free will work, too!)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powderhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fitfoofin-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000WR8TT0
  • 4 large chicken breasts (or 6 medium chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a casserole dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Prep veggies by dicing a whole green pepper. Finely dice ½ a yellow onion (~1/2 cup).
  3. Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa on the bottom of your casserole dish and then layer on veggies.
  4. Add 3 cups of marinara sauce, 1 cup of chicken broth, and a tablespoon of minced garlic to the casserole dish and mix everything together. Set aside.
  5. In a medium-size bowl, mix together flour, shredded parmesan, and garlic powder. Then, crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk.
  6. Prep chicken breast by dipping into the egg and then into the parmesan mixture making sure everything is generously coated. Place chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture
  7. Finally, sprinkle on the leftover parmesan mixture and even more cheese if you desire. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Bake at 375º, uncovered for 20 minutes. Then, cover with tin foil and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.

Delicious!!! Also Ace and Dad made homemade garlic bread. Yummy.

 

5 Ingredient Healthy Banana, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies | The Loftus Kitchen

 

 

Healthy Cookie Alternative

5 Ingredient Healthy Banana, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies and

5 Ingredient  Banana, Raisin, Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Prepare 10
 

Ingredients

3 medium over-ripe bananas – mashed (substitute for 2 cups peanut butter for peanut butter cookies)
2 cups oats
3 oz raisins
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Tips

The riper the bananas the sweeter your cookie bites. I added a splash of vanilla extract for more flavor. Feel free to sub coconut or any other dried fruit for the raisins.

Directions

Pre-heat oven

 to 350. Mash bananas in medium mixing bowl, mix in oats, cinnamon, honey and raisins. Spoon 1 tbsp for each cookie bite onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Serving Size: makes 24 cookie bites

 

Happy Anniversary Auntie Mern & Uncle Cleve!!!