Judi’s Famous Apple Cake

judis famous apple cake   Max and I made this cake today and it is so delish that I just have to share! I got this recipe from my godsister-Andrea via my godmother-Judi! Thank you both!! We just bought a bundt pan not too long ago and this is the first time making a cake in it so I was excited and so was Max! Although, sadly he hasn’t actually tried the cake yet but he did eat an entire apple while helping me make it so I guess I can’t complain! The boy just doesn’t like cake!!?? Here is what you will need and what you will do: A BUNDT PAN Pre heat oven to 375 Batter will be thick and heavy, but that’s okay!   3 c flour (I used 1 cup all purpose and 2 cups whole grain) 2 c sugar 3 eggs 1 c oil 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla 3 c cubed apples ¾ c chopped walnuts (optional)   Mix in large bowl with a wooden spoon in the order given.  Bake in a greased and floured bundt pan at 375 degrees for  40 min to 1 hour. Just check it as mine was done at 40 min but Judi’s recipe says 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cake cools.   Enjoy!! The outside is crispy, crumbly and crunchy and the inside is soft and super moist!! Happy baking! A max apple cake 4



nut spread and fruit cut out shapes for kids

This was FUN!! …..and chaotic!! 2 adults and 4 little ones in our small kitchen today to help Max with his Snax!!! His cousins came over to play and have lunch and we made nutella and pnb banana, strawberry tortillas then cut shapes out of them!

The kids all helped cut out their shapes and ate most of them before we even got them on the plates!! I needed a reason to buy nutella-I never have-and this was it!! Yes, I had some on my Ezekiel toast this am….no, I don’t feel bad about it.

To make:

Take 2 tortillas-whatever kind you like

Spread nut butter on one side-about 2 tbsp. (use any kind-peanut, almond, cashew, nutella…etc)

Top with thin sliced strawberries and bananas

Top with other tortilla

Use fun shaped cutters to make shapes or use a pizza cutter and make triangles if you don’t have cutouts!




A and Max

Magical Freckle Fruit Dip

magical freckle fruit dip

So I want Max to eat more fruit. He loves mandarin oranges and grapes and will pass on bananas and apples lately so I took those four fruits and added pineapple and strawberries (which are his second two favorites) to our fridge this week. Then I thought how am I going to get him to want to eat all of the fruits?? So I thought, a dip that he will help me make because that is what the specialist in feeding say to do!

Driving home from school yesterday I excitedly told him we were going to make a fruit salad and a dip tomorrow!! Yay!! He was less than impressed. I think he actually might have said, “boring”! I got a sad face and continued to think…what if I used chia seeds (Which are super healthy) and gave the dip freckles!!! So I asked Max if he knew what freckles were and he said, “yes, like Abby Cadabby” has on Sesame Street. I told him were going to make a MAGICAL FRECKLE FRUIT DIP and his eyes lit up!! Yay!! Last night before bed he asked if were still going to make the FRECKLE DIP! I was so excited, best idea I’ve ever had! Clearly!  The boy went to bed dreaming about it!

Fast forward to this morning and the dip making. He was semi into it. Mixed the magical freckles in with little enthusiasm but he did it.  Then he ate all of the fruit and tried the dip. See, the dip was just a ploy to get him to eat all the fruit. I knew my chances were low on the dip with him. But at least he ate all of the different kinds of fruit and not just his “favorites”. Ahh, exhausting. Bonus-mommy loves the dip and had some at lunch with my fruit salad! Here is a picture of him mixing in the magic!

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How to make the dip:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tbsp. nut butter (I used pnb)

Whisk the yogurt and peanut butter together to get a smooth even texture

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp flax-seed meal

2 tsp magical freckles (aka chia seeds)

Mix around and store in fridge.

Enjoy and have fun!! If you don’t have kids you can still make this, as I said, I love it!!


Oat cookies with almonds, cranberries and coconut flakes!


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Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

In mixing bowl place:

1/2 c melted unsalted butter

1/4 c brown sugar

Beat gently with hand mixer and then add:

2 eggs

lightly beat with hand mixer

Then add:

1 1/2 c oats

1 1/2 c flour-I used millet

1 tsp baking soda or powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/4 coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 natural sliced raw almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

4 oz unsweetened applesauce

Stir well with spoon and then drop onto baking sheet 1 tbsp at a time

Bake for 10 to 12 min-let cool on cookie rack-then store in an air tight container

Next up, according to Max, we will make these but with peanut butter and jelly instead of coconut and almonds!

He helped make them but wasn’t thrilled with the taste/texture. I am still trying to get him to like oats in general! I however love them and plan on eating them post workout this week! Yes, that’s right post workout cookies!

These would be great to bring for the kids after the big game or for you to snack on during the game! Much better than chips and hot dogs from the concession stands! The little things matter! Chose wisely! You can even add chocolate chips to these if that will make them more appealing to the kids or adults!



A & Max

oat cookies collage

Savory & Smoky Hummus-a kid friendly food

Do you ever take the time to cook with your kids? It is a great thing to get them involved in at an early age. This is where their eating habits are formed and will only help them understand better why we need food (for fuel) vs. wanting food (for comfort or pleasure). Talk to them about balance and needing protein for muscles, carbs for energy-they will get it as they are super smart and want to learn anything you are willing to teach them!

Today I made hummus with my son who is 4. Does he love hummus? No, not really but he was super excited to get to make it with me. When we were done he scooped some up and even took another dip into it. This is the first step as some kids will love certain things right away and others will have to keep trying many times. I picked hummus to make with him because you can make it with so many different flavors and ways and it is quick and easy. This way he can keep trying maybe until we find one he absolute loves! The base of the hummus can be chickpeas or any white bean and the oil…. then add as you wish to create the flavor you want!

max hummus collage

Here is my recipe for the savory & smoky hummus we made today:

  • 1 15 oz can great northern beans-rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c canola or olive oil (or a blend of the two)
  • 1/4 c sliced (skin off) cucumbers
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grounded flaxseed
  • 2 tsp lime juice

Season sparingly with:

  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes

***If you are not trying to serve this to your child you can go as crazy as you want with the spices and even add some hot sauce!

Place all ingredients in the food processor and pulse until creamy and smooth!

Store in the refrigerator. Use as a dip for pretzels, apples, crackers and veggies. You can even spread this on some toast or a rice cake!

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My son had so much fun doing this. I let him add every ingredient (even if he missed the processor and things got a little messy-you have to allow this!) He even smelled the mix after every ingredient was added! As a bonus he even read every word on the blender-on, off, pulse, mix etc.-it was too cute and I feel like he learned so much in the 15 minutes it took to make!

A very good friend of mine, whom I have learned a ton from, has a fantastic blog offering feeding tips, fun sensory play ideas and even some kid friendly nutritious recipes. This is a great resource for those of you with kids of any age struggling with picky eaters, questions about how to get babies to transition to whole foods and just how to improve your child’s eating habits in general!!!

This is the site: http://www.yourkidstable.com/

Here is a link to a jalapeno and basil hummus I made if you want to try that one:


Lastly, a friend suggested this recipe to me that her daughter loves oh so much!!


Ok-now stop what you are doing and go spend some time with your kids making some hummus!

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