Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas crafts- busy bag activities for toddler

I made a few small Christmas felt activities for my son. Really, these are for next year, but we did practice with a few of them. They each took no more than half an hour to make individually. Some fifteen minutes! I am working on a quiet book for the kiddo with some more intricate and detailed work. These are nice however because I can just whip them up quickly and store them in a baggie for future use. The quiet book, on the other hand, requires meticulous attention to detail (because I'm obsessive about getting it perfect), and a sewing machine. 

With these activities, I focused on a few things: colours, shapes, and buttons. Let's have a look! 

Christmas salad


  1. One large onion
  2. Two carrots (shredded) 
  3. Two tablespoon tomato paste
  4. One pound crab (half a kilo)
  5. One apple (peeled)
  6. Four pickles (sliced into rings) 
  7. Black olives (sliced into rings) 
  8. Three eggs
  9. Mayonnaise to taste 
  10. Cheese to taste (grated) 
  11. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pan fry onion (cut into very small pieces). Fry until translucent 
  2. Add shredded carrots, salt, and pepper
  3. Once those are cooked, add tomato paste and remove from fire
  4. Mix crab, apple, cheese, and a little bit of mayonnaise so that it becomes one solid mixture 
  5. Lay this out onto your serving tray in the form of a Christmas Tree 
  6. Cover with carrot mixture
  7. Grate two eggs and add a little bit of mayonnaise - mix these ingredients together
  8. Add egg mixture on top 
  9. Cover with pickles
  10. Add olives as ornaments
  11. Grate the egg white of the last egg on top (as snow) 
  12. Add a little bit of sea salt on top 

Not the most healthy, but this is rather tasty. At first, I was skeptical of adding apple to a crab dish, but this is actually really good. 

Thanks for reading, 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Peanut butter cookies (no bake)

A healthy dessert! My son adores these and so do I!

 Welcome to Mommyhood: peanut butter cookies (no bake!)

I made these for the kiddo - so he could have a treat around the holidays, without the sugar and the unhealthy components. This is a really simple cookie.

Healthy peanut butter cookies: 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Easy healthy recipes: Beef barley soup

It's been cold here - no snow yet, but windy, rainy, and cold. For some reason, I don't make soup. I don't know what it is, but I always found it intimidating even though some of my favourite easy and healthy recipes are stews. 

Here in Holland, there are only one or two soups people tend to make from scratch. Usually, cooking involves a package of some sort of spices that comes in a box with instructions on it. 

Soups come in these packages, too, and usually involve adding water and maybe a vegetable or two. I really hate hate hate to cook like this, and it took me a long time to convince my husband that even though less convenient, cooking from scratch is not only healthier, but it's also tastier. It wasn't hard to convince him that the taste is better, but the convenience factor was a pretty big deal for him. 

Anyway, yesterday, I decided to get over my fear of soup. Because it was cold. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Easy healthy recipes - Beef barley soup

And it was delicious. So here ya go: 

Beef barley soup recipe


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Soup and stew recipes


{Healthy} Soup and stew recipes

Easy, healthy recipes: soups and stews {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #soup, #stew, #easyhealthyrecipes

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Vegetables and side dish recipes

Simple holiday decorations (diy edition)

Here are some of the decorations we have around the house with a touch of DIY.

This arrangement is pretty self explanatory - everything held together with hot glue. It consists of some fresh pine tree branches, small ornaments, and acorns. On top of this, I put on a candle holder. Things like this are sold everywhere around here during the holidays and are pretty pricey, too, when they can be made at home pretty quickly.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Munchkin meals and holidays

It's already time for December's Munchkin Meals link up!

munchkin meals

Things have been hectic here - so many holidays for which to prepare. I've been pretty much ignoring blog land and focusing on family time, cooking, gifts, and other holiday craziness. I was born in Ukraine, and we have a lot of Russian traditions. My family moved to the US when I was a child, and then in my early twenties, I moved to the Netherlands, where my Dutch husband and I live. We have a very, very multicultural household. So, let's have a recap of the holidays my blended family celebrates November - January: