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{GIVEAWAY} Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Meet Watermelophant!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

This post is sponsored by Sony Pictures. Have your kids seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? This is a favorite book in our house, and the foodie tots laughed out loud watching the film together. The sequel opens in theaters September 27. The second film features a flock of new Foodimals, and we were asked by Sony Pictures to bring one to life at home. The boy chose Watermelophant, and we had a lot of fun creating it out of a small watermelon, asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke leaves.

Watermelophant by FoodieTots

Click on over to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ Facebook site to learn how to make your own Foodimals at home and meet the other characters from the film.

GIVEAWAY: Sony Pictures is providing a Sony e-reader and copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below naming your favorite Foodimal from the Facebook page to be entered to win. (Continental US residents only.) A winner will be selected at random after 5:59pm Eastern time, Monday, September 9, 2013. Please be sure to use a valid e-mail when commenting (will not be displayed) so I can contact you if you win.

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Disclosure: I was paid by Sony Pictures as a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimals Featured Contributor. They are also providing the giveaway prize. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Baking with Plum Organics {and Giveaway}

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It’s amazing how many new products for kids have been developed even just in the four years between the births of my son and daughter, particularly in the natural and organic category. Take baby food — the first time around, there was only one organic alternative on the market. This time, there are all-natural and organic options everywhere you look, at health food stores and mainstream retailers alike. I still made most of my daughter’s food, but we also found ourselves picking up the new organic pouches for meals on the go — like these from Plum Organics. Because pouches allow the food to be heated to lower temperatures than traditional jarred food, the food tastes fresher and retains more nutrients (without additives or preservatives). Most importantly, they taste more like homemade and blend flavors I might not have thought of, like blueberry, pear and purple carrot.

baking with plum organics

While the youngest is a toddler now, and eating whatever we eat, purees can still provide an extra boost of nutrition at meal time. They can be mixed in to soups or pasta, used as a dip for veggies and crackers, or used like you would applesauce to reduce the fat (butter or oil) content in baked goods. Take these Carrot Oat Cakes I developed for Plum’s Little Foodies Cookbox campaign. Full of fiber and a little sweet, they’re perfect for a quick breakfast or after school snack.

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GIVEAWAY: Plum Organics has provided a “Yum Kit” for one lucky reader, which contains coupons, stickers, and a variety of Plum pouches. To enter, leave a comment below sharing your little one’s favorite early food. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 6. Please include a valid email in the comment form. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Three ways to increase your odds of winning (must leave a separate comment indicating you’ve done them):

  1. “follow” @foodietots AND @plumorganics on Twitter
  2. “like” FoodieTots AND Plum Organics on Facebook
  3. “pin” this post to Pinterest

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was compensated by Nest Collective, parent company of Plum Organics, for developing a recipe as part of the Little Foodies Cookbox campaign and received products for the purposes of hosting this giveaway. All comments and opinions are my own.

Meatless Monday: Power Smoothies

Monday, June 6th, 2011

There’s a lot going on at the Foodie Tots’ house these days. The foodie tot himself graduated from Pre-K on Friday. We hosted a small post-graduation brunch on Saturday, there are relatives in town and we’re about to head out of town on the first of several summer trips. Throw in work and all the other more mundane items on the never-ending “to do” list and we’re lucky if we even remember to eat.

pre-k graduation

On busy days like these it’s nice to have a few basic recipes to fall back on. My protein-packed “Peach Power Smoothies” is one such recipe — a great breakfast for Meatless Monday and any other hectic day of the week.

peach power smoothie

Visit Babble.com for the recipe — along with 49 other family-approved recipes from Babble’s “Top 100 Food Bloggers.”

Did you make it to the farmers market this weekend? Around here, cherries are beginning to appear, and garlic scapes, summer squash and squash blossoms have been spotted as well. Visit us on Facebook to share what you found at the market this week.

Frosting for the Cause: Mango Lassi Cupcakes

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Today I’m honored to be posting on Frosting for the Cause — a 365-day baking project launched by Paula of Vanilla Bean Baker to raise funds for cancer research to honor the women in our lives who’ve been affected by cancer. I don’t think I know anyone who hasn’t had cancer touch someone in their family, so I liked that Paula’s project is about raising funds for cancer research, not just “awareness.”

My aunt, Donora, passed away a little over a year ago. Please visit my post on Frosting for the Cause to read about the Mango Lassi Cupcakes I created in her honor (and get the recipe).

frosting for the cause

I made my donation to Breast Cancer Action, which “is committed to reducing our involuntary exposures to toxins in the environment that are linked with breast cancer.” Moreover, BCA does not accept funds “from any organization that profits from or contributes to cancer.” Read more about BCA here — and of course, please consider making a donation to a cancer organization of your choice if you’re so moved. Thank you.

Spitting Encouraged

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

When was the last time your kids participated in a spitting contest? No, not spitting at each other — spitting watermelon seeds?

One summer when I was growing up, our local library’s summer reading contest culminated in a summer festival. I remember the highlight was, not the free books we’d earned, but facing off against my little brother in a seed-spitting contest. My son has a while to wait before he can challenge his little sister to a contest, but he does know to spit out the black seeds when eating watermelon. But with the rise of seedless watermelons in the grocery store, will that lesson become irrelevant?

The Washington Post‘s Jane Black examines the issue in today’s paper. I won’t give away my stance on seeds vs. seedless, though loyal readers will likely guess … but read the article to see what I and others had to say. (And that lovely seeded melon pictured above? From our CSA farm.)

What’s your stance? Pro-spitting? Or are seeds too much hassle for today’s busy children? ;-)

(This is actually the second time I’ve been quoted in the Post talking about watermelon. I guess that makes me a melon expert, right? If you’ve got a fresh melon around this holiday weekend, you might enjoy my Watermelon Gazpacho and/or Slushie recipes.)