Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cincinnati Pumpkin Patches!

I thought I would compile a running list of all of the pumpkin patches we have visited for easy reference for people who are looking to do some Pumpkin Patch'ing this fall.
Enjoy! Please let me know your favorite so we can visit it and add it to the list!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recipe - Blender Pancakes

My daughter LOVES pancakes. LOVES pancakes. Loves them.
The problem? I don't really love them both from a taste standpoint and a nutritional standpoint. I don't like the idea of my day starting with a meal of basically white flour and sugar.
I tried to make whole wheat pancakes and they were too heavy and dry. I tried a couple variations of Bob's Red Mill Pancake mixes and they worked for a while until I discovered this method....and we haven't looked back since.

These pancakes are made totally in the blender....hence why I'm calling them blender pancakes.

Here are the ingredients:

Notice what's missing? No sugar! No flour! No oil!
Also, pretend those are not quick oats...stupid kroger and their identical packaging.... I usually just get the regular old fashioned oats....but either one will work!

Anyway, next we dump all the ingredients (except the egg) into our blender with the help of our lovely assistant...(ps she is on her learning tower to help me which is on the top of the list of favorite things we own and things we use every day) 

So then we're ready to blend!

I blend it all up, then add the egg and blend it for a few seconds more....

THEN...it pours right out of the blender and into the buttered skillet!


These pancakes are fluffy and delicious. They are also actually filling as opposed to regular pancakes since we're using oats instead of flour. I would say they have a banana hint to them but do not taste like bananas.

I feel good about feeding them to myself and my daughter for breakfast which is good since she can put away like 8 of these for breakfast....


Slightly Adapted from Mountain Mama Cooks

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup milk
1 large banana
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
butter for cooking

1. Put all of the ingredients besides the egg in the blender and blend until smooth. Add the egg and pulse a few more times until the egg is incorporated.

2.  Pour pancake mix into hot buttered pan and flip after about 2 minutes or until bubbly on the top. cook for another 1 minute and then serve with pure maple syrup.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lenten Fish Fry Series: St William on the West Side

This Lenten Fish Fry Series took a trip to the weeesssst siiiide to check out the St. William Fish Fry.

This fish fry trip was a plethora of firsts for our tour including the first live band!

They are also up for "most high tech fish fry" award for their ordering style.
Basically someone takes your order while you wait in line on an ipad

Then when you get to the cash registers, you just give them your name and they pull up your order. You pay (cash only) and get a number

And your food gets delivered to your table

Here is the menu:

We both ended up getting the MagnifiCOD platter, because according to the girl taking my order in line, that was the one thing that they actually hand bread (assuming the rest is frozen?) It was $8 and came with fries, hush puppies and cole slaw.

This was also our first fish fry that served hush puppies! What is a hush puppy anyway? It's like breaded bread deep fried? I've never really been a fan of them...its like just eating the breading off something....which actually sounds kinda good, but I don't know.. not a fan Rob, however is a hush puppy fan and said these were good hush puppies. The fish was ok, but lacked a little flavor. It could have definitely used some seasoning....but it was flaky...your standard fish fry fair.

They served frosty beverages but nothing too out of the ordinary. 
Beers were $3 and Sodas were $2.

And also had a table for raffles and kids walking around with all kinds of desserts.
They didn't have a kids meal, which was kind of a bummer...so the kids both ended up with a slice of cheese pizza. They ditched their parents about halfway through to go check out what the cool kids were doing....and so it begins...

Another successful fish fry in the books!!
For more of our fish fry adventures...click here

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lenten Fish Fry Series: Mary Queen of Heaven in Erlanger, KY

Last week we headed across the river to try out our first Kentucky fish fry. We had heard great things about Mary Queen of Heaven and had to see the infamous "Codfather" for ourselves.

At this fish fry you can eat in and they also have a drive thru! The parking is slightly limited...we were able to find a spot right away but our friends who came about 10 minutes after us had a little trouble finding a spot...but that is mostly because the place was PACKED. The line was longer when we left around 7:30 as when we got there at 5:30!

But the frosty beverages being sold in the line made the wait slightly more bearable.

So starting off with the beer...if you're looking for a craft beer selection, this is not your place.... they just had the standard millers and maybe a hard apple cider? But it was cold, so I think it's fine...

Back to the long line. While the line was long, they are very efficient. You can tell they've been doing this for years and have it down to a science.. You order your food, they give you a number and literally by the time you find a table and take your coat off.....someone has brought you your food. It was very impressive.

Rob and I ordered the fish and chips platter which was beer battered cod strips with french fries. It was HOT (which has been an issue with some of the places) and was really delicious. This is in my top two now (with Nativity) for best actual fish. The french fries were good too. This was $8.75

Hannah got the kids meal ($3.50) and it was a little fish sandwich, fries and a drink (white milk, chocolate milk or a box juice).

A friend that was with us got the haddock sandwich which comes on a hoagie bun

We also got to see the infamous "codfather" walking around...and a mascot of some sort that was freaking Hannah out.. haha

Did you catch that?

The night ended with a good old fashioned toddler dance party

All in all this was a great fish fry. It was organized, the fish was hot and delicious, there was beer and friendly people so this is a big recommend!

To see the rest of our fish fry reviews, click here!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gift Ideas for 2 Year Old Girls

Before Hannah was born, whenever I needed to buy gifts for a child for whatever reason, I loved looking at blogs to see what gifts were being played with by children the same age as who I was buying for....
So here I present to you.... a list of indoor toys for a 2 year old girl...or at the very least..the list of toys that Hannah loves playing with inside :)

1. Number one on the list has to be This Kitchen. We play with this every single day. I love that it's wood instead of plastic and is really pretty soft colors. I also love that I know this is something she will have fun with for years and  years to come.

2. Next on the list has to be this table and chairs. This is also a play with every day item and she uses it to serve her dolls (mostly Elmo) delicious treats and drinks. I also love that the colors match the kitchen...and it's colorful without being overdone. Also, wood. (Can you see the theme of me hating giant plastic toys?)

Also in this picture is her "espresso maker" and she loves making coffee for mom & dad. I also really like  this one 

and this one would match her kitchen perfectly!

3. Speaking of feeding dolls, we also have this super cute doll high chair. The tray lifts and goes back down to get the dolls in and out and she thinks this is pretty much the coolest thing ever. She loves feeding the babies in their special seat.

4. Accessories for the kitchen. We have a lot of these. I love Melissa and Doug for stuff like this and back to my wood over plastic obsession we have this play food,

and these pots and pans ( I love how realistic they look!).

We also have this dish set which comes with a little drying rack, sponge and dish soap. Seriously so Cute!!

5. Speaking of her baby....she got this one for Christmas this year and loves her. (her name is Amy). Amy is always naked and never has her hat on...but Hannah loves her just the same.

6. She also has this diaper bag. She loves wiping Amy and changing her diaper (over and over and over again). I think I'm starting to sound like an ad for Melissa and Doug, but I just really love their stuff SO MUCH. You could also just fill an old purse or bag with a small diaper and some wipes and I bet they would like that just as much :)

7.  This Bed. Could you just die? My sister and her friend handcrafted this bed (and bedding) just for Hannah. It's cute and sturdy and I can see Hannah passing it down to her kids! 

7. A broom and dustpan. Rob Thought I was so ridiculous for getting her this as a gift but it's one of the things she uses probably more than any other "toy" she has... I think the take away is...anything you use, but in her size is something she will think is awesome. Every time one of us gets a broom out to sweep, her broom is out within seconds.

8.This medical kit - she loves using it to test our blood pressure and listen to our heart...and it makes doctor visits a little less scary when she knows what all the equipment is for.

9. She also got this block table for Christmas and we've been having a lot of fun building things with it. I didn't put any of the princessy stickers on it and it makes me like it more :) You can also fold up the legs and store all the blocks in the table for easy storage.

10. PUZZLES, BOOKS & STICKERS. I think I'm going to have to do a separate post about all of our favorite puzzles and books because this is what we spend the majority of our time doing. We love love love puzzles and books...and these are things you can not go wrong getting for a 2 year old.

Hopefully that helped give you some ideas of things to get the little 2 year old in your life. Happy Shopping!