May 24

Toddler Finger Foods

by Hannah Holt »


A couple of recipes and a meal plan for stubborn independent eaters.

Recipe #1) Sweet Potato Bites

What you’ll need:

  • sweet potatoes (1-3 medium potatoes)
  • non-stick spray
  • two cups of water
  • a cookie sheet with a one inch lip (a casserole pan works too)

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2) Spray the pan with non-stick and poor the water into the pan.

Step 3) Slice the sweet potatoes in half (the long way) and pierce the skin with a knife 3-4 times. Place them face down on the cookie sheet, and bake for 50 minutes. The potatoes should be tender but not mushy.

Step 4) Let the potatoes cool. Remove the skin and cut into 1/4 inch cubes.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. These are quite delicious. I snack on them myself sometimes.

Recipe #2) Frozen Yogurt Dots (I first saw this idea here.)

What you’ll need:

  • yogurt (any kind will work as long as it’s not too chunky)
  • a sandwich bag
  • scissors
  • wax paper (I use the linings from inside cereal boxes)
  • a cookie sheet

Step 1) Line the cookie sheet with the wax paper.

Step 2) Fill the sandwich bag with yogurt and snip a 1/4 inch corner off.

Step 3) Squeeze the yogurt onto the wax paper in little rows of dots and freeze.

A tasty snack from Mom and Baby.

Finger Food Meal Plan:

Since I’m feeding two toddlers, I mass produce finger foods. At meal time I follow this formula:

Cereals (pick one)

  • 1/2 a piece of whole wheat bread torn into little pieces
  • 1/2 cup of dry cereal like Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup of bite size cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup brown rice

Fruits and Veggies (2 Tbl worth, pick one)

  • banana slices
  • grapes (I used to quarter them, but my girls eat them whole now)
  • berries: strawberries, blue, black, rasp…
  • canned fruit is nice and soft (but it’s not as nutrient rich as fresh)
  • peas
  • sweet potato bites
  • cooked carrot circles
  • sugar snap peas
  • lettuce pieces (they still mostly move these around their tray)
  • cooked broccoli

Dairy or Protein (2 oz, pick one)

  • grated cheese or one cheese slice
  • frozen yogurt dots
  • cottage cheese
  • browned hamburger (no chunks)
  • shredded chicken (small pieces)

Of course, I give them other options, too. And they usually have a little of whatever the family is having for dinner. I try to lead with the vegetables. Otherwise they fill up on bread and fruit.

Happy feeding!

Note: I give my sixteen-month-old twins three meals and two snacks every day. This is just a guide. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s food readiness/nutrition needs.


May 01

Monogrammed Yogurt Pops

by Hannah Holt »


 Personalized popsicles make a fun summer treat for birthday parties, family reunions, and other special occasions.

 What you’ll need:

  • raspberry yogurt (Yoplait)
  • vanilla yogurt
  • a permanent marker
  • a sandwich bag
  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • wax paper
  • a cookie sheet
  • a freezer big enough to fit the cookie sheet
  • food coloring (optional)

Step 1) Using the permanent marker, draw a circle on the wax paper. (I traced the bottom of a plastic cup for my circle.) Write a letter or letters in the middle of the circle.

Step 2) Turn the wax paper face down on cookie sheet (so the letters are backwards). Place 3-6 ounces of vanilla yogurt in the sandwich bags and cut a 1/4th inch opening in the corner. Squeeze the bag gently as you trace the letters with yogurt. I also outlined my circles with the vanilla yogurt. Like this..

Step 3) Freeze the vanilla yogurt for at least an hour.

Step 4) Place about two ounces of raspberry yogurt over the vanilla. (I use Yoplait raspberry because they color the yogurt with concentrated beet juice. Most ordinary yogurts won’t have enough color contrast for legible letters. For other color possibilities see Step 6.) Place a popsicle stick about half way into the yogurt circle and top with another ounce of yogurt.

Step 5) Freeze overnight (or for at least four hours) and enjoy!

Step 6 ) For other colors, simply add a few drops of food coloring to a small bowl of vanilla yogurt. Using the sandwich bag piping method you can create almost anything.

Apr 24


by Hannah Holt »


It’s a game. It’s a snack… It’s SUPER food.

What you’ll need:

  • Four thin carrot sticks
  • Six grape tomatoes
  • Six small broccoli trees
  • Two players
  • Dipping sauce (optional)

Step 1) Lay the carrot sticks in a tic-tac-toe grid.

Step 2) Choose your playing pieces (tomato or broccoli).

Step 3) Take turns placing veggie pieces in the squares until someone has three in a row (or you tie).

Step 4)  Eat the game pieces and tic-tac-toe grid.

Mar 08

Lime Cookies (for St. Patrick’s Day)

by Hannah Holt »


¾ cup shortening, butter, or margarine,

1 cup white sugar,

1 pkg (3 oz) lime flavored Jell-O,

2 eggs

2½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

green sugar sprinkles

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, gelatin, and eggs. Blend in dry ingredients.

  2. Roll dough into ¾-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each with the bottom of a glass dipped in the green sugar.

  3. Bake for 8 minutes.

Feb 02

Spaghetti Cables

by Hannah Holt »


What you’ll need:

  • uncooked spaghetti
  • hot dogs or sausages

Step 1: Cut the hot dogs into chunks and have the kids skewer them with spaghetti. This works easiest if you break the spaghetti in half.

Step 2: Boil the hot dogs and spaghetti in water until the spaghetti is al dente (follow the cooking directions on the spaghetti box).

Step 3: Drain and serve.