Category Archives: Little Bites

Le bebe gets showered

May. 26th, 2017

My mom threw me the most amazing baby shower; it’s crowning jewel was a “Momosa bar”. She hosted at her house in Northern California, but I have such amazing people in my life that LA friends and family flew up for the day! I (and my baby) are pretty lucky.

For those throwing a baby shower the things I most appreciated (people excluded since they are obviously #1) included:

The cheekiest “bar” I’ve ever seen.

Bite-sized everything. From fruit kabobs to mini sandwiches wrapped in green onions, no one left hungry. 

Games, games, and more games. My idea of a party is people coming together as a group and having a bit of a giggle fest. Mission accomplished with my Mom’s version of Price is Right and the Name Game. 

A party isn’t complete without a theme. My mom used soft blues, whites, with pops of yellow. As well as Mom and baby elephants! I lurv everything with animals, so that theme won my heart.

And if that wasn’t enough, my grad school girlfriends in LA threw me a surprise baby shower when we did a ladies trip to Lake Arrowhead!

Baby celebrating is fun, guys. 

A gift for my labor team

May. 11th, 2017

Yes, I am an overplanner. Yes, I do love to DIY. And yes, I did do this before I went to the hospital. In fact, I made these before I packed my hospital bag. Because they are adorable and why not?

I think it’s a sweet gesture to thank those who help you through your labor and your post-partum stay. And now that I’ve been through it and constantly rave about my hospital experience, the staff deserves this and more! Seriously. The nurses, midwives and doctors were angels sent by the universe to help me push a human through a tiny orifice. Too much? I know.

Cutting to the point. I made these with old leftover cardboard boxes. I cut them down to be a height where snacks could sit upright, covered them in wrapping paper, and made signs so we could put them in the breakroom and the staff could forage as they pleased. We received so many thank yous and helped satiate some rumbling 4am stomachs in the OB ward. So I encourage you preggo ladies, if you do have some time to throw something like this together, it really does feel worth it. These people become such a huge part of your life for three days. It feels pretty good to make them smile. Plus, don’t you want someone to like you who is going to be all up in your business? Just saying.  

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rolls

Dec. 12th, 2014

A pumpkin twist on the classic roll. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:
Dough (I highly recommend the dough recipe I used to make my Santa bread)
Egg yolk
Pecans

Directions:
1. Cut dough into small pieces and roll into balls
2. Slightly flatten the dough and cut 7-8 slices around the edges
3. With your finger, indent a hole into each roll
4. Coat each roll with egg yolk
5. Bake rolls based on instructions for dough
6. Place rolls on wire rack to cool
7. Place half a pecan in the center of each roll for the pumpkin stem

Healthy snack alternative – Zucchini Chips

Jul. 23rd, 2014

Snacks snack snacky. Any way you write it, it’s basically my favorite thing in the world. And I eat them, all the time. As a kid I was known to “spoil my appetite” more frequently than not. But this snack, is as guilt-free as it gets. (Though I don’t believe in that term as food should NEVER make you feel guilty). I digress. Zucchini as a chip boggled my mind as I’m not the biggest fan of zucchini to begin with. This snack, however, is delish. Seriously delish. And I do them two ways! One for anyone to enjoy at 60 calories a serving and the other, for those following the Paleo diet. Everyone wins!

Ingredients for regular zucchini chips
1 medium-sized zucchini
Nonfat milk
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
1/8 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions
1. Thinly slice zucchini
2. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder, salt and pepper
3. Pour milk into dipping bowl
4. Coat zucchini slices with milk, then dip into breadcrumb mixture, shake off and place on baking sheet (If you have wire rack put this on top of baking sheet)
5. Bake in oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Check at 15 minutes and remove when they begin to turn brown

Ingredients for paleo-friendly chips
1 medium-sized zucchini
Olive oil spray (or for those abiding by a strict paleo diet, melted coconut oil)
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions
1. Thinly slice zucchini
2. Lay out slices on baking sheet and spray with olive oil
3. Salt and pepper to taste
4. Bake in oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Check at 15 minutes and remove when they begin to turn brown

Healthy chickpea corn nuts!

Dec. 8th, 2013

When I was a kid I would buy a bag of bbq corn nuts every day at summer camp.That crunchy deliciousness was the highlight of my bus ride home. Unfortunately, corn nuts aren’t the healthiest snack option and so as an adult, I retired my corn nut obsession. But then, as luck would have it, I discovered the corn nut’s long lost healthy cousin – the roasted chickpea. Try these. Seriously.

They. Are. Addictive.

Ingredients
1 can of chickpeas
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of red chili flakes
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of pepper

Directions
1. Rinse and dry chickpeas
2. Incorporate all ingredients except chickpeas
3. Once seasonings are mixed add chickpeas until fully coated
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Rotate chickpeas every 5-10 minutes to prevent burning