Our awesome former nanny, Bridget Roden was also incredible with food with the girls. Bridget would make with the girls scarecrow pancakes, rainbow fruit plates, ants on a log, and so many other fun snacks and meals. Bridget would text me pictures and it was clear Sophia and Stella were having a ball. Bridget often did fun activities in the kitchen with the girls. I believe Sophia and Stella love baking and helping making meals because Bridget had them in the kitchen early on. Bridget is amazing!
I wish I could say that I was as clever as Kris and Bridget but sadly I am not. Thus, I'm always on the lookout for cookbooks that can help me! Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted about her new cookbook with Gia Russo, "Stirring Up Fun with Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to Be Creative in the Kitchen" and I knew I needed to check it out. After a few clicks on Amazon my new cookbook arrived two days later. I love it!
Big cheers to Sarah and Gia! You gals created a clever, easy to read, and highly usable healthy cookbook for the entire family! I can't wait to try out so many of the recipes and food crafting with Sophia and Stella and my fellow Messy Mommies and their kids! Here are five things I love about Stirring Up Fun with Food!
1. Ideas by the month! As I shared, I need help with my inspiration and ofter turn to Pinterest. Now I'll be flipping through this cookbook! The Stirring Up Fun with Food cookbook is organized by Month and contains ideas for holidays, celebrations, and seasonal gatherings. On the contents pages you can quickly scan the months and events for inspiration. Easy organization is key for me. You can also pull ideas from other months. We'll be trying out the 4th of July Corn Dog Cupcakes over Memorial Day weekend!
3. Take it up a notch (or Holly Murer envy)! So, my fellow Messy Mommy blogger Holly Murer is amazing with entertaining, food crafting, and making food fun! From her daughter Eleanora's circus themed birthday party to summer cookouts at Holly and Matt's house, Holly always has delicious food and amazing presentations. Holly is clever and fun and I'm always envious in a good way. She inspires me to do more. This cookbook is going to help me take my game up a notch! Thank goodness! One of the things I love about this cookbook is that Sarah and Gia use things we already have in our kitchens to make food more fun. Break out the cookie cutters, juice glasses, muffin tins and mason jars. (I clearly need to get more mason jars. Michael's here I come!) Sophia and Stella would get a kick out of the Fun-Shaped Egg-in-a-Hole breakfast. Who wouldn't love Truffle Mac 'n' Cheese Cupcakes? Father's Day is right away the corner and you'll want to make the Grilled Cheese Silk Ties - so cute!
4. Help with being Healthy!
While waiting to pickup Sophia and Stella at preschool today I was chatting with Moira, Maeve's mom. We were talking about how our kids are really picky eaters right now and that we are trying all kids of things to get them to eat healthy. I shared with Moira that Sophia would eat carbs all day every day if we let her. We chatted about "tricks" we've heard about and laughed that some surely must not have been kid tested. I have very good intentions on creating healthy meals and snacks for our family but I must confess I fall really short. We are pretty good with fruits and a few veggies. But I am not very creative and need some inspiration! Fun with Food is giving me some healthy new recipes and food crafting to try out with the girls. I know Sophia and Stella will love making the Grilled Veggie Rainbows on a Stick. Stella loves rainbows and Sophia likes to put anything on a stick! I never would have thought to put salad on a stick. With the Salad Kebabs I may even be able to persuade my husband, Tony to eat more salads. Sophia and Stella are doing an awesome job with learning their letters in preschool and we are practicing short words at home. We definitely need to make the Vegetable Scrabble and play with our food!
So, I highly recommend Stirring Up Fun with Food! Go to Amazon today and order! With your Amazon Prime membership you could have this awesome cookbook in time for the Memorial Holiday Weekend. You could put down the devices, head into the kitchen with your family for some fun, and create some special memories. I know we will!
Happy cooking and Happy Memorial Day!