Dates-walnut muffin using oat flour


I can’t believe I’m saying this but we are kinda getting bored of baking banana bread. It used to be our favorite but I think I need to give it a break. Enter dates-nut muffins. I have always been finding ways to make cake/muffins healthier and pushed myself to bake these muffins with oats this time. I have used 3/4th cup rolled oats and 1/4 cup ragi flour, you can use just oats or oats with all purpose flour or just all purpose flour. I have used one egg, feel free to sub it with flax egg. Here’s how I made it with some help from my sous chef Sammy. 🙂
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Garbage truck Day!

Toddler’s obsession with garbage truck is REAL! LOL I can’t believe I’m even considering to write a blogpost about it. But I’m sure ten years from now when I read this, it will bring all these silly sweet memories back. Sammy’s obsession started somewhere around when she was 14 months old. I used to show her mail vans and garbage trucks now and then ever since she was born but she became curious only around 14 months.

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Activity ideas using pool noodle

We made a quick Dollar Tree run over the weekend and picked up few stuff for Sammy’s activities. First thing that caught Sammy’s attention  was a pool noodle. She was thrilled to see it for some reason. So, I had to bring it home and do a quick Pinterest search and found so many awesome ideas. Here are a few that were tried, tested and loved by a 18 month old. For all the activities below, you need to cut the pool noodle into smaller rings like in the picture below. All the activities need adult supervision and some help initially till they get the idea. These activities helps with fine motor skills, gross motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, learn numbers/alphabets in the process of having fun is always a BONUS 🙂 

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Mexican Rice in Instant Pot


I love me some Mexican food twice a month atleast. We make paneer tacos, veggie enchiladas quite often. Last week when I made tacos, I made some Mexican rice and oh boy, little did I know that my toddler would love it so much and it’s safe to call it our family favorite. I love how simple it is yet so flavorful and it’s so easy to make! Win, win, win!! I made this in my instant pot, you can make it in a pressure cooker.  Here’s how I make it.  
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5 activities to do with animal figurines.

During my last visit to India I got Sammy a lot of toys, books, puzzles, flashcards and this animal figurine set. She’s so fascinated by them and always picks them over other toys. Sammy is currently 18 months  and these are some of the activities I have tried with her using the animal figurines. The list of activities can be endless, let your (or your kid’s) imagination run wild and have fun playing with the animals. This helps with your toddler’s fine motor skills and also learn animal names and their characteristics but mostly it is just another fun activity to entertain your clingy toddler.

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BLW | Oats Pancake

I have been making pancakes since Sammy was 6 months but never had the patience to click pictures and forget updating on the blog. I have tried pancakes with all sorts of flour- whole wheat, multi grain, ragi flour, oats etc. Oats is the best of all, I absolutely love the texture and the taste. Also, gotta love how easy it is to make. Blender pancakes are the best ever! 
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BLW | Dryfruit Ladoo


Sammy and I made this dry-fruit laddu for Diwali this year.  She helped me dump everything in the blender and I let her make some laddus which ended up on the floor. xD But it’s fun cooking with her and this is the only way she lets me cook. My husband and I both have a sweet tooth and no prizes for guessing, Sammy has a sweet tooth too! I let her have one of these laddus for her mid-morning or evening snack along with some milk. She is the happiest when I let her have anything sweet and I don’t mind as these are sugar free and very healthy
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BLW | French Toast

Sammy loves french toast and I’m so glad she does. *touchwood*. I almost gave up on eggs after she rejected omelette and scrambled eggs multiple times. I made this french toast and she gobbled it like there’s no tomorrow. I love how easy it is to make and Sammy loves finger foods, so it’s a win-win.
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