Halloween is finally here! We stopped “doing” Halloween a few years go when my son decided that it just wasn’t his thing. I think that he is the only child in our neighborhood that isn’t excited (At all) about this uber-hyped ghoulish day. This kind of puts a damper on me as I loved Halloween as a child. I try not to focus on it and tend direct all of my energy towards Christmas. Last year, I was selected to be featured in a weekly article in the National Post dedicated to people who enjoy cooking. I was extremely excited to learn that the article was about entertaining over the Holidays. So Christmas tends to follow me around, like a stalker in the night. How is that for a little Halloween splash on the upcoming Yuletide festivities?
This year I have two key areas to focus on for Christmas: My personal shopping and providing the right Christmas choices for my clients. This has made me extremely excited. I am on such a rush thinking about it all, that my head spins around the second anything red is within eye shot. Red is not the only color synonymous with Christmas. Burgundy and cream with glints of gold have become quite traditional. Navy is classic teamed up with crisp white and splashes of silver. Color combination that when used together just fill you with warm and fuzzy feelings.
The holiday category of MaliMooBaby is starting to grow. Two days ago I posted a taste on my blog; Personalized Christmas Ornaments, Plates and the cutest little baby Christmas outfits! The ornaments and plates are all handcrafted and personalized with your child’s name. These items can take up to 2 weeks to ship (or longer during the holiday season), so ordering early is always a good thing. The little outfits for Christmas are just so elfish and cute. Lots of Bling in t-shirts as well for both mommy and baby.
If you are wondering what the last ship dates are for each items, I’ll be posting this information on the event calendar shortly as well as some other fantastic daily news.
Have a ghoulish yet extremely safe night tonight trick or treating with your little ones! Tomorrow I begin to focus on Christmas as will everyone else! Remember to send us your cookie recipes! We just LOVE cookies!
Today’s Woman blog featured a review on magneatos on behalf of MaliMooBaby.com! These magnificent blocks are also featured in her 2011 Christmas guide.
Read the review here: Magneatos review in Today’s Woman Blog!
MaliMooBaby.com first review! Please take the time to read this very nicely written review about our store!
Have a great day!!!!!!
Welcome everyone! MaliMooBaby.com is finally open for business in the US! Although we are currently taking orders for the US (48 contiguous states) ONLY, please know that some products are shippable to both Alaska and Hawaii as well as Canada.
If you live in either Alaska or Hawaii and like a particular item, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us now what tickles your fancy. If this item is shippable to your state, we will be more than happy to service you. Please be aware, however, that regular shipping charges as outlined on our website won’t apply.
MaliMooBaby.com will launch a sister CANADIAN site shortly! The official opening date is not yet determined however scheduled to happen before the end of 2011.
For Canadians interested in purchasing items prior to the official launch, please contact us at email@example.com. We will let you know if the item you wish to purchase can be shipped to your location and will advise you of the cost of shipping to your province.
We just wanted to share the great news and will keep you all updated on the Canadian launch!
Earlier this month I wrote an article, The Perfect Little Maternity Dress, in Ezine outlining how dresses have become the new “jeans”. This works particularly well for ladies like myself, who have the typical pear shaped body. Finding pants with the right fit is a challenge. Well fitting tops are an easy find for me so choosing dresses as a staple is a natural choice.
Knowing my shape well, I gravitate to the dress racks when shopping. I rarely leave a store frustrated like I had in the past (after pant shopping). With the many styles of leggings available, I can finally wear dresses that are a little shorter than I would normally be accustomed to choosing.
Pregnancy brings forward a whole host of body issues. The whole growing sideways thing is a little too much to handle for many women! Hearing the word “stretchy pants” just stirs up images of some old guy with a curled up moustache in some 70’s reject photo.
Dresses with stretch and a sweet A-line hem flatter most figures. There is comfort in wearing a dress with ample stretch, in a soft luxurious fabric and in a colour that camouflages your new nauseous look.
I strongly believe in finding a few good dresses and treating them like a great fitting pair of jeans. Dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Accessories go a long way and creating colour groups to change up your look are a less expensive way to stretch the use of one great fitting, quality dress.
Dresses can take you further than you would expect!
I just discovered a nice blend of things to throw into my tomato purée. I love tomatoes on their own, but most people are accustomed to a little extra something-something in their spaghetti sauce. Having an Italian husband, sauce in a jar is a no-no. I’m really spoiled as I receive beautiful jars of homemade tomato purée donated to me by my incredible parents-in-law every year. For those of you, who aren’t this fortunate, use a tomato purée (usually sold in glass jars) or a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. No pre-seasoned sauce for this please.
I love a nice glass of Porto wine once in awhile so I usually have a bottle floating around somewhere in my home. For those who don’t particularly care for Porto (many find it too sweet) understand that this is a wonderful wine to cook with. If you plan on using it for cooking, buy a decent one but it doesn’t have to be expensive or a particular brand. Alcohol cooks out when heated, so no worry about anybody getting drunk on their spaghetti.
The next addition is something that I just thought I’d add for kicks. Maybe some of you have already tried this, but this is the first time that I thought of doing this: Montreal Steak spice! Adding this is really the kicker in this recipe. This may not be a good idea if feeding sauce to the real little ones as many parents like to hold off on too many spices too soon. So in all honesty, as this sauce is literally done in less than 20 minutes, I would whip up something else for the tiny one that day! You can double up on this sauce and freeze half for another time. This also holds well in the fridge for a good 4 days.
My husband refuses to eat any pasta that isn’t “brown”. New health kick and I totally agree, however I just had to use some artisan pasta for this and unfortunately, all I have found so far are traditional semolina types. I used a meaty cavatelli noodle. It captured the sauce perfectly.
Last but not least, you’ll need two items to mommy-fy this recipe. Good Parmigiano cheese and a jar of hot peppers IN OIL! Again, spoiled here, I received the most amazing peppers from the kitchen of my sweet friend Athina Salvatore! I am hoping that she will gladly provide me with her recipe (or even better, continue to spoil me with her gracious jars)!
Oh my God Spaghetti Sauce Discovery (not for those on a diet)
1 tbsp Olive Oil (ah, what the heck….up this to minimum 1/8 of a cup!)
3 cloves of garlic chopped or 1 tsp of garlic powder (feel free to up this amount if you are a garlic fan)
1 tbsp Montreal Steak Spice or any Steak spice mix
2 cups button mushrooms cut into quarters (nice, big, almost whole and meaty)!
½ cup Port Wine
1 28 oz can or jar of puréed tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or fresh basil (Optional)
• Using a stove-top stock pot, heat oil and add: Garlic (or garlic powder) and steak spice
• Sauté approximately 2 minutes
• Add Mushrooms and coat well in Olive oil, garlic and steak spice mixture!
• See and smell it SIZZLE! As it starts to really heat up, add the Port wine!
• Stir well, blending all those flavours. Add the crushed/puréed tomatoes
• Bring to a rapid boil (Watch the splashing! That could be LETHAL) and reduce heat.
• Add chopped herbs and simmer for another 5 minutes.
• Serve HOT on pasta, top with nice oily hot peppers and sprinkle with freshly grated parmigiano cheese!
Add a tasty and colorful Salad, a dry bottle of red wine and as long as you’re at it (not caring about calories today that is) a long toasted baguette à la garlic bread style.
Grelot and Sweet Potato Jamboree!
Potatoes are something most children enjoy. Sweet potatoes are known to be a staple item in most baby food products.
This nifty recipe brings both types of potatoes together, tiny grelot and good old yams, offering a wonderful richness and comfort. If grelot potatoes are not available, Yukon gold or new potatoes are a nice alternative.
I begin with cooking the Grelot potatoes and add the yams/sweet potatoes 20 minutes later as these tend to cook quicker. Many people who are not accustomed to using ginger in their food may decide to omit this item from the recipe. I urge you not to. The ginger gives a hit of zest to the dish that is fantastic and not overwhelming at all. The flavors are nicely balanced and bring out the sweetness of the yams/sweet potatoes. Don’t use the powdered ginger, only fresh ginger for this recipe. I add fresh spinach to the dish at the very end to give it a nice splash of green and added iron. This is entirely up to you. This recipe calls for no added salt. As the chicken stock has its fair share of sodium, adding extra salt is to your discretion.
This is a side dish that is best served with a nice meat choice. Although I have adopted a more vegetarian based diet myself, I would probably serve this with succulent roast pork or as a Thanksgiving Day side dish with turkey. These potatoes can be easily puréed for the very little ones. This is a true fall recipe that is both easy to make and easy to serve. This dish can be made in a slow cooker.
1 onion chopped
3-4 cloves garlic chopped
1 inch piece of FRESH ginger peeled and sliced in half (basically whole. Do not chop into the dish)
Approximately 10 grelot potatoes cut in half. With the peel!
1 cup chicken stock
2 large sweet potatoes (yams) peeled cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups Fresh baby spinach sliced in thin strips
• In a sauté pan, add olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and ginger. 2-3 minutes.
• Add grelot potatoes, sauté for 5 minutes.
• Transfer to a roasting dish with a cover (a corning ware type of casserole dish with lid)
• Add chicken stock
• Bake at 375 for 20 minutes
• Add Yams, stir well and continue to bake for another 20 minutes or until potatoes (both grelot and yams) are easily pierced with a fork.
Stir in spinach. Spinach will wilt on its own.
Remove ginger pieces (discard).
Mommyfied: Add a sprinkle of hot peppers! Maybe some salt? Freshly ground black pepper!
Babyfied: Great puréed!
Toddlerfied: Serve as is! Sprinkle with some cheddar for the cheese lovers???
Yukon gold, new potatoes: Yukon gold and new potatoes are delicious with their skins on providing extra vitamins and less work for mommy as there is no peeling. As these potatoes are often twice to three times larger than the little grelots, cut them into 1” cubes as the yams/sweet potato. Use approximately 4 whole potatoes.