Here’s Everything My 18-Month-Old Ate in a Single Day — You’re a Parent Now

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My evening checklist for my toddler son goes something like the following:

1. Did you say any new words today?

2. Did you injure yourself or others today?

3. Did anybody try to screw with you on the playground today? Because if they did, Mama's not afraid to give them a piece of her mind (mostly kidding).

4. Did you poop today?

5. What did you eat today?

That last thought is an important one. After a year of primarily breast milk and formula, my son forayed into the wonderful world of food. Now, at 18 months, he is a full-on food-eater. An eater who doesn't like avocado, chicken breast, or blueberries, but an eater nonetheless. My basic theory is if he gets a little protein, carbs, fats, and veggies throughout the day at (at least) one meal, I'm winning.

Here's what he ate throughout the course of a day last week. Please note: I'm not perfect and I'm not a nutritionist or pediatrician. I'm just a mom doing the best she can. Some days my kid eats more, some days he eats less; some days he's all scrambled eggs and mushrooms, and other days it's mostly bananas and almond butter. This is about what fits into my family's lifestyle and what I believe provides my son with what he wants and needs from food. My mantra and the mantra I urge all caretakers to use is "whatever works."


From $70 to $500: 10 Play Kitchens That Are More Stylish than Adult Ones — Shopping

Kids' play kitchens let your little ones flex their imaginations and develop important skills, like counting and sharing. And they've always been impossibly cute — we can't help but swoon over mini stovetop burners and sinks. These days, play kitchens have gotten super chic, too. They have subway tile backsplashes, farmhouse sinks, mid-century modern cabinetry, and all sorts of other details you wish your own kitchen had.

Here are 10 tiny kitchens we'd love to cook in.


How To Bake Crispy, Juicy Chicken in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The promise of crispy, juicy, oven-baked chicken is one that kept me rushing home as a kid. Mostly we felt like we won the dinner lottery when our mom made Shake'N Bake instead of her usual Hamburger Helper or tuna-noodle casserole. My own children pine for chicken nuggets (they mostly know the freezer kind), but the premise is the same: Coat chicken in crispy breadcrumbs and be a champion of dinner.

While this technique isn't quite as simple as shaking chicken with breadcrumbs in a bag, the results are worth the minimal extra effort. Toasted panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a golden, crispy exterior, while a paste of eggs and mayo keeps the chicken juicy.


Eat Well with Kids in New Orleans — 1 City, 3 Ways: New Orleans

New Orleans is many things: It is the place you go if you want to fill your belly with jambalaya, étoufée, and gumbo, and then wake up and do it all over again (starting with fried dough topped with a mountain of powdered sugar and washed down with sweet-and-bitter chicory-laced cafe au lait).

It is the destination of choice if you're looking to shake your groove thing into the wee hours, fueled by Hurricane after Hurricane. It is a city where you can show your stuff for a string of glittering green beads or join up into the parade or procession because, hey, the more the merrier.

New Orleans as a family destination, however? It might not be the first that comes to mind. But when my cousin raved about how much he loved living there with his two young daughters, we just had to go and see for ourselves.


Slow-Cooked Hoisin and Ginger Pork Wraps with Peanut Slaw — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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This recipe very handily fed almost a dozen people at a recent weekend get-together; there were even leftovers. It's also a very easy and delicious recipe with terrific flavor. And yet it takes less than half an hour to put it all together. Perfect menu for company!


Mastering the Art of the School-Bus Breakfast — Tips from The Kitchn

School day mornings are much more hectic than I could have ever imagined. Between getting everyone dressed and bags and lunch boxes packed, it feels almost impossible to get breakfast on the table too. For those mornings when we can't get it together before the ride to school, here are a few tips for making school mornings easier with breakfasts that can be eaten at the bus stop.


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