My half-ass attempt at cooking: easy oatmeal bites for a picky eater, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate pecan pie tarts.

When I first started this series on my blog back in March, I thought by now I would be a bad ass cooking ninja. Nope, sadly I’m not even close but I’m still trying to make an effort so…I guess that counts? Kinda?

The little hummingbird is a very picky eater and breakfast can be a total pain. She won’t eat a bowl of cereal….unless I’m the one who’s eating it so usually she’ll have fruit, dry cereal or peanut butter and toast cut up into cute shapes, and yogurt raisins or yogurt craisins.

We had to stop giving her yogurt a while back since she would smear it all over herself. Then when we would tell her no, she would fling it around everywhere. Yep, good times. Because of that we’re giving her a yogurt break.

I’ve been checking out Bento boxes for some time and because my daughter is a picky eater, I’ve gotten a few things to start off with when it comes to Bento meals. I thought it would make it more fun for her and I am actually excited about preparing food. I know, GASP!

I just got this Bento recipe book but haven’t tried any of the recipes yet.

I’ve been doing what I call “oatmeal bites” for several months when I want to mix up the hummingbird’s breakfast and sometimes lunch. Because she won’t eat regular oatmeal in a bowl, this is the perfect solution. When I first started making these, she was still a little shaky with using utensils so these are also a perfect finger food.

She never liked toddler utensils and likes using the silverware we use. She’s this little girl with what seems like a ginormous fork in her tiny hand and it can be a funny sight.

I’m not great with explaining cooking instructions but I’ll do my best. This is super easy so even if I make it seem more difficult than it is, I’m sure you can figure out the directions.

I absolutely love the multigrain cereal below. It’s so easy, it tastes good, and has very little sugar. It’s microwavable and you even measure the water in the packet the cereal comes in.

1 packet of Better Oats multigrain cereal (or any kind of oatmeal)

Use 3/4 of the recommended water (use more or less if desired)

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

After microwaving it for 2 minutes (or whatever the package instuctions say on what you use),  I put either a small amount of brown sugar in the oatmeal or a few white chocolate chips that the hummingbird loves. I mix it up and put it on a plate then spread it out and make it into a square-ish shape.

I like to put it in the refrigerator overnight because it seems to set better but I usually forget so that morning I make it and throw it in the freezer to cool down for about 15 minutes.

When it’s cool, I cut the oatmeal into slices and then cut those into bite sized pieces. Then I put the plate back in the microwave for about 15 seconds to warm up the oatmeal bites.

On this particular day, I also used one of my Bento supplies I recently got, a hard-boiled egg shaper thing. See, I’m so great with explaining this stuff. heh.

click through photo to see the info

I added some strawberries and some yogurt raisins and Voila!

click through photo to see the info of the greatest plates I found for my daughter

I was giddy over the egg that looked like a car so I took way more pictures of it than I care to admit.

Mama, why in the hell is my egg shaped like a car?

Yum, oatmeal bites!

                                                           

Next up is some really great chocolate chip cookies and I got the recipe from Sara who blogs at Sara Without An H. I’m also very happy to say that she will be a contributing writer at, you guessed it, Motherhood Uncovered.

You can go here for her delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe. Sara mixes it up, pun intended, by cutting the Toll House recipe in half, using whole wheat flour, changing the ratio of brown sugar and white sugar from 1:1 to 2:1 to give it a nice caramel flavor. I was feeling ambitious so I made one batch with the whole wheat flour and one with white flour. They were both yummy and the hummingbird thought so too.

Right out of the oven, yum! I cropped the picture so you couldn’t see a piece I took out of one of the cookies.

Trying to be artsy fartsy with cookie pictures.

Wow mommy, you usually never give me cookies. What’s the catch?

I asked the little hummingbird to smile for the camera and she looked away and said cheese!

Drunk on cookies…I love ya man!

                                                          

Now we come to chocolate pecan pie tarts. Excuse me while I drool. I got this recipe from Christi who blogs at Keep Calm And Carry On. She did this post and mentioned the fabulous chocolate pecan pie tarts so I emailed her for the recipe and she was sweet enough to send it to me.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Tarts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • Some semi-sweet chocolate morsels (I use Nestle)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F (165 C)

2. Grease 24 normal sized cupcake or muffin cups

3. To Make Crust: In medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and 1 cup butter until light and fluffy. Blend in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, forming a smooth dough.

4. Roll into 24 equal balls and press one into each greased cup so it lines the bottoms and sides, like a pie crust. If you have a cup that will fit into the muffin cups, you can put some pam or flour on it, and push the cup into the dough ball, so you don’t have to form all the crusts by hand.

4. Now, take the chocolate morsels, and put 4 to 10 in each cup, depending on how much chocolate you want in them.

5. To Make Filling: In a medium mixing bowl, cream together 1/4 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs until thoroughly blended. Stir in vanilla. Stir in pecans. Fill each lined cup half full (its okay if they have a little more than half full, because of the chocolate).

6. Bake in oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool in cups, then use a butter knife to flip each tart out.

                                                            

These tarts are so unbelievably freaking AMAZINGLY good and if I can make them, so can you. I did these while the hummingbird was taking her nap and set them to cool in the muffin pan.

She got up from her nap and was watching Little Bear in my bedroom when I decided to run downstairs to take the tarts out of the pan.

As I was walking up the stairs, I heard my little girl in the master bathroom flushing the toilet and she had turned on the water in the bathtub. She had taken her bathtub rinse pitcher and dumped water all over the bathroom floor. The hummingbird was soaked and there was about an inch of water on the floor.

After I changed her clothes, I put her in a time out in her bedroom and went back downstairs to eat one, okay two, of the chocolate pecan pie tarts. So, if you have a toddler who does things like this, having these tarts handy is a must.

My husband had to go into work today to work on a lesson plan so after the bathroom flood debacle and her time out, I gave the hummingbird half of a chocolate pecan pie tart and then once he got home, I let him deal with her sugar high. Yes, I’m totally evil. Bwahahahaha!

Go on over and check out Christi’s site because she has become my recipe hero.

My other attempts at cooking posts: My half-ass attempt at cooking, My pathetic attempt at cooking; weeks 1-3, My huggable attempt at cooking. Part 3.

                                                                      

This video is pretty much how I found the hummingbird in the master bathroom, minus the rainboots….

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4 Responses to My half-ass attempt at cooking: easy oatmeal bites for a picky eater, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate pecan pie tarts.

  1. Christi October 2, 2011 at 21:25 #

    I’m so glad you liked them! Hopefully some of the other recipes I have in mind will be a hit with you guys!

    • Elle October 3, 2011 at 12:10 #

      I would LOVE to try out any recipes you have as long as they’re easy since I can’t cook my way out of a paper bag. 🙂 xoxo

      These were truly incredible, Christi, and I can’t thank you enough! I’m still amazed that I was capable of making something so amazing. 🙂

  2. Connie Krebs October 5, 2011 at 20:19 #

    I have that Bento book! Love the egg shapers, especially if you add a little food coloring to turn them pink and such! My girls love it when I cut the food into shapes like hot dogs into penguins… I think I love it too!

  3. Elle's Mom October 6, 2011 at 18:57 #

    Yummy, who knew you could cook more than a burrito in a microwave. I thought you hated to cook but this all looks really good. Keep up the good work. Wish I was having breakfast with you and the cat snatcher and hummingbird.

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