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Back-to-School Dessert Suggestions Recipe

Even though school started a week ago, Aria is having a hard time adjusting to this new transition in her life. She is beginning to understand the emotions she's feeling but still has very little control over them. Every time I drop her off in the morning, she sobs uncontrollably because she wants to "stay and play with Maman Kiki," and that is hard to watch. She's the only child who sheds tears in the morning now; it's somehow embarrassing! On the other hand, I've noticed she asks to dress herself and puts her shoes on by herself now. After a few days at school, she's already tending to be more independent. We encourage her and try to make preschool a very positive experience. 

As a new mom, I try to come up with new ideas when I pick her up from school. On the first day, I showed up with a giant "smiley face" helium balloon, I also bought new Dr, Seuss books and took her to her favorite book store afterward. But her favorite of all is the snack / desserts I prepare for her. I made a list of the treats and I hope this inspires you to create a similar dish if your child experiences the same reactions as my little Aria. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Back To School Lunch Menu Ideas Recipe

Back To School Lunch Menu Ideas

08.28.14 by Jackie

 We call our daughter baby Aria but she's already a "big girl". It's hard to believe she's starting preschool today. It's something my husband Lulu and I have been discussing for a while. We were unsure whether we wait another year for her to go to school and start socializing with children her age on a daily basis. So we finally made the move and Aria is ready and seems excited about school. 

I've been proactive about getting her mutiple classes such as gymnastics, toddler reading club and swimming lessons, but I've always been there by her side. And even though I'm looking forward to sending our child off to preschool for the first time, Aria is my first baby and I know this transition is going to make me very emotional. I promised myself that I'd contain my tears; we'll see how it goes.

So without further ado, here's a list of back-to-school items that I hope will inspire you to create a wide variety of meals for your little ones. 


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Bresaola and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches Recipe

These charming finger sandwiches were probably the only thing I could have prepared in the tiny kitchen of the Roman apartment we rented while in the capital city of Italy last week. But it didn't stop me for preparing yummy sandwiches for Aria and me, using local products such as ricotta pannarella and black Angus bresaola meat.

Bresaola is salted lean and succulent beef that is air-dried until the meat turns dark red. It originated from the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. And I first discovered out-of-this-world ricotta pannarella while ordering a cheese platter in a restaurant in Rome. We asked the waiter to give us his best selection and I have to admit it sure was!  Now I'm just hoping I'll be able to find some back in the US!

I prepared the finger sandwiches with crust-free, sliced white bread, a mixture of caramelized fennel and ricotta, sliced cucumbers and of course, freshly-made mozzarella cheese and delicious bresaola meat. 


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Mac and Cheese Shepherd's Pie Recipe Recipe

We've been experiencing rainy days in the Bay Area and I thought a little comfort food would warm us up. I couldn't decide between a shepherd's pie or mac and cheese, so I went for a combination of the two.

To keep the dish vegetarian, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of vegetarian protein crumble, tomatoes and onions; you could opt for regular ground beef if you prefer. Instead of topping the dish with mashed potatoes as you would in a standard shepherd's pie recipe, I added creamy mac and cheese. Needless to say, the richness of the dish was a huge hit even baby Aria asked for more!


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