French Green Lentil Cake Recipe Recipe

French Green Lentil Cake Recipe

10.30.14 by Jackie

Growing up in France, I never celebrated Halloween as a child. The closest events I remember were during Mardis Gras, which are Carnival celebrations after the Epiphany or King's Day. So if you notice little Aria's Halloween costume and thought you'd be scared, I miserably failed that mission. My goal was to make her as cute as possible and let her enjoy the festivities. For this, we've gone through several costumes, which she will use for the events she'll attend in the coming days.

Today, we went to the one at our local library. I had just finished preparing dinner and snapped a photo of the quick and easy dish to share with you. For this vegetarian meal, I used shallots, garlic, French Puy green lentils, thyme, parsley and day-old baguette bread.

As a general rule, I try to give Aria meat or fish at least 3 to 4 times a week and we follow the rest of the family's vegetarian diet the other days.Aria Halloween Costume


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Halloween-Inspired Party Dishes Recipe

Halloween-Inspired Party Dishes

10.27.14 by Jackie

Having a 3-year-old at home, we can't get away from celebrating Halloween! Little Aria is going to be the penguin Pablo from the TV show "the Backyardigans". Just like Pablo, Aria is energetic, enthusiastic and excitable. She is always determined and thinks, speaks, acts and reacts quickly. We couldn't have found a better character! I'll post a picture on my Instagram account. So stay tuned!

I don't think we'll throw a party this year, but I've compiled a few dishes I prepared for our past Halloween-themed parties. Enjoy!


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Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration Recipe

Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration

10.22.14 by Jackie

Today Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is a Hindu festival and it's India's biggest holiday of the year. It's also known as the "festival of lights." The day began with a non-religious story of Diwali, then there was a beautiful Rangoli demonstration (an art and craft session), followed by a potluck lunch for the boys and girls. I volunteered to bring a nut-free dessert for the children and since I knew other mothers would bring typical, popular Indian desserts, Aria and I prepared a colorful, playful dessert instead for the children. 

Rangoli picture

For the occasion, I transformed our little Aria into an Indian princess and tried to match the dessert with her colorful, festive attire. The dessert consisted of individual servings of a cookie baked in a mini cupcake liner and filled with cardamom-flavored triple chocolate cream (lemon, strawberry and milk chocolate). Needless to say, the children adored the sweet treats and Aria was so proud to tell her classmates she had helped preparing them.

Indian clothes


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