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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Wean Green presents this year’s holiday gift guide! Packed  full with fun and creative gifts that you and your kids can put together for family and friends. This guide will ensure a festive and innovative way to celebrate the holidays, as well as your loved ones.  Click the link below to view the guide. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide To go directly to your favorite recipe, click the links below. Sweet Treats Toblerone Shortbread S’mores Chocolate & Almond Bark  Homemade Marshmallows Brownie Christmas Trees Caramel Twists Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls Creative Crafts Fingerprint Ornaments Sock Snowman Popsicle Christmas Tree Reindeer Dust Home Goods Lavender & Peppermint Bath Salts Sugar Cookie Foot Soak Homemade Lotion Chocolate Face Mask Drinks Loose Leaf Tea Kit Mocha Cocoa  

S’mores

Don’t have a fire going? S’more lovers do not need to worry! This is a great alternative to the classic s’more, as well it’s a great recipe to get the kids involved in. Print Recipe S’mores Course Appetizers Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 0 Servings people Ingredients 1 bag chocolate chips1 bag marshmallows1 sleeve graham crackerslollipop sticks Course Appetizers Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 0 Servings people Ingredients 1 bag chocolate chips1 bag marshmallows1 sleeve graham crackerslollipop sticks Instructions In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring a small amount of water to a high simmer. Place the chocolate chips in heat proof bowl and place the jar in the water. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted and then remove from water. Place the graham crackers in a Ziplock bag and crush into a fine crumb, then transfer the crumbs to a bowl Skewer one marshmallow onto a lollipop stick, dip it in the melted chocolate, then roll it in the graham cracker crumbs. Place the s’mores on a parchment paper to dry. Recipe Notes

Chocolate & Almond Bark

Yum! Chocolate and almond bark is definitely a recipe you need to try this holiday season, it will easily become one of your top go to’s. Print Recipe Chocolate & Almond Bark Course Appetizers Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped almonds2 cup milk chocolate chips1 tbsp shortening Course Appetizers Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped almonds2 cup milk chocolate chips1 tbsp shortening Instructions Line a 9x13in baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Put chopped almonds in a pan. Cook, stirring often over medium high heat, until golden brown and remove from heat. In metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate chips and shortening until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in half the toasted almonds. Spread onto the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining almonds, and chill 30 minutes, or until solid. Break into bite-sized pieces. Recipe Notes

Lavender & Peppermint Bath Salts

Loose Leaf Tea Kit

Brownie Christmas Trees

A fun way to get your kids involved in your Holiday baking! Everyone always loves a tasty brownie so why not decorate them with even more delicious treats? Print Recipe Brownie Christmas Trees Course Snack Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup butter1 cup White Sugar2 eggs1 tsp vanilla extract1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 cup all-purpose flower1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp baking powder1 tub icing or cream cheese icing20 mini candy canessprinklesmini candies Course Snack Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup butter1 cup White Sugar2 eggs1 tsp vanilla extract1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 cup all-purpose flower1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp baking powder1 tub icing or cream cheese icing20 mini candy canessprinklesmini candies Instructions Preheat oven to 350F. Then butter and flour a 8in square pan. Lightly melt butter and stir in sugars, eggs and vanilla. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow brownies to cool for 15 minutes and then cut not triangles. Put your icing into a plastic bag and cut off a small piece of the corner, making a piping bag. Break off the curved part of the candy cane and stick the straight [iece into the bottom of the “tree”. Now it’s time to decorate however you wish with assorted candies! Recipe Notes

Chocolate Face Mask

Sock Snowman

Popsicle Christmas Trees

Homemade Lotion

Sunshine Cookies

A quick, yet delicious recipe that will brighten your day!

Preventing Choking for Babyled Weaning

  By Jennifer House MSc, RD Many parents are terrified of feeding their baby beyond pureeds: “Won’t my baby choke if I feed him ‘real’ food?”

Comfort Food-Chickpea Stew

There is something about a cool fall night, and a warm delicious stew…the two just go together perfectly. As a vegetarian family, I am always trying to come up with new and exciting meals for my family. Our meals are always made from scratch, with real food and usually get the two thumbs up from both the men in my life. Last fall, as we entered soup season in our home, I tried my hand at a new soup recipe using chickpeas. I had never used chickpeas in a soup before and thought, why not? So I got to work in the kitchen and what I created was better than a soup, it was a stew. It was delicious, filling and warming on a cool fall evening. I have passed this recipe around to a few families, it also makes an appearance in my book, Raising Happy Healthy Babies, and it always receives rave reviews. So, here it is for you today. If you find yourself needing something to warm you on a cool fall night or a cold winter day, give this chickpea stew a try, I am sure it won’t disappoint.   Chickpea Stew 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 carrots, chopped in bite size pieces 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 sweet potato, chopped in bite size pieces 1 cup frozen sweet corn 1 cup frozen peas 1 398mL can diced tomatoes 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 2 tsp herb de Provence 2 cups chickpeas, cooked, or equivalent canned 1 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed ¼ cup parsley, chopped Heat oil over medium heat; add onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes.  Add garlic, carrots, celery, sweet potato and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes. Add corn, peas, tomatoes, vegetable broth and herb de Provence and bring to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until rice is tender and chewy. During the last 15 minutes of cooking add the two cups of chickpeas. Remove from heat, add chopped parsley and serve. Hope you and your family enjoy it!

6 Tips to Prevent a Picky Eater

1) Stop trying to control how much your child eats. No more “3 bite rule!” When we force or strongly encourage our child to eat more, it just builds power struggle. They end up actually eating less than if given the option to choose how much they are hungry for, and mealtime is not enjoyable for anybody! 2) Do not be a short order cook or offer “back-up” foods if your child refuses what is offered. Not only is it more work for you, but it discourages your child from trying new foods when they know they can get what they want. 3) Do not bribe or reward with dessert and sweets. This puts sweets on a “pedestal” and sets your child up to have a sweet-tooth for life. It also tells them that dinner/the vegetable/whatever they have to eat, is undesirable and must be forced down. 4) Continue to offer previously refused foods whenever you eat them, with no pressure. You can try foods in different forms as well (like sweet potatoes baked, mashed or in fry form). 5) Be a good role model. Offer mostly nutritious foods and eat them yourself! 6) Get your child involved in growing the food, shopping, preparing the food and setting the table. They are more likely to eat new foods they have played a part in preparing!

Travel Snacks – Trail Mix

Just because you are on-the-go, doesn’t mean you have to buy pre-packaged snacks. Packaged snacks are more expensive, and often contain refined flour, lots of sugar, colors and preservatives. Here are some easy and healthy snacks that you can pack in your Wean Green cubes and throw in your purse or diaper bag: raisins, dried apricots, freeze dried fruits or veggies, nuts, trail mix, cheese cubes, cereal, granola, chopped fruit, frozen veggies, berries, boiled eggs, and mini pitas. Easy Homemade Trail Mix Recipe: Mix together any of: 1) Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds – as long as your child is over 4 to avoid choking hazards. Or chop up finely). 2) Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds). 3) Dried fruit (chopped apricots, dates, prunes, cranberries, cherries). 4) Dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit 5) Dried cereal (Cheerios, Shreddies, Nutrios) 6) Pretzels No need to add sugar or oils, or to bake. Just mix together! Wean Green Travel Tip: Add a couple M&M’s or chocolate chips to the trail mix to keep your kids occupied while they search for treats!

Melissa’s Tempered Words

Have you read this blog post written by a loving husband who defends his hardworking stay at home wife’s job? http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/10/09/youre-a-stay-at-home-mom-what-do-you-do-all-day/ Unfortunately the reactions that this blog has received are honestly breaking my heart. The comments from people who are comparing stay at home mothers to working mothers are so sad. ALL mothers deserve respect and acknowledgement for the work they do. All the people that think this is a competition need to realize that every situation is different. I am ALWAYS a mother-whether I am working or staying at home. Support mamas everywhere-leave your positive comments and words of encouragement below. Tell us your experiences or even give a loving shout out to another mama!  xoxox Melissa (stay at home working mom;)

Q & A With Melissa

Wean Green’s founder & CEO, Melissa Gunning, has been known for her extended work hours, long dance mom hours and master carpooling skills. As a former elementary school teacher she is often drawing us pictures and colour coding our file folders.  With 2 kids in tow she has been trying to take over the world 1 Wean Cube at a time for nearly 5 years! Self proclaimed as the ‘funniest girl in the office’ things can get a little out of hand at WG Headquarters. We are going to be having a live stream on Friday with Melissa and she will be open to answering any questions (yes, ANY) that you have for her.  Post your questions (embarrassing ones encouraged) in the comments section of this blog post and stay tuned on Friday at 11am PST to hear the answers!

#FF – #honorcurves

We are so excited about our first Follow Friday!  Meet Honorine, the founder of #HonorMyCurves.  Hono refers to herself as a Self Love Advocate, meaning she promotes being comfortable in your own skin and loving yourself just the way you are.  Hono started her Instagram account in hopes to inspire a handful of people to love themselves and bring confidence into every aspect of their lives.  People started to catch on to the amazing work that Hono was sharing and she is now at nearly 55,000 followers on Instagram.  This curvy role model gives words of encouragement multiple times a day and has touched and changed countless lives.  Her lovely followers send in pictures and captions about how she has changed their lives and boosted their confidence levels.  Each day, one of the followers are featured on the Instagram page.  The message that Hono promotes is so simple – love yourself, own your body, and never apologize for your beauty.  Check out her page now and see all of the amazing things she has done!

#Throwbackthursday Wean Green Mama-Melissa Gunning

A little bit about me, the Wean Green Mama. I compost in high heels. I sort my recycling in designer jeans.  I shop at the organic grocer with a beautiful shade of pink lipstick and I lead an eco-chic sorta life! I grew up on cheezies, chicken fingers and those wonderful mini pizzas that McDonald’s has since removed from their menus.  My mom scrubbed the toilets with bleach every weekend and I loved the smell! I thought recycling was for hippies(don’t worry I love hippies) and that composting had to involve lots of worms. When I run into people from my past life they always wonder what happened to me.  It’s simple. I married for looks and ended up falling madly, deeply in love with a dirt loving, earth hugger.  I didn’t fall into this earth lovin’ life easily.  It took the hubby a little while to convince me not to throw absolutely everything into the garbage and that riding my bike to work would actually help save the planet. Ever since I started over populating the Earth over 8 years ago I have been very conscious of living environmentally friendly. I purchase less, reuse more and recycle everything! As I venture into the big scary world of starting a business I have re-examined all my eco ways and I am excited to start a journey to ‘green’ my home, business and family.  Follow my journey and discoveries as I throw out (recycle) the plastics and bring in the organics. Follow my new blog series, Wean Green Mama’s World!

Maple Pumpkin Spice Almonds

In the spirit of Fall, I thought I would create something reminiscent of all the wonderful flavors that this time of year brings.  These make a delicious snack or can also be added to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, or whatever your heart desires.  Pumpkin is full of amazing nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, fibre, potassium, and magnesium, to name a few. Not only are pumpkins fun to carve, they make a wonderful addition to cooking and baked goods!  Hope you enjoy these little gems!! Ingredients -3 cups almonds, raw -3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree -3 tablespoons maple syrup, raw -1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice -1/2 tsp vanilla extract -1 TBSP coconut oil, melted Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium size bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. 3. Then, add in raw almonds and toss. Make sure all almonds are evenly coated. 4. Finally, spread almonds onto baking sheet and place in oven. Roast almonds for 20 minutes tossing at 10 minutes and 15 minutes. Note: When you take the nuts out of the oven, they will not be crunchy at first. Let them cool for at least 20-30 minutes before eating or store in an airtight container