Lemon Pie in a Wean Bowl

Melissa, April 1, 2015

We have jumped on the band wagon.  We are testing to see how many things we can eat out of jars.  We may be stuck ‘testing’ these mini pies for a while though 😉 Ingredients: 6 graham crackers 4 eggs, separated 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/3 cups sugar 1/4 tsp salt 3 tbsp butter 2 lemons, juiced & zested Instructions: 1. Make crust: crumble a cookie at the bottom of each bowl. 2. Make filling: whisk together cornstarch, water, sugar & salt in a medium saucepan.  Turn heat on med-high and stir constantly to bring to boil.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from hear and slowly whisk in egg yolks.  Return to saucepan and cook on low for 1 more minute.  Remove from heat and add butter, lemon juice & zest.  Pour onto crust 3. Make meringue: beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Top the lemon in the bowls with meringue. 4. Bake: bake 5-7 minutes until the tops brown at 375 degrees F.  Let sit 1 hour.

Recipe of the Week- Applesauce

Melissa, March 20, 2015

  Apple Puree (6+ Months-Add Cinnamon if over 8 Months) Ingredients: 6 apples ½  cup water (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish, apples don’t have to be covered) 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Core apples. 3. Cut the apples in big chunks and put them in a baking dish. 4. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. 5. Bake for 30 minutes. 6. Peel off the skins. 7. Puree in a food processor or blender adding breast milk or water as needed. 8. Pour into Wean Cubes. Remember to check the temperature before serving. Store the leftovers in the fridge for 3 days or the freezer for 6 months. Yields Approximately: 2 cups (500ml)

Dr. Seuss, a unique look at environmental issues from… 1971

Melissa, March 5, 2015

The first time I read Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’ was in my second year of University.  My professor was giving a lecture on the importance of teaching children about the environmental impact humans have on the earth and referred to ‘The Lorax’ as the leading educational tool. I have to laugh thinking back to the first time I read ‘The Lorax’ to a group of six year olds.  I was anticipating a light discussion on doing things like picking up garbage in the playground or making sure their families recycle.  That is not at all what happened!  We ended up spending the entire morning brainstorming ways to save the planet, and we were not just talking about picking up garbage.  One idea that they came up with was to start an environmental campaign in our city schools that encouraged teachers to have at least one paper free work day a week.  I have to say, I was shocked!  I realized at that moment that my little group of munchkins with the brain capacity of, well six year olds, had the ability to help change the world. Think about how many teachers have read this book to a group of similar kids since it was published in 1971, now think about if each one of those classrooms initiated and maintained an environmental project (like the one I mentioned).  Just a thought… I am passionate about this book and the goals that they can set for not only children, but also adults.  Conservation International, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House have launched a campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire earth-friendly action worldwide. Check out this site with your kids to see how you can help: www.theloraxproject.com.

Valentines Day DIY – White Chocolate Bites

Melissa, February 6, 2015

These heavenly white chocolate treats are easy to make, delicious and adorable!  They are the perfect Valentine treat for all ages! What you need: – white baking chocolate – candy toppings – silicone baking mould Directions: 1. Make sure silicone moulds are clean and dry 2. Place mould on baking sheet or flat surface 3. Add candy into each mould 4. Melt white chocolate on stove 5. Pour melted chocolate into each mold 6. Tap baking sheet firmly on counter to level out the chocolate 7. Let cool until hardened

Valentines Day DIY – Homemade Valentine Bubbles

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This cute Valentines idea is so great because it is a non-candy alternative and is so simple.  It also fits so nicely in our Raspberry Wean Cubes and won’t leak in them either 😉 What you need: – Bubbles – Pipe cleaners – Straws – Ribbon – Scissors – Wean Cubes Directions: 1. Cut your pipe cleaners and paper straws in half 2. Bend one end of the pipe cleaner around to make a circle, then bend the circle to create a heart shape 3. Push the pipe cleaner into the straw 4. Put your bubbles inside the Wean Cube 5. Tie a ribbon around the Wean Cube and tie the bubble wand onto the container

Valentines Day DIY – Valentine Fortune Cookie

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This homemade craft is such a creative way to share how you feel about someone! What you need: – cardstock paper – glue stick – scissors – white paper – pen Directions: 1. Cut cardstock into 4 – 5 inch circles 2. Gently fold/roll your circle in half so that one end slightly overlaps with the other 3. Glue in the center of the rough end to hold the roll together 4. Find the center of the opposite end and push gently with you finger so the paper folds in on itself 5. Bring the ends together until it looks like a fortune cookie.  Hold the ends in place with more glue 6. Write your Valentine’s message or fortune on a slip of paper, and slide it into one of the open ends of the cookies

Valentines Day DIY – Heart Shaped Crayons

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This cute Valentines day craft is the perfect gift to give to your little ones or for your little ones to share with their friends!  They will have as much fun making this craft as they will coloring with it after! What you need: – crayons – silicone heart shaped mold – baking sheet Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 250F 2. Remove all the wrappers from the crayons 3. Cut the crayons into small pieces 4. Place the crayon pieces in the silicone mold 5. Place silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes 6. Remove from oven and let them completely cool 7. Push up from the bottom of the mold to remove    

Valentines Day DIY – Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This tasty treat is such a fun spin on regular chocolate covered strawberries since they are in the shape of a heart! What you need: – Milk chocolate (we used chocolate chips) – Sprinkles – Strawberries – Toothpicks Directions: 1. Cut the tops off the strawberries and then cut in half lengthwise 2. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them 3. Dry strawberries as much as possible so the chocolate will stick 4. Melt your chocolate on the stove 5. Pour the chocolate onto the strawberries, and then flip over to cover both sides 6. Shake sprinkles on top if desired

Valentines Day DIY – Wean Green Favorites!

Melissa, February 6, 2015

Have you been looking for Valentine’s Day Gifts that are unique, eco-friendly and awesome? So were we;) Here are some DIY VDay presents that will make everyone smile! 1 – Chocolate Strawberry Hearts 2 – Heart Shaped Crayons 3 – Valentine Fortune Cookies  4 – Homemade Valentine Bubbles  5 – White Chocolate Bites


Melissa, January 22, 2015

When I started working at Wean Green I told Melissa (the boss) that I used BPA-free plastic containers.  I thought she would be so proud until she asked me “what do you think they use instead of BPA”?  This was such a great perspective that I never even considered.  In most cases when companies take out the BPA the replace it with BPS which is just as bad.  This local study has asked the same question and gave some answers: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/bpa-alternative-disrupts-normal-brain-cell-growth-is-tied-to-hyperactivity-study-says/2015/01/12/a9ecc37e-9a7e-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html?tid=sm_fb Kat

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