White Chocolate & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies…yum!

This morning, my son and I decided to bake some cookies. They were nothing fancy, just the recipe from the back of the Ocean Spray Cranberries…but we added out own little twist!

Ocean Spray Cranberries

We washed our hands, put on our aprons and I got all the ingredients ready while my son brought his stool over. We started by creaming the sugar and butter. I measured the sugar and my son poured it into the bowl. He knows to keep back when the mixer is on and we had a little taste before I added the eggs! We mixed all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl which again, I measured out and my son dumped in before stirring it all together. 

Here, we added some cinnamon which isn’t in the original recipe!

Scoop by scoop, my son added all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl while we took breaks to gradually mix it all together. We both measured (and tasted) the cranberries and chocolate as we added it to the mix. I let my son help measure here because when was too much chocolate or cranberries a bad thing?!?!

I gave my son a spoon to help place spoonfuls on the cookie sheet but he wasn’t able to do it and decided to snack on some more cranberries while I did that on my own.

The cookies only take 10 minutes to bake so during that time, I cut my son off from the cranberries and sent him to play while I cleaned up the kitchen. Once the cookies were ready and cooled, we sat down with a cup of coffee and a glass of milk and enjoyed a plate of freshly baked cookies for our morning snack!

Freshly Baked Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe (from Ocean Spray but with a Twist!)

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 brown sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup of white chocolate chunks or chips
  • we added 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Toddler Made Place Settings for Your Thanksgiving Feast

For the last 2 years I’ve done the same thing, a handprint of my son turned into a turkey. It’s cute, it shows the size of his hand at the time, I liked it…and so did the family! However, this year I felt I should mix it up a little or atleast up my game.

great for babies first Thanksgiving!
I definitely wanted something my 2 year old could make because I know for a fact that no one wants a craft my son “made” aka he destroyed his attempt and I sat at his little table and did children’s crafts! So it was important for me to find something that my son can and will actually make!! I also like the idea of incorporating a handprint or footprint so we can look back over the years and see how much he grew each year.

I also think it’s important to include your toddler in holidays and this is a great way to do it. When they look at the table set, they see something they know they made and contributed. Everyone can comment on them and make your child feel proud of their work.

I found quite a few ideas and my son, being the trooper that he can be, helped me make them all! I think this year we will have a different themed place card for each person!
We did a turkey adoring again but this year livened it up with rainbow feathers! turkey with rainbow feathers

A turkey footprint with actual feathers glued on!turkey with actual feathers glued on

An acorn handprint! place in an acorn or cork to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

An owl handprint on a branch!
place in an acorn or cork to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

A corn on the cob footprint!

A fall coloured leaf! (You can do a variety of these in different fall colours) you can do these in any fall colour!

You can use a handprint or a footprint to make a cornucopia…but unless you use stickers for your child to place for food, you’re going to have to attempt some drawing! 

Put the place cards in a pine cone or a cork with a slit in the top and you’ve got a cute and personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Green Eggs & Ham

I used to steam and purée kale and mix it with scrambled eggs when my son only ate soft foods and remember saying to my baby, as I spoon fed him, “You’re eating green eggs like in Dr. Seuss!” I can only assume that he understood and appreciated the connections!!! But I kept the meal idea in mind and now that my son is older I made him real green eggs and ham, only I didn’t go as far as to serve green ham!

I got a few leaves of fresh kale from my garden, grocery store works just as well.


I pulled it off the stem, put it in a bit of water and steamed it.

 When it was cooked I drained it and puréed it. I used to use the Baby Bullet but that’s put away and I didn’t feel like messing my big blender for such a small amount so I used my handheld blender and it worked perfectly!


After draining any excess water, I added some eggs and a bit of pepper for taste and blended it all together. The blender made it a bit frothy, you can mix it with a fork if you prefer.


Cook the eggs like you normally make scrambled egg! So easy!

While I was making lunch, I thought it would be fun to show my son the YouTube video for Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham because I wasn’t organized enough to get the book out of the library. It worked perfectly because the video was just over 8 minutes so it kept my kiddo happy and entertained while I was in the kitchen.


I had roasted a big ham a while ago and had frozen slices to fry up with meals as well as small pieces for my homemade pizzas (stay tuned!) so I defrosed a couple of pieces and fried them up with the eggs.

There you have it, a fun and easy meal for you kids that sneaks some vegetables into their diet! You can also do this with spinach.


My son preferred the ham over the eggs (he’s his father’s son when it comes to meat!) but still ate nearly all the eggs!

Hippo-tatoes!

My son won’t eat potatoes unless they’re French Fries. I’ve even tried to disguise baked potatoes, cutting them length wise to look like fries but nothing gets past my kiddo! My friend sent me a pin from Kandeeland of cute hippo baked potatoes, hippo-tatoes! So I thought this would be a fun, non deep-fried potato dish to try for my son!

I want to make it clear that I am not a food artist and that if you watch the video on the pin, the two sisters have had practice and don’t have a whiney toddler crawling up their legs. Just saying. Please don’t judge my hippos.

I did mine a little differently then Kandeeland, I did a double baked version so I scraped 1/2 of the insides out, mixed it with cheese and sour cream and stuffed it back in, so mine doesn’t have the nice open mouth look. I also used bacon as teeth instead of onions because I didn’t want to have to put little toothpicks in my son’s food and well, we’re a house of bacon lovers! I used raisons for the eyes.

Originally I thought my kiddo would have fun helping me make them but he was a little too grouchy to help. He helped stir the mashed filling but decided he’d rather cry at my feet instead….awesome. Thankfully my husband arrived home from work halfway through the hippo-tatoe creations!

My little guy was pretty excited about the hippo on his plate and ate the raisons but we also had corn on the cob that night which is his all time favourite so it was hard to compete. He didn’t eat much of the potato unfortunately, but he did try it, which he usually doesn’t do for different potato dishes so I was happy! My husband and I enjoyed them and ate them all, maybe we’ll try them again in a few months and see if we have more success! I think this would be a fun meal that you and your older child could cook and decorate together!!