HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND OUR 2016 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 'KIDS' CALENDAR


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The Holiday Season is here!  I love this time of year and being a mom makes it even more awesome.  Sharing Christmas traditions with my two little birds, and creating new ones with them as well makes me so happy.  

Below are a couple of Christmas traditions that we love.  

  • CHRISTMAS TREES IN DETROIT:  The Christmas Tree lighting downtown Detroit in Campus Martius Park.  This usually happens mid-November, and it's a great way to get the holiday season started.  We usually put up our tree around this time as well.  This is our 2nd year going to the Christmas Tree lighting and it's always a lot of fun!  
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  • CHRISTMAS VILLAGE:  A visit to Frankenmuth, Michigan early November to get a couple Christmas ornaments, swim (which is fun anytime), eat a delicious chicken dinner, start some Christmas shopping, and spend some time together as a family. My girls chanted 'Christmas Village, Christmas Village' as we drove through downtown Frankenmuth and it made me so happy seeing both of them filled with joy. This year was our first time going and we will definately continue this tradition. 
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  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Christmas morning we sing 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus.  We usually eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and I put candles in each of their cinnamon rolls and we put the nativity scene on the breakfast table.  I tell them the story of Jesus birth and why we celebrate Christmas and then we sing and blow out candles.  We have been doing this for about 4 years and it's a great way to get our focus on the reason for Christmas which is Jesus...before we dive into opening gifts and running around with cousins.  
  • PICTURES:  Christmas pictures with Santa and awkward family photos.  Sometimes it's just easier to laugh, act silly, and be ourselves instead of trying to pose anyone for a Christmas picture.  These have been really funny over the past two years.  

These are the four big ones that I would like to make sure I continue doing with my littles but something I would love to start is the 'random acts of kindness' calendar.  I know it's important to always be kind but this is a great way to keep your kids and even yourself accountable and ensure you are doing things above and beyond to show love and kindness through the holiday season.  I've attached a copy of the calendar I created for my girls this year.  

Random acts of kindness 'kids' 2016  

Random acts of kindness 'kids' 2016  

Is there a holiday tradition that you love to do with your family?  We would love to hear from you and see if there is anything else we should add to our own list.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year!

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE BANANA MUFFINS


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How to make Gluten Free Banana Muffins:

In an effort to prepare healthy snack and breakfast options for my girls we have tried a couple of different gluten free recipes and tweaked them along the way.  This is one of our favorites. It's also so much fun to bake with my girls.  We love trying new things and working together.  

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. Almond Milk (I like to use the Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk by Silk)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (pure organic is the best)
  • 3 tbsp. of honey (we buy raw honey from Eastern Market...you can substitute agave syrup, any honey that you prefer, or maple syrup as well)
  • 1 cup of almonds (ground in the food processer so they become an almond flour consistency)
  • 1/2 cup of Gluten Free Oat Flour (I usually buy the Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Step By Step

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  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Smash the bananas in a large bowl (this is the step that my daughters love to help with).
  • Add your wet ingredients (honey, eggs, vanilla, almond milk) and mix well.
  • Slowly mix in the ground almonds, oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Prepare muffin tins with parchment paper, paper baking cups, or cooking spray to ensure the muffins do not stick.  
  • This recipe will make 12 muffins.
  • Pour in the prepared muffin tins and back for 30 minutes.  
  • Allow to cool and ENJOY.  
  • We love putting a little peanut butter on ours as well.  Perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.  

We hope you enjoy making these delicious muffins.  Let us know if you have a favorite gluten free recipe to share or if you did anything different with this recipe to make it even more delightful.  Happy baking!  

BROME BURGERS & SHAKES - DEARBORN, MI


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Brome Burgers & Shakes

We LOVED this place.  The girls and I had such a great time eating dinner here.  We highly recommend checking out Brome Burgers & Shakes if you haven't been there yet for the following reasons:

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  • WALKING IN:  When we walked up we loved the lit up outdoor seating and the earthy decor inside of the restaurant as well.  While doing a little bit more research I found out that they built the shelves in the restaurant with reclaimed wood from the Dearborn railroads when the Amtrak Station in Dearborn was renovated.  The wood was repurposed by a company in Detroit, Michigan called Detroit Reclaimed Woodwork and Art.  So basically they already got me with the plants, the lighting, and the reclaimed wood...I love that stuff.
  • SEATING:  It was very open, comfortable, and laid back.  A great place to take the kids, or really anyone, but in my case being a single mama it's important to have a place my little birds can enjoy as well.  
  • THE FOOD:  SO DELIGHTFUL.  You have to try the sweet potato fries!  My little birds LOVED their food as well.  We tried the kids cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, Madagascar vanilla bean hand spun milk shake, and the wild mushroom burger (which had Wild Mushroom, Arugula, Swiss Cheese, Mustard Grain Aioli, Braised Onion on it).  They also offer fish, chicken, and vegan options.  
  • ABOUT BROME:  We pledge 100% organic beef that only comes from grass-fed cows that lead comfortable lives. We pledge ingredients that are NON GMO certified so that what mother nature intended, is all that goes into our bodies. We pledge sustainable business practices that increase efficiency and reduce waste. *This is their pledge taken from their website www.bromeburger.com*

Location: 22062 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, MI 

Parking:  Behind Brome Burgers. 

Let us know what you think about Brome Burgers.  If you haven't been there yet it's worth checking out!  We always love recommendations...where do you love to eat in Detroit?