Thursday, November 12, 2009

FREE BONUS GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK!! The Toddler Cafe book!

Now, how cool is this... Not only does Chef Jen get to take credit for writing the most awesome children's' recipe book in the world, The Toddler Cafe... (yeah, i said it... ITS TRUE!) But she is also super rad! Yesterday after I wrote the blog featuring her book as one of the topics... I sent her an @ reply on twitter.... (@ChefJen) and a short little message on facebook letting her know about my post... Honestly - I didnt expect anything back... Her book gets blogged all the time... She has ALL sorts of press, and in no way did I actally think we were cool enough to get her attention, lol Well - we were... Because not only did she comment on the blog... which i totally LOVED... but she is offering up a book to giveaway to one lucky reader!!! How excited are you guys!? Im excited and its not even for me. Since she was so generous I wanted to sneak this post in early... This giveaway is gunna be EXTRA special and run for 2 whole weeks... So I want you guys twittering, posting, facebooking... whatever you can do to get this book out there... Why do you ask? Well... Lets talk about my love for it some more... :)

Reasons to love The Toddler Cafe:
#1 - Because Jen is awesome... theres a photo of her on facebook with Guy from Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.... one of mine & the hubby's favorite shows... JEALOUS!
#2 - BEcause she makes one of the hardest most stressful things about toddlers - feeding them - easier... and anything that can make my crazy day a little easier is 100% a-ok in my book...
#3 - Because her husband is the photographer... Not ONLY does he take all of the coolest most fun photos for the book, but he has his own site called 350 Degrees Photography and some of THOSE photos are just too cool to describe.
#4 - because she is a funny & witty writer and makes the book so much more than just a Cook Book... it really is an enjoyable read.
#5 - Because the kids look SOOO happy when they eat their grub. They have fun prepping it... cooking it... & eating it. Even if it does take an hour in the bath tub to get them clean :)
#6 - Because its not just a kids cool book... i am DYING to try these Pumpkin Raviolis.... YUM!

#7 - and probably the coolest of them all... because she loves all things Japanese & Kawii possibly as much as I do... ;) And that makes her more awesome than any other chef in the world, lol.

Now, I know you guys are probably like... Amber... Your Rambling again... and yes, yes, I am... but I really stand behind this book and I want you guys to get a chance to enjoy it as much as I do... weather you win it here, or go out and buy it. But, before we get to the giveaway... I want to share the Banana Hot Dog Recipe that I shared with you yesterday!! We are doing this right now, but with Hawaiian Sweet Bread instead of a bun (cuz I dont have one, lol)



"BANANA HOTDOG
Makes 1 serving

1 banana, peeled
1 whole-wheat hot dog bun (or slice of bread in a pinch)
Jelly
Creamy peanut butter

Place the peeled banana in a bun. Fill 2 zip-top baggies, 1 with jelly and the other with peanut butter. Cut a tiny hole in the corner of each bag, and squeeze out onto the banana as you would mustard and ketchup. Eat and enjoy."

This is totally the easiest one in the book and the boys are LOVING it... It was a ton of fun... Super cheap... and made with things that most people usually have laying around... Here is our little montage, lol
(click to open it up a little bigger)

The boys totally loved it... I did a couple things differently... the bread - not the best idea.... I would have been better off waiting for buns, the bread was falling apart... Score one for Jen, lol However... my little wheels were turning and Zave had some yogurt/oatmeal mix left over from breakfast so a smeared it on the bread like you would a condiment... it was a great way to use of the little bit of leftovers and add even more nutrition to it. Izzaq hates oatmeal but had he not been watching I would have done it on his too. He had a TON of fun squirting peanut butter all over the banana... & table... haha.. great project when theyre getting hungry & antsy... Last thing... I wish I would have cut the banana in half... the boys are only ages 2 & 3 and their little mouths cant wrap around the banana & bun... So halfway through zave ditched the bun. And it filled them up quick so they each only ate half... so had it been cut it would have been perfect... less mess & less left over. I hate wasting food. And a drool covered banana didnt sound so appetizing, haha

So thats it guys! Yes yes, it was a super long blog but worth it in the end! Cuz now its giveaway time... You want the book right?? Good, now go enter to win!
Extra entries?? But of course :)
EACH ENTRY MUST BE LEFT IN A SEPARATE COMMENT TO COUNT!!!!!

#1) Leave us a comment telling us your FAVORITE fun recipe that you use for your kids/relatives, etc. to get them to eat.
#2) Follow us publicly here on (blogger) - Leave a separate comment for being a (old or new) follower on our blog.
#3) Follow/Tweet us (Twitter) - Leave a separate comment for being a follower and TWEETING about this giveaway on Twitter... If your already a twitter follower of ours, TWEET about it for an extra entry anyways :) Just be sure to include @RockerByeBaby in the tweet so we get it!
#4) Write a blog about this giveaway and link back to this review. Leave an extra comment with the link to the blog.
#5) Follow @ChefJen on Twitter! Be sure to comment back here with the link and include @ChefJen in the tweet about the giveaway!
#6) Fan US on Facebook...
#7) Subscribe/Follow Chef Jens blog!
#8) Join "The Toddler Cafe" group on facebook!

GOOD LUCK! <3 Amber

69 comments:

  1. I don't really have a recipe but Isabella is obsessed with tuna. Anything involving tuna she will eat.

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  2. I don't think I have any recipes either, BUT both my sis-in-law and myself are thoroughly surprised on how Anya (18months) will sit in my lap while I'm eating and EAT anything and everything I'm eating!
    That goes from Lucky Charms for breakfast, salad for lunch, yogurt... Anything I eat she MUST try!

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  3. And I've been a follower of your blog for quite a while!

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  4. And I'm your fan in facebook too!

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  5. Even though I have no clue how to link you to it, I've tweeted about the giveaway and I'm your follower on twitter too!

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  6. I don't have a recipe but my 15 month old will dip anything. Recently got him to eat a burrito by giving him sour cream to dip it in.
    My mom likes to make pancakes with the grandkids and I called her as soon as I read your post to give her the recipe for pea pancakes!

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  7. I have to admit that I've never been really fancy, fun with cooking for the kids. But years & years ago, the lady that I babysat for used to put carrots & peas into the Kraft mac & cheese that she made for the kids. I've done that on many occasions for my own kids!

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  8. I follow on twitter & tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/5660494789

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  9. I follow Chefjen on twitter! (amweeks)

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  10. I'm a RockerByeBaby facebook fan! (Annmarie dipasqua Weeks)

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  11. I subscribe to Chef Jen's blog via Google! (amweeks)

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  12. I joined The Toddler Café facebook group! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

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  13. My little guy loves greens. One of his favorite mixes is quinoa, collard greens and soy yogurt. He is also partial to sweet potato, banana, soy yogurt and quinoa.

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  14. I could surely use a recipe book like this for my daughter! I love to make Brazilian style black beans for my little girl. They have loads of protein in them and she eats them like candy.

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  15. and i tweeted about it here:

    http://twitter.com/melissapher/status/5664420827

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  16. I love to make toast, then put peanut butter, cinnamon and lightly sprinkle some sugar on it! They love it as a little after school snack :)

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  17. I am a follower of the blog of course cause it ROCKS!!

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  18. I tweeted it :) I am babyuno on twitter!!
    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  19. I tweeted and am following Chef Jen!! :)

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  20. I am your fan on facebook!!

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

    (i am crystal palmieri)

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  21. I am now following ChefJen on Blogger :)

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  22. I joined the toddler cafe on facebook :)

    ilbabyunoll@aol.com

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  23. Not sure how healthy it is, but we do granola, PB, and honey on bread or a wrap. My son loves it!

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  24. My daughter is going through a phase where she refuses to eat meat, so I am always looking for healthy meatless recipes that also have protein. One I stumbled across is a lentil 'taco' mixture that just involves a cup of lentils simmered in 8oz of tomato sauce and water (you may have to add about 2c of water). You stir to prevent sticking and burning, and then just add low sodium taco seasoning to taste. She loves it, and we serve it with corn or whole-wheat tortillas, chopped greens, cheddar, and fresh salsa.

    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  25. I love squash pancakes for my little guy! I use them to replace the liquid (like water or milk). They taste great!

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  26. How cool is that banana hot dog recipe? My kids LOVE Pb... I'm totally gonna try that!

    Hmmm, my trick... is ranch. ;) If there's ranch involved, Big Sis will eat ANYTHING!

    I love this - totally hope to win. Thanks, Amber! You rock!

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  27. We play the reverse psychology game, where I pretend not to want my son to eat something (like peas) and then he wants to eat them. Otherwise he hates peas.

    We also make lots of soup. For some reason, he will eat veggies in soup, but not plain.

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  28. I became a facebook fan of your page! (acrudele.etsy.com)

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  29. I am a new follower of your blog!
    (acrudele.etsy.com)

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  30. I don't tweet so I facebooked about this giveaway! Thanks.

    (acrudele.etsy.com)

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  31. My favorite kid food- mac and cheese, w/ pureed squash, cut up hot dogs and a vegetable (usually peas)- My daughter loves this!!!!

    elaine guenther at yahoo dot com

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  32. I follow your blog!

    PS- I would love to win this; I'm giving my 5 year old neice a handmade apron, and cooking supplies for Christmas; this would be a great addition!!!!

    elaine guenther at yahoo dot com

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  33. I'm following you on twitter!!!!!

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  34. I'm following Chef Jen on twitter!

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  35. I'm following Chef Jen's blog!

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  36. Megan Lashley: I mak my nieces fruit smoothies with mango juice and to sneak in some goodness I add fresh spinich, doesn't change the taste, just adds a little perk!

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  37. I have a sesame chicken salad recipe that *everyone* loves!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  38. fanned the toddler cafe on facebook!

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  39. david LOVES banana milkshakes!
    2 bananas
    2 cups of milk
    a little bit of sugar
    a little bit of vanilla extract
    handful of ice

    all of it into the blender. =)
    delicious!!!

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  40. I like to make meatball sandwiches with a bit of spaghetti sauce. The kids love that.

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

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  41. follow on twitter @shopgurl and tweeted http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/5692483673e

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  42. follow chefe jen at twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/5692545468

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  43. I am a fan of you on twitter

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  44. joined The Toddler Café on fb (luvmakeup)

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  45. What a fun contest. I take a Pilsbury crescent roll, wrap it around the center of a hot dog and some cheese, bake it in oven. Kids Love it!
    Thanks for a great contest :)

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  46. I don't have any fun recipes really, but we call string cheese "flower cheese" because I peal the top into a flower. My 3 year old eats it only this way. I'm tricky tricky!

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  47. joined the toddler cafe fan page on facebook

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  48. follow you on twitter (mamacampbell)

    http://twitter.com/MamaCampbell/status/5700116039

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  49. follow Jen on twitter (mamacampbell)

    http://twitter.com/MamaCampbell/status/5700116039

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  50. my kids love to help in the kitchen! thank you!

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  51. my kids love to make their own sandwiches!

    maryadams@gmail.com

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  52. It's not a recipe but I take cookie cutters to cute my son's sandwiches into fun shapes. He likes them more than regular square sandwiches plus it takes off the dreaded crust.
    tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  53. I follow your blog!
    tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  54. I like to cut up veggies and stick them in things like meatloaf or lasagna. Kids barely notice them when they're wolfing down the food.

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  55. I always made spaghetti for my son. Now he makes it for me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  56. I am a preschool teacher... and I have a very picky 3 year old in my class... but, he will eat just about anything as long as it has ketchup on it... so I always keep a bottle handy!

    mandm_2002(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. Ants on a log! Peanut butter on celery with raisins.

    foolishfire at gmail dot com

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  58. My kids always loved "apple teeth" two apple slices with the red skin on and peanut butter and mini marshmallow teeth between them.

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