Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These sweet-but-good-for-you muffins hit the spot for breakfast, snack, dessert, or anywhere in between.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, divided
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Add the flaxseed, canola oil, brown sugar, and coconut milk to the applesauce mixture.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, then stir in the chocolate chips and coconut shreds.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly among 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.

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Salad Spinner Art

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There’s no need to buy one of those fancy spin art kits at the store; if you have an old salad spinner (or find one cheap at a yard sale), then you’re all set for this art project!

First, Veronika just wanted to play with the spinner when I set it out. She was strong enough to press down the knob on top all by herself, and was rewarded each time she made the basket inside spin.

Next, we placed a small paper plate in the bottom (between the bowl and the basket insert) and squirted a few colors of paint directly onto the plate.

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Replace the lid securely and give that salad spinner a spin!

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She loved watching it in action!

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The big reveal, though, was when we lifted the lid and she saw all the splattered colors. Needless to say, make sure you have several paper plates on hand because your toddler is going to want to repeat this one a few times.

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The result is such pretty art for almost no effort. Just make sure this particular salad spinner lives in your craft bin, not the kitchen cabinet.

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Fun with Calendar Pictures

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January is the perfect time of year for this project, whether you’re tossing old calendars from last year or have been gifted a few extras at the start of the new one. Armed with those, you can put together a “picture book” for your toddler!

To wit, we always seem to have extra calendars with nature and animal themes, which are perfect for toddlers because they tend to depict familiar images.

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First Veronika and I simply flipped through all the pages together and ripped out any that appealed to her. This was fun as an activity in its own right!

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Once we had a pile, Veronika helped smear glue sticks on the back of each picture to attach onto black construction paper. Depending how durable you want the final “book” to be, you can cover with contact paper, too.

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Next we played a sorting game. She helped divide the images into piles by category. We ended up with birds, mammals, buildings, and nature scenes. These pictures can serve as great vocab builders, too, for things your toddler might not see often in real life (like stars, waterfalls, or high mountains).

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Finally, I punched holes in each page with a three-hole punch and put them all into a three-ring binder. Now it was a “book” that she could flip through whenever she wanted!

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