"Pink Pie"

“Pink Pie”

My 2.5 year old took a very recent liking to eating muffins, except for some reason he calls muffins “pie”. Today he asked for a “pink pie.” Lucky for us, we had strawberry jam in our fridge, and I always have the other muffin ingredients on hand. I whipped these up lickety-split! There’s no added sugar because the jam is already sweetened (plus they contain banana). This recipe makes 10 toddler-sized muffins (meaning I didn’t fill them very full). Enjoy!

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C oat flour
1/3 C corn flour
1/3 C quinoa flour (ground quinoa)
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 C organic strawberry jam (or try another flavor!)
1 mashed ripe banana
2 T liquid oil (avocado, olive, canola)
1/4 C soy milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350-370 degrees (this depends on your oven…I used to bake all my muffins at 350 degrees but then I moved to a new home and I have to set it to 370 degrees.)
  2. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. Mash banana on a plate and mash in other wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet blend to the dry ingredients.
  5. Portion in muffin liners or a greased muffin pan (I’m a fan of the silicone muffin liners!)
  6. Bake for 23 minutes (check at about 20 minutes).
  7. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy the “pie”!
December 20, 2016

2 years 4 months old – December 20, 2016

NOV 21 – DEC 20 (2016)

Here are some words said this month (it’s getting to be too many to list):

  • “ah yeah”/”eye yeah” (for yes)
  • “mama catch” (re: ball)
  • “booger” (then he tried to get one out)
  • “fresh Goppa” (Goppa = his “formula milk”)
  • “condo house” (he says it a lot)
  • “okay”
  • “go away, Dada” (just once!)
  • he repeated back “I love you” (12/15)
  • “Santa”
  • “scene” (for parts of shows he watches)
  • 5-word sentence: “Mama, take trooper head off”
  • “rope tow”
  • and…his speech articulation is getting very good!
Watching a ski movie -November 21, 2016

Watching a ski movie -November 21, 2016


  • he got scared watching “The Polar Express” & pulled me tight and didn’t let me go (12/6)
  • he counts up to 10 on his own, no prompts (12/19)
  • he told Eric about his “night night show” (dream) about  “fresh powder..crash..boo-boo bear”
  • he knows colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black with some errors (i.e. he mixes up green & blue)
Apple Valley Gymnastics - December 12, 2016

Apple Valley Gymnastics – December 12, 2016


  • playing at Apple Valley Gymnastics (12/17, 12/19); he says “gym..jump..slide”
  • he loves watching “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (he calls it “Oompa”), “Elf,” & “Batman” (the original); he loves watching certain scenes over & over (he yells “more!”)
  • iPad games, letter writing apps
  • in the car he loves bobbing his head to music & he says, “dance song”
  • he loves books & his favorites include his Star Wars books (2) and the books in his set, “Amazing Machines: Truckload of Fun (10-Book Set),” by Tony Mitton (especially “Dazzling Diggers”)
  • he says “Walla Walla Park” daily even though we haven’t been there since mid-November


  • we visited family in Bend, OR (11/23 – 11/27)
  • Todd’s great aunt Elaine & great uncle Jeff were there, too
  • he loved playing with Legos, cars, battery-operated trains, jumping into pillows & laughing at Eli being silly with a doll in a dump truck
  • he was very gentle with Kaiser (cat)
  • we walked at Shevlin Park (11/24)
  • we went to visit Santa with Todd’s cousins but Todd wouldn’t sit on Santa (11/25)
  • we went to open gym at a gymnastics place (11/26)
  • dining out: Spork (11/23); Cafe Yumm (11/26); Pacific Pizza & Brew (11/26)
  • he said “I need Boones” after we left
  • on the way home we stopped at Sharky’s Pizza Shack in Yakima, WA, for a great vegan pizza (11/27)
  • on the way home he said “grandma, grandpa, Ashley, Eli” and did kisses in the air
  • Ashley sounds like “Ah-side” & Eli sounds like “Ee-die”
November 24, 2016

Shevlin Park – November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016

Shevlin Park – November 24, 2016

Ashley & Todd - November 24, 2016

Ashley & Todd – November 24, 2016

Cousins - November 26, 2016

Cousins – November 26, 2016

Todd & Kaiser

Todd & Kaiser


  • Eric took Todd to Steven’s Pass (11/29)
  • King-5 was filming and Eric & Todd were on the TV news that evening
  • Todd said “I ski” & said he was eating “fresh powder”
Eric had the stroller loaded up! - November 29, 2016

Eric had the stroller loaded up! – November 29, 2016


  • 12/3, 12/4, 12/10, 12/11, & 12/18
  • Eric takes Todd on the rope tow, then we have french fries in the lodge, then Todd plays in the snow or goes down the snow “slide”
  • he says “fresh powder” (sounds like “powdoo”)
  • he frequently says “Mama, Dada, Todd, ski”
  • he started pointing out “dada trees” after I told him about different sizes of trees using the terms “baby tree/mama tree/dada tree”

Hampton Lodge - December 3, 2016

Hampton Lodge – December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016

Top of the snow "slide" - December 10, 2016

Top of the snow “slide” – December 10, 2016


  • we love living where it snows regularly during Winter 🙂
  • he did some skiing at the condo (12/6 & 12/9)
  • he told Eric about his dream (he called it “night night show”) & his “crash” in “fresh powder”
  • Eric pulled him in the red sled that Grandma got him last year (12/20)

December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016

December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016


  • he calls his apple slices “apple boats”
  • he asks for “ice cream” (non-dairy gelato) at Ice (in Pybus Public Market)
Chompers - November 28, 2016

Chompers – November 28, 2016

Eating non-dairy gelato at Ice - 12/17/16

Eating non-dairy gelato at Ice – 12/17/16


  • no change from last month!
  • he took off his diaper during his nap (because he slept without pants)…and afterward we had to wash his sheets (12/5)
Wiped out after skiing at Steven's Pass - November 29, 2016

Wiped out after skiing at Steven’s Pass – November 29, 2016


  • he woke up in the night 4x but he fell back asleep without me needing to do much
    • at 12:45 AM (11/27)
    • at 3:30 AM…barely (11/28)
    • at 1:20 AM…asking for “Goppa” (12/8)
    • at 3:00 AM…asking for “Obiwan” (which means he needs to be covered up with his fuzzy off-white blanket) (12/11)
  • we give him water at night; he calls it “Goppa water”
  • he said “hand, Mama” (he asked for me to hold his hand through the crib rails) (12/1)
  • he started saying “Dada, Mama, Todd, sleep” before bed in his crib (12/15)
  • at 4 AM he said “Batman show” (in his sleep, I think) (12/18)
  • he started telling me I could “go” at night (instead of staying by his crib until he falls asleep)
  • we snuggled on Eric’s bed & Todd called for a group hug (12/19)
November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016


  • he poops in the toilet…status quo!
  • he pees mostly in his diaper unless we ask him to do a “stand up pee-pee” in his baby potty (he complies most of the time)…then he gets to “dangle” for ~10 minutes
  • we’re still waiting for him to *initiate* peeing in his baby potty
Todd loves shopping - December 14, 2016

Todd loves shopping – December 14, 2016

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