Birthday treats and WIAW

As of Sunday, we officially have a two year old in the house. We had a few of L’s playmates and their families over for dinner on Sunday to celebrate her birthday.

She had a blast playing and giggling with her friends.  They decorated their party hats with fun stickers, and loved “cooking” with her kitchen.  All the kids were 2 and under, so we didn’t feel the need to organize any party games.  The kids were happy to run around and play while the adults got to socialize.

For dinner, we made jambalaya, mushroom macaroni & cheese, skillet cornbread and cabbage slaw.  We also had a veggie tray with hummus and tomato bruschetta for appetizers.

Everything came together well, although Sunday was a bit stressful.  I tend to cook too far in advance, and then have to keep everything warm, so I held off until the last minute to make the mac & cheese and cornbread, but then I was rushing around and realized I hadn’t yet decorated her cupcakes! So they aren’t anything special, but the kids certainly didn’t care, so I decided not to care either.

After all the dessert indecisiveness, I finally went with these angel food cupcakes, and they were a hit!  L requested blueberries and strawberries on her birthday cake- not the most seasonal choice, but she was happy!

It’s definitely helpful to have a silicone muffin pan or cups to keep them from sticking.  The ones in the second photo were slightly smaller for the toddlers.  I also made a simple cream cheese icing. I really didn’t try to “healthify” this recipe at all, but I figured angel food was lighter than a typical cupcake, and a bit of “real” icing would be appreciated by the adults.

L was so excited to have everyone sing happy birthday to her, after anticipating this for weeks! She gobbled up the cupcake, too.

We also had to make a birthday treat to share with her Mother’s Day Out program Monday morning.  I like when the school treats are in my control–they’re toddlers, they have no idea if something is a “real” dessert or not! So I made these banana-raisin cookies… wholesome ingredients and still yummy.

Banana Raisin Cookies (print recipe)

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2 c. rolled or quick oats
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (plus optional tablespoon oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mash the bananas and mix all ingredients.  Let mixture sit for 15 minutes.  Drop by spoonfuls on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes.  They will hold their shape, so you can flatten them before baking if you prefer a more traditional looking cookie.  Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on their size. Enjoy!

I also sometimes add a shredded carrot and they’re just as delicious!


For WIAW, here’s a glimpse of my Sunday eating.  It was a party day, so we started off with whole wheat blueberry pancakes at L’s request.  I had two pancakes with peanut butter and sliced banana on top.  We ate a quick bowl of leftover black beans and rice for lunch, and then started prepping for the party.

Birthday dinner was followed with a cupcake.  And I might have had a bit of ice cream, too.

What’s your favorite birthday treat?

52 thoughts on “Birthday treats and WIAW

    • Thank you! Yes- I think they’re great kid food… they’re not as sweet as traditional cookies, but they work well for toddlers (and hopefully older kids, too!).

  1. Awww yippee for an official two year old! I will have one of those in March and a 5 year old….eeek! The cupcakes look awesome and the cookies, I need to make!!

    • I didn’t realize our toddlers were so close in age…that’s exciting that you have a birthday coming up in your family, too!

  2. Looks like the party was a big success! I think you picked great food choices 😉

    My fave birthday treats are full caf mochas and champagne (not at same time though). I will certainly not turn down cake and I almost always do a birthday run. It’s my day, so I do what I like.

    Happy birthday to your little one!

    • Mmmm, mochas and champagne, good choices! I’m not a big fan of cake personally, but I did like these cupcakes. I think it was the cream cheese icing that did it for me. 🙂

  3. I love those stickers they were decorating the hats with, so cute. Glad the party went well. The cupcakes looked great!

  4. The party looks like a lot of fun 🙂
    My fave treat is carrot cake with lovely cream cheese icing- I hardly ever make it but it is my fave.

  5. I have yet to figure out how to cook/entertain for a group when I am making multiple dishes and get the timing so that everything is finished around the same time! I 100% know what you mean by that!

  6. those cupcakes look so yummy! My favorite birthday treat is ice cream cake – it’s what we always got as kids. And I’m not a huge cake fan, but I LOVE ice cream.

    Happy bday to your little one!

    • I’m not a big cake person either, but I do love ice cream cake! I haven’t had it in years… maybe that’s how we’ll celebrate my husband’s bday in March!

  7. what a fun party!!!!! my daughter still goes around the house singing “happy birthday” to herself… haha!

    glad it was such a success!

    • Thanks! That is adorable… she’s been singing happy birthday, too. And also been more whiny than usual… I’m wondering if she’s dealing with post-party blues?! 🙂

  8. Looks like your daughter had a great time at her birthday party! I’m glad that her cupcakes came out well and that they were enjoyed by everyone.

    I am going to have to try those banana raisin cookies sometime!

  9. Looks like a successful party! Those cupcakes look awesome! My favorite birthday treat is cake with lots of gooey, buttercream frosting…not healthy at all, but I love it. I am trying to get my kiddos to eat healthier, so I love the snack ideas. My 3-year old will eat almost anything, which is good. My 7-year old is the pickiest eater ever!

    • Oooh, buttercream frosting sounds delicious. So far, L has been a healthy eater by default… she really doesn’t know that things like chicken nuggets and french fries exist, yet. But I know we can’t shelter her forever… 🙂

  10. My favorite healthy treat is skim ricotta cheese mixed with cocoa powder and a dash of sugar. You can mix strawberries in, too, for some fruit.

    I’m glad you found a good angel-food cake recipe for cupcakes. Happy B-day to L! Good for her for asking for fruit. And her b-day is at a great time of year, IMHO. :^)

    • Ricotta cheese and cocoa powder, I’ll have to try that! I bet L would like it too… that’s a great way to have a chocolate treat with less sugar. I’ve been craving sugar like mad since indulging all weekend. 🙂

    • Thanks, mine too! I enjoyed checking out your website… your athletic skills are so inspiring! Do you still run? Or are you mostly a cyclist now?

  11. Those are some cute kiddos!! The raisin cookies- I make something similar without a recipe. I love how easy they are to make and good for you too.
    Happy Birthday, Little one!

    • Thanks, Raina! Yes- I love those easy, healthy recipes, especially when they taste like treats. The problem is sometimes convincing myself it’s a “treat” when I know it’s healthy… then I still justify a search for chocolate. 🙂

  12. Ya see Logan would NEVER sit so nice and sweet like that decorating birthday hats. Those girls are leaps and bounds ahead of him 🙂 and so cute! I love that she has friends. None of my friends have kids I feel like Logan suffers b/c of it.

    • We caught the picture at a good moment, but it didn’t last for too long… 🙂 It’s only been the last 6 months or so that we’ve been doing a lot more intentional play groups, and it’s a mix of great new social skill learning, and frustrations with sharing, taking turns, etc… there are always things to feel guilty about, definitely wouldn’t sweat that one. Before we know it, they’ll be in school and surrounded by peers all day!

  13. The Raisin Cookies look yummy! I’ll have to whip up a batch of those for my kiddos snacks.

    I’m a huge fan of cream cheese frosting. Carrot Cake and Red Velvet are my all time favorites!

    • We were at a baby shower Sat with carrot cake/ cream cheese icing… amazing. I seriously overdid the desserts this weekend! Trying to re-train my body this week, but I don’t think it’s working. 🙂

  14. Beautiful little girl you got there. Happy birthday!!!!

    Ok, I am in major awe of your mad cooking/baking skilzzzzzzzzzz. Wow!

    • Thanks, Allison! We’re enjoying her. 🙂 I do enjoy baking/cooking, but wouldn’t say I’m skilled, I just like trying new things… and I’m learning a lot along the way!

  15. loooks so cute, I love those cupcakes stickers, your cupcakes/birthday cakes and the recipe for the mom’s day out. Nice work!!! Happy Birthday – 2 year old is a really fun age, I think!

    • Thanks, Natalie! I hope so… one of my friends said, welcome to the “terrific twos” which I appreciated…yet this whole week L’s been melting down like crazy, I hope it’s a short phase with an easy explanation like molars or something! 🙂

  16. yay for a great birthday!! those angel food cupcakes look SO good! I make that a lot in the summer time, except I totally use the already made angel food cake, top with yogurt and berries…such a perfect, refreshing treat 🙂

    Looks like a great day of eats too! I might have to make the boys those banana raisin cookies…YUM!

    • Thanks, Marissa! Yes, it was the perfect treat, and was again the past three days… good thing they’re all gone now! I’m not sure that I’ll do the homemade version very often, I forgot how long it takes to beat egg whites that stiff!

  17. I love the hat decorating picture – too cute!! Happy Birthday L!

    Those cupcakes look WONDERFUL! I’m totally jealous of your cooking talents…and I am saving that cookie recipe!

    • Thanks, Mandy! I’m glad you like the cupcakes… I could definitely benefit from some photography lessons. 🙂 Hope you like the “cookies”!

    • Thanks! She’s still singing happy birthday to herself. Today she stuck a piece of celery in her hummus at lunchtime and said, look mom! A birthday candle! 🙂

  18. Happy 2nd B-day to your baby! Those look like delicious cupcakes.

    My favorite are the triple chocolate red velvet cupcakes my mom makes… she made them for my birthday last summer!

  19. I love the idea of angel food cupcakes! I am not a fan of super sweet cake, so this with strawberries and whipped topping would be perfect! It looks like you had a really fun birthday party! I want to decorate a hat while the adults socialize!

    • I agree– I’m not a big cake person either so these were a happy medium. We have lots of extra hats… you would have been welcome to decorate one. 🙂

  20. Everything looks so good. Happy Birthday to your little on. I just tagged you in my 11 things, but I see you already did it. Fun.

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