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{oh joy eats} honeymee ice cream... 16 Oct 2014

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Honeymee Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Some days you just need a refreshing, cold treat (well, for me that's like every day). So yesterday, we stopped at Honeymee in L.A.'s Koreatown to have an after lunch snack. Sometimes simple is better, and Honeymee makes all-natural vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a just a couple topping options like a honey swirl, honey comb chip, or chocolate sauce with sea salt. It's creamy, refreshing, and not too sweet. We loved the honey comb chunk on top for a little extra chew and sweetness...yum!

Honeymee | 3377 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 116 | Los Angeles, CA 90017

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

toddler lunch essentials... 13 Oct 2014

Toddler Lunch Essentials

Ruby started pre-school last month, and at first, I dreaded having to pack her lunch every day. But now, it's become more fun trying to think of fun little, nutritional foods to give her. Here are a few of the pieces thath have become a daily essentials for us when packing her lunch...

Toddler Lunch Essentials

01. This Bumkins lunch bag with reusable snack bags are easy to open and close. The patterns aren't my favorite but it's much easier for Ruby to use than a lunch bag with a full zipper. 

02. To keep her lunch cold, we stick a couple of these Fit & Fresh penguin ice packs into her bag.

03. I use these Kitchen Kraft silicone cupcake liners to divide up little sections of fruit and veggies for her inside of the lidded containers.

04. I love how these Fit & Fresh containers have ice packs as part of the lid! They're perfect for fruit, veggies, and for her little sandwiches. 

05. For hot foods, we use this Frego glass container which is microwave and dishwasher safe. I also use these when I pack my leftovers for lunch the next day too!

06. We use these Juice in the Box reusable juice boxes for water, milk, or juice. They are easy to open and don't leak!

07. And finally, Ruby loves when her sandwiches come in fun shapes using these Munchkin silly sandwich cutters!

Are there any other pieces you love for your mini's meal time?

P.S. general Toddler Essential part 1 and part 2!

currently snacking on... 11 Aug 2014

Peach Pie Milkshake

I'm soaking up the last bits of summer and all that goodness that is summer fruit right now. So, what do you do when you're craving peach pie in the summer? You make a peach pie milkshake, of course. Trust me on this one and make one immediately!

Peach Pie Milkshake
(Makes 1 large or 2 small milkshakes)

You'll need:
- 5 scoops of honey cinnamon ice cream (We used one from Snoqualmie)
- 1 fresh peach
- 1 tbsp honey
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- crushed graham crackers for garnish (optional)

Here's how:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice the peach in half and remove the pit. Place the two halves on a baking dish so the skin is face-down on the pan.

3. Add 1/2 tbsp of honey to the center of each peach half, then dust with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg (not too much since the ice cream has cinnamon as well).

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until peaches are tender.

5. Finally, slice the halves and place in a blender along with the ice cream and almond milk. Blend until smooth. Add graham crackers to garnish and enjoy!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

wheat berry waldorf salad handrolls... 5 Aug 2014

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handrolls

To offset all those sweet treats that the baby is making me eat these days, I've been in need of some healthy and high protein options for lunch. So we came up with this Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad Handroll which offers a ton of protein in a little package that's a mix of savory, sweet, tangy, and crunchy. Here's how to make it...

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a farmer's market haul... 31 Jul 2014

Farmer's Market Fruit on Waffles

Farmer's Market Fruit

Some people get excited about a makeup haul or clothes haul, but one of my favorite things to bring home is a big 'ole batch of the fruit from the farmer's market. This weekend, I found green figs, golden raspberries, and cherriums (a mix of cherry and plum), and I was in fruit heaven... 

What kind of summer gems have you guys found at your local markets?

{Photos by Casey Brodley and Styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}

have friday + the joy of east coast bagels... 25 Jul 2014

Philly Style Bagels

Whenever I'm home in Philly, there are a few things I have to get—pizza, a soft pretzel, any kind of sandwich on a hoagie roll, and a bagel. It sounds crazy, but you just can't duplicate those things anywhere else. They say East Coast water makes bread better, and I just make sure I get my fill while I'm here.

Philly Style Bagels

Philly Style Bagels

Philly Style Bagels

While in Philly this week, I satisfied all of the above cravings, but I especially got my bagel fix when we visited the Philly Style Bagels pop-up in Philly last weekend. I love New York bagels and Montreal-style bagels. These Philly bagels are made with dough built on a sourdough base and fermented overnight. Then they're hand-rolled and boiled in water mixed with Yards IPA. After baking first on bagel boards, the rounds are flipped straight onto the stone in the pizza oven to finish. The result is chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. With a little veggie cream cheese, I was pretty much in bagel heaven.

Philly Style Bagels

Is there anything you crave and must have while visiting your hometown? Oh, and have a great weekend, guys!

Philly Style Bagels at Pizzeria Beddia | 115 E. Girard Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19125 | bagel pop-up dates listed on their blog

{Photos by Oh Joy}

the cutest party foods for kids... 14 Jul 2014

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

When we threw Ruby's little ice cream social, I wanted to make sure the kids ate a healthy meal before filling their bellies with the special ice cream treat. So I called upon my crazy-talented friend, Matt Poley from Heirloom LA, to come up with healthy and kid-friendly foods to feast on. What he came up with blew my mind and gave me so much inspiration for future meal-making for Ruby.

Fruit and Cheese Skewers by Heirloom LA

Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches by Heirloom LA

Mini Crudite

Mac and Cheese Nuggets by Heirloom LA

The menu included (from top to bottom): mini grilled cheese sandwiches (in heart and star shapes); fruit, cheese, and mouse melon skewers; baby vegetable crudités (with ranch dressing for dipping), almond butter and banana sandwiches topped with sea salt, and finally, mac n' cheese nuggets (shaped like kids!). I mean, have you ever seen food look so cute?! Even the parents were chowing down on these beautiful morsels of goodness.

Oh Joy Mini Ice Cream Social

Matt made these mac n' cheese nuggets for the first-time ever for our party, and they were such a hit that he has kindly shared the recipe with us today. Thanks so much to Heirloom LA for these amazing treats and for giving me a serious dose of kid food inspiration!

See below for the recipe...

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currently snacking on... 10 Jul 2014

Quin Candy

I've been on a bit of a sugar kick lately, and loving these organic chewy candies by Quin. These Dream Come Chew candies are like an all-natural version of a Starburst...yum!

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

mango chia seed pudding recipe... 27 Jun 2014

Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Lately, I've been in a breakfast rut—especially on during the week. I find myself making Ruby's breakfast and heading to the office quickly without feeding myself. I've been searching for something healthy, yet filling, and Casey (our office manager) suggested one of her favorites—chia seed pudding. So we came up this mango version which is tasty, filling, really refreshing for summer (and actually really good for you). Have you guys tried chia seed pudding before? Today, we're sharing our version of the recipe with you. It's super easy to make and full of protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants...

Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Mango Chia Seed Pudding
(serves 2)

You'll need:

-1/2 cup coconut milk

-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/3 cup chia seeds

-1 ripe mango, skinned and sliced

-optional toppings: fresh mango cubes, coconut flakes/toasted coconut, fresh pomegranate seeds, and almond slices

Here's how:

Blend the mango, coconut milk, and vanilla almond milk together until smooth. Stir in chia seeds, cover, and place in refrigerator. Let set for at least 1-2 hours. Then serve with toppings of choice (we like shredded coconut, almond slivers, pomegranate seeds, and mango cubes). Enjoy!

P.S. If you don't like coconut milk, you can use a full cup of almond milk instead.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

smoked s'mores in a jar... 18 Jun 2014

Smoked S'mores in a Jar Recipe

Smoked S'mores in a Jar Recipe

After our Parent's Night Out dinner a couple weeks ago, I needed to know how to make the Smoked S'mores dessert that ended our evening and Room Forty was kind enough to share the recipe with us. If you want to make a truly special dessert, here's how to do it...

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