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Unwrapped Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

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Iconnected with Katie Blauser of Eat Pretty Darling not long after I joined Instagram. I was immediately drawn to her bright photos of beautiful and easy-to-assemble meals. Clean, nutritious food presented in a fun and inviting way. She’s a mom of three boys, foodie, and professional photographer. Meet Katie!

So which came first for you: the food or the photography? Professionally, the photography came first! But I started a major love of food as a young girl. Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around a recipe or a meal shared with loved ones. I also plan all vacations around where to eat. I never pursued cooking as a career until I started blogging, although I was taking pictures of my food before it was "cool". I got my college degree in Commercial Photography, and went on to photograph weddings, families, and events for 10 years. I’ve since moved on to branding photography and content creation, and get to do a mashup of photography and recipe development! It's really a dream come true.

What kinds of things do you have in store for us this year? At the end of 2020 we were hit with the news that my oldest son ( 5 ) has celiac disease. He's also my pickiest eater, so it has been a huge learning process for us. I hope to share more about the disease and how we handle it in our house. Luckily we live in a time that there are a ton of amazing gluten free companies making food that is safe and yummy for my kiddo to eat. So expect to see gluten free recipes, more picky eater tips, new Darling Delivery kits, and maybe even a book ;)

What’s the most recent thing you’ve learned about eco-conscious living? Those milk and beverage cartons are recyclable!! I recently had the opportunity to spread awareness on carton recycling. Working with the Carton Council taught me a lot, and I love getting to work with brands to share more about these topics!

Although Katie isn’t making her amazing 4-ingredient cookies these days (many celiacs can have a reaction to oats), they remain a staple in our house. They’re nutritious, quick to make, and extremely versatile. And with oats (a very common bulk bin item) as a key ingredient, this recipe is a win on so many levels!

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY COOKIES

1 ripe banana, mashed

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup diced strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together and spoon out onto a silicone baking mat liner cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes around 6-8 cookies!

You can find more of Katie’s pretty healthy, pretty yummy, and pretty fun recipes on IG @eatprettydarling and at eastprettydarling.com!

How to Keep Your Bath Toys Clean

Back when I was designing the original ScrubBEE prototype, I remember having a specific conversation about the handle. I’d submitted a design file representing the product with a solid core. Upon review, my factory suggested I make the handle hollow instead. See, they know the costs of materials like the back of their hands (the cost of silicone is pretty high), and they didn’t want me putting money into materials unnecessarily. What they didn’t know at the time was that there were two important reasons I wanted that handle to be solid: (1) I needed to provide a nice, firm grip to make it easy for little hands to hold, and (2) I didn’t want to create a trap where yucky stuff could grow.

Have you seen all the icky pictures of plastic bath toys with moldy cores? I saw a picture like that for the first time when the Little Bee was about a year old. Panicked new mom that I was, I immediately grabbed all of her bath toys and chucked them in the trash. All those cute squirt toys? Gone! And I detest waste, so that was a big deal for me! While I no longer buy bath toys that can trap water, some still make their way into my life. Prizes from the preschool treasure chest, party favors, you know how it goes. Fortunately, my friend Stephanie Moram, Good Girl Gone Green, shared some great tips on how to keep it a little cleaner in the tub, even if those bath toys aren’t designed as I’d like:

Empty 'Em Out

After bath time is over, squirt any excess water out of the toys with holes until they’re as empty as possible. Then, when you store them for the next use, keep them in a toy net or container with holes to let the air flow.

Plug the Holes

If you have a glue gun, you can easily turn a toy with a hole into a toy without a hole. Use a dollop of glue to plug the hole so water can no longer get stuck inside. No, it will no longer be a squirt toy, but it will still be cute and fun!

Give the Bath Toys a Bath

Clean the bath toys on a weekly basis. Give them a soak in a 1:1 solution of water and vinegar. For the squirting toys, be sure to fill the insides with the solution as well. Soak them for about 10 minutes. (Full Transparency: I don’t actually do this one. I mean, I can barely motivate myself to do the laundry on a weekly basis, so this would be a bit of a stretch. But in a perfect world, I totally would!)

Bath toys still a little grimy on the outside? Use your ScrubBEE to scrub it off! 


Have other creative ways to keep grime from building up on or in the bath toys? Please let us know!

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