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No Cry Picky Eater 14 Book Giveaway (that’s a lot of books)

2 Mar

If you read the Toddler Cafe Blog you may have seen a post similar to this one. Yes, it’s true I have posted about the No Cry book before and I am doing it again, sorry I’m such a broken record but Elizabeth Pantley is giving away 14 more books and I just couldn’t resist letting you all know. So check out the blurb below and enter to win a fantastic library of helpful books! Even if you don’t have a small child it would be a great gift for someone who does.


♦ NEW BOOK!!!  ~ The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution Say goodbye to the daily frustration of picky eating with effective child-tested, parent-approved, No-Cry solutions plus healthy family-friendly recipes!

ENTER THE CONTEST here  to win this collection of 14 books:

The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
PLUS a set of cookbooks from all the contributing authors, including:
The Toddler Café by Jennifer Carden;
Welcoming Kitchen by Kim Lutz and Megan Hart;
The Petit Appetit by Lisa Barnes;
Green Princess Cookbook by Barbara Beery;
So Easy Toddler Food by Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers;
No Whine with Dinner by Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss
PLUS! The prize package includes ALL SIX No-Cry Solution books.



(from Elizabeth Pantley)

The newest book in Pantley’s bestselling No-Cry series will get kids to eat their veggies—and enjoy them!

“Elizabeth Pantley has once again penned a brilliant guide for parents on a common childhood theme. With savvy tips and tricks to usher our kids into the joys of eating, it is a sanity-saver!”
—Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author, The Power of Slow

“The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution eases parents’ fears and provides practical, simple solutions that really work.”
—Stephanie Gallagher, The Iron Chef Mom, http://www.theironchefmom.com

“It’s simple and doable, and it works.”
—Missy Chase Lapine, author, The Sneaky Chef

Nearly 85% of parents say they have a child who is or has been a picky eater.  Feeding a picky child three meals plus snacks –every day—creates horrific family stress.

Parents want their kids to eat well—but they don’t want the frustration of mealtime battles. In the end, it’s chicken nuggets…again. Enter parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, whose new book, THE NO-CRY PICKY EATER SOLUTION: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat—and Eat Healthy (McGraw-Hill Professional; October 2011; Paperback, $17.00), will help parents feed their  children healthy foods without the stress, fights and tears.

Pantley reassures her readers that picky eating is rooted in normal childhood behavior, and acknowledges the tremendous amount of stress this causes for parents. She worked with the parents of 294 very picky eaters to arrive at this collection of fun, easy and amazingly successful tips to overcome the pickiness.

As with her other bestselling No-Cry books, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution offers respectful, effective solutions to the problem, along with a healthy dose of reassurance and motivation. Pantley draws ideas from new research and from her readers around the world for getting children to eat nutritious food. The book is sprinkled with quotes from real parents and photos of their once-picky children enjoying their fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

As a bonus, the book also features recipe contributions from popular family cookbook authors who share an assortment of their favorite healthy, child-friendly recipes. Featuring fun names and photos of kids enjoying the food, any picky eater will be begging for more! The recipe collections includes such culinary treasures as:

Sneaky Chef Brainy Brownies and Fabulous Fried Rice by Missy Chase Lapine (The Sneaky Chef)
Starry Night Stew and Lord of the Apple Rings by Jennifer Cardin (Toddler Café)
Leaf Us Alone Brussels Sprouts and Happy Hummus by Lisa Barnes (Petit Appetit)
Grow-a-Garden Dip and Sweet Potato Veggie Nachos by Barbara Berry (Green Princess Cookbook)
Best Ever Granola and Pink Potatoes by Joan Ahlers & Cheryl Tallman (So Easy Toddler Food)
Mexican Lasagna and Fruity Chicken Kebabs by Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex (Welcoming Kitchen)

Parents are increasingly aware that picky eating can lead to weight and health issues. With movements such as Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution,” Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, and Oprah’s “Family Dinner Experiment,” it is clear that childhood obesity is a major ongoing crisis that parents are set to battle. And with all the anxiety wrapped up in battling with a picky eater, parents need help to get children on the right path to a lifetime of healthy eating. With Pantley’s advice, parents and caregivers can help any fussy eater have wholesome meals while bringing peace and joy back to the dining table.

About the Author: Elizabeth Pantley is the author of the now-classic baby sleep book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, as well as The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution, The No-Cry Potty Training Solution, and The No-Cry Discipline Solution and seven other successful parenting books. She is the president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a parent education company, and is a regular radio show guest on stations across the U.S. and in Canada, as well as an extremely active Internet voice, through a wide variety of parenting blogs and websites as well as her own site, http://www.nocrysolution.com. Her newsletter, Parent Tips, is distributed nationwide through schools, doctor’s offices and parenting groups. She is often quoted in such magazines as Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Mother & Baby, Today’s Parent, Woman’s Day, and Good Housekeeping.

For more information, please visit: http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/.


Making Chocolate at Home

9 Feb

Homemade Chocolate

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen a small post about “healthier” chocolate a few weeks back. I did promise that I would write-up the recipe, so here it goes. I have been on a Valentine’s kick, so to add to it I thought this would be a great time to make up a batch of this chocolate and wrap it up for your kids.

Recently I have been on a fitness craze, after eight years of writing about Toddlers and kid food I realized I had forgotten all about my health! I decided to start working out and making sure all my health ducks were in a row! I had a sneaking suspicion my thyroid was really out of wack and I was right, I got that all squared away and have enjoyed having my energy and motivation back again! That said, let’s eat chocolate!!

Now that my daughter is older 8 1/2  (I still consider her a toddler, but don’t tell her that.) We spend less time in the kitchen because she is busy with activities, friends and taking care of her doggie, Peepers and Violet the rat! When we are in the  kitchen I try to make it extra fun and something she really wants to do. We both love chocolate so when I came across this easy way to make chocolate at home I knew we had to make it.

In all my searches for healthy foods on my latest online obsession, Pinterest I keep coming up with a cute site called Chocolate Covered Katie she is a darling girl who makes healthy low-fat vegan desserts. I found her Chocolate recipe and had to make it. The ingredients are easy to get, you may already have them in your house!! I like her ideas, I do modify them a lot or just use them as inspiration, couldn’t we all use some of that?

Next time we make this we will add chopped salted almonds, mint extract or toasted coconut.

Ingredients for Hot Chocolate Bars

Here is my version of

Hot Chocolate Bars

Next time we make this we will add chopped salted almonds, mint extract or toasted coconut.
I like Scharfenburger cocoa powder or as pictured the Organic  Gaia is nice too. We happened to have some cute chocolate molds but you could use silicone cupcake molds or just plain old paper ones.
 This makes about 6 – 2 inch chocolates.



  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil (Trader Joe’s now carries this)
  • 1/4 cup  light agave nectar
  • 2- 3  drops stevia
  • optional: extracts, cocoa nibs, rice Krispies or other add-ins

In the microwave melt coconut oil in a small bowl. Coconut oil has a very low melthing point you will only need about 15-30 seconds to melt it.  Add agave or/and stevia drops. Stir, add cocoa powder. (I do not add water or milk as she suggests.)

and add 3-4 Tbs water or non-dairy milk if only using stevia

Stir, stir, stir until it gets thick. Pour into any flat container (or candy molds or smash between layers of wax paper or in Ziploc bags). Refrigerate until solid.

Tip- If you add too much agave the texture will change, try to keep the measurement to 1/4 cup.




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