Yesterday my childcare organization put on a home daycare tour for providers to share ideas. They drove in a caravan from childcare home to childcare home and stopped in here to tour the kid’s garden. It was so much fun! I whipped up a few goodies for them to snack on when they came and they LOVED them. So today I’m sharing the recipes for them. These are good any time! The pico is especially delicious when it’s made with garden fresh ingredients. So good!
Fresh Pico made from ingredients from the garden.
. Diced Tomatoes
or 2 Diced Hot Peppers of your choice
Zest and Juice of 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper to taste
Handful of Fresh Cilantro
Dice up tomatoes, onions, peppers and garlic as finely as possible. Zest lime over mixture and squeeze juice over. Chop up cilantro and add with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
This recipe is beautiful and colorful as well as so fresh tasting. And it smells AMAZING!
Heavenly Devil's Food Cupcakes
- Heavenly Devil's Food Cupcakes
- 2 C. Raw Sugar
- 2 C. Flour
- 1/2 C. Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 1/4 C. Milk
- 1/2 C. Sour Cream
- 1/2 C. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Stick Room Temperature Butter
- 1/4 C. Heavy Cream
- 1 T. Vanilla
- 5 C. Powdered Sugar
- Preheat Oven to 350.
- In a bowl dump sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Combine. All at once add milk, sour cream, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix for two minutes. Add eggs and mix 2 minutes more. Pour batter into cupcake papers to 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- For Frosting whip butter until light and fluffy. Add cream, vanilla, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes when completely cool.
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Raw sugar is not as processed as white sugar which gives additional nutrients to the recipe. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and liquid when heated. Extra virgin coconut oil has a slight coconutty flavor which I love in these cupcakes. You can substitute another oil, butter, or shortening for this, but coconut oil is a healthier choice.
If you want to check out the daycare home tour, click here.
There is an amazing childcare organization, Family Childcare in Action, in my area that supports home daycare providers in a number of ways. We are so blessed! Today they had a daycare home tour so providers could see other set ups and learn new ideas. There were several homes on the tour as well as my childcare garden and even a center. Very cool! I didn’t attend the tour because I wanted to make the providers some goodies, but I couldn’t wait for them to get here.
I showed them the garden and some of the things we had been learning. They had lots of great questions.
Home tours are so much fun because providers can see a variety of ways to set up their home. I have attended 4 home tours in the past, and I learned a ton from each one! There is a virtual home tour online where you can look at pictures of multiple homes and get some great ideas as well. You can see it here. Having a home tour in person is even more fun because you get to hang out with the providers as you tour around.
The ladies came inside and toured through the house. Then I served them some homemade pico de gallo made with fresh veggies from the garden. I also served cupcakes because who doesn’t love a great cupcake? I had two sets of curriculum I had received from USDA, and used this summer. I had a drawing so two providers could take them home to use. If you want to get copies of free healthy eating and gardening curriculum to use in your daycare, click here. Some of these activities are downloadable and some you can order for free delivery to your home. They are a great resource!
I had the best time hosting these ladies and I can’t wait to hear what they learned while they were out. If you have a local organization, I highly recommend you suggest a daycare home tour. You will be amazed at how much you can learn and how much fun you’ll have doing it.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe for my pico de gallo AND the delicious cupcakes. Yum yum. 🙂