DIY Projects

On to Baby celebrates all things lovely for baby and mom, so of course we think Mother's Day is pretty special. With Mother's Day coming this Sunday, we wanted to give you a sweet idea to honor those wonderful moms out there. Start her Mother's Day off right by preparing this yummy breakfast recipe of french toast with fresh berry sauce--an easy, delicious dish that looks pretty, too. On to Baby and Wedding Chicks co-founder Amy Squires whipped this up for us with a recipe from Caitlin Knoop.

PART 1: The Berry Sauce

Berry Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups mixed berries - blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

1) Melt the butter in a heavy medium skillet over high heat.
2) Mix in sugar.
3) Add berries.
4) Stir until sugar dissolves and berries are heated through, about 3 minutes.

PART 2: The French Toast

Ingredients for French Toast:
French Bread
3-5 eggs (depending on how much you are making)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1) Slice desired amount of bread.
2) Combine eggs and vanilla extract in bowl, whisk until blended.
3) Dip bread in egg wash on both sides.
4) Fry until cooked, both sides.
5) Finish by sprinkling with powdered sugar and drizzling with berry sauce.

For an extra touch, add a pretty flower to the place setting, and include a sweet note or Mother's Day card. Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies designed this cute card for us, which we'll be sharing with you as a free printable later today!

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Mother's Day Card Design:
Styling and Photography: Amy Squires
Recipe: Caitlin Knoop

Are you ready for the easiest food DIY in the world? Last year, a party we featured designed by Jennifer Bishop Design generated quite a buzz over on Pinterest. It was all because of one very simple, but fantastic idea designed to please picky toddler eaters: The Nibble Tray. It is quite simply an array of foods presented in a dish with compartments.

Since that post has published, we've received a steady stream of emails with questions about that beautiful toddler lunch. So we put together a quick and easy Nibbler Tray DIY Project for you that anyone can pull off. On to Baby co-founder and Wedding Chicks extraordinaire Amy Squires took all of these gorgeous photos, while our resident food genius Caitlin Knoop provided the beautiful food styling (thanks, guys!).

Step 1: Find the Compartment Tray
The easiest answer is to grab your standard ice cube tray. If you don't have one or want to get a little more creative, try something like a simple paint palette. We hear muffin tins also make a great choice. We picked up a few white paint palettes at the local Michaels and we were ready to go! There are also some pretty cool ice cube trays out there (who knew?), like this hexagon one we found at organize.com.

Step 2: Pick out the food, and prep it!
We recommend picking foods that are bright, colorful, and easy to eat with little hands. Choosing foods that will last a bit if sitting out is also a good idea. The idea of the nibble tray is that you can leave it out for your picky eater to graze as he or she desires. Obviously choosing foods you know your little one enjoys is smart, but don't be afraid to mix some new choices in with the steady favorites.

Step 3: Arrange the food in the tray.
Listen, we told you this was easy! Just take the ready-to-eat food you prepped in step 2, and fill all of your compartments.

Step 4: For extra credit or special treat, add a dipping option!
This is optional, but it can make your tray that much more enticing for your toddler. Kids typically love to dip foods! We created homemade whipped cream for ours (google it, it's surprisingly quick and easy!), and also provided a dollop of peanut butter. Other options could include cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, or a pureed fruit or vegetable, depending on what other food choices you are serving.

Step 5: Serve!
Now it's time to present your thoughtful mini feast to your little one. Leave the tray in an easy-to-access spot, so he or she can graze over time.