10 Tips: Traveling With A Toddler



I found out a few things that helped make a recent flight with my two year old grandson easier. Our trip started on July 23 rd as we flew from Austin to Houston changed planes then on to Orlando Florida. Johnny is actually 2 1/2 which meant to make for a more comfortable flight had his own seat. From Austin to Houston we were booked on a plane dubbed United Express which I quickly renamed the puddle jumper. Only a twenty minute flight which was Johnny’s first flight. He sat with him mommy April very sweetly and absorbed the short flight with smiles and giggles. While I white knuckled my arm rests with closed eyes as this plane was a little smaller than I had expected. Johnny on the other hand loved it.

Our vacation was everything I could of asked for leaving lasting memories with my daughter and grandson. We did arrive during the beginning of hurricane season so each of the four days included more down pours of rain than usual. We adapted very nicely and enjoyed our vacation!

10 Tips for flights

  • Bring babies medications, vitamins, if needed.
  • Small backpack for diapers, wipes to stow under seat.
  • Pour out water in sippy cups before screening areas.
  • Be sure to bring two sippy cups or bottles.
  • Baggies of snacks, eating helps babies ears pop when flying.
  • Pacifers are essential if you have a binky baby.
  • Keep clean clothes near top of babies backpack.
  • When flight attendent brings water get two extra cups.
  • Bring your little ones favorite blanket, or toy in your carry on.
  • Bring a stroller most airports are to big to travel easily between terminals with a wee one in your arms.

I hope this information will make your next flights with your grandbabies a fun adventure!

Do you have tips you want to add to my list?

Happy eating and family time,


Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe


    • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, rinsed and cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 2 pounds frozen cavatelli OR: 1 pound dried
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, rinsed and dried
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
      Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe; simmer 5 minutes. Using a skimmer, remove broccoli rabe and set aside. Return water to a boil.
      Cook cavatelli following package directions. Drain.
      Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion; cook 5 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking up sausage with wooden spoon. Add garlic and cooked broccoli rabe; cook 5 minutes.
      Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Add parsley. Remove from heat.
      Pour sausage mixture over cooked pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve.
      Credit. http://www.recipe.com MereditCorporation
      Meredith Wom

Brown Bag Lunch Idea Rainbows and Butterflies



Makes 4 servings

8 ounces bow tie pasta, preferably whole grain
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup corn kernels, thawed if frozen
1 cup shelled edamame, thawed if frozen
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce)

Cook the pasta as the label directs. Drain and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil to prevent sticking; let cool.

In a large bowl, toss the cooled pasta with the corn, edamame, bell pepper and carrots. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat. Add the parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss again and season to taste.

Photograph by Hallie Burton

Courtesy Ellie Krieger for Food Network Magazine
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Moms Cheap Easy Goulash

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  • 1(7 1/4 ounce) box Kraft macaroni and cheese
  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 12teaspoon kosher salt
  • 18teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • 1(16 ounce) can Hunts tomato sauce
  • Directions
  • Cook macaroni- reserving the cheese packet for later.
  • Brown ground beef with onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook until the ground beef is completely cooked through and the onions are soft.
  • Drain the macaroni and add tomato sauce, butter and reserved cheese packet. Mix until well combined. Add the ground beef mixture, again, mix until well combined. Serve hot!
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