Roo's Casa

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
November 30, 2011, 1:33 am
Filed under: Recipes


Here is our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe:


1 cup butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

2 cups chocolate chips


Directions: Mix the butter and sugars until creamy.  Add in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Finally add the flour and oatmeal.  Once that

is mostly blended pour in the chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes.

*I almost always cut this recipe in half.



BPA-Free Canned Foods
November 30, 2011, 1:27 am
Filed under: Health

We really try to not eat anything in plastic, especially BPA.  So we were shocked to find out that a lot of canned foods have a BPA plastic lining in them.  Now we only buy canned foods made by Eden Organic since they are only ones in our area to sell BPA-free cans.  The kids didn’t like these baked beans, but we will be trying more of their beans in the future. The BPA lining is also found in cans of pop, so we have switched to glass bottles.  

Cranberry Sauce
November 23, 2011, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegan, Vegetarian

I am in charge of the cranberry sauce this year and decided on this recipe from Emeril.  The original recipe can be found on the Food Network site.  The only thing I changed was doubling the sugar since I like the sauce sweet.


  • 2 cups cranberries
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Port
  • 1 cup sugar (Emeril uses 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


Stir the orange, zest, cranberries, sugar, port, and cinnamon in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and then turn to simmer until the cranberries are soft and you can mush them with a spoon.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture.

Math Game
November 20, 2011, 1:28 am
Filed under: Educational Stuff, Winter

Capture the Penguin Game from

Pajama Pants Without a Pattern
November 19, 2011, 1:10 am
Filed under: Sewing

My kids picked out some fabric last weekend and we weren’t sure what to do with it.  I thought it might be enough to make pajama pants, but it wasn’t.  The pattern said that we just needed a yard which is what we had, but it didn’t fit.  So here is how we got it to work.


1.  Fold your fabric in towards the center.

2. Lay a pair of pants folded in half on one of the sides and trace around it.  I tried to trace a little bit larger for the seam and also left some room at the top for the waist band.  Once your trace and cut this side, flip it over and trace onto the other half.  (In the picture above, I placed the pants lower to the bottom since these particular pants were for a shorter 4-year-old.  We had plenty of room to hem.)

3.  Open up the legs that you traced and place right sides together.  Sew just from the top and down through the curve, but stop there.

4.  Take your sewn pieces and open them the other way so that they lay like real pants.  Pin from the bottom of the pants all the way around to the other side and sew.  It kind of looks like a big “v”.  You are basically sewing the inner part of the pants.

5.  Fold over the top waist band and pin in place.  Sew the waist leaving a hole to insert elastic.  I had to make our waist band pretty small since we didn’t have enough fabric.  Measure your child’s waist and cut the elastic.  Using a safety pin, pass the elastic through the waist band.  Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew up the hole to finish the waist band.

6.  Fold the bottom fabric of the pants legs up and sew in place according to your child’s height.



Placemat Pillows
November 18, 2011, 1:10 am
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Sewing

There are so many cute and festive placemats out there.  I found this green one at Target and made it into a pillow.








1.  Use a seam ripper to open up a small space on the placemat. I opened up the bottom so that it wasn’t as noticeable when finished.








2.  Stuff the placemat with stuffing and then secure the hole shut with pins.  I sewed mine shut using the sewing machine.  That is it. You are done!


Hidden Spinach Smoothie
November 4, 2011, 12:49 am
Filed under: Dairy Free, Health, Kids, Recipes, Vegan

Smoothies are a great way to get fruit and vegetables into your kids.  My smoothie is mostly fruit, but I add a generous handful of spinach so that it includes a vegetable that my kids would not normally eat.  Here is a before and after shot of my smoothie.  The secret to hiding the green color is to add some blueberries or some blackberries.


1 cup apple juice

1/2 a bag organic strawberries (I get mine from Whole Foods)

1 banana

handful of baby spinach (my kids are picky about the spinach we get, so it has to be the organic Kroger brand in the container) or kale

5 blackberries or pour in a little bit of blueberries

Blend all of these ingredients and drink.  The only frozen parts are the strawberries and the berries.  We stopped adding ice to our smoothies since the cold made it too hard to eat.