Thanksgiving turkey in just 1 hour! I can do that!

Thanksgiving should be about family time and not cooking time. I’ve search online for yummy turkey recipes that save time. Here is a recipe that’s delicious and will allow you to spend more precious time with your loved ones.

The trick is to cut the back bone out and lay the turkey flat on the tray. This way it will roast evenly and cook twice as fast. Basic laws of physics save the Thanksgiving dinner! Bon appetit!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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What kid doesn’t like to bake cookies? Not my child! Although many of the cookies never made it to the oven, as my toddler is like her mother, who enjoys eating batter / dough.

“Spontaneous” – best describes our cooking style, since we improvise with ingredients on hand while making our yummy masterpieces. Feel free to modify the recipe to fit your tastes.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Batch: 24-30 cookies


  • 14 tablespoons of butter softened (1 and ¾ of butter sticks)oatmeal raisin cookies toddler cooking ingredients
  • 1¼ cups of sugar (or ¾ cup of brown sugar and ½ cup of granulated sugar)
  • 1½ cups of all-purpose flour (optional – skip if you want chewy cookies)
  • 3 cups of uncooked oats
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (optional – skip if you’ve used salted butter)
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup (or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

Directions: Follow this step-by-step instructions. Allow toddler to measure, pour, mix, and taste all of the ingredients to add some educational value to this already creative process. Don’t worry about any mess; it’s only dirt! But SO much FUN!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and softened butter until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and maple syrup (or vanilla and cinnamon).
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add oats and raisins. Mix well.
  6. Using a spoon, drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Leave plenty of space between drops to avoid cookies sticking to each other.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool for 1 minute on a cookie sheet. Then transfer to wire rack or plate and let cool completely. Store lightly covered. Enjoy!
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Fluffy Baked Omelet


Teething for the most part went pretty easy for us. However, the 2-year molars made sure we got our taste of the pain. Anna refused to eat most everything, so I had to get creative to make sure she gets some food in her stomach. An omelet came to mind. It’s a good source of protein and it melts in your mouth. Perfect for my teething toddler!

It’s been forever since I’ve had a soft, fluffy omelet like we had in our Russian kindergartens. Anna gave me a good reason to bring it back to our menu. It’s also one of those quick and easy recipes. You will enjoy cooking it together with your child!

Fluffy Baked Omelet (omelette) Recipe

Ingredients: eggs, milk, spices (salt and pepper), butter (to grease pan)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 25-30 minutes

Directions: Use an easy to remember Omelet Formula to measure your ingredients. Multiply the formula as necessary.

Omelet Formula: 1 egg + 50 ml of milk

In this recipe we’ve used 10 eggs and 500 ml of milk. This makes 4-5 servings, assuming an adult eats 2-3 eggs.

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  1. Combine eggs and milk in a deep mixing bowl.
  2. Add spices (salt and pepper) to taste.
  3. Softly mix the ingredients, don’t beat them.
  4. Use a butter stick to lightly grease the pan.
  5. Pour the omelet mixture into the pan. Don’t fill the pan to the top as omelet will rise a bit.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not open the oven during the first 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve omelet cut up into portions. Add a piece of butter on top for flavor (optional). Bon appetite!

Additional comment: the omelet will rise during baking process, but will settle once you pull it out of the oven. Not to worry, this is normal. The final height of your omelet will be at about the level to which you’ve filled the pan. Hence, take this into account when measuring your ingredients.