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Feb 9, 2016

Barcelona Travel with Kids: Tibidabo Amusement Park!

For Christmas this year we headed to Barcelona for a week and really hit the town! I have plenty to share, but I don't want to overwhelm with one super long post so I'm starting small with one activity we did specifically for our son in Barcelona!


On Christmas Eve day we headed up one of the small mountains that flanks Barcelona to Tibidabo Amusement park.  It's a little hard to get to, but after two subways, a bus, a short hike and the funicular, we made it up! I believe you can also take a tour bus up directly to the funicular station, but where's the fun in that (ha!)? Plus our way was cheaper.

Anyway, when you step off the funicular, you are immediately greeted by two contradicting sites- a beautiful church (Sagrat Chor), and a bright, primary color decorated theme park. You are overlooking the city and the amusement park seems to be almost built into the side of the mountain!  Some of the rides even go over the edge, like the airplane ride and the ferris wheel gives a really spectacular view of the area.


Carter was tall enough to go on most of the rides and he really enjoyed it. A lot of the rides there are for smaller kids, so it really was a good time for him.  He especially loved the animal bumper cars, which were for smaller kids, although he had a bit of a challenge trying to turn! They also had "big kid" bumper cars, which were regular sized bumper cars for adults and big kids alike.


We also met one of the mascots, this green animal kind of thing, which was named "Bi."  Each mascot made up one of the syllables of the park's name. Kind of random, but Carter enjoyed meeting him (her?) all the same.


Carter was the only kid on the "slime" ride, which was kind of like a teacups ride.  The park wasn't very crowded, even though it was only open for four hours that day, so we were able to do everything with very minimal wait, and often no wait at all!


He really loved the trampolines! This was pretty popular and one of the few things we had to wait our turn for.  He had so much fun that we had to go several times!


But the best ride was the "Alaska" water flume. Each kid had their own seal boat to sit in and ride around in the water flume, going up and down a small hill. I loved the decorations on the ride, which included plenty of animals that lived in "cold" areas, but not all of which actually live in Alaska!

It wasn't all kiddie rides either, there were also several rides for the older crowd, including a roller coaster, which we took turns enjoying!


Of course we had to enjoy some classic amusement park food!  The churros were freshly made and oh-so-delicious! They were only open 4 hours that day, but it seemed like enough time to hit up all the rides we wanted to go on, several more than once.

Overall I thought Tibidabo Amusement Park was fun and cute, especially for my son. It's a little run down, and some of the rides have been there since the 1920s, but there are some really awesome views from the theme park as well! If you are visiting Barcelona with kids and have an extra day to spare, I would recommend it. You could also visit the church at the top, as well as hike around the mountain, which we did not do because after the park closed at 4, the Fernicular was leaving and not coming back up to pick more people up!

Sagrat Chor Church
Have you been to Tibidabo Amusement Park? What did you think of it?

Stay turned for more posts on Barcelona to come!




Feb 8, 2016

Carter's Apple Crumble!

This week I wanted to make something with apples for Mini Chef Mondays.  I bought a giant bag of apples at Lidl and I was getting a little worried we wouldn't be able to finish them all in time, so I grabbed 3 apples and called Carter into the kitchen to get cooking!  We made this easy and yummy apple crisp and served it with vanilla ice cream for dessert!

Easy Apple Crisp Yum

For the apples:
  • 3 large or 4 medium apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a squirt of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) of cinnamon*
  • 1 tablespoon flour
For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (we used 3/4 cup and it was way too much)
  • dash of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter

* I really like cinnamon, so I always use a little extra!

Adult step: Peel, core and slice the apples. Preheat the oven to 375F.


Mix together apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon flour.


Spread the apple mixture evenly into a pie pan or other similar sized baking pan (a square pan works, too!).


Mix together the topping ingredients, except the butter. Be sure to mix well so the brown sugar and flour is evenly dispersed.


Spread the topping mixture over the apples.  You can let your kids help with this step, using clean hands to spread the mixture!  Then, cut the butter into small squares and spread them evenly over the oats mixture.  In this picture I didn't cut them small enough so the butter didn't spread throughout!

Alternately, you could cut the butter into the topping using a pastry cutter and then spread the mixture over the apples all together.  You must have very cold butter to do this.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes in preheated oven.


Slice up and serve with vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!


I am hosting Mini Chef Mondays along with 11 fabulous bloggers! Read how Mini Chef Mondays started and how to link up!

Be sure to check out each of their Mini Chef posts as well. We would love it if you would share your Mini Chef posts with us each week, too! Follow along socially and join in on the fun by using our hashtag #MiniChefMondays to share creations your mini chef created in the kitchen. Additionally, if you have a kid-friendly recipe that kids can easily recreate link up! Don’t have a blog? Share the URL of your instagram photo in our linky below.
  1. Parmesan Chicken Nugget Dip // Courtney's Sweets
  2. Picnic Perfect Banana Pudding // Momma Lew
  3. Refreshing Blueberry Fruit Smoothie // Baby Loving Mama
  4. Raspberry Sticky Buns Recipe // We're Parents
  5. Macarons: Step by Step // Frugal Novice
  6. Butternut Squash Latke Recipe // Eating Richly
  7. Balloon Chocolate Bowls with Fresh Berries // Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
  8. Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Sliders // Step Stool Chef
  9. Mexican Mini Lasagnas // Vegging at the Shore
  10. Color Your Own Cookies // Mom's Messy Miracles
  11. Mixed Fruit Challah Bread // O'Boy! Organic
  12. Carter’s Apple Crumble // Can't Google Everything





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Feb 1, 2016

Fruit Sushi Recipe!


Welcome back to Mini Chef Mondays!  I've been taking a little break from posting while I was traveling and visiting family but now we're back and we made sure to keep up with our Mini Chef while we were out of town! This week we whipped up a super yummy recipe to share- fresh fruit sushi! I've seen fruit sushi recipes using everything from rice krispies cereal to real rice to fruit roll ups, but I took a different approach and it turned out really delicious!  I hope you love it, too!  Read to on to find out how to make Carter and I made our fruit sushi!


Fresh Fruit Sushi RollsYum


You will need:
  • Fresh fruit! We used strawberries, mango and kiwi. Other good options would be peaches, pineapple, star fruit, blueberries and banana. Really any fruit you like in various combinations would work.
  • Angel food cake (homemade or store bought) 
  • Strawberry or raspberry sauce
  • black or red sugar sprinkles
  • Equipment: rolling pin, plastic wrap or sushi roller mat, knife and cutting board
First, cut up your fruit into long thin pieces.  For the kiwi I sliced them into matchsticks.  The mango I cut into long slices for the insides and long, but wide slices for the top of the sushi. I sliced the strawberries and then we learned we needed to also cut each slice in half to make the sushi easier to roll.  If your kid is old enough to use a knife you can let them help you with this step!


Next, slice the angel food cake into thick slices.  I started off to thin and they crumbled apart when we rolled them! So your slices should be about a good 1/2 inch thick for best results. Then, use a rolling pin to compress the cake. We added a little flour so it wouldn't stick to the rolling pin.


Transfer your cake to the plastic wrap or sushi mat.  Add the fruit in one line across the cake. Carefully roll the sushi up and press firmly to keep it together!


Carefully transfer to a plate and add fruit across the top to decorate.


Slices the rolls and then drizzle with the sauce and sprinkle black sprinkles on to look like sesame seeds!  The sushi is pretty sweet so if you don't want it too sweet you can omit the sauce here!

Serve and enjoy!  Perfect for a dessert, yummy snack or super special breakfast!


I am hosting Mini Chef Mondays along with 11 fabulous bloggers!

Be sure to check out each of their Mini Chef posts as well. We would love it if you would share your Mini Chef posts with us each week, too! Follow along socially and join in on the fun by using our hashtag #MiniChefMondays to share creations your mini chef created in the kitchen. Additionally, if you have a kid-friendly recipe that kids can easily recreate link up! Don’t have a blog? Share the URL of your instagram photo in our linky below.
  1. Homemade Chocolate Nonpareils // Courtney's Sweets
  2. Orange Creamsicle Smoothie // Momma Lew
  3. Chocolate Banana Sundae Bites for Valentine’s Day // Baby Loving Mama
  4. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe // We're Parents
  5. Carrot Cake Cookies: Sneak in Veggies for Your Kids // Frugal Novice
  6. Strawberry Nutella Sandwich Recipe // Eating Richly
  7. Jumbo Sugar Cookie for Valentine’s Day // Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
  8. The Best Darn Chili in 2nd Grade // Step Stool Chef
  9. Lemon Squares with Shortbread Crust // Vegging at the Shore
  10. Kid-Approved Meatloaf // Mom's Messy Miracles
  11. Healthy Edible Snowman Food Craft // O'Boy! Organic
  12. Fruit Sushi // Can't Google Everything