My girls have been asking for me to do them a cooking school and we finally got the whole thing started the weekend before last. As you may know we have plenty of kids cook books for inspiration, but obviously it does not have to be a kids recipe. We found this one in one of our latest acquisitions the American Girl cookbook by Williams & Sonoma. It turned out so delicious!








 Chicken Parmesan

Olive oil for greasing

6 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Salt to taste

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 large eggs, beaten

1 1⁄2 cups plain dried bread crumbs

1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices ( we used 2 whole buffala ones)

3 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce ( We used Rao´s, it´s our favourite)

  1. Pour olive oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and use a pastry brush to coat the entire surface. Place 1 chicken breast half inside a zip-close freezer bag and pound with a meat pounder until it is 1⁄2-inch thick. Transfer to a large plate, and repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Put flour, eggs and bread crumbs in three separate shallow bowls or baking dishes. Line up the bowls in that order from left to right. Stir the Parmesan into the bread crumbs. One at a time, coat chicken breasts on both sides with flour and tap off the excess. Dip flour-coated chicken into eggs, turn to coat, and allow the excess to drip off. Finally, dip breasts into bread crumbs and turn to coat both sides, pressing so that the bread crumbs stick. Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using a wide metal spatula, carefully turn chicken breasts. Continue to bake until golden on both sides, about 15 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.
  4. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Pour in 2 cups marinara sauce and spread it into an even layer. Use a spatula to arrange warm chicken breasts in the baking dish, overlapping them slightly, and pour the remaining 1 cup marinara sauce evenly over the top, then lay the mozzarella slices on top. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

    For a vegetarian dish you can use Eggplants instead of chicken. We served the chicken parm with buttered spaghetti. This was so so good!

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by Sofia   -   in Good things for kids

Joko kävitte katsomassa uuden Petteri Kaniini elokuvan? Se oli niin hyvä! Suositus siis täälle leffalle tyttöjen lisäksi myös äidiltä. Nykyään tehdään niin fantastisen hyviä lasten elokuvia, niin kotimaisia kuin ulkomaisiakin. Meidän suosikkejamme on viime aikoina ollut mm. Ballerina, Paddington 2 ja nyt tämä Petteri Kaniini. Olen ollut Beatrix Potter fani jo ihan pienestä tytöstä. Rakastan näitä hahmoja ja satuja. Meillä tytöt nauroivat ääneen leffassa ( ja äitikin, välillä tosi eri kohdissa).



Kivaa päivää,


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One of the posts I promised to write but then it just started lacking when my photo editor collapsed was the American Girl post. As an important part of our Florida trip was a visit there. If you don´t know what it is then let me enlighten you. American Girl Company is a doll emporium. You can have a doll made to resemble you ( had colour, length, eye colour, skin shade, freckles etc.). Then they sell things for dolls from clothes to furniture to anything you could think of. Like braces, eye glasses, casts and crutches, toothpaste and passports. Anything. There are movies about the girls and stories behind them.  There are books and restaurants. You can have your dolls hair done or ears pierced. So when in Florida we visited one in Orlando for some shopping and a lunch with our dolls. We actually have French Corolle dolls for the girls but the taller one fits the American Girl clothes perfectly and the smaller can wear some too and all the accessories.

The lunch was very cute and super girly with chairs and table settings for the dolls too. You get to keep their cups & saucers and the napkin rings that turn in to hair bows. If you have girly girls who love dolls I recommend this experience if you get a chance. Instead of lunch you can also book a dolls tea party at some places.

Here are some photos from my phone from our American Girl moment…

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Very hot pink as you can see! even the bathroom tiles were in different shades of pink ( as you can see from my not so flattering bathroom selfie…). As dessert the girls got to decorate miniature cupcakes. Such a classic but cute idea and very American. All in all the experience is a tad tacky and plasticky but still super adorable and most importantly the girls had the bets time!

I hope you have a lovely day,


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