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Debra Caffrey is the Education E-newsletter Editor for FredParent. She also writes, blogs, and assists with events. She is the proud mom of 8-year-old Aidan. She is passionate about cooking, meal planning, and smart grocery shopping, and is excited to share her ‘Practical Pantry’ with you.

 

Practical Pantry

 

A mini muffin pan is a godsend for parents of young children. Everyone loves things in miniature form, especially kids, and the muffin pan can yield an array of treats that are both versatile and easy to eat. We like to do mini quiches and breakfast cups, traditional mini muffins, mini meatloaves and other cutesy versions of larger recipes, but most of all, we love to make teeny lunch items that pack easily for school and that my son will happily gobble up in the cafeteria.

Aidan’s favorite food in the entire world is pizza, and I’ve converted it into a lunchbox pizza puff that is a cinch to whip up in the mini muffin pan. He loves eating them plain, but you can also serve them with a small container of your kids’ favorite dipping red sauce. I like to make a bunch to save. They freeze well and you can just defrost them for quick lunchbox meals throughout the school year. They are great cold or at room temperature, but if your children prefer them warm, here is a tip for ensuring hot lunches stay hot: fill Thermos containers with boiling water, cover, and let sit for a few minutes. Then empty the water and wipe dry before placing the hot or warm food inside immediately. The process will help keep the temperature of whatever you are stuffing it with. As far as the pizza puffs, I reheat mine in the oven quickly while we’re getting ready for the bus, wrap them in some foil, and fill in our preheated Thermos container. They keep pretty warm until it’s Aidan’s lunch period without getting soggy. We hope you enjoy!

Perfect Pizza Puffs

  •  ¾ cup flour 
  •  ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  •  ¾ cup milk
  •  1 egg
  •  1¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  •  Approx. 4 oz. pepperoni, chopped
  •  1-2 tablespoons dried or fresh basil or Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup tomato or marinara sauce, for dipping

1.   Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

2.   In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, milk, egg, cheese, pepperoni, and seasonings, stirring until mixed well.

3.   Spoon batter into muffin pan approximately ¾ of the way full.

4.   Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned. Let cool before removing from pan.

5.   Serve with sauce for dipping.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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