Jamie’s Trailmix and Blog

Well, it’s happened:  My eight year old son asked me if he could have his own cooking blog.  I guess I should have been flattered, but my first thought was, “Oh nooooo!”

To buy some time, I told him he’d have to come up with three original recipes and posts first.  I should have listened to my husband who said he would have made the requirement at least ten posts!

A budding writer (he’s working on a chapter book — part of a trilogy– as well), three posts was a breeze for him.  And he’s always coming up with his own creations when he helps me cook anyway.  Here’s a favorite from the past:

Jamie’s green bean sushi he named “Bean Bean Sushi”

A couple months ago, he and I were standing in line at a store near a display of trail mix meant to encourage an “impulse buy”.  Not surprisingly, he wanted me to buy a package.  To put him off, I told him it was too expensive–that it would be cheaper to make it and it would probably be better because we could put whatever we wanted into it.

Of course when we got home he wanted to make some.  So we did.

This is what he put into his mix: peanuts, roasted salted almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, chopped dried persimmon (from my mom’s trees in California and dried in her dehydrator), dried apricot, dried coconut, and some chocolate chips.  He made a label for the mix:

The good thing about this activity is that he made a healthy snack for himself for the rest of the week.  Also, it tasted really great.  Kids are more likely to eat whatever they make, so it’s a good opportunity to make nutritious food that will get eaten.  Trail mix is the easiest thing in the world to throw together and so much cheaper when you buy the pantry staples in bulk.  Try it!

Back to Jamie’s blog idea— it’s called Food Cultures and is under my name (so all comments come to me), but it’s all him.  He will write and type his own posts, and the only editing I will do is correct some spelling.  He even came up with his own header.

I digitized his sketch and we colored it together in Photoshop.

His first recipe is Reese’s Yogurt.  You can view it here. 🙂

We’ll see how long his food obsession lasts….

Easy Trail Mix

Throw into a mixing bowl:

Various nuts, such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, etc.

Various dried fruit, such as dried raisins, cranberries, apricots, pineapple, coconut,  mango (chop bigger pieces of dried fruit into raisin sized pieces), etc.

You can add extras like chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, even mini marshmallows, depending on how “junky” or “healthy” you want to skew it.  Have fun!




Filed under Children, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

25 responses to “Jamie’s Trailmix and Blog

  1. This is fun, Melissa (maybe not for you).

  2. ¡¡This’s a really great story with happy begining!! the end is not written yet but I guess it can be very very nice to follow it. I think the best thing is that you finally decided to let him begin his own blog, he may learn a lot of it for sure. I love his header, it’s even more creative than many, many headers out there. My best wishes and I’m already following him.

  3. Kacy Muir

    This is terrific. Congrats to Jamie!

  4. I love the title “98% natural” 🙂

  5. Wow, what a great little guy you have! I think I may have linked to this before on HE, but this lovely Scottish girl, Martha (I believe; she goes by VEG online) started a blog about her school lunches and it has gone viral, big time (thanks to notice by Jamie Oliver and others).


  6. That is super adorable! Your little guy sounds pretty mature. I’m really impressed with his creations so far. I can’t even remember what I was doing as an 8-year-old – probably vegging out in front of the tv! Have fun blogging and cooking together – I’ll definitely be following along.

  7. I got a kick out of the green bean sushi creation!

  8. Congrats to Jamie! What a sweet story 😀
    Wonderful post my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Congratulations Jamie!! I think this is great 🙂 and I am already a follower. Looking forward to more posts.

  10. What a smart kid! Good for him!

  11. J’s trail mix looks great! I love making our own too. It’s great to keep in our backpack b/c I’m always getting hungry when we’re out and about. Poor Bebe can’t eat nuts… I remember the bean sushi post. 🙂 Congrats to J on his new blog. I love his header and enjoyed his yogurt post. Keep up the great work! I wonder if my own little one will one day ask for her own blog… LOL. Have a great weekend, Melissa!

  12. That is sooo cool your son is blogging and most importantly creating. I love that you encourage his creativity. A Cali blogger friend of mine (RecipeGirl), her son is 10 or 11 and he blogs (RecipeBoy).

  13. Reblogged this on Dr. Laurie Brodsky and commented:
    I recreated this tasty trail-mix using raw nuts, sulfite-free dried fruit, and gluten free dark chocolate chips (I found all of these ingredients at Trader Joe’s!)

  14. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?

    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.


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