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My children’s school is wonderful. They  have accomodated my kids’ allergies wonderfully and are so careful about asking if they can have things. They even let us know when there is a special project or treat coming later in the week or month so that we can plan ahead and acoomodate accordingly.

They are also great about helping us normalize the experience for our kids. Each year I’ve done a project in our daughter’s classroom so that her classmates can maybe understand and have fun with it too. This year we made our own coconut milk!

cononut_milkPrior to the classroom project, I set some coconut shreds to soaking in the blender. The children all washed hands. Then waited in line for a spot at the table. Someone got to push the blender button and everyone got to squeeze the milk through the cheese cloth. In the end we had plain coconut milk and vanilla coconut milk to try. We also brought some of our daugher’s special mini muffins to go with the milk for a special snack.

I had fun and our daughter had fun, though was a little more shy during the project than I’d anticipated.

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My husband introduced our daughter to Nutella over a year ago. She was a little nervous to try it at first, but quickly discovered that she loves it. She wanted multiple spoonfuls (we now serve her on a baby spoon) but was cut off after 2 I believe. She is still so happy to have one tiny spoonful just a couple times a month.

20121110_092050After Nutella, we have allowed her to try chocolate chips (she declared them yucky) and dark chocolate bar (also declared yucky). We have offered other tastes and she has rejected them, declaring “I don’t like chocolate.” We told her Nutella is chocolate and (hazel)nuts. So she amended her statement to be, “I don’t’ like chocolate, but I like Nutella.”

When in Germany we learned something fun about Nutella. My friend grew up in Germany being given “Nutella Spoon” (in German) as a treat. This is just a glob of Nutella on a spoon. She nannied in the US for a year and the children she nannied enjoyed the same treat when she introduced it to them. She translated and called it “Nutella Spoon” (in English) and it stuck. We all found it fun and interesting that we too called it “Nutella Spoon” for our daughter, though had never had it growing up and never discussed such a thing with our German friends before. This leads me to a question for you, the reader.

Have you ever had “Nutella Spoon” and what did you call it?