Archive for December, 2010

The holidays are all about family, food and entertaining…the only problem is picking out items that the whole family – including the kids will enjoy. Here is how to get those veggies into your kiddos tummies while pleasing your adult guests during the holidays.  PLUS – it only takes about an hour of your time and is perfect to prep ahead of time and doesn’t have to be served hot.

Ps – it’s the holidays, so give in and love these little fried fritters. 🙂 You can always start healthy come the New Year!

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters With Ranch Dip

Servings: 3 dozen
Time: 1 hour total (prep and cook time)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more for serving
  • 1 cup milk, more as needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large carrots, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • Olive oil, for frying.


1. To make the batter for the fritters: in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, coriander and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, lemon zest and pepper.

2. Pour dry ingredients into wet; whisk until just blended (do not over mix). Batter should be slightly thicker than cream. If it’s too thick, add some milk; if it’s too thin, sprinkle with additional flour. Stir in the carrots, zucchini and scallions. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.

3. To make the dip: pour ½ cup of ranch dressing in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

4. Fill a wide saucepan with 1 inch of olive oil; heat until the temperature registers 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer (or until a small drip of batter browns immediately). Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Working in batches, drop battered vegetables by the tablespoon into the oil, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry, turning occasionally, until golden all over, about 3 to 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer fritters to the cookie sheet to drain. Transfer fritters to a platter or plate; sprinkle with salt and serve with dip.

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Beauty and brains! Candid or smiling for the camera, bright eyed, blue eyed baby girl Alastriona always looks sharp and smart. What a gorgeous little girl! Congrats to Alastriona on being Le Top’s Darling of the Day!

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One of the most rewarding aspects of working for Le Top is the stories you hear from parents and customers. From yearly traditions of wearing Le Top during the holidays to kid tantrums that their ‘favorite Le Top tights are snagged and need new ones’ to their favorite stuffed animals from Le Top.  Le Top is known for making whimsical clothing for kids and it is so true – there is something very magical about knowing how integral Le Top’s clothing can play a part in a family’s life.

I’m not sure how many of you readers know, but Le Top is a family owned business and my Aunt works for the family as well.  She told me a story about a little girl and her love of one of our ‘old favorites,’ LuLu the 2-in-1 stuffed animal and purse. LuLu is similar to our Fall 2010 Haute Dog girls Collection.  We had the Lulu Collection many years ago and it included a really cute Dachshund purse named ‘LuLu.’ 

Here is the story – enjoy and I hope it makes you smile as it did for us here at Le Top:

The storeowner gave a Lulu to her granddaughter, Meg. She fell in love with this little doggie purse and even though she was barely old enough she carried it everywhere.  Her grandmother, Lynn, had told my Aunt Kathy how she loved this purse and called in ‘RuRu.’ It had become so ‘loved’ and tattered that she asked if there was any chance we could find her a new one. We did a land search and found one and sent it off to her. Now, a couple of years later the ‘RuRu’ was starting to look worn again. They told Jerry Gibson, one of Le Top’s sales representatives at market week (where the various children’s clothing brands show their clothes for stores to buy each season) that the dog purse was once again – becoming worn and she still wouldn’t part with it. Jerry had made a store visit to one of our accounts that is famous for holding onto her old merchandise for quite a while…and low and behold there was a ‘LuLu’ purse.  He purchased it and sent it to Lynn’s store for Meg.

These photos & letter were sent to Jerry and we thought you might enjoy it too.

Letter to Jerry

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Use our ideas for family holiday traditions inspiration! Whether you are a new parent or have 5 kids – there is always room for fun new traditions that get you excited each year for the holiday festivities. Read below these ideas! Share your holiday traditions with us too!

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“Morning sickness” affects about 3/4 of pregnant women during the first trimester. About 1/2 of all pregnant women suffer from both nausea and vomiting, 1/4 has nausea alone, and 1/4 lucks out altogether. The nausea usually starts around 6 weeks of pregnancy, but it can begin as early as 4 weeks.

Although morning sickness is common, and most likely won’t last longer than a few months, don’t be fooled – it is a serious challenge for many women. Even a mild case of nausea can wear you down! Use these tips to help keep “morning sickness” to its minimum.

1. Eat Tiny Meals
Eating tiny meals throughout the day — aka not skipping meals — is important to keeping your morning sickness to a minimum. Try to stick to simple foods such as chicken soup and crackers that somewhat bland foods that are easy to digest. Also make sure to drink plenty of water in between meals to prevent dehydration and to make sure your stomach stays full. If you throw up daily or start to lose weight, be sure to talk to your doc.

2. Aromatherapy?
Many products can help minimize nausea. The scent of citrus or mint can be awesome at curbing morning sickness as well as calming your overactive sense of smell.

3. Ginger baby!
Since a lot of over-the-counter nausea medications are unsafe to take while pregnant, you should try good ‘ole Mother Nature. Try everything from ginger tea to ginger snaps and ginger ale to ease your morning sickness. Ginger has been used throughout history to help calm nausea and morning sickness, and it works wonders!

4. Avoid the heat!
Being in warm places and feeling hot can make nausea way worse. The air conditioner can be your friend and try to stick to cool places in the summer. In the winter, step outside and get some fresh, cool air.

5. Get some Zzz’s
Sleep cures everything. In general, the more rest you get, the better you’re going to feel.

6. Sea band?
The symptoms of morning sickness can be extremely similar to those of seasickness, and it is commonly found that those with motion sickness prior to pregnancy tend to experience “morning sickness.” The Sea-Band uses acupressure to hit pressure points in your wrist that affect feelings of nausea and dizziness. Just consider it a pregnancy accessory!

7. Prenatal vitamins
Some women feel their prenatal vitamins make morning sickness much worse because many are not organic or not food-based. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about alternatives to the traditional types of prenatal vitamins for the first trimester. Also, it can help if you take them at nighttime versus first thing in the morning because you will have had a full stomach during the day.

8. The Family Tree
Medical studies have shown that if the women in your family had severe morning sickness, you will too. This goes for your maternal and paternal relatives, so start asking around and try what worked for them.


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