Michael Simon
Mariah Haas
November 17, 2016 03:30 PM

Like mother, like daughter. The Real Girl’s Kitchen host Haylie Duff and her baby girl Ryan Ava, 18 months, are both foodies at heart.

“Funny enough, she loves stewed okra,” Duff told PEOPLE while hosting a dinner on behalf of T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods for their “Bring Back the Holidays” campaign on Nov. 10.

“She loves anything that’s slow-cooked, so she’s big into flavor,” continues Duff, 31. “She loves lentils with veggies. She loves salmon. She just loves food in general. She’s a good little eater.”

Duff and fiancé Matt Rosenberg also have a little talker on their hands. Ryan is saying “a new word every day,” shares the proud mama.

“It’s crazy. She’s talking up a storm,” shares Duff, who adds, Ryan says Mama and Dada “all day, every day.”

As for which one she said first? “Dada, of course,” admits Duff. “Devastating. Devastating — but now she says ‘Mama’ all day, so that’s okay!”

And no matter what, Ryan always puts a smile on her mom’s face.

“She makes me laugh all day,” says Duff. “I mean, her dancing. She loves music and she just started a little ballet class — and I think that just warms my heart on a level I can’t even tell you.”

Adds Duff: “This morning, we were dancing to a song in her playroom and she did a new dance move that I had never seen her do before, and that made me laugh.”

Ryan, of course, will also have a special role in the couple’s wedding. “I’m sure she will,” says the Cooking Channel host, who got engaged to Rosenberg in 2014. “We talk about it all the time, but I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Adds Duff about their future Save the Date: “We have so much going on. I’m in the middle of working on a second book. I’m trying to figure out when to do it. We’re also trying to make everybody happy about it too. Everybody has their own things that they want. If it was up to us, we would just go do it. It would be low-key and probably just us.”

For now, the family of three is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season.

“When it comes to Ryan, we’re trying to set our little family traditions with her,” shares Duff. “She was such a little baby last year, so I don’t know if we set too many traditions. I think this year we’ll probably try to start some because now she knows more about what’s going on.”

The couple “definitely” plans on putting up their tree with Ryan. However, they do have one “contrasting” tradition in their home: when to open gifts.

“Matt, his family, always waited until Christmas Day, but my family, we were Christmas Eve gift-openers,” explains Duff. “Mainly because we like to open gifts early. We like to tell people what they’re getting, and we just can’t keep secrets because we’re so excited to give the gifts.”

She continues: “Maybe we’ll do half and half. That will be interesting to see how that shakes out when it comes to when she gets to open her gifts.”

“I’m sure Dad will probably win on that, but we’ll see,” says Duff.



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