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April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Easter Treats



Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!


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March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Fun



You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!




Leprechaun Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cookies

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

Mint Chocolate Pretzels

Green Ombre Rice Krispy Treats 

Pot ‘O Gold Rainbow Fruit Platter 



St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Leprechaun Visit – Footprints

Hanging Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Fingerprint Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft 

Handprint 4-Leaf Clover Craft



Coloring Sheets

Gift Tags


Quote Printables


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March 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Paleo Diet



The “Paleo” (paleolithic) diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. According to, it involves eating only foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era ate, which includes meats (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, etc.) fish and other seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and natural oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, etc. Things like dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, legumes, and any type of processed food are not included, as the hunter-gatherers of that age did not have the tools and knowledge to cultivate or create them (although some variations of the diet do include eggs and beans). Overall it’s a type of low-carb diet. Advocates of the paleo diet believe it aids in preventing certain diseases and ailments, including acne, obesity, some types of heart disease, diabetes and others. If you’re interested in trying this diet, you should consult your doctor first. The are skeptics who don’t find this diet to be as effective as others in terms of balanced diet and weight loss, so it’s important to do your own research and determine if it’s something that’s right for you. Here are some great Paleo resources for information, recipes and more.

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experiences here and on our Facebook page!

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February 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cake Pops!




Cake pops have exploded onto the foodie scene as the dessert du jour. They’re delicious, bite-sized portions that are easy to eat. Because of this, they make great gifts or party favors for any occasion. For us, the fact that kids can eat them with minimal mess and not go into sugar overload means they’ve risen to the #1 dessert spot! There are so many recipes on the Internet, ranging from “simple for beginners” to “holy cow, that’s a delectible work of art!” You can match them to holidays, party themes, or favorite characters. Take a look at these awesome cake pop recipes.


Red Velvet Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Lego Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Mickey/Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

Sports Cake Pops

Princess Cake Pops

Monster Cake Pops

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops

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February 13th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Crockpot Meals



Parents often don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner, especially meals that have a main dish and a few sides. The crockpot is one of the best kitchen tools for busy families. It’s a safe way to leave food cooking for long periods of time, and the recipes can be as simple as throwing the ingredients in together! You can cut your cooking time in half, or even more, by using one. Here are some great crockpot meals the whole family will enjoy.


Do you have a great crockpot recipe to share? Post it on our Facebook page and show us your delicious creations!

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February 6th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Valentine’s Day Treats



Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, and a great way to show your little ones how much you love them (even though you show them everyday!) is by making them some tasty treats! We’ve collected some of the most delicious valentine recipes on the Web right here in this blog post. Everything pink, red, heart-shaped and YUMMY! If you have older kids who bring valentines into school for classmates, be sure to check out the free Valentine’s Day printables links so you can package them into some individual sweet treats.


Conversation Heart Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pops

Valentine’s Oreo Balls

Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

Red Velvet Brownies

S’more Treat Bites

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Cake Pops


Links to FREE Valentine’s Day Printables:

Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Bag Tags

Printable Monster Valentine Envelopes

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Toppers

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January 23rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Lunch Bento Boxes for Kids


Lunchtime is an important meal for kids, especially when they’re in school. It’s best to give them a variety of healthy foods they enjoy, because with all the learning and playing, they work up an appetite and need food that’s good for them and gives them energy. A popular lunch trend for kids is bento boxes. Originating in Japan, bento boxes are compartmentalized meals, usually taken to go. has a number of great bento lunchboxes for kids, but you can always make your own with regular lunchboxes by placing small Tupperware, or dividers such as cupcake wrappers, inside. It’s all about the look of the meal. You can even do bento box themes with your little one’s favorite characters from movies and TV!

Here are some great ideas for lunches your kids will LOVE to eat!

Animals, Flowers and Sports Bento Boxes from

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Baseball Bento Box

Bunny Bento Box

Flower Bento Box

Lion Bento Box

Sheep Bento Box


Character Bento Boxes:

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Winnie The Pooh Bento Box from

Hello Kitty Bento Box from

Toy Story Bento Box from

Angry Birds Bento Box from

Spongebob Squarepants Bento Box from



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January 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am

Simple, Healthy Snacks for Kids


Frozen Banana Pops

Nutritionists suggest that eating multiple small, healthy meals throughout the day is better for your body than three square meals, so snacks are an important part of your child’s nutrition. Processed snacks from the food store tend to have a lot of unnecessary fillers, high sugar or sodium levels, or are high in fat and calories. Get some piece of mind and take full control of what your little one eats by making your own healthy snacks. Here are some great ideas:

What healthy snacks do you make for your kids? Share with us here or on our Facebook page!

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

Macaroni and Cheese Recipes



For my entire life, my favorite food has been macaroni and cheese. There is just something about that creamy, delicious mix of cheeses and pasta. It NEVER gets boring because there are so many options! You can pretty much make macaroni and cheese with anything…any type of cheese, any extra ingredients. Meat, seafood, vegetables, they all taste great with a base of macaroni and cheese. The best part is that most kids love this dish too! And “hiding” nutritious foods in it is helpful when you’ve got a picky eater. You can even dress it up as a formal dish for adult dinner parties.

I’m often looking for new ways to enjoy my favorite food, so i’ve combined my TOP 10 FAVORITE mac and cheese recipes (in no particular order) for you all to enjoy. If you’ve ever created your own M&C recipe, share it with us on our Facebook wall!

  1. 5-Cheese Mac and Cheese
  2. Lobster (or Crab) Mac and Cheese
  3. Truffled Mac and Cheese
  4. Greek Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese
  5. Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese
  6. Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese
  7. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
  8. Chicken Fajita Mac and Cheese
  9. Mac and Cheese alla Carbonara (check it out in the picture above…YUM!!)
  10. Broccoli Mac and Cheese Bake

 Photo Credit: Marcus Samuelsson, HuffPost Taste,

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December 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Making Christmas Treats with the Kids

cookiesEven since my nieces and nephews were little (they are grown adults now) I loved our tradition of making Christmas cookies together. I now do this with my own boys and love the interaction. This is an activity that kids of any age can participate in. They look forward to helping make the treats and having their certain jobs. Not only do they gain baking knowledge, we throw in a little math lesson without them knowing. They take such pride in their work when they see the finished product and are happy to share them with everyone. Plus, the baker and baker’s assistant always get to taste the product first. That’s the best part!

Here are some easy treats to make with your kids…

Puppy Chow - my boys can eat bags of this!

Sugar Cookies - these are so good!

Pretzel Turtles – easy treat that makes a great gift

Bugle Bites - we make ours with milk chocolate

Rice Krispie Wreaths

Peanut Butter Kisses

Make it more fun by having special aprons for you and your children. Take lots of pictures and don’t worry about the sprinkles all over your kitchen. Those make the best memories!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.




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