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February 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cake Pops!

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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 6th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Valentine’s Day Treats

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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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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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December 17th, 2012 at 11:34 am

Baking Cookies with Kids

This is the time of year when a major baking day occurs. Cookies, candies, homemade caramel corn and other sweet treats are made in our kitchen. When my husband and I were first married, we would do a baking day with his sister’s family and my young nieces and nephew. I learned all the tricks of baking with children. Cookie Baking Day became quite the assembly line where everyone took their own role on.

Now that my nieces and nephews are grown, Cookie Baking Day consists of my small family. The kids do a great job unwrapping the chocolates, placing the pretzels on the pan, and cutting and decorating the sugar cookies. You have to plan on them taste-testing a lot and wanting breaks every now and then. Ultimately, they take great pride in their  finished product.

Several dozen cookies, different kinds of candy, and tins of caramel corn later we are ready with holiday sweets for our festivities. The memories we shared making them are priceless. Especially when my oldest looked at the tin of caramel corn and said, “But mom, I can’t stop sneaking some… it’s calling my name!”

What are your favorite holiday treats to make with your kids?

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

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