In the Kitchen

Piggy Cupcakes and Turning Nine

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Over the summer, this (not so) little girl turned nine. How did she get so grown-up? Her last single-digit year! We celebrated with dinner out and a family get-together for dessert, followed the next day by a trip to a nearby lake. Delaney’s favorite animal is a pig, so we made some adorable piggy birthday [...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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My 10-year old is the chef behind our current favorite smoothie – a delicious and rich chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. It makes a filling breakfast or snack, and, if you keep frozen bananas on hand, is always ready to make. We’re sharing our recipe over at Make and Takes – enjoy!

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Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Snowflakes

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We love combining two of our favorite things – crafting and cooking! We’re sharing a simple and delicious winter-inspired snack at Make and Takes today – sweet and crunchy tortilla snowflakes. Check out the how-to and a variety of topping ideas over at Make and Takes – see you there!

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Gingerbread Boy & Girl Veggie Pizzas

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We’re cooking-up some meal time fun at Make and Takes today! Take a break from December sweets, and decorate gingerbread boy and girl pizzas instead. My girls have already declared this activity a new family tradition! Head over to Make and Takes for the full scoop!

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Playful Routines :: Meal Time

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This is Part 2 of a series on adding playful elements to daily routines with our kiddos. We’re anchoring playtime to routines so we can be present as parents and have some fun! To read more of my thoughts on playful routines, check out Part 1 of this series. A good part of our days [...]

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3 Vegetable Dishes My Kids Will Eat

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We’ve been working very hard to broaden our girls’ vegetable-eating repertoire. I find that when the kids are involved in the choosing, picking, or prepping, they are even more willing to taste with an open mind. Here are three of our favorite veggie recipes, all with our girls’ stamp of approval. These recipes have kid-friendly [...]

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Homemade Seasoning Blends

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My girls are not the most adventurous eaters, but they do enjoy smelling all the different spices when I’m cooking. Earlier this summer, we spent a fun afternoon mixing up some special homemade seasoning blends for my dad. I printed two recipes for the girls to read and follow. This was pretty much a hands-off [...]

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Fun Ways to Eat Toast

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Toast seems to be the breakfast of choice for the girls lately – usually with cinnamon sugar or strawberry jam. I’ve been looking for some ways to jazz-up our toast breakfast and thought I’d share my finds with you. Enjoy! Waffle Iron French Toast :: Cooking with my Kid Rainbow Stuffed French Toast :: i [...]

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In the Kitchen: Quick & Easy Breakfasts

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{Originally posted March 2008} As my girls get older, they want to be more and more involved in meal preparation. In addition to fixing snacks and helping with dinner, breakfast offers wonderful opportunities for healthy and simple meals prepared by little ones, with virtually no grown-up help. Here’s some of the yummy, confidence-boosting meals we [...]

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Around the House: After-Dinner Jobs

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Thanks to our new after-dinner jobs, I have a pretty tidy kitchen every night. I am constantly surprised by how much I love walking into the kitchen in the morning and seeing clear counters and an empty dish drainer. It’s such a mood-booster to start my day! I followed the lead of Molly at Mommy [...]

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