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Monday, December 28, 2015

Parfait Ideas

Parfaits are a fun way to make an impressive looking dessert. Here are some ideas for making some for a New Year's Eve celebration or any occasion.


Mash strawberries and layer between meringue and whip cream.
Top with fresh strawberries.

 
Crush graham crackers and place on bottom of dish, top with cheesecake
pudding and blueberry jam. Top with fresh blueberries.























Layer chocolate mousse or pudding with crushed sandwich cookies and whip cream. Top with whip cream and a sandwich cookie.




















Layer pumpkin pudding with whip cream and cranberry sauce.

Find more seasonal cooking ideas.



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Monday, December 21, 2015

Push Pops

These push pop molds are great for creating fun kids snacks and something you can be really creative with.

Here are two easy ideas for using these push pops:
Create a layered fruit salad or vegetable salad.

Layer mini cupcakes with frosting and fresh fruit.

These are great for kids parties!
Find more combo ideas on our Cupcake Pushpops.

You can find the molds at Amazon.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This is an easy recipe filled with healthy ingredients. Create several batches and put it in the fridge for snacking through the week.


In a pint jar add the following ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Chia seeds
1 Cups milk (substitute with almond, coconut or soy if desired)
1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
berries, whichever you like

After adding all the ingredients into your jar.  Add lid onto jar and shake gently. Place in refrigerator overnight.



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Saturday, December 12, 2015

MIndful Coloring

Coloring books are a form of relaxation and mindfulness through coloring intricate patterns. This giveaway is for a set of paperback coloring books. Mandala and Square Patterns coloring books.


See more of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

It's been a good year for me, it is not that I haven't had problems arise or that I've earned an exuberant amount of money. Far from it really! I've worked hard and had a lot of big changes come about but I feel truly blessed with the opportunities and ideas that have flowed and come about this year.

I'd like to take the time this year to share 12 of my favorite things, not all cooking related, but things that have touched our family this year. It is my way of thanking you for your support and kindness this year.
Merry Christmas!

A few notes about the giveaway:
1. Contest starts 12/12 and ends on 12/25
2. I will be mailing all prizes after Christmas
3. Scroll through the giveaway list and click on the entry page for each giveaway. Giveaway signups are not on this page.
4. Giveaways with mailing prizes is only open to USA residents. If you live outside the USA, please sign up for the ebook downloads: Giveaway #10. 11, and 12.

Thanks for joining in, all prizes have been awarded.

Christmas Giveaway #1

Annabel Karmel Cook it Together Cookbook - a fun and colorful kids cookbook. Annabel Karmel was one of the first cookbook authors I interviewed on our site and I found her delightful. Click on her interview and enter to win one of her cookbooks.




Enter to win the cookbook here.


Christmas Giveaway #2

One of my most popular books this year in our Cooking Amazon series is our Homemade Popsicle Recipes book. I loved putting it together and others have loved trying healthy, and maybe not so healthy ways, to make homemade Popsicles.  Included in this giveaway:

Silcione ice pop molds- pkg 6

 Zipzicle ice pop molds

Homemade Popsicle Book


Enter to win the giveaway on our popsicle recipe page.


Christmas Giveaway #3

A major project this year was putting together our kids cooking lessons in a student and instructor manual and making it available in paperback books as well as digital ebooks.

This giveaway is for our Kids Cooking Lessons Instructor and Student Manuals paperback books.

Enter the Kids Cooking Lessons Manual Giveaway here.


Christmas Giveaway #4

Working from home can be a struggle between balancing kids and work and I've tried to create a better balance this year. This giveaway is a Focus on Family Theme.

FAMILY: fun, amazing, magnificent, incredible, loving years -Don't miss it!


Frugal Family Fun: frugal activities for family time












Enter the focus on family giveaway here.


Christmas Giveaway #5

This year I opened up our Kids Cooking Activities shop and I'm startin for the first time selling physical products like these kids cooking aprons.


















Enter to win a kids cooking apron here.


Christmas Giveaway #6

Packing kids lunches and snacks are always a challenge and many people come to our site looking for ideas.
This giveaway is for a Lunch bag and Lunchbox Recipe book.






 Enter the make lunch fun giveaway


Christmas Giveaway #7

This year I was introduced to essential oils and have loved using them in my everyday life.
This giveaway is for a Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace and Essential oil sample packets.







Enter this essential oil giveaway here.



Christmas Giveaway #8

One of my other favorite hobbies in life is writing children's stories. This year I've been working on a series that I hope to release next year. Writing has played a big part of what I have been doing this year.

This giveaway is for a Children's Picture Book Assortment by D.L. Madson



Enter this giveaway here.


Christmas Giveaway #9

Coloring books have been a new thing this year, they seem to be everywhere.   They are a form of relaxation and mindfulness through coloring intricate patterns. This giveaway is for a set of paperback coloring books. Mandala and Square Patterns coloring books.


Enter this giveaway for paperback copies of these coloring books here.


Christmas Giveaway #10

I love geography and learning to cook cultural recipes is always a fun way to learn more about geography and the world we live in. This giveaway is for our Cooking around the World EBook


















Enter the giveaway on our world studies page.


Christmas Giveaway #11

This giveaway is an automatic freebie! No need to sign up and have your name drawn.
Merry Christmas!

Sorry this is no longer available.


Christmas Giveaway #12

This was a major accomplish this year and something I felt very inspired to put together for those wanting to teach kids cooking skills. Our Teacher Curriculum Set is a complete kit for teaching kids to cook.



Enter the Teacher Curriculum Set giveaway here. 




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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Edible Wreath


You will need:
pretzel knots
white chocolate or chocolate melts
sprinkles
ribbon for hanging

On a sheet of wax paper, layer pretzels into a wreath shape overlaying the pretzels on top of each other.

Melt chocolate in 30 second intervals in a microwave safe dish. Stir after each interval until chocolate is completely melted.

Pick up pretzels one at a time and dip the ends into the white melted chocolate. Place pretzel back in place creating a wreath. Work quickly so chocolate won't set while you are working.

Add sprinkles to wet chocolate and let set.

Tie a ribbon around the top when chocolate is set.

Find more seasonal cooking ideas.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Chocolate cake in a mug

Ingredients
4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
handful of chocolate chips





Directions
Spray a microwave safe large coffee cup with  cooking spray. First add flour, then sugar and cocoa inside the coffee mug. Blend dry ingredients together.

Next add milk, oil and 1 egg.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Gently stir until well combined.  Place in microwave and cook for 3 minutes.

If desired, add a scoop of ice cream or whip cream and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

 


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Monday, November 30, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Children

If you are struggling to decide what to get the kids this year, we have a few ideas. I know I often wonder what is something new and different but fun the kids will actually use so I compiled this list of 5 things I like to gift myself.

Cooking Kits

Kids cooking and baking sets are great little products that include a recipe with dry ingredients and usually a fun product to go with it.


Cooking Aprons

What is more fun then a fun designer apron to wear when cooking in the kitchen.


Kids Cookbook

Here is our current list of top 10 Bestsellers in kids cookbooks.


Kitchen Utensils

 Our 10 Kitchen Products we think your cooking kids need.



More ideas:


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Avocado Boat Salad

Tuna Avocado Boats

1 can of tuna
2-3 Tablespoons mayonaisse

Directions:
Prepare your tuna salad by mixing drained tuna and mayonnaise together until well combined.

Cut avocados in half and gently scoop out the flesh with the spoon trying to keep the half in tact. Using a knife, gently insert the blade of the knife into the pit of the avocado and twist the pit out.

Drizzle with lemon juice. Scoop tuna salad into a avocado half. Add toppings of your choice such as chopped onions, sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped pickles or whatever you'd like.

Serve immediately.


See more tuna salad sandwich recipes.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Must have Kitchen Items

If you are looking to help someone stock their kitchen, trying to find a foodie inspired gift or need an update in your kitchen, here are my most used items in my house.


15 Must Have Kitchen Items

Food Chopper- you can buy different variation of these but this one is my favorite and one the kids enjoy helping with.

Blender or food processor- I use both of these for various kitchen tasks like blending together ingredients, chopping large amounts of ingredients, etc.

Kitchen Knives Set- a good set of knives is important when you cook!

 

Flexible Cutting Boards- these type of cutting boards are my favorite because they are easy to clean and easy to store.
Rimmed Baking Sheet- I use these for baking as well as roasting vegetables and meat.
Silpat baking sheet- Put these on top of your baking sheets and clean up will be much easier and your food will cook beautifully.
Cooling Rack- Love these for cookies and baked goods of course, but also great for adding a glaze to cakes and fit into a baking sheet to catch the excess.
 
Kitchen Scissors- these work for cutting up vegetables, dried herbs, cooked meats and when my kids were smaller I used them often for cutting spaghetti noodles.
  
Kitchen Tongs- a very versatile utensils you'll be using a lot for tossing salads, turning meats and more.
 

Glass Measuring Cups-You'll use this often for melt or cooking things in the microwave as well as measuring liquids.
 

Cheese Grater- ironically I use this more often for grating onions and not cheese.



Hand Mixer- Easy storage and great for quick jobs.
 

Garlic Press- If you like garlic in what you are cooking, this is a must in your kitchen too!

Silicone Rubber Spatulas- love these! Buy several in different sizes so you can use them for small and large jobs.

13x9 Baking Dish- A dish you'll use for baking as well as cooking dinner. These are available in glass as well I just prefer the nonstick type and love having a lid included to carry to potlucks or store in the fridge.


10 Everyday Stock Your Kitchen Items

These items are standard items for the kitchen when you bake and cook often.
Vegetable peeler
Whisk
Stirring spoons
Strainer
Mixing Bowls
Pot and Pan Set
Ladle
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Metal Spatula


5 Kitchen Appliances Wishlist

These suggestions aren't necessary for stocking the kitchen but they sure make cooking easier!
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
George Foreman Grill
Crock Pot
Heavy duty blender like Vita Mix 
Immersion Blender


What are your favorite kitchen items you use often at your house?


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