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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.

 Try this Jell-O Parfait Recipe.

More Dessert Ideas for Kids

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.

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.
Kiwi Chia Pudding Recipe Video
Recipe Cards

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.
Christmas Cooking Activities

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.


More microwave meals Tips on teaching kids to use the microwave
Gourmet Cupcakes

Avocado Boat Salad

Tuna Avocado Boats 1 can of tuna
2-3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

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. Dinner Cookbook

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 bakin…

28 Easy Veggie Sides to Make with Dinner

Making a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo is a mix between French toast and a ham and cheese sandwich. If you prefer it without the French toast like step you can do that too. There are recipe directions for both methods.
Christian's Monte Cristo Sandwich by Christian (CO)

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread
1-2 slices of turkey
1-2 slices of ham
1-2 slices of Swiss cheese
mustard for spreading, if desired
Dust with powdered sugar, if desired
Dip in raspberry jelly or maple syrup, optional

First Method:
First, heat up a toastmaster. Then, assemble the turkey and and cheese on the slices of bread. Add mustard if desired.
Next, put the sandwich into the toastmaster. Cook until the light turns green. Dust with powdered sugar if desired
Second Method:
Take your prepared sandwich above and continue with these directions:
1 egg
1/4 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon butter for frying

Beat together your egg and milk in a large bowl or pie plate. (large enough for your sandwich to sit
 in) Heat up a small skillet with butt…

Happy Thanksgiving Turkeys

A fun varitation of the turkey cookie using sugar cookies, peanut butter cups (body), malted milk balls (head), white mints( eyes), frosting and candy corn.

A fun way for kids to create their own cooking craft project while you are waiting for the turkey to cook.

See more kids Thanksgiving ideas
Autumn Cooking Activities

Salad in a Jar Kids Style

I have discovered a great way to eat a salad everyday! Perhaps you've heard of it before but haven't tried it. This works great for the whole family and you can stock up for the week ahead!

It can be a big endeavor to stock the fridge but you'll so appreciate having something healthy to grab out of the fridge through the week.
How to Make Salads in a Jar with your Kids First, I bought a case of pint jars which work well for me and my kids, my husband prefers a little larger salad so you could also do a quart jar. I like to eat right out of the jar so buy wide mouth jars if this is your plan as well. Others in the family like to store the salad in the jar and eat it in a bowl.  Either way you prefer works well.

Get all your salad ingredients you and your family like. Go ahead and make a list of items to have on hand for salad making days.

Salad Ingredient Ideas Here are some things we like to have on our salad and we try to keep stocked in the house. On salad making days…

20 Pizza Inspired Recipes

Grow Food from Scraps

You can grow a lot of vegetables from scraps. Did you know that? Try some of these ideas:
Carrot  Add a carrot top to a small bowl and cover the top with water. Continue to add water as needed. The green tops will start to grow and you can plant it in a garden if the weather outside is warm if not, plant it in a large pot and keep inside where it is warm.
Celery Cut the ends off the celery stalks. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Continue to add water and don't let dry out. Leaves will start to form out the middle. If it is summer you can plant outside in an area that gets lots of sunshine and soon you will have full grown celery.


Lettuce Cut the ends off your lettuce and place in a bowl. Add water to cover half or more of the bottoms. Add water as needed, trying not to dry out the plant.


Here are some more ideas for trying
Avocado
Bean Plant
Onion Sprouting
Pineapple Growing
Garlic

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