Cooking with Kids: Cooktime with Remmi & The Chef Club Box (**GIVEAWAY**)

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I always want to get my kids participating in cooking and trying a variety of foods.  My older daughter is an adventurous eater while my younger is definitely picky, so it can be a challenge to get them both involved.  Remmi is a […]

Healthy Lunches with Santa Cruz Organic

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. With a new school year underway, it is always a challenge to come up with snack and lunch ideas, especially with healthy foods.  I am a label reader, so things like food dyes and artificial flavors are unacceptable.  I love the Santa […]

Our End of Summer #Snackation Adventures!

  This is a sponsored post on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  Summer has been one adventure after another, and as we wind down the summer, I cherish these last few weeks.  We are spending our remaining summer vacation just relaxing and letting the kids pick what they want to do, from trips to the […]

Our Busiest Summer Ever with Easy Snack Ideas

  This is a sponsored post on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  Summer has been flying by!  Every week is a new adventure and often every day is something different.  As summer winds down, we have left the last few weeks of summer open so that we can plan something spontaneous. One thing I have […]

Enjoy Life Foods Baking Mixes

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when she was 1, so our household has been entirely nut-free for over several years.  Not only is our household nut free, but we often have other needs for nut-free foods, like school functions […]

Easy Cheesy Pasta with Peas

  My kids love pasta, and they love this cheesy pasta recipe!  The peas are a cute addition, and because the pasta tastes so good, they have no problem eating their peas! Ingredients 3 cups uncooked pasta 1 cup frozen peas 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk (lowfat) 1/2 cup shredded or […]

Raddish ~ A Cooking Themed Subscription Box for Kids! (**+GIVEAWAY**)

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My daughter is really into cooking, and what could be more fun than combining a subscription box with fun cooking ideas?  I know my kids just love getting exciting stuff in the mail, so they were both excited to see the Raddish […]

Jessica’s Natural Foods Organic Syrups

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I do everything I can to avoid food dyes and other unhealthy ingredients when I am shopping for our family.  We end up avoiding so many products, which I find frustrating, and I know my kids are frustrated when they see […]

Sunsella Buddy Boxes ~ Bento Lunch Boxes

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I am always looking for good ways to pack my kids lunches and to keep their lunches interesting.  For years I have been hearing about bento boxes, and have wanted to give them a try.  Sunsella makes a set of Bento […]

Fried Tofu Cubes

  My kids are both vegetarian, so I look for creative meal ideas.  People often assume we eat a lot of tofu since we are vegetarian, but we actually do not.  However, we do like tofu, and after trying this recipe, my kids are a huge fan of this fried tofu!  It is pretty easy, […]

Pina Colada Popsicles

    My kids love popsicles, so we like to get creative with different flavors.  After having a kid’s pina colada and loving it, my daughter suggested making pina colada popsicles at home.  These are super easy to make and very tasty! Ingredients: ~ Yogurt (I used fat free Stonyfield Farms French vanilla) ~ Pina […]

Pickle Juice Popsicles

  My kids love popsicles, so I wasn’t sure what to think when I heard of making pickle juice popsicles.  Apparently the idea has been around for quite some time, as a novelty but also for athletes, as pickle juice offers the benefits of electrolytes. We certainly weren’t making these as a sport-recovery popsicle – […]

Refreshing Frozen Fruit Treats

  I have been really frustrated by the lack of healthy, inexpensive summer treats available for our family.  You know the kind, the ones without corn syrup, food colorings and so on!  One day while at a play group, a Mom brought a bowl of frozen grapes.  They were instantly devoured.  So, that got me […]

Easy Homemade Fudge

I like finding recipes that I can make with my two kids.  They are big fans of fudge, but we can’t always find peanut-safe versions at the bakery, so we would rather make our own and have some fun with it.  This is an easy recipe that only requires microwaving the ingredients quickly in a […]

Summer Grilling: BBQ Tofu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KC Masterpiece and DataRank; all opinions and recipes are my own. I am so excited about summer.  After a very long New England winter, we are thrilled about warmer weather and everything that comes with it.  Part of nice weather comes grilling – lots of it!  We grill all […]

Green Fruit Salad

  Holidays can be full of sugary treats, often loaded with food dyes.  If you are looking for an easy way to create a green, yet healthy snack, green fruit salad is a perfect food to make.  No added sugar, no artificial food dyes, just fruit!  This is a great treat for St. Patrick’s day, […]

Mango Lassi

We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we decided we would make our own. Ingredients 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup mango optional: sugar or other sweetener […]

Snow Ice Cream

  Snow ice cream is a fun, quick and easy treat you can make when you have fresh snow to work with!  We have tried other snow ice cream recipes, but this is definitely our favorite. Ingredients 8-10 cups snow 14oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional: chocolate syrup Directions Place about […]

Easy Pumpkin Dip

This is a really easy pumpkin dip recipe that even the kids can help make!  My daughter made this at preschool, and the kids made their own version  they enjoyed squishing the ingredients together in a ziploc bag! Ingredients 1 can pumpkin (15oz) 1-2 packages cream cheese (8oz each) 1tbsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp ginger […]

S’Mores Bars

  Every summer and fall, we go camping.  And inevitably, we have leftover s’mores supplies (except for perhaps the chocolate, which doesn’t last long!).  Sometimes our marshmallows get melted together in the bag in the hot car, rendering them unusable, so this would be another good way to ‘repurpose’ those marshmallows.  This recipe is all […]

Tortilla Pizzas

    Lately, we have been making a lot of tortilla pizzas.  This is one of those meals that you can make a lot faster than making a real pizza from scratch.  I can easily keep the ingredients on hand, and these are so easy to create – even the kids can help!  No waiting […]

Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe)

  We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit tarts!  This is especially fun if we have freshly picked fresh cherries from our tree or if we have just gotten home from berry-picking. For this recipe, you […]

Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe)

  Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun recipe that can be modified to feed toddlers as well as the rest of the family. I start by using Kashi Pilaf, which is really convenient […]

Easy Zucchini for Toddlers and Kids

I am always looking for ways to prepare veggies for my kids and family.  I have always loved zucchini and came up with this extremely simple way to prepare it so that I could introduce it into my toddler’s diet as she started eating solids. Ingredients needed: Zucchini and/or Summer Squash Seasonings I buy organic […]

Homemade, Baked Potato Chips – Heart Shaped for Valentine’s Day!

I am always looking for fun things to do for my kids, and I posted last year about making Valentine’s Day treats without red dye. Making just about anything heart shaped is always fun, and I decided to do homemade, heart shaped potato chips! I had two heart shaped cookie cutters; one too big and […]

Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts

My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few items I had on hand. After much deliberation, I decided to make mini cupcakes and brownie bites with varied holiday decor. Some had sprinkles, some had […]

No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe)

Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is almost done, and you are counting the minutes until the relief unit arrives. After all the hustle bustle of the days events, getting the kids bellies nutritionally full before bedtime, hopefully helping […]

Homemade Conversation Hearts

Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine’s Celebration? Look no further! This is a really fun way to show someone you care. Can’t you just see a special little bag filled with personalized conversation hearts? Or, take a box of store bought conversation hearts, pour them out and fill the […]

Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you have a child sensitive to red dye, a lot of recipes are out. I wanted to think beyond cookies and cupcakes and […]

Homemade Bacon Egg & Cheese “McMuffins”

While I love a bacon, egg & cheese muffin, I don’t love the oily cheese, the often obviously-been-sitting-there-a-while taste/temperature, plus the ingredients are almost always crooked on the muffin, which drives me crazy! Fast food has gotten shockingly expensive too, and the more mouths you have to feed, the more expensive it is! So, I’ve […]