Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
This chilli recipe has a bit of a Thanksgiving spin by using turkey and adding squash – perfect for fall. It’s super yummy on a cold day, easy to make and leftovers warm up beautifully. It can easily be adapted for vegetarians by omitting the turkey and using vegetable broth.
Turkey, Bean and Squash Chilli (more…)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Thanksgiving morning may be my favorite morning of the year. Don’t get me wrong, there are many other noteworthy mornings (Christmas, Mother’s Day, my birthday), but there’s one thing Thanksgiving morning has over all those others, a big parade.
That’s right, I am a fan of the Macy’s Day Parade. Actually, the whole family is. Jonah watches for the new Hess vehicle he’ll want for Christmas. Ellie sings along with her favorite pop stars. Dave rolls his eyes when I start dancing along with Broadway, even though we both know he secretly loves it. Don’t fight it Dave. Give in to the Jazz hands.
I don’t always cook a Thanksgiving meal, so having a special breakfast while we watch the parade is my culinary contribution to the holiday. One of items always on the festive breakfast menu? Pumpkin Pancakes. We eat them right at the coffee table.
I adapted the recipe from an old Better Homes & Garden Cookbook my mom bought me years ago. They’re not super fancy, but they have that quality of home-cooked goodness from Mom’s kitchen. They’re memory makers.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
This idea is from The Alison Show and I just had to try it myself. This Halloween project is perfect because the kids can help with it. Plus you can do it with store bought cupcakes or your own, and it comes together really quickly; just three easy steps. It’s also great for Halloween school parties.
You’ll need: (more…)
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. I didn’t grow up with Halloween, so when I moved to Canada 10 years ago I embraced it. We live on a corner lot and I fill our plot with a variety of tombstones, ghosts and lanterns and the kids love all the details.
I thought that the tombstone theme could easily be added to a Halloween themed cupcake. I see a lot of Halloween cupcake ideas online, but some of them just seem too involved for my short attention span – these little tombstones are yummy and easy to make.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Tombstones (more…)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
It’s good to have a few interesting breakfast options in your arsenal for those occasional Manic Mondays. Time to turn that ‘n’ to a ‘g’! Get ready for Magic Mondays.
What better way to wrap up the weekend on Sunday evening and get talking with the little ones about the week ahead at school or childcare by preparing breakfast to go for Magic Monday? Prepared frittata cupcakes can be cooled Sunday night and stored in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. To warm on Magic Monday, microwave for 20 to 40 seconds to reheat, or pop them in a toaster oven for about a minute. Let’s get you out the door and on the road during the mad morning rush!
Today we are going to make cupcakes for breakfast! Who knew? The kids will be 100% aware of everything going into the recipes so there are no sneak ins happening here. Use a selection of minced greens, fresh herbs, chopped veggies, and chopped cooked meats. Arrange six easy assortments in small bowls and include three surefire hits that your children love, and three of your selections that they wouldn’t otherwise choose on their own. If your children happen to make unusual suggestions like corn or canned tuna, be open minded before you wrinkle your nose. Keeping them engaged and encouraged is key, just make sure to keep everything in simple proportions and edible combos! We are teaching them to have respect for cooking and ingredients too. No overloaded mess of a frittata here! Prep a bit more of your mix ins for nibbling and taste testing. What are your family’s favorite combos? Please share in the comments below!!! (more…)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
It’s back to school and for many, packing lunches is back on the daily list of chores. My daughter used to be pretty easy when it came to lunches, a sandwich was perfectly acceptable – but some time last year she decided she didn’t like sandwiches! While I still pack a sandwich once in a while, I have also started to pack these Quesadilla wraps.
I used to make Quesadillas as a fast weekend lunch. Grab some tortillas, some salsa, veggies, chicken and cheese and a hot pan is all I needed. These yummy wraps are just as easy. (more…)
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Oh and here’s a peachy little video in case you missed it.
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
No Fear for the Volunteer! It’s time to sign up on that Parent Activity Sheet and rock the classroom (or your next play date).
I don’t know who is more surprised during parent events at school: Parents who can’t believe their two year olds cooked, or the teachers who can’t believe that the parents can’t believe their two year olds can cook!
Cooking in its simplest form is to prepare food or to heat food so that it is safe to eat. When we prepare our meals, we put thoughtfulness, motor skills and our senses to work. Young children, including toddlers, have these abilities in spades. They are constantly using manipulatives, getting lost in sensory activities, and making arts and crafts at a simple level. This is why having cooking activities are so popular starting at such a young age. It doesn’t hurt that they are encouraged to eat their finished project either. They don’t get the same positive response from adults while eating blue crayons, play dough, paper, glue, or sand. (more…)