Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
This year’s Valentine’s Day is very special. Why? Because our oldest has outgrown her allergy to strawberries. I’ve never seen a kid so happy. Chocolate covered strawberries and towers of delicious strawberry shortcakes will taunt her no more. To celebrate, we’re whipping up a big ol’ batch of scrumptious strawberry muffins for breakfast. Yum!
If the kids are helping you cook, have them measure out all the ingredients. You can work in some math by giving them a 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cups or spoons and having them add the fractions together to make whole numbers.
You can also help them develop their fine motor skills by cutting up the strawberries, beating the egg and whisking together the wet ingredients. Let’s get cooking! (more…)
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
On Valentine’s Day I like to do something small and fun, without offering a ton of candy. We thought making this strawberry smoothie would fit the theme, especially when cupid got involved.
Strawberry Smoothie (more…)
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
If there’s one thing I love, it’s puff pastry. Not only is it a buttery indulgence, it’s readily available at the grocery store. Today the kids and I made cheesy puff pastry twists – easy, fun and oh so yummy!
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
There is no denying that kids crave starchy sweet, carb-o-licious food. I found a wonderful recipe for oatmeal cookies on the blog, The Voluptuous Vegetarian and was happy with the yummy, crunchy result.
I made minimal adjustments to accommodate what I already had in my pantry the first time I made it, such as a touch more flaxseed in place of the egg replacer and agave instead of honey. All of the ingredients are something that most cupboards could make room for after a trip to the health food store, or even to Costco. Coconut flour is high in fiber, making these a really healthy cookie. They are free of nuts, wheat, sugar, and are vegan optional.
Dave, Jen and their kids put together a fun little video to show you just how these cookies are made. Watch below (the recipe is written out at the end of this post)…
Only half of my batch made it to the classroom the first time I brought them into school, so clearly it is parent and teacher approved! Thanks to Stacey for her excitement and willingness to share this with the Classic Play Family! (more…)
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
During the holiday season things tend to get hectic. Because of this I like to make these tasty coconut macaroons. They are super simple to make, everyone loves them and they are very popular at bake sales since they are gluten and dairy free.
Coconut Macaroons (more…)
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…)