Homemade Valentine Day Gummies (+ Printables)

Valentine's day is always filled with candy, but luckily my kitchen helper's pre-school has a non-candy policy for this holiday. He recently started enjoying gummies that were provided as a special snack in this classroom, so when I started to think of a fun Valentine's Day treat for his classmates a homemade option came to mind. Strawberry is my kitchen helper's favorite flavor and although I wish I still had bag of frozen strawberries from all our summer strawberry picking trips, I ended ... Continue Reading
Sausage Veggie Lasagna

Guest Feature: Sausage and Vegetable Lasagna

Last week, we experienced a “Bomb Cyclone” on the East Coast. True to its name, it wreaked all kinds of havoc on our daily schedules, flight cancellations, road closures, and burst pipes. But some nice things came out of it too. On Tuesday, the deep freeze prompted county officials to delay the start of school for two hours. So, despite the mayhem of “Bombogenesis,” I felt rested. On the morning of the school delay, as I was writing the condensed schedule on my whiteboard, I remarked ... Continue Reading
Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

Baking With Friends: Applesauce Oatmeal Bread (+ Video)

Quick breads are always a huge hit with my kitchen helper and when I saw this recipe for Applesauce Oatmeal Bread I knew I had to try it. It was an instant success and I have made it about a dozen times since. Not only is this bread delicious, it's a perfect recipe to make with more than one kitchen helper, which is exactly what we did during a recent play date. One of my kitchen helper's classmates was over and loves to bake as well. This recipe has a perfect division of labor, as seen in the ... Continue Reading
Soft Pretzel Bites

Snack Time Upgrade: Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites

Pretzels are a great go-to snack for both kids and adults. This salty snack was first introduced in America when German residents started settling into Pennsylvania in 1710. The first commercial pretzel bakery was founded here by Julius Sturgis in 1861 and up until this time all pretzels were soft pretzels until he over baked a batch of pretzels by mistake. He found that the new hard pretzel lasted longer and could be shipped further. Pennsylvania still produces 80% of US made pretzels today ... Continue Reading
Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A Healthier Spin On A Classic: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Finding a healthier alternative to your child's favorite snacks can be tough. My kitchen helper happens to love oatmeal raisin cookies, which many would think are healthy. Although there are some healthier parts to the cookie, many of the recipes can contain a lot of sugar. I wanted to bake him the cookie that he loves, but change up some of the ingredients.  First I replaced all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, white sugar with coconut palm sugar and the egg with unsweetened applesauce. ... Continue Reading
Pantry Organization

Learn How To Organize Your Pantry From A Food Blogger

Happy New Year! It's 2018 and it's a great time to organize. My first task was to tackle my "pantry". Although I dream of a walk-in pantry one day, that's not my reality at the moment. That being said, my tips and tricks in this post can apply to the smallest and biggest pantries out there. Even if I wasn't a food blogger, I would still have various flours and sugars on hand. This post will focus on just that, flours and sugars and with the help of Cambro commercial containers, you will be ... Continue Reading

A Year In Review: 7 Make & Taste Favorites

The new year is right around the corner and I always enjoy looking back at all of the delicious recipes my kitchen helper and I made together. From the most creative, mom's night favorite, the recipe we made the most throughout the year, best video, plus my 2017 baking bucket lit. This past year we started making our own recipe videos and my goal was to make one video per month. Considering I had to manage baking with my kitchen helper plus the video and photography it seemed like a daunting ... Continue Reading

A Snapshot of 2017: Getting Ready For 2018 (Printable)

Recap all of the fun that you had with your little kitchen helper this year and look forward to all the fun in 2018.  I created two printouts for you, one for the 3-5 group and the other 6-9 group. Children always have some unexpected and silly answers so writing them down to reflect on later makes a great keepsake. Some highlights from my kitchen helper are shown below, included visiting NYC, enjoying homemade pasta, watching the pizza ovens at a local pizzeria and wanting to explore more in ... Continue Reading
gingerbread man cookies

Holiday Graham Crackers Your Whole Family Will Enjoy

If your kitchen helper is anything like mine, they love graham crackers, especially scratch made.  In order to keep up with the demand, prepackaged classic graham crackers are always on hand too, but it's fun to bake them from scratch every now and then.  I have used a few different recipes and wanted to try the below recipe for a holiday version of this classic treat.  Sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on the top also adds a fun holiday feel to your everyday graham cracker. Mix it up, have a ... Continue Reading

3 Cookies Recipes For Your Next Cookie Swap

It's cookie swap season time and choosing a winning cookie recipe can be stressful. Have no fear, choose one of these cookies and you will be sure to shine. Take a flavor that people are familiar with and enjoy, like dark chocolate, cinnamon rolls and maple sugar, and transform them into a cookie is a sure bet to take top honors. Your kitchen helper will enjoy making the winning batch with you. So pre-measure those ingredients, break out those baking sheet and start a new family tradition ... Continue Reading