Small Batch Gluten Free Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is a classic meal for kids and adults alike. I wanted to take this classic recipe and add a few healthier ingredients. As a parent you are constantly thinking about what you should feed your child and whether they getting all of the nutrients they need. Kids keep us on our toes and are constantly changing what they like and don’t like. I always remember a piece of advice my friend Cailin gave me before my son was born.  She said “everything is a phase,” which is so ... Continue Reading

Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies

Today's post was inspired by my toddler's new found love for puzzles.  A day doesn’t go by that we are not making and remaking his favorite construction site puzzle, so I thought it would be fun to make a functioning puzzle dessert. Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies were the answer. There are cookie cutters on the market that are shaped in puzzle form, but I did not have them on hand, so I created my own simple template and cut the design and puzzle pieces out.  A small batch ... Continue Reading
It’s good to be three. Three year olds are blessed with a short-term memory, afternoon naps built into their busy schedules, and an uncanny flair for finding the fun in every situation. There are a few simple things that make my three year old’s world go ‘round. Playing at the park, Mom & Dad, hanging out with friends, and gummy fruit snacks. Today, I attended my daughter’s Power Tots class. Once per week, she and her classmates learn about fitness and strength through tumbling. They focus on flexibility, balance, and power as they play, jump, and somersault. At the beginning of each class, the teacher asks the children a personal question. Today, the question was “what is your favorite candy,” to which my “tot” replied, “CHEWIES!” I knew she was referring to gummy fruit snacks. Then, I had an idea. Since the arrival of spring, fresh tart berries are abundant at all of the markets and grocery stores. In the spirit of fitness, friends, and seasonal fruit, we decided to check out the local berry selection together, and invite a fellow Power Tot over to make our own gummies. The recipe requires 4 ingredients: berries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, gelatin, and honey. Gummies can be created and modified with any juice from fresh or frozen, thawed fruit. Using the “My Fruit Shack” gummy mold kit with fresh raspberries and blackberries made it easy and fun. And 30 minutes later, our berry gummies were delicious...and adorable. Our tots loved mashing the berries and dropping the liquid into the berry shaped molds. Most of all, they loved eating their tasty gummy creations. In fact, they made a song out of it, “yummy, yummy gummies in my tummy, tummy, tummy!” In addition to all of their other talents, three year olds are also excellent songwriters. My three year old continues to teach me lessons every day. The time flies so fast, but she soaks up every moment. She sings, dances, and laughs with abandon and she speaks her mind no matter who is watching. She let’s go of sadness, she forgives without hesitation, and she has the power to turn tart berries and lemons into her favorite candy.

Guest Feature: Homemade Berry Gummies – The Power Of Three

It’s good to be three. Three year olds have a flair for finding fun in every situation. They are masters of turning lemons into lemonade. Rain or shine, three year olds just want to have a good time. There are a few simple things that make my three year old’s world go ‘round. Playing at the park, Mom & Dad, hanging out with friends, and gummy fruit snacks. Today, I attended my daughter’s Power Tots class.   Once per week, she and her classmates learn about fitness and strength ... Continue Reading
Fresh Raspberry Scones

Fresh Raspberry Scones

With Spring finally arriving and flowers blooming everywhere I was excited to finally bake with berries.  Scones are great for a brunch, small gathering of friends, or a parents gathering at school.  I found myself in need of a tasty morning treat that most would enjoy for a morning school meeting.  Not knowing your entire audience likes or dislikes, a scone seemed to be a good choice among all the bagels, breads and donuts.  This recipe could easily be made into larger size scones, but I ... Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Gift Idea! Chocolate Coffee Bark

Much of the inspiration for my posts come from my childhood memories, food my little kitchen helper is into at a particular time, and items I have discovered visiting local bakeries and candy shops. This post was sparked by one of my most frequented candy shops on Cape Cod, The Chatham Candy Manor. When I saw the handwritten sign for Chocolate Coffee Bark, I knew I had to try some. I love coffee and chocolate so was couldn't wait to give this new confection a try. Any way caffeine can enter my ... Continue Reading
Small Batch Single Serve Angel Food Cake

Small Batch + Single Serve Angel Food Cake

Why do angel food cake recipes always require using a bunt pan and only come in servings of 8 or more?  This perfect spring/summer dessert needs to be enjoyed more often than at large family gatherings.  If you have ever wondered the same thing, this post is for you.  Small batch and single serve angel food cake is here and don't worry, I have adjusted the recipe so you can also make 4 or 6 servings in the event you have a few guests coming over. I love angel food cake for its airy fluffy ... Continue Reading
Avocado Smoothie Popsicles

4 Ingredient Avocado Smoothie Popsicles (No Sugar Added)

With warmer temperatures finally reaching New England, I have had popsicles on my mind.  These 4 ingredient avocado smoothie popsicles are based on a smoothie I have been making my son since he was just starting to eat solid food.  I had received Tyler Florence's book, Start Fresh Cookbook, as a baby shower gift and it contained recipes ranging from baby purees to kid meals and was a perfect jumping off point for me to conquer this new developmental stage.  I made his recipe for avocado ... Continue Reading
Strawberry Buckle Cake Bites

Strawberry Buckle Cake Bites

I love strawberry season and love picking strawberries from a local orchard that has been operating for over 100 years!!  My kitchen helper and I have been picking strawberries together for two seasons now and I'm excited to see what we create this year.  Since we have a month until the local crops are ready, I thought I would jump start the recipe list with this Strawberry Buckle Cake Bites.  If you are not familiar with a "buckle cake" it's simply a vanilla based cake with fruit mixed into ... Continue Reading
small batch lemon bars

Small Batch Lemon Bars

Now that Spring is here I wanted to make a treat that had a pop of color.  Lemon was my first thought.  My childhood memory of a lemon treat is my mom's lemon meringue pie.   She made her classic Apple, Pecan and Lemon Meringue for every holiday dinner and my dad enjoyed them all.  Coincidentally, I was traveling to visit my dad, and although he would have LOVED to see lemon meringue pie come through the door, it wasn't a travel-friendly dessert, so I had to strategize.  Lemon bars were ... Continue Reading
Chocolate Layer Cake With Coffee Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

Guest Feature: Chocolate Layer Cake With Coffee Buttercream & Chocolate Ganache

It was the summer of ‘72, the year of Bell Bottom jeans and “American Pie.” My parents were young 20-somethings, just married, and renting their first one-bedroom apartment in California. Dad was a Naval Officer and Mom, a teacher. They were at the beginning of their journey as newly-weds, living on a budget, scant on space, but rich in love. A few months after tying the knot, my parents attended a dinner party where the host served chocolate Krazy Cake for dessert. Krazy Cake, also ... Continue Reading