Homemade Dill Pickles

Making Homemade Dill Pickles With Kids

Summer has been packed with fun day trips and overnight adventures. During our break my kitchen helper and I volunteered at his school to prepare the gardens for the new school year. We noticed that pickling cucumbers were growing in one of the beds and I instantly knew we had to try making homemade dill pickles. Luckily he enjoys pickles, so this was going to be a simple, yet delicious activity to preserve a little summer while heading back to school in the fall. Our first step was to visit ... Continue Reading
Easy As Pie Pumpkin Pancakes

Easy As Pie Pumpkin Pancakes (Guest Feature)

When it comes to breakfast, the practicality of the dish is just as important as the food itself.  Can I make the dish in advance? Does it reheat well? Can I sub this if I don’t have that? Pumpkin pancakes are fluffy little bites that have all of the cinnamony scents and spices of pumpkin pie. They taste like Fall.  But they have been on my do-not-bother list for a long time. As much as we love them, homemade pancakes during the morning rush are just not practical....until now! With a ... Continue Reading
homemade cinnamon bread to make with kids

Homemade Cinnamon Bread To Make With Your Kids

Cinnamon bread is one of my favorite comfort foods. My kitchen helper has followed in my footsteps by loving all things  cinnamon, so it's not surprising that homemade cinnamon bread would be on our list of baking adventures. True confession, while in graduate school I would reward myself for good grades with cinnamon bread, who does that? Anyways, it explains a lot for weight gain during that phase of my life, but it didn't end my love for cinnamon bread. Finding a recipe that I can create ... Continue Reading
3 ingredient Strawberry lemonade dinosaur popsicles

3 Ingredient Strawberry Lemonade Dinosaur Popsicles

Strawberry Lemonade sounds good in any form, but for my dinosaur loving kitchen helper, these 3 Ingredient Strawberry Lemonade Dinosaur Popsicles are a perfect summertime treat. It was important for me to make a popsicle that was low in sugar. Honey does not raise ones blood sugar levels as quickly as white sugar, so it was my desired sweetener for this recipe. We tasted the mix at every stage, it was important to puree the strawberries first and taste to see how sweet they were without any ... Continue Reading
How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids: Part 4

How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids: Part 4

It has been two months since my kitchen helper and I planted our seedlings into our vegetable garden container and we officially have tomatoes to pick and enjoy! This beginner vegetable garden actually started back in March when my kitchen helper and I planted seeds into soil pods. We were both so excited to see our little seedlings grow. (By clicking on each "Part" image below you can read about each stage of our process.) Once our seedlings were planted outside the tomato plants took off. I ... Continue Reading
Sugar Cookies

Your Go-To Sugar Cookie Recipe (+ Video)

There are so many recipes that every home baker should have in their online recipe box. When you have kids, a classic sugar cookie is one recipe that you will make many times over the years for birthday parties, family gatherings and just for those days that you feel like making cookies together. This easy 6 ingredient recipe only uses one bowl and once your kitchen helper is old enough, they can handle making up a batch with minimal supervision. My kitchen helper is 5 years old and once he ... Continue Reading
homemade ice cream cone chips

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cone Chips To Elevate Your Next Party

Summer temperatures have been soaring and ice cream has been a great treat to cool off with. After making a batch of homemade vanilla bean ice cream (original post link) I wanted to make the treat even more special by making homemade cone chips. I do not own a waffle cone maker and try not to purchase single purpose kitchen equipment so I made these ice cream cone chips on the stove top. This easy recipe uses 6 ingredients and 1 bowl. Your kitchen helper will feel like a true chef when pouring ... Continue Reading
o Maximizing Fun and Minimizing Stress When Baking With Kids

5 Tips To Maximize Fun and Minimize Stress When Baking With Kids

Baking with kids, especially under the age of 5, can be stressful and messy but these 5 tips will help you instantly minimize those challenges and help create positive baking memories with your child. I started baking with my kitchen helper at the age of two. Their natural curiosity will typically have them following you into the kitchen and wanting to use the special equipment and/or taste ingredients. Yes, there is a tasty treat at the end of a baking session, but little do your children know ... Continue Reading

Where To PYO Strawberries In Connecticut Now (+ Recipes)

Rose's Berry Farm and Lyman Orchards will be ready for Pick-Your-Own Strawberries season this weekend. If you want to beat the rush, Rose's Berry Farm opened June 7th and Lyman Orchard's opens June 8th. We traveled to Rose's Berry Farm today and we were impressed by how many large size strawberries were available. Of course you can't beat the view on top of the strawberry field hill at Lyman Orchards. We can't wait to head over there this season as well.  This is the third year my kitchen ... Continue Reading
food destinations to visit this summer with your kids

4 Connecticut Food Destinations To Visit This Summer With Your Kids

Summer is right around the corner and it's time to hit the road and visit some Connecticut food destinations that are great for your kids. My kitchen helper and I have been visiting many of these locations for years and they have become annual traditions. Pack sunscreen, a picnic blanket, water and snacks for the car. Oh and have your camera ready to document all the fun memories along the way. Happy Summer Break! Lyman Orchards: Location: 150 South Street, Middlefield, CT 06455 Open: ... Continue Reading