How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids: Part 3

For this series on How To Grown A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids, I wanted to concentrate on one single vegetable in order to learn some basic gardening skills. Our tomatoes were off to a great start and we learned vital information during each stage. During the first phase, we learned we should have planted the seed a little deeper to prevent "leggy" tall and weak seedlings. Additionally, the soil pods used to start the seedlings indoors was a great success, they were easy to use and ... Continue Reading
Madeleine Cookies for Mother's Day

4 Mother’s Day Madeleine Cookies That Will Have Her Asking For The Recipe

Cookies always make a great gift to celebrate someone special. In honor of Mother's Day, I baked these four Mother's Day Madeleine cookies that are easy to make and packed with flavor. I wanted to highlight four flavors that would accommodate most palettes. Fresh lemon for those who love citrus, cinnamon with vanilla glaze for the cinnamon roll fan, dark chocolate Espresso for the coffee lover and for those who want a classic flavorful cookie, the Honey Vanilla. After making all four flavors ... Continue Reading
Dinosaur Snickerdoodle Cookies

Celebrate Your Child’s Interests: Dinosaur Snickerdoodle Cookies

When you become a mother to a son, some things are certain. First, you will become an expert in every type of construction truck during the toddler stage and the passion for all things trucks and cars never seems to end. I imagine this is equivalent to a little girl's love for all things princesses. Second, your son's interest in dinosaurs enters into their young life and their imaginative play with these colorful, detailed figurines is endless. After receiving his first pack of dinosaurs for ... Continue Reading
Heirloom Tomato Tart

Guest Feature: Heirloom Tomato Tart

Last  Sunday morning, I was enjoying coffee and  pancakes with my family over an episode of “Goldie and Bear.”   Usually I’m half tuned in to my daughter’s cartoons, but one of the scenes in this episode caught my eye.  “Goldie’s Do-Over Day,” a story about a spell “that lets you do things over. lt comes in handy when you make a mistake.” I flashed to several years ago,  one Friday night, when I attempted to make  homemade pizza for my friends. I’ll never forget ... Continue Reading
First and Last Bakery Tour _makeandtaste

A Free Hands-On Experience Your Kids Will Love: First & Last Bakery

About a month ago my kitchen helper had an unexpected March snow day, so we started the morning by watching a Curious George episode. After the first episode aired the PBS station highlighted school age kids taking a tour of a bakery and my kitchen helper started calling for me to look at the TV. Excited to see all the big machinery and shelves packed with bags of ingredients, he wanted to go on a tour too. Luckily my friend had told me about a bakery tour she had gone on a few months back and ... Continue Reading
Earth Day Peek-a-boo cake

A Tasty Way To Celebrate Earth Day: A Peek-A-Boo Cake

Spring is officially here on the calendar, but hasn't shown itself yet in New England. With April snowstorms and temperatures in the 30's and 40's, we are all itching to enjoy Spring. Earth Day is a welcomed day every year as my son's school takes time out of the day to tend to their dormant garden beds and prepare them for Spring flowers. The kids enjoy turning the soil and planting the seedlings. They have such pride in their work and can enjoy the colorful garden while passing through the ... Continue Reading
Beginner Vegetable Garden With Kids Part 2

How To Grow Vegetables With Your Kids: Part 2

My beginner vegetable garden adventure continues with part 2, which covers transplanting my strongest seedlings into larger pot and deeper soil. Making it to this stage is already a success compared to last years challenges with our carrots so and my kitchen helper and I are very hopeful that our tomato seedlings will prosper. During the Part 1 post my kitchen helper and I walked through the set up of soil pods and sowing the seeds. We were both so excited when we saw cute little leaves pop ... Continue Reading
English Muffins

How To Make English Muffins On Your Stovetop

Over the past few years I have been working on baking various types of breads. Recipes that called for a starter, cold fermentation, various kneading cycles, ceramic heavy bottom pots, the list could go on. My bread making success is still a work in progress but I haven't lost hope yet. English muffins are definitely a breakfast treat I enjoy every so often and they transport me back to my childhood breakfast table. After receiving the latest issue of Baked From Scratch magazine I poured over ... Continue Reading
Ultimate play kitchen

3 Ways To Bring Your Child’s Play Kitchen To The Next Level

When my kitchen helper is not assisting me in the kitchen you can often find him cooking up this own creations in his play kitchen area of the living room.  We bought him a little grill when he was 2 years old that he still uses from time to time, but it's not ideal in terms of size and scale as he has grown. It was time to upgrade this play kitchen experience. The three key ingredients to upgrading your child's play kitchen is 1) Realistic felt or wooden food 2) Kitchen Space Or Pop-Up food ... Continue Reading
A Beginner Vegetable Garden

How To Grow Vegtables With Your Kids: Part 1

My kitchen helper was recently learning about gardening in pre-school and was really interested in making his own garden. Directly after picking him up from school we traveled to a local garden center to see what was available. Last year we tried to grow carrots, however that did not yield a harvest. I purchased bags of soil, containers and gardening equipment, but we had to discard our carrot garden after a month due to mold. This time around I wanted to look for the soil pods, which provides ... Continue Reading