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
Birch Tree Yule Log

This Will Be The Star Of Your Christmas Table: Birch Tree Yule Log

The Yule log, or bûche de Noël, is a traditional Christmastime dessert popular in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Quebec and dates back to pre-medieval time. They would burn actual logs to celebrate the winter solstice and cleanse the air and it wasn't until the 19th century that the yule log cake would become popularized and enjoyed for decades to come. This was a new baking challenge for me and has been on my baking bucket list for some time. With all the holiday pie options offered ... Continue Reading
Homemade Gingerbread House

Homemade Gingerbread House 2.0

Last year I started a tradition of making a homemade gingerbread house with my kitchen helper. We started small and the little house fit perfectly on our mantel.  This year I asked my kitchen helper what theme our gingerbread house should be and without hesitation he said "A Bear's BBQ Gingerbread House!". This was not surprising since Bear's Smokehouse BBQ is his favorite place to enjoy a meal. The recipe and design approach was still simple and you can transform the dough into your own ... Continue Reading

Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Baking With Your Little Kitchen Helper

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I have picked up many tips and tricks during the past three years while working with my little kitchen helper. The thought of baking can be daunting to many people, so sometimes adding in a toddler to the mix just doesn't seem possible. You don't need to be an expert baker to have success when baking with your kitchen helper.  All you need is some confidence, determination and ... Continue Reading
Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins

Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins

The holiday season is here and many of us will be hosting friends and/or family over the next few weeks. What a great way to treat your guest in the morning than with Gingerbread Coffee Cake Mini Muffins. These two-bite sweet treats are perfect with that morning cup of coffee. Packed with gingerbread flavor which is synonymous with the holidays and coffee cake crumb on top, no one can resist. Your home will smell amazing and will spark that holiday spirit as soon as your guests walk through the ... Continue Reading