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Cooking with Kids: Chop Chop Cooking Challenges

[…]their new creations out.  Then, go to the website, leave your comments with a picture of your kids with their tasty treats and that’s it!  Badge earned.     Would your kids love having their own cooking challenge where they can earn badges?  We call this cooking class 🙂   Be sure to check out the rest of the Cooking with Kids series.  To be a guest contributor for our weekly series, fill out this form. […]
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Cooking with Kids : A New Weekly Series Seeking Guest Writers – That’s You!

[…] Anyways, for quite awhile now I have been thinking about starting a new series called cooking with kids.  My three year old loves to cook and help me in the kitchen, even if it is just washing dishes.  I’m hoping this series will be tips for helping kids cook, types of jobs they can help with in the kitchen, and even meals that are easy for them to make. To start with, let me introduce my little helpers in case you are new around here.  Meet Maggie, my five year old little singer. Meet Charlie, my three year old, always wanting to help in the kitchen guy. Meet Henry, my 16 month old little hambone who just wants to eat everything in the kitchen. During any meal you can likely find at least one of these guys out there with a stool or chair helping with something.  While I have a ton of ideas on what I want to share with you guys over the course of this {hopefully} weekly series, I am hoping that some of you, my dear readers, as well as some of my blogging buddies will want to contribute.  You can fill out the form below to be a guest writer on my site.  Even if you don’t write a blog, you can still share your knowledge of cooking with kids.  I’m so excited about it and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to share. Loading… This week is just an introduction.  Now it’s your turn, I’d love to hear how young your little helpers are, as well as any specific thoughts, ideas or topics you may […]
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Cooking with Kids: Cookbooks

[…]tip of the iceberg when it comes to cookbooks for kids. Follow along each week for more cooking with kids fun.  The best part of the kids having their own cookbooks is they love picking out recipes and if they pick out their own recipes is that they are more willing to try new foods. […]

Cooking With Kids: Granola Topped Blueberry Pecan Muffins Recipe

[…]we all have to eat, right?  That’s why I’m so excited about this {not quite} weekly cooking with kids feature. Life can get busy sometimes, and having a snack with at least some nutrition in it feels like a win to me.  Maggie is always begging for something different than our usual yogurt, cheese, fruits, veggies, that kind of stuff.  Her current favorite is peanuts dipped in peanut butter.  I don’t get it.  Anyways, she has been wanting to bake something for awhile, so today we got around to it.  We made these delicious granola topped blueberry pecan muffins. I love giving the kids the chance to measure out the ingredients themselves – and if you are a homeschool family, this is a great way to get in some math lessons.  So, Maggie and I got busy measuring out ingredients.  For these muffins, you will need: INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tbsp honey 2 large eggs 1/2 cup vanilla or blueberry greek yogurt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups all purposed flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries For the streusel: 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan 2 tbsp honey   Maggie had so much fun measuring things and the only big oops was when she dropped the container of yogurt on the floor and it spilled open and spilled all over the floor.  The dog was thrilled!  I wasn’t originally planning to add in honey, but Maggie loves honey and thinks that it should go on everything.  {She now wants to make peanut butter, honey strawberries}.   INSTRUCTIONS Let’s heat things up, shall we?  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Fill two cupcake pans with liners. I prefer my electric mixer, but go ahead and bust out the wooden spoon if you want.  Beat the butter until it is smooth. Add in sugar and brown sugar and mix until creamy. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract and honey. In a second bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. A little at a time add in the mixture from the first bowl. Add in the milk, mixing until smooth. Now comes the good stuff – add in the blueberries and the pecans and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Add mixture to lined cupcake pan, filling each one half way. Mix streusel ingredients together in a bowl and top each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. I recommend eating warm because they are so tasty but they also freeze great so you can make up a big batch and save some for a later date. When deciding what to cook up with the kids, I like to make something that has at least some nutritional value to it.  While Maggie likes to add honey to everything, I like to sneak in other wholesome goodness.  While we were shopping at Walmart, we came across something new that I knew would be perfect for our house.   Since Maggie is always begging for something different to eat for snacks, I wanted to find a compromise for us.  She wanted tasty and I was determined to give it to her.  When I found the Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan and Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Cinnamon Apple Walnut, I fell in love.  The Real Medleys SuperGrains Granola is a special blend of seven super grains and seeds and fruits and nuts providing fiber, omega-3’s and whole grains. Print Yum Cooking With Kids: Granola Topped Blueberry Pecan Muffins Recipe Ingredients1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tbsp honey 2 large eggs 1/2 cup vanilla or blueberry greek yogurt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups all purposed flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries For the streusel: 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan 2 tbsp honey Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Fill two cupcake pans with liners. I prefer my electric mixer, but go ahead and bust out the wooden spoon if you want. Beat the butter until it is smooth. Add in sugar and brown sugar and mix until creamy. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract and honey. In a second bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. A little at a time add in the mixture from the first bowl. Add in the milk, mixing until smooth. Now comes the good stuff - add in the blueberries and the walnuts and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Add mixture to lined cupcake pan, filling each one half way. Mix streusel ingredients together in a bowl and top each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes0.1https://www.ourpieceofearth.com/cooking-kids-granola-topped-blueberry-pecan-muffins-recipe/ Now, whether we have time to sit down and be silly at breakfast or we are in a hurry, I know that we can start our day off right.  Not only are these blueberry pecan muffins great for breakfast, but they are great for snacking too.  The muffins are a great snack or breakfast for us, and the Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrains make a great treat for anytime.  Maggie is pretty proud of how her muffins turned out {did I mention they are delicious?} Be sure to check out our weekly cooking with kids feature for more kid made foods, tips for cooking with kids or who knows what else!   What are your favorite ways to ensure you have ready to eat snacks for your family, no matter how busy life […]
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My week of vacation…..or not….

[…]aren’t mine. I am not being sarcastic either. I used to live 10 minutes from my sister and her kids got to stay with me a lot. Now I live 45 minutes away, so sick days and single days off of school aren’t quite as convenient. But still, when they have a few days or spring break or whatever, the kids have the option to come stay with Auntie or go to A + at school. I bet you can guess what they choose….ME!!!!! Why wouldn’t they, not only am I awesome (hahaha) but I have a fun little toddler and two dogs. Plus, not nearly as many rules. This week is spring break. Now, the biggest problem we face, is that we only have 2 bedrooms. Since my daughter is possibly the worlds worst sleeper, okay, not the worst, but definitely not the best, I have moved her into my bedroom for the week. This is messing with naps especially! We have room darkening curtains in her room which have seemed to improve nap time so much, but we don’t have these in my room. This means moving the rocking chair back and forth between the rooms because I still rock my 17 month old to sleep, or at least mostly to sleep. The other trouble is that my 5 year old niece doesn’t want to listen to me when I say it’s time to settle down because it’s almost time for Maggie to go to bed. So instead of quieting down, she throws the ball for the dog. So now instead of 10 minutes to get Maggie to sleep, it takes an hour……not liking this at all. It is seriously cutting into my me time…and I only get this at night as it is. Nap time usually involves waking up numerous times. On the plus side, my 10 year old nephew loves to cook and has been cooking all of our meals so far. Now…to get him to clean the kitchen when he is done. This is a huge help though, I hate cooking! Oh well, come back next week and hear all about our […]

Cooking with Kids: Summer Blast Trail Mix

[…]with the things they picked out in the store.  Pure brilliance, am I right?!  I love cooking with kids, but I really love that sometimes, cooking doesn’t involve a lot of work like this Summer Blast Trail Mix recipe.  Anyways, I took a few trays from my kitchen and filled each part with something different. I arranged the bags of Goldfish crackers along the back of my makeshift snack station and added a few containers for the kids to use.  They chose their favorite flavor of Goldfish crackers and then topped it off with whatever they choose to add in.  They had so much fun making their own trail mix for today.  We also mixed up a big batch to store for the week so we could just refill our reusable snack bags when we needed to head out for the day.  The kids and I had so much fun choosing our own mix ins for our Summer Blast Trail Mix, this was a win for everyone.   Gather your ingredients. Goldfish crackers in your favorite flavors.  If you all share a favorite, the bulk packs would be perfect and are on Rollback at Walmart for $5.98. Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Bolthouse Farms® 10 oz. Baby Carrots or Bolthouse Farms(® 11 oz. juice when you buy any ONE (1) Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers 30 oz. or larger.   Nuts – we used  mixed nuts Dried Fruit – we love dried pineapple and dried cranberries Mini Marshmallows Pretzels Build your own Summer Blast Trail Mix just the way you like it. Start with your favorite Goldfish crackers.  Add in your favorites.  I love to mix the cheddar goldfish with some pretzels, mini marshmallows, dried fruit and nuts….so yeah, basically a little of everything.  Shake it up a little and get snacking.  Serve up your Summer Blast Trail Mix alongside your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables to some of your favorite people and let the memory making begin.  They had so much fun building their own snack that I know they will be begging to make some again very soon.  If you need me, I’ll be over here having a picnic  with the kids and eating some fresh strawberries and  trail mix.  See you soon! What are your favorite trail mix […]

Enter the Grand Walk In Wood Kitchen Giveaway

[…]set already, but if you want to add more accessories to your kitchen, Step2 has you covered with the Cooking Essentials 10-PC Stainless Steel Set and a 101 piece Play Food Assortment. Cooking Essentials 10-PC Stainless Steel Set This Step2 Cooking Set includes mini stainless cookware that will bring a new level of realism to your child’s pretend cooking time. This play set will go great with any play kitchen or playhouse. These pots and pans are sized to fit little hands and are crafted with a quality that will last for years! Made in China. Classic pots and pans are styled for realism Includes stock pot and two large pots with interchangeable lids, sauce pan, colander, spatula and two potholders Dishwasher safe Play Food Assortment This Step2 Play Food Set is a 101-pieces of pretend food that is a must have for playtime cooking. More accessories means more creative ideas from your little one when they play with their kitchen set. They’ll expand their imaginations as they cook up some fun treats with this accessory set! Play food set includes a variety of foods from fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, breakfast items, snacks and desserts Food assortment contents may vary per order Enhances playtime experiences with Step2 kitchens and playhouses I’m so excited to team up with Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for the Step2 Grand Walk-In Wood Kitchen PLUS the Cooking Essentials 10-PC Stainless Steel Set and the Play Food Assortment! If you’d like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Giveaway is open to residents of the lower 48 US states who are 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 13th, 2017. Good luck! Entry Form Disclosure: Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Images and item description are courtesy of Step2. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. Please contact thriftyniftymommy {at}yahoo.com with any questions about this […]