Easter Basket Bread Cake

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WOW your family and guests this Easter with this delicious Easter Basket Bread Cake. The sweet bread combined with surprise chocolate egg bites is just so much fun! This is the perfect addition to any Easter brunch table.

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. Large bowl or Basket to serve and display

  2. Edible Easter Grass for garnish

  3. Mixer/Bowl/Saucepan

  4. Kinder chocolate eggs

  5. *Dough Ingredients


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Quick Rise yeast

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces


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  1. Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 30 seconds. 

  2. Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120º to 130º. 

  3. With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough forms. 

  4. Clean off paddle and switch to dough hook. Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour a little at a time, adding more or less flour as needed to make a soft dough. 

  5. Add the softened butter, a piece at a time, kneading until each piece of butter is absorbed. Knead for eight minutes on low. The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed. If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed. Every 2 minutes, stop the machine, scrape the dough off the hook, and then continue kneading. 

  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

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Then, cut dough into 3 even pieces. Roll out the pieces until they are about two feet long. Then braid them together. Twirl the braid into a circle and place on a greased baking sheet. Hide the Cadbury chocolate eggs within the dough. It is so much fun pulling pieces of the bread and getting a bite with the chocolate! Then cover and let sit for another hour at room temp. before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the cake until it is golden brown, 20–35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet and then place it on a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Once the bread has cooled finish placing the rest of your chocolate eggs on the top of your basket.

Take your large bowl or basket and line it with the edible sugar grass.

Carefully place the bread in the center and its ready to serve!

*Dough only recipe from https://www.barbarabakes.com/mardi-gras-king-cake/

Giant Gummy Heart


It’s no secret that Brinkley and I have a bit of a sweet tooth so making this was just so much fun! We both love being creative in the kitchen and getting this time together was so special. Plus, I love getting into the Valentine’s Day vibes. It makes celebrating the holiday much more memorable when you do something unique with the ones you love.


We gathered all of our favorite red gummy candies and were on a mission to make the largest, sweetest and gummiest Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped gummy ever! And I think we succeeded! So get ready to tempt your tastebuds with this delicious treat. And taste testing each candy is a must! Just ask Brinkley.


Thanks to our friends at Jet Black for helping us find all these supplies. We needed the perfect red colored candies and the large silicon mold so with one simple text to Jet Black, I received all the goodies in just a few days. Such a time saver for this busy mom! Need it, Text it, Get it!


This was fun to make together and see how it all melted together was like a science experiment. Plus, how fun is this to serve at your next Valentine’s Day party. ***Serve by cutting into small 1/2 cubes using a pizza cutter. If serving on a tray, coat the bottom of the tray with a thin layer of granulated sugar to avoid sticking to the bottom.


Here are the candies we used to make this:

  1. Red Coins

  2. Juju Red Coins

  3. Wild Cherry Gummy Rings

  4. Cherry Jelly Fruit Slices

  5. Gummy Bears

Layer as you' like into the Heart Shaped Silicone Baking Pan. Here is the link to a similar one..


Then bake at 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until most of the candies have melted together. A few of ours didn’t melt completely but once the mixture started to bubble its time to pull it out.


Let cool for a few hours or over night. Release gently from the mold and enjoy!

***Make sure the pieces are smaller than a grape to avoid any choking hazards with smaller kids.

Milk Chocolate Heart Pizza


I just love baking with Brent during those long cold winter afternoons at home. We probably bake 4 out of the 5 week days and today we are baking up one of my favorite treats, a chocolate pizza!! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this was the perfect baking DIY!


Since not all my kids are Nutella fans (I know, who does’t love Nutella?) we decided to make this with Brent’s favorite, milk chocolate. And I have all the tricks to making this perfectly. Yep, we’ve tried and failed but this one made the final cut!

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. Pre-made Pizza Dough

  2. Milk Chocolate Chips (about 1 cup)

  3. White Chocolate (about 1/2 cup)

  4. Baking Sheet or Pizza Stone

  5. Flour for coating work surface

  6. Decorations (*Optional)


Pre-made pizza dough is sold at many stores. I love the one from Whole Foods and I also love the pre-made dough from Eatly but if you don’t have this handy and can’t find pre-made dough I’ve included a recipe for that too. Click here.


Once your dough is ready, pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees. Dust the counter with a bit of flour. Then kneed out the dough first by stretching it and loosening it up. Now its ready to take shape! Let the kids have a blast creating the heart shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect! This process is so fun and your kids will love working with the dough. Kids of all ages will love this, plus if you are doing with this more than one child they all create their own shapes and makes for more fun! But Brent and I did this while the older kids were at school still so we had fun making this just for ourselves. Well, we may have saved a bit for them!


Once your shape is ready pre-grease a sheet pan or if you have it use a pizza stone coated with a bit of flour. Then pop it in the oven for 10-15 minutes on the lower rack.


While the dough is baking, warm your chocolate. We used milk chocolate chips and white chocolate for decorating. I placed about of cup of the chips into two separate bowls and placed them in the microwave for about 1 min. Stir and then put in for another 30 seconds if needed.


Once your dough is ready, let cool for 5-10 minutes before spooning on the melted chocolate. This will allow for the chocolate to not get too runny and drip off the sides. Use the back of the spoon to add a thick coat of the melted milk chocolate. Then drizzle on the white chocolate as shown below.


For an extra sweet Valentines Day feel, we added a few pink and red M&M’s. You can use pink or red heart shaped sprinkles too if you have them! How delicious does this look! It was so good.


Easy Christmas Morning Pancakes


Christmas morning is the best day of the whole year! Celebrate it with the kids with this fun and easy Holiday Pancake Recipe. No skills necessary to create this fun breakfast! And it’s guaranteed to bring smiles to everyones faces.

So grab the kids and head to the kitchen for this festive holiday treat!


What you’ll need PER BATCH:

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  • 1 1/2 cups - all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons- sugar

  • 1 tablespoon- baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon- kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea or table salt

  • 1 1/4 cups- milk

  • 1 - large egg

  • 4 tablespoons- unsalted butter softened

  • 1 teaspoon- vanilla extract *Extra needed to coat the pan

  • 1 tablespoon- cocoa powder (for RED pancakes only!)

  • Pinch- cinnamon (optional)

  • Red & Green Food Dye


  • Warm Maple Syrup

  • Sprinkle of Confectioners Sugar

First, start by mixing all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Separately, mix all the wet ingredients. Add red dye to the wet ingredients of the first batch . This batch gets the cocoa powder! Think, red velvet flavor! Yum! Make sure the butter is not lumpy and then combine the wet into the dry ingredients with a whisk. This will help make the pancakes fluffy. Then repeat the same process for the green just don’t add the cocoa powder. Each batch will make about 8 pancakes.

Coat the pan or skillet with butter. Pour on batter with a ladle. This helps keep the servings accurate. Once the edges start to turn brown and the inside has small bubbles, you can flip! Cook on other side for another minute or two.

Stack the pancakes alternating colors. Then top with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar and coat with warm maple syrup! Enjoy. You can also use whipped cream in-between layers for a lovely holiday breakfast!


Healthy Cooking with Taters & Tots


Who doesn’t want their kids to eat healthy? That’s why I was so excited Tasmine, Chef and Creator, of Taters and Tots came over and taught me (and the kids!) a fun, quick and easy Fall inspired healthy recipe.

With her passion for a healthy lifestyle, her professional cooking background and her love for kids, Tasmine Lica created Taters & Tots. She wants every parent to know that with a little work and the right meal plan, having a healthy eating child really is achievable!

Not only will Taters and Tots come and personally teach you how to cook fun and healthy meal plans for your kiddos but they also can be your littles ones own personal chef! Yep, if you haven’t heard that before, then you are hearing it now! This company can cater meals just for your littles ones starting from 3 months and up! From homemade baby food to weekly meal plans and at home classes this company can get your family eating healthy from the start.

That is their goal, to help families learn that babies & kids can begin their food journey from the first purees to the picky toddler years, in a healthy way. No kids menu required. Check out this delicious dish she taught us how to make. Even my husband enjoyed it! Healthy eating for the whole family!

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Delicata Squash recipe 

2 medium-large delicata squashes

¼ teaspoon +1 pinch cinnamon

¼ teaspoon + 1 pinch allspice

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of agave

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You’ll also need,

A kitchen spoon

2 sheet pans

Foil (optional)

Cutting board

A knife

A pastry brush (kitchen brush)

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Preheat oven to 400.

Cover pans in foil (optional).

Heat coconut oil so it’s liquid (if not already so).

Brush both sheet pans with oil (if you run out of oil you can always use more).

On cutting board, cut each end off of squash to make a flat surface, then cut down middle.

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Scoop seeds out and put on sheet pan number one (this is a fun job for your little ones!). Once on pan drizzle a little coconut oil, a pinch of cinnamon and allspice, toss together and bake for 5-10 mins or till golden brown.


Now that the squash is cleaned, cut into small pieces, put pieces on sheet pan and brush with coconut oil, sprinkle rest of spices on top and put in oven for 10 mins. Remove squash, stir/or flip squash and drizzle agave on top, place back in oven for another 10-15mins until light/golden brown. ***The skin of this type of squash is edible!

Finish by sprinkling cooked seeds on top and enjoy!!


Americana Ice Cream Sandwich DIY Tray

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I love entertaining and something exciting and delicious is always on the menu. That is exactly how I came up with this fun DIY Dessert Tray for this Independence Day. Not filled with your ordinary cookies and brownies, this tray is catered to the whimsical and fun crowd! 

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So, entertain your guests with this creative colorful RED, WHITE & BLUE dessert! Have everyone gather round and make their own festive creation. I love the idea of getting people involved and the kids will absolutely love this but all the adults will too!

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Set up a tray of your favorite chocolate chip cookies (ours are from the local market and are always fresh baked!), a quart of the best vanilla ice-cream and a few colorful sprinkles and watch as they all enjoy! Include the ice-cream scoop and napkins and this dessert tray will be a hit!

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No-Bake Easter Garden DIY

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Everyone will be excited about this sweet creation! With no baking at all the children can create their very own edible easter themed garden. With rice crispy grass, Oreo cookie dirt and marshmallow chicks! 

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If you are looking for a fun and easy way to get into the Easter spirit try this craft with the kids and wow your guests!

This beautiful DIY no-bake craft is so easy and delicious. All you need are store bought items and some things you probably already have in your pantry. 
Here is what you'll need:

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  • Rice Crispy Treats
  • Oreos
  • Peeps Candy
  • Green Food Dye
  • Small bowl of water
  • New paint brush or food safe basting brush
  • Plastic Baggie
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Cadbury Chocolate mini eggs for garnish
  • Plastic Easter eggs for garnish (optional)
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First, start by preparing all the items... You will need to create a small bowl of water and food dye to create your paint! Mix a few drops of green food dye into room temp water. Use new or food friendly paint brushes. 

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Then, lay out the rice crispy treats on papertowel or parchment paper. Have the children paint them to create the grass! Don't over saturate. Leave to dry. 

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Then, add about 6-10 Oreo cookies to a baggie. This is the fun part! Have the kids smash the cookies and create the dirt!

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Once the rice crispy treat is dry you can assemble your garden! For presentation purposes only (remove before eating) place a tooth pick in the bottom of your peeps. Then place onto the rice crispy treat. Repeat this step for all peeps and rice crispy treats. (*Note if you choose not to use the toothpicks you can simply place the peep on top of the crispy treat while it is still a bit damp. The sugars will form a small bond when they dry)

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Finally scatter the Oreo crumbs onto your platter of choice. Then arrange your peep and rice crispy treats on top to create the garden. Finish by adding some chocolate and/or plastic eggs, enjoy!

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Make the best BACK-TO-SCHOOL Lunch

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Packing lunches is NOT my favorite thing to do... and I bet you can think of a million other things you'd rather do also.

But seeing the happy faces of your most precious little ones when they see this lunch will make all that hard work totally worth it.

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This year I decided I was going to up the home lunch game by making it way more fun for everyone. I also, have another lunch to pack with Brent starting his 2's program at the local nursery. And that's exactly why this lunch is perfect. Each piece is bite size and totally toddler friendly but just as much fun for all ages.

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So make it a bento box! I love this lunch box by YumBox because it has all the little spots for all the makings of a well balances lunch. When I pack a lunch I sometimes forget to pack all the food groups but with this box, it gives you all the spots to add just the right amount of each; protein, grains, fruits, veggies & dairy.

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And to make it even more fun I used these adorable little shaped food cutters to make each bite taste even that much better! Because they are in heart, start and doggie shapes to name a few!

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Try foods like fruits and cheese that are easy to eat in these little bit sized shapes. I also tried grilled chicken which helps them get a little protein into their lunch. But you can also use eggs or cold cuts. And for the more adventurous eaters try tofu or seaweed.

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I also love these little animal shaped forks and chop sticks that will make picking up these nibbles easier. Plus the kids love using them because they are so cute.

Hope these tips help you make lunches yummier and more exciting for your little ones!

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Sweet Shape Sorting Potato Bites

My kids are always welcome in the kitchen and although I really hate cleaning up their daily messes, it never holds me back by letting them make a huge mess in the kitchen.

This time I let the kids use metal cookie cutters to make this yummy sweet potato treats!

I have been taking them to kids cooking classes since they were tiny and it's still something they love. Seeing them being interested in food and having fun preparing it is something every mom dreams of for their picky eaters. I know that if my kids make something, then they will try eating it. They don't always like it, but they will at least try it. And that's half the battle, right?!

I now have a new little mouth to feed and as Brent enters toddler-hood, he is getting better at feeding himself and is exploring more types of food than just baby food puree's and simple dishes.

Check out what we cooked up recently and how easy and nutritious these little nibbles are...

Brent loved sorting his shapes and eating them too!

How to make:

  1. Start by slicing the sweet potato into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Then lay the pieces flat and use metal cookie cutter in all different shapes.
  3. Organize the shapes on a cookie sheet
  4. Preheat oven using the broiler on low to medium heat
  5. Coat the shapes with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt
  6. Broil on each side for about 8 minutes
  7. Cool and serve!

Kids Cooking with Tiny Turnip Kitchen

My kids just love cooking and getting their hands dirty!

I have been taking them to kiddie cooking classes since they were super little and they still love pouring and mixing ingredients. The best part is they always try new foods!! And that makes me so happy.

That is why when Andrea Kapner, founder of Tiny Turnip Kitchen, offered to do a private cooking class just for us we couldn't refuse. Check out what she taught the kiddies to make! They loved every minute of it. 

But the best part is that I didn't have to drag all three kids on the subway to get to this cooking class like I had to do in the past. Tiny Turnip Kitchen comes to you. If you live in or around Manhattan, she can travel to you. She does private cooking classes as well as larger groups. 

So we grabbed a friend to join us as well! And he loved getting his hands in the mix just as much as my kids. 

Andrea taught the kids how to use the kid safe knives properly and about nutrition. She also can develop recipes that cater to children with food allergies. So you won't have to worry if your little one has sensitivities to certain foods.

Here are the recipes from our cooking class! They were so yummy...

Carrot Cake bites, Allergy free (nut, gluten, and dairy free)

Makes about 15

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/2 cup reserved to rolls carrot cake bites in
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • 6 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower seed butter (homemade recipe below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats or brown rice puffs
  1. Place the ingredients into your food processor and blend at high speed until the mixture is broken down and sticking together when pressed. 
  2. Use your hands to shape the mixture into 1 inch balls, or
  3. Roll each in reserved coconut flakes.

*To make sunflower seed butter add 1 cup of sunflower seeds, 1 tsp on salt, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a food processor. Blend until a smooth consistency (about 3-4 minutes).

Veggie pizza empanadas: 


2 1/2 cups flour

6 tbs of butter

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup ice cold water

Veggies pizza filling

5-8 oz fresh spinach, stems removed, washed, chiffonade

8 oz whole milk mozzarella cheese, or similar white cheese such as queso quesadilla, shredded or crumbled

2 cups of tomatoes cut in half

1/2 cup of sweet pepper, yellow, red, or orange, diced.

Pizza sauce, or tomato sauce.

Egg wash:

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

Make the dough: 

Add flour, salt, and butter to a food processor and mix until the dough is flaky. While the motor is running slowly add cold water until the dough comes together, add more water if needed.Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Assemble the empanadas: Preheat the oven to 375°F. 

Tear off pieces of dough to roll about 12 large or 24 small balls of dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough balls on lightly floured surface into circles with a 3/8-inch thickness. Just don’t roll the dough too thin because this filling (unlike the meat filling in the Argentine empanadas) can expand and burst the pastry if the dough is too thin or the empanada is over-stuffed with filling. Place cheese, veggies, and 1 tbsp of tomato sauce in circle (depending on the size of the empanadas you are making). Fold over and press edges firmly to seal, use a fork to seal the edges. *Optional egg wash, beat egg and water in small bowl. Brush egg wash over each empanada.Place empanadas on cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Makes 12 large or 24 small empanadas.

To start your kids cooking today, contact Tiny Turnip Kitchen or email Andrea directly at tinyturnipskitchen@gmail.com.

DIY Nut Milk Recipe

I've heard about people making their own nut milks. So, I reached out to my friend and health chef guru, Manya Williams, for all the details on how to make it!! 

Watch Manya's video tutorial. She gives so many amazing details that you won't want to miss this... Her secret recipe revealed!

I am a huge fan of homemake almond milk (it's WAY better than any store bought kind)... add a little cinnamon, blend it into a smoothie, there are just so many ways you can enjoy this yummy healthy drink! 

Manya, is also currently featured in 10 Ways to Make 2017 The Best Year Yet. Check it out!

Holiday Ice-cream Cookie Sandwich

When the holidays roll around, I crave all things festive. Just imagine the smell of warm gingerbread cookies in the oven! Then, match that with frozen pumpkin flavored ice-cream. It's just a perfect combination. Don't you think!!?!

The kids just love helping in the kitchen and so they were excited when I asked them to help me make dessert. I cooled the cookies for only a few minutes so they were still nice and toasty. Then we scooped out the frosty pumpkin ice cream and topped it off with another warm cookie. 

The combination is dreamy!

Here's how we made it:

I used the Taste Of Home recipe for the Soft Ginger Cookies & bought Pumpkin Pie Gelato by Talenti.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Extra Sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. 
  2. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls, then roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° until puffy and lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen. 

Then, let the cookies cool for about 5-10min. 

Let the kids scoop the pumpkin ice-cream or gelato onto the bottom of one cookie. Then have them place another cookie on top. And ENJOY!

*Tip- If ice-cream is starting to melt quickly, place back into freezer for a few minutes.

Creepy Crispy Treats

Ok, these are the most delicious crispy treats I've ever made. My secret recipe is revealed!!

My husband asked me how I made the creepy crispy treats so chewy, gooey and delicious.. as he was going back for seconds!

So, I may make the best rice crispy treats around (well, I stole the recipe from my mom!! shh) and the secret is BUTTER! So, you can't just melt the butter like most people do when making rice crispy treats. The secret is browning it! It brings out the richness carmel flavoring of the butter which makes my (my mom's) crispy treats the best around.

Check out how to create the yummy gummy goodness! 

Here's the easy recipe and will take you less than 12 min to make. Did anyone say last minute party food? Well, you can be prepared with this super easy to follow recipe.

***For these crispy treats I used Coco Pebbles instead of Rice Crispy cereal. They already had the dark color I desired and my kids LOVE Coco Pebbles. 

  1. Melt 1 stick of salted butter in a large pot over high heat. Let it brown.
  2. Once the butter starts to brown add a bag of the small marshmallows. 
  3. Place the lid on the pot and reduce the heat to low/simmer
  4. Let the marshmallows melt (you can check to see if they've grown in size)
  5. Once the marshmallows are soft and look like they've expanded, you will add 1/2 box of Coco Pebbles.
  6. Combine ingredients.
  7. Turn off heat.
  8. Add about another 1/4 box of the Coco Pebbles.
  9. Combine. 
  10. If you want super marshmallow-y treats (like I do!) then you shouldn't need to add anymore cereal 
  11. Watch out! The mixture is hot.
  12. Add the mixture to cupcake molds. *Spray the molds with nonstick spray 
  13. Decorate your Creepy Crispy Treats with Halloween sprinkles available at Michaels.com
  14. Let cool for 10 min in the fridge.
  15. Serve and ENJOY! So dense and gooey!!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

I spent tons of money on gimmicky kids baking products for my daughter. She loves to make and bake all types of sweets. Her weakness for licking the spoon is unparalleled. So it's hard to find recipes that are safe to eat raw due to the raw eggs. So I set out on a mission.. and I think you're all going to love it!

Also, stay tuned for more kid friendly recipes on my blog.

This recipe is so quick and easy, it's perfect for the kids to do alone or with your supervision. There really is no baking, just measuring and mixing. And who doesn't love raw cookie dough, right?!! 

Start with combining:

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 

Then add:

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup mini milk chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients.

We like serving two ways... take your pick!

  1. Roll into bite-size balls.  Use cake pop sticks to serve. Refrigerate. Enjoy!
  2. Pack into small tupperware containers and leave in the refrigerator until chilled. Eat with a spoon and enjoy!

Pumpkin Muffins

When the Fall hits it's like we just can't get enough of the pumpkin flavors! I mean from coffee to cakes the smell and flavor of pumpkin evokes a feeling in us that reminds us that fall is the best season EVER or it could make you think of cozying up in front of a large fire. Whatever the case is pumpkin is a must have in fall.

Here is a quick and easy DIY pumpkin muffin recipe that the kids and yourself will be drooling over. 

Start with Pillsbury Quick Pumpkin Bread mix from the box.

Instead of making bread, follow the secondary instructions to make the muffins. You'll be using milk instead of water. ***There are a few other differences but that's the major one.

Then add:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (from the can) and
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce. **This will make the muffins so moist and delicious. 

Then in a separate bow mix:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbls flour
  • 2 tbls butter
  • sprinkle the tops of muffins
  • Bake for 20 min at 375 degrees

They are best served while they are still warm. Cut muffin in half and add a small slice of butter. It will melt in all the little crevices and bring out of the sweet and savoriness of the muffins. Enjoy!

Get Your Candy Fix on Movie Night!

Since we moved into the new apartment we have been having movie nights at least once a week. And we all know that movie nights are nothing with out popcorn and candy. But who wants to feed the kids all that sugar? Plus, once the sugar high hits, movie night ends.. cause they won't sit still (well at least thats what happens in my house).

I've come up with DIY popcorn bowls that pleases even the sweetest of sweet tooth.

  • Each person gets their own personal popcorn container filled half way. I recommend these Sur La Table ones
  • Put out an assortment of the kids (and yours!) favorite candies in small bowls *this helps limit the amount of candy they can add.
  • Use a teaspoon as candy scoops *this limits the amount of candy they add

Let them add a little of whatever they like to the popcorn container. Trust me.. I've used this on my daughter and she definitely feels like she's getting to eat all the candy she wants! 

Sweet and salty never tasted this good!!

Simple Salad Recipe Better Than Take Out!

Lunch time is such an oversight for me since I've had the baby. Take out takes forever at lunch time. And who has time to make lunch? I mean half the time I'm cleaning up breakfast and starting on dinner. Maybe thats just life with three kids but sometimes a girls got to EAT! 

So invite your friends over on a playdate and wow them with this super fast and easy.. and delicious summer salad recipe.

  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • juice of half a lemon 
  • teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh grated parmesan

DIY S'mores Ice cream Sandwiches

Who doesn't love S'mores and who doesn't love ice cream, right?!

Well its not so easy to find a backyard or a fire pit in the middle of NYC. But you don't have to give up your favorite summer dessert! Here is a quick and easy way to enjoy America's favorite treat. 

What you'll need:

  1. Nabisco Gram Crackers
  2. Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream
  3. Hot Chocolate Fudge
  4. Marshmallow Mini's 

Start with half a gram cracker. Layer on a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle on the hot fudge and a handful of marshmallow mini's. Top if off with the other half of gram cracker! Simple as pie!! Perfect DIY summer get together for kids and adults. 

Invite the neighborhood kids over and enjoy!