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National Truffle Day

May 2 is National Truffle Day. What a perfect time to make a delectable treat! And I have to admit that I have never made truffles before- I was SHOCKED to find out how quick and easy they can be to prepare!

I found this particular recipe for cake batter truffles from Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything. (Love the name of her site- especially since I am the world’s most picky eater and can’t bring myself to eat a lot of things!) These truffles were DELICIOUS! And so easy!! I didn’t include the recipe on my blog, since I don’t want to take any site traffic away from Christy and it just didn’t seem like proper blog etiquette! Am I crazy?!

Mix the ingredients together. Include your child by letting her add the rainbow sprinkles.
Roll out dough. Chill for 15 minutes. The great thing about making no bake truffles: You can make a variety of sizes without worrying about them being under or overcooked. Boo had a great time making ginormous truffles as well as some that look like a snake 🙂
After truffles are chilled and dipped in chocolate- add more sprinkles! This was lots of fun for my little girl!

Baking with your child can be a great way to build your relationship. And after you are done spending time working together in the kitchen, you can indulge yourself with a yummy treat! It’s like a win-win situation!
Happy Teaching!

Peppermint Bark

Merry Christmas! We are just settling into our new home and starting some fun new traditions. One new tradition will be this extremely simple yet so DIVINE recipe for peppermint bark by Taste of Home. I am in Christmas heaven every time I take a bite! And my little Boo can help me with the recipe- YAY!

6 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup crushed peppermint candies

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate at 70% power; stir until smooth. Repeat with chocolate chips.

2. Stir 6 tablespoons of crushed candies into each bowl.

Boo unwrapping and crushing peppermint candies.

3. Drop white chocolate and semisweet chocolate in alternating spoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

4. With a metal spatula, cut through the chocolate to a swirl.

5. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candies.

6. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (if there is any left! ha!)

They are as tasty as they look! And SO super simple! Enjoy!
Happy Teaching and Merry Christmas!

Muddy Buddies

Want to make a yummy snack with your kiddos? Muddy Buddies are simple and oh so scrumptious!

9 Cups Chex Cereal
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Margarine/Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1. Pour Chex into a large bowl.
2. Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and margarine in a separate bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until smooth, stirring after 1 minute. Stir in vanilla.
3. Pour chocolate mix over cereal, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated.

4. Pour cereal into large ziplock bag with powdered sugar. Seal and shake until all pieces are well coated.

5. Spread on wax paper to cool.

 You can then just pick up the ends of the wax paper and place it into a bowl. Easy clean up!


Pumpkin Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

I recently learned that you can use candy corn (and a little butter) to make popcorn balls (Thanks Shirley).

I also saw this recipe for pumpkin shaped popcorn balls from Bee in our Bonnet (spotted this one on Pinterest!) that are super cute.

So I thought… what the heck? Why not combine them into one glorious treat? And so I did! And they are SCRUMPTIOUS! And besides the taste- the ingredients for this recipe will appease all you budget minded people out there!


marshmallows and butter not pictured….

1 9 oz. bag of candy corn (bought at the dollar store)
1 bag of microwavable popcorn (we didn’t have any popcorn kernels- or we would have gone the homemade route!)
Butter (about 4 tablespoons)
Handful of mini marshmallows
Tootsie Rolls (bought at the dollar store)
1 Green Apple Airhead Candy

Make the popcorn. Place popcorn in bowl and toss in a handful of candy corn.

Over medium heat, melt butter and the rest of the candy corn. Stir constantly!

Pour the hot (I have to add that adjective because I kept burning myself!) melted candy corn over popcorn.

It was at this point when I realized I needed a little more STICKINESS. So I ran back to the stove and melted a handful of marshmallows with 2 tablespoons butter. I quickly then poured that mixture on top of the popcorn/candy corn. (It might be easier to just melt the marshmallows and candy corn together at the beginning … but I am not a chef and I don’t know if that would completely mess up the entire recipe!)

Carefully (because of the heat) form popcorn into balls.

My hands were getting burnt at this stage so there are no pictures…

Form several leaves from the Airhead Candy (I threw mine into the microwave for 5 seconds to soften it).

Place candy leaves and unwrapped tootsie rolls on top of your popcorn balls to complete your pumpkin look!

Can you spot that large chewy candy corn inside the popcorn ball? Biting into those pieces gave it an extra sweet taste!

Some of the popcorn balls got a “spray tan” with orange food color mist. It was a nice touch, but not necessary!

These were simple, fast, and purely delicious.

Kid Friendly Recipes

Do you create a weekly/monthly menu for your family? I find the months that I take the time to write a menu, I am not struggling at mealtime about what we are going to eat! Believe me, mealtimes have enough battles with my two year old! We have struggled over not eating to the point that I pulled out my dusty baby books and went online searching for some helpful ideas. I learned a lot about this age and that it is very normal for kids to go from being good eaters to not wanting to eat a thing! But I also got some great advice- like avoiding time outs for not eating (we were super guilty of that! and that led to such negative meal times!), setting limits like one bite per age of all the different foods at the table, and offering a variety of foods. I knew what I had to do- I had to create a breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner calendar. Our daily meals are entirely planned on my Google calendar (with a great deal of flexibility of course) to ensure that we are eating healthy and that I am providing my daughter with a variety during her meal times (I guess spaghetti every day COULD get old after awhile!)
Here are some recipes that I found that fit the kid-friendly standard- some I have tried, some are on the menu in the near future:

Mini Pizzas for Kids

  • refrigerated biscuits…the cheapest you can find

  • tomato sauce

  • grated cheddar, mozzarella or other pizza cheese desired

  • meat topping if desired such as pepperoni

Flatten raw biscuit slightly with hand.
Using a spoon, spread tomato sauce over top of biscuit.

Cover with grated cheese, meat, or other desired toppings. Bake in 350° oven for about 10 minutes, or until biscuits are baked through.

Easy Hummus Dip Recipe

  • 15-oz can of chick peas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)

Place first 5 ingredients in blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Serve in bowl, sprinkled with paprika.
Several Servings (about 1 1/2 cups)

Fruit Tart
• 1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough
• 1 8-oz. block cream cheese
• 1 tsp. vanilla or lemon flavoring, or whatever liqueur I have that matches one of the fruits I’m using
• Zest of one lemon or lime
• 1 Tbs. lemon or lime juice
• 1 C. orange marmalade, apple or apricot jam
• 2 Tbs. water
• Sliced fruit (whatever is on hand):
• kiwi, strawberries grapes, blueberries,a Granny Smith or Gala apple, a tangerine, and/or a banana

Directions: Roll out sugar cookie dough and place on a cookie sheet or a pizza pan depending on desired shape. I use a tart pan. For a more rustic look, I just put the dough on the cookie sheet and turn up the edges of the dough slightly. Bake dough according to the directions on the package. Mix together cream cheese and flavoring/liqueur, and then spread the mixture onto the baked, cooled cookie dough. Arrange sliced fruit on top of cream cheese. Combine marmalade or jam, tart citrus juice and water in a small saucepan and heat until marmalade/jam is melted. Pour over tart and chill. Slice and serve.

Easy Enchiladas


1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cut into strips

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 (5.5 ounce) package red beans & rice mix

10 (8 inch) flour tortillas


In a large skillet, prepare rice and beans according to package directions. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, saute chicken until cooked through (meat is no longer pink), about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat. Drain saute oil/grease from skillet. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender. Add seasoning according to package directions. Cook all together, stirring often, until potatoes are done. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Take a tortilla. Place some of the chicken/potato mixture and some of the beans and rice (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup total filling) onto the tortilla, add a little cheese to taste, and roll up. Place rolled tortilla in a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Repeat with other tortillas until dish is full. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Toddler Recipes: Really Easy Taco Bowls

Here is another fun recipe to try with your tot! Instead of dealing with a regular messy taco shell, try baking a burrito in a mini pie tin instead (350 degrees for 10 minutes). This creates the hard taco shell, only in bowl form! (I just barely learned how to do it- I am thrilled! For you more seasoned cooks out there- I apologize for being so excited over something so small!!!)I adapted the recipe from Kraft Foods– only I used pie tins instead since our burritos were much too large to fit inside a muffin tin! And I think it worked out very well- a recipe I plan on making again soon!
Happy EATing! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Toddler Recipes: Cheesy Potato Cups

Now that I am pretty much fully recovered from the flu, I have been trying to get back into the swing of things and that includes pulling out my menu plan (which I LOVE having- I am one of those poor souls who is lost at the grocery store without a list!). I need a variety of healthy foods to keep my toddler interested in eating- when I found this recipe on Kraft Foods I was eager to try it out myself!

These cheesy potato cups were part of our “Try Something New Tuesdays”.

I LOVE- the nutrition and color- plus they are very TASTY!!!
I STRUGGLED with how long they took to prepare- from start to finish, about 2 hours! And I am not a BIG cook, so trying to cut and scoop a boiling potato was not fun!!! Another thing- I think this is meant to be a side dish. My husband and I were starving after eating about 4 of these potato cups!
Will I make this again? Maybe for special occasions. Time is valuable! Maybe if the potatoes were baked the day before…
Happy EATing!
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