The perfect breakfast Valentines Day food – a HEART-y breakfast made with lots of heart! This Valentines Day breakfast is perfect for showing your Valentine and family how much you care for them without putting in a ton of work to make it. Everything can be made in 20 minutes or less with little to no extra prep work. Don’t worry about waking up early to make the perfect breakfast of Valentines Day food – this hearty breakfast can be totally made in the oven while you brew the coffee.
Non candy school valentine ideas are a fun way for your kids to give Valentine cards at school without all of the sugar or allergy concerns. All of these are easy, DIY school Valentine’s that any kid would love to give OR receive and have free printables to get you going. Don’t spend money on those cheesy character Valentine cards – make your own homemade school valentines this year! [Read more…]
Some of my favorite holiday memories as a kid is baking cookies. My mom and I would make a list in early December of all the cookies we were going to make, buy ingredients, and then on her day off we would bake for hours. We would end with – no joke – thousands of cookies. They would get separated, packed into tins, boxes, and bags, and dispersed among friends, family, teachers, hair dressers, the mail man – really anyone who we ever encountered that was kind.
It’s one of the memories that I want to share with my own kids. This Christmas will be the first that I feel pretty comfortable letting Ryan help me bake and ‘take on’ some tasks of his own rather than do the holiday baking while he sleeps.
With that in mind, I really wanted to find some cookie recipes to try that would be perfect for getting little hands involved. Obviously, you can always have your kiddo stir in some ingredients or count out items when measuring, but if you’ve ever encountered a stubborn 3 year old, you’ll know that just ‘helping’ never works out well. It always ends in, “I can do it myself!” and if the step they want to do isn’t SUPER kid friendly, it never works out well.
So I put together this list of cookie recipes that have very kid friendly steps – your kids are going to love knowing that they had a huge hand in creating holiday cookies for loved ones and you’ll be happy to create holiday memories without the power struggle!
Looking for a fun way to add some Christmas cheer to your kids’ favorite meal? Turn quesadillas into festive Christmas trees in a fun and easy twist on a classic!
Try as we may, the truth of the matter is that Christmas is a season of treats. Sugar and junk food are everywhere, from eggnog to candy canes to cookies for Santa. While I love being able to indulge occasionally, I try not to let my boys become overcome by the sugary lure.
In our house (and I’m would bet yours as well!) sugary treats can be a black hole – I offer Ryan one Hershey’s kiss as an after dinner treat and the next thing I know, it’s Friday and he’s throwing a tantrum because I won’t let him take a chocolate bath Augustus Gloop style instead of eating dinner.
Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but when it comes to the good stuff in our house it really does look like a, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation. It quickly escalates into mealtime meltdowns and tantrums galore.
With that in mind, I try pretty hard to find easy ways to add some fun to the boys’ without relying on the sweet stuff. Take my famous chicken boo-dle soup – my way to solve the issue of wanting kids to go out and get candy, but obviously, they need dinner first.
Making festive treats for holidays doesn’t have to be difficult – these east turkey donuts are the perfect thanksgiving treat without the time and headache!
If you couldn’t tell by now, I really dig playing with my – okay, my kids – food. I think it goes back to my dad, who would tell us extremely intricate stories about our dinners. The mashed potatoes were mountains, gravy made rivers, and broccoli provided shade for all of the villagers.