1st Communion Cookies

I made these awesome Almond Meltaway cookies last week that only lasted a couple days in my house…they were that good!  My son has his 1st communion this weekend and we plan on having family back to our house afterwards for some cake and cookies!  I thought these would be perfect if I decorated them with white frosting and piped a cross on to make them look like actual “hosts”!  They turned out SO cute!  They would also be adorable for a baptism or baby shower!!!

I just used store bought gel for the cross…I used two different kinds a confetti gel & a blue glitter gel!

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Get the cookie recipe here!


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Easter Dirt Cups

Happy Spring!

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My fabulous neighbor sent me this awesome recipe, brought over all the ingredients and then came over for all my kiddos and her kiddos to make these awesome treats!  What a perfect start of to spring!!!  Especially when it’s still cold here in Iowa and the forecast is calling for snow over the weekend…ugh, enough already!  We are ready for some warm weather!

My neighbor found most of the supplies at the local dollar store and she made the chocolate cake (aka dirt) ahead of time!

Easter Dirt Cups

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 4 little containers of chocolate pudding ($1 for 4 at the dollar store)
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsps vanilla butter food flavoring
  • transparent tumbler cups

Assorted Candies…don’t forget to include gummy worms!!

Directions: Prepare your unflavored gelatin by adding the boiling water to a container with the gelatin and sugar. The gelatin should dissolve in 5 minutes. Add the vanilla butter flavoring.

Distribute evenly in 4 tumblers. Put a couple of gummy worms inside. Place in the refrigerator to chill and set. We put ours in the freezer to speed up the process a bit!

Once the gelatin mix has set, take some pudding and add it to each tumbler, as much or little as you want, we had the kiddos each share a container of pudding and each put in 1/2. Take a slice of your chocolate cake, crumble it and fill up the tumblers to the top with it!
Next, let the kiddos go wild with the fun candy assortment and let their creativity flow! Finally…time to dig in!  The kids loved the worms in the gelatin at the bottom of the cups and it so cute when all layered in a plastic clear tumbler to see the surprise worms at the bottom of the cup!
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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is March 2nd!  We decided to make it a fun day in honor of the man (I mean Cat) and make some fun food and enjoy a birthday lunch together!!  Here are a few pictures of the fun we had!  The lunch participants included my 3 daycare kiddos and my daughter!  My 2 boys in Kindergarten & 2nd grade got a surprise when they opened their school lunches and had a Dr. Seuss theme in their boxes!
Cat in the Hat 2 We made “Green Eggs & Ham”  (looks more like bacon)!  Took white candy chocolate and melted it, piped it onto two pretzel sticks and plopped on a green M&M.  I did break a little piece of each of the ends off the pretzels as they were a little long!

Cat in the Hat 1 We packaged up the green eggs and ham in some clear treat bags, I created a bag topper and then I glue dotted them onto the bags.  My daughter took them to her friends at preschool…they were a huge hit!  If you are interested in the treat bag topper…. get them here!

Cat in the Hat The kids had a lot of fun making these adorable “Cat Hats”!  Twist off the top of an Oreo, top with a red gummy life savor, pipe on a little white frosting as glue and the white part of the hat (I made some up quick with powdered sugar and milk), repeat the process 2 more times…that’s it!  Super cute!

Cat in the Hat Fruit More “Cat Hats” just a little healthier version!  I used a lollipop stick I got at the craft store and layered on banana and strawberry slices to look like the Cat In The Hat’s stripes!  I have also seen a version of these using marshmallows & red fruit roll-ups!  The kiddos gobbled them up…love watching kids eat their fruit and vegetables (who wouldn’t eat these fun little pops)!

Cat in the Hat Fish One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!!!  I picked up these adorable little fish bowls at the craft store, made some blue jello and when it was almost set stuck in a red Swedish fish!  Super easy and super yummy!

Cat in the hat Kids The kiddos make Truffula trees!  These were so cute and easy!  I picked up sparkly pom poms at the craft store (that I think look just like the Truffula trees)!!  We just stuck a tooth pick in them to make trees and an accent to our Ham sandwiches!  You will see in the next picture!

Cat in the Hat Tuffula Aren’t the trees adorable…I think they were my favorite part of the whole lunch!!  They are stuck in mini ham sandwiches!  We also made green deviled eggs!  I just followed a simple deviled egg recipe and added green gel food coloring and piped them in to look pretty!  The kids actually ate the up…I was surprised!!

Cat in the Hat Fish 2 Gotta have fish crackers…everyone in town must of celebrated with these crackers for Dr. Seuss’s birthday because I had to go to a few stores before I could find someone that had them in stock.  I got the bowl at the craft store for $1!

Cat in the Hat Eggs Egg pops…I made these with the extra white chocolate candy melts I had leftover from the Green Eggs and Ham I made as preschool treats and lollipop sticks.  I packaged some of these up in the clear treat bags, tied with a bow & cute tag and sent them in my 2 boys’ school lunches!  They told me their friends were begging them to share! 🙂

Cat in the Hat Plate of Food Prepared plates….they loved everything and ate it all up, I have NO leftovers!  Awesome!!!

Cat in the Hat Frame

I used a program I have on my computer for all the little table tent cards and this 8×10 I framed for the centerpiece.  I just used a frame I had up in the house for the party and then put it back when I was done!

Cat in the Hat Spread Here it is all put together before they devoured it all!  SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Dr. Suess's Birthday Scrapbook Page

Not only the kids get to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s big day!  Yep, the hubby gets his favorite lunch “Egg Salad” with a little Green Eggs and Ham twist!

Green Eggs Salad This isn’t food but thought I would throw in a Fun craft that fits the theme…have the kiddos trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out.  Draw eyes, mouths and fins on…and maybe add a few bubbles!  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!  How cute!!

Cat in the Hat Fish Craft

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Groundhog Donuts

Groundhog Donuts

My son told me this morning “Mom, most people don’t celebrate Groundhog’s Day”! Well, I guess it’s time to start a new family tradition then! Here is what the kids and I made this morning for breakfast! They had a blast and it was super easy and quick (mama likes that)!

SONY DSC This is all you need to create these Punxsutawney Phil masterpieces!!!  Donuts for the dirt and hole!  Scooby snack graham crackers for the body (just trim off the bottom part), edible eyes (you could use whatever you have on hand…raisins, chocolate chips etc), mini chocolate chips for the nose & marshmallows ( cut) for the teeth!  Oh…also, I used peanut butter as the “glue” to make the eyes and nose stick to the graham cracker.  You could also use frosting or nutella!  I liked how the peanut butter matched the graham crackers and it camouflaged a bit!!  The marshmallows stuck good by themselves after I cut them to look like teeth!


When your groundhog’s are assembled just stick inside the hole of the donut and you are done!  Too cute and oh so yummy!  Enjoy!

Complete Phil's!

Now…gobble them up and Enjoy!

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Tee Pee Treats

Tee Pee Treats

Fun Thanksgiving craft for the kiddos and even better…the minute they are done creating they can dig in and munch away!

What you need:

  • Sugar Cones
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate frosting or Nutela
  • Candy Sprinkles

Cut a little snip off the top of cone so the pretzels can fit down inside.  Put some chocolate frosting or Nutella on the tip top and on the bottom rim and dip in sprinkles!!!  I didn’t have any on hand but leaf sprinkles would be super cute and festive as well!

My kiddos making their Tee Pee’s


Proud boy!!


Now…time to dig in!!


You could even take this a step further and bake cupcakes inside the cones!!! There are plenty of recipes online you could find if you were interested in doing that! 🙂


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Apple Rice Krispie Treats

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Kids are gearing up to go back to school (or mom is anyway)! 🙂  How adorable are these Apple Rice Krispie Treats to have as an after school snack for the kiddos first day of school!  We even bagged some up and they handed them out to all their neighborhood friends…they were a huge hit and everyone loved them!

Apple Rice Krispies

Apple Rice Krispies

I also made my famous Chocolate Chip Cookies & Granola Energy Balls for their after school snack! Get the links to those recipes below!

Super easy to make too…here ‘s the low down:

Apple Rice Krispie Treats

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  • 4 Tbs. Butter
  • 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1 pkg. Strawberry Jell-O
  • 6 c. Rice Krispie Cereal
  • Tootsie Rolls & Green Frosting for the stem and leaf (Can use green jelly bean cut in half)


  1. In large pot, over medium heat melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from add Jell-O, stir until completely mixed in. Add cereal and mix until thoroughly coated.
  2. With buttered hands shape about a ¼ c. of cereal into a ball. Once all cereal is shaped use your thumb to make a slight impression in top of ball. Add Tootsie Roll stem and leaf.

Get the recipe for my famous Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies here and my awesome Granola Energy Balls here!

Another wonderful idea is to use these as a birthday party snack…if you have a little princess that is having a Snow White themed birthday…how cute would these be as “Poisonous Apples”!!!  You might want to clarify with a “not so” after it! 🙂


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Baseball Breakfast

Saturday morning 8am pictures followed by an early game…boys are going to be hungry! What a perfect breakfast for a sure fire Win at the Ballpark!

Baseball Donuts

I ordered the plain white doughnuts from our local grocery store the day before I needed them.  I planned on piping on the red frosting to look like laces but my husband talked me into just having the bakery do it (to save me time)!  I wasn’t overly impressed with how they piped it on…I showed them what I wanted with actual laces but I guess swirls worked just fine!

Next time I will either do it myself…or be a little more specific!

These were such a huge hit with the boys!  They won their game and swear it was due to the doughnuts (& Sunny D) and now request them at every Saturday morning game! 🙂

For the Sunny D Labels, I used my computer to design them and then used a 2″ punch to punch them out!

I didn’t get a picture of the boys devouring them as my husband (coach) passed them out before I got there.  However, there were leftovers for my daughter! 🙂

Baseball Donuts Ave

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Fun Halloween Food

Over the years I have made tons of fun Halloween themed food!  Luckily…I was smart enough to take picture of all my creations!  I hope to inspire you this Halloween with some of the fun foods I have made!

When I got to a party I always get a request for me to bring my Vegetable Pizza…I decided to jazz it up a bit!!  So much fun!  Get the recipe here!

Vegetable Pizza

We always have a festive Halloween themed pizza for beggar’s night…something easy and fun to warm up my kiddos bellies before we hit the chilly streets begging for candy!!! For this ghost I just used a Pillsbury pizza crust tube and shaped it the best I could into a ghost and used turkey pepperoni for the eyes and spooky mouth!

Ghost Pizza

Adults and kids alike love little smokies wrapped in crescent rolls!  Yummy!!!  Dot with mustard for the eyes (ketchup doesn’t show up)!  Slice crescent rolls into thin like snakes and wrap around the bottom 3/4 of the smokie.  Leave a little spot for the eyes and wrap on a little hat!

Mummy Dogs Pumpkin and Owl Pizza…I just removed the pepperoni from a couple frozen pizzas and got out my scissors!!  I used a broccoli stem for the pumpkin!  I didn’t cook it with the stem on…just placed it there after I baked it!

Pumpkin and Owl Pizzas

Breadstick bones and blood dip!!!  The kids loved these!!!  I just used pillsbury dough and shaped the best I could into bones.  Used spaghetti sauce for the marinara!


Fun after school snack!!!  String cheese fingers with almond slice finger nails…super easy!!

Witch Fingers

Another great afterschool snack!  String Cheese with slices to make a broom, a pretzel stick and I wrapped it together with a chive from my garden!  The spiders are mini crackers with peanut butter in the middle (of you could use cheese), chow mein nooodles for the legs and mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

Witches Brooms and Spiders

My kids loved helping me make these fun kitty and mummy pizzas!  Again I used Pillsbury ready made pizza dough.  I used a little extra dough and shaped them into ears for the kitty, I used carrot slices for the whiskers and pepperoni for the eyes nose and mouth.  For the mummy just lay the cheese in stripes if possible to resemble the mummy wrap…it kind of all melts together (maybe try taking it out before it’s completely melted)!

Kitty and Mummy Pizzas

White chocolate dipped pretzels…used food coloring to make it orange and a green mini M&M stuck sideways in the top of the pretzels indentation.  We did use some Halloween sprinkles on some! 🙂 Pumpkins

So we didn’t eat them all…we packaged some up and handed them out to the neighbors. Pumpkins Pkg

Cute idea for a party…Bugles for witches fingernails!  My sisters and I used to pretend that’s what they were when we were little by putting them on all of our finger tips!!

Witches Fingernails

I made these a couple times!  The first time was for my daughter to hand out to all of her preschool friends as a Halloween treat! The second time was for my daughters Halloween birthday party…we had a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt and it was the prize at the end for all the kiddos!  They loved it!!  What I did was take a Hershey’s candy bar, wrap it around from bottom to top with white streamers and secure it with tape, then glue dotted on some googly eyes! That’s it!

Mummy Candybars

Another cute idea for your kiddo to take to hand out to his or her school friends!  Pumpkin poop (cheese balls)!  Interested in a bag topper…msg me!!

Pumpkin Poop

I love to make themed lunches for my boys to take to school!!  Leftover bone, pretzels and marshmallows for more bones and a mini hershey bar wrapped like a mummy. Halloween Lunch

Pumpkin shaped cheese sandwich with cheese for the eyes, nose and mouth. Halloween Lunch 2

My kids and I made these for their school and neighbor friends…we had so much fun we even made a bunch to hand out to the trick or treaters…boy did they love them!!  Interested in a tag like the one pictured…send me a msg! Suckers
Lunch Another fun lunch…cookie cutters for the bats & cat!

7 layer dip with some Halloween flare!!!  I just followed a basic recipe (found anywhere on the web).  I made sure the top layer was guacamole and I layered the cheese around the rim so I had a big open space for a web.  I put sour cream in a pipping bag and just started making circles to look like a web.  Then I topped it with a plastic spider! 🙂 Dip

Ghost & mummy pretzels!!  Melt almond bark or candy quick and roll the tops of the pretzel rods until coated.  For the ghosts use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth and for the mummy’s use a piping bag (or make your own with a ziplock baggy and snip a small hole in the corner) to make squiggly lines going across to resemble a mummy!  I used candy googly eyes I found at the craft store!

Ghosts and Mummys

This is a little gross but I had to do it!  Bloody Finger (Hot dog, ketchup and an almond slice)!  Sure to disgust a few guests at your Halloween party!

Finger Hotdog

I love this…however, my skeleton was a little too long for the bread coffin but it still was a hit!!  Just find a square piece of bread, dig out the insides a little and fill with your dip (mine is spinach dip but any dip will work)!  Use the bread you dug out for your guests to use with the dip!  I also added some crackers and pita chips for a variety!

Spinach Dip Coffin

Witch Hat cookies!  These are super easy and a perfect for the kiddos to create on their own (even those with super short attention spans)!!  You need: Striped Shortbread Cookies, Hershey Kisses, Frosting, Peanut Butter (optional) and yellow food coloring!  Use the frosting to glue the Hershey Kiss on the middle of the cookie (turned upside down-use chocolate side).  My son decided to use peanut butter for his glue as he is a Reese’s Peanut Butter anything fanatic!!  Once the Hershey Kiss is placed in the middle take a piping bag (or ziplock baggy with a snip out of the corner) and pipe a line of yellow tinted frosting around the base of the Hershey kiss…to look like the band of a witches hat. Then pipe on two little dots to resemble buckles…now, eat away!!  I put these in my kiddos lunch today (Beggar’s Night)! 🙂

Witch Hat Cookies

My son has oatmeal every morning for breakfast…tonight is beggar’s night here so I decided to surprise him and spice up his regular ol oatmeal.  He got a kick out of it!  I just stuck in some candy eyes from the craft store!


Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats!!  I just followed the regular Rice Krispy treat recipe but added orange food coloring in with the marshmallows after they were melted, then I added in the rice krispy’s and stirred all up.  Once it cooled enough so I could handle them I buttered my hands and rolled them into little pumpkin shaped balls.  We didn’t have any tootsie rolls on hand for the stems so we used broken pretzel rods.  We then piped on green frosting for the leaves!

Rice Krispies

Quick and Easy Beggar’s Night Dinner…freezer pizza and spiders made out of pepporoni & black olives (you could use green as well and out both colors on the pizza)!

Spider Pizza

Hope I inspired you to make some fun Halloween food for your kids and family!  I can’t wait to start preparing for this year!!!

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Apple Sugar Cookies

Apple Sugar Cookies

What a perfect after school snack for the first day back to school!  Or…package a few up and have your kiddo take them to their teacher on the first day, might as well start the first day off right!!

To get the apple shape, Instead of using a cookie sheet, a mini muffin pan lined with mini cupcake liners came to the rescue!

Apple Sugar Cookies

The red dough (I used Wilton Gel Red food coloring) was rolled into balls, placed into the muffin pan and baked for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees.

I used icing tinted green to make the tiny leaves or you could hand shape them with some of the cookie dough tinted green and baked on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  For the frosting I just mixed powdered sugar, a dash of vanilla and a little bit of milk and pipped them on each side of the stem.

I broke off pieces of pretzel sticks for the stems.

Once icing dried the apple cookies can be placed in a basket, jar, or cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.  My kiddos went door to door and handed these out to all their neighborhood friends when they got home from school on their first day back!

Apple Sugar Cookies Bagged

Cutest apples ever…perfect for the little ones to pop in their mouth while working on their homework! 🙂

Apple Sugar Cookies plated


No Fail Sugar Cookies

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  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes* or just until beginning to turn brown around the edges.


*My cookies seem to take about 15-18 minutes to bake. It may be because of their size, or my oven. Start timing on the low end because you can always add more time...just keep an eye on your cookies to achieve desired doneness.

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