Kasey here, my kids and I made this mouth watering Mississippi Mud Cake today for my husband for Father’s Day. It’s completely from scratch, but so easy to make. In fact, my 7 and 10 year old could almost make it by themselves, with a little help from mom of course. It’s a perfect last minute dessert for your favorite chocolate lover. We decided to eat a little piece tonight since my hubby came in from working in the yard and saw what we were cooking. I think it was the first time my kids had ever had Mississippi Mud Cake before, they said it was the best cake ever and that the frosting tasted like fudge! [Read more...]
College Football has begun! These treats are great for any football game party, no matter which team you are rooting for! And if you’re a barbecue fan – don’t miss our Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe HERE!
Football Shaped Treats
1. Football Cake Pops
2. Taco Pockets
3. Pull-Apart Cake
4. Football Shaped Asiago Rice Cakes
5. Mini Football Rice Crispy Treats
6. Chili in Football Bread Bowl
7. Football Shaped Pancakes
8. Grilled Cheese Footballs
9. BBQ Chicken and Bacon Footballs
10. Frosted PB Football Cookies
11. Deviled Eggs
12. Watermelon Football
13. Football Brownies
14. Football Cake
15. Football Summer Sausage Bites
16. Watermelon Helmet
17. Almond Footballs
18. Double-Chocolate Football Cupcakes
19. Football Oreo Truffles
20. Touch Down Meatloaf
Appetizers & Main Dishes
21. 7-Layer Dip
22. Mushroom Swiss Sliders
24. Kick-Off Pizza
25. Fried Pickles
26. Toasted Ravioli
27. Chili Bar
28. Loaded Potato Skins
29. Super Bowl Eggs
30. Football Stack Dome
31. Jalapeno Chicken Poppers
What’s your favorite Game-Day Recipe?
When I was little, my grandparents kept me during the day while my parents worked. They had a huge garden we spent a large part of our summer days. As you could imagine, we enjoyed our time in the garden and preparing meals using the produce we had grown. I’ve been cooking as long as I can remember, or as we say it in the south since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
I remember sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen, smelling lunch cooking all morning and not being able to wait to taste test her famous green beans or Lima beans. My friends were always shocked at all the vegetables I loved, but that is what I grew up eating and cooking with my grandmother. I remember my aunt picking me and my cousin up from school and asking if we wanted to stop at Wendy’s for french fries on the way home. My response? “No thank you Aunt Orlyene, when I get to Mama Knight’s house I’m going to eat some fresh collards.” I know, what kid prefers collards over french fries? Seriously!
As I got older I realized what a gift I had been given. Not only did I know how to cook, but I loved vegetables and other healthy foods. Now that I am a mom, I really enjoy cooking with my kids. In fact they like to call it “kitchen chemistry.” You won’t find us doing very many craft projects, science experiments, or art projects around here. Instead, you’ll find us in the kitchen cooking together. Besides everyday meals we always celebrate a new season, holiday, or birthday by whipping up something special in the kitchen together.
According to University of Michigan’s Project EAT, kids that learn to prepare healthy meals with their parents form healthier eating habits compared to those who are not taught cooking skills. I have found this true in my family, as we cook together we talk about what kinds of foods fuel our bodies and how important it is to eat healthy meals.
Many times, if people didn’t grow up with this skill taught to them, they may not know where to begin with their own kids. This may seem intimidating at first, but just know that it is never too late to start. If you want your kids to eat healthier, but haven’t included them in helping prepare meals, you can start tonight. In fact, I’ve included a quick list of tips below to guide you along the way. I understand that cooking with kids can be stressful, especially if the proper preparation and expectations, so this list of tips can help ease that stress.
So what benefits are there to cooking with your kids? Well, I have found that cooking together opens the door for great communication and connecting. Not only do they share their hearts with me, but I a can also sneak in a math lesson or two without them realizing. Such skills include measurement, fractions, addition, reading comprehension, and sequencing. Additionally, when they are older they will know how to cook and won’t resort to quick fixes like fast food as easily.
If that isn’t incentive enough, why not use this chance to cook with your kids to enter the The Ben’s Beginners ™ Cooking Contest? After all, everyone loves a fun challenge! You can read details here for a chance to win $15,000 and a cafeteria makeover to your child’s school (homeschoolers are also eligible) and be the star of your household!
So are you ready to begin? Before you get started make sure to check out my helpful tips below!
- 1. First, decide on a kid friendly recipe together.
- 2. Next, have your kids gather all the ingredients that they can easily reach, while you get out the rest if needed.
- 3. Make sure you've got the necessary tools handy such as measuring bowls, measuring spoons, cutting boards, etc.
- 4. Know your limits and allow your kids to help in a way that is age appropriate.
- 5. Make cleaning up part of the process by teaching kids to clean up as they go. For example, put ingredients away as soon as you are finished with them and dirty dishes and silverware in the sink.Otherwise, you'll have a huge mess to clean up all by yourself, plus you are helping to teach lifelong habits.
- 6. Expect a bigger mess than if you were cooking by yourself.
- 7. Decide what will drive you crazy in advance and avoid it at all cost. I've tried letting my kids crack eggs, however for this season it's going to be my job. Digging out egg shells and cleaning slimy eggs off the floor sends me over the edge, so in my family I'm the one in charge of eggs.
- 8. Celebrate your kid's accomplishments. Let's all agree that if you've got little ones helping in the kitchen, then whatever you are cooking is going to look like they've helped. You might not win the most beautifully plated award, but the smiles on their face for a job well done is well worth it.
- 9. Don't cook together on days when you've lost all your patience by 10am. You know those days, we all have them! Use good judgment, wisdom goes a long way.
- 10. Enjoy! Relish every moment connecting with the incredible children that you get to do life with.
Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning! Visit www.unclebens.com and click on The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest page to learn more!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Uncle Ben’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
There are several new Hasbro Toy and Games coupons available today -including a BOGO Littlest Pet Shop Coupon!! The BOGO Littlest Pet Shop Coupon will be a great way to create your own sale if you need some of these for the gift closet
Have you seen any other deal on Hasbro games lately?
Kasey here, although we follow a clean eating lifestyle we do have a cheat meal or two at least once or twice a week. My kids absolutely LOVE meatloaf, it’s one of their favorite meals. This is my mom’s best meatloaf recipe that I thought I’d share with you. My favorite part is the yummy ketchup/brown sugar/vinegar topping. I often make two at a time and put one in the freezer for later. I serve with mashed potatoes and broccoli for a delicious home cooked supper.
- 1 lb ground chuck or ground round
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 chopped green pepper
- 1 cup oatmeal (instant or old fashioned is fine)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients except for ground chuck or ground round together well.
- Add meat; shape into a loaf and place in a greased pan.
- To make the topping mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar then pour over loaf.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.
Toys R Us has Crayola Crayons 24-Packs for 4/$1 this week – that’s just $.25 per box! Also, other Crayola crayons and markers are on sale BOGO Free.
I love a good deal on art and school supplies and these cheap items also make great additions to Operation Christmas Child Boxes!
- Thanks, MooLaSavingMom
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In case you missed my earlier announcement, we are expecting a new baby girl to our family in November. My kids are older, so we are starting completely over with this baby. It’s been years since I had to buy baby items and so much has changed! I’m thankful for the opportunity to check out Kuddles baby line at BI-LO. We’ve got so much to do before our baby gets here!