Category: Recipes

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Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (Crock-pot Recipe)

Life is so busy in the evenings as I drive the kids where they need to be for their sports, scouts and play dates that I rely on my crockpot a lot.  This is a wonderful soup with a tangy flavor that my kids all like as well:   1 1/2 -2 cups dry lentils — soaked in water for 1 1/2 hours, then rinsed prior to adding to the...

Safe Snack Guide – Nut and Egg Free Snack List 0

Safe Snack Guide – Nut and Egg Free Snack List

Lots of schools and other places are requiring nut-free snacks.  LD’s gym suggested this website as a helpful place to find snacks that are free of nuts, tree nuts and eggs: snacksafely.com.  It’s a list of the purchased types snacks. I personally wish the list had started out (in big bold letters) things like sliced apples, baby carrots, snap peas — you know the fresh fruits and veggies that should be...

Crockpot — Fisherman’s Stew 0

Crockpot — Fisherman’s Stew

Most of our activities take place in the evening which leaves me scrambling for a meal unless it’s done ahead of time.  I’ve been a bit tired of our old standbys and gave this recipe a try. Everyone in the family loved it!  It’s definitely a keeper! Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 cup sliced leek (the white and light green parts–washed well) 2 finely chopped garlic cloves 1 cup...

What we did with 20 lbs of Blueberries!! 0

What we did with 20 lbs of Blueberries!!

It was dreadfully hot, but after dropping LD off at his day camp the girls and I headed off to a u-pick farm. In just an hour and a half we picked 4 huge containers of blueberries!! I love that this farm doesn’t spray their berries. What did we do with 20 pounds of blueberries? Well, we made 9 jars (3 batches) of blueberry jam… It’s easy to do you just...

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Perfect 4th of July Frozen Treat

With watermelons in season, we’ll have some with our 4th of July barbecue.  Sometimes when we get a big melon there’s more than we can eat in one sitting. The kids love when I freeze the watermelon and bring it out as a frozen treat.  We use cookie cutters and then put it on a meat skewer. You could also use clean Popsicle sticks. The picture above is before they...

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Making Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Syrup and Buttermilk Pancakes… Yum!

Just before the rain turned our gardens into mini-swamps yesterday, the kids and I went out and picked three enormous bowls of strawberries. Time to make strawberry jam! It is so easy to make, I wanted to write about it again this year. To make strawberry jam: Using a potato masher, crush the strawberries and pour five cups into a large saucepan. Add Sure Jell gelatin and heat over high...

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Homemade Nutrigrain Bars

A few years ago, my kids really liked Nutrigrain bars.  I hunted for a recipe that would approximate the store-bought bars, but that I could guarantee weren’t full of preservatives.  I make these about once every 6 weeks or so and they get eaten very quickly in our household! In a mixing bowl mix well: 1 cup butter (softened for 30 seconds in microwave) 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup...

Kids Can Cook Their Way to the White House! 0

Kids Can Cook Their Way to the White House!

I just read about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and wanted to spread the word! Does your child like to cook?  Kids ages 8-12 can submit original recipes to win tickets to a state dinner at the White House to eat some of these winning dishes with first lady, Michelle Obama.  The challenge is to create healthy recipes that include the five food groups either in one dish or in one...

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Brownies from Scratch Are SO Simple to Make!

My sister has never, ever bought a box-mix of brownies. Can you believe it?  With this recipe, you can see why!  The kids are able to make this on their own now without any help from me… Now I’ll pass it along to you if you like baking with your kids! The only unusual ingredient that you might not have on hand is baker’s chocolate — in powder form (pictured...

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Cooking with Kids: A Taste of Africa and the Middle East

As you probably know, the kids are studying world cultures this semester and the focus has been on Africa. Last week, the kids and I made several African and Middle Eastern dishes for dinner. We used the Kids Multicultural Cookbook and Cooking up World History for ideas. We made korma chicken (we added broccoli) with rice: The next night we made almond soup and Moroccan couscous. The almond soup was very, very...

Our Favorite Holiday Sweets 1

Our Favorite Holiday Sweets

Do you have any special sweets you make this time of year?  Our family has some old traditions and some new. I’d like to share two of the easiest cookies we make this time of year: One of our new additions is from Aunt M… we love this recipe and it is so easy! We’ve altered her original recipe slightly: 1 cup butter 2 cups flour (I actually use 1/2...

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Homemade Candy Corn Recipe

When we lived in Australia, we couldn’t buy candy corn. I looked around for a recipe and found something online that has worked well. Now it’s become our family tradition to make our own candy corn each fall! Here’s how we made it: We put these 3 ingredients in a saucepan: 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup corn syrup 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter As soon as I turned the stove on...

Black Bean Dip: Simple to Make! 0

Black Bean Dip: Simple to Make!

Over the weekend we had a barbecue for friends. One family is vegan and I tried a new recipe that I thought they could eat.  It was so simple to make and delicious that I thought I’d share it here. Why not, right?! Homeschoolers eat too! Since I was making other Mexican dishes I used half a can each of black beans and kidney beans.  The original recipe called for one full...