Category: Food

Photo courtesy of Food52

Hello and happy Monday! If you’re like me you’re into the thick of your kid’s summer vacation. That means the days/weeks they are not enrolled in a summer camp or summer travel, you’re hearing lots of “mom I”m bored” or “mom can I play on your phone” right?

It can be a challenge to keep the kiddos entertained all of the time so I find that spending a little time in the kitchen together, can mean a lot less time being “bored”. Not to mention when your little ones are all grown up you hope they look back on their childhood with fond memories of spending time in the kitchen making memories with you.  OK, at least this is what I tell myself each time I attempt to cook with my son, along with a little prayer for patience.

My 7.5 year old loves Rocket Pops and so did I when I was his age. My favorite stripe was the white because it tasted like 7Up pop to me. I do give in a few times in the summer and buy them for my little guy, despite the irrational fear I have of his teeth rotting right of his mouth. When I saw this healthier recipe for All American – All Natural Rocket Pops on my new favorite food blog Food52,  I just had to share it with you. Perfect timing for a little patriotic project.  The colors may not be the red, white and blue of the “real” Rocket Pop, but hopefully kids won’t really notice when they taste these.  Try serving them up with some sparklers on Thursday. This recipe is on my Things to do to help celebrate the 4th of July list and hopefully will make it to yours.

If you get around to making these with your family, be sure to reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram and share pics! Or feel free to post right here. If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate Popsicles, check out this post from last year called Popsicle Celebration.

Click HERE for full Rocket Pop recipe and tutorial


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Here’s a little round up of some FREE oldies but goodies from Christmas past here on the blog, along with a family favorite recipe my son an I whipped up today for Santa.  Nothing helps get you into the holiday spirit more than baking up something homemade to share. Enjoy the freebies and time spent with your little helpers:)

This year my son and I whipped up a batch of my childhood favorite Thumbprint Cookies. I always double the recipe and use Raspberry Jam, YUM~ mine and Santa’s favorite.

Cupcakes In A Jar

Peppermint Marshmallows + Hot Cocoa Mix

Christmas Lights Toppers or Tags

Peppermint Cloud Brownies

Caramel Pecan Pretzel Turtles

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Having a 6 year old boy means there are lots of hot dogs in our daily diet, all beef of course. I’m starting to notice a trend making hot dogs appealing not just to kiddos anymore. Similar to the popularity of new gourmet burger boutiques popping up everywhere, hot dogs are making a HOT comeback! Lots of restaurants and food trucks offering doggers with gourmet, funky toppings making my mouth water as I type this.

Having said that, I must say…Happy National Hot Dog Day to you! Just this past weekend I attended Atlanta’s first ever street food festival where there were just food trucks. Don’t you just love this new trend in food? Where else can you quickly grab an artsy, handmade, unique tasty bite?  I waited over an hour in line for some gourmet hot dogs from The Pup Truck, at the urging of my son of course. He had his plain with yellow mustard and I had mine with chili, slaw and jalapenos. Not the best choice for a pregnant woman with excruciating heartburn:) I was intrigued by the pup featuring brie cheese and pears, who knew?

If you follow me on Pinterest you will see I’ve been pinning some fantastic ideas for hot dogs to help celebrate today.

National Hot Dog Day Pinterest Board

Among my pins you’ll find hot dog cupcakes, hot dog cookies and of course 101 Tasty and Unusual Toppings. Enjoy and have a dog on us today!

If you have a favorite hot dog recipe, we’d love to hear it. Feel free to post it here on the blog.

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Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites

Tomorrow is the big day! The day for chocolate, hearts and most of all LOVE! This weekend my 6 year old son and I took some time to make these yummy and super simple Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites for his Kindergarten class party. I love snacks that are sweet and salty, don’t you? I promise these will satisfy the strongest of cravings.  I thought I’d share the recipe and make it a tutorial,  plus offer up some more sweet and savory Valentine’s snacks at the end of this post. Enjoy!

Mini Pretzels
Heart Shaped Dove Chocolates
Valentine Colored M&Ms

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Grab a little helper and start placing pretzels onto a lined cookie sheet.

While your little helper is lining up the pretzels, unwrap all chocolates.

Center a chocolate onto each pretzel

Both milk and dark chocolate, make a nice contrast.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted but still retains shape

Press an M&M into each chocolate (not too far)
Place in a safe place (where you can’t eat them:) and allow to cool
on sheet until they are no longer soft. Overnight is best.

If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll see I have been busy collecting all sorts of wonderful sweet and salty Valentine snack ideas. Here are my top 10 recipes and tutorials, handpicked just for you!

1. Red Velvet Valentine’s Cakes
2. Stained Glass Valentine Cookies
3. Sweetheart Shortbread
4. Valentine’s Day S’mores
5. Popcorn Poppers

6. Roasted Heart Potatoes
7. Healthy Hearts
8. Conversation Heart Toast
9. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
10. Valentine Jelly Pops

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Christmas is just 9 days away and just in case you’re looking for a thoughtful and tasty gift everyone will love and you will surely enjoy making, I’ve come to the rescue!

Each year I adore a little holiday baking with my son. Giving your friends and neighbors a gift from the heart that you made with your hands is a special way to celebrate the giving season and I’m happy to be passing along this tradition to him. Although he loves licking the spoon, bowl, beater, you name it:) Delivering our handmade goodies in person is actually his favorite part and I have to admit it warms my heart to see the look of joy and pride on his little face.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while hopefully you have enjoyed our past holiday baking posts like these candy treats, and the time we attempted handmade marshmallows. This year I’ve been intrigued by all those cute cupcakes-in-a-jar I’m seeing everywhere on the food blogs. I spotted an irresistible Red Velvet Cupcake Tutorial on Cakies. I too used Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcake recipe and it made 16 cupcakes. I suggest doubling her cream cheese frosting recipe since you are layering these cupcakes in the jar. I used 3 cups of powdered/confectioners sugar instead of 4 because I didn’t want the frosting to be too sweet. Adding double the amount of vanilla the frosting calls for is also a good idea. Huge note to self… when you make red velvet make sure you have enough food coloring on hand. I was just shy of the called for amount which is why mine are not a deeper red. Simple 8 oz jars can be found in any grocery store these days.

At last here is what we came up with. We  sincerely hope you enjoy making these as much as we did. Plus what is more fun than making a handmade gift from the kitchen? The packaging! As a special Holiday Freebie from InkSpot Workshop to you we have included printable stickers and gift tags. Happy creating!

Note: I lost my pastry bag bag in Culinary School, so instead you can use a gallon sized freezer bag and cut the corner off. This will hold your piping tip nicely.

Download your FREE Printable 2 inch Stickers HERE
Note: if using this file print onto full label sheets and use a 2 inch round punch.
Or simply punch out of card stock and tape to the jar lid.

I used these glossy labels from
if you have these already, you can download this file which I formatted from the template.
You simply print this file directly onto the sheet of 2 inch labels.

Download your FREE Printable Hanging Gift Tags HERE
Note: You can use your favorite 2.5 inch punch for these tags.
I used this large flourish square punch

To make this adorable mini pom I used The Twinery’s Baker’s Twine in Peapod
and this tutorial from Lottie Loves

Have Fun!

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