Hot Chocolate on a Stick

by Jane on December 15, 2010

As with most of us, each year I need to come up with some sort of treat or gift to give to friends, teachers and co-workers. This year I am beyond excited about what we’ve put together…Hot Chocolate on a Stick! They are adorable and the perfect cozy, winter treat! Because I loved the homemade […]

Or aka, “Why You Shouldn’t Trust Oprah.” Read on. I recently did a call for recipes on my food blog, asking people to share their favorite recipes using beans. A lovely reader named Anne shared a very simple and intriguing recipe, Black Bean Brownies. It caught my attention. I emailed her, got a few details, […]

Cooking for me is about three things. 1) I like to feed my family healthy food, with as little processed products as possible. 2) I like our food to taste good. And 3) I need to be able to cook things as fast as possible! And anything that doesn’t require much planning ahead earns bonus […]

I recently mentioned on my blog that I had 12 roma tomatoes that needed something to do. Two people suggested I roast the roma tomatoes in the oven. I was intrigued and decided to give it a go! I’m very glad I did…not only did my house smell like heaven for 5 or so hours, […]

I love taking kid’s projects and finding a way to make them edible. Today is no exception. Let’s grab our lab coats and head to the kitchen for some science fun! The kitchen holds great potential for science experiments with kids. Today’s experiment is simple – making whipped cream and butter – and it is […]

My 5-year-old daughter Cate loves cooking. She also loves eating chocolate. And, more than anything, she loves doing art projects! Coloring, cutting, painting, pasting…if there’s paper involved, she’s there. So I decided to combine all these favorites into a fun school vacation-week activity…stenciling designs with powdered sugar on brownies! The day before we made the […]

Today it’s all about eating your craft! This week I decided it would be fun to make edible playdough with my girls. There are many different kinds out there, but the peanut butter varieties really caught my interest.┬á There are a myriad of Peanut Butter Playdough recipes, so I picked the two that sounded best […]

The Maynard holiday gift this year was homemade vanilla hot chocolate. I decided to make homemade marshmallows to go with the hot chocolate because it sounded yummy and, more importantly, I needed to do something ├╝bercool for this Make & Takes post. ;) I am the queen of shortcuts. Making homemade marshmallows is not something […]

I am currently experiencing two issues with my daughter that I’m sure many parents can relate to. #1: She HATES going grocery shopping with me. This is pretty annoying seeing as how she HAS to go grocery shopping with me, unless leaving a 4-year-old home alone is kosher nowadays? I didn’t think so. #2: She […]

Fun with Edible Nasturtiums

by Jane on September 16, 2009

Looking for something fun, edible and unusual to do with your kids? Look no further! Plant {and eat!!} nasturtiums! This summer Cate and I planted nasturtium seeds in our planter boxes, as suggested by my fabulous landscape architect friend. There are so many reasons why this was the perfect idea: The seeds are BIG, which […]

Next time you’re stuck for a dinner idea, grab a take-out menu from your favorite restaurant. But not for the reason you think…nope, you’re not ordering your food, you’re going to create a recipe! Coming up with WHAT to cook is my least favorite part of cooking, well besides the dishes. The initial reason I […]

One of my summertime childhood memories is eating the yummy watermelon sherbet dessert at Friendly’s restaurant. I loved it, so I decided to try to replicate this dessert for my own kids’ summertime memories! I made some “watermelon pie” for our 4th of July feast this year…to great success! My 4-year-old daughter loved it – […]

I’m so happy to introduce you to another Make and Takes regular contributor! Jane from This Week For Dinner will be with us every 3rd Wednesday! She’s got fabulous tips and tricks for the kitchen, and always giving me great ideas for what to make for dinner! Welcome, Jane! Before I begin, I have to […]

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