Recipes

Welcome to our Food & Recipes page. Here you'll quick and easy recipes, simple kitchen tips, and food crafts and activities for kids. Check out a few of our most popular posts here, or scroll down for the most recent projects.

Have you ever made your own potato chips? They are the best. Super fun to make and you’ll be craving them at least once a week! Add a bowl of Marzetti® Dill Veggie Dip and you’re set for a Friday night par-tay! This dill dip is a great compliment to their salty goodness! Recipe for […]

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When I was pregnant last year, my oldest daughter (age 10 at the time) decided she wanted to learn how to cook some meals on her own. She figured with a new baby in the house, I might need some help in the kitchen. (She was right!) We decided to practice a few slow cooker […]

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Mmm…pork roast. This slow cooker pork roast that was found on the M&T Spotlight page is such a great alternative to chicken or beef. Amanda from Amanda’s Cookin’ tells us how to marinate this pork roast, throw it into the slow cooker, and then a few hours later dinner is ready! It’s a great dinner idea for […]

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Coconut Macaroon Tartlets

by Nina on March 26, 2014

Spring is finally here! After what felt like an incredibly long winter, the season has finally changed, and I’m ready to embrace new spring flavors and treats. Or at least, I hope so. While it’s technically spring on paper, the weather seems like it hasn’t gotten the memo. It’s still a little too windy and […]

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I love a good pita pocket sandwich. But I also love a good chicken caesar salad. So I thought it would be a winning combination to serve them both together, yum! I’ve partnered with Marzetti® to help make these extra special with their Simply Dressed® Caesar Salad Dressing. It’s perfectly paired with these pita pockets! Recipe for […]

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Do you get tricked on April Fool’s Day or do you do the tricking? Either way, I’ve rounded up 13 tricks for an April Fool’s Day treats! These are silly, funny, and everyone involved will love it! 1. A Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Sundae: Martha Stewart shows us how to make this savory side dish […]

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March is our favorite rainbow-spotting month! Whether you are planning a special St. Patrick’s Day meal or celebrating the coming of spring, a colorful rainbow-inspired meal is a fun way to cook alongside your kids. I can never bring myself to use oodles of food coloring in my kids’ meals, so I’m looking to the […]

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The Cronut Craze

by Rachel on February 28, 2014

Have you tried cronuts yet? They are croissants that are shaped and fried like donuts! I made them with my girlfriends a few months ago and they were so SO yummy. I found this recipe for cronuts from Amanda of A Life Well Lived and they look so delicious that I wish I could eat […]

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Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

by Nina on February 26, 2014

The 86th Academy Awards are now only a few days away, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve watched the Academy Awards ever since I can remember.  My mom has always liked watching the red carpet events and my dad liked watching the actual awards ceremony.  I had no idea what any of it was […]

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We’re ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all sorts of fun crafts, recipes, and activities. From leprechauns and shamrocks to rainbows and gold. Come get creative with some very lucky St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids. Here’s a round up of 30 fun and festive ideas for St. Patrick’s Day! Rainbows: 1. Rainbow Pipe Cleaners […]

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Every time I enter a mall, I feel like it’s my duty to get a soft pretzel from the food court. Am I the only one? I love a good pretzel. When I saw these stuffed soft pretzel bites, I knew I had to share them with all of you! Nina from Ambrosia makes these pretzel bites […]

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Move over brownie box mix! These double chocolate brownies immediately caught my eye! Thank you Kristin, from Pastry Affair, for sharing this mouth watering recipe with us! This homemade brownie with a big glass of milk sounds so delicious! Here are more yummy dessert recipes: Muffin Tin Brownies Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes No-Bake Biscoff Cookies

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Does your family love the Olympics as much as my family? It is our favorite! We have it on all day and we don’t even change the channel to watch anything else! It makes me feel so patriotic and proud of our country. Sometimes we get together with our friends and have a little Olympic […]

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Empanadas

by Nina on January 22, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, are you ready?  Excited?  Pumped?!  I sure am, but not for the football.  I’m one of those people who literally knows nothing about football and will just nod in agreement whenever the topic comes up, but I do know one thing about the game. Game day means […]

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Is it just me or did 2013 go by too fast?! Maybe it was all the fun we had with DIY during the year. Here are just a few things we whipped up this past year with crafts, food, family and fun! January: Tortilla Snowflakes – perfect for an after school snack February: Despicable Me […]

Before I was married, I never knew anything about sports. Little did I know I would marry the biggest sports fan in the world. The Super Bowl is a really big holiday/event/party in our home now. We usually invite all of our friends over, make a bunch of food, and I end up chatting with […]

Have you seen the movie Frozen yet? It’s our favorite. Josh Gad could not be more perfect for this roll as the goofy lovable snowman.  “The hot and the cold are both so intense, put ‘em together it just makes sense!“ I think we watched this clip below for the song In Summer about 100 times […]

Cheese Straws, Two Ways!

by Nina on December 31, 2013

I’m excited to introduce a new contributor to the Make and Takes team… Nina of Ambrosia. Please welcome Nina, sharing all sorts of fun recipes for us to enjoy. Take it away, Nina: We’re officially in the holiday season home stretch…just one more major holiday to go! Some may see this as a good thing, and others […]

Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

by Rachel on December 29, 2013

There is nothing quite like a big bowl of yummy pasta. It’s the perfect comfort food. I saw this recipe for bruschetta chicken pasta over on the M&T Spotlight page and it instantly made me want to have pasta for dinner! The roasted sweet tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices, and juicy chicken are all in this recipe from […]

I love anything gingerbread! I almost love it more than pumpkin flavor (gasp!). Also, anything that has some sort of caramel topping is a 10 in my book! This gingerbread bundt cake with pear caramel glaze instantly stood out to me over on the  M&T Spotlight page! Kristin from Pastry Affair shares this mouth watering recipe with […]

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