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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.

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 […]

The Winter Olympics are here, and as part of this week’s Winter Olympic Games for Kids series, we started things off by lighting our Ice Cream Cone Torches! With sugar cones filled with orange sherbet flames, it’s the perfect treat to get us off on the right foot! However, these torches won’t be lit for […]

Mini Ice Cream Sundae Candies

by Heather on February 11, 2010

If your kids like miniature stuff as much as I do, uh mine do, they’ll love these mini ice cream sundae candies. They’d be a fun ending to a miniature food meal (make mini hamburgers, serve mini corns, and drinks in tiny plastic shot glasses or Dixie cups). Or just serve the mini ice cream […]

So absolutely glorious! Thanks to Fahrenheit 350 for sharing the recipe! Head on over to get your chocolate on!

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?! Well, here’s some yummy tailgating snacks to help round up the football fans! Citrus Guacamole by Recipe Girl (pictured above, yum!) Cheesy Spinach Bacon Dip by A Southern Fairytale Crab Stuffed Mushrooms by Furey and the Feast Teeny Tiny Tacos by Time in the Kitchen Here’s a few more […]

I’m contributing over at Alpha Mom’s – Once Upon a Holiday again. Come see how I’m making a yummy Valentine Vanilla Pudding Pie for dessert!

I love Valentine’s Day. Can you tell? There’s so many fun crafts, treats, and activities to be had. Here’s a fun after-school snack we made with our toast. Supplies for Heart Shaped Toast: one slice of bread butter heart shaped cookie cutter topping: sugar, cinnamon, or jam Toast your bread and butter it. Place on […]

This sweet and savory popcorn will have your sweetheart begging for more. It’s got all the things you love, a perfect combination: popcorn, chocolate, and m&ms! Supplies for White Chocolate Popcorn: 8 cups popped popcorn Homemade Microwave Popcorn Recipe 1 cup melted white chocolate 1 cup m&m candies large mixing bowl spoons First, pop your […]

Here’s a few fun Valentine’s day crafts, recipes, and projects we’ve done in the past here at Make and Takes. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for a classroom party, treats for your children’s friends, or even a love note ideas you can give to your Valentine! Valentine Tic Tac Toe ~~~~ Stitching Hearts […]

Guest Post by Lisa of Petit Appetit Happy Chinese New Year!  2010 ushers in the Year of the Tiger (no, really), which also happens to be on February 14th this year.  Like Christmas the celebration is an entire season (so you still have time for Valentine treats too).  The festival traditionally begins on the first […]

We’re dipping jelly hearts and fun Valentine marshmallows in chocolate. They’re easy to dip and fun to eat. Once you’ve been shot by these Valentine arrows, you’ll be in love. Supplies for Chocolate Dipped Hearts: heart jellies and heart shaped marshmallows melted chocolate bowls, spoon wax paper party toothpicks with cellophane frills plastic baggie sprinkles […]

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.  There are a myriad of Peanut Butter Playdough recipes, so I picked the two that sounded best […]

I’m not sure about you, but where I live, it’s cooooooold. I’m needing some yummy soup recipes to keep me warm. Here’s some winter sippin’ soups I’ve found that are helping thaw us out on a cold snowy day. Taco Soup Ole’ by Make and Takes (pictured above) Baked Potato Soup by Good Life Eats […]

Oh, yes they are! I got together with my sister and her husband, Brian, who can make a mean tamale! I asked him to show me how to cook these little gems and if I could share it with you. He made them once for us years ago and I’ve been craving them ever since. […]

These California clementine oranges come around every winter and make me happy. They’re easy to open, peel, and eat! A favorite go-to snack. My whole family will eat them, we go through a whole bag every week. Even my 18 month old tries to peel them herself, putting the skins in the garbage (smart girl)! […]

I’m contributing over at Alpha Mom’s – Once Upon a Holiday with a fun Snowman Hot Chocolate on a Spoon. Come see how Mr. Snowman went for a swim!  

If you’re like us, you still have un-eaten candy canes all over your kitchen. They’re too pretty to throw away and you can’t really give them to anyone, as they have their own piles at home too! So here’s a few things you can do to give candy canes new life without throwing them out. […]

Erin from 5 Dollar Dinners has just come out with a new cookbook that is a must have for feeding your family on a budget. I was given a copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook to read and review, and I love it. Easy and yummy meals for just $5 each! To make all […]

Toasting and Sugaring Almonds

by Marie on December 23, 2009

The Holidays tend to come with a lot of family and friendly gatherings. There’s usually potluck dinners with salads, desserts, and homemade rolls. If you’ve been asked to bring the salad, this simple sugary trick for adding a little flare to your almonds in your salad will have them using the tongs for more! Supplies […]

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 übercool for this Make & Takes post. ;) I am the queen of shortcuts. Making homemade marshmallows is not something […]

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