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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 […]

This recipe comes from one of my most beloved cookbooks, Land O’ Lakes Treasury of County Recipes.  (It’s really hard to find these days unless you buy it used.) I grew up making recipes from this book with my mother. One recipe I never tried until I was an adult was the recipe for Orange […]

We’ve been busy in the kitchen making some yummy Holiday treats. Here’s a few of the delicious goodies filling our tummies, making for a true Holiday season! Christmas Sweet Bread Wreath – fun for the kids to decorate ~~~~ Frozen Cookie Logs – great for neighbor gifts ~~~~ Pamela’s Toffee – THE best ever! ~~~~ […]

Guest Post by Ciaran from Momfluential Latkes (aka potato pancakes) may be the first food that comes to mind when people say Hanukkah, but these are not the only Hanukkah delicacy out there. The tradition is to eat foods fried in oil and these can be savory or sweet, as long as they are fried. […]

Here is a simple (and inexpensive) gift that is sure to warm the homes of anyone that is lucky enough to receive it. Just take the ingredients above and add a few more items and you have yourself sweet smelling holiday potpourri. First, gather up the following: One large apple One large orange One large […]

If you ever wanted to host a party and pull it off flawlessly, have I got the cookbook for you! I’m happy to share one of Make and Takes newest sponsors with you, The Gathering of Friends Cookbook series by Michelle Huxxtable. After flipping page after page of these well organized books, I’m know I […]

It’s Wednesday and the day before Thanksgiving.  I know.  You probably already have your menus planned.  Have you baked your pumpkin pie yet? I’ll let you in on a little secret–I don’t like pumpkin pie….unless it’s the one pictured below.  This pie changed my mind about pumpkin pie forever. Last year as I was casually […]

Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Puree

by Marie on November 18, 2009

Fall is the best time for pumpkin recipes, I think it’s my favorite ingredient. I’m showing how simple it is to make your own fresh pumpkin puree. It’s really easier than you think, and then you’ve got it ready to go for some fall time recipes! Recipe for Pumpkin Puree: a Pumpkin – but needs […]

Weekend Make and Takes: Turkeys

by Marie on November 14, 2009

Little Turkey Yarn Favor by Make and Takes (pictured above) How to Make Turkey Stock by Kalyn’s Kitchen Playdough Turkey Craft by My Family My Forever Potato Print Turkey by No Time For Flash Cards Cute Turkey Hat by Parents Yummy Turkey Recipes by Simply Recipes Banana Gobble Pancakes by Little Nummies

I’ve updated my Links page, sharing just a few of my favorite blogs. Please check them out. Here’s just a little shout out to a few of my favorite Food Blogs that I’m reading these days: This Week For Dinner – Of course Jane is always sharing delicious recipes here as a Make and Takes […]

Guest Post by Amanda of Impress Your Kids. I have a vivid memory of getting off the bus in 4th grade and walking down the driveway while carefully holding a “make and take” in my hand. It was a tiny turkey made out of an Oreo and a few pieces of candy. A room-mother had […]

Yes, homemade microwave popcorn, and it really works! I was skeptical. I didn’t believe it could be that easy, but IT IS! Lisa, from Snack Girl, has shared her how-to for Homemade Microwave Popcorn. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: Put 1/4 cup popcorn in a brown paper bag. Fold top over a few […]

Trick-or-Treat Cookies

by Lindsey on October 28, 2009

My husband does not like sugar cookies.  No way.  But he does like these Trick-or-Treat cookies a lot.  The dough is soft and pliable and full of Fall–honey, molasses, raisins, and spices. For the cookies in the pictures, I used half whole wheat flour and omitted the raisins (didn’t have any on hand).  The only […]

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 […]

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

by Lindsey on October 14, 2009

These are the perfect chocolate cupcakes. Perfect. They aren’t too chocolaty, but enough to tame a heavy-duty craving. And the texture is lovely too. They practically melt in your mouth. The recipe comes from baking wizard, Dorie Greenspan.  If you aren’t familiar with her and you like to bake, do a quick Google search and […]

Boo-tastic Goblin Treats

by Marie on October 7, 2009

Are you needing a ghoulish treat to make for a few little goblins at your feet? Well, these Rice Crispy Goblins are all too fun to make and even more creepy to eat! Supplies for Rice Crispy Goblins: rice crispy treats recipe food coloring toothpicks candy corn chocolate candy rocks m&m’s, raisins, other candy around […]

Creating a Good Green Salad

by Lindsey on September 30, 2009

(Mixed greens with strawberries, cashews, feta, and chicken.) I never thought I liked salad because all I ever saw when I was growing up was insipid iceberg lettuce, dry preshredded carrots and gloppy ranch dressing. Now that kind of salad has its place, just not in my kitchen.  Salad can be much more adventurous and […]

Apple Treats & Crafts for Fall

by Marie on September 23, 2009

Apple season is upon us and that means lots of tasty treats and creative crafts to be had. Here’s a few past activities from Make and Takes showcasing ripe juicy apples. Apple Stamped Cards ~~~ Homemade Applesauce ~~~ Applesauce Cookies ~~~ Apple Hand-Stitched Card ~~~ Homemade Apple Pie What apple treats and crafts have you […]

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 […]

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