Sep 112013

National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is this Friday, September 13th.  I love any excuse to get cooking with kids in the kitchen.  Not only does cooking help teach math skills, it’s also an important life skill; they’re going to need to feed themselves some day, right?

It’s not a day that existed when I was a kid, but I spent plenty of time in the kitchen baking treats and making dinner for my family.  I baked a Cookie Monster cake and decorated it by hand – all that blue fur with a “grass” decorating tip – for my brother’s 3rd or 4th birthday.  And I regularly made dinner for my parents on their wedding anniversary.

Cooking with Kids – 10 Recipes

While Bubbles is a little young to let loose in the kitchen on her own, she absolutely loves to help prepare meals.  She spreads her own peanut butter and jelly on her sandwiches, helps pour water for cooking mac & cheese, and measures out ingredients for cookies and other baked treats.  She’s also great at adding cheese and other toppings to pizza.

Cooking with Kids: 10 Recipes Kids Can Cook

I reached out to some fellow bloggers and others to put together a list of recipes that your kids will be able to make either on their own, or with minimal help (like putting something in and taking something out of the oven).  There are also a couple of recipes that you can do together with younger kiddos.  Hopefully you’ll end up having dinner prepared and served for you on Friday.  But don’t forget – the cook doesn’t clean, so it may be your turn to do the dishes!

Roasted Sweet Potato Shapes – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Pizza Pinwheels – Newlywed Survival (pictured above)
Loaded Baked Banana Boats – This Flourishing Life
Angry Birds Waffles – Sunshine and Sippy Cups (pictured above)
Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts – A Nation of Moms (pictured above)
Candy Sushi – SusieQTpies Cafe
Dipped Marshmallows – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Individual Biscuit Pizzas – Nicki’s Random Musings
Pear Penguins –

And here’s a bonus! Your kids can make these Homemade Dog Treats from Two Little Cavaliers for your four-footed family members.

What are your favorite recipes for cooking with kids?

Jan 142013

I love quick and easy recipes that also make great gifts and these chocolate covered pretzels fit that bill!  Packaged in an easy DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Bag with stickers, they make a cute gift for Valentine’s Day.  They’re also really easy for kids to help make.  Bubbles helped me make a batch yesterday and she had a great time mixing, sprinkling, and dipping.

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels for Valentine's Day

If you have a child in elementary school these might make a nice Valentine for their friends. Just add their names for a personalized Valentine’s treat.  Even junior high- and high school-aged kids like to give valentines and these could work for them too.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind receiving a bag of these either. Continue reading »