Posts Tagged ‘snacks’

Food Fun Friday: Muddy Buddies

Friday, September 7th, 2012 by by
Muddy Buddies recipe

Today’s fun kids snack is easy to prepare. How easy? Prep time is 15 minutes, and then cooling time is another 15 minutes. The best part about making these is that kids can help with many of the steps. So get those kids in the kitchen, and let’s make some Muddy Buddies!

Muddy Buddies are essentially a Chex-like cereal with melted chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. If you want to make some for yourself, gather up the following items:

  • Any flavor of Chex cereal or similar – 4 1/2 Cups
  • Powdered sugar – 3/4 Cup
  • Chocolate chips (semi-sweet or regular – we used regular) – 1/2 Cup
  • Butter or margarine – 1/8 Cup
  • Vanilla – 1/2 Tsp
  • Peanut butter – 1/4 Cup



Reusing Jar Candle Tops

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by by

I’ve had 4 Yankee Candle jar toppers sitting in my kitchen drawer for about 6 months. Every time I open the drawer, I think I need to throw them away, but you know me; I just couldn’t do it.

I finally found a use for them! Call me crazy, but it worked well :-)

This was great for The Older! Since one of the aspects of his PDD includes the inability to eat foods that have touched each other, I was able to serve him grapes that were in their own little container. He loved how “different” this was, and he actually ate every single grape. I’m going to try this with all different fruits and see if I can get him to try other varieties than just apples and grapes ;-)

Wednesday: 9 Healthy AND Filling DELICIOUS Snacks for 150 Calories or Less – and ALL Under 10 Minutes for Prep

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by by

Today’s Wellness Wednesdays article is, well, a mouthful. Let’s just say it is everything women want from their food. All of the following foods are:

-Under 150 calories

-Take 10 minutes or less to prep

-Healthful (nutrient rich)



This is really how to get those 150 calories to stretch to something that will actually carry you. (A lot more than a stupid ’100 calories cookie pack’ or half a candy bar…) Hope you enjoy these and that they help you when the snackies hit.

Guac Tac Roll (more…)

Food Fun Friday: Yogurt Covered Berries on a Stick

Friday, May 25th, 2012 by by

Welcome to Food Fun Friday! Have you noticed that any food is more fun when it’s on a stick? Well I have, and when I saw these yummy Frozen Yogurt-Covered Blueberry Kabobs from One Good Thing by Jillie, I knew this was a great food activity to try with my little ones.
You will need:

  • Skewers (I cut the pointy tip off since the kids would be doing this)
  • Blueberries and Strawberries
  • Greek style yogurt (I used honey flavored)



Review, Recipe, and Giveaway: Wholly Guacamole

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by by
Who doesn’t love guacamole? Everyone I know does. Well, maybe not my kids. You see, guacamole is different, and it’s green, and that’s enough to keep my kids away. In the past, when we have been at a restaurant, they have refused to try the guacamole. So I was excited to receive a package of different varieties of  Wholly Guacamole and Wholly Salsa. I knew that there was bound to be something here they would like. I also knew that if I was going to get them to try this good stuff, I would have to make it pretty appealing.

Who has the time to make guacamole? With three little ones running around, not me. Wholly Guacamole allows you to have guacamole whenever you have the craving. Their products are all natural with no preservatives. You can feel good about giving it to your family. They have many varieties of guacamole such as Classic, Organic, Pico de Gallo, and more. I just adore their 100 Calorie Packs. They satisfy a guac craving while allowing me to practice portion control. In my area, you can find Wholly Guacamole products at Target, Safeway, and Costco. (more…)

Food Fun Friday – Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Friday, January 6th, 2012 by by

The last few years, I have made chocolate dipped pretzel rods to give as gifts. Recently, when my girls saw me making a batch, they wanted to help. If you’ve ever had three toddlers helping you in the kitchen, you realize it’s not really that helpful. But kids benefit so much from these kinds of hands-on experiences, so we gave it a try. Here are our surprisingly successful results.

Supplies you will need:

  • Milk Chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips
  • Pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles
  • Mug for dipping
  • Spoon
  • Drying rack or wax paper
  • Tray for sprinkles (more…)

Making Snowman Pops

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by by

It’s become a necessity to take treats to your child’s class on his or her birthday, so today was my turn. Troy is not a cake or cupcake child. He loves the idea, proceeds to eat the icing, then says “Mommy, I don’t like this” and throws the rest away. It makes me cringe every time I see all that food go wasted, and I personally don’t want to eat every single one that he or Will (who is the exact same way) throw away. I wasn’t sure what to do and came across Snowman Pops in Parents magazine. They are Oreo cookies, marshmallows, and vanilla and chocolate coating. PERFECT! However, I am not great at reproducing these awesome ideas, I see so I enlisted some help from the husband. We tackled this chore Sunday afternoon. Yes, we passed up watching football so you know just how important this was for us!

What you need:
Mini chocolate chips for making eyes and mouth
Orange candy or orange icing for nose
Large Marshmallows for hats
Vanilla Candy Melts or Vanilla CandiQuick
Chocolate Candy Melts or Chocolate CandiQuick
Lollipop Sticks
Foam Block

1) Melt the vanilla candy melts as directed and dip the oreos in it to completely cover. I did this by hand and smoothed the edges, adding more coating as needed with the back of a spoon. Set on wax paper. Add the chocolate chips to eyes and mouth while it’s setting so that they set into the coating. Trim the orange candy or apply the orange icing to make the nose.



Food Fun Friday – Christmas Tree Bread

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by by
This easy kids recipe is the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season.  My kids loved making their own snack, and who doesn’t like an edible activity?  When you see how simple it is to make Christmas Tree bread, you might just add it to your list of Christmas activities.

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Sliced bread
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter
  • Milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Brush
  • Butter (optional)
  • M and M’s


Chocolate Pretzels Recipe: He NEEDS It, You Guys

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by by

I made the easiest little snack (twice) this weekend and figured I would share. The munchkin and I had dinner at my mom’s house Saturday night. Since I had to stop at the market on the way over, I decided to pick up the ingredients needed for this tasty little treat. Pretzels and Hershey’s Kisses or Hugs. Two ingredients. Satisfies salty and sweet cravings! Doesn’t get much better than that!

Get started:

Grab a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line it with parchment paper. Place desired number of pretzels on said sheet. Stick a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle and put that baby in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Immediately after removal, place another pretzel on top of the kiss and make a delicious chocolate and pretzel sandwich. Then stick in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes while it cools and hardens.

See? So easy your toddler can help (eat) everything before and after you put it together. Haeden’s job was to place the kisses in the middle of the pretzel. Before he could even get started, he grabbed a kiss, looked at me, and said in the most pitiful voice, “Mommy, I NEED to eat this REALLY BAD!”

Kid’s got a flare for the dramatic. He never “wants” anything, no, he “NEEDS” it!

Fresh scallions wrapped in cream cheese and ham

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by by

These wraps make for a great appetizer or summer snack. My husband and kids love them. The scallions are fresh from our garden this year, but any green onion will do. Simply spread some cream cheese on sliced ham and wrap it around a small handful of scallions. It’s super easy and tasty.