Kids’ Treats – Must have Book for moms

kids treats cookbook

My girls and I absolutely love to cook and bake in the kitchen. With school back in session, it seems to be harder and harder for us to find the time to be able to do it. I for sure try to make sure we get a chance at least once a weekend to do it. With the Kids Treats cookbook, you will find an endless supply of ideas that are sure to please all the little ones in your household.

About Kids Treats Cookbook:

Katie Wyllie is the creator and editor-in-chief of the popular parenting, cooking, and craft blog, Made to be a Momma. She has contributed to Kitchen Daily, The Apron Blog for The Home Depot, and many others as a guest blogger. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

Nutter Butter Teddy Bears, Creamsicle Cupcakes with Umbrellas and Flip Flops. Jiggly Jello Popcorn. This imaginative cookbook encourages parents to grab their kids and head into the kitchen to make deliciously creative bites they’ll both enjoy. Featuring step-by-step instructions for 50 tasty treats, each page will guide them as they whip up everything rom wildly cute animal cupcakes to savory snacks inspired by their favorite toys. With kid-friendly recipes for every occasion, little ones will feel extra loved when making and devouring yummy, homemade treats like:

  • Oreo Frogs
  • Rainbow Coated Pretzels
  • Graham Cracker Airplanes
  • Watermelon Cupcakes
  • Snowman Marshmallows

Great recipes:

My girls and I have made a few different treats from this cookbook, but I must admit that we were so hands on and excited about the goodies that we made that I failed to remember to take pictures. So I do apologize and hope to add some pictures soon. Here are a few pictures of the next few treats that the girls have picked out for us to make together in the upcoming weeks!  I can’t wait!

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Purchase:

If you’re interested in purchasing a cookbook for yourself or the children in your life, Head on over to Amazon and get a copy!

Delicious Brownie Dessert


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Who doesn’t love a yummy ooey gooey chocolate dessert on a hot summer day? I am a huge fan of anything chocolate and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this amazing dessert. I have made a few variations of this dessert a few times this summer, but I think that this variation is my absolute favorite. Get a big glass of milk ready for yourself as you prepare this dessert!

Here’s what you need:

  • 9 x 13 brownie mix
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 0z. heavy whipping cream
  • butterfinger for crushed topping

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  1. Make Brownies as directed on the box
  2. Let brownies cool completely
  3. While brownies are cooling mix together all ingredients until they are well blended.
  4. Spread the mixture onto the pan of brownies
  5. Crush up the butterfingers and then sprinkle on the top of the mixture and brownies
  6. Put brownies in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

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My girls really enjoyed crushing up the butterfingers together!

I would say that these brownies are absolutely amazing and my two little helpers would most definitely agree. I love a cool dessert, especially in the summer. I have made these for a few barbecues and summer outings that we have had and I will tell you that I always have to leave the recipe with them when I leave because they are just truly that good.

If you wanted to use a different candy topping heath or even Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups would be a great topping for this amazing dessert.

Please let me know what your thoughts are on this amazing dessert and what topping you choose for your family.

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Wonderful Homemade Chocolate Cake

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I absolutely love to cook and bake. This chocolate cake recipe is one that we have used in my family for a long time. It is easy to make and tastes wonderful. Check it out.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

In a pan combine:

2 sticks butter or margarine

1 C. water

1/3 C. cocoa

Heat to boiling

Combine in a bowl:

2 C. sugar

2 C. Flour

1 tsp. soda

Mix chocolate mixture with the flour mixture. Mix well.
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Chicken Enchilada Soup

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As cold as it is outside here, let me tell you that there isn’t anything better than some good soup!  Or is there? Actually having that soup cook in the crock-pot all day long with no extra work from you makes it even better. I am very excited to share my Quick and Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe with you.

What You Need:

  • 3 Medium/Large Size Cans of Chicken (depending on how meaty you want it).
  • 1 Can of Green Chillies
  • 1 Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Bag Frozen Corn
  • Black Beans Rinsed (I left these out)
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • Chicken Broth (We’ll talk about the amount in a little bit)
  • Cream of Chicken Soup (Talk about how many cans in a bit)
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How To Prepare Your Turkey Safely

Ever wonder how to make sure your turkey is not only done, but safe and bacteria free? Here are some great tips from foodsafety.gov-

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Food Safety Tips:
Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table.
On behalf of the Food Safe Families campaign (from USDA and Ad Council) we want to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Every year, the USDA’s Food Safety Hotline gets thousands of questions about cooking Thanksgiving meals. The hotline’s food safety experts help debunk a slew of turkey myths. Here are a few of the most common:
1. Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible to wash bacteria off any poultry, not just turkey, because pathogens live inside the meat itself. Instead, juices that splash during washing can transfer bacteria onto kitchen surfaces, other foods and utensils. The only way to destroy bacteria on your turkey is to cook it to a minimum internal temp 165 °F; at this temperature bacteria are killed.
2. Myth: Stuffing turkey the night before is a safe way to save time. FALSE. Harmful bacteria can multiply in the stuffing and cause food poisoning when a stuffed bird is refrigerated. The ingredients for the stuffing, wet and dry, can be prepared and refrigerated separately the night before. Stuff the turkey just before you put it into the oven.
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Lamb Shawarma and Tahini Sauce

American Lamb is one of the most versatile meats available in your local grocery store. It imparts a wonderful taste to your dishes and makes for some incredible Latin, Middle Easter, Asian and Mediterranean foods. From gyros, kabobs, bulgogi, or stew- all can use American Lamb to truly bring out the proper international flavor while still buying local. Nearly 82,000 family owned sheep operations are in existence in the United States giving us consumers a steady rate of local family owned meats.

WP_20141030_18_53_41_ProToday we will be making a wonderful traditional Mediterranean dish, Shawarma. Shawarma is a marinated lamb dish which is put over rice, inside of pita or simply by itself. This dish is incredibly easy to prepare and a delicious way to bring some international flare to your dinner room table without having to break the bank on odd spices and ingredients that will only be used once. So be sure to check it out and enjoy. Also I threw together a tahini sauce which is great when poured over the Shawarma, but is not necessary to make this meal. If you do make the tahini sauce, it is quick and easy, but you might want to make quite a bit.  It can be poured over or dipped into by everything, which it will be once you taste it.

Lamb Shawarma

1/2 cup plain yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt can be used)
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Bacon and Onion Squash Sauté

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Makes: 3 servings

Hands-on time: 18 min.

Total time: 18 min.

Server this quick and easy side dish straight from the skillet.

3 hickory-smoked bacon slices

3 cups sliced yellow squash (¾ lb.)

¾ cup chopped onion

¼ tsp. table salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ cup (1 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
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Southern Living- “What’s For Supper” 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals cookbook review

I am not a creative cook.  At all.  What I am is good at following directions.

I live by my cookbooks- but some of them like to get all “fancy” on me, and during the week, who has time for that?  Really.  Not your average mom with kids, not your working parents- not many people.  Sure, you bust out the fancy cooking now and again, but for regular nights- you need something that is fast, easy, and that everyone will eat (but still has nutritional value and is good for them).

That’s why I love this particular cookbook- Southern Living’s new “What’s For Supper” 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals compiles fast and easy meals for those busy weeknights spend doing homework, driving the kids hither and yon, and getting home from work later then we really wanted to (or in my case and the case of those who work at home, not getting it all done as fast as I had hoped to), and still trying to get the laundry done. This really is a “must have” for busy parents- yes, you can always play on pinterest or get your google on, but this is just so easy to have it all in one place for easy access- and the meals are so easy to prepare without having to have a culinary degree to make.  (Those books just make me nuts…I don’t have time to learn cutting techniques, I just want to get dinner on the table.)

If you are in the market for a new cookbook, want to try out some new recipes to shake up your dinners (hey, we all get in ruts), or just love to cook- try this one out, it has become a favorite in my house. (It really is fast!)  Pick yours up on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
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