Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownies #Recipe

I knew that Friday was going to be a rough day at school for my daughter.  A good friend of hers was moving out of state and Friday was her last day at school.  My daughter doesn't handle goodbyes very well so I thought I would have a fun activity planned for us to do that night to keep her mind off of her sadness.  She loves to bake so I found a delicious brownie recipe on Taste of Home for us to make together (and EAT) to make her feel better.  Well, unfortunately she was too upset to even want to bake with me that night but I did get her to … [Read more...]

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

My kids are extremely active...they participate in a number of after school sports and some days they get off the bus and onto the tennis court with only a 15 minute break.  That means I need quick, healthy, high energy snacks to feed them so they don't pass out in the middle of a practice!  These energy balls are high in protein and whole grains and are sweet enough that they think they are a great treat!  They are really easy to make and the ingredients can be altered depending on your kid's tastes. No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread #Recipe

My kids are huge fans of peanut butter.  They put it on sandwiches, dip fruit into it, spread it on celery with raisins, and often ask to eat it right off the spoon.  I came across a unique looking recipe on Cooking Light and thought it sounded like something they would really enjoy.  I made a few tweaks to the original recipe and then threw in some chocolate chips (as per my son's request).  Everything tastes better with chocolate chips in it right?  So, now we have an addition to our peanut butter repertoire:  Peanut butter chocolate chip … [Read more...]

4th of July desserts: Patriotic S’mores!

The fourth of July is fast approaching and with it comes parties, BBQs, cookouts, and of course all things red, white, and blue!  No good backyard cookout would be complete without S'mores, right?  Well,  Aldi's recently sent me a great collection of items to help bring a little USA spirit to our cookout this summer!  Check out one of our favorite 4th of July desserts: Patriotic S'mores 4th of July desserts Ingredients for each S'more you want to make:  2 halves of a graham cracker 2 marshmallows (each cut in half) enough … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake: 3 Steps To a Delicious Summer Desert Recipe

For my family, food usually changes with the seasons.  Since I try to choose produce that is grown as locally as possible, the types of fruits and vegetables we eat depends on what can actually be grown here in any given month.  I am lucky to live close to Florida where I can get fresh strawberries starting in late March!  Last week I picked up tons of fresh strawberries since we were having company and I wanted to make strawberry shortcake for desert.  I know you can use frozen strawberries for strawberry shortcake but that … [Read more...]

Kids in the kitchen: Patriotic Strawberries for a welcome home treat

My husband's job takes him out of town every few months.  My kids don't handle it all too well, although it is getting a little easier as they get older.  One way my daughter copes with her separation anxiety is by planning special ways to welcome him home.  Sometimes it is a special dinner, other times it may be a welcome home poster or decorations, and frequently she likes to choose a special desert to create. Now that she is a little older she has her very own kid's cookbook and can do a lot of the work herself.  If you have to deal with … [Read more...]