month : 04/2012 24 results

Broccoli Florets with Olive Oil

  For our easy Sunday dinner we we already having Beef Stroganoff that had been cooking all day in the crockpot. We were trying to decide what sides to have, a weak part of our menu planning. We picked up some broccoli the other day! Our next task was to find a recipe using broccoli. The catch was we needed to have all the other ingredients. No shopping today. We found a Giada recipe, Broccoli Florets with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, that Little Chef A thought would be good to try. We did not ...

Andes Mint Cupcakes

Andes Mint Cupcakes A few weeks ago I was looking through a link party and saw these Andes Mint Cupcakes. I went to the Kurtz Corner and was reading the posting when Little Chef A came over and asked what I was doing. She saw them and thought they looked "soooo good!" I knew right then and there we were going to make these soon! The first part is very simple; make a batch of chocolate cupcakes according to the box directions. Little Chef A has learned so much she was able to do it by ...

Review: Easy Bake Stylin’ Sweets Cake Kit

My Little Chefs received an Easy Bake Stylin' Sweet Cake Kit as a gift from my Brothers family. From the outside it looks like a lot of fun! The packaging is pink, just the right color pink to attract any little girl. Upon opening there are a lot of parts but after consulting the manual we were able to easily figure out which part does what. I read the instructions to the Little Chefs and explained the steps we were going to follow. The manual advises to tape down wax paper and only bake/d...

Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce

Five Little Chefs - Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Mustard Sauce was a request from Little Chef A. She came home from school recently and said most of the kids in her class hate brussels sprouts. "I don't know if I like them or not. I haven't tried them." I was impressed with her indecision because of her lack of knowledge. We were going to need to do something about that! Little Chef C found in her Impossible To Easy cookbook by Robert Irvine ...

That is a pineapple….or is it a mango?

Five Little Chefs - That is a pineapple....or is it a mango?  How many times have you or your kids misidentified fruits or vegetables? Mine do it quite frequently.  The first recipe Little Chef C made was Chef Robert's Seared Mahi Mahi with Mango Sauce.  In referencing this recipe later she said she wanted to "make the fish with the pineapple sauce." After some thought I realized she was mistaking the mango for the pineapple. Why would she get the two mixed up? They seem so different to me. ...

Strawberry and Rosemary Scones

Five Little Chefs - Strawberry and Rosemary Scones Little Chef A watched a Giada episode we had saved. Strawberry and Rosemary Scones was one of the recipes featured. Little Chef A immediately wanted to make these scones. We had blueberry and grape jelly in our home, but she insisted we use strawberry jam "like Giada." How could I say no at that point? We immediately went to the store and got strawberry jam. The scone mix was easy to make. The ingredients were measured out and added to a ...

Pretzel Bites

Five Little Chefs - Pretzel Bites  We saw the recipe for Pretzel Bites on Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake. The Little Chefs thought the name of that blog was hilarious! They liked the idea of making two different flavors of pretzel bites at once. Little Chef D cut the dough. The recipe calls for texas size, but we used the dinner size and still cut it in 4ths because we have small mouths and wanted them to be one bite. The pizza cutter was a great idea! It cut very well even though she ...

The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Yesterday I received a comment from Jessica at Green PB&J; that I had been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much! Everyone should go check out her cute site. There are some rules associated with this award: 1. Grab the Versatile Blogger button. 2. Thank the person who nominated you. 3. Include a link to their blog. 4. Share 7 things about yourself. 5. Pass along the love! Nominate 15 of your favorite blogs. 6. Inform each nominee with a comment on their ...

Fuzzy Navel Smoothie

Five Little Chefs - Fuzzy Navel Smoothie Smoothies are easy for kids to make at any age. Usually they are dump and blend recipes. This Fuzzy Navel Smoothie is no different. The Little Chefs each took a turn to dump in the ingredients. No measuring was required. A little more or a little less of something is just fine. After it was all blended together it was time to enjoy! This recipe made a lot! We just barely finished it all. Little Chef H loved drinking a little then pulling the ...

Color Me Rad Winner!

Color Me Rad winner is Tiffany who wrote; "I like Breathing Space Retreat on Facebook." Congrats!

Grilled Salmon I

Five Little Chefs - Cooking Salmon in Foil Packets We had success with our last salmon recipe, the Little Chefs were excited to try another. This time we chose Grilled Salmon from allrecipes.com. Little Chef A helped Little Chef D measure out the marinade ingredients into a ziploc bag. Little Chef D wanted so badly to make this recipe all by herself. But when she realized she could not hold everything at once, she let her sister assist. They were very careful to put the salmon in the bag ...

King Arthur Flour Very Berry Scones

Five Little Chefs - King Arthur Flour Very Berry Scones Little Chef D received some cooking supplies from Grandma and Grandpa for her birthday. This gift might seem unusual for someone this young, but she really does love to cook. She has been SO excited and wanted to make HER recipes every day! The first one she made was Very Berry Scones from King Arthur Flour. We made a small adaptation. Instead of doing it by hand I thought it would be easier if she pulsed the dough in a food processor. ...

Color Me Rad 5K Race – Utah

Have you ever heard of Color Me Rad? Until signing up for the Breathing Space Blogger Retreat I was not familiar with it. Take a look at the pictures! It looks like a big party right! We are not a running family, but we have been trying to get out and run/walk in preparation for fun summer hiking and activities. We will be participating for fun, not to win. My Little Chefs are so excited to look "like easter eggs"! (Easter is still on their minds!) Kids 7 and under run for free! I am buying ...

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Five Little Chefs - Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles Little Chef D did a wonderful job cutting off the ends of the beans. She used a steak knife because that is all she is able to use safely. She HAD to cut both ends off!  While she was cutting she said, "Excellent, excellent I love it!" This was our first time blanching. All the Little Chefs gathered around as I explained blanching is only partially cooking the beans and then we take them out and put them in an ice bath to stop the ...

Market Street Au Gratin Potatoes

Five Little Chefs - Market Street Au Gratin Potatoes This was the first time Little Chef C peeled the potatoes without having one drop into the sink! We both were very excited! We have used the mandolin many time to slice potatoes. It works with limited success. This time I had a different idea for cutting, the food processor! Little Chef C had a great time dropping the potatoes into the hole and watching them shoot out the bottom into the bowl. She also grated the cheese in the same ...

Breathing Space – A Blogger Retreat

I am SO excited to attend Breathing Space a blogger retreat in Daybreak, Utah on May 4-5, 2012. I stumbled onto a post about this conference a couple weeks ago. I thought it would be good to meet other bloggers, especially because I'm new to this whole blogging world! My next thought was would it be fun going alone, not knowing anyone? After some more research and contemplation I decided to jump in and do something way out of my comfort zone and go. They said I would be provided with my new ...

Easter Turkey

  We pulled out the turkey from the refrigerator and cut open the bag. Little Chef A patted the turkey dry on both sides and placed it in the roasting pan. Little Chef C cut the orange and onion in 8ths. She did it the night before so she knew exactly how to do it, just one additional cut. She also cut the celery and the carrot in one inch pieces. Little Chef a covered the outside of the turkey with pats of butter. She was ok getting her hands all greasy this time and did not complain...

How NOT to brine a turkey!

Five Little Chefs - How NOT to brine a turkey Little Chef A thought it would be fun to make a turkey. While we were cooking she said over and over she wished it was Thanksgiving so we could have a lot of cousins to play with! That is usually what happens when we have turkey for a meal. After defrosting the turkey for days and taking up so much space in our refrigerator it was time to start preparing. Little Chef A was overly excited to take it out and put it in the freshly cleaned kitchen ...

Fried Ravioli

Five Little Chefs - Fried Ravioli Little Chef A was ready for another Giada recipe. We found Fried Ravioli from the Food Network. From reading the recipe it seemed easy. It has only a 15 minute cooking time! That means it should take us about an hour! Little Chef A went to the grocery store with me to find all the ingredients for this weeks recipes. She was extremely excited to have one on one time with me at the store! Little Chef A put some vegetable oil (not olive oil as the recipe ...

Little Chef Musings

Our Chicken Fajitas were featured at 30 Handmade Days! Thanks so much! My Little Chefs are starting to sound like they are experts. Some are more daring then others to voice their opinion. Some ask more questions then others. Most of those conversations occur while we are cooking. Some occur when we watch Food Network or when someone else is making the meal. Most of the time I laugh and they are not sure what to say to that. They do not know what is so funny. Tonight Little Chef Dad was ...

Frozen Yogurt Drops

Five Little Chefs - Frozen Yogurt Drops Frozen Yogurt Drops is not our idea. In fact I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it like many others. I wanted to see if Little Chefs could make these themselves. It does seem very simple. Only 4 steps! 1. Fill a ziploc bag with any type of yogurt, we used about 1 cup. Do you know the ziploc trick? Roll the top of the bag down so the new top edge is actually the inside of the bag. Now when you spill on the top part of the bag as you fill it you are ...

Amish White Bread

Five Little Chefs - Amish White Bread We LOVE warm homemade rolls! I make them quite often; dinner rolls, French Dip rolls, whole wheat rolls.  We needed to bring rolls to Grandma and Grandpa's house so I thought it was time to let my Little Chefs tackle this recipe., Amish White Bread. The first instruction I gave was about yeast and the temperature of water. Little Chef A didn't seem so interested in the complexity of having just the right temperature of water, instead she wanted ...

Too Much Chocolate Cake and Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Today's post really should be named Questions. What does this do? What does that do? It made me feel not very smart. I didn't have the answers. I think we need to become Alton Brown students  because he is so good at explaining the purpose of each ingredient. I have made this Too Much Chocolate Cake recipe once before with rave reviews. It is simple because it is made with a boxed cake mix and some extra additions. We were going up to Grandma and Grandpa's house for family dinner and one ...

German Pancake and Buttermilk Syrup

For one night when Little Chef Dad is away for work we usually have breakfast for dinner. This evening Little Chef A wanted to make German Pancakes.  She remembers loving them after making them for the first time with Grandma. Don't you love how memories are tied together with food! Little Chef A got out the eggs to crack. It is so funny to me that she says, "Oopsy" each time she cracks it open with her thumbs as if she made a mistake! Followed by the much anticipated, "Icky, my hands are ...