Cherry Pineapple Punch
Cherry Pineapple Punch is a great party punch for all ages! This easy recipe has a couple of unexpected but well known ingredients. First you start with boiling water. Dissolve some sugar and amazingly a box of cherry jello. Put this mixture into the fridge to cool. Just before the party starts add juice, soda and almond extract. I wasn't sure of the extract so I tasted it before and after. I can't believe the difference it makes. Try it yourself and tell me which way you prefer.
Valentine’s Day Punch
Don't forget a special Valentine's Day Punch to go along with your Valentine's Day meal. This red drink needs to be put together the night before to freeze. An hour before your special dinner thaw the frozen part and then combine it with soda.
Valentine's Day Punch
The red color makes this a fun valentine's day punch. It actually is a slushy punch. Part of the recipe is combined the night before and then frozen. The trick is to allow the frozen part to thaw just enough to make a slush ...
One of the easiest types of recipes kids can make are smoothies. This Tropical Smoothie is something my 5 year old can make with little assistance. She loves measuring out the ingredients and dumping them into the blender. For some reason the dumping part is the favorite! We are able to practice counting and measuring with little pressure. If the measurements are not perfect the tropical smoothies recipe will not be ruined.
My Blentec blender recently broke so we have not been able to make ...
Vanilla Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Snow is so fun to play in but having Vanilla Peppermint Hot Chocolate to warm me up is exciting too! Yesterday we woke up to a winter wonderland. Everything was covered in inches of snow. Throughout the day we still had snow flurries but then it became heavier. We woke up again to inches of snow today. As fun as it is to go outside and play in all that snow it is also fun to come inside and warm up with some vanilla peppermint hot chocolate. This easy recipe comes together quickly. The half and ...
Avengers Party Drinks
We are a household comprised mostly of girls. Little Chef Dad is determined to educate my girls with comic book characters. That means learning all about the Avengers. Today we want to share easy recipes for non-alcoholic drinks representing some of the Avengers.
My Little Chefs had a great time learning about the science behind creating the drink. How do you create the layers? Why does it work sometimes and other times it doesn't? It's great when we can mix science into anything!
Blueberry Orange Surprise Smoothie
We were so excited when Chef Dad came home from work one day with a gift, and not just any gift.....the Blendtec!!
One of our favorite things to make with our breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and for snacks, and even for desserts are BlendTec SMOOTHIES!!! We love them! And how easy is it to give my Little Chefs a full serving of fruits and vegetables all in one yummy drink! And now with the Blendtec it seemed to me and my Little Chefs that our options are now endless. There is a ...
Orange Cream Delight
We love to make smoothies because they are hard to go wrong. The Little Chefs are able to make their own recipes, or they are able to alter others like this one. All the ingredients are added to the blender in any order, except the ice which always goes last.
For the Orange Cream Delight Little Chef D added the yogurt.
Next the peaches and banana.
Then comes the milk.
Little Chef D and A worked together to get out the orange juice concentrate. That was a hard task because it was ...
Cinnaberry Peach Delight
We hope you are enjoying your summer. It has been so hot here we are drinking whatever we can find! Little Chef A has been asking for a long time to make up her own recipe. Well....she has done it! I let her create her very own smoothie recipe. This is her very first of many, I'm sure! How did this come about?? Well, I let her know what ingredients we had available and let her decide how much of what she wanted to include in the smoothie.
She chose 1 cup of frozen mixed berries.
Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
We have been having hot 100 degree days lately. When our days are this hot we are constantly drinking anything and everything to stay hydrated. Sometimes we go for a "special drink" or make our own when my Little Chefs work hard weeding or score a goal in the soccer game. Fresh Strawberry Lemonade is a three ingredient recipe quick to whip up when you need something special. I love the use of fresh strawberries, especially from the garden. I always think when our strawberries are ripe we ...
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake
Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!! To celebrate the awesomeness of the Chocolate Chip......we of course wanted to make some Chocolate Chip cookies. But, instead of actually cooking them, we wanted to try something even better!!! Check out this easy recipe we have for you today.
Are you like us and eat and eat most of the Cookie Dough batter before the cookies hit the oven? If so, then you gotta try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake!! What a better combo - our favorite chocolate ...
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
School is almost out and summer is right around the corner. Fun smoothies is a great way for kids to 'cook' in the kitchen. Smoothies are quick and easy! Strawberry Lemonade has only 5 familiar ingredients; strawberries, banana, lemonade, a squeeze of fresh lemon and ice.
Little Chef C combined everything in a blender. Juicing the lemon was the hardest part. She needed help from Little Chef Dad to squeeze it hard enough to produce any juice! She also needed help pouring the lemonade because ...
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 ...
Five Little Chefs - Brazilian Lemonade
The first thing I need to say is, why is this drink called Brazilian Lemonade? Can't we just call it Limeade? I've seen different versions of this recipe and they all have the same name. WE don't understand why when the recipe clearly is using limes not lemons. That being said, this is one of OUR favorite all time drinks. Thank you Our Best Bites!
All the Little Chefs helped with a part of the cutting of the limes. One cut off the ends, another ...
Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie
Five Little Chefs - Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie
Last weekend Little Chef A was with a group of girls her age. They decided to make smoothies together. She was super excited because they did not follow a recipe. They made up their own! This is why smoothies are the easiest thing kids can make. We did follow a recipe, Yummy Wake-Up Smoothie. What an interesting name we thought!
After the ingredients were measured out it was time to dump it all in.
I taught my Little Chefs a ...
Santa’s Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate
Five Little Chefs - Santa's Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate
Since we are on a hot chocolate kick right now we are trying another one, Santa's Favorite Malted Hot Chocolate. The Little Chefs were so confused why it had Santa in the name, but I explained perhaps someone makes it every Christmas Eve. That seemed to satisfy them for the moment. Mom can make a pretty convincing case!
We had all the ingredients in our pantry. Why would we have malted milk powder? Someone told me if you add a ...
Recipe Redo: Delicious Hot Chocolate
Five Little Chefs - Recipe Redo: Delicious Hot Chocolate
In my attempt to help my Little Chefs learn from their mistakes in life, we frequently discuss what could have been said or done next time to obtain a better outcome. This has spilled over into our cooking. I do mean "our" because when I cook a meal its usually Little Chef A that will say, "probably if you did ..... next time it would be better." She says this matter of factly without me even asking for opinions!
When Little Chef A ...
Five Little Chefs - Raspberry-Orange Smoothie
This week for our new drink my Little Chefs tried Raspberry-Orange Smoothie found on the food network site. This was super simple. Everything was dumped into the blender and the button pushed. The ingredients are almost all described in the title, raspberries, orange juice, plain yogurt and of course ice. The recipe was doubled because there are a lot of us!
After the ingredients were measured out Little Chef D dumped them all ...
Delicious Hot Chocolate
Its cold here and wet, well semi-cold this winter. Little Chef A wanted to help make some Delicious Hot Chocolate. When she found out she had to cut the orange she wanted to try out her knew knife which is made especially for kids. I first explained she did not need to cut the orange in half, just the rind which is the outside orange part. She said "Why don't I just peel the orange?" I explained the white part is bitter and that wouldn't taste good. She took ...
Orange Banana Smoothie
Five Little Chefs - Orange Banana Smoothie My Little Chefs LOVE bananas and juice. We seem to have both around quite frequently. I have been known to buy a lot of bananas, eat some, and freeze some for later. When I came across this recipe I thought it would be perfect for us! I know this recipe calls for everything fresh. In fact all the recipes we have been making call for everything fresh. In our world (home) we have so much going on fresh everything isn't possible or affordable. We ...
Five Little Chefs - Vanilla Milkshake We thought it would be fun to try a new drink each week. Ice cream is a favorite treat, so naturally the first drink we wanted to try was a Vanilla Milkshake by Paula Deen. All my Little Chefs were excited and knew we had the ingredients to make it. Little Chef D has a hard time eating her meals most of the time. Sometime the gentle coaxing works, sometimes it doesn't. I finally said we are making the Vanilla Milkshake after dinner. You need ...