Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake
Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake! Can you believe we have NEVER made a sheet cake before? We have been loving the cinnamon flavor and decided to take a twist on the regular chocolate cake. I must admit this cake was perfect for me. I am not a cake person, but the cake to frosting ratio was just the right for my liking. The simplicity of frosting this cake is better than a regular cake. It is so fast and easy! Why have I not tried making this type of cake before?
For this recipe it is easier to have ...
Happy International Waffle Day! We decided to share with you our Cinnamon Syrup that you can put over your favorite waffle recipe! If you don't have a favorite waffle recipe I highly suggest you try Almost Famous Pecan Waffles they are filling and wonderful! It seems almost once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Maybe it is because I am becoming more and more exhausted at dinner time or most likely because we just like breakfast foods. Not only are they quick to make, we have the ingredi...
Easter Bunny Pancakes
Did your mom always tell you to not play with your food?! Well, for this Easter Breakfast, we wanted to get the kids involved. What better way to have our Easter breakfast than with pancakes. And to make it even better, let the Little Chefs make them into Easter Bunnies!
My Little Chefs LOVE pancakes. We eat pancakes not just for breakfast, but for lunch and dinner as well. This is why I needed to make a homemade pancake recipe that we loved. For this recipe I like to add and change ...
Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding
This family recipe comes from my mom! Growning up Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding was a frequent side dish for our holiday and birthday dinners. Still to this day, I request my mom to make it for family dinner on my birthday. This recipe has now become one of my Little Chefs favorites.
Along with the colored eggs and baskets filled with candy, Easter also means a Honey Baked Ham for dinner. As we thought about what to go along with our ham, this childhood recipe popped into my ...
Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
At our house, the "go to" snack has always been the granola bar. Recently, as the price of a box of granola bars has sky rocketed. And also realizing the nutritional value of most granola bars are typically the same as a candy bar - I had to bust out the big guns and create a Homemade Granola Bars Recipe.
What we LOVE about this simple homemade granola bar recipe, is that the options are endless. You can pick and choose your own ingredients to your own liking. From peanut butter and ...
Oreo White Chocolate Cookie Recipe
Did you know that today is OREO Cookie Day?! For those who love Oreos as much as we do, we thought we would share some Oreo Fun Facts -
Oreo is the World's favorite cookie, and can be found in more than 100 countries.
71% to 29% is the cookie-to-creme ratio of the original Oreo cookie.
50% of all Oreo eaters pull apart their cookies before eating, with women twisting them more often than men.
To make an annual batch of Oreos you would need 18 million pounds of cocoa, and 47 ...
Saint Patrick Day Personal Pizza
I try to get my Little Chefs to eat new things all the time, but when it comes to Celebrations and Parties, they hardly expect to eat Corned Beef or Cabbage, maybe we will try that next year! So, for this Saint Patricks Day, they wanted PIZZA! I had to think, how can we put a St Patrick twist on Pizza? As my Little Chefs pulled out all their favorite toppings to create their own personal pizza, out came the green pepper....and there was my answer - how cute would a green pepper four leaf ...
Tempura-Continuing Our Culinary Journey
Tempura was made on the same day we also made Japanese Gyoza. Tempura is something I have made for my Little Chefs however this was the first time they helped make it. This afternoon of cooking was like musical chairs. Each time I turned around one Little Chef was off playing and another one was at my side wanting to help.
First the vegetables and protein were prepared. Cut them in thin slices or "matchstick" size. We used green beans, onion, sweet potato and shrimp. The sweet potato ...
Japanese Gyoza – Our staycation through food
Gyoza is a food my Little Chefs know pretty well. They love talking about places they want to go visit. When I was young we would make Gyoza every so often. I remember it taking a LONG time to make. We had many hands in the kitchen helping, but it still took forever. In our old neighborhood our next door neighbor made these as a family and then sold them to help pay for their kids activities. We would buy some which they made and froze so that we could have them whenever we wanted. That is ...
Spicy Fry Sauce. Great to dip or sauce your bun!
Fry Sauce is something we love to make with one of our quick go to meals; hamburgers and homemade steak fries. This time we thought we could kick up the flavor and add some spice! What is nice about this recipe is that if you want to make the ketchup part and stop there you can. If you want to keep going and make the Spicy Fry Sauce you can do that as well. So, in essence this is two recipes in one!
This recipe is easy for any Little Chef to complete. It is quick which means even the ...
Chocolate Cake Anyone…..?!
Yes please!!! And what recipe do you ask is our favorite chocolate cake recipe? It is the "Our Version of Nothing Bundt Chocolate Chip Cake" from the cookbook Favorite Family Recipes. It is simply delicious, and simply......simple!!
We first added the cake mix, chocolate pudding, sour cream, eggs, water and oil and beat till well combined. My Little Chef B is so proud of himself that he is now able to crack and add the eggs with no help (and no shells)!
We stirred in ...
Grilling on the BBQ in the Winter…..Sure Why Not!
We thought we would mix things up a bit and make a dish that is usually prepared for summer barbeques in the WINTER! And yes, we broke out the BBQ Grill in the winter, with snow on the ground! My Little Chefs thought it was so much fun.
We came across this delicious Chicken recipe when a good neighbor of mine brought us dinner one night. Our Chef Dad was out-of-town for work, and she knew that when he is out-of-town, us Chefs take a break from the kitchen and pretty much eat cereal for ...
Chocolate Filled Strawberries
For Valentine's Day we have a yummy tradition that the Little Chefs help make, EAT and share chocolate covered strawberries. This year, however, we decided to mix things up a bit and try a new take on the delicious chocolate dipped strawberry....to turn it inside out and have the chocolate on the inside, Chocolate Filled Strawberries! We thought of this idea after making our Cream Filled Strawberries.
We first had to think of a way to get the strawberries to stand up, and to be able to ...
Chocolate Dipped Hearts
Celebrating holiday's is so much fun! My Little Chefs wanted to make something that they could be creative with. We decided to make rice krispie treats, dip them in chocolate and then decorate them in their own way.
The first step is to make rice krispie treats in a jelly roll pan because we didn't want them to be too thick. One trick we have is when pressing the rice krispie treats into the jelly roll pan place a piece of wax paper over the top and press on that. Using a heart cookie cutter ...
Raspberry Filled Pastries
We had a really fun time using phyllo dough for the first time with our Balsamic Strawberry Napoleons we decided to give another recipe a try! This time we thought it would be fun to roll up some of our favorite jam in the middle and top it with chocolate! I must admit phyllo dough is not the easiest for Little Chefs to work with. Ours cracked and broke a lot, the butter was not as easy to brush on as we thought, but it was still fun. The fun is really what matters for us!
The first step ...
Balsamic Strawberry Napoleons
Here at our house we love balsamic vinegar and we love strawberries! Today's Balsamic Strawberry Napoleons seemed like a quick dessert idea. With the various components of this dessert it took us longer to make then anticipated. But we learned some things, if I was making this dessert for a dinner party I would cut the strawberries and make the whipping cream ahead of time. Little Chef H was really wanting to help with this recipe. I'm pretty sure she just wanted to sneak as many strawb...
Happy National Pie Day!!!
To help us CELEBRATE one of our favorite desserts.......we would like to share with you one of our favorite pie recipes, our Caramel Apple Pie. We have been on a long journey to find an Apple Pie recipe that we love., and would pass the approval of Chef Dad who LOVES apple pie. With a few tweeks of many different recipes we have created one that is our favorite and our Little Chefs enjoy making, sharing and especially eating this wonderful dessert.
This recipe we made has a few twists to ...
Danish Puff Pork Chops
I remember eating Danish Puff Pork Chops when I was young. My Little Chefs enjoy this meal occasionally at family dinner with Grandma and Grandpa, cousins...the whole gang! I recently learned my Grandmother used to make this for company when my mom was little. She even made it for my other set of Grandparents when they had a meal together when my parents got engaged. This recipe has history in my family so I wanted to teach it to my Little Chefs.
Making danish puff pork chops with my ...
Have you ever needed some bread at the last minute to go with a meal? We do, all the time! Every recipe I have needs more then an hour from start to finish. I had the opportunity to watch the Food Nanny in person make her French Baguettes and thought, "My Little Chefs can do that!" This recipe from start to finish can be done in one hour or less! When the Food Nanny demonstrated this recipe she did not use any machine. She said when she goes into the homes of families she always teaches ...
Breaded Ranch Parmesan Chicken
We seem to have chicken at least once per week in our home. The Little Chefs like it and it seems you can make it in so many different ways. I have heard of ranch chicken before, but I have never tried it myself. I have never eaten it, nor have I made it. This seemed like a great opportunity to figure out a new recipe. One of our goals this year is to be a little more adventurous with food. Last year we definitely were with letting the Little Chefs choose the meal and execute the meal. This ...
Iron Chef America Contestant was our Cousin!!!
This past Sunday I put my Little Chefs to bed and then turned on the Food Network for some relaxation. Iron Chef America was on because it was being recorded as usual to watch at a later date. Little Chef Dad was about to change the channel when I said, "Wait!" That is Viet Pham. We had seen him in a previous Food Network competition so I recognized him. I said, "I wonder if Bowman Brown is cooking as well." After not even a minute we saw him! Bowman Brown is a cousin! Viet and Bowman are the ...
New England Crock-Style Baked Beans
Sometime ago we were visiting my Aunt for a special occasion when we ate some really great Baked Beans! I couldn't ask for the recipe because this was a special occasion and the food was from a restaurant. Here at home we were looking for ways to simplify our cooking, especially on the busy days so we started looking through the Better Homes and Gardens Crockery Cookbook. Every recipe is done in the crock pot. (I secretly would love to use the crock pot everyday because it seems so much ...
Little Chef D’s 2012 Favorites
It has been fun to see which recipes are the favorites of each of my Little Chef's. I could have guessed Little Chef D's list. I knew it would mostly consist of desserts, and I was not disappointed!
Little Chef D's 2012 Favorites
Mom's Banana Dessert
Broccoli Florets with Olive Oil
Little Chef C’s 2012 Favorites
In Little Chef C's original favorite list she had over 50 items and some were repeats of her sisters. Since they each had to have their own top 8 that were not chosen by someone else I thought it would be difficult. It was not. We had so many good recipes to choose from some of the good ones were left out.
Little Chef C's 2012 Favorites
Chocolate Nutella Cookies
Yummy Wake Up Smoothie