Gingerbread Fun- Books and Bites

Gingerbread Fun- Books and Bites

This month I turned into the Gingerbread man. I hosted a decorating party every weekend so my house and car was concerted into a candy factory. I could have stopped to build a house at a moment’s notice (not that that’s a skill that actually comes in handy). I couldn’t let the month end without sharing one of my favorite ‘Book & Bites’ pairing. Check out my favorite gingerbread story and recipe on the blog- even if you have to archive it to use next year.

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Fall Book & Bites- Cheesy Leaf Crackers

Fall Book & Bites- Cheesy Leaf Crackers

There are so many reasons to love Fall and I don’t think I’ve met a person that doesn’t enjoy the season. There is something wonderful about the transition occurring in nature and magical about the colors swirling around us. Watching Fall through my girls eyes amplifies the splendor. Read more to see our favorite Fall books and a fun food craft to enjoy making and snacking on.

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Salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments

After years of working with children in the kitchen it is fun to share my experience with my girls at home in our own kitchen. It is crazy how I can have so much patience at YCA but find myself having to take a breath and consciously wait with my own girls. I have to remind myself to apply the same principals at home as I do at work which is to let the kids jump and work 100% hands on without trying to intervene or correct too much. Even if that means flour flies everywhere and dough is smashed into the granite. Everything can be cleaned and at the end of the day it's worth it if it means they are being empowered to explore and create in the kitchen. So for our project today, the girls are sharing how to make salt dough ornaments. 

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Lemon Cookies- a must bake recipe for your weekend

Lemon Cookies- a must bake recipe for your weekend

I love using lemons! I use them to clean, freshen up the air, decorate, add flavor to cooked dishes; but let's be real, I love baking with them. I decided to experiment with a cookie recipe and made these delicious fluffy cookies. After posting a picture to instagram, I received several requests for the recipe so I decided to take a break from my blog posting hiatus to post the recipe. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.

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It's been a while… Family Chicken Pot Pie

It's been a while… Family Chicken Pot Pie

It's been a while… but this recipe is too tasty not to share. It was pretty easy to throw together and makes a perfect Fall meal. I enjoyed having the girls in the kitchen with me and spending a little more time in the kitchen working on this recipe. Check it out, add your favorite filling ingredients and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Bar- William's Sonoma

Pumpkin Bar- William's Sonoma

Fall is here and the weather should be cooling down. It was overcast today so it gave the illusion of a cuddly Fall day even though it was still in the upper 80's outside. Today I decided to make a recipe from Williams-Sonoma that I haven't made in years and it took me and my husband on a trip down memory lane. You have to try out these Pumpkin Bars, they will change your life. They are not low on fat but they are worth every bite.

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