Dirt Cake

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dirt cake pic monkeyWhat kid doesn’t like dirt? What about edible dirt?
Well, here’s a recipe for a “dirt” cake that’s sure to delight boys and girls alike!
It’s just a fun idea to make special memories with your little ones.
This was a favorite with one of my daughters, especially. She LOVED gummy worms and this creative little dessert just delighted her.
Go have some fun with your kids!

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Go Fly a Kite Cupcakes

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Spring is here again, and the weather is beginning to warm up. (YAY!!)

Go to a park, fly a kite; then, come home and make these fun cupcakes together-  just for fun and just because time with your little ones is so short!

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Mocha Punch

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Here is a special and delicious treat!

We celebrate everyone’s birthday separately in our family- all 37 of us! The birthday person gets to choose their meal and dessert . Mocha punch is often chosen by some of our family members for their birthday dessert.  We also sometimes serve it to our guests as well on special occasions.

I don’t think we’ve run into anyone who didn’t go back for seconds. It’s easy to make too!

  •  1 1/2 quarts water
  • 1/2 c. instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 gal vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 gal. chocolate ice cream
  • 1 c. whipped cream

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Winter Donut Time

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Here’s a fun activity to do as a family or with friends on cold winter nights.

We love to set aside a cold night to put a fire in the fireplace, and then have Dad make donuts. This is something he learned to do as a kid!

We just use canned biscuits (you can make your own donuts for a healthier option and we’ve done that too, but this is easy and quick). It has become our tradition now to do it with some of the grand kids every year, (especially during the Christmas season) but it’s great fun on any cold winter night!

Kids can help out by cutting the donuts, and also coating them after they are fried!

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

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Looking for a fun activity for one of those boring winter days? Here’s something that is a favorite treat in our family.

This is a recipe I got from a cookbook I received as a wedding gift. I was always looking for fun recipes that the kids could help me make that would create great memories. Each year I would make these with the kids for them to enjoy, but also for them to give as gifts when other kids came to visit.

They are easy to make and oh so yummy!

This year, ‘Granddad’ (maybe you know him as Uncle Rick!) helped me make up a batch to share with the family!

Here’s the recipe:

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How to Make Snow Cream

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In honor of the snow we received over the weekend, I’m re-posting our family-favorite recipe for Snow Cream!

Every good snowstorm we have (which isn’t too frequent here in Virginia!), we reserve a nice clean patch of snow with the promise of this treat in mind,

We made up this recipe when our oldest boys were little. Now, everyone looks forward to when Dad makes this special winter treat.

  • 1 1/2 to 2 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 qt. clean snow

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“Thank You” Christmas Cookies

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Last week I had several of the grand kids over and we made 4 batches of cookies to bring to two of our local sheriff’s departments and to several of our neighbors as well. This is something we try to do every year at Christmas. The holidays are a great time to say “thank you” to those who serve us in our community. A simple gesture of appreciation is a blessing to them and also teaches our children about thinking of others.

Here’s what we made this year:

  • Our traditional sugar cookies (find the recipe, below, and in Homemade with Loveusing our nativity cookie cutters.  (The kids had fun decorating them with colored sugars and sprinkles. This year Anne had the idea of using powdered sugar to roll them out on instead of flour. Great idea! It worked really well.)
  • Three chip chocolate chip cookies
  • Peanut Butter Blossom (from Homemade with Love)
  • Oatmeal M &M Cookies

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Fall Fun Rice Krispie Treats

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Here is a fun activity to do with small children to celebrate fall! (tastes good, too!)  I made these today with 2 of my grandchildren, and they had a blast making them. It’s even easy enough for even toddlers to help with!

We made two batches, one red and one orange.

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“Hidden Sins” Cupcakes (a tasty object lesson)

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Here is a great and tasty object lesson about sin you can do with your children. It is one of the projects found in our Character Concepts for Preschoolers Mom’s Guide. I found this recipe/idea years ago from an old Bible cookbook for kids that had different Bible lessons with recipes to go along with them.

This one become a favorite. In fact, when our youngest child, Kasey, was a little girl, she began calling sweets ‘sin’ and asking for some ‘sin’ for dessert! That always brought some laughter!

Just last week when I had 4 of the grand kids over for a couple of days, I brought out this recipe to make with them. They wondered what in the world we were doing when Kasey and I suggested making “hidden sins” for dessert!  🙂

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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homemade strawberry ice cream
We went strawberry picking this week, and now we’re enjoying homemade strawberry ice cream!
Kelley made it for us and it is so delicious! It doesn’t use any cream, just whole milk. EASY!
(Extra good with fresh, raw milk, if you can get it)
This is one of our favorite ice cream recipes. Yum!

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