Apple Cider Squeeze

Every year in the fall my aunt and uncle host a cider squeeze. They have an old fashioned apple cider press and invite the neighborhood to bring their apples, come help, and take home a can (or more!) of freshly squeezed and canned cider at the…

Mango Salsa

I cannot rave enough about this little gem of a recipe! This mango salsa is simple and delicious. I love making this to jazz up a simple dinner of cheese quesadillas. It would also be delicious on grilled chicken, or just with chips! Something I’ve learned…

Mini Muffins!

If you’re like me and you LOVE having freshly baked muffins around, these recipes are perfect for you! I was so excited when I found these in a cookbook from the library called Baby and Toddler on the Go by Kim Laidlaw. What I love about…

Avocado Egg Salad

This simple and delicious little sandwich was so easy to make, and quite healthy to boot! While my barely 3 year old didn’t eat the finished product she certainly enjoyed the cooking process. For an easy and fun toddler cooking activity I’d recommend… ADULT PREP Hard…

Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Now I’m not a gingerbread expert. So I can’t claim this is “the best gingerbread recipe”… My goal was to find one that is simple (ingredients and measurements), and allows the kids to get involved. When I read this recipe from Babes in Disneyland I knew…

Simple Holiday Table Arrangement

Many of you enjoyed Jessica’s piece on why she gardens with her kids. Today she is back to share a simple tutorial for creating a fresh foraged holiday table arrangement. Thanks for your words and for sharing your creativity Jessica! – Bethany This time of year…

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts

Tis the season! I was so excited to find these simple little treats that were a delight to make with my barely 3 year old, 4 and a half year old, and my 6 year old cousin helped out as well! All three kids gathered around…

Audrey Wood’s Napping Books Don’t Put You to Sleep!

If you are a huge fan of good illustrations that come with an entertaining plot line, you will love these books.  All of Audrey Wood’s books are winners for both of my toddlers. Several of her books are bestsellers!  The plot-lines are engaging, quirky and unique…

Cruise Through Donald Crews Train Books

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Donald Crews’ big sellers “Freight Train” and “Truck”, but he has several other books that grab kids attention and help them to learn.  If you have toddlers who love trains, trucks, boats etc. these are the books for…

Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta

Here’s a little preview of a post I wrote for Cooking with Languages! These little appetizers were such a great recipe experience for the kiddos! They enjoyed… PAINTING SLICED BAGUETTES MASHING CANNELINI BEANS SMELLING THE INGREDIENTS  The ingredients are so full of flavor – what a…

Mo Willems Mo’ Fun

If you haven’t heard of the Mo Willems books go get them right now!  These books are so much fun!  The Knuffle Bunny series uses real photography- along with drawings for their illustrations and so the books are super unique.  The Pigeon series is extremely interactive;…

Eric Litwen’s Books Are “Groovy”

Eric Litwin teaches amazing concepts like colors, counting, basic addition and subtraction and social skills, all through a groovy cat that sings catchy songs and strolls through life with ease.  I love that Pete the Cat faces real kid challenges with an attitude of optimism and…

No Bake Banana Oat Energy Bites

I am on a bit of a grab n’ go snack kick.  Since having a new baby, packing a lunch for two toddlers and loading us all up on time has gotten a little trickier.  I am looking for lots of snacks, I can quickly grab…

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been dying to share this recipe. This has been one of my FAVORITE fall/Halloween desserts for YEARS! My mom would make it every October and it is just such a perfect treat. One reason I love these bars is that it makes a BIG…

Peanut Butter Apple Smiles

I saw this simple idea for an easy toddler recipe and snack/treat on pinterest and just had to give it a try! I am really into interactive snacks that give the kids a chance to experiment while they also are satisfied by a delicious and hopefully…

Southwest Pumpkin Soup

This recipe comes from my treasured family cookbook that was a gift from my Aunt Rachel. When I made it I added all the spices and it had a bit of a kick! So if you aren’t a big fan of spicy/curry flavors, consider adding a…

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

These cookies were AMAZING.  They were moist and fluffy and had just a hint of pumpkin without being overwhelming.  My husband loves snickerdoodles and when he ate these, he gained an even greater love for pumpkin snickerdoodles.  Maybe it’s the time of year but anything with…

13 Haunted Halloween Books for Your Little Monster

Looking for some fun, SPOOKY Halloween books for the kids? that won’t actually frighten them to death?? We have just the books for you!  Halloween is one of me and my kids FAVORITE holidays.  The kids love digging up the latest and greatest Halloween books to…

Mandarin Pumpkins

These simple and healthy little snacks are perfect for October! Credit goes to Bren Did for the original idea. I was hoping to find some fun themed snacks for a month when typically we are all eating WAY too much candy and sugar! YOU WILL NEED…

Overnight Oats: Pumpkin Pie + Maple Brown Sugar

I always have a hard time finding quick and easy breakfast meals that aren’t cereal, so when I found overnight oats I was pretty excited.  These are super simple recipes and you can experiment with other overnight oat recipes by adding and trying new things.  …

Mini Peach Pies with Egg Wash Paint

Is anyone else out there holding onto summer? Or is summer holding onto me?? As I’m typing it’s 80 degrees outside and a glorious sun kissed day! That’s September for ya… the best month in my opinion. This recipe has a lot of fun exciting cooking…