Jack O'Lantern Cuties

  So simple and easy, but super fun and no worries about all the excess sugar and everything else we want to avoid during these sugary holidays. This is another project that is fun for kids to be involved in! Having a big bowl of jack-o-lantern to munch on during your Halloween party is terrific…

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Chocolate Dipped or Painted Apricots

I love having “food crafts” for my kids to work on. Having the kids help with preparing food is great on so many levels! Gets them in the kitchen so they’re comfortable with “cooking” Builds wonderful memories Fills the creativity need Gives them something to work on Helps them enjoy giving to others (we always make treats…

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Halloween Fruit Kabobs

Anytime we take the time to make something special for the children in our lives, they enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be full of sugar, artificial colors or have some character on it. Kids notice when we take time out of our day just for them. It’s actually more meaningful to make something simple like…

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Dairy Free Caramel Apples

  For the last few months I’ve been gluten free and dairy free. Our youngest son, currently 10 months, had horrible eczema and as long as I avoid gluten and dairy, he’s fine. (Click here to read more about our eczema journey.) It’s definitely been challenging not having dairy- I love cheese and butter! But…

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Harvest Parfaits

  Being a foodie and particularly a real food foodie, I’m always bothered by the excess of sugary junk that gets devoured on Halloween. No one, and I mean no one, needs that much candy, let alone the chemical additives that are included to it to make it taste acceptable. Our kids don’t eat a lot…

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Strawberry Semifreddo

Semifreddo is a wonderfully simple, and yet very elegant dessert. An impressive frozen yogurt dessert, it’s easy to throw together days ahead, so you don’t have to put in any extra time for dessert they day of a dinner party. It’s really one of my favorite ice cream treats, since I don’t have to have an ice cream maker…

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Simple Desserts: Raspberry Fool

This dessert is so quick and easy and it disappears just as quickly! The raspberries highlight each bite of creamy goodness. Anything with fruit is a hit around here, but this one is particularly popular and so refreshing on hot summer days!   Raspberry Fool Ingredients: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup yogurt, plain…

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Peach Semifreddo

  Semifreddo is a refreshing frozen yogurt dessert, basically meaning “semi- frozen”. This is a healthy treat, so no guilt involved when you serve this dish!   This is one of my favorite desserts. It’s delicious, easy to make and can be made ahead of time, so I don’t have to stress over making dessert…

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Yes, I have a love affair of popsicles, and you most likely will find a new popsicle recipe every summer week on this blog. I just can’t help myself! They are so much fun to make and eat! I think these are particularly fun, just because they look so pretty and like you spent a long…

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade. Such a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up! Making lemonade is a great family activity. Call everyone into the kitchen, juice lemons, cut strawberries and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor! My kids are always excited to help with this treat and I have to admit, I am too, but that may…

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Strawberry Banana Popsicles

  My kids look forward to summer… mostly for the popsicles. It’s the highlight of their day. And, really, what is better than playing in the hot sun, running home and cooling off with a fresh delicious popsicle? I love coming up with new varieties, and the kids love being the official taste-testers. They give…

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Wine Soaked Peaches

This simple dessert has an air of elegance to it and is a delightful taste combination. We’ve enjoyed this on many occasions, my favorite is a low-key get together with friends, often BBQ-ing some Orange Chicken Drumsticks and playing a game of Settlers.   Wine Soaked Peaches Ingredients: 2 peaches 2 cups moscato (approximately) Vanilla ice…

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Simple Strawberry Salsa

One of our family’s favorite foods for summer is a fresh salsa and this summer I was introduced to this gem: a simple strawberry salsa. Hello summer! Wow- that is good! The whole family enjoys this one, even my I-never-eat-salsa daughter loves it! This is a mild salsa, so if you like spice- definitely leave the seeds in…

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3 Super Simple Red, White and Blue Fruit Treats

When our family comes together to celebrate Memorial Day or Independence Day, I think it’s important to think about the reason we are celebrating. One way to do that is to serve patriotic colored treats to the kids and talk about the reasons we’re thankful for the freedoms we have in the U.S. My kids love…

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Caramel Apple Pancake Sauce

Weekends are a great time to come together as a family, take your time and create a delicious meal together. Breakfast is a perfect meal to prepare together, especially with little ones. Making pancakes, scrambling eggs and slicing fruit is simple and easy for kids to help with. Our family loves having a big breakfast…

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Marshmallow Bouquet

A beautifully unique table setting that doubles as dessert. Yes please! My family was thrilled to see this gracing our dinner table and everyone was quick to eat all their vegetables since there was dessert staring them in the face. These homemade marshmallows are seriously the best I’ve ever had and since are made with…

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Melon Hearts, a Simple Valentine Treat

You know those days, when you want to add a touch of special to the meal? This is a beautifully simple answer. Great for a Valentine’s breakfast or brunch and a snack that the kids can help create. These cute little hearts are a perfect replacement to the average sugary Valentine treats. Melon Hearts Ingredients:…

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Pomegranate Gummies, a Simple Valentine Treat

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The simplicity of the holiday makes it my absolute favorite! We do small thoughtful things for each other and that’s it. Simple and fun. Simple treats are a great time to get the kids in the kitchen with you. They can help you measure, stir and then cut…

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Simple Desserts: Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar

Now and then in the midst of the chill of winter (at least for those of us in the US in January!), it’s a delight to enjoy some fresh strawberries. Fruit desserts are such a refreshing treat. And this one is truly unique. With the sweetness of fresh strawberries and a delicious zing of balsamic…

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