Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Yummy Snowflakes - Letter "Y"


  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 6 teaspoons oil or butter or cooking spray (for frying)
  • powdered sugar
1. Just like you would a paper snowflake, fold the tortillas and cut out shapes from it.
2. Open up the tortillas and see your snowflake.
#'s 3. and 4. are optional
3. Fry them.
4. Dust them with powdered sugar.
This book by Janet Craig is a great one to read before you start  making your snowflakes.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fiesta White Chili

1 can black beans
1 can corn, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1- 8 oz. package light cream cheese
2 chicken breasts

*This is a crock-pot or slow cooker recipe*
Cook and shred the chicken first. Then drain and rinse the black beans. Place the chicken in the bottom of the pot, then corn, Rotel, and black beans. Top all of this with the chili and onion powders and the ranch mix. Stir. Place the cream cheese on the very top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!:)

*If you want the chili to be thick, add some brown rice in the mixture but watch the chili carefully and add water as needed. 

I only remembered to take this picture before cooking the chili. I will try to remember to take a picture of the finished chili next time. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

X-ray vision Cookies - Letter "X"

These are called "X-ray vision cookies" because they contain carrots, which contain beta-carotene, that help with vision. Does it help with night vision? I don't know but it is a cute name for cookies:) And what other recipe can we make for letter "X"??:) The cookies turned out very delicious! The original recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips but I actually put in 2 cups. :) I want to make these again soon!!!

2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup nonfat milk
1/3 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup quick-cooking oat
1 cup carrot, grated
1 cup raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, milk and oil.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg; add to the egg mixture and mix well. Stir in the chips, oats, carrots and raisins.
4. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray; flatten slightly.
5. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown; remove to wire racks to cool.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/x-ray-vision-chocolate-chip-cookies-251162?oc=linkback

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pudding Paint (Edible)

This is a craft recipe to make pudding paint. Pudding paint is an edible paint that kids can use to create fun art work. And they can eat it too! Pudding paint can be used with a paint brush, q-tip, or it can also be used as a finger paint. Pudding paint is easy to make and your kids will love painting with this edible paint.

1 package of vanilla instant pudding mix
milk for preparing pudding
food coloring
q-tips or paint brushes

Prepare the pudding as directed. Divide the pudding into small bowls or a muffin tin. Add food coloring to make desired colors. Put in the refrigerator and store until ready to be used.
Start painting! You can paint on any paper. Store any unused pudding paint in the refrigerator or eat it up instead!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Peanut Butter Play Dough - Letter "P"

Peanut Butter Play Dough
*Be aware of any students in your class that may have a peanut allergy.

2 c. non-fat powdered milk
2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. honey

Mix the above ingredients until the mixture forms a soft, pliable dough. If necessary, add more honey and powdered milk to get the correct consistency. Spoon some onto each child's plate. Ask the children to form the letter "P" with their dough and then form a "P" object or animal. After completing, allow children to eat their art work!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ants on a Log AND Apple Smiles - Letter "A"

Olivia, my almost three-year-old daughter, and I are having a blast studying her ABC"D"s (as she calls it)! We made two simple no bake recipes for Letter "A": Ants on a Log and Apple Smiles.

Letter "A" Recipe #1:

Ants on a Log

Celery stalks
Peanut Butter

Cut stalks into pieces about 2 inches long. Spread peanut butter across the pieces and then add raisins.
putting her Ants on a Log

Letter "A" Recipe #2:
Apple Smiles

2 large apples
1/2 c. smooth peanut butter

1. Cut two apples into eight slices each.
2. Remove the apple cores.
3. Spread peanut butter on one side of each slide.
4. Place marshmallows between two apple slices.
5. Grin back at your Apple Smile:)

I found this idea from Creative Teaching Press: Book Cooks pg. 55

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wiggly Worms in Mud - Letter "W"

Our letter of the week is "W" so we made Wiggly Worms in the mud!

1 package of chocolate Jell-O Instant Pudding
2 c. cold milk
1 - 6.5 oz. package Gummy Worms

Follow directions on the pudding box. Then serve the pudding with worms! Easy easy easy and the children love it!

We're still trying to teach Olivia to take little bites!!:)

Sawyer opted for his mud without worms:)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Simple Apple Dumplings

My mom first found this recipe several years ago in Southern Living magazine. It has been a favorite ever seen!! 

Simple Apple Dumplings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • Directions
  1. Unroll crescent dough and separate into eight triangles. Roll up one apple wedge in each triangle; pinch edges to seal. Place in a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, orange juice and butter to a boil. Pour over dumplings (dumplings will float to the top). Sprinkle with apple pie spice. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
I like to add frozen vanilla yogurt on top!

I think the orange juice is what makes this recipe soooo delicious!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

recipe from Alexandra Cooks

Serves 6-8
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.
Lemon zest makes this recipe soooo yummy!

This is considered a "breakfast" recipe but I actually served it as a dessert with some vanilla frozen yogurt on top, and with coffee too of course!:) 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Snickers Salad

I first tried this recipe when a dear friend, Robyn, prepared it for a Care Group gathering when we lived in Wake Forest, NC. It's great for the summer when you want something cool and refreshing.

Snickers Salad

1- 3.4 oz box of Jell-O French Vanilla Instant Pudding
24- fun size Snickers candy bars
4- large Granny Smith apples
1- 16 oz. Cool Whip

1. Cut up the Snickers bars into small pieces and place them in a container in the freezer for a while.
2. Prepare the pudding by the directions on the box.
3. Slice the apples into small bite size pieces.
4. Combine snickers pieces, apples bites, pudding, and Cool Whip in a large bowl and stir well. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles
by: Paula Deen

Recipe makes about 50.


1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cup all-purpose flour

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate morsels

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 1/2 lb chocolate bark candy coating, melted


In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate morsels and pecans, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours.
*Cook’s Note: Since the dough is sticky, roll your fingers into flour. This will make it easier to roll.
Melt chocolate bark candy coating in a double boiler. Using 2 forks, dip cookie balls into candy coating to cover. Place on waxed paper and chill to set. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
You can use mini cupcake holders to make them not quite as messy.

Here shows the truffle cut in half.

She has a sweet tooth like her momma!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Easy Key Lime Pie

Easy Key Lime Pie
by: Lori Boyd Pigott

1 Graham cracker pie crust
1/3 c. Nellie & Joe's lime juice
3 heaping spoonfuls of Cool Whip
1(14 oz.) can condensed milk
a few drops of green food coloring

Mix the lime juice, cool whip, and condensed milk together. Add a few drops of green food coloring and stir well. Pour it into the pie crust. Chill until firm.
Optional: may add additional Cool Whip as topping