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Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Recipes

Warm your heart (and your sweetie's too!) with a freshly brewed cup of Valentine's Day hot chocolate. With the winter weather still in full force, February is the perfect time for a toasty sweet treat. Instead of chocolate hearts or a box of candy, gift your kiddo, spouse, significant other or other sweetheart this marshmallow-spiked drink! Instead of the same hot chocolate everyone is used to, up your Valentine's Day game with these holiday-themed ideas. Strawberry Hot Chocolate Use the colors of the holiday to create a berry-filled hot chocolate drink. Instead of the brown chocolate color, use strawberry syrup...

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Shortcakes

Do you need a quick, easy to make Valentine's Day treat for child's school holiday party or your own at-home bash? If you don't have the time, or the baking skills, to whip up your own from-scratch goodies, check out this super-simple heart-themed strawberry shortcake. Not only is this an easy recipe (that you can complete in less time than you think), but it's also fun for the kids to help cook. What You'll Need: Ready-made small-sized shortcake cups (these are available from most major grocery retailers) Whipped topping Strawberries Optional: Ready-made chocolate dipped strawberries How-To Strawberry Shortcake Steps Chop...

New Year’s Day Family Brunch Ideas

How are you celebrating New Year's Day? If you have a family brunch planned, don't let yourself get stuck in the kitchen all morning long. Enlist the help of your kids and create a menu that they can whip up too! While young children can't use the stove or the oven, they can help with measuring, mixing, decorating and even some of the menu planning. If you're not sure what items to add to your holiday brunch menu, consider these tasty (and easy to make) picks. Egg Sandwiches You can handle making the eggs and the kiddos can out them...

New Year’s Foods for Good Luck

Start the New Year of right with a "good luck" meal! Some foods are symbols of good luck—especially when it comes to the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holidays. If you're looking for a few good luck foods, check out these family-friendly options. Lentils With a shape that's believed to look like Roman coins, lentils are a symbol of wealth and prosperity for the New Year. Cook the lentils, let them cool and add them to a festive holiday day salad. Mix the lentils with greens (which are also a lucky New Year's food), add raisins or dried...

How To Make Hanukkah Dreidel Cookies

Make a dreidel—out of sugar cookies! This Hanukkah holiday treat is easy to make, even if you aren't an expert baker. Gather the family in the kitchen for a cookie-making activity that everyone can enjoy. Read on for the how-to steps and creative cookie gift ideas. What You'll Need You have a few different options when it comes to dreidel decorated cookies. If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, bake the treats from scratch. If not, or if you prefer something simple, start with refrigerated dough. After the dough is ready to go, you'll need two cookie cutters—a square...

Easy Christmas Dessert Recipes

Do you want to fill your holiday party with plenty of festive baked goods? Even though you want to cerate a buffet of red and green goodies, you might not have the time (or the baking skill) to whip up the Christmas treats from scratch. Don't worry. Check out these easy options that you can create with almost no effort. And the best part is—the kids can help too! Santa's Hat Cupcakes Bake a batch of boxed vanilla cupcakes or use your favorite recipe. Top the cupcakes with a cone of red icing. If you don't have red icing, or...

Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Ideas

The Thanksgiving feast doesn't end on the holiday. If you have leftover turkey, potatoes and other tasty treats, check out how you can turn the rest of your menu into after-the-day meals—for breakfast. So go ahead and treat your family to the best post-Thanksgiving breakfast they could dream of. Turkey Egg English Muffin Turn yesterday's turkey into a tasty breakfast sandwich. Pull apart pieces of turkey, shredding or dicing it. Toast an English muffin, layer turkey, an egg (choose your/your child's favorite style) and cheese on top. Sneak extra veggies into your kids' sandwiches and add a slice of tomato,...

Easy Thansgiving Treat Ideas

Do you need a dozen cute cupcakes, cookies or other baked goods for your kiddo's Thanksgiving party at school. Instead of spending the day in the kitchen by yourself, check out these easy ideas that the kids can help to make. Turkey Cupcake Cake Turn a box of cupcakes into a turkey-shaped cake for everyone to enjoy! Either bake your favorite recipe or use a ready-to-mix version. Arrange the bakes cupcakes into the shape of a turkey. Create a larger oval with a smaller circle at the top. Frost the cakes to look like one turkey. Add a beak and...

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes for Kids

Are you already planning your Thanksgiving menu? Do the kids want to get in on the cooking action? Even though your young children aren't ready to use the stove or oven safely, they can help out with their own version of meal prep. Kitchen-time for kids can help them to develop key math, science and critical-thinking skills. Celebrate Thanksgiving with these easy-to-make, kid-friendly cooking ideas. Cranberry Sauce Let your kiddo pick their favorite ingredients to add to your own cranberry (or store-bought) recipe. Add in golden raisins, pine nuts, almond slivers, pineapple chunks, sliced and diced pears, orange slices, or...

Sweet Breakfast Noodle Kugel Recipr for Yom Kippur

Break the fast with this Yom Kippur breakfast kugel. This sweet, noodle-filled treat is the perfect way to start your day, break your fast or just snack! This pudding-like part of your holiday meal plan is easy to make—for the whole family. Cooking is an ideal activity if you want to bring everyone together and help your children to learn about traditions, science and so much more. Ask the kids to help you to measure and mix the ingredients, while you do the baking yourself. Ingredients You'll Need 1/2-pound egg noodles 1 cup cottage cheese 2 cups sour cream 1/2-cup...