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New Year’s Buffet Ideas for Your Family

Start the year of right with a stand-out homemade New Year's Day breakfast or brunch! Your kiddos can help out in the kitchen, mixing, measuring, decorating and putting together creative treats. If you're not sure what to make or where to start, check out these easy ideas for your fam's holiday breakfast/brunch-time buffet. Pancakes with Toppings Mix up a batch of your favorite pancake recipe or buy a boxed option. Even though your littles can't actually cook the cakes, they can measure the different ingredients and mix them up in a big ol' bowl! Add a special surprise and sprinkle...

Toast New Year’s Eve With These Family-Friendly Mocktails

The colorful cocktails you favor just won't due when it comes to your family's New Year's Eve celebration. Instead alcoholic beverages, mix up a batch of kid-friendly mocktails! These holiday-themed sips are perfect for everyone in your fam and easy enough for your kiddo's to help you make. Choose one recipe, create a few or check out the mocktail buffet bar idea. Fizzy Berry Blitz Start with sparkling seltzer. Mix in your family's favorite berry juice. You can use bottled juice or make your own. Choose cranberry, cheery, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry or a mix of a few. Instead of a...

Christmas Cupcake Decorating Ideas for the Whole Family

Are Christmas cupcakes on your baking agenda? If you're looking for a few fun-filled ways to jazz up your cupcakes, read on for ideas, inspirations and tips to create cute holiday-themed cupcakes with your kiddos! Santa Claus Hat Cupcakes You've baked a batch of your favorite chocolate, vanilla or other flavor cupcakes. Now what? Instead of a splash of frosting, turn the treats into Santa hat-themed desserts. Bake a batch of sugar cookies. Instead of traditional circle shapes, use a cookie cutter to create triangles. After the cookies cool, frost them with red icing. Frost the top of the cupcakes...

Christmas Eve Cookies for Santa Your Kids Can Make

Treat Santa to a Christmas Eve snack with this easy holiday cookie idea! Don't worry if you aren't an expert baker--Santa will appreciate the thought. As a bonus, your family can sneak a few of Santa's cookies before you put the goodies out for the man in the red suit. Here's What You'll Need Your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or a boxed mixRed and green sprinkles or crystal sugarIcing- in white, red and green colorsWhite chocolate chips How-To Steps Bake the cookies! Follow your recipe or the directions on the box. If you don't have time to bake the...

Easy Christmas Treat Ideas for the Whole Family

Whip up a batch of tasty treats for Christmas! Your kiddos can help out in the kitchen, creating colorful cookies and so much more. Don't worry if you aren't an expert baker. These holiday goodies are easy for everyone to make. Christmas Ornament Sugar Cookies Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe or a boxed mix. If you don't have the time to whip up a batch of your own cookies, buy ready-made treats. Just make sure the cookies aren't decorated yet. Use red, green and white frosting to cover the cookies, creating ornaments. Add snowy white crystal sugar to...

3 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers

You spent the entire holiday cooking the biggest turkey you could find. The family sat down for a Thanksgiving dinner and ate most of your kitchen creation. But you still have some turkey leftover. What can you do with the rest of the bird? Check out these post-holiday recipe ideas that the whole family will enjoy! Turkey Sandwich Bar Turkey sandwiches are a no-brainer. Up your leftover game and set up a family-friendly buffet bar. Slice the turkey and warm it in the oven before serving. Add a few different types of bread, cheese choices, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled veggies, hummus,...

Thanksgiving Cookies for Kids to Decorate

You don't need to wait until Christmas to bake holiday cookies. Your kids can get creative in the kitchen and help you to bake a batch of Thanksgiving treats. Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use a boxed mix. After the cookies are completely cool, you're ready to decorate! Check out a few fun-filled decoration ideas for your fam's Thanksgiving desserts. Turkey Cookies How can you use the rest of your candy corn from Halloween? Transform the tri-colored corn into turkey feathers! Frost the cookies with chocolate icing. Draw a turkey face onto the center of each treat....

3 Pumpkin Pie Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Forget about the same plain old pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. Your kiddos can help you in the kitchen and create pumpkin-themed treats. Instead of the traditional pie, try out these pumpkin-y picks. The whole family can get in on the cooking, and eating, action! Pumpkin Pudding Pies Make individual pumpkin pies with mini crusts and pudding. Start with ready-made mini crusts. Whip up a batch of boxed pumpkin flavored pudding. The kids can help to measure and mix the ingredients. Spoon the pudding into the pie crusts and refrigerate for two to three hours, or until firm. Top the pies...

3 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy

What should you do with leftover Halloween candy? Whether you bought more treats than you had trick-or-treaters or your kiddos just couldn't eat their whole haul, you need to find a way to use up the candy. If you're not sure what to do with the sugary stash, check out these ideas! Donate the Halloween Candy Do you want or need to get the treats out of the house? Ask local food pantries, your child's school or other community organizations about the possibility of donation. If these places won't take candy donations, talk to a friend or host a second...

Spooky and Sweet Halloween Marshmallow Pops

Are you looking for a special treat that's easy to make? You're in Halloween party planning mode. And, this means you're on the hunt for tasty goodies to add to your dessert buffet. Forget about the tricks and focus on this marshmallow treat! You can customize these sweet pops to meet your needs or let your kiddo design their own themed party desserts. What You'll Need Marshmallows Thin Wooden skewers with flat/blunt endsChocolate- Choose a variety, including dark, milk and whiteOrange and black sprinklesOptional: Halloween themed sprinkles, such as pumpkins or ghostsCandy eyesCherry sauceWax paper How-To Marshmallow Pop Steps Push...