Cooking with Friends & Reto

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Happy Tuesday!!  I am always reading about the importance of getting children to help in the kitchen and letting them help with cooking, so when a friend suggested we get a few of our daughters together for a cooking class, I immediately hopped on board.  So this past Sunday we had Reto to the house for a cooking class.  He taught the girls (11 yrs old) all about knives and how to hold them as well as how to slice, dice and chop.  He taught them about food safety.  And he taught them how to make Chicken Piccata and homemade Crepes with Nutella and Bananas.  And I have to say, the Chicken Piccata was the best I have ever had!!  The girls literally made everything from scratch and after all their hard work, they sat down to have a meal together.  They had a great time learning to cook and enjoyed chatting with each other over a fabulous meal.  A great day of cooking with friends and a day they will remember for years to come.

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Happy Cooking,

Heather

Cookie Monster

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Happy Friday!  Well, I received a lot of positive feedback on last weeks post about the Art in The Park Party, so I thought I would share another party from the park.  This party was done last year when our youngest daughter was turning 2.  She loves the color blue and loves cookies, so I thought what better theme than Cookie Monster.  This party was done at 11am on a Saturday, so for the food, I did mini bagels, mini PB&J sandwiches, Sesame Street granola bars and Sesame Street crackers, bottled water and Cookie Monster Cupcakes!!  The party favors were bubbles and a giant homemade chocolate chip cookie wrapped in a clear plastic bag.  

Happy Planning,

Heather

After school snack fun…

Happy Monday!!  Thought I would share a recipe I saw in Food Network Magazine…Sweet Sushi.  The recipe was a little more difficult than I thought, but it was a huge hit with the kids.  You cover a banana in Nutella & then roll in cereal…I used Rice Krispies….slice and serve like Sushi.  Enjoy!

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Happy Monday,

Heather

MK’s Art in the Park 3rd Birthday

 

 

 

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Our youngest daughter, MK, recently turned 3 and wIth a November birthday and a wide range of ages in children who were attending, I took my chances and planned her party at the local park.  MK loves to color and she also loves Mickey Mouse so I wanted to incorporate those 2 themes, so I came up with Art in Elmwood Park.  My friend has an organization where she delivers children’s artwork to children globally to help inspire their imagination so I thought it would be fun to set up a coloring station and all the artwork would be donated to Crayons Matter.  My children all like to help plan their parties so MK went to work and helped design her invites.  I served mini hot dogs, smiley face fries, a few other kid friendly snacks and bottled water (because juice gets to sticky at the park.)  Years ago, when out first daughter was turning 4, I learned about “Drop and Go”…where moms drop their children off at the party and quickly run for the door so they can go enjoy 2 hours of freedom…I will never forget that over-whelming feeling of realizing that my sitter and I were in charge of 18 little 4 year olds…so I now serve wine at all my parties…haven’t had a parent (mom or dad) leave yet!!  So, I had wine and cheese for the adults and plenty of Mickey Mouse Cupcakes for everyone.  For the party favors, I wrapped up a Mickey Mouse coloring book…which I found at the Dollar Store…Crayons and a Mickey Mouse Cookie that I made.  For the older kids, I substituted a pad of drawing paper in place of the coloring book.  Art in The Park was a fun afternoon for everyone!!

Celebrate,

Heather

Happy New Year, Anniversary & Valentine’s Day!

Happy 2014!!  With the start of the New Year, Our Jan 3rd Anniversary Date and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better time to drink champagne and toast with some heart shaped sugar cookies.  I like to keep a homemade sugar cookie recipe in my back pocket, but if you are short on time or maybe just not a baker but want to make your cookies special, you can buy a roll of slice in bake cookie dough (like Pillsbury) and roll the dough out and use any shape cookie cutter.  

Cheers,

Heather

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