Easy Easter Bunny Bottoms – A Cinnamon Roll Treat

My favorite fun food ideas are those that are spontaneous when I’m just trying to make my kiddos happy. {grin} My Easter Bunny Bottom Cinnamon Roll Treat couldn’t get any easier!

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Yep. You got it from the pictorial. The only difference in these and normal cinnamon rolls is cutting a mini marshmallow in half and adding it the center. Oh yeah… and the giggles you get when you ask your kids if they’d like another “Bunny Bottom.”

By the way, if you have a kiddo with dairy food allergies like I do, the Kroger brand is yummy and has no dairy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patty’s Day

My boys love cinnamon rolls and when we’re not running to a sports practice I often bake them on Saturdays. This Saturday we decided to have a little fun and shape our cinnamon rolls like shamrocks in early celebration for St. Patrick’s Day!

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You guys know my youngest has severe food allergies so baking from scratch is a must some times. Not in this case though! These are Kroger brand cinnamon rolls and they have no dairy! Yay!

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We just pinched each roll into five pieces, four clovers and one stem. And while they were baking I added a touch of green food coloring to the cinnamon roll icing. Waalaa! Super fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day breakfast idea!

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fruit bars with real, honest ingredients

Pineapple Popsicles

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Okay friends. You know my seven year old has severe food allergies.

It’s one of the things that drove me to learn to bake. You know, the kind of baking where you leave out or add ingredients until you perfect a recipe so that no one, family or guests, realize that something is missing. Yep. Pretty much everything I do is dairy free and no one is the wiser! I even make homemade dairy free ice cream sometimes and my hardest challenge, his older brother, loves it.

Popsicles

Well, with Edy’s Outstine Fruit Bars, there is no need to whip anything up. They’re simple. They’re real. They’re delicious. AND, they come in a multitude of flavors. These four (some seasonal) are my family’s favorites: Pineapple, Lemon, Peach and Strawberry.

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I loved them all, but my absolute hands down favorite is the lemon. Refreshing. Amazing. In LOVE!

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I know I feel good about feeding my kids Edy’s. They get a refreshing and delicious treat and I have piece of mind that they’re filled with honest, real ingredients.

Visit Edy’s Outshine Fruit Bars to learn more about America’s favorite fruit bar! And you can find them on facebook too for details on the latest flavors!

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best ever OREO ice cream recipe

Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry… have been on my mind for the past few weeks.

My youngest has severe food allergies and at the top of that list is dairy… which can make summer treats very hard. When all the other kiddos are running to the ice cream truck and picking anything they want off the menu, my little one has to ask to read the label before he can start munching. He handles it well… better than I would at his age… but it makes my heart hurt that he has to.

So I teamed up with Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. (Blueberry and lemon ice cream recipe is coming tomorrow!)

I have to say, I think I’ve nailed it. It tastes like the old-fashioned ice cream we used to make when I was a kid. Not only does my little one with food allergies love this OREO ice cream recipe (yep… OREOs have no dairy or egg or nut!), but so does my oldest and he can eat anything!

To make homemade soy OREO ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 crushed OREO cookies (I used chocolate filled OREOs. If you use regular, the ice cream will remain vanilla)
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Crush 10 OREO cookies in a resealable bag, fold into cold mixture, add to ice cream maker and churn.

Yields about one quart.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monsters university rice krispie treats

Monsters University

Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Monsters University? We did on Tuesday and the my boys loved it!

If your kiddos are excited, or if you’re planning a Monsters University party, I have a treat for you! An easy Mike Wazowski Rice Krispies Treat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (I add 4 and then a bit at a time so they keep a good consistency)
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Butter (for dairy-free Rice Krispies use Smart Balance Light Butter)
  • Fondant, white (Wilton’s pre-made available JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Blue and Lime Green food coloring, gel is best
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Resealable bag
  • Cookie cutters: egg shape, 1.5″ round and .5″ round (or could use an icing tip bottom for tiny round)

Monsters University

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Body, part I - Make Rice Krispies Treats as you normally would using the recipe on the box, except, add lime green food coloring gel (I used three squirts, but to your liking) to the marshmallow and butter mixture, before adding the cereal. Finish the treats.
  2. Body, part II – Place a piece of wax paper on your counter, butter the egg shaped cookie cutter and mold the treats while still warm. The wax paper and butter will keep them from sticking to anything but themselves.
  3. Eye, white - Roll out the fondant and using the 1.5″ cookie cutter, cut out the white part of the eye
  4. Eye, blue – Place a small amount of fondant in a resealable bag with a squirt of blue gel food coloring. Massage the color into the fondant. Roll out on wax paper and using the .5″ cookie cutter (or icing tip bottom) cut out eye.
  5. Horns and mouth – roll white fondant between your hands (like you would play dough to make a snake!) and pinch off the length you need for both the mouth and horns. Round the edges.
  6. Assemble Mike – Attach the white eye, horns and mouth. Because the Rice Krispie is slightly sticky, the fondant will adhere to it  (we bagged ours in cellos and carried them to a party and nothing ever fell off!). For the blue eye, take a small amount of water, apply it to the back of the dot and attach it to the white.

Makes 6 treats.

If you want to bag them, use gusseted cellos as Mike can be a bit thick. {grin} These were a huge hit with my boys and their friends. I hope your kiddos love them too!

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easy brownie bite kisses recipe

Brownie Recipe

For our Mother’s Day brunch yesterday I made this simple brownie recipe. I call them Brownie Bite Kisses! Ya know, Mother’s Day and kisses! {grin}

They were so yummy and couldn’t have been easier to make with my favorite brownie mix from Duncan Hines, the chewy fudge mix!

Those of you who know about my kiddos know that my youngest has food allergies and sometimes it’s really challenging to make anything “quick.” Thanks to Duncan Hines there are several dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free cake and brownie recipes that I can grab off the shelf and then just add my favorite ingredients to.

Brownie Recipe

For this simple brownie recipe, you’ll need:

And for the easy steps:

  • Prepare the batter
  • Bake them in mini cupcake cups (fill 3/4 way)
  • Spoon Marshmallow Crème into a resealable bag, trim off a corner, pipe a small dollup of crème. My best advise, no larger than a dime. The crème will expand and will drip if you pipe too much
  • Allow the creme to expand and then top with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Tip for Food Allergy Sufferers ~ For my little guy I used his dairy-free chocolate drops (you can find them at Trader Joe’s or Divvies, both brands are fabulous!)

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s’more brownie bars

Over the holidays I attended a little New Year’s Eve soiree and took s’ more brownie bars as a sweet little treat. Super easy to make and completely kid and adult approved.

Channeling my best Sandra Lee, here’s the semi-homemade recipe:

  • Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Brownie mix (I used this one because it’s dairy-free for my little guy) + ingredients on the box (egg, oil, water)
  • Graham crackers
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips (I used Trader Joes chocolate chips because again, dairy-free for my little guy)

Simple baking steps:

  • Prepare brownie mix as recommended on the box.
  • Line a shallow baking pan with graham crackers.
  • Spoon brownie mixture about 1/2 inch deep over entire cracker base, leaving a bit of a lip between the brownie and the edge of the pan. It will rise and fill that space.
  • Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes, or until toothpick pulls out wet but lumpy. Don’t over-bake!
  • Add mini marshmallows to cover entire top of brownie and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for another 4-5 minutes at 350.
  • Allow to cool and cut into squares with a  damp knife.

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homemade oreo pudding pops


It looks really yummy doesn’t it?! Well it is! What if I told you it is dairy, nut and egg free? Still think it’s yummy? I promise, it still is!

My little one has severe food allergies and as you can imagine that makes it tough to buy… make… plan dinners, much less sweets. It never fails we go to the grocery and he sees some new cookie or ice cream and wants to give it a try. I get so very tired of telling my sweet baby boy no. For any mom that has experienced this, you know what I mean.

So I’ve started making up my own recipes and altering other people’s recipes to be dairy, nut and raw egg free.

Today I’m sharing a Oreo fudge pudding pop and I made it with my little guy. I know it can be messy, but cooking with kids can also be a ton of fun! If you’ve not done it much, do it more! They learn so much and you will too. {wink} 

I edited this recipe from kraftfoods.com. If you don’t have to worry about food allergies, give thier version a try! For those of you like me and need allergy free recipes, here’s what you need:

  • 1 package of JELL-O fudge chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups of soy milk (replacing 2%)
  • 10 Oreos, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup French Vanilla Soy Dream Ice Cream (replacing 1/2 cup Cool Whip)

Beat pudding and milk with a whisk for 2 minutes. Add broken Oreos ad 1/2 cup softened soy ice cream.Spoon mixture into 9 (3-oz.) paper or plastic cups. Insert a wooden lollipop stick or plastic spoon into each for handle. Freeze 5 hours or until firm.

When you pull them out of the freezer, just rip the cup off and you’re ready to go! Both of my boys really like them and I do too.

That is something else a mom of kids with food allergies will tell you. It’s not only important that your child loves the treat, it’s important that he or she can share it with their friends and they will love it too! Even though we parents try to encourage our children that being different can be wonderful, it definately doesn’t feel that way to a six year old at a birthday party… nope… not one bit!

So the next time your kiddo wants a treat, or you’re hosting a gathering and one of the little ones has a food allergy, consider making these. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your guests!

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