cooking with kids: lemon blueberry pie

Yesterday was our annual 4th of July picnic and we served one of my all time favorite pies: lemon on a graham cracker crust. My grandmother made it for me at every birthday when I was a child AND every other time I could talk her into it. Her recipe was a bit complex, but perfect.

But today I’m sharing with you my simple version AND I’m throwing in a few blueberries since yesterday was a patriotic holiday. It was absolutely delicious.

And this is the perfect recipe to get the kids involved with. I love nothing better than getting messy in the kitchen with my boys!

Did I mention this is the easiest recipe ever?! Oh… and that it’s low fat?! Here’s what you need:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, fat free
  • 1 thawed container of Cool Whip, low fat
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, real
  • 1 graham cracker crust
  • 1 cup blueberries

Simply mix the milk, Cool Whip and lemon juice together. Poor into crust. Chill for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with blueberries and serve.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Thursday everyone!

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leap year frog cookies

Did you know that 2012 is a leap year?! Well it is and how better to leap into a little fun than with a yummy treat! Try my super easy cookie for the special day. The kiddos will love assembling him and then you can help them gobble him up!

You’ll need:

  • Body & Head ~ 4 Oreo cookies
  • Feet ~ 2 Keebler Vienna Wafer cookies
  • Eyes ~ sugar gummies (I used an icing tip bottom to cut them out in a perfect circle) and two green candies from a candy necklace (I wanted the holes, but you could use tons of things)
  • Tongue ~ red Chicklet

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

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snowmouse ice cream treat

When I was a little girl my brother called me mouse… I won’t go into why… but let’s just say he said I squeaked. Ha! I guess that’s a big brother for you. {smirky grin}

This weekend I was playing around with the boys’ ice cream and instead of making the typical snowman, we came up with the snowmouse. Isn’t he cute!

We used a rainbow Twizzler for his scarf (tip: get it cold and it will stay in position), mini M&Ms for the eyes and nose, small black sprinkles for the mouth and the new Keebler Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe Cookies for the ears.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create. Happy Monday!

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“S” is for snowman


My oldest is in Pre-K 4 this year and every week they work on a new letter of the alphabet. And along with writing the letter and learning pronunciation, there is also a letter snack. Can you guess who is responsible this week? You got it, us.

And if it isn’t obvious by now, our letter of the week is “S” and we decided to make donut snowmen inspired by Very Heatherly (who I blogged about last year with our Snow Day collection). The only difference is that I used orange Starburst candies (melted in the microwave for 8 seconds and divided in half) instead of fondant, and I attached them with white icing (not easy to get it to stick to the powder).

And as you can see on the back of the letter S tags, I couldn’t let my little guy off without putting in a little extra effort. (Not to worry, he was paid in M&Ms… I know… learning is its own reward!) He wrote the word “Snow” on the back of each tag for his classmates.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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