Cooking With Kids Thursday: Gingerbread Playdough!

I came across this recipe on Pinterest for Gingerbread Playdough and just had to share.  I think it is such a neat idea.  My kids love playdough and we have spent hours making shapes and foods with it, but I have never seen scented playdough before.  This would be so fun to make with the kids then they can “bake” with the playdough while I am doing all of my Christmas baking.  I am thinking that I might also make some and find a cute way to package it in smaller sizes for the kiddos to give to their classmates for Christmas.  Thanks for the recipe The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp orange extract {optional}

Here’s how to make it -> Gingerbread Playdough Tutorial


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Christmas Tree Cones!

These Christmas Tree cones are a fun “cooking” project you can do with your little ones.   They will be working on their fine motor skills while having a blast!  It is also a great way to use some of that Halloween candy that is still sitting around.  Thanks for the idea Pigtails and Tutus!

Here’s all you need for this:

  • sugar ice cream cone
  • frosting
  • green food coloring
  • small candies and sprinkles for decoration

Here’s how to make it -> Christmas Tree Cones Tutorial


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcakes

These Teepee Cupcakes would be such a fun project to keep the kids occupied on Thanksgiving Day.  You could do all the prep work like baking the cupcakes inside the cones ahead of time, and then while you are trying to get dinner done, they can be decorating.  Depending on how well they turn out you could place one on each plate at the dinner table.  They can also double as a dessert for those who don’t like pumpkin pie.  Thanks Sties Thoughts!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • cake mix (mixed according to instructions)
  • sugar ice cream cones
  • pretzel sticks
  • chocolate chips (for melting)
  • sprinkles
  • disposable pie tin

Here’s how to make them -> Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcakes Tutorial

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Cooking With Kids Thursday: Kid-Friendly Healthy Thanksgiving Treats

My kids are still experiencing post-Halloween sugar highs so I just can’t bring myself to make them any of the amazingly cute Thanksgving treats out there.  Luckily, I have found some really cute “healthy” Thanksgiving snack/treat ideas that I am sure will still put them in the Thanksgiving spirit, without all that sugar.


One of my favorites it the above pictured Turkey sandwich.  How cute is that?!  This would make a really cute lunch or even an afterschool snack.  Thanks Meet The Dubiens!

Here’s all you need to make this Turkey Sandwich:

  • Sandwich cut into circle shape
  • Icing eyes
  • carrot for nose and feet,
  • red apple skin for the waddle
  • sliced green, yellow, and red apples for the feathers

Here’s how to make it -> Turkey Sandwich Tutorial

Speaking of snacks, how about these Turkey Apples?  What a wonderful way to get your child’s creative juices flowing!  Using whatever you happen to have in your pantry, your child can design his own turkey, complete with feathers.  When we make these, I think I will probably have to make one too.  They just look so fun!  Thanks for the idea Little Page Turners!

Here’s how to make your own -> Turkey Apples Tutorial


This last snack idea is one of my all time favorites simply because it is a way to get kids to eat vegetables, but in a fun and creative way.  My kids are much more likely to eat all their veggies if they  have a hand in making the dish.  If your kids are really averse to vegetables then you could always substitue it with fruit.  Don’t forget to talk with your children about the use and meanining of a cornucopia as they build their very own.  Thanks Family Fun!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • Tortillas
  • Toothpicks
  • Small veggies — we suggest peas, baby carrots, baby corn ears, grape
  • Tomatoes, and cornichons (or any small pickle)
  • Dip or dressing

Here’s how to make it -> Cute Cornucopia Tutorial 

You’ll find more kid friendly healthy Thanksgiving treats here–> Kid Friendly Healthy Thanksgiving Treats


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Baked Apple Cinnamon Chips

My kids LOVE eating dried apples, but they are kind of a trendy snack these days and I have watched as the price to buy them has ballooned in grocery stores the last little bit.  However, right now fresh apples are crazy cheap to buy in Texas.  Combine that with this amazing recipe for baked apple cinnamon chips and I have one super cheap, super healthy snack!  Thanks The Silver Pen!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 2 large red apples
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)

Here’s how to make it -> Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips Tutorial