Cooking With Kids Thursday: Homemade Taffy!

This is a great family activity as you will need lots of arm power to twist and squeeze this taffy into shape!  I love the idea of letting the kids make their own batch with the color and flavor of their choice.  Thanks for the recipe Vanilla and Lace!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 T. Cornstarch
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 T. margarine/butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Flavoring oil (I didn’t have flavoring oil so I used a tablespoon or more of Mint extract)

Here’s how to make it -> Homemade Taffy Tutorial 


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Rice Krispie Treat Sparklers!

This is such a fun way for the kids to get in on the holiday festivities and the perfect addition to any 4th of July cookout!  Kids will love building their own sparklers out of rice krispies treats, strawberries and blueberries.  Thanks for the cute idea 5 minutes for Mom!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 6 cups of puffed rice (“Rice Krispies”) cereal
  • Strawberries (one per sparkler)
  • Blueberries (3-4 per sparkler)
  • Star shaped cookie cutter
  • Food skewers or lollipop sticks
  • Ribbon (optional)

Here’s how to make it -> Rice Krispies Treats Sparklers Tutorial  


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Easy Calzone Rolls

I can already tell that my kids are going to love this dinner.  These calzones look so yummy and kid friendly.  I love finding recipes that the kids can help with and I don’t have to worry about huge messes.  Once again Disney Family comes to the rescue!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 2 loafs frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/2 pound sliced ham
  • 1/2 pound sliced hard salami
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce

Here’s how to make them -> Easy Calzone Rolls Tutorial


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Jello Worms!

How cool/creepy is this?!  These Jello worms look so real.  My girls are going to think this is the coolest thing ever.  I can already tell it is going be the most requested treat of the summer.  I think that instead of going for a realistic look, I am going to make mine fun/multicolored worms.  Thanks Instructables!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello (or whatever color/flavor you prefer)
  • 1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 15 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
  • Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

Here’s how to make them -> Jello Worms Tutorial


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Sand Pudding!

I will admit that when I first saw this, I was a bit skeptical.  I mean, how could something that looks so much like real sand actually taste good?  Well, I am happy to say that I was totally wrong.  This stuff is delicious!  Your kids will get a kick out of making edible sand and then layering it between pudding.  This is the perfect picnic dessert.  Thanks for the recipe Ma Nouvelle Mode!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • 1 pkg Vanilla Wafers
  • 3 or 4 Oreos
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 2/3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 small pkgs French Vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 3/4 C Milk
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

Here’s how to make it -> Sand Pudding Tutorial