Cooking With Kids Thursday: Terrifying Tarantulas

I am so not a spider person so these kind of freak me out, but my kids would seriously think these are the coolest!  They are fairly easy to make and your kids will get plenty of practice writing their letter “v” while making the legs.  Thanks for the idea Better Homes and Gardens!

Here’s all you need to make these:

  • bag of candy melts (in brown or black)
  • resealable plastic bag
  • wax paper
  • sprinkles
  • 1-inch candy truflles

Here’s how to make them -> Terrifying Tarantulas Tutorial

Cooking With Kids Thursday: Chicken Mummy

This s a festive Halloween dinner or lunch idea.  My kids would think this was so cool.  It is a great way to involve the kids in the cooking process and still make it fun.  I will admit the directions are a bit confusing, but between them and the picture I think it is pretty easy to figure out.  Thanks for the recipe Pillsbury!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • 1 can (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (from 6.5-oz container)
  • 4 oz thinly sliced cooked deli ham
  • 1 jar (7 oz) roasted red bell peppers, drained on paper towel (I probably won’t use this)
  • 6 oz thinly sliced cooked deli chicken
  • 4 slices (2.7 oz) thinly sliced provolone cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sliced ripe olives, if desired

Here’s how to make it -> Chicken Mummy Tutorial

Cooking With Kids Thursday: Pumpkin Preztels

Image Credit: Butter with a Slice of Bread

These pumpkin pretzels are so festive and would make really cute gifts for neighbors and friends.  This is also a project that could be assembled almost completely by the kiddos.  All the adult needs to do is melt down the chocolate… and supervise the dipping.  Prepare for messes!  Thanks Butter With A Side Of Bread!

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 1 bag mini pretzels {you won’t use the whole bag, only about 1/4}
  • 1 bag M&M’s candy, needing only the green ones {fun separating activity for kids!}
  • orange food coloring, I used about 1/8th tsp of Wilton’s gel colors
  • 1 bag White Chocolate chips, melted slowly
  • 1 TBSP shortening, to thin out chocolate

Here’s how to make them -> Pumpkin Pretzels Tutorial


Cooking With Kids Thursday: Homemade Poptarts!

I love Poptarts.  I grew up eating them for breakfast almost every morning, but I just can’t bring myself to feed them to my children.  They are just so high in sugar, among other things, and I like to send my kids out the door in the morning with something a bit more substantial.  I came across these homemade poptarts on pinterest and I can’t wait to try them out.  I’m thinking we could make a bunch over the weekend and then they would be good to go all week long.  My kids will love getting to pick/make their own fillings.  I also might not use the glaze on top.  Thanks Undressed Skeleton!

Here’s what you need to make these:

Pastry Dough:

  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Stevia
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Chobani
  • 1/4 Unsalted Butter Diced at Refrigerator Temp.
  • 3 Tbsp Skim Milk


  • 2 Cups Powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • Sprinkles of course!


  • Whatever you wish.  Follow the tutorial link for 12 filling suggestions.

Here’s how to make them -> Homemade Poptarts Tutorial

Cooking With Kids Thursday: Fruity Roll-ups

Would you believe it if I told you these were made out of Jello?  How cool is that?  This is going to be so much fun to make with the kids.  They don’t even really like Jello, but I have a feeling they are going to change their minds after this recipe. Thanks Joy of Jello!

Here is what you need to make these:

  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. jello
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Here’s how to make them -> Fruity Roll-ups Tutorial