Turtle Cookies: Kidz in the Kitchen

Chrystal Wagner is blessed to be at home with her two little ones (a boy and a girl).  She is an occasional contributor of delicious kitchen goodness. You can read another of her recipes, here.

Recently (and only recently haha) I became a bad friend. One of my friends brought over some yummy and fun cookies recently and of course I had to have the recipe.  After I made my own batch I posted a photo of them on my facebook page. without. giving credit. Not only that, I gave out the recipe too.

Thankfully my friend forgave me and also gave me permission to share her recipe here, as well.

These cookies use a waffle iron to make!  I had never heard of that before so that was part of the allure of making the cookies and also that I had all the ingredients since it doesn’t require chocolate chips (which have an incredibly short shelf life in my house).  My two year old daughter helped me mix them, but I did the “cooking” by myself, I’m sure older kids would have a blast dropping them onto the waffle iron! Oh, and I “cooked” my cookies for about 2 minutes, but I enjoy things a bit crispy… Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1 tsp vanilla

dash of salt (optional)

Melt butter and mix in cocoa. Add sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour salt and vanilla. Drop from spoon on hot waffle iron and bake approx. one min. Cool on wire rack.  Devour!

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Make Your Own Bubble Solution: Crafting With Kids

I have kept the bubble wand- tubes that my kids have used up (or just dumped out on purpose) just because I can’t bear to toss them when I could use them again.  I have the big bucket of bubbles that you can get for super cheap but they didn’t seem to be working for some reason.  I would dip the wand and the solution would just all run right off.  I even shook it around to try and mix it up.  I wanted to make up some of my own bubble solution with the kids so I went online to find a recipe.  I found a great one!!

All you need is a big measuring cup, 1/2 cup of dish detergent, 1 1/2 cups of water and about 2 teaspoons of sugar!  You mix them Continue reading Make Your Own Bubble Solution: Crafting With Kids

Un-Stickin’ Those Stains: Bunch A Farmers Stain Stick Review

This review was written by Sarah Kier, Kamloops mom and all-around great gal.

“To start off this review, I thought I should let everyone know a bit about the reason I need a stain remover that works.  I have three boys 4 & under.  Enough said right?

All three of my boys were pukers as babies.  My middle son had reflux and was on medication for it.  Once they started eating solid foods the stains on their clothes from the puke were crazy!  I mean, green beans and carrot stains are pretty hard to get out!

Fast forward to a few months ago.  I’m in Lizzie Bits and paying for a few things.  I’m browsing the items on the counter and I spot this stain stick from Bunch A Farmers.  I asked Jenn if it worked and she said it was great.  I figured, what’s to lose?  I bought one and took it home.  The instructions say to wet the stick and rub it in on the stain and then launder as usual.  I tried it and guess what?  It actually works!  It’s all natural and 100% biodegradable.   You can even use it on your cloth diapers!

What I find works really great is to wet the stain, not the stick, rub it on until you get a bit of a lather.  Then I throw the clothes in my hamper and wash them when I would normally wash the rest of the stuff.  I usually do wash every other day (remember, I have boys! LOL).  The stains really come out.  I haven’t had a stubborn one yet!  My only thought for the company is to get some sort of re-usable cover for the stick, kind of like a glue stick that you can keep pushing up.  The paper on the stick gets wet and rips away after awhile.  Other than that, I am totally in love with this product!

I’ve decided I love it so much, why not share my joy with others?  I will give away 1 stain stick to 3 lucky people who read this review. All you have to do is comment and let me know you have read this and you are entered.

If you want a second entry, just read my review of the best toy I’ve ever bought my kids and comment again (back here) telling me what colour bikes my kids have.

Entries will be accepted until 10pm June 2nd and winners will be randomly chosen and announced, then.”


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Zucchini Nachos: Kidz In The Kitchen

One delicious spring and summer treat in our house… Zucchini Nachos.

Growing up, my parents always had a bountiful harvest of zucchini – some of the biggest I’ve ever seen, actually.  I got used to having zucchini in everything (chocolate zucchini cake, lemon zucchini cookies, zucchini nachos…).  I learned (very quickly) to love it.

Zucchini Nachos are one appetizer that my kids love to help prepare.  They can spoon out salsa and grate cheese.  Actually, my four-year-old could also slice the zucchini if I would let him.  They also enjoy this healthy and savoury snack.

Here’s how you make them…

Thinly slice one zucchini into rounds (about 1/2 cm thick)

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Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes: Kidz In The Kitchen

I sometimes think that my kids are hooked on carbohydrates.  And, honestly, they get it from me.

My favourite breakfast is probably a big stack of pancakes with fruit and whipped cream.  My eldest, easily, can eat six pancakes for breakfast.  They aren’t tiny, either.  I like to make fun shapes with the pancakes and then cute them up so the kids can drench them in syrup.  I know, I know… not the healthiest stuff but whatever.

Anyhow, the other morning we finished off the syrup.  And, as I flipped (my eldest usually flips until he has some that he can eat), I Continue reading Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes: Kidz In The Kitchen