Dirt and Worm Cake: Kidz in the Kitchen

Ok, I’ll admit it, while I make a mean baked ziti, I am a terrible baker of desserts.  I burn the cookies, the muffins come out resembling hockey pucks, and the cakes end up looking like the leaning tower of Pisa.  It doesn’t stop me from trying…but often more ends up in the compost bin rather than on the table.

So when I found this delectable no-bake dessert, I knew it was for me! The kids loved making it and EVERYONE loved eating it!

This is such a great dessert!  We used it as a birthday cake, but it is very versatile as I have also seen it used as

  1. Mothers Day Cake (omit the worms) and serve in a plastic bucket with artificial flowers “planted” in the middle
  2. As an Over the Hill cake – served in a 9×13 glass pan with a gravestone on the top
  3. Or made into individual cups if you were doing it for a large group like a classroom.

Dirt & Worm Cake


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with creme filling
  • Gummy worms
  • Chocolate Cake – prepared and cut into bite size pieces (optional)


1. Chop cookies very fine in food processor. The white cream will

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Re-Used Shaped Crayons: Crafting With Kids

So, I’ve read about how you make your own crayons out of crayon bits so I thought I would give it a try.

It looked easy enough…

1) Pull out the broken pieces and peel the wraps.  My little hands looooved this!  They are practically experts at this skill.   *ahem*

2) Get the little hands to shove them into the molds you are going to

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Fit Family Inspiration Ideas: Fitting in Fitness

I am a fit parent!  And my husband and I are definitely going an extra mile to raise our daughter (and any other children we may have one day) to love being active and enjoy the benefits of being fit.
Here are a few things that I – we – do regularly:
– cross country ski (lots this winter, with Abby in her Chariot sleigh)
– downhill ski (babysitter required, as Abby isn’t even 1 yet and a couple years from stepping into her own skis)
– mountain bike (looking forward to riding with Abby in her Chariot this summer! Hope to get out there tomorrow for the first time with her).  My husband is an avid rider; I’ve just joined a ladies riding group and I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with the incredible single-track trails in Kamloops.
– walk DAILY, sometimes more than once.  We toted Abby around in a front carrier for months; now she enjoys most walks from her stroller.
– StrollerFit class at the TCC with other moms and babies
– yoga class (this is mommy time!)
– running
– swimming/splashing at the TCC
– paddling.  Before Abby was born, we would try to go on a canoe trip each summer, usually up to Wells Gray Park but we’ve had some longer excursions in Ontario as well.  We hope to get into a canoe with her this summer.
– hiking! Definitely my favourite summer activity. Everything from weeknight hikes in Kenna Cartwright Park, to long day-trips in Wells

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A really-bad-for-your-health-but-super-delicious sort of snack:
Cravings in the Kitchen

Babies change your life. For starters having little ones really impedes ones ability to go out for late night appies. A cheap date is not such a cheap date when you have to fork over $20-30 to a sitter on top of the date cost.

My husband and I decided that we would make a tasty treat that we could do at home. A really-bad-for-your-health-but-super-delicious

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Gettin’ Seedy:
(Sort of) Crafting With Kids

It’s Spring!  I think that it’s finally safe to say it.  My grass is green-ish and there are crocus blooms in my garden.  The kids need a daily bath because of all the dirt they are carrying!

It’s time to start some seeds!

My kids and I planted some sunflower seeds into a cardboard egg carton a few weeks ago.  Actually, they planted those ones at Sunday school.  Together, we planted sweet peas into little baby pots.

A little soil, some seeds, daily watering and a lot of staring to see if you can watch them grow…

Then, when you have little baby plants that need a little more space…

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(Sort of) Crafting With Kids