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How to Make a Minion Cake

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Recently, my nine-year-old daughter requested a Minion cake for her birthday. My children prefer home-made cakes to store bought cakes, and so she wanted us to bake our own. Baking and decorating it together was great fun, and we shared a sense of accomplishment when it was complete.

I am pleased to share our secrets, in case you want to enjoy the same experience and delicious results …

We drew inspiration for our cake from the Betty Crocker website. Specifically, we referred to the link www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/despicable-me-minion-sheet-cake/327597eb-f679-4d19-b383-d4ec40f548bd. You will find a photograph of our version below.

The cake recipe we used, that worked well for a 9 X 13 pan came from Food.com at http://www.food.com/recipe/the-only-chocolate-cake-recipe-youll-ever-need-devils-food-26370.

The best part was the smile on the face of the birthday girl when she blew out the candles and took her first bite.Minion Cake

Bon Appetit!

Great Cocoa Brownie Recipe

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Bringing you a little sweetness …

We have a fabulous brownie recipe to share as the holidays approach. Both adults and children enjoyed these delicious treats in our test kitchen, baked from a recipe on the acclaimed blog Smitten Kitchen.

Like the author, we found that we had to bake the brownies for ten to fifteen minutes extra in our oven. We also put our brownies in the refrigerator to firm after they had cooled on the rack.

Recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/01/best-cocoa-brownies/

Bon Appetit!

Great Books for Children to Read

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This morning our friend Maya shared a list of 50 great books for kids of all ages. We reviewed the list, and recognized many of the titles as fabulous ourselves. It is definitely worth a look … I know we are already making a list of the next books to consider for our children.

Review ListChallenges.com’s fifty best books for kids at http://www.listchallenges.com/the-50-best-books-for-kids.

Baked Lemon Salmon Recipe

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I am always looking for new dinner recipes to ’spice’ up our meals. So when I received a request for lemon-baked salmon tonight, I went on an internet search. The recipe I found, Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon, was simple and successful. I have included the link below for you to enjoy below (and so that I can easily find it again in the future). :-)

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon:
http://natashaskitchen.com/2012/06/08/baked-salmon-with-garlic-and-dijon/

Bon Appetit!

Teddy Bear Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I just passed an adorable scene in a playground, that I am thrilled to share. A mother was sitting on a blanket with her two pre-school aged sons, and two large stuffed animals. Each of the people and stuffed animals had a plate in front of them. Everyone was enjoying the experience. I didn’t take a picture for privacy reasons, but quietly enjoyed their excitement.

I thought I would pass on this mother’s inspiration to you, to consider for an upcoming sunny day.

Book to Prepare for a New Sibling

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Joanna Cole has made having a new baby join the family, much easier for pre-schoolers. Her books “I’m a Big Sister” and “I’m a Big Brother” are wonderful because they remind children that the role of being a big brother or sister is wonderful. Having a baby means getting to take on that role.

“I’m a Big Sister” and “I’m a Big Brother” is available at many major bookstores.

The Secret to Sweeter Corn

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Our friend Jeff shared a secret to boiling sweeter corn. Truthfully, it may be that its available locally and in season, but we think his method works. Jeff peels the corn, and then cleans the husks. Here is his real secret: He puts the cleaned husks in the pot of water, and leaves them inside as he brings the water to a boil.

When the water is boiling, Jeff carefully removes the husks before placing the cobs into the pot and boiling them for ten minutes. Our taste tests have produced supberb results. In fact, I think we will be having corn on the cob tonight. ;-)

Bon appetit!

Five Fun Kids’ Activities

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

… for any child who says “I’m bored”:

1. Invite him or her to go on an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt. Choose a few items to search for, and then look for them together. Items could include a y-shaped stick, an interesting stone or a maple leaf etc..

2. Put on music and dance together.

3. Create a pretend statue garden. Have your child decide to create a statue of your favourite sport, activity or animal with their body and freeze in position. Then have you or another person (mom, dad, sibling(s) or friend(s)) guess what kind of statue s/he is. Take turns being the statue(s).

4. Ask your child to design their ultimate ice cream sundae on paper, and guess the ingredients required to make it, to create their own one-of-a-kind recipe.

5. Encourage your child to draw a map of your home, or a favourite room. It can be a great way to discover and appreciate their own surroundings.

And most importantly, enjoy your time together!

Cookie Add-ins

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We definitely have our favourite cookie recipes, and as you know, we adore sharing them. Now we have another tip in our quest for the perfect snacktime treats.

Add-ins can offer a great way to dress-up your favourite cookies. Take suggestions from family members and consider adding raisins, chocolate chips, smarties, m & ms, Skor pieces, nuts and so forth just before baking. The add-ins can offer surprise flavour and help customize the cookies to your family’s favourite tastes.

Happy cookie-ing!

Toronto Zoo Admission Special

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Toronto Zoo Offers $5 Admission to Say Thank You To The Community!
 
The Toronto Zoo is hosting a special community weekend on Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th and you and your family are invited! They are thanking the community for all their support over the past year with up to 75% savings on admissions, 20% off all purchases at the Zootique Gift Shop, special Membership offers, daily chances to win fabulous zoo prizes, up close animal encounters throughout the site, entertainment and more!
 
*$10 parking fee applies. Special admission offer valid only on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Learn more at www.torontozoo.com.