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Homemade Butter With Kids

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It was our wedding anniversary last weekend. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary weekend together with the whole family.

How to make homemade butter - Cooking with kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe

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We went away for a family weekend. We took our daughter to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. It was a lovely look at life in the 1800’s.

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We got to take a horse-drawn carriage ride, see how yarn was made & pretend to churn butter. Our butter making play made me want to churn some butter for real. It reminded me of when I was little and churned butter on class field trips.

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I wanted to teach my daughter how to make butter too. Thank to Google & PBS Kids, I was able to find a simple way to make butter with my little. Did you know that you can easily make homemade butter by shaking cream in a jar? Well you can & it is delicious.

The recipe called for a jar, but we chose to use a shaker cup to make our butter.

We added a carton of heavy cream to our shaker & shook in a little salt. We put the lid back on & began to shake.

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My daughter helped shake for a few minutes, but quickly got tired & handed it back to mommy. It is a lot of shaking, so if you are doing this with a few children, it would actually be perfect because each could take a turn for a few minutes.

The recipe that we saw said that it would take about 10 minutes, but ours did take a little longer than that, although we did stop many times throughout the process to make observations about the butter.

It was a great arm workout for this mommy. The shaking was fun, but what happened during the shaking was the most interesting part.

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The cream hit different forms during the shaking. We stopped & looked at our cream often to see what changes were made. It was fascinating. The first stage was foamy. The cream start foaming & expanding in the shaker cup.

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We shook a little longer & the butter started taking on the form of whipped cream.

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When it took on the whipped cream form, it became a little more difficult to shake, but after shaking a little bit longer, it began to sound watery again. We checked the mixture & could see the buttermilk & butter starting to separate. We kept shaking and then poured the buttermilk through a strainer into a bowl. We drained the butter well. The strainer will catch the butter, but we were able to scoop most of it out of our shaker with a spoon.

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I covered the butter & then refrigerated it until I was ready to use it. We made some toast & tried out our homemade butter. It was delicious. We also used the buttermilk to make fried chicken with later that same evening.

From what I understand, homemade butter does not last too long, so extend the life of your butter by mixing some water into it after the butter is already formed.

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The homemade butter is definitely worth making. It was wonderful. I will definitely make it again, but perhaps next time use a beater.

How to make homemade butter. Cooking with the kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe.

 

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Butter making with kids. Easy recipe that you can make with the family

Celebration Pancakes

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Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasions

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If you follow us regularly, you probably already know that we love pancakes. Pancakes are one of the few foods that my daughter will always eat. We have gotten inventive with our pancakes over the last year & breakfast has never been more fun. Pancake art has become a favorite for us both on the weekends. Sometimes, she puts in a special request & it becomes a challenge to see what we can come up with. Even if they don’t come out right they are still delicious. Today, my little girl said that she wanted cupcake pancakes. Here is what we came up with.Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasion.

Start with a basic pancake recipe. We added a couple of Tbsps of chocolate powder to our recipe.

Use a mixer to blend the batter well. Make sure to get out all the lumps.

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Use a funnel to fill a squeeze bottle.

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Use the squeeze bottle to draw out your cupcake.

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Let the pancake cook until bubbling & flip. Cook on the opposite side for a few minutes & put on a plate.

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Add whipped cream and sprinkles to finish your cupcake off. My daughter was so excited & the pancakes were a big hit.

Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasions.. Recipes & food

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Alphabet Pancakes

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to eat breakfast & I love to make it, pancakes, french toast, omelettes. I love making them all.

Alphabet Pancakes - easy pancake art for kid's breakfast -fun food ideas

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Pancakes are definitely my favorite. I have a lot of fun with pancake art.

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My daughter will put in special requests & mommy will try her best to make them. We have been working on reading & writing with our daughter. She has been trying to use her letters & form words. She puts letters together just to sound them out, even if they do not form an actual word. She has been working so hard that this weekend we made a special pancake treat to celebrate all the progress she has made. The great thing about these pancakes is that you do not need any artist skill to make them, you just need to be able to write your alphabet.

We mixed up our pancakes.

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder

1 egg white

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Use a blender to mix the batter to get out any clumps. Mix well. Add more milk if needed.

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Use a funnel to funnel the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle.

Use the bottle to squeeze out the letters.  Let bubble as usual before flipping. Remember that some of the letters will need to be written mirrored so that when they flip they are not backwards. If the bottle clogs, just squeeze it off to the side. If it keeps clogging, it needs to be blended more.

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Alphabet Pancakes - easy pancake art for kid's breakfast -fun food ideas

As always, they were a big hit with my pancake loving girl. She spelled out her name, dog & then our dog’s name, Duke.

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Owl Shaped Breakfast

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My daughter is a sweet girl most of the time, but mealtimes in our house are & have been a battle for quite some time. She is a very picky eater & mealtimes in our house are often very stressful. Over the years, I have found fun & creative ways to try to get her to eat. I have tried it all from reading to her while she eats to bite sized meals to fun food art.

Owl shaped breakfast - sunnyside up egg eyes, toast, cheese & bacon - creative food ideas for the kids

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I am an owl lover. I have owls all over our house & it turns out, my daughter is an owl lover too. I recently bought a set of silicone egg rings and have been dying to try them out & they were perfect for an owl inspired breakfast.

What you will need: 

2 eggs

1 piece of bread

1 piece of cheese

1 or 2 slices of bacon

1 baby carrot

Directions:

Use a cookie cutter or cut a circle freehand out of your bread. I was able to use an egg ring for this.

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Cut two triangles out of the remaining edges.

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Crack both eggs & drop them into the silicone molds on a frying pan. We toasted our bread as well.

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Place the round bread on a plate & place the eggs over the top edge of the bread once they are fully cooked. Cut a triangular sliver of carrot for the nose.

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Add the bread triangles for ears & cut little owl feet out of the carrot. Fry a piece or two of bacon for branches to finish it off.

Owl shaped breakfast - sunnyside up egg eyes, toast, cheese & bacon - creative food ideas for the kids

Our adorable owl breakfast came out super cute & was delicious too.

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Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes

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My daughter loves pancakes. We make pancakes together every weekend. Sometimes they are just plain pancakes, sometimes she wants apples in them & others it is chocolate chips and on occasion she asks for pancakes in the shapes of her favorite things, like princess pancakes.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow sprinkles

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She had two requests this morning. She wanted butterflies & she wanted sprinkles. Challenge accepted!

Start with a basic pancake recipe or you can use ours.

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg white

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Use a blender to mix the batter to get out any clumps.

Use a funnel to funnel the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle.

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Squeeze out the mixture to form the butterfly’s body, which is basically a line with a circle on top.

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Draw in the wings with the mixture. **Note: If the batter get stuck, squeeze it off to the side to clear any clumps.**

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Add lines to the inside of the wings.

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Sprinkle rainbow sprinkles into the empty spots between the wings.

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Squeeze batter over the sprinkles filling in the empty spaces.

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Cook the pancakes as usual until they begin to bubble & then flip and cook on the other side. Serve them up with syrup or plain.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow color sprinkles

My daughter loved her pretty pancakes. We gobbled all of them up this morning. These were so fun to make & easier then they seem.

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Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes - the kids will love these beautiful and colorful spring pancakes made with sprinkles

White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pretzel Bunnies

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Easter is quickly approaching and with the holiday comes all of its delicious sweet treats.  White chocolate & peanut butter pretzel stick Easter bunnies recipe. These bunny treats were a huge hit & my kid loved to decorate them.

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Last year I had experimented with pretzel bunnies. They were a big hit with my family, so I wanted to try them again with a little help from my favorite little helper. We had recently purchased a set of food markers & we both could not wait to use them.

White chocolate & peanut butter pretzel stick Easter bunnies recipe. These bunny treats were a huge hit & my kid loved to decorate them.

What you will need:

White chocolate melts

Pretzel sticks

Peanut butter

Confectioners sugar

Butter

Vanilla

Food markers

Directions:

Melt 3 Tbsp of butter. Mix it with 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of confectioners sugar & 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix it well. Scoop a heaping tsp of peanut butter mixture and roll into a ball. Place on a sheet of wax paper & use a spoon to flatten into a disc. Put them into the freezer for about a half hour or until they are slightly hardened.

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Melt the chocolate according to package directions.

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Lay out another sheet of wax paper. Dip the pretzel sticks, two at a time into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off & place them on the wax paper in a V shape.

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Remove the peanut butter discs from the freezer a few at a time. Dip them one at a time making sure to cover the top, bottoms & sides & place over the pretzel, just covering about 1/4 of the bottom. Use a rubber spatula to fill in any empty space. Let the chocolate cool & harden.

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Then comes the fun part. Use your food markers to draw in the bunny faces. My daughter couldn’t wait to draw on her bunnies.

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Here was her favorite bunny that she made, complete with hair bow & scarf.

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They were a huge hit again with my family and my friends at work.

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Tutus & Tiara Pancakes

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Tutu & Tiara Princess Pancakes

 

About a month ago, I started seeing these videos being shared all around social media of people making wonderful art out of pancakes. They used squeeze bottles to draw out the outline of the designs & then filled them in with more batter. I tried these at home because I was so curious. My first attempt was spring pancakes. I made a variety of flowers & butterflies. My daughter loved them. She loved them too much. Now she puts in special requests each weekend for pretty pancake pictures. Last week it was a sea horse, the week before it was ducks & today she asked for tutus. I am starting to get excited for weekend pancakes now, just to see what we can come up with. If my baby wants tutus, tutus she will get & some other princess related things.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bunnies & Sunday’s Best Link Up # 13

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod Easter Bunnies

 

I took a poll on my Facebook page yesterday. I was curious about what people preferred, sweet or salty. My husband is salty & I am definitely sweet, but the truth is I love the two mixed together the best. One of my weaknesses is for chocolate covered pretzels.

With only one week left before Easter, I have a few more days of Easter inspired fun. Tonight we made some sweet & salty Easter treats in the form of our favorite Easter pal.

 

Melt white chocolate in the microwave. Put the chocolate in a microwave safe dish & heat for a minute. Check it & microwave in 30 second intervals, checking to see if it is melted before each interval. Be careful not to burn.

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When the chips are soft & shiny stir with a spoon.

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Dip pretzel dipper sized rods into the melted chocolate & lay out on wax paper. Lay two dipped pretzels side by side to form a V shape.

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With a spoon, spoon out a dollop of chocolate over the bottom in the shape of a circle. Be careful to not dribble chocolate over the top. It works best when the chocolate is smooth. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out any rough edges while chocolate is still hot.

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Melt pink chocolate or in a pinch use white chocolate with just a touch of food coloring gel. Using a toothpick draw a line for the inside of the ears & add a dot for the nose.

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Melt a small dish of milk or dark chocolate & add in eyes, mouth & whiskers. Let your chocolate cool & remove from the wax paper. If you have any imperfections, which I had a plenty, scrape the hardened chocolate with a knife to smooth out.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod Easter Bunnies

Now let’s hop on over to our main event. Welcome to week 13 of our Sunday’s Best Link-Up.

 
 
Welcome to Week 13 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This is the last week for our Spring Forward theme. We will be starting our April Showers theme next week. We will be looking for indoor activities, recipes, crafts, gardening and blogging tips for those rainy days.  
 
 
 

This week we’re celebrating the thaw across the country, so linkup Easter posts, crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, Easter tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have SEO, blogging, and parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.    

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Spring Pancakes

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Spring Pancakes - pancake art

As most of you already know, I have a picky little eater on my hands. Meals in our home are a challenge. We try to introduce new foods & Mai just won’t try them.

“I think it is too spicy.”

“This looks too cheesy.” (As if there was such a thing.)

“I don’t like vegetables.”

You would think we were living with Goldilocks.  There are not many things that our daughter will try, but luckily we do have a few never fail stand-bys. One of these is pancakes. She cannot get enough of them. She would eat them at every meal if we let her.

If you are online, I am sure that you have seen the videos going around of the various pancake artists forming pancakes in the shape of Olaf, Minions & animals. It is amazing. As with most of these things they make it seem so easy. This curious mommy had to see just how easy it would be. I was not as daring as to try any Disney characters or other elaborate art work this time around, but thought in anticipation for the warmer weather that we could start with some spring flowers.

Start with a basic pancake recipe. If the batter is too thick add a little extra milk. I used a mixer on my batter to make sure that there were no lumps.

Using a funnel separate the batters into squeeze bottles.

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Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bottle.

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Shake up the mixtures until the color is well blended.

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On a hot griddle, squeeze out the outline to whatever object you are drawing. We started with a butterfly.IMG_9257

Add details to the inside of your drawing.

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Fill in around the designs with more batter. The batter spread very easily around the details. You can dab in where there are holes. Do not worry if some batter goes over the designs. You will not be able to tell on the other side. Cook until the whole pancake is bubbly & flip.

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Try some other simple designs. We made a few different flowers.

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Mai requested M & M’s on her pancakes, so we pushed a few in her petals before serving. She loved the pretty pancakes & ate 4 pancakes for me this morning.

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Here are a few more breakfast time creations.

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Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats

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Rainbow rice krispies treat

 

For those of you that have followed along with me for a while, you know our family has a soft spot for Rice Krispies Treats. Our wedding cake was even fashioned out of 3 tiers of solid Rice Krispies Treats.

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We have been eagerly anticipating spring here. It has been a week of rainbows in our home. We painted some spaghetti rainbows over the weekend.

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Then today we made some Rice Krispies Treats Rainbows. We have made these before for parties and such, but tonight the treats were just for us.

Ingredients:

5-6 cups Rice Krispies

About 40 Marshmallows

1 stick of Butter

Food coloring – red, orange ,yellow ,green ,blue & purple

 

Directions:

1. Slice a stick of butter into 6 equal parts.

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2. Line a small baking pan with wax paper. We used a 7X5X1.5. Spray the paper with cooking spray.

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3. In a small sauce pan, melt one pat of butter over low heat. Stir in 6-7 medium sized marshmallows cut up into smaller pieces. Stir until melted.

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4. Add a few drops of red food coloring until you get the achieved color. Stir in 3/4 cup of Rice Krispies until well coated.

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5. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, packing it well. Use fingers to press in well. Wet hands work best & keep the Krispies from sticking to fingers.

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6. Repeat steps 3-5 five more times with the remaining colors, layering each color on top of the last.

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Let cool in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes and then lift the treats out by the wax paper. Peel off the wax paper from the treats.

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Use a sharp knife to slice the treats in to thin strips.

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Curve your strips into arcs to form rainbows.

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