Posts Tagged ‘Kid Recipes’

Coconut Lime Raised Doughnut Recipe

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

From our food contributor, Shaina Olmanson.

Can I say that you are in for one of the biggest treats ever? Shaina, from Food For My Family, is one of my foodie idols and I cannot believe she is going to be sharing her voice here on MomAdvice as a regular contributor! Her photos are always a delight for the eyes and her whole foods philosophy on a budget is just why I selected her to share with you.  

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I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve gone out for doughnuts in any given year. It’s a once-in-a-while treat, a special outing. There’s something about walking into a doughnut shop, the bell on the door tinkling after you. In a case behind the glass you find soft fried dough rolled in sugar crystals or glazed with a sparkling gleam, the warm air carried under your nose with the distinct softness of melting sugar and browning dough.

Doughnuts are winter foods, best consumed when frosty air is blowing outside. A doughnut and a cup of coffee or cocoa somehow makes the world feel warmer, the walls lean in a bit tighter to hug you in the center of this pocket of comfort you’ve created.

It was this idea, this contentedness that I chased on a day off school with my kids. Doughnuts are all about waiting and patience, but the payoff at the end is worth every second it takes to get there.

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We gathered in the kitchen, all arms and hands and bodies huddled around the mixer, each measuring and dumping one ingredient after another to form the dough, soft and supple. In our hands we worked it before tucking it away as they went to play. Soon it was time for the shaping, and with a special cutter in hand, they each formed the rings and placed them on a baking sheet so we could again wait as they puffed in their warmed-oven home.

When the time came, in a bit of oil we fried each one to a golden perfection, our home instantly mirroring that doughnut shop smell. Small fingers ran through sugar as doughnut holes were rolled until coated. We stirred together glazes and dipped them in before sprinkling them with all manner of pantry goodies, licking the drips from fingertips.

Tips for doughnuts with your kids:

  • Have them measure and mix.
  • Teach little arms how to knead.
  • Rolling balls and cutting doughnuts is a fun and exciting job.
  • Leave the frying to the big kids and the adults.
  • Decorating is definitely a kid-approved job.
  • Eating is a family affair.

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These doughnuts are dipped in a lime-kissed glaze and covered in crisp coconut flakes. You can simply roll slightly cooled doughnuts in granulated sugar for a more classic take, or you could get fancy and make filled doughnuts and long johns with this same dough recipe.

Coconut Lime Raised Doughnut Recipe
Recipe type: breakfast, dessert
Serves: 10
Raised doughnuts with a lime-kissed glaze, sprinkled with coconut flakes.
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose or einkorn flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ teaspoons yeast
  • 16 ounces organic palm oil or other oil for frying
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and the vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  2. Add in the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast, and mix with your hands or using a dough hook on the stand mixer until a soft dough forms. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead 10 - 11 times for the dough to come together.
  3. Return the dough in the bowl and cover with a towel or piece of plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place to rise until the dough is doubled. Cut 20 or so 4-5" squares of parchment paper while you wait.
  4. Once the dough has doubled, remove it from the bowl and roll it to about 1½" thick. Cut 3-4" rings from the dough. Place each ring on a small square of parchment. Place the dough rings on baking sheets and cover loosely. Place doughnuts holes 3-4 on each piece of parchment.
  5. Once all the doughnuts have been cut and covered, let them rise for at least one hour until they have puffed considerably.
  6. In a high-sided, heavy-bottomed pan heat the oil to 350º F. Once the oil is hot, add in the doughnuts, about four at a time. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  7. Remove the doughnuts to a baking rack to drain and cool slightly.
  8. In a shallow bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and the lime juice, starting with 2 teaspoons until a thick but still fluid consistency is reached. Dip the top of each doughnut into the glaze. Immediately sprinkle with coconut flakes and allow to set.

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Rainy Day Summertime Activities

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Since we’ve been having a run of rainy weather where we live, I thought it would be a great idea to pull together some fun rainy day summertime activities (and even one outdoor project that uses rain!) to help get you through those inevitable wet, summer days.

Rainy Day Activities:

You’ll find a few kid-friendly recipes, some projects to give to others, and fun classic indoor games and activities to inspire you to take advantage of summer’s rainy days.

The best part? This is only the tip of the iceberg of summertime activities – both indoor and outdoor! You’ll find oh, so much more on our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board – 2013 edition. And if that weren’t enough, there’s the 2012 and the 2011 editions of 100 Days of Summer boards, too. So, no excuses – take some time to have fun with your kids and make some memories!

Here are some MomAdvice classics:


Create a Kid’s Cookbook

whole wheat toaster tart

Make Whole Wheat Toaster Tarts


Create a Homeless Care Package and give it away.


Wow the kids with our famous diy Glow in the Dark Jello.


Cook up some cute Spaghetti Cupcakes.

And here are some more way cool activities to help beat the wet weather boredom (please be sure to pin from the original source I’ve provided- thanks!).


Paint in the Rain @Housing a Forest


Paper Butterfly Garland @ My Poppet


Balloon Powered Lego Car @ The Crafty Mummy


Build an Indoor Zoo @ No Time for Flash Cards

duct tape bag

Duct Tape Tote Bag @ Little Birdie Secrets

glowing rainbow rice sensory play 08

Glowing Rice Sensory Play @ Growing a Jeweled Rose

DIY bath paint

DIY Bath Paint @ Kristan Lynn

Recycled necklaces

Colorful Recycled Necklaces @ Captain Crafty

spoon puppets

Spoon Puppet Theater @ Creative Jewish Mom

washitape car track

Washi Tape Car Track @ Le jardin de Juliette

indoor hopscotch

Indoor Hopscotch @ Giver’s Log

indoor obstacle

Indoor Obstacle Course @ Crumb Bums

indoor car wash

Indoor Car Wash @ What Do We Do All Day?

Kid easy embroidery

Easy kid-friendly embroidery idea @ Anna Maria Horner

Remember to visit our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Boards for tons more ideas for your summer fun!

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Amy’s Notebook 05.22.13

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Source: Oh My Handmade


DIY dotted tea towels (and striped wood spoons) would make such an awesome – and personal – hostess gift!

These three tips on finding your unique style using what you have is full of great information.

Here’s a few more great tips – this time geared towards decorating for families with kids.

A cheese and wine party just seems made for outdoor entertaining, doesn’t it? I love these how these six steps for hosting a cheese tasting party make it seem easy!

Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Source: The Stay At Home Chef


Don’t these twice baked sweet potatoes look amazing?

Making an orzo salad with spinach pesto instead of basil sounds like a great way to get a few more vegetables into our diet – I can’t wait to try this!

This list of 14 classic cocktails is just plain fun.

Now might be the time to try making Chocolate Espresso Macarons – yum.


Source: U-Create Crafts


Cupcakes made from burp cloths would be a such a cute way to decorate for a baby shower!

This kid’s outdoor play kitchen is not only sweet, but reuses things you’ve probably got laying around your house somewhere.

There are a ton of great ideas for boy’s bedrooms in this “undone” room reveal.

Freezing different themed toys into ice blocks = super summertime outdoor activity.

Oh, wow – these diy lace crowns are seriously adorable!


I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!


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22 Spring Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

It’s that time of the year again – over the next month it will be Spring Break somewhere in the US and MomAdvice has you covered with Spring Break Boredom Busters for your kids. No need to worry about how to fill those days when you have fun and free Spring Break activities to do at home.

If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for some quick, clever, and kid-tested ways to fill some of those school-less hours. How about a list of twenty-two awesome Spring Break Boredom Buster Ideas I found – everything from classics like homemade playdough, fun foods, and games to a “how’d you make that?” activity such as glow-in-the-dark jello?

Here are six Mom Advice classics:


Homemade Playdough

World’s Greatest Homemade Bubbles

How to Make Car S’Mores

Make Glow-In-The-Dark Jello

Homemade Butterbeer Lattes

Shower Curtain Art Canvas

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers
And sixteen more fun boredom busters:

Fizzing Sidewalk Paint @ Kid’s Activities Blog

Food Coloring Art @ B-Inspired Mama

Make the always popular Gak-Slime @ Skip To My Lou

DIY Indoor Obstacle Course @ Crumb Bums

Ladybug Spots Game @ Piikea Street
Lego Capes

Duct Tape Lego Capes @ Busy Kids Happy Mom

DIY Painted Rock Garden Markers @ Mom Endeavors
pretzel letters

Easy, Soft Pretzel Letters and Shapes @ An Oregon Cottage
Scribble Card

Tape-resist Scribble Card @ Lines Across

Rice Rainbow @ Kid Spot

Sandpaper-Print T-Shirt @ Alpha Mom
tp birdseed feeder

TP Tube Bird Feeder @ Juggling With Kids

Pretend Bird’s Nest @ My Nearest and Dearest

Custom Tortilla Chips @ Martha Stewart

Create a Tornado @ KC Adventures

Do you have any tried-and-true activities you like to do on Spring Break?

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18 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Are you looking for some simple, fun, and creative crafts, recipes, and decorations for St. Patrick’s Day? Me too! So I pulled a couple ideas from our archives and then found a few more to inspire us with their simple ingredients, kid-friendly steps, and fun presentations.

Here are a couple of Mom Advice classics:


Rainbow Cake in a Jar with Cloud Frosting

Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Straw Tags
And sixteen more easy St. Paddy’s day ideas:

felt shamrock craft

Felt Shamrock Hair Accessories @ Molly Moo
Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes @ Irish American Mom

Chocolate Covered Pretzels @ Love From the Oven
Framed Luck Tags

Framed Luck Tags @ Organize and Decorate Everything

Salt Dough Shamrock Necklace @ 2 Clever Blog

Pot o’ Gold Marshmallow Pops @ Babies, Bellies & Beyond
candle collage

Decoupaged Candles @ Mess for Less
St-Patrick-Day Candy Bark

Pretzel & Cookie Candy Bark @ Formula Mom

St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies & Printable @ No Biggie

Kiss Me Block @ Celebrations

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Push-Ups @ A Pumpkin and A Princess

Crepe Paper Shamrock Streamers @ Studio DIY

Rainbow Yarn Wreath @ Crafts ‘n Coffee

Soda Bread Biscuits @ Simmworks Family

Lucky Yarn-Covered Vase @ Mod Podge Rocks

Mint Chocolate Rice Crispie Treats @ Better in Bulk
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Amy’s Notebook 02.27.13

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Source: At Home on the Bay

These adorable vintage-style pillowcases would be easy to make with this great tutorial. (@ At Home on the Bay)

It would be fun to give (or receive!) one of these stress relief kits. (@ U Create)

Spring may be around the corner, but it’s not here yet, which makes these diy treasure chests perfect for indoor scavenger hunts. (@ A Cowboy’s Wife)

This amazing girls bedroom uses pops of color against a neutral background and really fun, huge pom poms overhead. (@ Daffodil Design)

office in a box

Source: I Heart Organizing

Here’s a great way to easily access and hide papers and office supplies using this office in a box. (@I Heart Organizing)

Creative ways to maximize storage using hooks. (@ a thousand ways)

Are you thinking about getting a family dog? Here are 12 reasons your family should get a dog. (@ alphamom)

Terrariums are a great way to bring a little green inside while we wait for spring. (@Centsational Girl)


Source: Two Peas and their Pod

Does the coconut and semi-sweet chocolate make this yummy-looking Chex mix good for you? (@ Two Peas and their Pod)

Is it okay to eat pumpkin in the spring if it’s in an ooey-gooey French toast bake? (@ whatever)

Aren’t recipes for fridge-clearing pasta bakes a perfect idea for using up odds and ends? (@ Apartment Therapy)

Tilapia with roasted tomatoes and pesto would make a quick and flavorful dinner. (@ $5 Dinners)


I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!


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How to Make Car S’mores

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Did you know that today is National S’mores Day? Who knew? I thought it would be fun to share with you a fun activity we did this summer that my kids absolutely flipped for. Have you ever ate a car s’more? No? Well, in my opinion, you haven’t lived until you have tried this fun food activity together. I guarantee that your kids will flip for this and I am betting that years from now my kids will be talking about that one time when their crazy mom let them make s’mores in the car.

Today Emily is demonstrating for us one of two ways that you can make your car s’mores. We have tried two different versions and both of them turn out wonderfully. With this version, kids can help assemble foil packets to be placed on a cookie sheet. Simply assemble your s’more ingredients (whatever your favorite ingredients might be)  on a small piece of foil. Once your s’more is full assembled, wrap it up in the foil tightly, and place it on a cookie sheet.

For a simpler version, you can simply line a cookie sheet with foil and plop your s’mores right on them (as demonstrated below).

A really hot summer day, like this one, is the perfect place to cook your s’mores. Slide your cookie sheet onto the dash of your car and shut your car. Set your kitchen timer for 15-20 minutes. I highly recommend sipping some lemonade and enjoying the AC while they are cooking.

Retrieve your cookie sheet and show your kids their perfectly cooked s’mores.

Marvel in the fact that you completely blew their minds with your awesomeness. Remember, these are the stories they will tell their kids someday.

Happy S’mores Day, friends!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Frozen Hot Chocolates

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012


Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day treat to share with your children? How does an icy frozen hot chocolate drink sound for a fun after school treat with your favorite kids?  My kids were so excited to try these frozen hot chocolates and we couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you.

This week I am over at the Kenmore Genius Blog sharing a delicious recipe for Frozen Hot Chocolates that you won’t want to miss! If you don’t happen to have the ingredients on hand, we all agreed that these Homemade Wendy’s Frosty Treats were just as yummy!

I am also sharing a few easy strategies for creating a Valentine’s Day dinner at home with your spouse when you can’t score a babysitter. Snag my recipe for Penne with a Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce and an easy dessert that you will really wow your hubby! I also have some wonderful other date night ideas on our site. Be sure to check out my Linguine with White Clam Sauce or how to have a Steakhouse Experience on a Poorhouse Budget for a few other ideas for fun celebration dinners.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day however you choose to celebrate it!

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Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Monday, August 29th, 2011

After our success with Italian Turkey Sliders in our house, I decided to give another slider recipe a try on our family. When I happened upon this delicious Chicken Parmesan Slider, I just knew that it would be a winner. A simple chicken patty coated in a panko coating , laced with sesame seeds and Parmesan cheese, smeared with ricotta,  sauced with fresh tomatoes, and a little basil layer on the bottom…well, what is not to love?  I guarantee this is a slider you will want to create in your home too.

I made fast work of these by creating a breading station and then threw them on our griddle that I oiled lightly with olive oil. I could fit eight of these easily on the griddle, making fast and easy work for a quick weeknight meal. These easy sliders can be served with lemon roasted green beans, homemade oven fries, or just a bag of store-bought french fries.

My children enjoyed these minus the ricotta and sauce on the side. These can easily be customized to your own taste and condiment choices. However you top them, these burgers are delicious and fun!


Chicken Parmesan Sliders


2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some for drizzling
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/2 cup sweet basil
1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme for chicken
Salt and pepper
1 cup panko
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, very finely chopped
Ricotta cheese (optional)
8 slider rolls, such as brioche dinner rollsor 8 ciabatta rolls, split


In a small pot with tight fitting lid heat two tablespoons of olive oil, over medium heat.  Add garlic and stir 2 minutes then add tomatoes and cover pot.  Cook tomatoes, shaking the pot occasionally, until tomatoes burst, 8-10 minutes. Mash up sauce with wooden spoon and season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Thicken, uncovered for 2-3 minutes and turn off heat.

Meanwhile, season chicken with thyme, salt and pepper. In a separate dish, combine panko crumbs with sesame seeds, Parmesan cheese, parsley. Form 8 small patties 3 inches wide and coat in breadcrumbs, gently pressing patties into crumbs to make them stick. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large, shallow non-stick skillet or on a non-stick griddle plan over medium to medium-high heat. Cook patties to golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4  minutes on each side.

Place a spoonful of ricotta on bun bottom. Drizzle cheese with a touch of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top soft cheese with a basil leaf, then the patties, then some sauce and bun tops.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Recipe Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray Show

Italian Turkey Sliders

Monday, August 15th, 2011

As we prepare to send the kids back to school, I am in preparation mode to breathe some new life into my menu plans and am on the hunt for quick and easy recipes to satisfy our family. These Italian Turkey Sliders not only are quick to prepare and easy to bake, but thanks to their tiny size, these pint-sized Italian Turkey Sliders are ready in only fifteen short minutes.

Sliders are not only highly fashionable for entertaining, but they also are super fun for little ones who will appreciate your small burger efforts as a way to make the dinner hour more fun. I declared it, “Diner Food Night,” and we dined on these sliders with a package of store-bought french fries that I baked in the oven with the burgers and a round of those DIY Wendy’s Frosty treats that my kids adore.

Set up a few of your favorite fresh vegetable toppings, make a fun fry sauce,  or add your own spin on a delicious fun meal at home.  These are just as easy to make and bake as a batch of homemade meatballs, and they can be served on slider buns or simply dinner rolls in your favorite flavor variety. If you purchase those rolls at the end of the day, you can take advantage of those bakery savings with the slashed prices and save even more.

This simple meal is a new family favorite and I am already dreaming of a few fun slider ideas we can try in the future for even more delicious fun this year!


Italian Turkey Sliders


16 ounces lean ground turkey
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 clove garlic – minced
1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
9 dinner or slider rolls (we selected a wheat variety)

Combine ground turkey, cheese and all seasonings. Mix together well. Shape turkey into 9 small patties. Place patties on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until cooked through. Be careful not to cook too long or they will become dried out.Place on rolls and top with your favorite toppings.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 9

Recipe Source: Adapted from Disney Family

What is your favorite go-to dish weeknight dish on busy school nights? Feel free to share those ideas and links here!