Apr 18, 2014
by Inger

M&M Cookies in a Jar (with Printable Tags)

Need a last minute idea for an Easter (or any other occasion) gift?  How about M&M Cookies in a Jar?  These are going into my kids’ Easter baskets this year.

Easter M&M Cookies in a Jar

Easter M&M Cookies in a Jar

It started with the commitment to eat (mostly) out of my pantry this month.  I had already bought the holiday colored M&M’s so this seemed like a perfect addition.  By adding M&M Cookies in a jar to my healthy gummy candy, peanut butter cups, peeps, and naturally colored eggs, I think we’ll make a go of this.   I’ll post a picture of one of the baskets on Facebook  when Easter comes. Continue Reading →

Apr 17, 2014
by Inger

Darn Field Trip Lunches– and a Cow Wow Cereal Milk Giveaway

Oops,  I did it again.  Forgot that the field trip required a bag lunch.   This time it was for Children’s Choir but sometimes it’s a school trip  And yes, I can hear Britney Spears singing in the background.  Bad (lunch) karma will get you an earworm.  


Cow-Wow-Milk at the Shedd Aquarium (now that I’m enlightened)

This time I sent my husband on a quick run to pick up a sub–and I have no idea what he did about a beverage, since we don’t stock soda or bottled water.    Continue Reading →

Apr 14, 2014
by Inger

Healthy Gummy Candy-Organic, Two Ingredients!

Gummy candy–gummy bears, gummy worms, and in my case bunnies and duckies–holds a fascination for kids that I will never understand.  But since my kids do love them, I have decided to make them healthier.  Easter is coming up after all!  Healthy gummy candy–who would have thought! 

Easter gummy bunnies and lambies and ducks

Easter gummy bunnies and lambies and ducks, oh my

My inspiration came from blogger Rachel whose cute treats which were cut with a mini cookie cutter.  I was looking to do small Easter shapes, which meant I would need to order a mold.  I ended up with a plastic mold which has limited heat tolerance but since gelatin dissolves even in lukewarm water (or juice), all was well.  Continue Reading →

Apr 12, 2014
by Inger

(Organic) Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

The past week has been busy with new recipes.  When I made a commitment to eat from my pantry this month… for better or for worse, I included my kids’ Easter Baskets.  After all I made organic homemade peeps last year!  This year’s first new Easter Basket treat is homemade peanut butter cups–also organic, though that of course is optional.

Organic Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Organic Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

It took a few tries to get these right.  The first recipe I used resulted in a runny peanut butter center.  Good if you kept them in the refrigerator, but not so good once they had warmed up.  Crossed that one off. Continue Reading →