Best Easter Ham Glazes

Easy Pineapple Cherry Ham Glaze

Now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. What will be your main dish? Ham is a popular choice. A slow-cooked ham with a tasty glaze and attractive garnish will be a beautiful addition to the Easter Holiday table.

My favorite glaze for ham is a pineapple cherry one that I use to baste a fruited ham. The glaze is made with the juices drained from a 10-ounce jar of Maraschino cherries and a 20 ounce can of sliced pineapple. Following are the ingredients and directions for pineapple cherry ham glaze.


Ingredients for pineapple cherry ham glaze
  • one 20-ounce can pineapple slices, drain and reserve juice
  • one 10-ounce jar Maraschino cherries, drain and reserve juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • one cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • one tablespoon corn starch
  1. drain juices from pineapple and cherries
  2. add juices to saucepan
  3. add the other ingredients
  4. heat on medium heat. stir until the mixture boils.
  5. boil for one minute. remove from heat

Basting Ham with Pineapple Cherry Glaze

I cook my ham in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. I first put a cup of water in the roaster and place the ham in fat side up. I remove the ham half way through the cook time and score it. Then I begin lovingly basting it with the glaze. I continue to cook and baste two or three more times to ensure a juicy and succulent ham.


Garnish for the Ham

About a half hour before the cooking time ends I remove my ham once more. I garnish my ham with the pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries. I return the ham to the oven to finish baking. I turn off the oven at the end of the cooking time and let the ham slowly cool down. And, you guessed it, I baste it yet again with the pineapple cherry glaze.


Best Deviled Egg Recipe

I place my ham on a bed of greens such as endive. I surround my Easter ham with deviled eggs dusted with paprika. The Easter Ham is ready. Now all I need to do is plan is some side dishes. There are so many tasty dishes to go with ham! That should be easy!

Mom’s Best Deviled Egg Recipe:

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • one tsp dry mustard
  • one tsp celery seed
  • one tsp parsley flakes
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • paprika

After cooling the boiled eggs, peel and halve them. Scoop out the yolks and place in a bowl. Mash the yolks using a fork. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Fill the egg white halves with the deviled egg mixture with a spoon or a pastry bag. Dust the eggs with paprika.


Other Ham Glazes

Other Ham Glazes:

Cola Glaze:

This recipe uses maple syrup, brown sugar, cola and Dijon mustard for a truly unique ham glaze.

Honey Glaze:

Dark corn syrup, honey and whole cloves will produce a glaze that mimics the famous one baked with honey!

Orange Glaze:

Apple cider, orange juice and orange marmalade mixes together with mustard and ginger. The result is a tangy sweet ham glaze.

Mango Orange Glaze:

Orange marmalade and mango chutney together with cloves and brown sugar will make a delicious glaze with a tropical twist.

Best Ever Ham Glaze: Orange marmalade and honey mustard must go great together in this truly unique ham glaze recipe.

Make these cute Deviled Egg Easter Peeps to go with your ham.


How To Make Mosaic Easter Eggs With A Stained Glass Look

Stained Glass Mosaic Easter Eggs

If you are like me, Easter really sneaked up and took you by surprise this year. Seems like just yesterday I was packing away Christmas.

I love a pretty basket of traditionally colored Easter eggs, but with all the “blingy” egg ideas out there, I started feeling a bit like “EbanEaster Scrooge” or The “Grabbit That Stole Easter”.

My basket of eggs seemed a bit sad, and well…plain.

Here is what I came up with as a solution to my Easter decorating woes.

This is SO fun and SO cool. The idea is for making stained-glass mosaic Easter eggs.

Stained glass mosaic eggs are a quick and easy way to brighten your holiday table. They will look best mixed in with some “plain” dyed eggs in complementary colors. The only thing needed is tissue in bright colors,Mod Podge, (or even Elmers glue and water will do), hard boiled eggs, a small brush and clear sealant spray like Krylon.

Pretty Easter Table Centerpiece


Stained glass mosaic eggs are like little church windows. Mix them in with some brightly colored “plain” eggs in a pretty basket with Easter grass. They will look lovely along with some fresh flowers, perhaps daffodils or Easter lilies.

Now you have a pretty centerpiece for Easter brunch on the deck or even a formal Easter dinner. Follow the steps below to make these easy and unique Easter eggs.

Cut bits of brightly colored tissue. Make some smaller ones to fill in tiny spots. Make them all in different shapes.


This looks a bit like papier mache, but it is much simpler. Just brush on a solution of white glue and water or Mod Podge.


There is no need to toss out slightly cracked eggs when making stained glass mosaic eggs. The tissue paper will cover the cracks.



Spray on a clear sealant spray.


Bling Your Easter Eggs With These Ideas

Easter Bunny Cupcake Centerpiece

Edible Easter Table Centerpiece

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the Bunny Trail. This year, he has brought a bunch of his frisky friends to help hide eggs in the grass for a really cute edible centerpiece. Use this centerpiece to decorate your Easter dinner table.

There are many,many ideas on how to create cute bunny cakes and cupcakes. They are all adorable, and picking the right Easter bunny cake idea can be a bit daunting.

This year, let the kids help put together some Easter Bunny cupcakes using our own unique method. They are easy to make and look really great. The kids will be so proud to have been a part of this project when it’s time for Easter dinner.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Our unique way to create cute Easter Bunny cupcakes is achieved with a few special secrets .

First of all, the inside of a cupcake is as important as the outside. l love strawberry cake and I use strawberry cake mix for yummy Easter bunny cupcakes.

Our bunny cupcakes have ears cut from one side of a Vienna Finger cookie. The special secret is cutting the cookie halves the correct size. If you cut about one-third of the cookie away, the cookie will be a perfect “bunny ear” size. Any more, the bunny will end up looking like a long-eared donkey. Any less, he will look like a little white mouse.

Use the vanilla creme icing scraped away from the cookies. Tint pink with red food dye.

Secret two is in using white mini-marshmallows. One mini-marshmallow sitting on the flat-side-up on each side of a jelly bean nose gives him fat bunny cheeks. Another mini-marshmallow placed round side down and flattened makes two front bunny-teeth when divided with a line of black decorating gel. The decorating gel doubles as a way to add bunny whiskers.

Let’s get started.

Cupcake Baking With Kids
  • Older kids can mix batter.
  • Adults supervise baking, removal for cooling.
  • Younger kids sort jelly beans and M&Ms.
  • Adults supervise and help frost cupcakes.
  • Adults and older kids add features.
Ingredients For Easter Bunny Cupcakes
  • One package strawberry -flavored cupcake mix, eggs, water and oil as given
  • One package jelly beans, assorted
  • One can cream cheese frosting, prepared
  • one tube black decorator gel
  • mini-marshmallows, white
  • miniature M&Ms, green, blue and brown
  1. Prepare your favorite strawberry cake mix as directed for cupcakes. Bake.
  2. Let cupcakes cool. Frost with cream cheese or vanilla frosting.
  3. Add features. Jellybean nose, miniature M&M eyes, puffy marshmallow cheeks and rabbit teeth with mini-marshmallows.
  4. Add whiskers and a line to form bunny teeth with black decorator gel.
  5. Frost and add cookie ears. Insert into slits made with a butter knife.
  6. Add Peter Cottontail and his friends around a green flaky coconut lawn with hidden jelly bean eggs.
Vienna Finger Bunny Ears


Bunny Cupcake Facial Features


Insert Bunny Ears


Peter Cottontail Complete With Whiskers and Big Tooth


(Optional) Sprinkle Bunny Cupcakes with Finely Shredded Coconut


Place all the Peter Cottontails, all with different eye and nose color combinations around a green flaky coconut lawn with jelly bean eggs all hidden and ready for an Easter Egg Hunt!

This should be a great addition to the Easter decor for your holiday table. The kids will be proud to have helped with this family project.

Happy Easter!

Easy Easter Desserts For Kids To Make

Easter Cooking With Kids

Easter is almost here! It’s Spring Break, or soon will be, everywhere. The kids are home from school for the week. (well, the little ones anyway!) Little kids just love Easter and it is a great holiday to create memories for them.

As with every holiday, the kitchen is the best place to be. Make sure to take time out of your busy schedule to spend some time cooking with the kids this Easter. There are many great recipes available that require minimal help from adults.


Easy Cinnamon Bunny Buns



These “Cinnamon Bunny Buns” are created from refrigerator (canned) biscuits. The little kids can safely participate by cutting the biscuits with a butter knife. They will love putting the “ears” on the cinnamon bunnies’ “heads”. These bunny biscuits will surprise you.

The slightly melted mini marshmallows will make them taste like iced cinnamon buns. Don’t think that each and every bunny must have 3 raisins and 2 mini-marshmallows. The kids will want to add more once they taste one bunny, and that’s OK! Won’t these go great for Easter Breakfast or Brunch?

  • 2 – 12 oz. cans refrigerator biscuits, one cake makes 5 bunnies
  • 1/4 cup each cinnamon and sugar, for sprinkling on bunny buns
  • 30 raisins, for 10 bunny buns
  • 20 mini marshmallows, for 10 bunny buns
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, for brushing on bunny buns
  1. Open biscuits and spread out on a cutting board.
  2. Cut 5 biscuits in half for each of the other 5 biscuits.
  3. Place on greased cookie sheet and form “heads” with “ears” from one whole biscuit and two biscuit halves.
  4. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Add 3 raisins for the “eyes” and “nose.” Add 2 mini-marshmallows for the “whiskers” the last minute of cook time.
  6. Follow baking directions on the refrigerator biscuit can. An adult will take Bunny Buns in and out of the hot oven.Let cool and remove with a wide spatula

Easter Cupcake Ideas for Kids

Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without a batch of pretty cupcakes. Provide kids with frostings, sprinkles, jelly beans, green coconut and whatever cake decorations you have on hand.

Just follow the directions on a package of cake mix. You will need eggs and cooking oil. An adult will assist by blending the batter with a mixer. The kids can line the muffin tins with cupcake liners. Show them how to fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full of batter. An adult will place and remove the cupcakes from the oven. Kids can frost and decorate!

Here are two ideas for Easter cupcakes:


Hidden Egg Cupcakes

Fill cupcake liners one-third full of batter. Place an unwrapped chocolate egg on top. Fill with two-thirds of the batter. Bake as directed. Cool and frost with chocolate frosting and add colorful sprinkles.



Easter Basket Cupcakes

Bake any flavor cupcake mix as directed. Cool and frost with white frosting. Tint coconut flakes green with a small amount of food color. Top the cupcakes with “grass” and jelly bean eggs. Use red licorice laces for “handles.”


Creative Easter Cupcakes

Kids will enjoy designing their own cupcakes. Make a few pretty baskets and then let them loose! You will be surprised at how creative they can be. They will love designing a cupcake for someone and then another to eat themselves. This is what makes Easter memories special. Hang out with the kids in the kitchen this Easter. It’s the best place to be on a holiday!


Morgan’s Easter Cupcake
Annie’s Easter Cupcake

Easter Crafts For Kids


Easy Easter Crafts for the Kids to Make

Easter is the only major holiday that falls on a different Sunday of the month and sometimes even a different month (March or April) each year. The exact date of Easter is calculated by using a formula involving religious history, calendar history, the science of equinox and a full moon. Generally speaking, the date of Easter for the year can be found by finding the first Sunday after the first full moon directly after the Spring equinox. The Spring equinox is the second point in time when the tilt of the earth’s axis is such that the center of the sun is in the same plane as earth’s equator. No matter the date, Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth, natural beauty, and joy. Signs of Spring are everywhere. Even though the day may be chilly we know that winter is over.

No matter the date, Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth, natural beauty, and joy. Signs of Spring are everywhere. Even though the day may be chilly we know that winter is over.

Many schools observe Spring Break along with Easter Holidays for a week or more of vacation. This year consider spending quality time with the kids creating Easter crafts. Here are three original craft ideas both you and your kids will love. They are easy enough for younger children to do with assistance and challenging enough for older children to do alone. School and church groups can use these craft ideas for projects to be taken home for the holiday.

How to Decorate Plain Plastic Easter Eggs


Decorating plain plastic eggs is a fun easy project for children of all ages.

You will need: large plastic Easter eggs, items from your sewing box or the sewing notions section of craft/department stores, stickers, beads…(be resourceful and imaginative!) …scissors and glue that will bond porous materials such as Elmer’s School Glue.

How to do: Guide children in pre-planning their egg design. Younger children may need help with measuring and cutting. Glue on ribbon, stickers, rick-rack, buttons, etc. for a personalized Easter egg.

Easter Trees


Additional idea: Make tiny hanging Easter baskets by using half of the egg. Stuff with Easter grass and jelly beans. Older children, with the help of an adult, can spray paint a tree branch or small bare tree with pastel colored enamel. We used a pretty glossy pink. Attach a thin ribbon hanger to the “egg baskets”. Be sure to use hot glue for this and glue ends deep into the egg so that the weight of the jelly beans doesn’t pull the eggs loose from the ribbons.

We mounted our Easter tree into an Easter bucket with rocks, then concealed the rocks with Easter grass. It will make a great centerpiece for the holiday!

How to Make a Faux Stained Glass Window


Shiny tinfoil and markers in bold colors are the secret to this faux stained glass window.

Step 1: Begin by having an adult use a box cutter or Xacto knife to cut a church window shape from cardboard.

Step 2: Cover the cardboard window shape with tinfoil. Tape the tinfoil down in back.

Step 3: Glue a swirly line of glue. Place a string of black yarn over the line of glue. Allow to dry.

Step 4. Color the “window pane” sections with bold color markers.


Step 5: Add a potted “Easter Lily” to your faux stained glass window. Cut a Styrofoam cup in half vertically and paint a pastel shade. We used pale pink acrylic. Attach to the bottom of the window with glue.

Step 6: Color mini craft sticks with a green marker. Cut out 3 Lily shapes from white paper. Attach to the green mini craft sticks “stems” with glue. Add a tiny yellow “stamen” by using a bit of chenille pipe stem.

How to Make Colorful Easter Peeps From Cotton Balls


A dozen cute colorful peeps can double later as a seed starter! Save egg shells and cartons for several days. Wash out shell halves and air dry. You will need cotton balls, colored chalk, glue, a small amount of orange and black paper, plastic zip-lock bags, cutting board, rolling pin.

Step one: pick a few colors of chalk. Place 2-3 sticks of each color in separate plastic zip lock bags. Smash and roll the chalk inside the bags to make powder. Put cotton balls inside the bag and shake to coat the cotton balls with chalk powder.


Step two: glue two cotton balls together to form a chick. Add black dots(we used clippings from a hole punch) for “eyes” and an orange triangle for a “beak.”

Step three: stuff a bit of grass into the half shell and then glue in the little peeps. Display in an empty egg carton. After Easter simply remove the peeps and then use the eggshells as seed starters.

Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast Idea: Shamrock Eggs And Green Grits

How to Make Shamrock Eggs with Green Bell Peppers


Those who really love to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day are always looking for ways to add to the day’s festivities. Green suspenders, green beer, Dalmatians with green spots and other such outrageousness.

Start your day on March 17th this year with a breakfast any leprechaun would love. And it’s easy to do. Eggs are baked stove-top in green bell pepper rings. For a southern flair, serve alongside some grits…green ones, of course!

You will need:
  • a skillet with a lid
  • green bell peppers
  • fresh eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley flakes
  • olive oil
  • grits
  • green food dye
How to do:
  1. Cut rings about 1/4 inch thick from the bell peppers.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet.
  3. Add the pepper rings.
  4. Gently crack eggs into the bell pepper rings.
  5. Cover the skillet.
  6. Cook on low until the egg yolks are done.
  7. Remove and sprinkle with the spices.
  8. Cook grits according to package directions.
  9. Add a few drops of green food dye.

Add toast, fruit, or breakfast meat if desired.

Top o’ the Morning to you!
Green Stuff to Order


Easy Easter Dessert Recipes

Easy Simple Easter Desserts

If you find yourself running low on time in preparing Easter dinner don’t skip dessert. These easy dessert recipes are “simply” delicious and take little time to prepare. They are attractive, as desserts are, and budget-friendly to help keep down the cost of Easter dinner. Fresh fruit in Berry Shortcake Stackers and Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie add healthy flavorful color. The Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake is dreamy and easy on the pocketbook. The following recipes and photos will make it difficult to decide just which one to plan. They are so easy and tasty! But Easter dinner is not the only occasion that calls for dessert! These easy dessert recipes will be great all Spring and into Summer-especially as the season for fresh fruit approaches! Local in-season fruit is usually plentiful, less expensive and definitely healthier!

Berry Shortcake Stackers

Berry Short Cake Stackers have fresh blueberries and strawberries for a healthier dessert.

6385914_f248Ingredients for Berry Shortcake Stackers
  • one pint blueberries, fresh
  • one pint strawberries, fresh
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey
  • one loaf store-bought pound cake, sliced


6385917_f248How to Make Berry Shortcake Stackers

Add a pint of blueberries to boiling water just long enough for most of them to pop open. This will help release juice from the berries that will soak into the pound cake.




Slice the strawberries into a bowl. Some strawberries are juicier than others. At your discretion add a tablespoon or so of water. Coat the strawberries with about 2 tablespoons of honey per 8 ounces of berries. Use only a tablespoon for the blueberries. They are naturally sweeter than strawberries. Place a slice of pound cake on a dessert plate. Top with strawberries, Cool Whip, and then add another slice of cake. Continue alternating layers of berries. Top the Berry Stackers with Cool Whip and then garnish with a few berries.


Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake


Turn two simple and inexpensive purchases at the grocery store into this dreamy ice cream cake. You will want to make this easy ice cream cake again over the Summer!

Ingredients for Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake

An Angel-food cake from the store bakery and a carton of strawberry ice cream. That’s it!

6385971_f248How to Make an Ice Cream Cake

Soften the ice cream. Using a large serrated knife, cut the Angel-food cake in half horizontally. Spread the softened ice cream on top of the bottom half. Place the top of the cake on the ice cream layer. Place the ice cream cake in the freezer until the ice cream re-freezes solid. Slice, decorate with strawberries and enjoy!

Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie



The secret to this tasty pie is the almond extract. This will not be the most attractive dessert of the set because a clean cut slice is a bit difficult. But the gourmet-like taste will make up for it! It is relatively low in calories as desserts go and there is plenty of fresh fruit in the pie.

6386021_f248Ingredients for Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie
  • Frozen pie crust (2 or 3 depending on the number of guests),
  • 8 ounces of strawberries per pie
  • Almond extract
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Cool whip or vanilla ice cream.
6386024_f248Easy Strawberry Pie

Thaw the frozen pie crusts for 15 minutes. Add some fork indentions and sprinkle about a teaspoon of almond extract over the bottom and sides. Fill the pie shell with berries and sprinkle 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar over them. Bake at 400 degrees in a pre- heated oven. Cool and serve with Cool Whip or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Saint Patrick’s Day Desserts For Kids: Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float

Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float

Don’t forget a cute and tasty dessert to go with Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner. Kids will love helping to make these fizzy green floats. They get to pick Lucky Charms marshmallow bits out of cereal to use as “sprinkles.”
  1. Place two scoops of lime sherbet in a soda fountain glass.
  2. Fill with ginger ale or club soda.
  3. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  4. Decorate with Lucky Charms marshmallow bits.

Let the kids help make a Simple Irish Supper with corned beef and cabbage. 

Saint Patrick’s Day History

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March every year. It is considered to be the Feast Day of Saint Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Canada. Worldwide celebrations of Irish culture include special Mass services in Catholic churches and huge parades in major cities.

In the United States New York City, Chicago, and Savannah, Georgia boast having the three largest parade celebrations. There is lots of green everywhere to honor the Emerald Isle. Green clowns, a green Santa, and Dalmatians with their coats dyed green are some of the funny sites to see. In Chicago, the river is dyed green for the day, and in Savannah, the beautiful fountain in Forsyth Park (Forrest Gump) spouts green water. Irish clans wearing green go marching through winding streets and everyone claims to be Irish on that day.

Get in the spirit of the day with the kids by cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help kids learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.

For added fun, make Lucky Leprechauns shakes using the directions after the potato cakes recipe.

Erin Go Braugh! May the luck O’ the Irish be with yee.


Saint Patrick’s Day Cake Idea

Make a Lucky Leprechaun Fruity Rainbow Cake!


Saint Patrick Fun Facts



Saint Patrick was not Irish.He was born British in the yearAD 390

His Family was very wealthy. They had two homes and owned many slaves.

Young Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 and sold into slavery.

He spent six years as a slave on a sheep farm in the chilly Irish hills.

He escaped at age 22 and went home to Wales on a pirate ship.

Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to preach Christianity while in his thirties.

He was beaten by thugs and harassed by Irish royalty.

Saint Patrick did not chase the snakes from Ireland. The snakes can not get through the icy waters surrounding the Isle to inhabit it.

Saint Patrick died in the year AD 461

Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner To Cook With Kids

Simple Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage


Get in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s by  cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes with the kids. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help them learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.


This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe uses 2 pounds of corned beef, cold water, two onions, a head of cabbage salt and pepper

Step 1: Put corned beef in a large pot. Cover with water. Kids can help with covering with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and skim off grease. Adult needs to do this step.

Step 2Cover pan with a lid. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for one and a half hours. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.

Step 3: Add the onions and cabbage. .Adults. Cover and simmer another 30 minutes. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.



Step 4:     Adults. Drain liquid off. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Serve meat on a platter. Kids can arrange onions and cabbage around the meat.




Make Potato Pancakes with the Kids

The Irish are a hardy folk and descendants are proud of their heritage. Making potato cakes with the kids is a good time to make them aware of other cultures and history.

Discuss the Great Famine of Ireland between 1846-1850 when blight wiped out acres and acres of Irish farmland. Potatoes were covered with a black rot. Failing crops caused the food prices to soar. Irish farmers were forced to eat rotting produce from cellars. The population dropped from 8 million to 4 million. A wave of emigration began from Ireland to America and other nations.

Okay. The history lesson is over. Time to make potato cakes! Kids can be more involved in the potato cake process . They will enjoy mashing the potato that the adult has peeled and cooked and then adding flour and rolling out the dough.

Ingredients for Irish Potato Cakes

  • one pound Irish potatoes
  • water
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • healthy oil for frying, sunflower. Canola


Steps for Making Irish Potato Cakes with Kids

Step 1: Put peeled potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with water for boiling. Kids can do.Boil until soft and remove from stove. Adult.

Step 2: Mash potatoes and spread on a pastry board.Kids can do. Spread butter, salt, nutmeg and flour over potatoes. Kids can do.

Step 3: Knead until well mixed. Add extra flour as needed. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Kids can do with direction.

Step 4: Cut into wedges. Kids can do with help

Step 5: Fry in a skillet using a healthy oil. Adult

Step 6: Remove and cool on paper towels. Adult.



Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas For Families



Valentine’s Day is such a cool holiday. I love the pinks, reds, and purples…frilly homemade valentines, candy hearts with quotes and boxes of chocolates. It’s the perfect holiday to show your sweetie you care. But it’s not just a holiday for lovers. Involve the whole family in celebrating Valentine’s Day with the following fun ideas. 

Valentine’s Day Crafts


Grab up the crafts box and make a host of adorable homemade valentines. Scissors, glue, markers, maybe some googly eyes and ribbons are all that’s needed to make cute things.

The accordion style hearts remind me of that old fashioned way of making a string of paper dolls. Print letters T E A C H E R, or perhaps your Sweetie’s name on the hearts for a simple really cute inexpensive alternative to a card.

See how cute the mouse is! It’s a valentine shape folded in half to resemble a mouse with a smaller folded valentine for ears. His tail is a tucked-in lollipop!  Draw on eyes and nose (or use googly eyes and a tiny pom pom.) Help the kids make a couple dozen for sharing with classmates.

Valentine’s Dinner and a Movie


Watch LADY AND THE TRAMP and Eat Spaghetti

What Lady doesn’t fall for a Rogue at least once in her life? Celebrate this fact of nature with Disney’s Lady and The Tramp. Plan dinner and a movie with puppy love, spaghetti and meatballs. You and your honey may want to recreate the scene where Lady and the Tramp share their spaghetti. How romantic is that!


Easiest and Tastiest Spaghetti with Meatballs Recipe





1 and 1/2 to 2 lbs lean ground beef

1cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 egg

1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 large jar of prepared sauce, such as Ragu


Combine ingredients and form into balls. Bring the pasta sauce to a boil and toss in the meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes.

Watch Sleepless in Seattle with Popcorn


Watch the movie Sleepless In Seattle. If you’ve never seen this Valentine’s Day classic, run don’t walk to get the DVD for this totally heart warming tale. It’s the story of a little boy whose mother died, and through a radio talk show host, he connects his lonely father to a girl that is close to marrying her boring best friend. He ghost writes letters back and forth arranging for the two to meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day night as in the classic movie An Affair To Remember- which BTW is another great Valentine’s Day tear jerker.Follow up one movie with the other. 

Don’t forget the popcorn and cokes. Make it a little special in with cute glasses and  containers.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in Sleepless and Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant are the stars in Affair Sleepless is rated PG. An Affair to Remember is rated G. 

DIY Valentine Candy Containers



Mason Jar Idea


Save a pretty jar. Clean it up and pack it with candy hearts. Toss in a few foil covered chocolate treats and add a pretty bow. This makes a great teacher gift. A few bags of inexpensive conversational hearts and chocolates will allow you to make one for favorite aunts, grandmothers, and neighbors. It is a good way to recycle a glass jar too!

Mason jars are excellent for this project. Simply fill a Mason jar with your Valentine treats of choice. Sweeten the life of a loved one with this sweet and thoughtful gift. Mason jars have an innocent look that goes well with homemade gifts.

Re-use Valentine Candy Boxes



If you have saved heart-shaped candy boxes, the ones that the assorted chocolates come in, redecorate them for this.

Or transform a new box that you buy this year into a personalized candy box.






Use scrapbooking materials, old gift bags, art tissue, anything you can find to transform your empty candy boxes and personalize them.

If you use a recycled candy box here is a recipe for really easy chocolates to refill your box. It is basically as easy as melting chocolate morsels in the microwave.

Use candy molds for forming the melted chocolates. Directions are included for various ways to decorate the chocolates.

Tasty Homemade Valentine Treats

Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese and Raspberry Jam

7182602_f248Have a cozy afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day. A four o’clock tea is perfect for after-school when Valentine’s Day is on a school day. Make it for just the family or invite a few friends. Decorate the table and serve Valentine cookies. Or try these tasty tea sandwiches:

Cut shapes from white wheat bread with a Valentine cookie cutter. Spread with cream cheese and raspberry jam for making sandwiches. Brown lightly on a buttered griddle and dust with confectioner sugar.

Cute Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Sweetheart Teddy Bear Cupcakes
Sweetheart Teddy Bear Cupcakes

You can find cute Valentine’s Day cupcakes galore to make.  Try valentine sweetheart cupcakes. using red velvet cake mix, this idea calls for the heart-shaped pink marshmallows especially sold around Valentine’s Day for the bear’s ears. The nose is a Maraschino cherry. Eyes are chocolate chips. A tasty combination!