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The first time I ever made meatballs, no one could eat them. I am not joking. Those things were hard as a rock and dry as a bone. I finally gave them to our big dog who wound up burying them and never eating them. Since then, I have been on the hunt for the perfect meatball recipe. I finally found it after some trial and error. Here is how you can make the best homemade meatballs on the planet.

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Last week Kayla and I decided that we would try our hand at making homemade mozzarella cheese. We had heard how easy it was to make, and we both love fresh mozzarella, so we decided to give it a try!

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I have been baking like a mad woman today — 3 pies (one of which I am sharing with you today — Chocolate Pecan Pie), sweet potatoes, one of my two turkeys, eggs for all kinds of things, cornbread for dressing — and the list just keeps going! AHHH! :)

My sanity will return sometime this weekend!

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Kayla is really into baking now. She and a friend made these Chocolate Kiss Cookies during Christmas (that is why they are red and green). However, you can put whatever color sprinkles you want on them–red and blue for the 4th of July, pink and yellow for Easter, orange and black for Halloween–the possibilities are ENDLESS!

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It’s fall, and that usually means pumpkin time in our home! We spend the first part of fall visiting the pumpkin patch to get tons of pumpkins, and then Kayla and I set out to create delicious pumpkin recipes from the puree and seeds we get!

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I have been trying to fix homemade mexican rice like you get in a Mexican restaurant FOREVER — and I finally found the right recipe for it. Marcela from Mexican Made Easy really opened my eyes on how to make your rice fluffy and get it to taste like the delicious rice at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

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My daughter is quickly becoming a rockstar in the kitchen. I had NO IDEA that she would love baking and cooking as much as she did. The other night she had a taste for chocolate, caramel, nuts, and deliciousness. She found this recipe in one of my old cookbooks so we got to work — in meaning I watched and supervised as my 14 year old created this scrumptious recipe for Chocolate Caramel Brownies.

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I loving creating homemade Chinese takeout from home. It is so much cheaper and the taste is something you just wouldn’t believe. Before now, anytime I made Sweet N Sour Chicken, I always bought my sauce from the store because I thought it was hard to make. The other night, I made a sauce for my chicken that is TO DIE FOR. If you make this delicious Homemade Sweet N Sour Sauce, you will never go back to store bought again.

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Tonight, I made a few new dishes for our Chinese meal. Homemade sweet-n-sour sauce, coconut chicken, and this delicious, “tastes just like takeout” Crockpot Beef and Broccoli.

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Cooking with children is a wonderful way for adults to spend quality time with a child while also teaching them an important skill that they will use for the rest of their life. Additionally, children are naturally drawn to cooking activities as they tend to appeal to their creativity and active personalities.

While the advantages of cooking with children are well-known, many parents struggle with knowing at what age to begin cooking activities and how to keep their children safe in the kitchen. The following guide will help parents to safely teach their child cooking skills at any age while sharing in a delightful culinary experience.

Benefits of Cooking 

Learning how to cook has many benefits for children. As they cook, children learn about the importance of diligence, patience and paying attention to details as cooking is a methodical process that requires completing a series of steps. Following a recipe exactly will help children to focus on details while also reinforcing important reading and mathematical skills.

Measuring out ingredients and observing their reactions to mixing, heat and other ingredients can also build their understanding of science. Additionally, time spent together in the kitchen enhances bonding and encourages conversation between parents and their children.

Safety Precautions 

When cooking with children, it is important to implement safety practices that will keep children from being hurt while also teaching them important lessons regarding sanitation and fire safety. Parents of young children may prefer to begin with recipes that require no cooking, or they can complete the stove or oven portion of the recipe once the child has mixed the ingredients.

Even with older children, adults will need to provide supervision any time that a child is cooking with heat. For additional peace of mind, an alarm system should be set up within the home such as the type available at www.WirelessAlarmSystems.com so that any potential emergencies can be taken care of quickly.

Fun and Simple Recipes 

There are many great recipes designed for cooking with children that can be found either in special cookbooks or online. Many times, an old favorite family recipe can also be adapted to be child-friendly. Young children do the best with simple recipes that involve only a few ingredients and a little mixing. Instant puddings, icing for cupcakes and brownies are a few favorites of young children.

They may also enjoy arranging fruit and vegetables into face or insect shapes. Older children can begin to cook more complicated recipes such as classic chocolate chip cookies. Once they are old enough to use the stove, then they can learn simple cooking skills such as how to brown hamburger meat or scramble eggs.

Teaching children how to cook is a fun way to teach important concepts to children while also sharing some laughter and conversation. When children help in the kitchen, they are more likely to try new foods and experiment with healthy eating.

While parents should always be careful to keep safety in mind when cooking with children, kids of all ages can get involved in planning and cooking meals for the whole family to enjoy.

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