Kids in the Kitchen: Small Batch Muddy Buddies

Do you call these muddy buddies? Puppy chow? Something else?

Around here, we just call them delicious! But, for real, everyone in the family loves them. And I love that this small batch version is the perfect size to whip up for movie night or family game night .

This is also a recipe that’s great for the kids to tackle! Bigger kids will be able to do nearly all of this solo – but there are things that even the littlest kids can help with!

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Pineapple Muffins

There are plenty of things that I’ve made only once. Challenging desserts I just wanted to prove to myself I could bake and dishes I cooked up for a special person or event.

And then there are recipes I revisit again and again… and again. These muffins are one of those.

This recipe originally came from my middle school home ec class – the only formal cooking training I’ve ever had, incidentally. Over the years, I’ve tweaked it fit what we normally have in our pantry and make the measurements a bit easy – but the taste stays the same.

For me, these are nostalgic comfort food.

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30 Snacks for the Big Game

Are you gearing up for the big game this weekend? Without a strong preference for either team playing, I’m focusing on the food!

30 snacks for the big game

Our menu is always snack-y. No big main dish – just a lot of easy-to-much snacks to graze on during the game. I’ve rounded up 30 of my favorite game-day snack options for you below!

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24 Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats

What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate and peanut butter.

24 Chocolate + Peanut Butter Treats

Seriously, it’s my favorite combo – and by blog shows it. Below, I’ve rounded up two dozen of my favorite chocolate and peanut butter treats that I’ve blogged so far.

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October Recipe Round-Up {Halloween & Fall Recipes}

October is here – and I am HERE for it! It’s one of my favorite months – full-on fall fun that ends with Halloween. What is there not to love?

This month, the recipe round-up features Halloween and fall recipes from our blogger group, including a lot of really fun ideas for serving up Halloween meals and treats.

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September Recipe Round-Up {Back to School Recipes}

September means that back to school time is in full swing! If you have children or work in the education field yourself, you know that quick breakfasts, make-ahead dishes, lunchbox ideas, and easy weeknight dinners are all especially important. This month our group of food bloggers is sharing recipes for back to school time! We hope you find some recipe inspiration here as you plan out your meal ideas for the month. Don’t forget to check back on the last day of each month to see the monthly recipe round-up!

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Pecan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Is it even summer if you don’t end up drowning in zucchini at some point? I think not.

Between our garden and our CSA, we always have plenty of zucchini around. I have, of course, been experimenting with lots of new, fun recipes – but I just keep coming back to zucchini bread. It’s a classic.

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This loaf is our favorite. It’s a little heavy on the nutmeg which gives the loaf a nice spice. Pecans and chocolate chips are mixed in, too, to add a little sweetness and texture.

This recipe does make a big batch, so it’s great to share with neighbors – or freeze a loaf for later!

And if you’re looking for more ways to use up your garden zucchini, I suggest Zucchini Scones, Zucchini, Chile & Red Onion Frittata, or Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas – all family favorites!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread 2

Thanks Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla together. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini, pecans, and chocolate chips.

Divide batter between loaf pans. Bake until a knife inserted comes out clean – about an hour for large loaves or 35-45 minutes for smaller loaves.

adapted from The Taste of Home Baking Book

Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Strawberry Avocado Salsa #ImprovCookingChallenge

It’s strawberry season here! The kids and I spent yesterday morning at one of our favorite local farms picking a whole flat of gorgeous berries – so now we’re making everything strawberry.

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Do you want to take bets on how many things I can stick strawberries in over the next few days?

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Loaded Hummus Plate {Movie Snack Series}

Next up in the movie snack series: Aladdin, and this loaded hummus plate!

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Aladdin was one of my favorites as a kid, so I was really excited to introduce it to the littles. It was a trickier one to plan a snack for, though, since there isn’t many food references in the movie to work off of!

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Root Beer Popcorn

One of my food blogger groups has been doing a fun round-robin game of #FoodBloggerLove. It’s a fun way to get to know a new blogger or introduce your followers to someone you’ve been admiring.

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to Erin – the brains behind The Spiffy Cookie and a root beer collector.

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