Category Archives: LOB Kids

Bake to School Banana Chip Cake

Bake to School Banana Chip Cake

There are two kinds of people in life: ones that love ripe bananas, and everyone else that cannot bear the sight of even a fleck of a brown spot, or a bit of a bruise. Our family falls into that second set, and so we often have bananas that are immediately rejected and shunned at the first hint of over-ripening. So when life hands you over-ripe bananas, you of course make…banana chocolate chip cake!

I created this recipe to use up our ripe banana for a low sugar, low-fat breakfast for the children, and with school back in session, it’s the perfect back to school bake!

Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

I cannot imagine a more appropriate occasion to make these Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallow confections than Valentine’s Day! I am not ashamed to confess that I’m wholly and unabashedly in love with Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily the couple’s kind, though that is all kinds of lovely as well.  I simply adore the idea of celebrating love.  Love of all that bring such joy and beauty to our lives…family, friends, children and significant others, is what we celebrate on this day. 

360° Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

360° Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ugh, not another chocolate chip cookies recipe! I know that’s what you’re thinking and I don’t begrudge you for a moment. That is precisely the reason I thought so long and hard before posting this recipe. No doubt, your Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is impeccable, and far be it for me to suggest otherwise, BUT, if you ‘re in the market for a crispy, caramelized, chocolaty cookie and want to venture out a bit, this is a great one to try! 

Lemon Meringue Milkshake

Lemon Meringue Milkshake

Lemon. Ice Cream. Whipped Cream. Cookie crumbs. Pie. I don’t believe I need to say more. This recipe was born of a mission to create a backyard dessert to celebrate the beginning of spring. It needed to be fun, delicious, effortless, nostalgic and appeal to the entire family, from grandma to the finicky little ones. Ideally it would taste like pie. A really delicious and sunny lemon meringue pie.

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

I believe in the power of love and the joy of giving, and it is a creed that I strive to instill in my little ones. For the last five years around the holidays, my kids and I have forged a tradition that we hold dear. We build a gingerbread house each weekend in December and choose various charities to donate them to. The rule in our house is that they can have treats to enjoy while building the house, but once it’s done, it’s donated to a worthy cause. The particular one in this recipe was made with the utmost love and donated to a local domestic violence shelter which houses the most brave women and children you will ever meet.

A beautiful holiday season to all, and may peace, love and the aroma of delectable goodies baking fill your homes all the year through.

Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are one of my children’s favorites. They are light as air with a satisfying crunch and delicate flavor. They are also perfect for kids with food allergies, like my sweet boy, as they are gluten free, nut free and dairy free.  I’ve made these meringue bones and ghosts for the last few years at Halloween and they are a favorite among family and friends, which is why I wanted to share them with you all.

Caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt

Caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt

My kids and I have a deal, if they see a treat that they would like to try, I get first dibs on making it for them at home. I always show them the list of ingredients with the inevitable inventory of unpronounceable preservatives, chemicals, coloring and fake flavorings and explain that these are not real food. Even at a young age, they came to understand that anything made from natural ingredients, rather than chemically altered substances is not only better for them, but tastes phenomenal compared to its engineered counterparts. This is exactly how these caramels came to be. 

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Every summer right around this time, the kids and I huddle in a secretive corner of the house and deliberate on what would be THE best father’s day gift ever! Not another tie. Definitely not another grilling contraption. While the latter suggestion was quickly dismissed, it did lead to a discussion about how much daddy loves to grill. That was how these little Brownie Burger Sliders, decadent brownies sandwiched in between two vanilla wafer buns, served with a side of sugar cookie fries were born.