Easy Easter Pudding Cups

My kids have always loved to play with me in the kitchen. With Easter coming up, I decided to let them help me create a special treat. They like to call them “dirt cups”, after a dessert served at their favorite restaurant, because that is exactly what they look like!

Easter Pudding Cups

They all helped me shop for the ingredients at our local Walmart. When we returned home, my kids were ready to get started! I gave each of them their own Snack Pack Pudding Cup, two Oreo cookies, a marshmallow, and a piece of Rips licorice candy. I had a bowl of water and a bowl of orange Jell-O set aside, so I could help them coat their marshmallows to make them look like carrots.

The process was easy peasy for even Timmy to do mostly on his own:

The Oreo cookies were placed in a small ziplock bag, and my boys proceeded to smash the cookies to little bits. I think that was the most fun part!

They then opened their Pudding Cup – super simple with the EZ open lid – and poured half of their cookie crumbs in to the pudding, stirring it in well.

The rest of the cookie crumbs were placed right on top, and the cup was set aside for a minute.

Make your own Easter Pudding Cups - no bowl needed!

Marshmallows were then covered with water and then the dry Jell-O to coat it well. A small slit was cut in the top of the marshmallow and the licorice was tucked inside. Each “carrot” was then placed on top of a cookie covered pudding cup.

carrot in dirt pudding cup

This was a super fun and delicious way to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with my kiddos! Find more mix-in recipes at snackpack.com and snackpackmixins.com.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kids In The Kitchen :: Chocolate Puddin’ Pie

The other day, Ben begged me to make him a Chocolate Pie. I had never made one before, but knew it couldn’t be too difficult. With some help from Ben, we found a recipe and made a list of needed ingredients. Off to the store we went and before long we had everything we needed.

With Andrew’s help, Ben and Timmy made two pies. Boy, were they excited to have a hand in creating one of their favorites!

Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

This has to be the easiest dessert to make, and certainly one that our whole family enjoys!

What’s your family’s favorite homemade dessert?

#KidsCooking With The Learning Tower {Giveaway}

If you’ve been a friend of mine for any period of time, you know that I am not a big fan of cooking, but that I love to bake. My kiddos, however, love to be with me in the kitchen, no matter what we are making. (Of course, it’s only an added bonus if we are baking up a sweet treat!)

Because I tend to have my children take turns with me up at the counter, I regret to say that they never spent as much time in there with me as they would have liked. As much as I love to have them in there gelping, it was just too much work. Keeping my older kids from plowing over my little ones, keeping them all from bickering, and hovering so no one fell was just too much when I was preparing dinner.

I recently asked my friends on Facebook how they involve their kiddos in the kitchen. Here are some of the answers I received:

I gave each of my girls some kid friendly cooking supplies for Christmas this year. They take turns in the kitchen with me. My 7 year old even goes through her new cookbook and puts grocery items on my list. It’s been really fun for us!

First by looking at cookbooks, making a list, going shopping, setting out the ingredients, preparing each then putting them all together. Having done that I now have a 17 year old becoming a chef!

I wouldn’t mind asking you that question actually. I have 5 aged 6 and under and all but 1 of them (my 15week old) want to be in on everything. My 6 year old is a keen cook but I feel like I can’t have him help unless the others and involved too.

This last comment got me thinking… Oh, how I wish I didn’t have to shoo my kiddos off.

Why do I? Well, the answer was simple – It’s just too dangerous for them all to be hanging on the counter or precariously situated on stools and chairs. Wouldn’t you agree?

Then came the request asking me to review the Learning Tower. This fabulous invention is much more than a step stool. It was designed for children ages two to six and has a platform that can be lowered as children grow, to enable children at any stage to be at counter height.

Now, thanks to the Learning Tower, I can have all of my kiddos with me in the kitchen. I don’t have to worry about the little ones being pushed around or shoved off a stool or chair unintentionally. The older ones are tall enough to stand, Josh stands on a little stool, and Ben and Noah are in the Learning Tower. All are there to help, with no one stepping on another.

Oh, and the Art Easel? I love it. My kids love it. Pure genius!

Guess what?

The fabulous folks at Little Partners have offered to give one of my blog friends a Learning  Tower of their own to enjoy! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, before 9pm on March 7th, telling me how you get your child/ren involved in helping you in the kitchen. Easy peasy!

My Little Chef

My Josh has worn his chef coat every day since we returned home from Hollywood last week. No joke.

He has helped us make dinner every night that we have eaten at home. Seriously.

Josh has informed me (and everyone else) that he’d like to be a chef when he grows up. His goal? To own his own restaurant and have all of his siblings work for him. His parents, on the other hand, will be “too old” to work in his restaurant. Um, okay.

Frigidaire Kids [good-for-you] Cooking Academy

Frigidaire invited some of my kiddos and I to help kick-off the launch of their Kids Cooking Academy and we were so excited to accept their gracious invitation. So, off we went to Hollywood to join a fabulous group of bloggers and their kiddos for an afternoon with Jennifer Garner and Chef Sue Miliken, cooking up some yummy (and healthy), kid-friendly dishes.

One of the highlights of the event for me was meeting Jennifer Garner. She is so sweet and down to earth… I just loved chatting with her! My kids, on the other hand, didn’t even know who she was, so they really got in to the cooking. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them as they created some scrumptious dishes all on their own!

This hands on event sparked a love of cooking in my kiddos. They were sent home with their very own mixing bowls, and measuring spoons and cups, and will definitely be spending more time in the kitchen with me!

You and your kiddos can join the Kids Cooking Academy to get daily tips and great recipes (with how-to videos coming soon) to inspire your family to get cooking together. When you do, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, and you will be entered for a chance to win a kid’s apron set and a brand new Frigidaire Gallery Double Oven Range, with more space for preparing healthy meals and snacks.