The Best Fun and Colorful Gluten Free Mini Rice Cakes for kids and more

The Best Fun and Colorful Gluten Free Mini Rice Cakes for kids and more

The Best Party Worthy Fruit Recipes-

fun, delicious & healthy!

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Kid's parties should be fun!  So why not serve fun and healthy food to make the party even better?  Here is a collection of fun and healthy fruit recipes.  They all include fruit, are colorful and known kids pleasers. gluten-free treat-mini rice cakes with fruit 1.from Cool Parties 4 Kids—mini rice cake with fruit treats. These fun and easy treats are gluten-free Ingredients include:

  • Gluten-Free Mini Rice Cakes
  • Cream Cheese
  • Nut-Butter
  • Honey
  • Fruit
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Bananas
    • Kiwi

If using raw honey—DO NOT FEED TO CHILDREN UNDER 1 YEAR ID AGE!

Directions:

  • Let the cream cheese soften.
  • put 4oz of cream cheese in a bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup of nut butter to a bowl
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of honey (or to taste) to each bowl of cream cheese and nut-butter. Stir in completely.
  • Prepare the fruit: wash all berries and remove stems from blueberries and strawberries.
  • Peel and slice the banana
  • If desired, use a fruit/vegetable cutter to cut shapes into the strawberry and banana slices.
  • Spread the mini rice cakes with either the cream cheese mixture or the nut butter mixture.
  • Place the fruit on the mini rice cakes in a  decorative manner.

Serve soon after preparation as the rice cakes can absorb the moisture from the cream cheese and nut butter.Gluten Free-mini rice cakes with fruit

This is the tool I used to cut the fruit–great for also cutting fun shapes from vegetables.

These rice cakes are a great size for these and other treats.

Another way to prepare your Kiwi.

2. Apple Monsters from KitchenCents.com

Healthy Rainbow Fruit Yogurt Barb

2. Banana Sushi from MyFussyEater.com

Banana Sushi

3. The Apple Donuts from ForkandBeans.com offer so much variety.

Even picky eaters will find a favorite!

Apple Donuts

4. These colorful fruit kabobs from Dinner at the Zoo,

just simply add color and fun to any celebration.  Use regular or Greek Yogurt with rainbow sprinkles to add some for fun and color. The kiwis are cut with small metal cookie cutters for additional interest. That adds a lot. Colorful Fruit Kabobs

5. I can't wait to try this Strawberry Banana Cheesecake.

Go over to the SlowRoastedItalian.com for this fun one.

Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

6. Banana Splits created from bananas, berries, granola and more…  From Clean FoodCrush.com

Banana Splits with more fruit

7. This would be a wonderful substitute for a traditional birthday cake. Get the recipe at hoosierhomemade.com

(hint to my kids-this would make me happy for my next birthday–just a hint.) Substitute a gluten-free cake and enjoy!   Cake with layered fruit

8. From Must Have Mom comes a fun fruit caterpillar.

Use it with a Picnic Theme or The very Hungry Caterpillar Party for lots of fun.

Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs

9. These fun fruit treats are made with nut-free butter so they are allergy-friendly.  I also like the combination of textures–puffed rice teeth, nut-free butter, and fruit.  This fun recipe for  Apple Monsters is featured at Two Healthy Kitchens.

Apple Monsters

10.Fun Frozen Pineapple Pops from EatsAmazing.co.uk EatsAmazing.co.uk 

Super Simple Dragon Cake-Kids Will Love It!

Super Simple Dragon Cake-Kids Will Love It!

 Create a Super Simple Dragon Cake

That Kids Will Love!

You can bake and decorate this easy Dragon Cake for your child's party.  Even if you are new to cake decorating, you won't look like a beginner with this fun Dragon Cake DIY.

Birthday parties have become a work of art but it is still possible to have a beautiful, stunning party without losing your mind or money. This cake is great for when there is a lack of time to create every single piece of the cake-which I enjoy doing.  There are those times and this was one of them.  People loved it!

featured image-dragon cake

Years ago, my third son had a Medieval Party Theme. I worked so hard on painting a special castle entrance for the house, designed and sewed simple “armor” and so much more.  I just wish I had added this cake to the plan.  It was a great party and the little guys ran around for days playing knight with the favors from the party (all DIY and cost-effective.) more to come on those items later…..

Here's how to create the cake I wish I had for #3's party!

Since I was the only one at this party with a dietary restriction and because we were in a hurry, we went the super simple route.  Normally, I don't use a cake mix, but there are “those times…..”  And this was one of them.  And people loved it, and the kids liked the bright and colorful dragon.  A win/win!

Supplies and materials:

Dragon Ribbon Flames and

  • Cake mix of your choice (plus eggs, oil, and water as needed in the mix) – (there is a Gluten-free Funetti Cake Mix available also)  The Buttermilk Cake recipe would also work well.
  • Icing (again, we purchased the icing and in a vibrant, bright purple)
  • Decorating sprinkle of your choice (included with the icing for this one)
  • Purchased Curling Ribbon bows (for flames and hair-do)
  • Icing eyes (purchased in the cake decorating section of the store)
  • Bundt Cake Pan

Directions:

  1. Prepare bundt pan according to package directions. You want to make sure this cake does not stick to the pan when unmolding.
  2. Mix cake according to package instructions.
  3. Bake cake – again according to box directions.
  4. When done, remove cake from the oven.
  5. Allow cake to cool on a cooling rack for about 10-20 minutes or according to the package instructions.
  6. When cool, turn upside down on a cooling rack. (Do this by placing a large plate or cooling rack on top of the bundt pan, and then invert the pan in one fluid motion while holding the plate tight to the pan.)
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, cut the cake as shown below.

DIY Dragon Cake

Decorating the Cake

STEP 1: Once the cake has cooled, cut it into 2 pieces, as shown.  One piece is slightly larger than the other.

DIY Dragon cake step 1

STEP 2:  Cut a third piece, a small wedge approximately 3 inches.  In this photo, we have removed the front small piece. It will be used soon.

DIY Drafon cake step 2

STEP 3.  As shown, cut another piece near the back of the cake as shown.  It is approximately the size of piece

DIY Dragon cake step 3

DIY Dragon Cake step 4

DIY Dragon Cake step 6

DIY Dragon Cake step 7

DIY Dragon Cake step 7

DIY Dragon Cake Step 9

DIY Dragon Cake step 10

DIY Dragon Cake step 11

DIY Dragon Cake step 12

How to make the wings:

Using the template provided in the Resource Library, trace the wing onto parchment paper.  Turn the template over and trace again. Melt the purple melts.  VIDEO COMING SOOn.

FINAL TOUCHES.

You can choose to create the dragon with ribbon flames and hair, which is wonderfully bright and colorful.

or you can also use candy melts (using a template in the RESOURCE LIBRARY)  to create a candy spine and the very fun wings.

I used “CHOCO MAKER” to melt the candy melts. It is so easy to use and has a very easy clean-up.  The other tool I used, (which I will always use from now on) is the Pastry Icing Pen–love this tool.  It makes creating smooth lines so easy. (Link coming soon)

Hope you enjoyed seeing how this cake is created.  A picture says 1000 words, especially in this case.  If you have questions please email me at hello@coolparties4kids.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

To get the tutorial PDF, please opt-in to the RESOURCE LIBRARY 

  Dragon Cake How-to

In the shop (OPENING SOON) coordinating party printables that you can use to make your party extra fun and colorful.

Dragon Mini Candy Bar Wrappers

Enjoy, have fun and make memories,

 

 

Talk to you soon<

Barb

Fun and Easy-Baked Potato Bar

Fun and Easy-Baked Potato Bar

Fun and Easy Potato Bar

It's winter in our part of the world, and it is starting to get cold.  Imagine a day out enjoying the autumn weather with the family. With a little preparation, you can come home to a warm dinner, a fun Potato Bar for a fun family treat.

Baked Potato Bar tips and printables

 It's so simple and fun.  Provide the taters and toppings and add some conversation. 

It's going to be a great night!.

Here's how to put it together.

Buy Russet Potatoes for great baked potatoes. Russet Potatoes are the best for baked potatoes because they have a high ratio of starch (the solids) to moisture.  This produces a lighter, airy, and fluffy texture. The Alton Brown method is below.  I am not a fan of canola oil,  so use your favorite appropriate oil. 

Depending on appetites, purchase one potato per person. These are filling… Wash the potatoes. There are two options for preparing your baked potatoes. 

  1.  Use the Alton Brown method (in the video).  or
  2. .Cover; cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours. If you are using smaller potatoes, aim for 7 hours.  For super large potatoes bake for 8 hours.) (below)

Set out your toppings.  You could prepare these the night before or early in the morning of your busy day. Refrigerate until you use them.

  Potato Bar Time!
After potatoes are done,
have fun topping your baked potatoes
with a variety of toppings.
Toppings can include:
  • chopped bacon
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • goat cheese
  • feta cheese
  • colby-jack cheese
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • onions-carmelized
  • onions chopped
  • green onions
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sliced black olives
  • sliced green olives
  • Chopped chives
  • steamed or fresh broccoli
  • wilted spinach
  • toasted pecans
  • chili
  • shredded pork (w/bbq sauce)
  • Ranch Dressing
  • BUTTER! always great on baked potatoes!

Potato Bar labeled These are just some suggestions.  Create a Potato Bar to suit your family's tastes and needs. 

DIY Potato Bar Creations

As you enjoy your Potato Bar feast, take time to connect with those you care about and enjoy the all the seasons.  Plus, A Potato Bar can be appreciated any season of the year.  

Potato Bar Printables

Included in our Resource Library are printables designed to enhance your Potato Bar family Night. included is a Bake Potato Bar Sign and printable table tents with labels and blank table tents for you to add your own creative toppings.  Just make sure you sign up for the Resource library and these and many more printables are yours.

Potato Bar Printables

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Photography for this post

Monica over at the yummy life has a wonderful

Sweet Potato Bar

It looks delicious and I am definitely putting it on my to-do list! 

 

BAKED SWEET POTATO BAR for a fun, healthy family meal or party buffet. TheYummyLife.com  from The Yummy Life and

search for her

Sweet Potato Bar

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Heart-Warming, Sweet smelling Apple Cider recipes and printable.

Heart-Warming, Sweet smelling Apple Cider recipes and printable.

Free Cider Printable

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10 Apple Cider Recipes for Autumn

Heart-Warming,

Sweet Smelling

Apple Cider Recipes

Plus a Free Printable!

(see below)

Apple Cider Printable

Autumn is here…Time for Apple Cider Recipes!
There is a briskness to the morning air…
Leaves have started turning beautiful hues of gold, red, yellow and brown.
Some leaves have started falling…

The season is changing….It's Autumn-

my favorite time of year.

As we start getting ready to close our homes up in preparing for cold weather, it's definitely time to bring sweet, heart-warming scents into our homes.

The scent of Apple Cider in the air is a heart-warming and comforting scent of autumn.  

For me, drinking warm, soothing Apple Cider also brings a sense of tradition and sweet memories.  

Get the FREE Apple Cider Printable here!

 

Free Cider PrintableI remember:

Sipping on a cup of warm Apple CIder with one or more of my children on a cool day on the front porch of the farm-admiring the changing colors.

Taking in long, slow breaths of the crisp, clean autumn air…

Listening to the constant hum combines harvesting in nearby fields…

Thinking that I should start “thinking” about getting the cars ready for winter… 

Making sure enough hay has been stored for the coming cold winter…

Remembering the joy of jumping in piles of leaves when we were young…

Those were good times……

To help you to enjoy this delightful autumn tradition, I found 10 wonderful Apple Cider recipes for you to try. Find your favorite and …

ENJOY!

1. SLOW COOKER APPLE CIDER FROM SCRATCH 

from: thestayathomechef.com

Cuddle up and stay warm with a mug of spiced apple cider. This Slow Cooker Apple Cider is made from scratch and can be frozen to enjoy all winter long!

2. Homemade Apple Cider Recipe: 

from: Wellnessmama

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Delicious and simple homemade apple cider recipe that you can make in a crockpot with apples, an orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

 

3.  Homemade Sugar-Free Hot Apple Cider Recipe

from: Organic Authority

apples

4. Superfoods Hot Apple Cider

from: Healthful Pursuit

 

5.  SUGAR-FREE APPLE CIDER RECIPE (NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS)

fromCleverlyInspired.com

sugar free apple cider recipe @cleverlyinspired (6)

 

6.  HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

fromOne Ingredient Chef

Apple Cider Ingredients

 

7. Homemade Apple Cider

from: Sally's Baking Adiction

Homemade apple cider in the slow cooker! It's so, so easy! Learn how on sallysbakingaddiction.com

8.  Cinnamon Apple Cider Gut Tonic for Weight Loss, Digestion & Immunity

 from: Sprouted Roots

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9.  This is not quite the cider, but good to keep on hand!

It's from the YummyLife.com

 

Spiced Hot Drink Mix to instantly flavor cider, cocoa, coffee, tea, or wine. Printable gift tags, too. From The Yummy Life.

 

10.  For those who would like to make it from the very beginning, here is a process that does not include the traditional cider press.

 

Consider enjoying your cider after one of the Family Fun Activities found here:

For more October Family Activites check out October family Acitivies part 1   and the October Family Bucket List.

And here: October Family Fun Activities pt.2

Take time to enjoy this wonderful season!

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Best Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Best Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Pound Cake

 Perfect and Versatile

The Perfect Pound Cake

 

Pound Cake is so traditional and so versatile!  SOOOOOOO delicious!!!!

And it is easy to serve.

  •  Fresh Strawberries and whipped cream (the real whipped cream-the kind you whip yourself, add a bit of pure vanilla extract if you  want and mint leaves
  •  Chopped Peaches and whipped cream
  •  Blueberries and Whipped Cream
  •  How about we just say any fruit and whipped cream–real whipped cream!
  •  Lemon Curd 
  •  Topped with your favorite ice cream and sauce or Greek Yogurt

Best Buttermilk Pound Cake recipe I ever!

Viking Wedding Cake

We have found that when using fondant to decorate a cake, or when carving a cake, it is preferable to use a slightly denser cake. This recipe was used for making a wedding cake that had to be carved. The cake was 2 by 4 feet and had several layers.  It was carved to look like a fjord surrounded by hills, homes and a church.  A Viking ship carved from Rice Krispy/marshmallows was in the fjord.  It withstood a 4-hour transport to the wedding rehearsal site and was a great success.

 

 

Recently we used it to create a Dragon Cake for the one-year-old in the family.

Prep time: 15 min

Baking time:1 hr 45 min

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 c butter
  • 3 c white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  1. First, preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10-inch tube pan. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon and the vanilla extracts. Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 90 minutes. Open the door after one hour. The cake is done when it begins to pull away from the pan. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Please don't let the cake overbake!

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