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Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie

Summer cookouts and celebrations will never be the same once you try this unique, luscious summer dessert pie. Every sweet and savory bite will leave your guests green with envy for your baking skills. Preparation: 20 min Cook Time: 3 hrs 15 min  Total Time: 3 hrs 35 min Ingredients (Serves 10) 2 ripe Fresh California Avocados, quartered, peeled and seeded ½ cup non-fat vanilla... Read More

Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit Pops

Kids love eating anything on a stick!  These simple frozen yogurt fruit pops are the perfect snack or dessert. Easy and fun to prepare, healthy, and yummy. Ingredients (makes 12 pops) ½ cup Greek yogurt 1 tbsp. honey Large freezable fruit choices, such as: bananas, kiwis, strawberries, mangoes 12 cake-pop or thick lollipop sticks (6” long) Assorted toppings, such as: chopped... Read More

Strawberry Basil Fruit Leather

In the early 1980′s, Fruit Roll-Ups became an instant grocery store hit for both kids and moms. That’s because they were a great source of vitamin C, low in fat, and an easy way to pack a little bit of fun in a lunch box. But these days, processed snacks can be full of all sorts of chemicals, dyes, flavorings, and too many ingredients that are hard to pronounce! Such a simple... Read More

Lamb Cupcakes

Ham vs. lamb? Regardless of what you serve as the main course for Easter dinner, even the Easter Bunny will flock to the kitchen to enjoy this fluffy treat. Prep time: 20 min. Total time: 3:40 Makes: 24 cupcakes Ingredients Cupcakes  1 (18.25 oz) pkg. white cake mix 1 cup milk ½ cup Land O Lakes® butter, softened 3 Land O Lakes® all-natural eggs 2 tbsps freshly squeezed... Read More

Frosted Holiday Angels

Even the littlest angel in your family can help decorate these fun edible treats. Prep time: 1 hour    Makes: 8 angels Ingredients:  Frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup Land O Lakes ® butter (softened), 1 tsp vanilla, 2-3 tbsp milk, food coloring Angel body: sugar ice cream cones Wings: small or large pretzel twists Head: chocolate or vanilla wafer cookies Hair: toasted... Read More

Traditional Thanksgiving with a Celebrity Twist

Serving up the same old traditional Thanksgiving recipes is simply for the birds. Ever wonder what holiday spread celebrity chefs cook up for their festive feast? As Emeril Lagasse would say, “Bam,” it’s time for holiday meal makeover! Please your family’s palates with these Thanksgiving favorites “kicked up a notch” from Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Plus,... Read More

Crispy Good FrankenTreats!

Crispy Frankenstein Treats Turn ordinary crispy cereal treats into cute green monsters! Prep time: 1 hour    Total time:  2 hours   Makes: 18 bars Bar Ingredients 1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter 1 (10-ounce) package (40) large marshmallows 1 teaspoon green food color 6 cups crispy rice cereal 18 wooden craft sticks, if desired Decorations Black or white decorator icing or... Read More

Old Fashioned Taffy Pull

Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons corn starch 1 cup light corn syrup 2 teaspoons glycerin (optional) ¾ cup water 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon salt ¼ to 1 teaspoon flavoring (vanilla, lemon, banana, coconut) 3 drops food coloring (optional) Mix together first 7 ingredients in a 3-4 Qt. sauce pan. Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir with a bamboo spoon until sugar... Read More

Beach Treat Cups

INGREDIENTS: 1 Box of Blue Gelatin Mix (3oz box makes 4) Clear, Small Plastic Cups Graham Crackers Gummy Fish Paper Parasols DIRECTIONS: Prepare half a batch of the blue gelatin mix per package instructions and fill each plastic cup halfway.  Place in refrigerator until thickened. Place gummy fish on top of mixture. Prepare the remainder of gelatin mix and fill each cup to the... Read More

Popsicle Delights!

Your kids will feel COOL eating these scrumptious juice pops. You will need: 1 cup of Strawberry /Kiwi Juice 1 cup of Orange Juice 1 cup of Lemonade 1/2 of a 3 oz. pack of Strawberry Jello 1/2 of a 3 oz. pack of Orange Jello 1/2 of a 3 oz. pack of Lemon Jello Popsicle Sticks & Trays Optional – you can add real fresh fruit to the juice blends prior to freezing. Do you... Read More

Playing with Your Food Can be Good for You

What’s better than pizza and ice cream? Pizza, ice cream, and watermelon…of course! Summertime means plenty of play time; so, why not play with your food? Finding creative ways to enjoy healthy foods like watermelon is a great way to encourage the whole family to eat well and have fun while doing it. Here are two ways you can get the whole family in on some fun and healthy eating: Watermelon... Read More

Bird’s Nest Cookies

One of the most anticipated aspects of Spring is the fresh, bright colors seen in newly planted annuals or in the adorable designs on a little’s girl’s Easter dress. Bird’s nest cookies, made with pastel, hard-shell chocolate eggs, are another perfect, yummy way to celebrate the season. They are no-bake, easy-to-make, and a holiday treat that my son loves to help prepare. Children... Read More

Lucky Leprechaun Pie

Sure ‘n begorrah!  It’s St. Paddy’s Day and you’ve been wearing the requisite green clothing and speaking with an Irish brogue all day. You may not be dining on corned beef and cabbage tonight, but there’s no reason not to cap the evening meal off with a slice of Lucky Leprechaun Pie. It’s so simple to make that even your little elves can help. We think St. Patrick... Read More

Chocolate Covered Cherries


Sweets for your sweetie! If you like chocolate covered cherries, you will LOVE these. They are better than store bought and made with love! Make a batch for your Valentine. 1/3 cup butter, softened 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow cream 1 tsp. almond extract 4 cups powdered sugar 60-65 maraschino cherries with stems 12 squares almond bark Beat butter until creamy.  Add marshmallow... Read More

Turn Up the Heat: 6 Glorious Reasons to Start an Affair with Your Slow Cooker


Slow cookers have been around for decades, and while many get stuffed in the back of a cabinet or a dark garage, this handy kitchen appliance has made a comeback in recent years.  If yours is collecting dust and feeling neglected and alone, here are six scrumptious reasons to dust it off  and rekindle an old flame: It is a slow, but steady friend. In a world of live chats, text... Read More



Don’t tell the kids, but these moist, decadent, pumpkin cookies will provide a serving of vegetables and your little “cookie monsters” will be so busy enjoying the chocolate chips, they won’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 cup shortening (Crisco) 1 cup sugar 1 cup canned pumpkin (Libby’s) 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ginger 1 ½... Read More

Marshmallow Ghosts


Why not scare up some culinary fun in the kitchen? These boo-tiful treats will get you in the mood for trick-or-treating Makes 14 (3 inch) ghosts 1 cup cold water, divided into two ½ cups each 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin weighing ¼ ounce each 2 cups sugar 1 cup light corn syrup ½ teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract or imitation extract Ghost cookie cutter (We... Read More

Get Egg-cited with Crazy Crepes


A kid-friendly recipe the whole family can enjoy There’s a reason for the adage, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It’s because breakfast provides an opportunity to get important nutrients that are difficult to make up over the course of the day. In addition, children and adults who eat breakfast regularly tend to have healthier body weights than breakfast... Read More

Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade


6       cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed) 1/4   cup raspberries 1        cup water 1/3    cup sugar 1/2    cup lemon juice Directions: Place watermelon, raspberries, and water in container of electric blender, cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Stir in sugar and lemon juice until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until... Read More

Watermelon Boat


1 watermelon — can be seeded or seedless Cutting board Kitchen and paring knives Pencil or thin marker Large bowl and spoon or ice cream scoop Blue gelatin Small plastic container Small beach themed items Gummy fish Directions: Use an oblong seedless watermelon, and cut a 1/4-inch slice off the bottom to provide a stable base. Draw lines in a wave design with a sharp pencil... Read More

Boom-Boom Strawberry Pops


Chocolate dipped strawberries rank right up there with apple pie as favorite American gourmet treats…The kids can help makes these fruit pops and nibble on them while ooo-ing and aaah-ing during the fireworks display. Ingredients: 15-20 large strawberries 3 squares of chocolate melting bark Red, white, and blue sprinkles 20 Skewers Directions: Melt the chocolate in a small... Read More