Tips and Tricks for Baking with Toddlers
1. Give them their own little mixing bowl and measuring spoons.
2. Set them up at the counter on a Kitchen Helper Stool
3. Give them a job
4. Choose a day a week to make a recipe they want to eat
5. If all else fails, let them play with this toy sink
Do you have any additional tips for baking with toddlers helping out? Share below!
Today we’ve got a list of our most well loved recipes!
We’ve been sharing recipes here on Heavenly Homemakers now for over a decade. During that time, we’ve created hundreds of recipes for you to share with your family! Some of you have been reading Heavenly Homemakers since the very beginning, and have incorporated these recipes into your family’s meal plan for the past decade.
Readers are often messaging me, sharing their very favorite recipes that they have made and loved for years! I love this, because it reminds me of recipes I haven’t made myself for quite some time!
Recently we asked our Heavenly Homemakers’ community on Facebook (if you aren’t following us, join the fun here!) what their absolute favorite recipe was from our website. We asked them, what was one recipe that they return to again and again. A recipe that have become a family favorite over the years.
We received so many responses that we decided to share that list with you today! We have SO many fun recipes on our site, but we thought you would enjoy a hand-picked list from other readers.
Top 15 Reader Favorite Recipes
Says reader Kim: “I made the Spicy Chicken Pizza today and EVERYONE loved it!! Definitely going to be made often in our home!”
Reader Christine wrote: “Chocolate pudding!!! I use it for my pies every holiday season and they always, always get rave reviews. And it isn’t so unhealthy either!”
Says reader Kim: “The peanut butter cups! Such a healthy, delicious treat”
This recipe was mentioned over and over again by readers!
Erin said: “Most used (almost weekly for years) would be chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.”
Lisa wrote: “Taco seasoning, yes! Fine recipe, but I love to reread it because all the shaking makes me laugh.”
Kristin wrote: “Alfredo…my kids would eat it every week if I made it.”
Shannon wrote: “Raspberry granola bars. It was the first recipe I made from you and what made me start following your blog. We are still making them 5 years later (round about).”
Jackie wrote: “I make the cheddar drop biscuits all the time.”
This recipe was brought up again and again! Stephanie said: “Most used for us… giant breakfast cookies, raspberry oatmeal bars, and several of the muffin varieties. Thank you!!”
13. Sloppy Joes
Several readers mentioned that they make this Sloppy Joe recipe over and over!
Perfect for this time of year, reader Tara put her vote in for this comforting drink!
Several readers said they loved the tortilla recipe! You can find that recipe in the Totally Tortillas eBook! Gain access to this eBook, and countless others, by joining our Club Membership!
Several other recipes didn’t make the top fifteen list, but were reader faves all the same! Here are a few more recipes that readers have tried and loved.
- Banana Chocolate Bread
- Applesauce Bread
- Cheesecake Factory Salad
- Butterscotch Bars
- Dark Chocolate Granola
- Black Bean Corn Salsa
- Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Cheesy Bean Dip
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Now the only question is, which one are you going to try first?!
Your turn to share! What is your absolute favorite recipe you’ve found on Heavenly Homemakers? Share in the comments!
One of my favorite parts of winter is all the warm, cozy drinks we can enjoy! I love making a few special, warm mugs full of hot chocolate, or cider, or tea in the evenings. So today I am sharing my absolute favorite hot drinks to serve my family! With that in mind, here’s a list of my favorite hot and cold drinks to serve your family!
Are you a fan of chocolate or vanilla drinks? Sweet or savory? Either way, you are sure to find a drink you will love included on this list!
Choose a couple to try this week, grab the ingredients, and then enjoy the comfort of a warm mug of yum after a long day along with your spouse and kiddos. It’s simply the best.
Favorite Hot Drinks to Serve Your Family
This drink is filling, comforting, and so delicious. A perfect way to warm up on a chilly day!
This is a great after dinner dessert – or because it’s so full of rich, hearty, nutritious ingredients – I think it would be great for breakfast even!
This drink is so incredible. It’s warm, filling and nourishing. As I drink this, I always feel like someone just handed me a delicious mug of comfort. Mmmmm Warm Vanilla Soother.
4. Peppermint Cream Cocoa (or Coffee)
I put this together one afternoon, plopped a generous serving onto a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and immediately decided that I needed to sit down, close my eyes, and relish the moment. It was hot beverage deliciousness in a mug. The rest of the family enjoyed this special whipped cream on their hot cocoa, and we all declared it to be ah-mazing.
This Hot Vanilla Milk is a fun option to offer when you need a little variety in your hot drink repertoire.
If you’re a white chocolate fan, this one is for you. And no doubt, if you are a fan of easy recipes (who isn’t?), you will definitely love this delicious holiday drink!
7. Coffee with Chocolate Caramel Creamer
Ingredients: One cup of hot coffee that smells really good, one teaspoon hot fudge sauce, one teaspoon hot caramel sauce, and a few teaspoons of cream. So, so good.
This spiced apple cider not only tastes delicious, but also makes your house smell amazing when it simmers away in the crockpot! Win-win!
You have GOT to try this Chocolate Whipped Cream on your coffee. Oh my. So incredible!
In the mood for a chilled drink, instead? Check these out!
- Homemade Gatorade
- Chocolate Frappe
- Iced Mango Sweet (or Unsweet) Tea
- Cinnamon Smoothie
- Creamy Orange Cooler
- Peach Sweet (or Unsweet Tea)
- Pineapple Mango Smoothie
- Coffee Milkshake
- Iced Coffee
- Raspberry Sweet (or Unsweet) Tea
Now only one question remains: which one will you try first?
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? This year, I thought it would be fun to make it extra special for our kiddos! One mom shared with me that she really enjoys celebrating by decorating the house the night before, and serving her kids a special breakfast! That got my mind to turning on other ways to make this holiday extra special as a family.
Here are a few fun ideas…
How to Make Valentine’s Day Special For Your Kids
1.Make a Special Breakfast
Surprise your kids on Valentine’s Day with a special red or pink breakfast!
Here are 29 great recipes for you that can be turned into Valentine’s Day goodies for your family!
2. Color Valentine’s Day Cards with your kiddos!
One of my favorite crafts is creating Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to give away to friends and family!
Grab this FREE Simple Print-and-Color version of our Valentine’s Day cards, and set out all the markers and crayons for them! Even more fun? Grab some glitter glue or stickers!
3. Make some heart-shaped snacks to give away
Bring your kids into the kitchen, and let them help you create some heart-shaped snacks to gift to others! Whether you choose to make heart-shaped donuts, pretzels, or brownies it will be a fun memory for your kids! Drop each goodie individually in a ziplock bag, tape on a note, and give them out to friends. Here are some ideas for heart-shaped treats you can make.
4. Make “You’re the Bomb” crafts
This is the most fun craft to make with little boys!! Pink hearts and sparkly flowers don’t quite cut it with little boys. But, tell the boys they get to make little bombs for their Valentines this year? You’ll get all sorts of help! Find the tutorial here!
5. Host a mystery dinner for your family!
Is there anything more fun than a mystery-themed dinner? Plan a special meal for your family, complete with clues! Here’s how our family did it one year!
6. Print out a free pre-K Activity Packet!
This Pre-K Activity Packet is FUN and free for you to download to use with the little ones in your life. Gain free access to this here.
7. Make Peanut Butter Truffles
Why? Because any occasion is a good occasion to whip up some Peanut Butter Truffles. Oh my, these treats, are SO delicious.
I love how easy these are to make, and that the only sugar in them is what is already in the chocolate chips!
How do you celebrate? Share in the comments below!
7 Ways to Make Your Home Extra Cozy
2. Serve hot drinks to your family
3. Pull out the warm blankets
4. Bake some bread or other goodies
5. Play a board game with your family
6. Light a candle
7. Start a new book as a family
How are you making your home extra cozy this time of year? Share your tips below!
I love baking, but who wants to spend all day in the kitchen when there’s hot chocolate to sip, family memories to make, and stockings to open? I am all about doing the work days earlier so you have a stress-free, peaceful holiday with your family. That’s why I put together this list of Christmas make-ahead breakfast ideas, to encourage you to get that baking done ahead of time so you have more time with your family.
Just in case you, too, are looking for ways to spend less time in the kitchen this holiday season, here are a few of our favorite tried and true Christmas make-ahead breakfast ideas!
Mix and Match Christmas Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas
We can mix up the pumpkin donuts, roll out the dough, cut the shapes, then freeze the uncooked dough on parchment paper or silicone mat-lined cookie sheets. We transfer the frozen dough into freezer bags, then any time we want fresh donuts (and when would we notwant fresh donuts?), we can grab some out of the freezer and fry them up fresh to eat while sipping a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!
Simply purchase the ingredients beforehand, make the granola or other add-ins a few days beforehand, chop up the fruit the day before, and you are set!
Here are some of my favorite toppings:
- Containers of your family’s favorite yogurt
- Stevia, maple syrup, or honey if you haven’t already sweetened the yogurt
- A variety of fresh berries or peaches (make the process faster in the morning by cutting the fruit ahead of time)
- Dried fruit options
- Coconut Flakes
- Cinnamon Sugar Pecans or other nuts or seeds your family enjoys
- Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Regular Granola, or Grape Nuts Cereal
I have to know: Is this “freezing muffin batter” a brand new idea to you, or have you tried it before? Once I tried this and learned how well it worked, I went on a muffin freezing frenzy (as confessed above). I now have Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin batter, Blueberry Muffin batter, Chocolate Chip Muffin batter (recipe in Kids in the Kitchen eBook), and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffin batter in my freezers. What a time saver!
Looking for a few new recipes to try for Christmas morning? Check out this list of 23 Muffin recipes!
This recipe is easy enough for your kiddos to make! Invite them into the kitchen, and whip these up together!
I love to make these poptarts and freeze them before I bake them. On a day I declare to be a Poptart Morning, I pull a few out and bake enough for each person to have a couple with our eggs and fruit. So good!
Make the dough ahead of time, scoop the cookies out unto cookie sheets, freeze the cookie dough balls, and you’re set! Hot breakfast cookies on Christmas morning! Serve with fruit, and bacon (of course).
7. Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
Biscuits and gravy is one of my favorite special breakfasts. Make your biscuits ahead of time, and pop them in the freezer then make your gravy the day before, and heat it up in the morning. Easy peasy!
I couldn’t make a list of Christmas breakfasts without including Cinnamon Rolls! These are deliciously easy, and mostly low in sugar! They kind of resemble those frozen orange rolls you can buy in the freezer section – except that these have a little bit of nutritional value and not nearly as much sugar, so we can all rejoice.
What is your favorite breakfast to make for Christmas morning?
Is there anything better than a plate full of Christmas cookies? This is a great time of year to spend a Saturday making several different types of cookies, wrapping them up, and gifting them to your friends, family or neighbors!
Some might say that Christmas desserts are treats that should not be messed with. Perhaps whole wheat flour does not belong in a Christmas cookie. Maybe “low sugar” should not be included in a Christmas cookie title. It’s a treat, right? Can’t we just leave it well enough alone?
But the more I experiment with cutting down the sweetener in my baked goods, the more I’m discovering that treats still taste like treats even with the sugar cut in half or more!
Try these cookies, you won’t even miss the sugar!
I LOVE the way these cookies make my house smell! Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves they are oh so tasty!
These tiny, old-fashioned cookies are one of my favorite holiday treats! They’re great to package up in small bags to give as Christmas time gifts to coworkers and neighbors.
I’m not a big fan of raisins in my cookies. But adding dried cranberries to this simple butter cookie? Well, that takes them up a notch without adding any effort.
While I’ve shared that I just can’t get behind Pumpkin Spice Coffee (typing it actually makes me shudder just a little bit), I most certainly enjoy making many Pumpkin Spice treats this time of year – to eat while I drink my (plain, non-pumpkin-spice) coffee. If my house smells of nothing but Pumpkin Spice from now until Christmas, there will be much joy in the holiday season.
These lightly sweetened cookies taste amazing with a steamy cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. Ah, life’s simple pleasures. :)
The combination of butter and sugar in this recipe makes for a perfectly sweet and rich cookie that melts in your mouth. Don’t worry though. The ratio of butter to sugar is such that these are only lightly sweet, but deliciously buttery. I’d still consider these a dessert, but I think they fit in the “low sugar treat” category.
These simple cookies are a hit. Fun to make…fun to eat. I like that they are made with honey and whole wheat. And they really don’t take much time at all.
These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. And this recipe makes a lot of them…which is why it’s a good idea to have lots of people in mind to share them with!! Because having them just sitting around the house screaming at me to come eat them is a bad idea.
I’d like to give in to the notion that since they have orange juice in them, they’re good for me and just packed with vitamin C. Oh, if only.
I like that these aren’t super rich or heavy…just kind of like a little bite of chocolate cake.
The cookies have cream cheese in them and the frosting is made with cream cheese. Let’s just say these cookies are soft, rich, and I have to work hard to keep myself out of them.
A Christmas classic! Your kids will love helping you make these sweet, Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men!
Your turn to share! What’s your all-time favorite Christmas cookie?
Perhaps you’ve gotten the majority of your shopping done for Christmas, but you still need a few small gifts for stockings? I’ve got you covered! Today I am sharing a list of my absolute favorite easy and inexpensive stocking stuffers!
Can you let you in on a little secret? Stocking stuffers are my favorite thing to make or buy. There is something about a stocking stuffer that’s so much fun! Throughout the years, I’ve discovered many ideas for fun stocking stuffers including homemade goodies, purchased trinkets, and other fun gift ideas!
When we were kids, our parents always put a pomegranate in the toe of every stocking. So we would open every little gift, and then fish out our pomegranate. We never purchased pomegranates any other time of year, and even now, whenever I eat a pomegranate it makes me feel like it is Christmas day!
Side note: if you, as the mom, love stuffing your family’s stockings, but yours always seems kinda empty, might I suggest you stuff a friend’s stocking, and she stuffs yours? Laura’s done this for years! She shares all the details here!
Consumable Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everybody
- A pomegranate
- A small jar of homemade Vanilla Extract
- A jar of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- A jar of Homemade Italian Dressing Mix
- Annie’s Mac and Cheese box
- Juicy Juice 100% juice
- Pack of Gum
- Honey Peanut Bars
- A Can of Black Olives
- A Favorite Candy
- A few Chocolate Cookies in a pretty bag
- Packets of Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Cereal Bars
- A bag of granola
- A Small Jar of their Favorite Jelly
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chocolate Crunch Bars
- Beef Jerky
- Peanut Butter Honey Rice Krispie Treats
- Fruit Leather
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
- A homemade gift certificate for an Experience Gift
- Veggie Tales DVDs
- Card games like Blink, Old Maid, Skip-Bo…
- Regular decks of cards
- Mittens or gloves, hats, scarves, ear muffs
- Fun bandaids
- Hair clips and such for little girls (although I have no experience in this area!!)
- School supplies
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women
- Good quality pens
- A Butter is My Love Language Shirt
- Small (and pretty) note pads
- Kitchen Towels
- Lotion Bars from MadeOn – this stuff works miracles on my dry skin!
- Wooden Spoons and other Kitchen Utensils
- Warm Fuzzy Slipper Socks
- Flexi-Clip from Lilla Rose – because they’re beautiful and SO easy to use and inexpensive and pretty and…
- Chapstick holder for a keychain
- A nice hat or gloves
- A pretty scarf
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men
- A new tie
- A nice pair of socks
- Good quality beef jerky
- A back scratcher
- A grill scraper
- A magnetic wrist band to catch screws and nails
- This neat pen tool
- A pack of cards
- A fun brain teaser
- A bag of good quality coffee
- A head massager
Your turn to share! What is one of your favorite stocking stuffer ideas?
Once again, Bethany (my assistant) comes through for us with this awesome list of gift ideas for men!!
The men in my life are notoriously difficult to find presents for Christmas. I don’t know what it is, but every year I struggle to nail down the perfect gift for them! So this year, I decided to make a list of the best gift ideas for men that I’ve used over the years, or found while I was doing a bit of online shopping, to share with all of you!
Take a look through this list, pop a few items in your cart, and you are set!
The Best Gift Ideas for Men
$10 and Under
- Magnetic Wrist Band Cuff
- 11 Tools in 1 (pocket size)
- Carhartt Boot Socks (very warm!)
- iPhone Charger Keychain (so handy!)
- Papa Bear T-shirt
- A Head Massager
- I’d Rather Be Fishing Socks (for the fisherman in your life!)
- Warm Thermal Touchscreen Gloves
- 4-in-1 Pen Tool (pretty nifty!)
- Telescoping Back Scratcher
$20 and Under
- Long Cotton Plaid Scarf
- A Leather Money Clip
- Bluetooth Beanie (for the runner!)
- This Beard Grooming Kit
- A Tactical Pen and Self Defense Tool
- Vincent Van Gogh Guitar Picks (for the musician)
- Double Wall Coffee Mug
- A bottle of this Gourmet Hot Sauce
- 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks (yum!)
- A Thermal Neck Warmer
$50 and Under
- Neck and Back Massager
- A Dartboard and Darts
- A Survival Gear Set
- Men’s Moccasin Memory Foam Slippers
- Backyard Golf Cornhole Game (looks like fun!)
- Exotic Game Sausage Sticks (including venison, wild boar, and elk)
- Columbia Fleece Jacket
- Wood Phone Docking Station and Organizer
- Smokehouse Grilling Spice Set
- Acupressure Foot Massage Slippers
- YETI Insulated Tumbler
The Weirdest Gifts I Found
I don’t know what to tell you about these, except they made me laugh!
- 71-Inch Burrito Blanket
- Chopstick Light Sabers
- Dinosaur Taco Holder
- Hot Dog and Bun Toaster
- Wearable Fleece Blanket
Looking for some additional ideas? Check out the last few year’s guides as well!
Do you have any additional gift ideas? Share in the comments below!