Mini Cooks Do Dessert: Cupcake Cones

mini cooks cupcake cones

Believe it or not, our series on cooking with kids, Mini Cooks, is over with this final post by Sheri! We had such a great time coming up with simple and tasty food that little ones can easily get involved in.

Growing up, James’ grandma always ended a meal by saying, “You just need a little something sweet, Jamie!” So now we say it to each other all the time. Today’s post is just that — a little something sweet served up in an ingenious way. Did you know that you can bake cupcakes in ice cream cones? I didn’t, and Sheri just rocked my world with that idea as well as her game changing tips for keeping the whole process neat (ie: no sticky hands!)

Check out the entire series!

Mini Cooks Series

Prep: Recipe for Success
Breakfast: Egg in a Basket
Snacktime: Granola Bars
Lunch Vegan Smoothie
Dinner Enchilada Lasagna
Dessert Cupcake Cones

P.S. We’ve put together a Pinterest board full of ideas for getting into the kitchen with your Mini Cooks!

Mini Cooks Do Snacktime: Round Granola Bars

Sometimes you outgrow your childhood traits, and sometimes they stick with you throughout your life. I, for one, have never outgrown my tendency to get really grumpy if I’m hungry. As my friend Brad pointed out, “Without food and without sleep, you are a different person completely.” He then told me that he hopes never to see me in that condition again. Ha! (In my defense, this was during a long L.A. layover after a red-eye. But still.)

To avoid getting hangry, I always try to carry a stash of snacks around with me — and this always comes in handy when I’m around kids! As our Mini Cooks series continues today, Sheri is showing us how to make a delicious snack that’s easy to pop into your bag when you’re on the go: round granola bars. Her cutie pie son Noah got in on the fun, too. So head on over to Donuts, Dresses and Dirt for some granola goodness!

P.S. A whole board full of recipes you can make with kids!

Mini Chefs: A new miniseries about cooking with kids

Mini Cooks: Getting Kids Excited About Cooking!

Mini Chefs: A new miniseries about cooking with kids

When I was a kid, I was fixated on grown up things that were scaled down for kids. My parents will regale you with stories about how I wanted to spend my entire visit to Disneyland at the miniature driving course called Autopia. (The early list maker in me created dozens of “Favorite Things” diary entries with Autopia topping the lists every time.) I loved the play checking account that my parents set up for me, complete with real checks that I could write them to make withdrawals from my allowance. And I was obsessed with this kids’ cookbook that was full of easy recipes, which I could always get our babysitter to try out with me.

Cooking is such a fun way to get kids actively involved in something that everyone can benefit from. The lessons are boundless: math, science, English, even cultural studies! Not to mention the pride kids feel when they create something that their parents, peers, grandparents, and other loved ones can enjoy. And on top of that, it’s great preparation for that far off day when they’re living on their own.

I’ll be joining my friends MJ and Sheri in a six-week mini series on cooking with kids, entitled Mini Cooks. MJ is kicking off the series with tips on getting kids prepared to work in the kitchen. We’ll then be presenting you with a handful of simple recipes that kids can easily get in on. While I don’t have any littles of my own, I’m excited to try these all out with my niece and nephew the next time we’re in Hawaii.

Head over to Pars Caeli for the first part of Mini Cooks, where MJ is giving away 5 tips for your little chefs!

Mini Chefs: A new miniseries about cooking with kids


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It’s Blogger Christmastime!

Blogger Christmas on Pars Caeli

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We’re still recovering from all the festivities, but I wanted to stop in to tell you about Blogger Christmas.

My friend and fellow blogger MJ is hosting 12 days of Blogger Christmas. She’ll be featuring profiles of 12 very different lifestyle bloggers — some long-established ones and some up-and-coming ones — all about how they came to do what they do.

Today is the first day of Blogger Christmas, so I hope you’ll stop by! With so many blogs on vacation through the new year, Pars Caeli is the place to go for fresh content. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Although I (very) occasionally write from bed, it never looks as glamorous as the photo above.

Pennies for Love: Mad Dash Date

Frock Files | Pennies for Love: Last Minute Chirstmas Shopping Date

Several years ago, I tagged along as James started his Christmas shopping on December 23rd. While I tend to collect things that remind me of a person over time, or I think of a nice thing they’d appreciate and roll with it, James goes for the home run every time. It totally stressed me out.

We were at Best Buy, waiting in a line that snaked deep into the aisles where shoppers were still browsing (“hunting” might be a better word at that point in the year), when we heard beautiful music rising up from somewhere in the corner of the store. None of that tinny elevator music — real, live voices, and even string instruments!

James and I and most of the rest of the crowd sang along until the song was finished. Everyone burst into applause. And somehow, right there beneath the halogen lights of a big box store, in a mile-long queue, it was Christmas.


In today’s Pennies for Love post, MJ is talking about how she and her husband have turned last minute shopping into a treasured holiday tradition. They make a date of it, and what’s more, they’re making memories the whole time.

We’ve still got a few gifts to buy ourselves, so I’ll be taking MJ’s example of turning our procrastination into a party! After all, who knows what surprises are waiting just around the corner.

Visit MJ’s beautiful post Wander and Wander Together.

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