Pioneer Day Covered Wagon Treats

Here’s a quick break down of the cute covered wagons we made for Pioneer Day last year! A very fun activity to do together.

Covered wagon treatsThey are pretty simple to make. You will need:

  • Twinkies
  • Mini-Fudge Stripe cookies, or other small round cookies with a hole.
  • Vanilla wafers. Chocolate would work well too, but they didn’t have any at the store.
  • Toothpicks.
  • Animal cookies.

First cut the ends off of the Twinkies so they are shaped like an open covered wagon. Next lay out two vanilla wafers on a plate. Place the Twinkie on top, lining up the edge of the Twinkie to one edge of the wafers. Trim the excess wafer from the other side so everything is flush.

Next, put two Mini-Fudge stripes on a toothpick (make two of these), and place it them under the wafers. It helps if you can press the wafers gently into the toothpick for added stability.

The “oxen” is the trickiest part. If you have a bit of frosting on hand you could stick the toothpick to the back of the animal cracker for extra hold. We slid our toothpicks just under the frosting, and then poked it into the Twinkie.

Pioneer Day Treats

These aren’t the most stable of edibles, but that’s fine since they are going to be eaten quickly anyway!

Happy Pioneer Day!

Harvesting Garden Lettuce

Have you ever wondered how to harvest your lettuce? LeAnn of Pantry Friendly Cooking has a great post that she is sharing with us today (including videos) that show us just how to harvest our lettuce!

LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area,, and was recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, was a runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Her site is full of tasty recipes, so be sure to have a look around after you learn how to harvest garden lettuce.

garden lettuce

Growing your own lettuce is a great way to save money. Not only that, but fresh food from the garden always tastes so great! Visit LeAnn’s site see the video on how to cut the lettuce, clean the lettuce and dry the lettuce. Dry lettuce stores better with less spoilage.

Thanks for sharing with us LeAnn!

Slimming Meals that Heal

475108f35dce4af69db576053b88f2c8The title of this book really caught my attention. We all want to look our best, but more importantly we want to feel our best. Slimming Meals that Heal is a cookbook, plus a lot of great information about health and diets overall.

The first section of the book covers health, and explains why diets don’t usually work. There is information about nutrition, and food allergies. Very easy to understand as well, which is great because the last thing anyone wants is to feel like they are reading a text book!

The second section is the best though! The recipes are laid out by type, but each has a key to show if the recipe fits into certain criteria like gluten free, dairy free, etc. There is something for everyone too, I found recipes that both my husband and I would enjoy, which is saying a lot because we have different tastes in food.

I am also really excited to try the Alpha-Omega Breakfast Pudding, because I have always wanted to try recipes using chia seeds (this book has a few actually).

Overall it’s a great resource, and includes a lot of full color photos of the recipes as well.

I received this book from Hay House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.

Cook the Part

Are you ready to have some REAL fun in the kitchen? The kind of fun that involves cooking with family or friends? Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking will give you all the inspiration you need.

Cook the Part Book CoverCook the Part has eight themed menus which are divided into parts so your friends can team up to create an amazing four course dinner.

Not only does this take the pressure off the host, but it makes for a unique night of cooking together. This isn’t just about making a meal, it’s about making memories!

Beyond just recipes, the author Karin Eastham, also includes chapters about preparing for the party. She lays it out so you can have the least amount of stress and the most amount of fun when your guests arrive. After all, not everyone is used to throwing a dinner party where the guests get to cook!

I loved that the recipes are laid out so it’s easy to know just who does what. Each recipe specifies if a part is the responsibility of the host, or if it will be assigned to a team. Team plans help the teams know what they need to do and where, with notes to the host to help make sure the team has what it needs. And of course, the master plan! A very helpful tool for both host and teams.

The recipes range in difficulty, some are a bit more complex than others, but don’t let that worry you! When you are cooking in a team surely you will have a nice range of cooking experience to help make it a success!

I’m in love with this truly unique cookbook and can’t wait to put it to use! The visions of team cooking with friends has me smiling.

Disclosure: I did receive a copy of Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking for review purposes.

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