Chicken & Cheddar Corn Chowder

Post by Rebecca of A Feteful Life

Chicken and Cheddar Corn Chowder Recipe

This chowder’s warmth might make you think of fall, but it is bursting with Indian-summer flavors from fresh corn and peppery arugula. Keep cooking easy with this (almost) one-pot dish. Click on thru to A Feteful Life for the full recipe.

Rebecca and Suzanne are bloggers, graphic designers, and event stylists living in Washington, DC.  Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. Suzanne is a big fan of good design, good wine, and her two rambunctious little boys. They share DIY lifestyle and event styling projects at A Feteful Life. Rebecca also blogs kid-friendly projects at Not-So-SAHM

Easy On-the-Go Kids Meals & Snacks

Post by Corri McFadden, of corrimcfadden.com & Glitter and Bubbles

Busy Moms (and Dads) know that any easy-to-prepare meal for their kids is gold. I wanted to share my three favorite meals/snack bites that are so delectable; once you eat one of these you won’t be able to stop! These quick bites are perfect for when you are running from soccer practice to ballet lessons or have a last minute play date at your home. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll have your little ones clearing their plates!

Party Pinwheels

Easy Kids Meals & Snacks: Party PinwheelsUsing an electric mixer, blend together 1 package of ranch dressing mix, 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1 package of ranch dressing, and 2 chopped green onions. Spread the mixture onto a soft tortilla shell, making sure to cover just one side completely.

Sprinkle your choice of toppings onto the tortilla; I like to use chopped celery, red pepper, black olives, and cheese. Next roll up each tortilla and wrap in aluminum foil. Place wrapped rolls in the refrigerator for 2 hours prior to serving.

Remove the aluminum foil and slice end into 1/4 -1/2 think bites. Remember to cut off the ends!

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Pizza Crescent Rolls

Easy Kids Meals & Snacks: Pizza Rolls

First, simply coat the crescent triangles with your favorite pizza sauce, and then add mozzarella and diced pepperoni.

Next, roll up the triangles and set the bake time needed according to the crescent roll directions. These pizza rolls are great to enjoy with a family game night or kid’s party.

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Mini Nilla Wafers

Easy Kids Meals & Snacks: Mini Nilla Wafers

This might be one of the most adorable desserts on the planet and a healthy dessert choice for you family. Spread the peanut butter onto the bottom of 2 mini Nilla wafers. Place a banana slice between the two wafers. Next, roll the banana sides through sprinkles in a wheel-like motion until you have the desired amount. Enjoy!

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Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”,  and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

DIY Fruit Snacks… Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Post by Kelsey Nixon of Kelsey’s Essentials

With a toddler running around, I think about snacks a lot more than I used to. Every chance I get to sneak in a healthy snack here and there is one that I embrace. When I can offer him snacks that I feel great about, it makes it even better. I’ve really enjoyed taking some of the traditional boxed snacks and making homemade versions lately. The biggest hit has been these easy DIY Fruit Snacks. They’re just as fun to make as they are to eat – especially if your little one is helping you out in the kitchen. I’ve found that any time I involve my toddler Ollie in cooking, he’s more likely to try whatever we’ve made together. He loves these fruit snacks and eats them by the handful! While I’m sure that there are fruit gummies out there that are comparable in nutrition, you can’t beat the ease and satisfaction of making your own for an afternoon activity with your kids. It’s a great idea to keep in mind as you’re trying to keep kids busy during the last few weeks of summer before they head back to school! The ratio of ingredients is really easy to remember and the variations are endless.

DIY Fruit Snack Recipe

DIY Fruit Snacks

  • 1 cup 100% fruit or vegetable juice (I used a raspberry limeade, blackberry lemonade, and orange juice)
  • 2 tablespoons plain gelatin
  • 3 teaspoons honey

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In a small saucepan, add the fruit or vegetable juice and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Allow the powder to be absorbed in the liquid (it will look a little wrinkly on the surface) before whisking to fully combine.

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On the stovetop, heat the liquid slowly until it warms through over medium heat. Cook the liquid until it is thin and no longer grainy. Once it reaches this stage, turn off the heat and whisk in the honey. Depending on how sweet your juice is you can slightly increase or decrease this amount.

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Carefully pour liquid into candy molds or into an 8×8 inch glass baking dish. I had great success using a clean dropper/syringe that I use when giving medications to my little guy. It was especially helpful for the small candy molds I used. You can find them here. I love the shapes!

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Transfer molds or glass dish to the refrigerator and chill until set – about an hour.  Remove from molds or cut the flavored gelatin into squares.

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This recipe is a great jumping off point for further variations. Adding extracts or other nutritional ingredients like vitamin C powder are great ways to pack a punch in your homemade gummies.

Kelsey Nixon is the host of Kelsey’s Essentials on Cooking Channel and author of Kitchen Confidence. Kelsey’s Essentials is also currently airing Mon-Thurs at 3pm on Food Network. Kelsey, her husband Robby, and son Oliver (“Ollie”) live in New York City. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

I am loving our lack of schedule this summer, but I’m finding that it’s creating difficulty at breakfast. Without the need to get dressed and head to school (and with the luxury of having snacks available at home), the kids have been skimping on breakfast and then asking for snacks 20 minutes after I’ve cleared the table. It’s driving me a bit nuts, but this almond butter banana smoothie has been a great way to get some filling protein in them fast. It’s so creamy, it’s almost like a milkshake. Click over to Not-So-SAHM for the full recipe!

Rebecca and Suzanne are bloggers, graphic designers, and event stylists living in Washington, DC.  Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. Suzanne is a big fan of good design, good wine, and her two rambunctious little boys. They share DIY lifestyle and event styling projects at A Feteful Life. Rebecca also blogs kid-friendly projects at Not-So-SAHM