Helpful tips and recipes for the multi tasking mom

Have a Safe Halloween October 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 10:41 pm

Just wanted to share this – some of them are great little reminders…my kids have a fit every year when it comes to making them wear something that lights up – I want to know where they are at all times from a distance….I would rather feel safe than sorry…Have a great night out all!!!



Going trick-or-treating?

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up  in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearingdecorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.



Apple Brownies October 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 4:09 am

This apple brownie recipe is a definite keeper…its quick simple and has amazing flavor….hope you all enjoy – we did!!!

Apple Brownies
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 c. apples, peeled, cored
and chopped
1/2 c. chopped nuts
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy; stir in
vanilla and egg. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking
powder and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix
thoroughly. Fold in apples and nuts. Spread batter in a greased
9″x9″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool and cut into squares. Makes one dozen.


Cute paper bag pumpkins October 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 5:29 pm

It is the time of year for all the pumpkin/Halloween inspired crafts….this is another we did last year and they turned out really cute – and the kids had a great time painting them….everything was orange!!!  Hope your kids enjoy it!!


What you’ll need:

  • Paper bag (lunch size)
  • Stuffing – newspaper, candy, other treats
  • Green ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Orange and black paint
  • Paint brushes

How to make your Paper Bag Jack-o-lantern Craft:

  1. Stuff the paper bag so that it is halfway full. Use the green ribbon to tie the bag shut.
  2. Paint the entire bottom half of the bag orange. Leave the top part of the bag (above the ribbon) brown so it looks more like the stem.
  3. When the orange paint is dry, paint on a jack-o-lantern face.


As you can see we went a little off on the directions and used sticks for the stems….and just pushed the top of the bags down and made them leaves…..  and we also used jute to tie them with …..  



Salt Dough Ghosts & paper bag trees October 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 11:58 pm
Salt Dough Ghosts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine-point permanent black marker
  1. Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  2. Salt Dough Ghosts - Step 1 Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ghost, flattening the base so it will stand up.
  3. Microwave the ghosts on a plate one or two at a time for 20- to 30-second intervals until the dough is fairly firm (about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in total). Let the ghosts cool (they can get quite hot).
  4. Use a fine-point permanent black marker to draw on eyes and a mouth.Paper Bag Trees
    • Medium-size brown grocery bag
    • Scissors
    • Small beverage bottle
    • Pebbles or other weights
    1. Paper Bag Trees - Step 1 Cut off and discard the bottom of a medium-size brown grocery bag. Then slit open one side so you have a rectangle. Place a small beverage bottle on the center of it.
    2. Paper Bag Trees - Step 2 Gather the paper around the bottle and twist it around the neck. Snip down from the top to create several strips that will become limbs. Twist them to within 3 or 4 inches from the ends.
    3. Paper Bag Trees - Step 3 Snip the untwisted ends, as you did in step 2, and then twist them into finer branches.
    4. Paper Bag Trees - Step 4 Remove the bottle and fill the trunk with pebbles or other weights.
    5. Paper Bag Trees - Step 5

Homemade pop tarts….

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 11:48 pm
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If your kids are anything like mine – pop-tarts are one of the things that disappear…. But who knows what is really in a pop-tart – so of course there are homemade ones out there…


Homemade Pop-Tarts
 originally from King Arthur Flour
Yield: 9 pop-tarts, or 18 mini tarts

For the pastry crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk

For the strawberry filling:
¾ cup strawberry jam
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

For Assembly:
1 egg, lightly beaten (to brush on pastry)
powdered sugar for rolling out dough (you can use flour if desired)


For the Filling:
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch & water. In a small saucepan, add strawberry jam & the cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil & then simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat & allow to cool.

For the Crust:
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt & sugar. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dough until the mixture resembles coarse meal & the butter is the size of peas. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg & milk. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture & mix together with a fork until dough is evenly moistened. Knead briefly until dough comes together.

To Assemble:
Cut the dough in half. Sprinkle powdered sugar on your rolling surface & then roll out one piece of dough to 1/8 inch thick, into roughly a 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 rectangle. Trim the edges to get straight lines all around. Cut the dough into either 9 evenly sized rectangles or 18 smaller rectangles. Using a straight spatula, transfer dough rectangles to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush the beaten egg lightly onto each of the rectangles. Spoon a small amount of filling onto each rectangle (1 tbsp. if you are making 9 tarts, about 1/2-1 tsp. if making 18) leaving a 1/2 inch of space around the edges.

Roll out the remaining piece of dough as you did the first, cutting into the same amount of pieces. Top each prepared rectangle with a second rectangle of dough. Press the seams of the dough with your fingers to seal. Press a fork around the edges of each rectangle, then prick the tops so that air can escape. Very lightly brush the tops with beaten egg.

Place the pan of tarts in the refrigerator uncovered for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Cool slightly. These are best served warm, so if you make them ahead of time reheat them in a 200 degree oven for approximately 5 minutes until warm. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.


Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies October 10, 2012

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Yes that seems like a mouthful – but they are so good!!!

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lowfat peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar substitute
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • choc chips

Preheat oven to 350 – combine your margarine, pb, and sugars – cream and then add your egg and vanilla – next your dry ingredients in order and combine well – stir in your favorite chips…drop on to greased cookies sheets and bake 9-12 minutes…cool on a wire rack – these will spread out so space accordingly and I use a # 50 scoop – which results in ~3 dozen cookies


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