Travel Review: Sesame Place

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If there's a place where a toddler's dreams will come true, it has to be Sesame Place.  A small(ish) amusement park, specially designed for younger kids, this is like nothing you've ever seen before. Unlike large theme parks (like Disney World, Busch Gardens, Six Flags), Sesame Place is totally doable and not at all intimidating- especially with small children. It is located … [Read more...]

How to Make Halloween Pizza Mummies


No matter what store you go into these days, October is all about Halloween! Pumpkins, scarecrows, costumes, witches, candy corn, ghosts: the kids love it all! Yep, all month long we get to talk about creepy things, pumpkin crafts, candy projects and how to come up with the best costume ever! Today, I'm showing you how to whip up a scary-non-scary snack for the kids! In all … [Read more...]

Halloween Oreo Chocolate Cookie Bars

Halloween Oreos

Don’t miss another fabulous recipe! Follow Skinny Not Skinny on Facebook (our food blog!) for yummy recipes everyday! This past weekend I was assigned the task of bringing a dessert to our neighbor's house for our weekly Sunday football get-together. The only request that I received (besides that it had to be fabulous!) was that it could not contain nuts. One of the kids is … [Read more...]

Halloween Oreo Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Oreo Cookies

Don’t forget to check out our new FOOD BLOG – SKINNY NOT SKINNY – dedicated 100% to food! They are back!! The Halloween Oreos have officially hit the store shelves! That bright orange Oreo creme just puts me in the pumpkin patch and trick or treat spirit. Here's the thing - I like Oreos. The regular, old Oreos are fantastic to bake with. They make a great crust, … [Read more...]

Mexican Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Since school is started, I'm really trying to get on a dinner schedule. It is part of my grand plan to get more organized. I'm trying to plan out the meals for the week which means I've had to sit down and think about the meals that my family really likes. Today I wanted to share with you one of my kids' favorite dinners. Lucky for me, it's easy to make and they actually eat … [Read more...]

How to Make a Toddler Mini Buffet

Mini Buffet

I have a 3 year old and sometimes...okay almost all the time it is impossible to get him to eat. He doesn't want to eat lunch. He's not interested in dinner. Just like most toddlers, he is very picky. He doesn't like this. He doesn't want that. Fruits and veggies are always a fight. It's exhausting. Sure, I know the old saying - he'll eat when he is hungry - he won't starve. At … [Read more...]

How to Make a Chocolate Chip Calzone

Chocolate Chip Calzones

Today for "Foodie Friday" we are showing you how to make a delicious Chocolate Chip Calzone just like Claim Jumper Restaurant makes.The only thing we changed with the calzone is that we didn't include white chocolate chips with the semi-sweet chips. Claim Jumper does this and it is delicious so you can make it either with or without white chocolate chips. Ingredients … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Snowman Tutorial (VIDEO)

Candy Cane Snowman

Even though I love to bake, I like things that are easy to make. With three kids underfoot all the time, if the snack is easy to make AND the kids can help me at the same time, it is a huge bonus. So, it got me thinking. Why not combine craft time and snack time?!? That is exactly what I'm showing you how to do today with my Candy Cane Snowman Tutorial. You can either watch the … [Read more...]

Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos If your kids are like mine, they probably devoured a ton of candy during Halloween last week. And now it is November, so the holiday season has officially begun which means even more eating. In case you are trying to fit in a few fruits and veggies into your kids between all the seasonal goodies, you have to make these Apple Nachos. The beauty of these nachos is … [Read more...]

Pizza Mummies

Pizza Mummies

Need a fun idea for Halloween lunch for the kids? These pizza mummies are so quick and easy to make that the kids can help! Plus, they are quite tasty too! Pizza Mummies Ingredients: English muffins Pizza sauce Black olives Green pepper Pull-apart Mozzarella Cheese sticks   Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Lightly toast English muffins. … [Read more...]

Cocoa Krispies Spider Treats

Krispie Spiders

I'm still on my Halloween baking kick and probably will be until I switch over to Thanksgiving baking in November. This past weekend the kids and I whipped up a batch of our favorite Cocoa Krispie Spider Treats. They are super easy to make, the kids can help and they turn out so cute. These make a great after-school snack, playgroup munchies or a Halloween party … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love homemade chocolate chip cookies? I have one better....homemade whole-wheat banana chocolate chip cookies. They are delicious and a healthier version of an old classic. I add the baked bananas to the recipe to add moisture and a natural sweetness to the cookies. I must admit I used to make the ones that come in a package and in 12 minutes I would have warm … [Read more...]

Shirley Temple Ice Pops


We love popsicles around our house and over the years I've come up with quite a few recipes. I've discovered that no matter what ingredients I choose, if I freeze them inside a cute mold on a stick, the kids are sure to love them.  Needless to say they are really pop-ular  (pun intended-I'm a dork!) around our house so I try to always have a batch in the freezer, especially … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Granola Roll-Ups Recipe

Peanut Butter Granola Roll-ups

This is a great kid-friendly snack that is so easy to make that you can let the kids help. Since there is not cutting, blending, slicing or anything dangerous, making this recipe is a great after school activity. Ingredients: 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (regular or low-fat) 2 Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Parfait – Great Kid Snack


I'm also looking for easy, yummy snacks in the summer. A couple weeks ago I featured our Strawberry Chocolate Pudding Parfaits and today I want to share a super easy banana version. My kids LOVE this snack/dessert. I love how easy it is to make and that I don't have to actually cook anything. I can have these babies mixed up in less than 5 minutes. If your kids love bananas, … [Read more...]