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True Love Cupcakes

cupcakeIn this world, the word “love” is twisted and misused. This Valentines Day project helps teach your children what “true love” is. Read More…

Recipe Box: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

MuffinsHere’s a great winter (or anytime!) breakfast! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

  • 1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 C. ground oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. peanut butter
  • 1/2 C. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C. sour milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • approx. 1 C. chocolate chips

Mix together peanut butter, butter, and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs. Add sour milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add flour, ground oats, baking powder, soda, and salt. Mix in chocolate chips with a spoon.
Bake loaves at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or muffins at 375 for 13-15 minutes.

Recipe Box: Toll House Pie

Toll House PieThis “chocolate chip cookie” pie is a Thanksgiving tradition for us. Enjoy!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. softened butter or margarine
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 prepared 8 or 9-inch pie shell

Beat eggs at a high speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in flour, sugars, then margarine. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 325  for 55 to 60 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.



Lever House Macaroons

Lever house macaroonsHere’s a festive cookie recipe that kids will love to decorate!

  • 1 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 2 unbeaten eggs
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1  1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • Candy corn (optional)


Combine shortening, sugars, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and eggs. Beat thoroughly. Stir in walnuts. Sift together flour and soda. Add to shortening mixture and blend. Stir in oats. Place dough by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheets, leaving a little space between them. Press with a fork.  Press candy corn into the cookies (we sometimes do it in the shape of a smiley face). Bake in 350 oven for 12-14 minutes. Cool about 2 minutes before removing them from the sheet.

YIELD 5 1/2 dozen



For lollipop cookies, prepare dough as directed above. Just before baking, insert a lollipop stick, paper drinking straw, or wooden skewer into each mound of dough with sticks parallel to the cookie sheet to make it look like a lollipop. Decorate with facial features using candy corn, m&m’s, gumdrops, raisins etc. Bake as directed                                                                                                                



Great Summertime Recipe! ~ Preschool Thursdays

Preschool-Thursdays-YogurtThought I’d share with you one of our favorite recipes that I’ve included in my Mom’s Guide for Preschoolers. 

This is an easy, good-for-you recipe that my preschoolers LOVED to help me make and then, of course, eat.  

Fruit Yogurt Pops


  • 2/3 cups yogurt, flavor of your choice
  • 2 generous Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup strawberries or fruit of your choice


  • Place yogurt in blender.
  • Blend, adding 1 strawberry at a time until smooth.
  • Add honey and blend.
  • Fill plastic popsicle molds with mixture and secure lids.
  • Freeze until solid.

Enjoy on a warm summer day!

Get more great recipes from Marilyn Boyer’s book, Homemade with Love, Treasured Family Recipes

Here is what one mother shared about her experience using the recipes from Homemade with Love:

   Homemade with Love is like sitting down and thumbing through Mrs. Boyer’s personal recipe box (especially when she shares a memory with a recipe)…and you know those types of boxes are filled with tried-and-true family favorites!  I was amazed at how many recipes were quick, easy and kid-friendly.  Most of the recipes called for items that we usually have on hand making this cookbook extra practical.  The pictures included with some of the recipes were helpful and showed me that my food doesn’t have to look like a fancy Food Network dish in order for it to be a big hit with my family.  And, after making homemade crescent rolls for the first time following Mrs. Boyer’s easy recipe, I doubt we will ever buy crescent rolls from a blue can again!
Since we are family of three (compared to feeding the Boyer’s 14 children) plus deal with severe nut allergies in our home, I wasn’t sure how well this cookbook would fit our lifestyle.  But I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that the majority of the recipes did not make super-large quantities nor included a lot of nuts.  The recipes that include nuts are ones that we can substitute and still have a great dish.  It was an extra bonus to find a cookbook that gave us a lot of new recipes that we could use as written.  Homemade with Love has quickly become my favorite “go-to” for fast, delicious recipes that I know my family will like!

~ Amy

Helping In The Kitchen – Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-CookingEach week I chose a different child to plan a meal, help shop for meal and then help to cook the meal. It was a great way to teach them nutrition, wise shopping practices and the actual skills of cooking. It was something they really looked forward to. 



Homemade-with-LoveNeed more ideas for recipes with the kids? May we suggest taking a look at Marilyn’s book, Homemade With Love. Read More…