Mar 29

Jell-O Jigglers

These are fun and can be made to fit with any type of holiday, party or just a fun week night.  For the original posting and picture make sure to check out They also offer a lot of other fun ideas for Jell-O. 


2 ½ cups boiling water (Do not add cold water.)

2 pkg. (8-serving size each) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor, pick different colors that match the holiday or party theme


Stir boiling water into dry gelatin, mix in large bowl at least 3 min. until completely dissolved. Pour into 13×9-inch pan

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm, the more you make the longer it will take to harden

Dip bottom of pan in warm water 15 sec. Cut the Jell-O into decorative shapes using  cookie cutters of your choice, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan, you will have to push and wiggle the cookie cut back and forth a little to make sure it goes all the through. Lift JIGGLERS® from pan. Reserve scraps for snacking. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Learning Corner:

Find a shape and color of Jell-O the fits each member of your family and make them all a special Jiggler.  Explain to them why these shapes and colors reminded you of them.

Mar 21

Italian Breaded Pork Chop

I remembered a commercial from my childhood for shake N bake, so I decided to use that same idea and get a new generation of kids involved dinner.


Dried Italian Bread Crumbs

Pork Chops



In a small bowl beat the egg until it is well mixed, brush lightly on each side of the pork chops.  In a large zip top bag place bread crumbs and 2 pork chops at a time.  Have your kids seal the bag and shake until each pork chop is well covered, remove and place them on a cookie sheet that you sprayed with none stick spray.  Repeat for the rest of the pork chops.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until pork is fully cooked.

Mar 14

Sweet Potato Candy

This is another recipe for your kids to make that comes from St. Patrick’s Day recipes originally at  You can find this and others under St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas.  They looked really yummy so enjoy, and us know how you liked them.


Peeled Russet Potatoes diced

2 tablespoons butter

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-5 cups powdered sugar (depending on how big your potatoes are)

5 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Peel the potato and boil it in water until soft. In a mixing bowl, mash the cooked potato with the salt and butter. Very important:  let it cool completely, or else it will melt the sugar when you add it.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar. At this point, the mixture should be stiff. If it isn’t, add more sugar.
  3. Sprinkle half of the coconut onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and turn the potato mixture onto it. Roll the batter until all of the coconut has been mixed in, then shape teaspoonful into small balls.
  4. Roll the balls individually in the remaining coconut. Chill the finished candies until you’re ready to serve them. Makes about 4 dozen.


Learning Corner:

Why do potatoes and St Patrick’s Day go together?

Mar 8

Lucky Mini Pizza

I found this original recipe on, under St. Patrick’s Day ideas.  It is a great snack for your kids to make for themselves that might just give them a little lucky of the Irish.


1 English muffin cut in half


Tomato sauce (optional)

1 green bell pepper


Cut the English muffin in half and cover with tomato sauce if you like it.  Top with cheese to make it look like a pizza.  Cut the bell pepper starting at the pointed end to make shamrock shaped rings of bell pepper.  Also cut a little slice to make a stem for the bottom.  Place the bell pepper on top of the cheese and cook in either a toaster oven or broiler until the cheese is melted.



Learning Corner:

Why do we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

What is St. Patrick’s Day all about?