Adoptive Families Blog

Autumn Cake Pops

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 30, 2012

Jenny wants cake pops for her birthday. Only cake pops will do! You have scoured the grocery stores, bakeries and specialty shops for two dozen cake pops. What? Three dollars a pop? Why, there is half the amount of cake than in a standard cupcake! What’s going on?!? There are still sandwiches to make, prizes to buy and drinks to purchase. There are games to organize and those supplies cost money, too! Now is the time to get creative and make Jenny’s birthday party dreams come true (without going bankrupt in the process).

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What is Spaghetti Squash?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 27, 2012

It is hard to get little ones to eat their vegetables! If left to their own devices, they would dine on macaroni and Oreos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Through years of trial and error, I have discovered that it is a war us parents can never win. It is better to let the horse come to water, instead of trying to drag the horse.

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Making a Dairy and Gluten Free Meal

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 23, 2012

More than ever, children are growing up with dairy and wheat/gluten allergies. Scientists have not been able to pinpoint the root cause for this rise in diagnosed cases. Whatever the reason, you may want to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate your child’s allergies and sensitivities. Here is a delicious and easy meal to whip up on a frosty autumn night. The whole family will be sure to ask for seconds:

Cream of Mushroom and Potato Soup

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Grandma V’s Cranberry Salad

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 20, 2012

If you grew up any time before the eighties, you will remember Jell-O salad. It seemed that every Grandmother served it on special occasions. Some were made with lime gelatin and some were made with cottage cheese. Still others had walnuts and bananas folded in.

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Topics: Recipe, Family, General, Holidays

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2012

A few years ago my brother-in-law decided to tie-the-knot. He and his soon-to-be wife did not have a lot of money so they decided to forgo the wedding cake. At the time I thought what...no wedding cake, how are they going to do that. Well, they asked for the help of family to make desserts for their special day and had a dessert bar instead. This is how I came upon the recipe for gooey pumpkin cheesecake bars, and I'm really glad I did and you will be too. This recipe is from one of my favorites, Paula Deen, so right there you know lots of butter and deliciousness. There are lots of variations on this recipe (so try your own), but this is what I found that works best for my family.

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Muffins to Give Thanks For

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 13, 2012

These soft and rich muffins are called Thankful Muffins, because mothers everywhere are thankful that they are so simple to make! This recipe was given to me by a sweet mother of six (yes I said six) children. She brings these muffins as a contribution to many functions. These muffins are a favorite among parents and kids, alike. They taste as if they took an hour of slaving in the kitchen. If you don’t tell them, no one will ever know just how easy these are to make.

  • Mix one 14-oz can of Libby’s pumpkin with one package of boxed carrot cake mix and ½ 12-oz bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • It will be hard to mix at first. Keep stirring until well blended.
  • Spoon batter into lined muffin tins or greased mini muffin tins.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 360 degrees.
  • Check to see if done with a wooden skewer.
  • Thankful muffins are best when eaten within two days. I don’t think you will have any trouble making that happen. They are delicious, low-fat and healthy too.
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Topics: Recipe, Parenting, Family, General, Holidays

Creamy Fall Casserole

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 6, 2012

Most everyone knows about the popular green bean, Campbell’s soup casserole that Grandmothers serve on Thanksgiving! It brings to mind warm memories of joyous family get-togethers around a crackling fire. Children are running to and fro, while grownups talk quietly around the remains of dinner. This twist on a traditional favorite should get your kids to lick their plate! It is healthy and delicious too. This creamy casserole is easy to prepare and fulfills Mom’s requirements for “eat your vegetables!” Try this amazing dish at your next dinner party or family event. You will be pleasantly surprised at the reactions around the table.

Creamy Fall Casserole

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Pumpkin Seed Spectacular

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 29, 2012

Have you made a trip to your local pumpkin patch, yet? It is a load of fun! The little ones get to pick out their own pumpkins in the field. Some places even offer bouncy house, crafts and food for sale. Some farms offer wagon rides and some have petting zoos. Check out your local parenting magazines and newspaper ads for the latest and greatest local offerings.

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Lemon Drop Cheesecakes

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 23, 2012

Summer may be over, but you can still have a little taste of sunshine! These yummy little cheesecakes are simple to make, yet look and taste delicious! Even your pickiest eaters will lick the plate! These sun shaped treats can be dressed up for a special occasion, or served to your family after a long busy day! Bring back memories of lazy days by the lake and blue skies! They are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

Lemon Drop Cheesecakes:

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Educational Fall Recipe to Make With Kids

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 16, 2012

Recipe for Indian Acorn Cakes

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