Tips and Recipes

Great cooks aren't born knowing how to chop an onion or separate an egg—they had to learn, and so can you.  Find answers to all your 'how do you do that' questions with helpful tips, how-to videos and articles to help you tackle cooking and baking basics with confidence.

Love Party for the Kindergarteners and Prek's at church...
We learned about the woman at the well from the Bible and I had the kids in Kindergarten act this out. This really helped them to understand the story. Then we learned the Bible verse "Be glad and rejoice in God's love", hence the "love" party! Then we sang: "If your happy and you know it" (did the motions), "This is the day"(marched around the room). I encouraged fun and excitement in thankfulness of God's love. We had cupcakes and Enjoyed each other!

Snack idea for a Kindergarten class around Halloween!
It was my son's turn to bring in the class snack. It was two days before Halloween so I wanted to send something a bit more fun for the time of year. I found a fun, yet healthy snack...

The fingers with green fingernails! Ewwwww

1. I bought enough string cheese
 for each child to have one full string of cheese

2. Cut each string cheese in half

3. Turn the cheese to the side.
At the top of the halved cheese,
carve a half circle.

4. Round the edges at the top.

5. Lastly, add the grooves below the nail.
6. Use green peppers as the finger nails. Just cut the peppers into circles.

** I also sent Strawberries cut in half as a second snack. 
This snack was a success!

Cupcakes and a cake just for fun!

John Deere birthday party for my 3 year old boy!

I know it is quite small, but it has a tractor, hay bails (shredded wheat) dirt for the road and in corral (crushed graham crackers), two small men tending the farm and horse figures. All figurines were bought in a package in the toy section of Walmart for $5 bucks. The cake is "Too much chocolate cake" (see recipe) it was very good, and the icing was cream cheese (Betty Crocker pre-made) with green food coloring. The words were written with a zip lock baggie filled with icing and a small hole was cut in the corner of the baggie.


Too much Chocolate Cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 600 | Total Fat: 38.6g | Cholesterol: 87mg
** I made this as a cake in a 9x12 cake pan. I received many compliments and would give this recipe 5 stars!

Body Moisturizers

Mint and Honey Soy Body Pack
The honey moisturizes, and the peppermint helps clear the skin and boosts your energy level to boot. Good for dry skin.
Get it:
1 cup soy powder                                  1 tablespoon honey
1 cup plain yogurt                                   2-5 drops peppermint oil

Make it and use it: Mix together the soy powder, plain yogurt and honey, then add the peppermint oil. Slather all over your body, wait 20 minutes (it won' dry), then dip yourself into a hot tub scented with the oil of your choice (rose is a nice compliment). Use when fresh.

Clay Mask
Chamomile French Clay Mask
The chamomile calms, the sweet almond oil moisturizes, and the French clay draws out impurities.
Get it:
1/8 cup French clay (available at natural food stores)                       Water
1 teaspoon sweet almond oil                                                            1-2 drops chamomile

Make it and use it: Mix the clay and almond oil, then add water until it makes a paste. Add the chamomile oil, and apply when fresh. Leave on face for 20 minutes, then rinse off. Good for all skin types.

Skin Scrub
This salty concoction exfoliates, polishes, moisturizes- and leaves your skin smelling fabulous. Simular scrubs sell for $10 and up in store, but you can make your own for a fraction of the price. Keeps in the shower for up to 8 weeks.
Get it:
2 cups sea salt                                                     4 teaspoons essential oils of choice
1/3 cup sweet almond oil
1/3 cup jojoba oil

Make it: Combine the sea salt and oils in a large bowl. Add essential oils and blend. Put in an airtight container; clear is best because this looks so lovely.