While we love sharing lots of recipes on Cool Mom Eats — from sticky buns perfect for Easter brunch to easy Easter treats that you can make with kids — there is something to be said for having a go-to menu for whenever you’re entertaining over brunch. This one is my foolproof Easter brunch menu. Watch me prep everything in real time so that you can see just how easy these recipes are on our latest episode of Kitchen Help Live, our weekly Facebook Live broadcast (Thursdays at 1 pm ET!). This latest installment was all about make-ahead Easter brunch...Read More
This post was created for our partnership with Very Berry Cheerios My kids love berries. In fact, their aunt nicknamed them “my little fruit bats” because they love berries in their lunches, on their desserts, and yes, with their breakfast. So of course we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to help introduce our sponsor Very Berry Cheerios to you. Because, berries! Let’s just say that the one you can get in your supermarket is a waaaay better option than letting your kids attempt to make their own formulation, like my two daughters did when I let them go to town in my kitchen. (And yes,...Read More
I have a confession: I’m a recovering cereal addict. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and have on occasion—and, would eat it at every snack time if I could. As would my kids. In fact, cereal is one my of our secret ingredients when making a few of my favorite go-to homemade snacks for the kids. So easy, since we tend to have some of them around the house anyway. (I mean, have you seen our original homemade baked bereal milk donut video tutorial? Win!) However like so many other parents, I’m not down with a steady diet of foods containing artificial...Read More
Need some last-minute help planning a deliciously sweet Valentine’s Day menu? We’ve put together all our favorite easy Valentine’s Day recipes that we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats — from breakfast to dessert — in one place. This way, you can scan them quickly to save more time for, well, whatever you want. Plus you’ll find some terrific DIY tricks here that turn store-bought treats into something special for the big day. Because, hey, we’re all about easy on Valentine’s Day. And that’s not a double entendre. Okay, it is. Top photos: Heart-Shaped Pretzels by My Name is Snickerdoodle; Valentine’s Day Brownies by Pink...Read More
The next big fashion trend is here, and it’s food. Considering my kids’ favorite shows are Master Chef and The Great British Bake Off, it only makes sense that they’d take their love of cooking to their…leggings? Yep, we’re seeing food prints all over our kids legs these days (holding the jokes about donuts going right to our thighs), and whether your girls are fans of ice cream, sushi, or croissants — sorry, no cronut leggings yet — we’ve found some awesome food printed leggings that we bet they’ll love. That said, if you can’t find the exact perfect foodie fashion for your child’s tastes,...Read More
My favorite part of any holiday is the food, and Mother’s Day is no exception. What I want most this year is to sit around the table with family eating and laughing. One of my new favorite ways to make everybody happy, including me, the cook, is to set up one of these easy food bars. Because I don’t want to be rushing around the kitchen, stressing about cooking, and missing all the good conversation. And I really, really don’t want my kids to whine about the food either. Setting up a food bar is easy, even at the last minute,...Read More
7 impressive make-ahead Easter brunch recipes. As in, more time to sneak handfuls of the kids’ jellybeans.
I love hosting holiday brunches for family and friends, but cooking holiday brunches is not so high on my list. I’d much rather ease into my day sipping a latte or, now that it’s spring, one of these amazing iced coffee drinks, than slave over a stove first thing in the morning. So I’ve put together 7 really wonderful make-ahead Easter brunch recipes that make it possible to serve an impressive breakfast spread and get out of PJ’s before the first guest arrives. Hey, there’s a first for everything. Related: 6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes...Read More
Recently, there was a whole lot of controversy about marketing Nutella as a healthy breakfast food. Apparently, someone thought that the kids of the world need help eating toast by slathering it in a chocolate-hazelnut spread. But on World Nutella Day, I’m giving everyone a pass. I’m happy to limit my daily dose of Nutella to snack-time the other 364 days of the year, but I think this weekend, we may celebrate with one of these Nutella recipes for breakfast. Or hey, maybe hold the ideas for Valentine’s Day. It does fall on a weekend this year after all, which leaves plenty of time...Read More
A peek into our food archive shows that we’re big into smoothies. But no matter how many awesome smoothie recipes we track down for you, nothing will compare to having a constantly updated collection in your back pocket from the smoothie master herself, Tess Masters of The Blender Girl. Her new The Blender Girl Smoothies app is making that one delicious reality. My kids and I are smoothie junkies. I love creating them, finding new recipes for them and we all love drinking them, so this app was meant for me. That said, I’m picky about apps, and don’t stick with them if the nav is frustrating and if...Read More
Smoothies can be a tasty way to take in—or feed your kids—a hefty dose of fruits and veggies. They can also be packed with sugar. The natural sugar that comes from whole fruit is definitely preferable to added sugar from juice, sweetened nut and seed butters, sweetened milks, flavored yogurts (which tend to have loads of refined sugars), honey, and other sweeteners that are called for in many smoothie recipes. So here are my 5 tips for how to make a smoothie that tastes great without tons of added sugar. 1. Swap in coconut water for juice. Coconut water contains...Read More
Another year, another pile of cookbooks. I’ve added some amazing titles to my cookbook collection this year, but eight in particular are in heavy rotation in my family kitchen, which I think makes them among the best cookbooks for families–indispensable resources especially for parents. Because hey, we aren’t just home cooks; we’re time-crunched, picky-busting, budget-watching home cooks who are constantly trying to feed multiple tastes. There are many fabulous cookbooks from this year, but it takes special cookbooks like these eight that I’ve narrowed down, to provide parents just what we need to get the family cooking job done right. In no particular order,...Read More
Everyone’s always talking about how hard it is to get a good dinner on the table, but I find that breakfast is way more hectic, with less time and no delivery options! There’s always cereal, but unfortunately most cold cereals completely lack what we need to start the day off right. There’s oatmeal too—these oatmeal recipes saved me last winter—but I still need more. These tasty, quick-cook hot cereal brands and recipes are the answer. Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereals Purely Elizabeth has been around for a little while but I just wasn’t so into their products when...Read More
A perfectly hard boiled egg can be an elusive thing, even for those of us who cook–and cook with kids underfoot, and into everything, all the time. I’m here to help fix that! Hard boiled eggs are a super easy, nutritious go-to food that I have on hand all of the time and, when you follow these easy directions for how to hard boil eggs perfectly, you may too. They’re great to have around for any meal of the day, but especially for one of the five quick school day breakfast ideas. I’ve rounded up for you. How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly First,...Read More
It’s back to school time and we would love to go on and on about how structured and peaceful the morning routine is in our homes, what with getting the kids ready, making a healthy breakfast, packing the perfect lunches, signing permission slips days in advance, creating exquisite french braids “just like Elsa,” and walking the dog–maybe twice. You know, just like you do, right? We admit it: Mornings are crazy, and a little help can go a long way. That’s where the kids earn their keep. Having your kids shoulder some of that school morning burden can really...Read More
With summer officially here and schools pretty much out almost everywhere, many families (like ours) are getting ready for summer travel and trying to figure out how to eat healthy on the road. With a fair share of road and plane trips under our belts (yes, we’ve survived) , we’ve gotten pretty good at the art of feeding our kids healthier foods while traveling. Well, for the most part anyway. It is vacation, after all. Here, we share five of our favorite tips for eating healthier with kids on the road helping us parents manage fewer meltdowns and avoid terrorizing the people in the seats next to us...Read More
If you’re a procrastinator like yours truly, you just got lucky because there’s still time to order up this delicious last minute artisan gift for the foodie mom in your life in time for Mother’s Day. The champions of indie, small-batch food over at Mouth.com, already a favorite of ours, have put together several Mother’s Day food gift ideas that will send any mom into a blissful, welcome food coma this Mother’s Day. From a World’s Greatest Mom set to something called The Mother Load to a number of coffee, chocolate, cocktail and cheese–centric packages, there’s literally something for everyone. However...Read More
We’ve been looking forward to Easter for a while now, excitedly collecting Easter recipes. Most are decadent sweets—from Easter cakes (lots of cakes) to cake pops—but we’ve thrown in a few healthy Easter snacks, too. Because children can not live on chocolate alone. At least, that’s what we’re told. And then there’s brunch. Ahhhh brunch. Which brings us to this collection of last minute Easter recipes all in one place. Last year we rounded up six fabulous Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. If you’re in charge of Easter eats this year, make sure...Read More
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! To mark what would have been Theodore Geisel’s 110th birthday, we’ve pulled together 8 simple, quick, and delicious Dr. Seuss recipes to enjoy while we read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. We promise, these are easy, whether you whip them up today, tomorrow, or save them for a Seuss themed birthday party. Because really, shouldn’t we be eating Dr. Seuss inspired treats as often as possible? Start the day off with this idea for The Cat in the Hat pancakes by Blue Skies Ahead. Use a squeeze bottle to make the hat-shaped...Read More
What I want for Valentine’s Day: LOVE! What my kids want for Valentine’s Day: CHOCOLATE! Okay, I want chocolate, too, but I like fancy chocolate. For the kids, I’ll be whipping up one of these super easy, homemade chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day. The pricey stuff may be mine, but the stuff made from the heart is theirs. They always get the better deal. The Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups (above) from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles make me smile. These no-bake treats are festive on the outside, but when you take a bite and realize they are pink inside, your kids will swoon....Read More
Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...Read More
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