Thomas The Train Cake (Why I Make My Child’s Cakes)

Thomas The Train Cake

Our 3 year old, Caleb, wanted a Thomas the Train cake for his birthday.  For literal months, I heard nothing but excitement coming from him on this very important day. (Turning three is rather exciting!)

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Taco Tortilla Casserole

This Taco Tortilla Casserole is another great recipe that uses only 1 lb of hamburger. Amazing spices blend for a tasty way to feed the fam.

taco tortilla casserole with beans, tomatoes and spices

This Taco Tortilla Casserole was a throw together meal in every sense of the phrase.  Of course, if you have read my posts before, you know I throw a lot of meals together.  Because, really, who has time for anything else some days.  Quick, easy, family friendly recipes is where it is at now.

Of course, when you add “taco” to the title the dish has to be good.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

no bake peanut butter oatmeal bites

No Bake Peanut Butter Bites are an easy, healthy snack option for the family.  My husband loved these when he was training for a marathon about four years ago. He would set them on the mailbox (we lived in the country) along with his water bottles and would pass by after so many miles and grab these for energy.

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Why I Refuse To Pay 8 Dollars For Food At A Water Park

water park food, spending, money, eat

I am one of those people you see in the parking lot of amusement parks around lunch time.

I will gladly take my children from the other side of the park, walk them past the food stands and the smell of overpriced french fries and onto the tram to ride back to our vehicle.

I refuse to pay $8 dollars for a meal at a water park.  (Or any park.)  I’m sure you already know, but the $8 is for one person.  You times that by 6 people plus add in tax and I have a large food bill made up of fried food, sugary drinks (because we can’t get water if we paid for a soda!) that does not fill us up.

Not going to happen, my friends.

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Twix Cream Cheese Dip

Twix Cream Cheese Dip with the caramel and cookie crunch of Twix candy bars makes this dip a “must have” for any potluck or gathering. 

twix cream cheese dip

I had mentioned before that Smarties are my favorite candy.  Have I ever mentioned my enjoyment of Twix candy bars?  The caramel, the cookie crunch and the chocolate makes one very tasty and lovely candy bar.

Does anyone remember when they had cookies and cream Twix and Peanut Butter Twix? They had those flavors when I was in high school.  I tried them a few times, but nothing replaces the caramel Twix.  It is simply the best.  So when I was trying to think of a quick dessert to take to a potluck {Read here for potluck tips for children}, and I spied the Twix candy bars in the freezer left over from Easter, I thought I would make a dip involving the delicious candy bar. Twix Cream Cheese Dip is the result.

This dip is very similar to the Reese’s Oatmeal Cookie Dip. It is a creamy with a nice crunch. The caramel blends well with the cream cheese.  I paired this dip with Vanilla Goldfish Crackers and Animal Crackers.

Twix Cream Cheese Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer-Dip
Twix Cream Cheese Dip is a crunch and sweet dip full of caramel and chocolate flavor.
  • 1 8oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅔ cup chopped Twix candy bars
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter
  2. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla
  3. Mix in powdered sugar
  4. Add oatmeal, stir well
  5. Fold in Twix candy bars
  6. Serve with animal crackers or graham crackers



Science Birthday Cake

Science Birthday Cake

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Can I just say, this Science Birthday Cake by Jessica of Sweetwater Cakes is one of my favorites that she has sent in.  Probably because our oldest son Ryan would enjoy this cake so much. It is completely and totally him.

Any lover of all things science would enjoy this cake with the planets, periodic table of elements and equations. All on one cake! Jessica is so creative! {I like how Pluto was included.  I’m a Pluto fan.} 😉

Science Cake-Solar System

The planets were made of fondant hand colored with edible marker.

The table of elements is made of sugar paper. You can go here to see what sugar paper is.  The cake is a vanilla cake with a buttercream frosting.

Science Cake-Scientific Equations

The equations are made of fondant with edible marker.

Like Jessica’s Cakes?  You can check out her Sweetwater Cakes website here.