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How to Keep Your Kids Busy this March Break

March 2nd, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in For Kids

It’s almost Spring Break all across the country. Kids are getting excited and parents are looking for creative ideas to make sure everyone is having a great time.

Make some new memories this week and try some of these fun activities with your family.

Hot Chocolate Station

Soon it will be summer and hot chocolate will be a memory of the past. Have one last hot chocolate celebration. Get some cocoa mix, fun toppings and cute cups and let your kids get creative. Pair this with a family movie and everyone will have a great night!

Glow Stick Fun

There are so many fun things to do with glow sticks! Snap a glow stick then carefully cut it open and pour it into a jar. The jar will glow all night and makes a great lantern for a sleepover! You could also insert snapped glow sticks into white balloons and created cool glow in the dark balloons. Make your house light up all night!

A wonderful book to pair with this activity is God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner. A beautiful story for children about the creation of light and how God’s light can shine through all of us.

Crayon Art

Find a canvas and all those extra crayons you have around the house. Hot glue the crayons onto the canvas and get ready for a beautiful artistic creation to form right in front of your eyes. Place your canvas outside (if it’s hot where you live) and the crayons will melt. Otherwise, you can do this indoors using a hair dryer. Your kids will love hanging their crayon art up on their walls!

Recycle Bin Bowling

Find some empty plastic bottles in your recycling bin and use them to create a fun game of bowling. Fill them with water and add some food coloring and the kids can bowl all day! This is a great driveway activity.

The best part about Spring Break is spending time together as a family. Try some of these ideas to make your week extra fun!


VIDEO: Easter According to Kids

April 4th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in For Kids
Get ready to laugh! These adorable kids know their bible stories… with a few additions for dramatic effect.

17 of the Best Cadbury Mini Eggs Recipes for Easter

April 4th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in For Kids

I’m not sure about you but around CHRI we’re just a little bit of obsessed with Mini Eggs… in fact it may be a problem how much we love them ;)

Which is why we were overjoyed to find a roundup of recipes that all use Mini Eggs! Desserts made with our favourite Easter candy, that’s what we call a win-win!

These are 17 of the best Cadbury Mini Eggs recipes from around the internet.
Perfect for Easter baking!

It’s a magical time of year, my friends.  A time when a devlish old friend creeps out from hiding and reappears on grocery shelves everywhere.  Who is this dangerous acquaintance, you might ask?  CADBURY MINI EGGS.  You guys, I have SUCH a problem with these little guys!  Oh man, they are SO good!  I eat them by the bagful handful.  Seriously. ???? My sisters are as addicted as I am, and every year we send each other gleeful texts when we spot them on the shelves.  I can not walk by one of the mini sized bags without grabbing one.  It is physically impossible.  I wish I was kidding.

Each year I grab several large bags as well, with the intent to make the cookies that are first on this list, and I usually end up just snacking away most of them.  I was thinking wistfully about those cookies and decided to share that recipe link with you, as well as other Cadbury Mini Eggs recipes that are sure to make your Easter season an especially fattening and delightful one.  I have my eye on several to make in the next month.  (I’m looking at you, Cadbury Magic Bars . . .)

So, without further ado, I present to you 17 of the best Cadbury Mini Eggs Recipes from around the web.  Happy baking!

Cadbury Egg Cookies from Our Best Bites
(A favorite!  I make them every year.)

Easter Egg Nest Cakes from Sweet C’s Designs

Cadbury Magic Bars from Kleinworth & Co

Easter Thumbprint Cookies from Bowl of Mush

White Chocolate Easter Cupcakes from Garnish & Glaze

Bird Nest Cookies from A Mom’s Impression

Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Dip from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Easter Bark from Say Yes

Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies from Chef in Training

Cadbury Mini Egg Brownies from Branna’s Recipe Box

Cadbury Mini Egg Layer Cake from The Gunny Sack

Bunny Chow from Something Swanky

Cadbury Mini Egg Pretzel Treats from My Sister’s Suitcase

Easter Nest Sugar Cookies from Seeded at the Table


Cadbury Crack from Honeybear Lane


Cadbury Egg Cupcakes from I Heart Naptime

Cadbury Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking With Ruthie

‘Lunchbox Dad’

June 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in For Kids
Lunchbox DadNot only does Beau Coffron make nutritious, kid-movie themed lunches for his two children each week, he also puts instructions for each meal on his website,, so other parents can do the same. Lunchbox Dad, you are a true hero of brown bag food… ask question us know if you try one of these creative lunches. We’d love to see pics!

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Cooking with Your Kids

May 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in For Kids


Cooking with 2-3 year olds

Very young children like to explore with their senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and tasting. They also like to do things on their own. Try letting your kids:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables in the sink
  • Add items to dishes (like chopped tofu to a casserole)
  • Smell food, herbs and spices you are using
  • Help find ingredients in the fridge or cupboard
  • Put paper cups into muffin tins

Keep in mind, some kids may be happy to watch you cook and talk about what you are doing. An empty pot on the floor with a spoon keeps their hands busy. Be sure to ask lots of questions about what they are making that smells so good!

Cooking with 3-4 year olds

At this age, children may be more interested in talking than eating! Either way, cooking keeps them interested in food. Try letting your kids:

  • Remove eggshells from hard-boiled eggs
  • Pour from a small pitcher or measuring cup
  • Make a simple sandwich or pizza with pre-assembled ingredients
  • Describe the colour, taste and shape of food
  • Mash sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots or bananas

Cooking with 4-6 year olds

At this age, some kids may show signs of being a picky eater. While the food they prepare might not make it to their fork, try to be patient knowing that cooking is helping them warm up to the idea of trying new foods. Try letting your kids:

  • Assemble foods: make trail mix or their own yogurt smoothie with toppings you’ve prepared
  • Stir ingredients together (like muffins, pancakes, sauces)
  • Slice soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruit, cheese or tofu with a plastic knife
  • Crack and beat an egg
  • Cook with a friend for a fun play date

Cooking with 6-8 year olds

At this age, kids can follow simple steps for recipes and are able to share and take turns. Try letting your kids:

  • Use simple kitchen equipment such as a grater, toaster, blender or can opener after you show them how to do so safely
  • Make simple cold spring rolls or tortilla wraps
  • Toss salad ingredients together with salad dressing
  • Invent a fruit salad or smoothie recipe
  • Write a list of healthy snacks they like to eat
  • Write out a grocery list
  • Make a simple breakfast: whole grain cereal with milk or canned fruit over yogurt

Cooking with 8-11 year olds

Kids at this age are more coordinated and able to understand how to use appliances safely. Try letting your kids:

  • Use a knife with easy-to-cut foods (cooked meats, cheese, tofu, breads)
  • Use the microwave with your help
  • Make their own school lunch
  • Make a fresh fruit platter to go with dinner
  • Use the stove, with supervision, to make basic recipes: omelets, pancakes, quesadillas, soups or grilled cheese
  • Decide what is needed to balance out a meal so it has food from each food group

4 “Simply delish” ideas

1. ABC123 pancakes

Fruit Sauce

Mix 3/4 cup frozen berries (raspberries and/or blueberries) with 1/3 cup maple syrup. By the time the pancakes are on the table, the fruit should be defrosted. You can also warm it up in the microwave.


Try mixing half multi-grain pancake mix (sold at bulk food stores) with your regular mix. You could also add 3-4 tablespoons (45-60 mL) of quick cooking oats per cup of pancake mix. You may need to add a little more milk to maintain the right consistency. Make pancake letters, numbers and even shapes. Make and freeze extra for a quick breakfast or snack.

For younger children: Talk about where the berries and maple syrup in the fruit sauce come from.

For older children: Talk about how maple syrup is made. You may be able to get a book about this at your library. Ask your children to tell you the food groups for each ingredient in the recipe.

2. Invent a smoothie

Kids can get creative inventing a smoothie! Remember, frozen fruits are just as nutritious as fresh, without the washing, peeling or cutting. Canned fruits packed in their own juices or with the light syrup drained off are good choices as well.


  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk or fortified soy milk
  • 2 cups (500 mL) fruit (any of: sliced banana, mango, nectarine, frozen raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, canned pineapple or peaches)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) plain lower fat (2% M.F. or less) yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen orange juice concentrate

Makes 4 servings. Freeze any extra in Popsicle moulds.

For younger children: Let them peel bananas, wash fruit, add ingredients to the blender and create a wacky name for their smoothie.

For older children: Suggest they write out their recipes on cards, giving each a star rating based on a family taste test.

3. Cinnamon tortilla chips with fruity salsa

Cut whole wheat tortillas into wedges. Brush with very little water. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Place on a microwave safe plate lined with paper towel. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until crisp. A pizza cutter works great for cutting the tortilla (pitas too) into wedges.

Prepare a fruity salsa for dipping by dicing whatever fruits you have on hand, or use applesauce.

For younger children: They can select and wash the fruit and later add the diced fruit into a small bowl and mix.

For older children: With your supervision, they can cut the tortilla bread into wedges, as well as make the salsa.

4. Hot diggity egg dog

Make a rolled up omelet (or scramble eggs by microwaving in a cup) and place in a whole wheat hot dog bun. Grate some low fat cheese over the top. Offer mild salsa as an optional topping.

For younger children: Ask your child where eggs come from.

For older children: With your supervision they can follow this recipe themselves.


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