Homemade butter is easy and fun to make and requires nothing more than some heavy cream, a tight lidded container and a marble—an active kid doesn't hurt either. Children love this project, not only does the butter taste fresher, you can evoke days of old without having to figure out how to make a butter churner. Plus, kids are super proud to serve butter they made by themselves.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is by getting my family all dressed up and going out for a great brunch. My husband and children are what you might call "foodies", and giving them the opportunity to pick and choose from a bountiful buffet or design their own omelets (none of which I have to prepare) makes for an enjoyable outing for all of us. New Jersey is home to tons of great brunch spots, but some of the best brunches in the state are located in our beautiful hotels. Great customer service, a bountiful menu and beautiful decor make these hotel brunches standouts. Just in time for Mother's Day, our list features some great hotel brunches throughout the Garden State. If you are interested in heading into New York City for brunch, check out our post on New York City Hotel Brunches.
Nothing says weekend mornings like a big stack of fluffy pancakes. When else can you get away with chocolate and whipped cream for breakfast? Although a morning staple, pancakes can be eaten any for any time of the day. New Jersey is home to many delicious and family-friendly pancake restaurants, with varieties that range from sweet, like chocolate chips and fruit, to savory, like bacon and cheddar cheese. With portions as big as your plate, you won't leave hungry, nor empty-handed. Pancake restaurants are often a road-trip destination for my family. From diners to specialty houses, here’s how New Jersey’s best pancake joints stack up:
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
Let them NOT have cake and eat it too. We've done the birthday cake a thousand times, and now it's time for something new. How about trying out one of the suggestions below? Perhaps they can serve as inspiration for thinking outside the pink cake box.
Turn a typical flapjack into a finger food with this easy recipe. Customize with your favorite add-ins and the possibilities are endless. Better yet, toss them in the freezer and you've got a quick breakfast or snack for busy weekday mornings.
Westfield, NJ is a Union County town that brings together small-town charm and metropolitan appeal. The downtown area is home to well-known retailers, trendy boutiques and an abundance of restaurants, from fine dining to casual eateries. Westfield is a family oriented community, and there’s no shortage of family restaurants to choose from. With popular chains as well as neighborhood establishments, there’s always something to satisfy hungry little ones. Here’s a taste of the many kid friendly dining options in Westfield.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
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