Jen Farr: Hands On Kitchen

Mar
13
2018

Easter Bunny Chocolate Bark

All the decadent flavours of Easter together in one sweet spring treat

by: Jen Farr
Easter Candy Bark | YummyMummyClub.ca

Easter is one of those holidays that we have come to associate with chocolate - wonderful chocolate. I remember feverishly hunting for chocolates when I was a little girl. I simply had to find more chocolate eggs than my little brother. Every year the girls and I put together a little something special for their cousins. This year I had the crazy idea of mixing all the decadent flavours of Easter together in one sweet spring treat. I am almost certain that the Easter Bunny would totally approve of this sweet Easter Bunny chocolate bark. 

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May
10
2016

Weeknight Vegetable Stir Fry

A Delicious Staple Recipe

by: Jen Farr
Vegetable stir fry is one of those staple recipes that become the foundation of our culinary lives. | Vegetarian & Vegan | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Do you remember the first recipes you made when you moved into your first apartment? Was there a particular dish that you ate over and over again? I can clearly remember making vegetable stir fry most weeknights. A simple and healthy dinner that was made even better because I had made it by myself, in my apartment with the dishes I had bought and the groceries I had picked out. Yes, vegetable stir fry is one of those staple recipes that become the foundation of our culinary lives.

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May
02
2016

Pizza Pinwheels

Because anything with "Pizza" in the name is a big deal

by: Jen Farr
Pizza Pinwheels | YummyMummyClub.ca

Pizza is kind of a big deal in our house. I'm pretty sure it is totally my influence - pizza has always held a warm place in my heart. However, my kids are not keen on eating leftover slices of pizza. I would love to pop a slice of leftover pizza in their lunch boxes, but it would remain uneaten. That's when I started making individual mini-pizzas and pizza pinwheels. Fill these pizza pinwheels with your favourite pizza toppings, bake them up on the weekend and be prepared to fill the kids' lunch boxes.

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Apr
13
2016

Ready-Made Puff Pastry Puts This Delicious Tart on the Table Tonight

Ready-made puff pastry makes this spring treat a snap

by: Jen Farr
This spring tart combines seasonal asparagus, green onions, peas, gouda and bacon - because everything tastes better with bacon. Tarts are a fabulous addition to the kids' lunch box or alongside a green salad for lunch or dinner.​ | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Few vegetables are as emblematic of spring as asparagus. Have you ever seen asparagus growing in a garden? My daughters and I discovered stalks of asparagus growing in a strawberry patch last year. It was amazing to see the spiky vegetable poking out of the soil. Asparagus is a great vegetable to get kids excited about gardening.

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Apr
05
2016

Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup

SO Good, You Should make Two!

by: Jen Farr
Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup | YummyMummyClub.ca

Your best friend had a baby and you want to bring something along when you visit the baby for the very first time. Leave the stuffed toy at the store and take along this hearty and heart warming sweet potato and chicken soup. This simple and delicious soup moves easily from the freezer to the slow cooker, making it perfect for a busy (and tired) mama. Do all the prep work ahead of time for your friend - what more could a new mom need?

Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup

 

Ingredients 

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Apr
01
2016

Birthday Cake Ice Cream

A fun and festive treat!

by: Jen Farr
Chunks of birthday cake, chunks of icing and plenty of sprinkly toppings turn ordinary vanilla ice cream into a fun, festive treat. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

When I unwrapped the ice cream maker that my sister gave my daughter for her first birthday I was a little shocked. What was a one year old going to do with an ice cream maker? Well, it turns out that the ice cream maker was one of the best gifts my kids have ever received. It's the gift that keeps on giving - giving deliciously freshly made ice cream. If you are heading to a baby shower or a little one's birthday party, might I suggest gifting an ice cream maker. Please, who doesn't love ice cream? 

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Mar
20
2016

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A Decadent and Delicious Easter Dessert

by: Jen Farr
Easter Dessert: Delicious Carrot Cake | YummyMummyClub.ca

I can't imagine Thanksgiving without apple pie and I can't imagine Easter without a delicious carrot cake. Carrot cake is the perfect dessert for people who don't like overly sweet desserts. The cream cheese frosting is rich and smooth, but not too sugary. This carrot cake is a great recipe to make with the kids. The recipe calls for a whole lot of shredded carrots, so put the kids to work grating the carrots on a box grater. My girls had fun making all the decorations for our carrot cake out of fondant - of course there had to be a bunny on top.

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Mar
06
2016

Gnocchi: Fun to Say, Easy to Make

So easy, you'll never buy them premade again

by: Jen Farr
Italian potato dumpling pastas that are surprisingly easy and fun to make with kids! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I distinctly remember looking down at the menu and wanting to order a dish that I simply did not know how to pronounce. How the heck do you pronounce "gnocchi"? Yep, I tried "g-nock-ee" - that's not right. Through embarrassing trial and error I learned the proper pronunciation is "nyo-ch-ee". Once the pronunciation was sorted, the question became what is gnocchi?

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Mar
02
2016

Sharpie Funny Face Plates

It's time to make eating vegetables a whole lot more fun

by: Jen Farr
It's time to make eating vegetables a whole lot more fun with these DIY Sharpie Funny Face plates. Kids will love "playing with their food!" | Arts & Crafts | YummyMummyClub.ca

So, the kids don't want to eat their vegetables? Maybe it's time to make eating a whole lot more fun. What kid wouldn't love to eat off of a super silly Sharpie funny face plate? Transform a regular old plate into a silly face plate. The kids can even create their own plate.

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Feb
07
2016
Valentine's Day Party Popcorn | YummyMummyClub.ca

Popcorn is often touted as a healthy snack, but let me assure you party popcorn is more "party" than "healthy". Party popcorn is regular popcorn's rebellious cousin. Take salty, freshly popped popcorn and add smooth white chocolate, sugary sprinkles and milk chocolate treats and you have the perfect treat for Valentine's Day. It's like one big bowl of sweet, sweet love.

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Feb
02
2016

Vegetable Alphabet Soup

Spell it out - D E L I C I O U S

by: Jen Farr
Why would anyone make DIY Vegetable Alphabet Soup, when it is so easy to open a can? This homemade soup is incredibly delicious - like drop your spoon on the floor delicious. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Put that can of alphabet soup down! I know that making soup sounds daunting. Why would anyone make soup, when it is so easy to open a can? The answer is simple: if you make it yourself then you control what goes into the soup. Plus, this homemade soup is incredibly delicious - like drop your spoon on the floor delicious. This hearty vegetable alphabet soup will have your kids not only spelling words, but they will be eating vegetables too. Educational and nutritious. 

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Jan
27
2016

Hidden Chocolate Kisses Cookies

Your kids are going to love the sweet surprise hidden in these cookies

by: Jen Farr
Your kids are going to love the sweet surprise in these Hidden Chocolate Kisses Cookies. | Valentine's Day | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Everyone love a good surprise - especially when the surprise involves chocolate. While I usually include my daughters in the baking process, these hidden chocolate kisses cookies were top secret. I simply handed them one of these pretty little cookies and waited to see their reactions.

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Jan
13
2016

3 Cheese Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna rollups? Everyone's got time for dat.

by: Jen Farr
For everyone who is not ready (or don't have the time) to tackle a full lasagna, this is the perfect recipe. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I remember being completely intimidated by the thought of making lasagna. All those layers of pasta and sauce seemed like some sort of edible game of Jenga. A recipe for disaster. However, I am not one to be defeated by any food challenge. With a little creativity, I found the perfect way to take out the stacking in lasagna.

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Dec
27
2015

3 Sour Cream Superstars for Surprise Company

Use up your sour cream and wow unexpected drop-ins. Win-Win.

by: Jen Farr
Got a partial tub of sour cream to use up, and no idea what to do with it? These 3 easy recipes will create less food waste and wow unexpected drop-in guests (or even just your family). | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

"We're in town for the day and we thought we'd drop in later. Is that okay?" The dreaded "drop in." Your week has been totally hectic already and now your friend... and her kids... are going to drop in. Cleaning up the house is going to be hard enough, but what are you going feed these people? All you have in the fridge is a lonely carton of sour cream. 

But all you need is sour cream to start making these simple and delicious dishes that are perfect for guests who drop in. 

 

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Dec
16
2015
Crockpot drinks for parties | YummyMummyClub.ca

There is nothing quite as awesome as coming home to a crock pot full of warm chili at the end of a long day at the office. The trusty crock pot has become an essential part of our daily lives. However, we have actually been ignoring another function of our slow cookers. Did you know that a crock pot is the perfect place to make hot chocolate and spiced apple cider? It's true. 

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Dec
15
2015

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Here's how to make those swirling colours

by: Jen Farr
Ever wonder how to make those beautiful Christmas Pinwheel Cookies? This recipe will help you bake in style for the holidays! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Can you say "show-stopper Christmas cookie"? Bring these Christmas pinwheel cookies along to your next holiday gathering, and watch the jaws drop.

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Dec
06
2015

Easy Eggnog Cookies

Make A New Holiday Favourite

by: Jen Farr
Easy Eggnog Cookies | YummyMummyClub.ca

Eggnog gets a bad rap at our house. Everyone turns their noses up at the idea of drinking an egg based drink. I'm the only one who really enjoys eggnog. Every holiday season I pick up a carton and I end up drinking it all - which is not great, because eggnog is pretty high in fat. Eggnog is meant to be shared. With a dusting of nutmeg, there are few flavours that capture the holiday spirit like eggnog. This year. I have set my sights at showing my family how delicious eggnog can really be.

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Dec
01
2015

Say NO to Nitrates - Make Your Own Lunch Meat at Home

Feed your family sandwiches guilt-free all week long

by: Jen Farr
Quick and Easy DIY Lunchmeat - The Who says bacon and processed meats can increase a person's chance of developing of cancer, but with this recipe you can feed your family sandwiches guilt-free all week long! | School Foods | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

A few weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report and made a statement about bacon and other processed meats. The news was not good. The WHO has determined that consuming bacon and processed meats can increase a persons chance of developing of cancer.

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Nov
24
2015

How to Bake with Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

10 Tips for Holiday Baking with Kids

by: Jen Farr
10 Tips for Holiday Baking with Kids (Or: how to bake with your kids without losing your mind) | Life Hacks | Tips | Parenting | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

The holiday season is upon us, and it is time to do some holiday baking. I always associate the holidays with baking. When I was a little girl, I remember baking cookies with my mom. We had a Frosty the Snowman cookie cutter; that was my absolute favourite. As a mom, I wanted to create the same kind of memories with my daughters. 

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Nov
02
2015

Turkey Meatball Subs

Put the kids to work making meatballs for delicious results

by: Jen Farr
Turkey meatball subs are a great family-friendly dish, because they are versatile, they are easy to make, and the kids can help make them. The ingredients are simple, and the meatballs can be made in advance, frozen, and then popped in the delicious marinara sauce to warm them through. Add a crusty bun, some melty cheese and you have a quick weeknight dinner, or a busy hockey weekend meal. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Do your kids eat differently when they are at other people's houses? After a recent lunchtime playdate at her friend's house, my daughter came home raving about the awesome meatball submarine sandwiches they had. Meatball subs?! A dish I have suggested on numerous occasions, but which has always been met with "No, that sounds gross"? I decided to take advantage of the successful lunch date introduction and get down to making our own turkey meatball subs.

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