Memama’s Fruit Fluff

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Last week we had a little snow and for some reason this fluffy fruit salad is something my Mema  always made us on a snow day. Probably because she always had the ingredients on hand! And I thought it would be fun to make with jack. It is an easy dump & stir recipe! feel free to switch up the flavors. She sometimes used lime jello. The orange is my fav. It is so easy, tasty and won’t wreck a diet!

Memama’s Fruit Fluff

1 small box jello

8 oz cool whip

12 oz cottage cheese

1 can mandarin orangs, drained

1 small can pineapple tidbits, drained

Mix jello & cottage cheese together add fruit, stir and fold in cool whip. Taste best if you allow to chill several hours prior to serving.

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variations: you can use any fruit and any flavor jello you can think of!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Lemon Lavender Cookies {Letter L}

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Lemon and Lavender are two of my favorite things!! and when Jack’s kindergarten class needed a “L” Snack I thought this would be a delish cookie to share. It is insane it is soooooo GOOD!! The original recipe came from a LDS cookie contest but as always I have to tinker with every recipe I try and I added the lavender, added extra vanilla and lemon it is so FRESH and YUMMY!!!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies 
   lemon cookie

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lavender* 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixer cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Slowly add dry ingredients until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Put powdered sugar onto a large plate. Use a small melon baller to make cookie balls and roll them in the powered sugar. Place on silpat baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

* Lavender is amazing, I love the delicate look, the aroma. I melt! I am lucky enough to get oodles of I from a dear friend who transplanted from her herb garden in Napa! I think that might just be secret of why these cookies are soooo good!
ENJOY!!
Love ya. Mean it. Mama Bird

Valentine’s cupcake ideas

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lOVE the ideas I came up with to decorate all these cute Valentine cupcakes!! Starting at the TOP I used a dum-dum rolled in red sanding sugar, Middle row: heart marshmallow, fondant hearts, cherry. Bottom row: dum-dum with cherry pop rocks, pop rocks again, fondant heart, ring pop and heart shaped jimmies!!

Jack had a blast decorating all these!! Perfect way to get the kids busy in the kitchen!!

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Vintage Valentine liners and toppers with fondant HEART!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Blueberries…. {cooking with kids}

What a fantab idea  over at Red Carpet Recipes had when she did a week long theme BLUEBERRIES. She suggested reading a fav book,  Blueberries for Sal and then making this great Blueberry Soup!
2 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cups lemon juice
1-1/4cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream, additional for decorating
Put blueberries in a blender and puree until smooth.  In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and sugar.  Stir until mixed together.  Simmer on low heat, covered, for 10 minutes.  Turn heat off and let cool for about 20 minutes.  Gently stir in the whipped cream.  Put the pan in the refrigerator and chill for three hours.  Pour the soup into bowls and decorate with additional whipping cream.  Notes:  I put my cream in a ziploc bag and cut a small hole at the end.  I then put dots of cream on the soup and dragged it with a skewer to get the design. 

What a great idea!! I would to share this with Jack’s class! I think kids learn so much in the kitchen. I went last Thursday and both copies were checked out so I am crossing my fingers that it is in tomo!