For a savory snack that will satisfy your family’s hunger, try making some Irish Soda Bread. It will last a few days and can be served many ways. Because it is the simplest of quick breads, a little time is well spent on making this versatile and delicious treat for your family.


Irish Soda Bread

 4 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 14 oz of buttermilk, 1 cup raisins (optional)

Sift together dry ingredients and mix in buttermilk. Knead lightly and place in a greased, floured round cake pan. Cut a cross in the top of the dough and cover the pan with another pan, such as a cookie sheet (this simulates a “bastible pot”). Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, removing the cover during the last 15 minutes.

Mrs. Martin’s Homemade Chili

This is favorite family recipe of the chef at one of our sister schools.  The Mini Skool chef, Miss Kim (Lacey location) shares her mom, Janet Martin’s, recipe that she learned to make while growing up in Ohio. She recommends mixing in a handful of shredded cheddar cheese plus a dollop of sour cream and serving it with (or on top of) cornbread or Fritos. It is sure to satisfy your family’s hunger! Best of all, you can toss it all in a slow cooker and let it simmer so it is ready to dish up anytime for a hearty snack or meal.




1 ½ pounds ground beef (or turkey), cooked to “crumble” + 1 onion, diced + 1 green bell pepper, diced + 2 (27 oz) cans kidney beans, drained + 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes + 2 cans tomato soup + 1 packet chili seasoning (French’s Chili-o is best!) + 1 bay leaf + if desired, add hot chili powder.




Mix together and heat up all ingredients until almost boiling, then simmer for at least 30 minutes.




Stained Glass Cookies are as beautiful as they are delicious, and they also make wonderful decorations or gifts. Whether you want to eat them, hang them up or share them, they are a perfect cooking project for the whole family to enjoy together and take pride in creating.



Stained Glass Cookies

½ cup butter, ½ cup sugar. ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 TBSP molasses, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 2 cups flour, ¼ tsp salt, ¾ tsp baking powder, 30 – 40 hard candies, crushed (Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers work well)

Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the molasses, vanilla and egg. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and then stir it into wet mixture. Divide dough in half and refrigerate at least an hour (up to 2 days). Roll dough between wax paper to 1/4” thickness and cut into desired shapes. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and then cut out shapes from centers of cookies and fill the center with crushed candy (all the way to edges). Poke a hole in the top of each cookie for adding a ribbon to hang it later. Bake 9-10 minutes until candy is melted and bubbling and cookies are barely browned. Place pan on cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before removing cookies.

Apple Cranberry Oat Muffins

1 Cup of Rolled Oats

1 Cup Buttermilk

1 Cup Whole-wheat flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Applesauce

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1 Egg


Place oats in a small bowl and pour in buttermilk.  In a large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and brown sugar.  Combine the two mixtures and add in applesauce, dried cranberries, and egg.  Mix well.  Pour batter into 12 prepared muffin cups, bake at 375 for 30 mins.



Spider Sandwiches


Put a new twist on an old favorite by turning ordinary sandwiches into delicious “un-spooky” spiders that will be a real treat for your kids to eat!


  1. Whole wheat dinner roll, sliced in half
  2. 8    Pretzel sticks
  3.  Raisins

**  Choose your favorite sandwich fillings, such as:

      Peanut butter, jam, tuna fish, egg salad, hummus, cream cheese, lunchmeat or veggies…


Spread sandwich filling on the dinner roll. Place 4 pretzel sticks on each side of the roll, creating “spider legs”. Place the top of the roll onto the bottom half of the sandwich and press 2 raisins into the top for “eyes”.



Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a simple and fun food project for kids to create, as well as a savory snack that the whole family can enjoy! Here is the recipe:

Ham & Cheese Pinwheels

  • 1 (10-inch) flour tortilla
  • 2 – 4 slices of ham
  • ¼ cup Cream cheese

Spread cream cheese on tortilla, covering it completely. Lay ham slices on top of the cream cheese until it is also covered. Roll it all together and slice it into ten pieces, creating “pinwheels”.


Fresh fruit kabobs are as healthy as they are juicy and delicious! Kids love to make them because they can decide which fruits to use and how to arrange them for their own unique creation. For a fun and easy summertime treat, all you need is fresh fruit, skewers and imagination!

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

~ Wash fruit and cut larger fruit into bite-size chunks.

~ Slide pieces of fruit onto the skewer in any order to design your own kabob.


Bring the glory of the season to your table with this red, white and blue treat!  Don’t be fooled by its fun appearance, though. This “Patriotic Parfait” is packed with protein and fiber to satisfy their hunger for hours and is so simple to prepare that the kids will want to make it themselves!


“Patriotic Parfait”


½ cup yogurt

½ cup granola or other cereal

½ cup sliced strawberries

½ cup blueberries


In a parfait cup, layer half of each ingredient at a time in any order desired.

Salt N Vinegar Kale Chips



1TBSP olive oil

2TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

Kosher salt (to taste)


Stir all together in a bowl, spread evenly on a cookie sheet

Preheat oven 350* Bake 10 minutes

Turn over/mix up

Bake another 10 minutes (until crispy)





Tired of process crackers & chips for that crunchy salty snack? Looking for a healthy easy snack that you and your children would enjoy? Try these gluten free crunchy chickpeas packed with flavor & protein. Read more