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Dessert Healthy Recipes

Dinosaur Bone Cookies

I remember making these no bake cookies with my mom when I was little. Of course we just made them we didn’t associate them with Dinosaurs. I loved how Stacie renamed these cookies and gave each ingredient a creative dino twist. You can check out her recipe here: Dinosaur Snacks: Yummy and Icky Treat.

Ingredients: Sugar (crushed bones), Butter (fat), Oatmeal (Dead Grass), Peanut Butter (Dead Bugs), Cocoa (Dirt), & Milk w/Green Food Color (Swamp Water)

dinosaur cookie ingredients

The boys took turns adding ingredients
helping with ingredients

I quickly boiled the sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk

boiling yummy

The boys spooned out the cookies (though halfway I had to take over)

Zane practiced his letters while we waited for them to cool

doing our letters

They loved these cookies! My husband super duper loved them! I was surprised to find each cookie only 128 calories and way worth it!

yummy cookie

Do you have a creative recipe that you do with your kids? Have you seen a cute food recipe you want to do with you kids?

Breakfast Healthy Recipes

Making Oatmeal Fun


We are going to be trying to eat more oatmeal this year. It’s filling, inexpensive and you can still make it fun.

Reading Kari’s post really encouraged me in going the oatmeal breakfast morning. I won’t be going full blown into the non-quick oats, just because I have lots of oatmeal packets I have gotten very cheap on clearance and well I’m good at burning everything. The microwave is my friend!

Now I did make sure and find the lowest sugar content possible on the packets. I was happy to find Quacker Weight Control oatmeal. I looked through the ingredients and  the only difference on these is lower sugar and more fiber! They have lower sugar than the Quacker Low Sugar oatmeal. I was able to find them at the grocery discount store for a $1 a box. I know not quite as good as 45 cents a pound but for me this is a start.

I am probably switching to bulk quick oats when I run out of packets, but I haven’t decided if I will make my own packets with snack baggies or just scoop it out. We will see how domestic I am at that point.

Now on to how to make oatmeal fun! I love making food fun and cute, remember my bento phase? I don’t make the oatmeal fun everyday, but for special days like holidays I do go all out.

Let’s make it fun with color!

One fun way to add a little pizazz to your oatmeal is color sugar. You can make all kinds of shapes. I did this special bowl on Valentine’s Day. This does add sugar to your breakfast one reason I only do it on special occasions.

Step 1: Make your oatmeal


Step 2: Cut out a shape from paper, I made a heart.

Step 3: Place paper on oatmeal, as close to the oatmeal as possible.


Step 4: Sprinkle with colored sugar


St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and cutting a shamrock out of paper isn’t that hard.

What are some ways you dress up your oatmeal? What is your favorite oatmeal?

Healthy Recipes Snacks

Zane’s First Recipe

Zane’s First Recipe: Ants Under Rocks


  • Graham Crackers
  • Raisins and/or Craisins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana


1. Break graham crackers apart

2. Spread peanut butter

3. Stick raisins into peanut butter

4. Slice banana and place on top of raisins

5. Enjoy!!



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