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    Young teens need training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies before they are adequately prepared to stay home alone or watch younger siblings. In addition, there is no safe amount of time to leave a child with a caregiver of any age who has not been trained in airway rescue and how to handle life threatening emergencies. Safe Sitter® graduates are prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergenciesSafe Sitter® is a medically accurate babysitting preparation program designed for 11 to 13 year olds. The competency-based, interactive curriculum was written by a pediatrician and teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques.

    This program is free and pre-registration is required! Please arrive at 8:30 and bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come at 2:30 for the closing ceremony.

    Location: Fourth floor Carol Jo Vecchie Building, Conf. Rm. C/D. Please ask at lobby desk for directions.

    Currently we have classes scheduled for:  June 8th (FULL) June 23rd, June 29th, and July 13th . They can register online at the following link:
    June 16th and July 21st there will be classes held at Rochester Library so anyone interested would have to contact the library to sign up.


    Megan Williams , MS

    Community Outreach Facilitator

    HSHS St. John’s Hospital



    Summer is coming!  Register now for classes to get your child water ready!

    The YMCA of Springfield, IL is our community’s premier provider of aquatic instruction. Whether you want to conquer your fear of the water, train for a race, prepare your child for summers around the pool, or give your child exposure to the sport of swimming, the Y has the right lesson for you. With a competition pool, child pool, lane pool, warm lap pool, resistance pool, and more, the Y has the amenities you need to be water ready. Sign up today, and see why the Y is so much more than a gym.
    Check out the full schedule here!
    Session 1: June 5-July 9
    Registration Members: May 15
    Registration Public: May 22
    Session 2: July 10-August 13
    Registration Members: June 26
    Registration Public: July 3
    Looking for Springfield YMCA Summer Camp Offerings?  There are so many choices!

    It’s not too late to register for City Water, Light and Power’s Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics for youth. In cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), CWLP has scheduled its annual boating safety and instruction courses to be held at the utility’s Property Management Center at Lake Springfield this spring. As of January 1, 2016, boaters in Illinois born after January 1st, 1998 have to carry the IDNR card or the United States Power Squadron boating card while boating in Illinois.

    The clinic will be held this spring over two-day Saturday sessions on June 3 and June 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CWLP’s Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch.

    The free classes are open to anyone 12 years or older but are especially geared to teens. Everyone who successfully completes a two-day session will earn an IDNR Safe Boating Certificate. Course content includes: basic boat knowledge, equipment, navigation, safety on and in the water, emergency measures, and skipper’s duties. The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics are free. Persons wishing to attend must pre-register by calling 217-757-8660, ext. 1003.  or email

    Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may bring snacks and drinks for breaks. The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics originated as a memorial to Melissa Kwedar, a Springfield teen who was killed in boating accident on White Lake near Waverly, Ohio in 1982. For that reason, there is special emphasis on the safe boating habits of youth. 

    Mother’s Day is a time for all of us to SLOW down!
    Reflect on all of the GOOD that you do; we spend enough time feeling like we aren’t doing enough; lets focus on all that we DO accomplish!
    Be grateful for what we have today and lets savor the opportunity to watch our children grow!
    Wishing everyone a beautiful and Happy Mother’s Day.
    A special shoutout to my wonderful mother, Rosemary Leistner, who has set so many great examples for me over the years, raised three kids, numerous pets, and given countless hours to the community and is celebrating 56 years of marriage to my father this summer.  You’re a rockstar Mom! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I will admit I didn’t know or understand what vaping was until I read this article.  I do know I’ve seen the vaping stores popping up all over the area, so it’s certainly a very accessible product and an addictive one as well.  

    Cigarette use may be down, but vaping is on the rise. In fact, the use of e-cigarettes (in all forms with a rainbow of different flavors) is one of the fastest growing trends among the tween and teen crowd, in large part because of the perception that it’s “harmless” and “safe.”  Is it legal for minors to use?  

    Check out this article from our friends at Memorial Health System on their LiveWell Blog: A Parents Guide to Vaping; what your kids don’t know!  

    Looking for something to binge watch?  Maybe you are up at night with midnight feedings for a new baby.  Maybe your Friday nights have changed since you were young and now you and your spouse are enjoying just hanging out at home while the kids sleep soundly upstairs.  I think we can all agree, Netflix is a great way to relax.  Thanks to our readers who shared their favorites.  Let us know if we are missing one! 


    The Walking Dead: Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone.  The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse.

    Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson’s adventures in 21st Century London. A thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary reimagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

    Call the Midwife: Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House.

    Friday Night Lights: After being ousted as Dillon High’s football coach, Coach Eric Taylor must build a team from the ground up at East Dillon. Eric’s wife, Tami, also is challenged in her role as principal at West Dillon, as the parents of students who were zoned out of the district blame her for their kids being thrust into a less-than-desirable situation at East Dillon. While dealing with issues at their respective jobs, Eric and Tami also face challenges in their family life with teenage daughter Julie.

    Parenthood: The four grown Braverman siblings — Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia — share the joys, heartaches and headaches of parenthood in their California hometown. As their parents deal with life and marital issues, the four lean on one another while tackling the challenges of modern family life in an updated reimagining of the 1989 film by the same name.

    Pretty Little Liars: As time has passed since Alison, then the queen bee of the bunch, went missing. Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily have gone on with their lives, though they’ve grown apart. As the years go by, each girl finds herself facing a new set of challenges when anonymous text messages from “A” threaten to expose all their secrets — both old secrets the girls were sure only Alison knew, and newer secrets developed after Alison’s disappearance. Who is “A” and how does he or she know the things he or she knows? Based on the series of novels by Sara Shepard.

    Switched at Birth: Bay Kennish is a teenager who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Fellow teen Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age, was raised by a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. One day in her high-school chemistry class, Bay discovers that her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents’. Official tests confirm that Bay is not her parents’ birth child. When the Kennish family meets Daphne and her mom, Regina, they realize that the girls were switched at birth. The news prompts the Kennishes to allow Regina — who is experiencing financial difficulties — Daphne and Daphne’s grandmother to live in their guest house. The two polar-opposite families struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls, who try to keep their footing in both the world they know and the new one into which they are thrown.


    The Office: This U.S. adaptation — set at a paper company based in Scranton, Pa. — has a similar documentary style to that of the Ricky Gervais-led British original. It features the Dunder-Mifflin staff, which includes characters based on roles in the British show — and, quite possibly, people with whom you work in your office. There’s Jim, the likable employee who’s a bit of an every man. Jim has a thing for receptionist-turned-sales-rep Pam — because office romances are always a good idea! There’s also Dwight, the co-worker who is successful but devoid of social skills and common sense.

    Life in Pieces: Accomplished actors Dianne Wiest and James Brolin star as the heads of a large, happy family, in which each member is approaching different milestones. Their eldest daughter, Heather (Betsy Brandt) and her husband consider having another child as they get closer to an empty nest; middle child Matt (Thomas Sadoski) thinks he has found true love; and the youngest of the three siblings, Greg (Colin Hanks) is overwhelmed after having his first child with his wife. Various perspectives are employed as each family member’s story unfolds.

    Psych:Shawn Spencer happens to possess some uncanny powers of observation thanks to his father, Henry, a former police officer who taught his son to remember even the smallest details of his surroundings. When Shawn is accused of committing a crime that he actually solved, he convinces the cops that he’s a psychic — and with the reluctant help of best friend Gus, Shawn starts solving cases for a skeptical but increasingly impressed police force.

    Parks and Rec: Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie’s colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he’s a bureaucrat himself.

    Netflix Originals

    Orange is the New Black: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

    Grace and Frankie: For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This Netflix original re-teams Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5”) as Grace and Frankie, respectively, bringing their chemistry to the small screen. It’s a casting reunion on a grand scale, as Tomlin is reunited with her co-star from “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen, who plays Grace’s husband, Robert. And Fonda is back with Sam Waterston, her co-star from “The Newsroom,” who plays Frankie’s husband, Sol.

    House of Cards: U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he’s too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

    Fuller House: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are among the original “Full House” cast members who have returned to star in this spinoff, “Fuller House.” D.J., now widow and a mother to three sons, finds herself back in her childhood home alongside her sister Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and her lifelong friend Kimmy Gibbler, who is also a single mother. All under one roof, the women experience moments big and small together, including budding romances, holidays, parenting and life’s surprises.

    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.


    Springfield Moms is not just for Moms!  We have a lot of Dad readers, spouses, father-figures and our own Dads in our lives!  We found one Springfield Dad that created a unique gift that Dads can wear with pride and keep people guessing.  One lucky Springfield Dad will WIN one too!  

    Share your favorite memory with Dad and why he should WIN!  Post here or on our facebook post by Friday May 21st.

    A note from Patrick Russell the designer and father to Logan (who just turned one!).

    I bet you are looking at this t-shirt and wondering what “BMFD” means. The true meaning behind “BMFD” is “Bad Mother F’N Dad.” However, “Bad Mother F’n Dad” may not be an appropriate response for all settings. If you need another explanation you can A) Make up your own or B) Use one of these handy suggestions: Better Mind Father’s Day; Breast Mammograms Fight Death; Big Monkey Flipping Deal; Begin Making Funny Decisions; Best Memories Feature Dad; Boring Mummies Forget Dogs; and Big Mammals Find Dory.
    Designed and printed in Springfield, your new shirt is screen printed on a black, high quality, and lightweight Next Level unisex t-shirt by Miles T-Shirts and available in Springfield at Urban Sassafras, 100 N. 6th or online at


    Childhood memories come in many different forms don’t they?  A special song, a certain food item, a vintage board game, or for me this week, it was the blooming dogwood trees.  Every spring when the dogwoods come back to life, I’m transported to my childhood where most significant moments were documented standing outside on our patio next to our beautiful, delicate, blooming dogwood tree.  We also shared family dinners on that patio, afternoons reading in the sun, listening to my dad mow the lawn, and have tons  of photos to reflect on (thanks for getting them printed Mom!) to showcase our childhood milestones over the years.  Of course the dogwood also reminds me of other outdoor memories in the backyard, being invited to a “weeding party” in the garden and asked pick up sticks and dog waste!  Ahh, yes those chores yielded responsibility in all of my siblings.

    Now that I’m a Mom, I wonder what images and moments my kids will reflect upon when they are my age, with kids and running full throttle at work at with family demands.  

    I hope blooming dogwood trees will be one trigger even though we don’t have one in our current yard.  I point them out every year and stop to take pictures when a particular one catches my eye.  I take detours to drive through Washington Park to add perspective to our high-tech days.  I’ve tried to teach my kids the beauty around them as we spend a lot of time in the car going to an from activities and school.  The sunrise, the morning fog, storm clouds, daffodils, sunsets….wherever we are, there are moments worth capturing and remembering.  When I see my kids taking pictures on their own of some of these moments without me triggering them, I know I’m leaving an impression that will last a lifetime.  


    Well, in our household this one rates #1.  It could be the fact that it has a dozen eggs and whipping creme and in the recipe.  The Egg Sausage Brunch recipe from the Junior League of Springfield’s Honest to Goodness cookbooks has long been a family favorite.  It’s the type that could can make the day before and bake the day of, but the prep time is minimal and the cook time is just 30 minutes so we make it for a lot of occasions! By the way, this cookbook makes a wonderful gift to someone new to Springfield, and there are numerous recipes I’ve tried; so reach out to me if you need a list of starter recipes!

    We love reader recipes, so send us your favorites…the ones rated BEST in any category!  We have two cookbooks to giveaway to our new submissions.  

    Egg Sausage Brunch: courtesy of Honest To Goodness: Honestly Good Food from Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown 


    • 3 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese (divided use)
    • 1 dozen eggs (don’t skimp- use the full dozen!
    • 2/3 cup whipping creme
    • 1 pound sausage, browned and well drained (sometimes we use turkey sausage, but the real deal is always awesome!)
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

    In the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking pan (prep with Pam spray or buttered) sprinkle half of the the cheese on the bottom.  Beat eggs and pour evenly over the cheese; add salt and pepper to taste.  Add cream throughout, sprinkle sausage over all, and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



    We asked SpringfieldMoms readers to post their favorite recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients. Wow, what a great response! We’ve been making our menus using these excellent suggestions. Enjoy!

    Main Dishes

    Crockpot Italian Chicken: 1 bag frozen boneless chicken, 1 packet dry Italian seasoning, 1 jar peppercinis (w/ juice). Shred & eat! (on bun or plain) – Sarah E.

    Easy pasta: cook any kind of pasta (we like penne) in boiling water. In a separate skillet melt butter and sautéed asparagus pieces and pancetta until tender and crispy. Drain pasta, add butter, asparagus and pancetta to the pasta. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top. Serve with tossed salad and garlic bread. – Lindsay C.

    Crockpot Roast: Roast, carrots, potatoes, A1 and water all in the crock pot! – Erika B.

    Chicken on the Stovetop: Chicken breasts, 1 can Coke, 1 cup ketchup. Mix coke and ketchup in a shallow pan. Heat on stovetop. Cook chicken breasts. Makes a yummy sauce! – Heather D.

    Frito salad: lettuce, beans, onions, Caesar salad dressing, Fritos on top. – Jennifer L.

    Chicken spaghetti. Spaghetti noodles (boiled), cook chicken (we use boneless skineless chicken breast) with canned rotel tomatoes and a block of velvetta cheese. Once done mix, with the drained noodles. Quick and yummy! – Amanda W.

    Crockpot pizza.:1lb browned ground beef, pepperoni, rotini (cooked by package directions), 2 cups mozarella, 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Mix together and put in crockpot low for 4 hours. – Shannon P.

    Sausage Pasta: kielbasa sausage, canned tomatoes (or rotel), pasta, cream, chicken broth. Slice and brown sausage (you can add onions or bel pepper if you’d like) in large skillet, add tomatoes and uncooked pasta, pour in a box of broth and 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream. Cook until pasta is cooked through and sauce thickens. You can also throw in some Monterey Jack cheese at the end. (But that would make it more than 5 ingredients) – Erin D.

    Crockpot Chicken and Rice: 1 bag frozen chicken breasts (thawed), 1 bag baby carrots, 1 box Zatarain’s dirty rice and 1 family can cream of chicken soup. Put all in crock pot and cook. – Kim W.

    Crockpot chicken noodle soup: boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2 cans cream of chicken soup, butter, chicken broth and frozen egg noodles. Cook chicken, soup, butter, and broth in crockpot on low for 6 hours. Take chicken out and shred. Put chicken back in; add noodles and cook on low for 2 hours. Stir a few times while cooking. I served this over mashed potatoes yummmmmy !! Family LOVES it.. – Tom and Amy

    Hamburger casserole: Hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, tater tots. Bake. – Marie Z.

    Slacker Maidrite Sandwich : ground turkey.. Brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and vinegar.. All to taste. 7 minute meal tops! – Sabrina R.

    Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches: 5-6lb pork loin; 1 bottle of Meat Smack Original BBQ sauce; 1/2 bottle of Meat Smack Raz-Chipotle sauce; 2 cups water; 1 tsp chopped Garlic. Put the roast in the crock pot. Pour remaining ingredients over top. Cook on med-high 6-8 hours.It will shred with the touch of a fork & is delish!!! – Jennifer G.

    Chicken Casserole: 4-5 boneless Chicken breasts, 2 cans each cream of chicken and mushroom, 2 cans of milk, 1 cup instant rice (Optional top with chunks of butter). Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 until chicken reaches 165. – Alicia N.

    Italian beef: Cook beef in crock pot over night. Shred when done. Put shredded beef, beef broth, and Italian dry salad dressing seasoning back into crock pot until ready to eat. – Mary Ann U.

    Beef Stroganoff: Stew meat with cream of onion & golden mushroom (garlic) soup in the crockpot low 6 hrs, then add a block of cream cheese & cooked egg noodles. Very easy beef stroganoff that my kids LOVE. – Michelle T.

    Crockpot Mac n Cheese: 12oz can of evaporated milk; 16 oz box of elbow macaroni; 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese; 8 oz cream cheese; 2 1/2 cups of milk.
    Turn on low until noodles are tender. – Jen B.

    Mexican Chicken: Jar of salsa & chicken breasts in crockpot. Cook all day on low. Shred chicken and add bag of frozen corn & jar of black beans 1 hour before serving. Serve in tortillas, over rice, or whatever. Can also top with usual taco toppings. – Shauana J.

    Crock Pot Chicken Tacos: 1.5 lbs frozen boneless/skinless chicken breast; 1 can Rotel;1 pkg taco seasoning. Put chicken in Crock Pot, pour Rotel on top, sprinkle taco seasoning on top of that. 4-6 hours on low. Shred last hour of cooking. I sometimes will add another can of Rotel and extra cumin if I want a little more spice.
    So. Yummy. – Nicky B.

    Shredded Pork Sandwiches: Put pork roast in crock pot and smoother with banana peppers and the juice out the jar. Let cook 8 hrs and meat just falls apart and place on hoagie bun. Supper good sandwiches n easy. We usually serve with tortilla chips n nacho cheese. – Angela M.

    Stuffed Peppers: Green peppers, rice, ground turkey, chunky salsa, mozzarella cheese. Cut top off of pepper. Remove seeds and hollow out the inside bake on a cookie sheet. Brown ground turkey & season to your liking. I prefer garlic & green onion. Then stir in tomato paste & chunky salsa. Cook rice separately. Then combine both meat & rice together. Layer meat & rice mixture & mozzarella cheese inside green pepper, top w/ cheese. Then bake on 375 for about 45 mins or until cheese on top is melted & pepper is tender. Enjoy!! – Brittney A.

    Mexican Inspired Macaroni & Cheese1 pound ground meat of your choice; Velveeta Shells and Cheese; 1 jar of salsa. Make the macaroni according to instructions on box. Brown your meat. Add the salsa and stir! It’s yummy and fast on nights you don’t have time to cook a regular meal! – Missy O.


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    Best Soup Ever…beef broth…a jar of salsa…cheese tortellini. ..and parmesan cheese…20 minutes and amazing. – Aimee M.

    Five can chili: one can each of: chili beans, kidney beans, pork n beans, tomato soup, diced tomatoes. Add a little water if you don’t want it too thick. Heat and eat. – Becky W.


    Pickle wrap dip – 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 1 tsp onion powder, 3/4 cup dill relish and 5 oz dried beef, finely chopped. Combine cream cheese, sour cream and onion powder. Stir in relish and beef. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve with crackers or veggies. Tastes just like pickle roll ups but much easier to make!  – Liz E.

    Frito dip – medium container sour cream, jar of bacon bits, 1 lb shredded cheddar, packet of dry ranch dressing and Fritos or Ritz crackers. Mix first 4 ingredients for dip. Use either Fritos or crackers to dip in it. – Con Sue A.

    Guacamole: Avocado, tomato, onion, mccormick’s guacamole packet, and chips. – Rebecca S.

    Tomato Tuna Dip: tuna, diced tomato, rice, mayo, diced onion (salt n pepper optional). So delicious. Can be eaten alone or dipped with saltines. best when chilled. – Amanda K.

    Taco dip: mix sour cream & packet taco seasoning & spread out on a cookie sheet lined with foil (makes cleanup easy!). Pour a jar of taco sauce on top and spread over mixture. Top with taco cheese and eat with tostitoes. Easy, fast and a hit at parties! – Tammy G.


    Ice cream cake – ice cream, hot fudge, and crumbled up cookies for the crust! – Keely B.

    Pumpkin Bake – 1 can of pumpkin, 1 cup of water, 1 box of yellow cake,1 bag of cinnamon chips!!! Mix all together and bake like cake box says and that’s it!!!! – Kammy F.

    Peanut Butter cookies: brown sugar, vanilla extract, peanut butter, 1 c. sugar. – Shanon S.

    Cup-Cakes= 1 box angle food cake mix, 1 box your choice cake mix, add them together in one ziploc baggie, take out two tablespoons full and couple teaspoons of water- put in microwave for two minutes== instant mini cakes for kids. – Nicole S.

    Party Oreos: – The recipe is fun, pretty, and easy for your little and big ones to do! Use any color Oreos ans sprinkles for every holiday! – Holly D.

    Gingerbread truffles: 8oz cream cheese, softened, one bag of gingersnaps and white chocolate chips. Put bag of gingersnaps in a food processor, mix with cream cheese. Freeze for an hour. Melt chocolate chips, dip truffles in the liquid chocolate, let harden on a plate. You’re welcome. – Gina A.

    Dump Cake: 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 can Cherry Pie Filling, 1 box Yellow Cake Mix, 1&1/2 sticks Butter, melted. Preheat oven to 350*. Dump Pineapple into 9×13 pan, juice & all. Spread evenly. Spoon Cherry Pie Filling over pineapple as even as possible. Sprinkle dry cake mix over Cherry & Pineapple. Drizzle Butter evenly over entire cake. Dry spots are ok…actually suggested! Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 mins. Remove & enjoy warm!!! P.S. This recipe works great with any fruit pie filling & also with pumpkin!!!  – Jennifer G.


    Salads and Sides:

    Toddler Tropical Salad: 1 can mandarin oranges, 1 can pears, 1 can pineapples, 1 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt, marshmallows. Mix, chill, serve.  – Jodi T.

    Roasted cauliflower: chopped cauliflower, Olive oil, salt pepper, shake in a bag and pour onto foiled cookie sheet, bake at 425 for about 25 minutes. – Kelly H.


    Pumpkin pie dip: One can of pumpkin, One box French vanilla pudding, One tub of cool whip. Mix ingredients together. Mix in pumpkin spice to taste and serve with Nilla wafers. – Carrie T.


    Morning Oat-cakes: 5 eggs, 2 cups oats (may need to add more if mix is runny ), 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 sliced banana. Mix well. Coat omelet pan ( I use butter), pour in. Cook on medium heat. Cut into quarters as gets solid to flip. – Kris T.