Celebrating Feeding Children - Part 2 - Celebrating Life with Paula Blog at Allrecipes.com - 272525

Celebrating Life with Paula

Celebrating Feeding Children - Part 2 
Apr. 10, 2012 7:46 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2012 10:24 pm

Last week I had my son's two children with me (4 years and 19 months old) while they moved from 3 hours away to within 25 minutes of me.  Woohoo! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that they are going to be close enough to get to see often. Makes me one very happy Granna!

My last blog a couple of weeks ago was about feeding the grandchildren, so I thought I would give you a few more child-friendly recipes. The first two are Crescent Dogs and Honey Mustard Sauce.  I thought I might be able to get the 4 year old to eat better if she named the recipe.  I told her they were called Pigs in a Blanket but we were going to give them our own special name.  Well, she died laughing over the name, and after trying out many new names, she finally suggested and stuck with Kitties in a Blanket. Then we played the game of eating their eyes and mouth, their whiskers, their toes, their paws, their tails, and every other body part we could think of until they were gone...with lots of giggles in between. Both kids ate the entire thing, so when that happens, I give it 5 stars!

Another kid-friendly dish was Super Easy Chicken Fingers. I made the fingers into nuggets, added a few extra spices and some parmesan cheese, and upped the oven temp to 425 degrees. I would definitely make these again. I also made Mouse's Macaroni and Cheese and was told I made the best mac and cheese! Quite a compliment from a 4 year old! (I must admit, though. It tasted too processed for me. Way too processed.)

A couple of days later, I decided to warm up the left-over mac and cheese for lunch.  It looked like glue, so I put it in a skillet over warm heat and added a good bit of milk. I stirred and added milk as it heated up.  I actually liked it better as the extra milk seemed to decrease that processed taste. 

Another night I fixed Simple Salisbury Steak, green beans, and rice.  This meal was a toss up. The toddler loved the green beans and steak but wouldn't touch the rice. The 4 year old liked the rice best and only took bites of the other. 

Another meal I had high hopes for was Campbell's Slow-Cooker Chicken and Dumplings. As I was preparing it, the 4 year old asked if she could have some baby carrots.  I put some in a small bowl, not really expecting her to eat them, and she came back for a refill! Eureka! Good, healthy snack. Personally, I don't think it matters as much if kids don't eat at mealtime as long as you feed them healthy snacks that incorporate the food groups and NOT junk food. Well, this recipe was a hit with the toddler.  He ate two helpings! His sister ate hers but with considerable coaxing. It wasn't particularly good, and my regular chicken and dumplings is better, so I probably won't fix it again. But it was effortless since it was in the slow cooker, which was something I needed this day.

My final recipe I'll end with is Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. For some crazy reason, whenever I try to make grilled cheese in a skillet, I always end up burning the last one. I'm sure I must be turning the burner up too high.  But it's always a pain trying to watch the bread and keep it a pretty, even, toasty color. Cooking grilled cheese in the oven turns out a beautiful sandwich every time! And if you have lots to cook, the oven method is the way to go!

How about you? What are some of your kids' favorites meals?

Apr. 10, 2012 10:20 am
Mhy kids love the usual kids stuff,,,, mac and cheese , chicken fingers,pizza, hot dogs, burgers. Also will eat broccoli, tomatoes, anything with potatoes, also lasagna(have one in the oven for dinner right now). Recently started liking foccacia(making one of those too in the bread machine). They also will eat any meat especially if it is bbQ'd.Thanks for the wonderful blog. Made my day. enjoy your grandchildren. :)
Apr. 10, 2012 11:09 am
I'm making lasagna today too, BramptonMommyof2! They unloaded the moving truck last night, and I have the 2 grands again while Mommy tries to put the house in order.
Apr. 10, 2012 12:46 pm
My kids really love ravioli and tortellini...and of course, mac and cheese gets gobbled up. Also, breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes are always a favorite. Your grandkids are blessed to have such a thoughtful grandma though!
Apr. 10, 2012 1:01 pm
Wow Paula, that sounds fun. I am sure that you are thrilled that your grandkids live so close now! That is great. That is so sweet that you had your granddaugter name the pigs in a blanket. This is bad, but we are super-duper healthy eaters when I am not pregnant. Since I am, my little toddler knows what chocolate is. When she eats it she exclaims "GOOD-AH" (we do still TRY to use moderation. She really likes spicy foods, like medium salsa on turkey tacos, avacado, carrots, tomato,beans, and all fruits. Anything cheesy, too.
Apr. 10, 2012 2:08 pm
You know, I haven't tried ravioli or tortellini with the kids, cicischwartz. Hadn't even thought about it. I bet the grands would like it. Thanks for the idea!
Apr. 10, 2012 2:10 pm
Stick a fork in me, I think it's funny you eat healthy except for when you're pregnant. I guess those pregnancy cravings take over, huh? A little chocolate never hurt anybody. My grands really like most fruits too. They particularly love strawberries!
Apr. 10, 2012 4:29 pm
lots of kids recipes here. You sound so happy having your grandkids close by. http://www.myrecipes.com/kids/kid-approved/play-with-your-food-10000001913290/page8.html
Apr. 10, 2012 8:25 pm
Thanks, Misty.
Apr. 10, 2012 8:57 pm
Lucky you having them move so close! Enjoy envery minute you can with them.
Apr. 11, 2012 10:44 am
I plan on it, BigShotsMom!
Apr. 11, 2012 11:29 am
We are making a creamy shrimp with linguini for supper. The grand daughter, (age 8) loves her shrimp! I have to make a double batch just so we adults get some. At the age your grand kids are at I know feeding them can be a challenge. Sounds like you are doing good though. Good luck on having them close, I love the fact my girls are here in town with me and the one lives with me.
Apr. 11, 2012 11:49 am
Well, I don't have kids, but my neice and nephew used to live with me and the boy ate everything, but the girl was a little slower to warm up to different foods. They of course like grilled cheese, cheese slices, cheese crackers, well anything with cheese! That was not too surprising. They also seemed to like just about every casserole I made and pizza. The thing that surprised me is they both were willing to eat asparagus and broccoli if cooked right and not mushy. They said that on the cartoons they call them trees that you have to eat to make your strong. Whatever they said it seemed to work! It seemed if I didn't mention what was in something my neice didn't have a problem until she was done. She would say that was so good, but did I just eat onions and mushrooms? Well, it was good, just don't tell my mom. Lol
Apr. 11, 2012 11:50 am
Sorry, some typos. Err, having a day with those today.
Apr. 11, 2012 12:10 pm
Ibbz, it seems that kids really like pasta, don't they? Talking about a challenge...if the 4 year old has never had it, she looks at it with dislike on her face. I have the 5 bite rule, so she obligingly tries it, and quite often, discovers she likes it!
Apr. 11, 2012 12:13 pm
Baker Bee, too funny about your niece questioning what she just ate. My daughter's children like broccoli. I'm not sure about these two. I just discovered the 4 year old liked carrots, so I guess I'll have to see if she likes broccoli and asparagus too. And, yes, cheese anything is a hit!
Apr. 11, 2012 3:32 pm
Hi Paula - I have 2 boys ages 6 1/2 & 8. They love corn on the cob! Meals they like are: spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, ravioli, chili (only the little one), Famous Butter Chicken (AR), Chicken Breasts w/ Lime Sauce (AR), Rosemary Ranch Chicken and Yummy Honey Kabobs (both AR). They love steak and shrimp (fried). They love fried pork chops, pork loin and herbed grilled pork chops. Veggies: broccoli, asparagus, corn, salad, green beans, english peas (blech!), potatoes (one likes baked, one likes roasted, both like mashed w/ gravy), one likes avocados, both like mexican dishes. They like every fruit except cantaloupe & honeydew. They LOVE strawberries, kiwi and pineapple.
Apr. 11, 2012 7:00 pm
Elt, thanks for responding with what your boys like. It seems they have an appreciation for lots of different foods. I keep seeing Famous Butter Chicken mentioned. I am going to have to try that soon. I'll check out all the others you mentioned too. Thanks.
Apr. 20, 2012 10:22 pm
Btw, my ex grew up eating "pigs in a blanket" - sausage links cooked, wrapped in crescent rolls, and baked. I grew to dislike frying sausage links (and getting the sides all browned) and started using sausage patties instead, and putting them inside split flaky biscuits. We called them "turtles in shells" (or "pups in a dog house," because I had trouble remembering "pigs in a blanket for some reason . . . ) Another favorite of my kids was hot dog octipi. I learned it differently than what I've seen on this site, leaving the center whole, and cutting from both ends twice. (Four legs on both ends with the center whole.) If you don't use ff hot dogs, when you boil them, the "legs" curl. The kids would dip each leg in ketchup before eating (=
Apr. 20, 2012 10:24 pm
We liked cutting our grilled cheese into "fingers" to dip in either tomato or potato soup. (Which is so funny, because I hated both grilled cheese and tomato soup when I was young!)
Click to Change your Profile Picture

Home Town
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In
Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy

Walking, Reading Books, Music

Subscribe Today!

In Season

French Toast
French Toast

French toast is such a perfect breakfast, light lunch, or even supper on these warm days.

Crisp Cucumber Salads
Crisp Cucumber Salads

Try one of our 100-plus cool cucumber salads.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

About Me
I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States