Monster Mash Pumpkin Donuts

Monster Mash Pumpkin Donuts by Foodtastic Mom

Holidays seem to sneak up on me more rudely each year. Is it my age? Is it my kids’ age? We are on the go more and more these days. I am a procrastinator by nature anyway, but this Halloween has seemed especially last-minute… hurry up and throw the decorations out, oh crap we still haven’t carved a pumpkin yet, what costumes? the kids need costumes again?? Anyone else feel this way?

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Five Tips for Raising Good Eaters

5 Tips for Raising Good Eaters

The other day my family made our very first trip to Costco and my children were blown over by all the food samples, especially the lasagna loaded with spinach. I must also mention it was loaded with a garlicy white sauce and cheese, so we are not exactly talking health food here. But still, the older lady offering this sample could not get over my children’s enthusiasm for this very green lasagna. This is by far not the first time they’ve gotten public wonderment over their eating habits which to me seem completely ordinary. But it got me to thinking about how I’ll mention on the blog my general philosophy about getting my kids to not be picky eaters, but I’ve never written a dedicated post about it. I seem to be succeeding where my own children are concerned, so why not share my tips?

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Ghost in the Graveyard Dip


Ghost in the Graveyard Dip with California Black Olives by Foodtastic Mom

Our children are black olive fiends. Can that be inherited? When I met my husband he was one of the few people I’d ever known to also enjoy a black olive pizza. No other toppings. Just black olives, sauce and cheese. Needless to say, you can always find a few cans of California Black Olives in my pantry. I pack them in the kids’ lunches and use them often when making quesadillas or my taco pizza. They always make an appearance at Thanksgiving too. A plate of fresh carrots, celery and black olives is a must because that is what I grew up with!

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Bourbon Caramel Apples

Bourbon Caramel Apples by Foodtastic Mom

So my husband did this little race called The Bourbon Chase a couple of weeks ago. It’s a 12-person, 200 mile relay through the rolling hills of Kentucky, passing all the bourbon distilleries on the famous Bourbon Trail. It took Tom’s team over 30 hours to complete, each team member only getting less than two hours of sleep throughout the experience. He’s a little bit nuts. But he also more than earned all the bourbon he came home with that weekend.

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Celebrate Buffalo Mac and Cheese with Parrano

Parrano Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese by Foodtastic Mom

Welcome to my super corner of the interwebs! If you are visiting thanks to my appearance on Fox19 Cincinnati, Welcome! Please stay a while and get hungry. I’ve got lots of family-friendly recipes here. To get a good idea of what you can find on my blog, check out my Recipe Index first, specifically my “Foodtastic Mom Originals” and “Slow Cooker” categories. And my most popular recipe remains my Chocolate Chip Cookies. Check those out too!

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Pink Ribbon Beet Pretzels with Brown Butter Cream Cheese

Pink Ribbon Beet Bagels by Foodtastic Mom Pink Ribbon Beet Bagels by Foodtastic Mom

You are gonna love these pretzels. I promise. Even if you aren’t really a fan of beets. The beets provide a slight sweetness and a gorgeous magenta color, making these pretzels pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Thankfully, none of my immediate family has been affected by breast cancer, but I unfortunately know too many friends whose family members have fought and either won or lost the battle. Many years ago, I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (a marathon and a half over two days) with some sorority sisters (one who had just lost her mom to this awful disease) and it was a fantastic and emotional weekend. As I was making these pretzels, that experience was what I was thinking about.

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