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Pancake Puffs

I’m at it again with another semi-homemade recipe the whole family will love! This recipe was born after a weekend cooped up in the house following a ton of rain. You know the kind of weather where you get bored and you just want eat everything and start inventing new recipes with what you have on hand?

Anyhow it was breakfast and we had no milk and we had eggs but I kinda wanted something a little more fun for the kids (and me!) And so, pancake puffs were born!

Its kinda a mix between a mini muffin, a pancake and a cake ball.

As usual, this is hardly a recipe. I literally used an easy pancake mix…..the just add water kind and prepared as per the directions on the box. I added a teaspoon of vanilla, because, why not? Then I got out my mini muffin pan.

I gotta tell you….I have made so many fun things in this pan….its perfect for making mini cookie or brownie bowls that you can fill with fruit or cheese cake or ice cream, or even savory appetizers like spinach dip with puff pastry that were a hit at my book club. Everything is better bite size! If you don’t have one, get one, ASAP!

This is the exact one I have!
Then I scooped filling into the tin, leaving a bit of room.

And here is where the magic happens! You can add any toppings or fillings you like!

I made some with blueberries, a cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, coconut and walnuts, chocolate chips, and of course, rainbow sprinkles! I even made some with chocolate chips AND sprinkles!

The kids can easily help with this, but I chose to surprise them, hoping the wow factor would entice them to eat more! ( It worked!)

I cooked them at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, but ovens vary so I’d keep an eye on them since they are so tiny! They are finished when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I served with a ramekin of syrup I heated in the microwave for a couple of seconds to dunk in, but go figure, the kids preferred them plain!

Pancake Puffs

Ingredients

Any pancake mix

Desired toppings

Vanilla extract (Optional)

Directions

Prepare pancake mix according to box, spoon into mini muffin tin leaving room for toppings! I added a tsp of vanilla extract.

Top with desired toppings

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes . Check at 5

Done when toothpick inserted come out clean.

Pop out of pan and enjoy!

Serve with syrup to dip in if desired.

Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family
Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family

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The BEST family friendly Resort in Orlando

Cocokey Orlando Resort and Water Park

If you’ll be in the Orlando area with your family anytime in the near future, you MUST stay at the CocoKey Orlando Resort. We stayed with our family of five this June for our annual family trip and have only good things to report.

Check-in and out was a breeze. They give you a property map and an activity listing at that time as well. Daily activities were arts and crafts and make and take (or eat activities), dive in movies, as well as appearances from Coco, the feathered mascot of the resort.

The room we booked was a double queen, but it was the most spacious once we’ve stayed in. It had a separate table with two chairs, an armchair with an ottoman and a pull over table as well as a bench and a vanity with a stool and a mirror! It came with the standard coffee machine, iron and ironing board, and blow dryer. Although not listed, so I’m not sure if they all have them, our room also included a mini refrigerator and microwave. It was clean and bright and had hot water and cold air conditioning!

Cocokey water park and hotel family friendly travel

The water park situated at one end of the property is a venue in its own right. In fact, you can purchase day passes to the park in case you happen to be staying somewhere else, or if you wanted to invite someone to come and play for the day. We stayed there from 11 am to 7 pm. The juxtaposition of the restaurant and Tiki Bar makes it so that you don’t have to leave. Towels are provided and plentiful, and the water is heated and clean. With 14 water slides, including two that are tube rides (single or double tubes) there is something fun for everyone! There is even a shallow pool under cover and mini slides a splash features perfect for smaller ones or anyone wishing to escape the sun. Any place that can keep all the of our kids, aged 2,6, and 11 busy all day gets an A+ in my book!

There are two restaurants, the Tradewinds which features a breakfast buffet and the Callaloo Grill. The breakfast buffet was well worth the price, and had eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, biscuits, gravy, grits, make your own waffles (who doesn’t love that?!) and cold selections such as cereal, muffins, and fresh fruit. For beverages they had whole and chocolate milk, coffee and tea stations, and various juice blends.Coco key water park and hotel family friendly travel

The Callaloo Grill offers selections such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, popcorn shrimp, quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, wings, and personal pizzas which the kids loved! You order at a counter and they give you a buzzer, and when it goes off you pick it up at a window. They have indoor and outdoor seating, as well as many tables around the pools.

For pool side selections, there is the Wet Rooster Tiki Bar, which offers daily drink specials and also has an appetizer menu. I had a hurricane, even though the weather was lovely!

The hotel also boasts a fitness center and a business center with computers with internet access, and wifi is free in your room or to connect your devices for the length of your stay. There are also laundry facilities located near the pool area.

The kids also had a blast in the arcade which offers some games that earn tickets that can be redeemed for prizes or candy.

There is even a convenience store on the property that offers food and drinks, easily forgotten essentials, (swim diapers and sunscreen!) that double as a gift shop.

The hotel is located less than 10 miles from all major theme parks, and even offers a shuttle service to and from the parks. There are many restaurants nearby, but with all of the amenities, why leave? We were so glad that we carved out a day during our trip just stay and play. While we were there, they were hosting several large groups, such as a family reunion and church group which to me seemed like an awesome idea! They offer group rates for booking 10 or more rooms,and even welcome weddings and corporate events. We will definitely be planning a trip in the near future, and you should too!!Cocokey water park and hotel family friendly travel

Coco Key Hotel and WaterPark

www.cocokeyorlando.com

7400 International Drive

Orlando, Florida 32819

Phone: 877-875-4681 | Local: 407-351-2626

Disclaimer: a small portions of the fees for our stay was paid for by the hotel

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Patriotic punch 4th of July
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Patriotic Punch

Patriotic Punch

With Memorial Day and then the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s great to have a cool refreshing drink on hand you can make easily. Here is South Florida, its already above 80 degrees most days! I love to whip up and easy drink and make it more fancy by adding a decorative element. This punch is a sparkling watermelon flavored beverage and can be made as a cocktail or a mocktail (no alcohol) for the kids, or anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. Family friendly fun!

Family fun on the Fourth of July enjoying our Patriotic punch Cocktails and Mocktails!

Patriotic Punch

1 part juice (We love Ocean Spray Cranberry Mango or Cranberry Pineapple)

1 part Sparkling ICE brand strawberry watermelon

Lemon-lime soda

Optional-Vodka (1+ ounces)

Garnish

Skewers

Watermelon, sliced

Star cookie cutter

Blueberries

Directions

For the Garnish

Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes out of the watermelon. You can certainly cut up a whole watermelon, and serve what you don’t use, it won’t go to waste on a hot day! Or you can always buy pre-cut watermelon slices in the produce department. Thread blueberries on the top half of the skewers, leaving room for the stars. Top each skewer with a watermelon star. These can be premade and stored in the fridge/cooler.

For the cocktail/mocktail

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice and Sparkling ICE drink. Add a splash ( or more) of lemon-lime soda. Add vodka if desired. Stir. Serve with a fruit skewer. I usually add a lime to the adult versions.

Hooray for the red white and blue!

Fun Fact: fruit skewers can be made of any combination of fruit, and work wonders as “magic wands” for a healthy party snack!

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Unicorn Poop Popcorn
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Unicorn Poop Popcorn

This is a recipe for a fun candy filled popcorn that has been come to be known as unicorn poop popcorn in our family! I was making a batch of this for one of our movie nights a couple of years ago, (I think it was Trolls) and my husband commented “That looks like unicorn poop” of course the kids went crazy and hence the name stuck!

Most recently, I added this to the goodie boxes for the girls’s joint Unicorn themed party. My girls were born 6 days apart, so I hope they get used to that idea! It took a bit of work so decide on a theme they would both love but in the end we decided on unicorns!

This recipe is easy enough that kids can help, too. It’s good messy fun. Although you may end up with less finished popcorn!

Ok so this “recipe” if you could even call it that brings together 3 things that I LOVE dearly:

Popcorn, themes, and Simplicity!!

So popcorn is a go-to snack in our house. We love it and we love ALL kinds of it. And (bonus!) its whole grain!Themes, because this recipe can be customized to fit any theme or holiday!

And simplicity because as it is already easy, you can make it even easier!

Ingredients

1.Popcorn – I air pop mine but you can use pre-popped or microwavable. Most of those will have butter and or salt but it makes so a great salty sweet version.

2.Candy melts in coordinating colors

3.Sprinkles, cotton candy, rock candy, etc.

‘Recipe’

1.Lay the popped popcorn on a flat layer on a foil lines cookie sheet

(or for super easy clean up, grab disposable cookie sheets from Dollar Tree)

2.Melt candy melts via directions on the back in your microwave

3.Use a spood to drizzle the colors. I added the pink first, and then tossed the popcorn to give it a base color of pink, then frizzed on the other colors. Go crazy, you can’t mess this up, I promise!

4.Add toppings while candy melts are still wet so they adhere to the popcorn better.

5.Let it sit out to “dry” if you choose and Serve! I told you that was easy! Here’s the link for the popcorn maker we have!

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