Family friends Su Sazama, co-founder of the modern design site fitzsu, and interior designer Tracy Sonka Stultz of Sonka Stultz Designs, stopped by to teach me and my friend Darcey how to create a modern Hot Cocoa Station for the holidays.
Excitement is in the air
Here’s what you’ll need: a heat-proof pitcher to hold the warm milk and a bowl for your cocoa powder (we used a coffee serving set made by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton). It’s nice to have fun mugs for your guests. We used Hakusan Fancy Tea Cups designed by Masahiro Mori, which are also made for the sight-impaired. Each cup has a unique shape which makes it easy to recognize by touch and easy to grip. These tea cups are also made of thin porcelain, which is a common practice in Japan, and acts as a safety device. If the cup is too hot to pick up then the liquid inside is too hot for delicate lips to drink.
We used organic Silly Cow cocoa powder made in Vermont, warm organic milk and almond milk, plus these ingredients to flavor: cinnamon sticks, crushed cardamom, homemade peppermint simple syrup, fresh whipped cream and marshmallows (we used an adorable slanted John Pawson bowl to hold our marshmallows).
Flavoring with homemade peppermint simple syrup
#spoonies not #selfies
These whimsical heart-shaped spoons were designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi. They are sure to put a smile on your friends’ faces and, as you can see, they also make great photo opps, too.
If you have not realized this already, I am a big fan of all things French and I am especially fond of French desserts. This Pear Clafouti is one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts and I love to make it for holidays. Today, my friend Tahlia came over to help me and she ended up loving it, too. The recipe is a classic one from Ina Garten, also known as The Barefoot Contessa. I just happen to change up a few things in the recipe: I reduce the amount of sugar she uses; sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed up cardamom in the batter because that flavor goes so well with pear; and I put an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract instead of the pear brandy she recommends because we don’t usually have pear brandy on hand!
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour (substitute Pamela’s gluten-free flour if you like) 1 1/2 cups heavy organic cream 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (1 to 2 lemons) (remember that is just the rind of the lemon) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 to 3 firm but ripe Bartlett pears Confectioners’ (that means “powdered”) sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter a 10 x 3 x 1 1/2-inch round baking dish and sprinkle the bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. We have also made this in a cast iron pan and it comes out just as well.
Beat the eggs and the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, mix in the flour, cream, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel, quarter, core, and slice the pears. Arrange the slices in a single layer, slightly fanned out, in the baking dish.
Pour the batter over the pears and bake until the top is golden brown and the custard is firm, 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish with berries or edible flowers.
Serve warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
This is a tasty recipe for fun and easy to make Chocolate Yogurt Cups. All you need is your favorite fresh fruit (we used raspberries and strawberries), yogurt, and chocolate powder. My friend Lou not only helped me make these treats, she gives the directions in French!
To check out the written directions and photos, please visit the RECIPE POST.
The holidays are the perfect time to make a delicious and pretty drink such as a Guava Berry Mocktail. Mocktails are like the colorful cocktails that adults drink, but with no alcohol (of course!). And, by the way, the cute song, Pretty Girl In The Ring, in my HOW-TO VIDEO is by my friend, Alina Celeste. Find the information for her Kids’ CD on iTunes at the end of this post. Enjoy! READ MORE…
Okay, I admit, I love chocolate. And, I love when my friends love chocolate. For this episode and post of Wondermint Kids, my friend Lou came over today to make petite chocolate yogurt cups. They are great mini desserts to make for parties or for after school treats. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the video (and our goofy dramatic blooper at the end). Oh, and the video was directed by the fabulous Parker M., (my 9 year old friend) AND Lou explains some of the directions in French!
This is one of the easiest cookie recipes around. Today, my good friend Maya stopped by to help make these. And, my friend Parker (also a 4th grader) directed the video for this episode, so be sure to check it out. SEE VIDEO RECIPE!
In a bowl, mix 1 cup peanut butter (not the natural kind because that has too much liquid), 1 organic egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup of Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix. We mixed ours by hand.
Make small to medium-sized round balls with the dough. We made nice mini ones that were about one-inch in diameter. Place them on a cookie sheet.
Dip a fork into white sugar and make a criss-cross pattern onto your cookie, flattening it a little. See the photos below. (Psssttt…try not to eat all the cookie dough while doing this!. I know, it’s hard not to!)
STEP FOUR: Bake cookies in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. They should look slightly golden brown on the bottom half, and firm on top. Make sure to let the cookies cool before trying to move them or they will crumble.
STEP FIVE: Enjoy with friends!
Hope you liked this post. I would love to hear about your favorite cookie recipes. You can use the comment section below to share your recipes or ask questions. xo, Gray
Parker, 9, directing.
The VIDEO EPISODE to this project was directed by my friend Parker, a 4th grader who likes horseback riding, styling food, and, of course, cooking & crafting on Wondermint!
This is a great recipe for fun and easy to make gluten-free peanut butter cookies. All you need is brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and peanut butter! The hardest part is to see if you can only eat one! To check out the written directions, please visit the RECIPE POST. Have fun and please share this on facebook to help us grow!
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Are you looking for a yummy treat to serve on July 4th? Well, I made one that is red, white & blue and includes some of my favorite snacks! I call this recipe Fourth of July Trifle. Make sure you watch the HOW-TO VIDEO to see how easy it is to make this. Below are some instructions.
Start with a nice clear glass mason jar, bowl, or drinking glass. Place crumbled graham crackers, angel food cake or cookies at the bottom of your container. If you want to stick to the red, white & blue theme, the angel food cake or coconut shavings work great.
Place a layer of yogurt on top of the first layer. We used unsweetened plain greek yogurt.
Layer the red fruit (raspberries or strawberries) on top of the yogurt.
Add another layer of white coconut or yogurt.
Add the blueberries on top. Depending on how tall your glass is you can keep repeating layers! A strawberry, cherry, or mint sprig makes a nice topping.
In celebration of the first day of spring, my friends Flora, Kiera and I made FLORAL FRUIT KABOBS. These are perfect for picnics and kid parties and are easy to make. Just follow the steps below. READ MORE…
Level: Easy to Medium. Caution: Wafflemakers get HOT. Parent supervision for kids under 14.
If you enjoyed the raspberry nutella wafflewich (a cross between a sandwich & a waffle) we made a few months ago, then you’ll probably like this lunch version wafflewich. My friends Flora, Kiera and I made these delicious wafflewiches with cheese and fresh spinach! You can use almost any kind of cheese (mozarella, cheddar, goat, swiss), regular of gluten-free bread, and your favorite vegetable as long as it is thinly sliced. If you have any comments I’d love to hear them and please share any interesting wafflewich ideas you come up with in our comments section at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
(Depending on your age, you might need an adult to help cut veggies & put pizzas in the oven)
Ever wondered if you could make a healthier or more creative pizza? Well, you can! My friend Parker and I show you how to make a GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA BAR in this post and in our VIDEO, too. I made a pizza that I heard about on National Public Radio, inspired by Pete Zaaz Pizzeria in Brooklyn. Believe it or not, it had crushed Cheez-Its**, pepperoni, & mozzarella. It was super crunchy on top & very yummy! Parker made one with chili flakes & mushrooms, lemon zest & arugula. Below, are some favorite toppings that my family & friends enjoy. We had a lot of fun and we hope you do, as well!
(**Glutino makes a gluten-free cheddar cheese cracker that can substitute for the Cheez-Its topping if you want to stay completely gluten-free)
Make sure to check out our slide show below with photos of our pizzas. READ MORE…
Watch my good friend Parker and I make our own gluten free pizza bar with lots of yummy toppings in this short video! Great for lunch, dinner, or snacks. Read my post to get more instruction and see photos for our Gluten Free Pizza Bar.
Level: Medium Ingredients: Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crust, grated mozarella cheese, & pepperoni. Here are some other ingredients you can try as well: mushrooms, bell pepper, lemon rinds, chili flakes, arugula, spinach and Cheez-It Crackers (yes, Cheez-Its!).
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Watch this short video to see how my friend Asha & I make this delicious Indian drink with fresh mango, yogurt & other yummy ingredients! To see photos and read my post on this project, check out HOW TO MAKE A MANGO LASSI. You will also find interesting facts about India in the post.
Level: Easy Ingredients: Fresh or frozen mango, yogurt, milk, sugar or agave & cardamom seeds.
Today on Wondermint Kids we are making Spooktacular Halloween treats. These are super fun and super easy to make…and they are SUPER yummy! To see photos and to read my post on this project, check out SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN TREATS-PRETZEL GOBLINS.
Level: Easy Ingredients: Candy melts or white chocolate chips, wheat or gluten-free pretzel rods, and a cake decorating pen or gel.
Hello. Today on Wondermint Kids we are making Spooktacular Halloween Treats. These are yummy treats that only need three ingredients, are super easy for kids to make and can last for a few days. See more photos and our printable recipe by clicking on “Read More.” And, don’t forget to watch our short how-to video for this recipe. READ MORE…
Are you tired of eating regular fried spring rolls? Do you think it’s a little bit of a bummer that you have to cook the rolls in hot oil and only adults can do that? Well, now it’s time to learn how to make Raw Vietnamese Spring Rolls, which you can make without actually cooking or frying! (Don’t worry, they taste as good as the fried ones!) Today, I am teaching my friend Candice, who is twenty-something, how to make these yummy rolls. You can make these vegetarian style or you can see in our HOW TO VIDEO that we made them with lots of veggies then added some shrimp that my mom stir-fried with ginger and a little oil.
Usually my mom writes out the recipes for Wondermint, but I did this one because I also made these for a class assignment.
Materials: You’ll need lots of veggies and some herbs like mint and basil or cilantro (great brain food!) sliced really thin, Vietnamese Rice Paper wrappers, a bowl of warm water to dip them in. See the photo below for some of the yummy ingredients. READ MORE…
Watch my friend, Mia, and I make easy heart-shaped chocolate lollipops topped with M&M’s, Rice Krispies, sprinkles, sea-salt, coconut and almonds. I call them Lovely Pops! Don’t forget to read my Chocolate Lovely Pops post, get the recipe, and see photos.
Gluten-free, Vegetarian. This Wafflewich only needs 3 ingredients!
If you’re wondering, a “Wafflewich” is a mix between a waffle and a sandwich! They make very good quick & easy snacks that kids can make when supervised by an adult (depending on your age). Feel free to use any kind of bread (we used gluten-free bread), fruit (berries work great), or hazelnut-cocoa** or chocolate spread for your Wafflewich creation. Bon Appetit!
Thank you to TasteMade Studios for inspiring us with their “Slacker Shake.” My good friend, Ruby, and I decided to make our shake a little healthier by making it dairy-free & gluten-free. There are only two ingredients in this shake and it took just seconds to make! Don’t forget to check out the FUN HOW TO VIDEO that we made for this recipe!