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    During winter break last week, my son asked if we could make dirt. I thought he was talking about composting, but no -- he meant a chocolate dessert created by YouTube vlogger CutiePieMarzia. It's a chocolate cup filled with pudding and strawberries topped with crushed cookies and gummy worms to look like soil.

    I love the idea -- spring seems a long, long way off. It's going to be forever before we actually start gardening, so this fun dessert lets you pretend in a delicious way. Here's a recipe and steps for making chocolate "dirt" dessert cups.

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    If you have a sweet tooth as serious as mine, then this Pinterest-inspired project might be for you! They're also a cute homemade treat to consider as Valentine's Day approaches.

    Do it yourself Jolly Rancher suckers, also known as Jollypops, have been making the viral rounds, and after seeing how easy they appeared to be I decided to give them a try.

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    Let's say it together -- on your mark, get set, go: AWWW! These adorable and delicious cupcakes are going to make every single person at your Thanksgiving Day table, from your toddler to your great-grandmother, feel even more thankful that they're celebrating with such a masterful baker this year! Not only are these adorable treats sweet looking, they're inventive, pretty simple to make, and -- the best part -- they feature mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Can anything go wrong when you add peanut butter? 

    Whether you decide to include these Pilgrim Hat Cupcakes alongside your traditional pumpkin pie or say "to hell with it!" and replace your usual desserts with these, you can be sure your guests will coo with delight when you present these after turkey time.

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    There's one surefire way to lift your family's spirits when one or more of you happen to be having a bad day: announce that it's pizza night. I know it's simple to dial up your local pizzeria and order a pie, but you won't believe how easy -- and even more satisfying -- it is to create this delicious and, might I add beautiful, pepperoni pizza casserole at home. You get the added bonus of living in a house that smells like love and fresh-based goodness and -- did I mention? -- you won't even have to tinker with gooey, annoying dough. Bring it on!

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    Every Halloween my kids come home with buckets full of candy. While I know it's inevitable they will eventually tear into bite-sized candy bars and treats, I wanted to find a way to celebrate with healthier Halloween snack ideas.

    As usual, Pinterest managed to turn even the most plain foods into spooky and delicious treats the kids could get excited about. This week I set off to turn tangerines into pumpkins, bananas into ghosts, and hot dogs into mummies...but were the kids as thrilled about our new snack options as I thought they would be?

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    Big birthday celebrations are great! It's a wonderful opportunity to gather together family and friends from near and far. Where there are many people, there's always a lot of food. This is awesome. Particularly when some of that food is a giant birthday cake! Ain't nobody ever said no to a giant honking piece of cake. 

    While big birthday celebrations are fun, they can also be, well, draining. How many parties have you been to where the "very special birthday boy or girl" melts down in a torrent of tears? That's why the expression "too much birthday" exists. Being the center of all that attention can be overwhelming. I'm not just talking about for the kids -- parents feel it too. 

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    Candy corn is to Halloween what turkey is to Thanksgiving -- it's a colorful, celebratory symbol of one of the most joyful holidays of the year. But it isn't as common an ingredient as pumpkin, of course, and it isn't every day that you come across a cool, kid-friendly recipe that incorporates candy corn in such an artful, interesting way. So when I came across this Candy Corn Cheesecake recipe from the blog I Heart Naptime, I knew it needed to be shared with the world. 

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    Poor candy corn. It may be the most hated on candy of all time. But it's so pretty! And few things scream "Halloween" quite like those bright orange and yellow candies. So what if there was a way to improve upon it, to make a Halloween treat that borrows the look of the little candies but doesn't have the weird flavor? Candy corn sugar cookies are the answer!

    As the name suggests, these are old-fashioned sugar cookies with that sweet but not TOO sweet taste. But there's a trick to these cookies. They look like candy corn, but they don't taste like it!

    See? All the fun color for a fall party but no controversy! Is this recipe perfect, or what?

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    The First Lady Michelle Obama knows that the way food is marketed to kids is everything. She's calling together a summit on food marketing. She hopes that by bringing together media and food marketing executives, we can find a new way to market healthy foods and someday banish the pervasive junk food ads from the screen.

    But how do you make a peanut as compelling as peanut brittle? How do you convince kids that a glass of water is as exciting as a green soda? It's a tough problem, but an important key to solving the childhood obesity epidemic.

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    It's almost the official end of summer. Can you believe it? Please, weep with me. So why not celebrate all things warm, patriotic, and decadent with some red, white, and blue milkshakes? Say good-bye to summer and hello to Labor Day weekend with a refreshing beverage that the kids will love too!

    All you need is some vanilla ice cream and red and blue gel coloring. Seriously. That's it! Nothing could be easier. The original recipe calls for homemade vanilla ice cream, but I'm sure the store-bought kind would do just fine as well. You could even add some blended ice for a slushy effect. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the long weekend and soak up these final days before September comes.

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