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UltimateMama believes an easy way to spruce up boring cupcakes is to pipe frosting in a creative pattern and place a decorative cupcake pick on top.  Cupcake picks (which are basically toothpicks with clever themes or messages on top) can be found in many grocery, party, or craft stores and are an inexpensive way to jazz up cupcakes for any occasion! A pack of 36 costs under $5 and if you have leftovers you can use them for appetizers too.

We really can get inspiration from our kid chefs.  UltimateMama is not one to give her children dessert after dinner each night.  Moreover, due to her crazy schedule she doesn’t always have the typical ingredients to make a dessert at her disposal.  However, she is not one to deprive her children of a tasty treat when they have the vision.  Recently, much to her delight, her kids created a quick, easy, and delicious dessert treat using only 3 ingredients:

Kellogg’s Eggo Minis waffles


Whipped Cream

To create:  toast the mini waffles, put a dollop of whipped cream (or yogurt for a healthier version) on top, and sprinkle blueberries to garnish!


UltimateMama and her kids had a fun time berry picking at 7 Ponds Farm in Water Mill, NY last week!  With so many berries we brainstormed recipe ideas but ultimately came up with one of our own.  A quick and easy Three Berry Pie that pleases everyone – recipe as follows:

2 Deep dish pie shells (approximately 9 inches each)

For the filling:

2 Cups of blueberries

2 Cups of blackberries

2 Cups of raspberries

2/3 Cups of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

For the topping:

1 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup of white flour

1 Cup of oats (we used old fashioned oatmeal)

1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 370

Use a big mixing bowl and a wooden spoon and mix all the topping ingredients together.

On the stove top in a medium to large pot cook all the filling ingredients on medium heat.

Pour filling into the 2 pie crusts.

Use a wooden spoon and gently put the topping on top of the filling in the pies.

Bake in the oven on the middle rack for approximately 35 minutes.

Cool or serve warm.

Store in refrigerator.


When she is not hard at work, UltimateMama is always on the go with her kids.  And she loves to treat them to nice restaurant dining experiences once in a while (usually for lunchtime) after one of their excursions to a museum, craft studio, performance, or extracurricular activity.  The bread basket that is often placed in the middle of the table is not only tempting to UltimateMama but also to two little stomachs seated on either side of her when dining.  In order to avoid stuffing faces and filling tummies with breads, UltimateMama usually brings Vermont Village Organic Applesauce with her so her kids can happily enjoy their “appetizer” before their meal arrives.  This way, the kids are not climbing the walls out of hunger or eating too many carbs before mealtime.  And they are getting some great nutrients while waiting for their main course to arrive!  Not to mention two little containers of applesauce easily fit in UltimateMama’s purse.

UltimateMama has a tip for parents that is both healthy and fun for kids.  Skip the sugar laden ice-cream and go for frozen yogurt “popsicles”.

Buy Yoplait GoGurt yogurt tubesand freeze!  Your child will love their cool yogurt popsicle on a hot summer day.

UltimateMama also loves to buy Dannon’s Dan-o-nino yogurt cups, put wooden sticks in them, and freeze them for an after-lunch treat!

You can even make sure own frozen yogurt popsicles by mixing yogurt and fruit and freezing the mix into a popsicle mold (or a little paper cup with a wooden stick)!

UltimateMama loves giving her kids lots of fruits and vegetables!  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack are important times to promote a healthy lifestyle by showing your children how to eat healthy! 

Avoiding pesticides is also important for clean living.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released its 2011 “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” so check it out now!

UltimateMama knows how hard it can be to “cook” with youngsters so she suggests creating a colorful, fun, and easy berry fruit salad together!  One can teach their children the various colors, shapes, and tastes of fruit while encouraging them to be creative in the kitchen. 

Even those who fear the kitchen can help their children make this easy fruit salad.  So, don an apron and try some of these ingredients (remember to cut fruit for your little children to avoid choking hazards):

– strawberries

– raspberries (red and golden yellow)

– blueberries

– blackberries

Rinse the fruit, separate the fruit into various bowls, and have your children pour the fruit into one big bowl!  This is a perfect Mother’s Day breakfast treat too!

UltimateMama has a big meal tip for you — always have a meal in the freezer that can be easily heated up for a meal the day you return home from vacation travel.  This way, if your flight is delayed or you return home late you have a nutritious meal ready for your family! UltimateMama’s favorite heat and serve meal is meatballs and sauce.  Soups work well too.  Just boil pasta and add cheese on top and your family has a complete lunch or dinner.  No mess, no fuss.

UltimateMama is a strong advocate of involving your kids in meal creation. 

For toddlers or young children, you can help them pour and stir as your sous-chef.  Or, just give them a wooden spoon and a bowl and let them pretend to be an executive chef.  Buy or make a little apron for them to really get into the spirit!

Older children could help with measuring.  A valuable math lesson could be taught while cooking.  Also, if you involve them with the cooking process it is an immediate science lesson as well!   

Let your kids participate in the kitchen  – supervised of course!

 Chef UltimateMama has a fun, quick, and easy trail mix recipe for you to give your kids.  Whether you are feeding your child in the park, at home after-school, or packing a camp snack, UltimateMama’s easy trail mix is guaranteed to be a winner.  Toddlers, school-aged children, and adults will love this nutritious and yummy snack.

Easy Trail Mix

1 (16 oz). package dried apple 
1 (16 oz.) package pretzels
1 (16 oz.) package banana chips
1 (16 oz.) package dried pineapple or mango
1 (10 oz.) package raisins or dried cranberries

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a container with a lid or zipped bag.