Together Time Recipe: Popcorn Pancakes! August 30, 2009

Eliana and I made some delicious popcorn pancakes for breakfast this morning using microwave white popcorn by Orville Redenbacher. The process was fun and yielded fluffy buttery pancakes. We topped ours with homemade blueberry syrup (frozen fresh blueberries & honey, reduced to a syrup). Popcorn Pancakes Ingredients: 4 cups of finely ground popcorn (about 1 […] Read More

Categories: Author, Breakfast, Children, Cooking, Dianne de Las Casas, Recipe, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 27, 2008

Friends: My mom called me less than a week before Thanksgiving and asked me to host. Being the dutiful daughter and one who loves to cook and entertain, I agreed. Preparation began a couple days before with all the shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating. Fortunately, I had great help. My brother’s three little girls (Camrynn […] Read More

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Eliana’s Spookover – Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friends: Saturday was a blast! The night of my 8 year old daughter, Eliana’s Spookover, finally arrived! Eliana was ready for some swashbuckling fun. Argh, matey! We worked all day cleaning, decorating, and cooking. I set up my spooky backdrop and decorated the table full of frightening food – bloody pigs in a blanket, petrifying […] Read More

Categories: Children, Cooking, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, food, Games, Halloween, Kids, Party, Stories, Storytelling
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Sunday Dinner with the Family – October 5, 2008

Friends: Today, I had my whole family over for Sunday dinner. I went all out, creating appetizers, main course, and dessert. I made the gorgeous centerpiece by carving the insides out of a pumpkin, filling it with water, and arranging autumn-colored flowers inside. I love how it came out. This was our Sunday Dinner menu: […] Read More

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – Cooking Brings Us Together

Friends: It’s been a few days since my last blog. I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my 8 year old daughter, Eliana. What a delight she is. I love being around her – her enthusiasm is contagious. Since we began her blog, Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the […] Read More

Categories: Cooking, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Kitchen, Recipe, Soleil
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Book Craft: Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes – Egg-ceptional Blown Egg Humpty

Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes – Blown Egg Humpty This is a great book by author and illustrator, Kevin O’Malley. Kevin has a wonderful sense of humor (in person and in books). The story begins with a man telling a story… Humpty Dumpty is ginormous and he’s on a rampage. This book is a uproarious romp through […] Read More

Categories: Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Cooking, Dianne de Las Casas, Entertaining
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September 13, 2008 – Eliana Cooks! A New Blog for Young Chefs

Friends: Today, my 8 year old daughter, Eliana, and I set up a new website/blog for her called “Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the Kitchen.” The blog features recipes, reviews, and fun information about food for young chefs. Since Eliana was 4 years old, she has expressed interest in becoming a chef. When she […] Read More

Categories: Cooking, Eliana, food, Kitchen, Recipes
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Fajitas-n-Ritas Fiesta Sorpresa (March 1, 2008)

Friends: I did it! I pulled it off (with lots of help – Thanks, Mom, Clay, Gary, Jennie, Papi, Soleil and kids). Antonio’s 40th Birthday Fajitas-n-Ritas Surprise Fiesta was a success. Ole! His best friend, George (pictured above) took Antonio out for the day for a belated birthday celebration to have lunch and to see […] Read More

Categories: Birthday, Cooking, cuisine, Family, Fiesta, food, Friends, Party
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Recipe: Tomato Basil Bisque

Friends: Today is the first Friday of Lent. In the Catholic tradition, we don’t eat meat on Fridays. So my family requested one of their favorite recipes, my original Tomato Basil Bisque. It is delicious and hearty. Without the addition of half-n-half, it can also be a very diet-friendly recipe. Tomato Basil Bisque by Dianne […] Read More

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Recipe: Soleil’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake: INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I know, I know. It’s sketchy. But it takes the place of eggs and oil.) 1 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, cocoa, […] Read More

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