The Sweet Life! with Christine Kropp; Entertain your kids in the kitchen this March break

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Christine Kropp

Next week is March Break, and what better activity to keep them busy ... cooking!!

Do you have a child that loves to cook, watches the food network, and wants to be the next contestant on Chopped Junior? Spending the day in the kitchen with your children can be a lot of fun. Menu planning, creating a grocery list, heading to the grocery store, then cooking up a storm. You could fill a few days of their break.

I spent some time at the library recently and I was surprised at the large selection of kids’ cookbooks. A great way to spend the afternoon, snooping around the library, especially on a rainy/snowy day.

Favourite Cookbooks at the library:

Kids’ Fun & Healthy Cooking; a fun twist on healthy eating with recipes for any meal

The Kids’ Cookbook; Recipes from Around the World

Kids Bake; 100+ sweet recipes

As much as I love cookbooks, and I have shelves filled with them, I tend to head to the internet when I’m in a hurry or searching for a specific theme or ingredient to cook with.

Family-focused, Kid-friendly websites: is devoted to family-focused food and features tips for cooking with kids. has a page dedicated to fun things to cook with kids features easy to read a recipe with photos for each step

Fun in the kitchen is a great way for kids to learn basic cooking skills, that can develop as they gain more confidence with each recipe they prepare.

This cookie recipe was a favourite in our home when I was growing up. My mother would have them ready when we arrived home from school. Then an easy recipe for us to learn as we helped in the kitchen.

Do you have a favourite family recipe? One you remember making as a child. Or maybe one you have made with your kids, or grandkids? Would love to hear about it in the comments!


2 ¾ cups rolled oats

1 cup coconut

5 tbsp cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

½ cup butter

½ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix oats, coconut & cocoa powder together in a bowl

  2. Bring sugar, butter and milk to boil in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once mixture comes to a rolling boil, Boil for 2 minutes

  4. Remove immediately from heat and stir in oat mixture.

  5. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper.

  6. Moving quickly, as “fudge” mixture will start to harden in the pan

  7. Cool to room temperature.

CHRISTINE KROPP .. I use my experience as a hotelier, a baker, a hospitality expert, and a world traveller to help curate a life you don’t need a vacation from. My lifestyle blog “The Sweet Life” includes food, fun and festive living.

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Website: Instagram: @christine__kropp



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