Worms in Dirt

If you're looking for a dessert to serve at your child's party, or just want something fun to make with your child, Worms in Dirt is an easy dessert to make. We used pudding cups, but if you want to make several bowls of this, you might want to make a whole package of pudding. We bought the regular gummy worms--not the sour ones. We used Oreos for the cookie crumble but you can use any hard cookie you want. If you're serving these at a party, you might want to hold the gummy worms as you pour in the "dirt" so that they're sticking up out of the "ground". Have fun.



1 chocolate pudding cup or 4 oz of chocolate pudding

2 - 4 gummy worms

2 Oreo cookies



Scoop the pudding into a cup or small bowl. Place gummy worms into the pudding. Open Oreo cookies and remove cream centers with a fork and set those aside. Put the Oreo cookies into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until crumbly. Pour cookie crumbles on top of the pudding and worms. Gently shake until crumbles cover the top. 


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worms in dirt

French Fries

Making french fries is simple in that there are only a few ingredients and a few steps. On the other hand, this recipe may take more adult involvement than the other recipes on this site. In making french fries we use a sharp knife on a rounded vegetable, we use the stove top, and hot oil, which could cause serious burn damage if it spilled or splattered. Since this is a recipe Caleb has done with his dad before, he wanted to do it for the show. As you’ll see in the video, this recipe is done almost completely by Darren. As always, ask a parent or guardian before attempting any of the recipes on this site.



1 Potato 

1 tsp Salt

1/4 cup Oil (approx)



Wash and slice the potato into strips (you can peel it if you don’t want the skin). Put a paper towel on a plate on the counter near the stovetop. Heat the oil in a sauté pan. The oil should halfway cover the potatoes when they’re added. When the oil is hot, carefully add the potato strips until the bottom of the sauté pan is covered. Stir the potatoes while they cook making sure to turn them over. When the potatoes are just turning golden brown remove them to the paper towel covered plate. Salt the fries to taste.


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Making Lunch

When Caleb was in fifth grade we had him start making his own school lunch. We probably should have had him helping this way earlier, but we just made all the lunches at the same time and didn’t think about it. What we noticed was that he almost never ate everything in his lunch. Sometimes we would get the complaints about what was in the lunch. And then there was just the general pickiness that showed up at every meal. Getting him to participate in his own food preparation was one way to help him take ownership of the food. While he helped make the fun stuff in the past, like cookies, making his own lunch was the next step. He would appreciate what he was eating if he was directly involved in making it. In the past two years he has been finishing his lunch and his interest in preparing food has grown, which is what led us to this site. We’re still stretching into new territory, but it’s a little more fun now.


Ice Cream Bread

Ice cream...bread? Turns out ice cream and bread have a lot in common. The ingredients in ice cream and the extra ingredients in self rising flour is enough to create a loaf of mildly sweet bread when mixed and baked. The bread reminded me of the flavor and texture of a scone. The thing about this recipe is that it's fun to make, younger kids can help and if you bring it to a party, it's an interesting conversation piece.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to bake fresh bread customized with your favorite ice cream flavor. Just make sure your ice cream is full fat and your flour is self rising. Have fun.



1 Pint Ice Cream (any flavor, but full fat)

1 1/2 cups Self Rising Flour



Preheat oven to 350. Combine ice cream and flour in a bowl until completely mixed. Pour into a bread pan. Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


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