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Feeding the kids: 'Frozen' snack ideas

The "Frozen" snack ideas can be found on

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose adorable snack ideas based on Disney's "Frozen." I found the recipes on LunchboxDad.com, a blog from a San Francisco father of three who shares his creative meal ideas for kids.

Sven Sandwich

Ingredients- 2 googly candy eyes- 2 large pretzels- 1 serving peanut butter and jam- 1 slice...

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Feeding the kids: Cupid's cupcakes

Cupid's cupcakes from Disney's website Spoonful.com makes the

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly-food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious Valentine's Day dessert. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a Disney website that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Cupid's cupcakes

IngredientsFor yellow cake:- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature- 1 1/2...

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Feeding the kids: Super Bowl pumpkin chili and grilled cheese 'footballs'

Pumpkin chili with grilled cheese "footballs"

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a not-too-spicy chili and fun grilled cheese sandwiches shaped as footballs, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Pumpkin chili and grilled cheese "footballs"

Ingredients

For...

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Feeding the kids: An easy cherry smoothie

The cherry berry smoothie recipe can be found

(Credit: Robert Rose)

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a refreshing dessert to enjoy after a fun-filled holiday. I found the recipe in the "150 Best Desserts in a Jar," by Andrea Jourdan (Robert Rose; $24.95).

Cherry Berry Smoothie (Makes 3-4 servings)

What you'll need - 4, 12-ounce tall jars - Blender

Ingredients - 1...

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Feeding the kids: Candy cane ice cream sandwiches

The Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich recipe can

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a frozen dessert, perfect for the holidays. I found the recipe in the "Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich," by Tessa Arias (Running Press; $18).

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich (Makes about 10 ice cream sandwiches)

Easy vanilla ice...

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Feeding the kids: Slow cooker chili

The slow cooker chili recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a classic comfort food for a warm winter day. I found the recipe in the "Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining: 100 Plus Recipes and 30 Party Plans," by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss (Robert Rose; $24.95).

All-Time Favorite Chili (Makes 6 to 8 servings)

Ingredients - 2 pounds lean...

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Feeding the kids: Carrot drop cookies with cream cheese glaze

The Carrot Drop Cookies recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious fall cookie. I found the recipe in "Simply Sensational Cookies," by Nancy Baggett (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.99).

Carrot Drop Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze (Makes about 35 cookies)

Ingredients (For cookies) — 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly...

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4 tricks for a healthy Halloween

Maggi di Silva, author of "Real Family Halloween

(Credit: Maggie di Silva, 2011)

Ask your kids what they love about Halloween and most, if not all, will shout “candy."

While this fun tradition may wreak havoc on your kids' teeth -- and bedtime routines -- there are many tricks to help keep some of the treats at bay.

For starters, determine a reasonable number of days your kids can enjoy the sweets and discuss this with them before they head out trick-or-treating....

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Feeding the kids: Halloween Ice Scream sandwiches

The Halloween Ice Scream sandwich recipe can be

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun Halloween dessert, perfect for post trick-or-treating. I found the recipe in "Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make The Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich," by Tessa Arias (Running Press, $19).

Halloween Ice Scream Sandwich (Makes about 12 ice cream sandwiches)

Candy...

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Feeding the kids: Veggie samosas

The Veggie Samosas recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a healthy and tasty way to sneak in veggies, perfect for a snack at home or packed in a lunch box. I found the recipe in "Ella's Kitchen The Cookbook,"(Hamlyn/Octopus Publishing; $19.99).

Veggie-tastic Samosas (Makes 6 servings)

Ingredients - 2 cups finely diced sweet potato...

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