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Posted: January 19, 2010 8:45 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Honey Turkey RollersMakes 6 servings 8 ounces cream cheese, softened1/3 cup honey1/4 cup mustard1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional6 8-inch whole wheat tortillas1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded12 thin slices of turkeyIn medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add honey, mustard and onion powder; mix well.Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey cream cheese mixture out to the edge of each tortilla. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese, leaving about 1 inch around the edge. Place 2 slices of turkey on each tortilla. Roll up each tortilla tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 30 minutes, then slice each tortilla log into 8 1-inch rounds and serve. Honey Turkey RollersMakes 6 servings 8 ounces cream cheese, softened1/3 cup honey1/4 cup mustard1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional6 8-inch whole wheat tortillas1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded12 thin slices of turkeyIn medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add honey, mustard and onion powder; mix well.Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey cream cheese mixture out to the edge of each tortilla. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese, leaving about 1 inch around the edge. Place 2 slices of turkey on each tortilla. Roll up each tortilla tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 30 minutes, then slice each tortilla log into 8 1-inch rounds and serve.
Honey Turkey RollersMakes 6 servings 8 ounces cream cheese, softened1/3 cup honey1/4 cup mustard1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional6 8-inch whole wheat tortillas1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded12 thin slices of turkeyIn medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add honey, mustard and onion powder; mix well.Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey cream cheese mixture out to the edge of each tortilla. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese, leaving about 1 inch around the edge. Place 2 slices of turkey on each tortilla. Roll up each tortilla tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 30 minutes, then slice each tortilla log into 8 1-inch rounds and serve.
Peanut Butter Honey Play DoughMakes about 1 pound 1 cup peanut butter3 cups powdered sugar1/3 cup honey1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Food coloring, optionalCombine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix thoroughly until "dough" begins to come together. Do not over mix. If desired, add a few drops of food color­ing to dough and mix; add additional food coloring if needed to reach preferred color.Store dough or shapes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. Peanut Butter Honey Play DoughMakes about 1 pound 1 cup peanut butter3 cups powdered sugar1/3 cup honey1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Food coloring, optionalCombine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix thoroughly until "dough" begins to come together. Do not over mix. If desired, add a few drops of food color­ing to dough and mix; add additional food coloring if needed to reach preferred color.Store dough or shapes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
Peanut Butter Honey Play DoughMakes about 1 pound 1 cup peanut butter3 cups powdered sugar1/3 cup honey1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Food coloring, optionalCombine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix thoroughly until "dough" begins to come together. Do not over mix. If desired, add a few drops of food color­ing to dough and mix; add additional food coloring if needed to reach preferred color.Store dough or shapes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
Honey Berry Waffle SandwichMakes 4 servings 1 1/2 cups fresh berries, divided*1 tablespoon butter1/3 cup honey8 frozen waffles, toastedTo prepare honey syrup, purée 1/2 cup berries in a blender or food processor; set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and bring to a boil; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, then add berry purée. Continue to simmer 2 to 3 minutes more until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside and keep warm.For each serving, place 2 waffles on plate. Top one waffle with 1/4 cup fresh berries. Drizzle with 1/4 of syrup, and top sandwich with remaining waffle.*Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries work well. Honey Berry Waffle SandwichMakes 4 servings 1 1/2 cups fresh berries, divided*1 tablespoon butter1/3 cup honey8 frozen waffles, toastedTo prepare honey syrup, purée 1/2 cup berries in a blender or food processor; set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and bring to a boil; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, then add berry purée. Continue to simmer 2 to 3 minutes more until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside and keep warm.For each serving, place 2 waffles on plate. Top one waffle with 1/4 cup fresh berries. Drizzle with 1/4 of syrup, and top sandwich with remaining waffle.*Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries work well.
Honey Berry Waffle SandwichMakes 4 servings 1 1/2 cups fresh berries, divided*1 tablespoon butter1/3 cup honey8 frozen waffles, toastedTo prepare honey syrup, purée 1/2 cup berries in a blender or food processor; set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and bring to a boil; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, then add berry purée. Continue to simmer 2 to 3 minutes more until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside and keep warm.For each serving, place 2 waffles on plate. Top one waffle with 1/4 cup fresh berries. Drizzle with 1/4 of syrup, and top sandwich with remaining waffle.*Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries work well.
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Children are naturally curious when it comes to the ways of the kitchen, and parents are equally curious about how to include them in cooking and baking activities.

"The best way to promote lifelong healthy eating is to get kids involved in cooking at an early age," said Mitzi Dulan, registered dietitian and author. "Promoting the kitchen as a fun gathering place for the whole family will help build a positive attitude towards enjoying food."

With a little adult assistance, kids can easily learn their way around the kitchen and help create fun meals and snacks.

"Introduce kids to the kitchen by having them help prepare their own snacks," Dulan said. "A favorite snack for my children is a honey and peanut butter sandwich. Even very young kids can use a spoon to spread honey and peanut butter on whole wheat bread or a tortilla."

Here are three simple steps to heighten your child's desire to learn and be involved in the kitchen:

Tour the kitchen. Sure they eat there, but take time to familiarize them with measuring cups, cutting boards, hot pads and the general layout of the kitchen.

Point out where kitchen staples such as honey, spices and other dry ingredients are stored and use this time as an invitation to talk about flavors and favorite tastes.

Make meal planning a family event. Browse through cookbooks, old family recipes or visit honey.com for kid-friendly and tasty recipes.

Invite kids to pick at least one recipe to make each week to get them involved and interested in the family's eating habits.

Assist your little chef. Safety is a top priority for kids in the kitchen - adults should be active participants and lead by example.

Always demonstrate safe kitchen practices. From knife skills and cleanliness to age-appropriate cooking activities.

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