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-You're watching Real Moms Real Moments on Parents TV. From the Betty Crocker test kitchen in Minneapolis, here's Juli Auclair. -Hi everybody. Spring has sprung and our next real mom couldn't be more excited because warmer weather means more time with her horse. That's right. This mom is an equestrienne. And when she isn't riding, she's baking from recipes created right here in the Betty Crocker Kitchens. -Hi, I'm Carol from Indianola, Iowa. And I'm a real mom. Springtime for me and my family is just great. We're ready to get out of the house and start doing some activities outside. We really enjoy being around each other. We have the horse interest that we share together. We love to garden. We love planting flowers in the springtime, just getting out and seeing the beautiful spring colors, going out and having picnics, and just taking some really fun foods with us. Today, two of my kids, Meghan who is 20 and my youngest son Quentin who is 8, we're gonna make some fun spring cupcakes. We've got a lot of picnics coming up in the springtime and we like to get in the kitchen and just decorate. You're ready to make some cupcakes together? -Yeah. -Okay. The recipe is so simple. Even my youngest son, Quentin, can do it. We just pour in the cake mix. Pour in some water, eggs, and oil and mix it up good until we're ready to put it in the little baking cups and then we just pop it in the oven and cool it and then we're ready to frost and decorate and it's a lot of fun. Okay! This is the fun part. My favorite part of frosting the cupcakes. The first one is flower power cupcakes and they're my favorite. We're gonna use some colorful licorice sticks and some chocolate sprinkles to make the center of our flower and make really fun pretty petals with the licorice sticks. First, we're gonna dip the tip, the very top of 'em and these chocolate sprinkles to make the center of the flower. You just kind of press it down in there. See? Just like that, okay. Okay. So, now we're gonna take our colored licorice sticks and make the petals and then we're just gonna layer 'em all the way around the cupcakes to make our petals. It's awesome. So now, when I think of springtime, I think of bugs. The next one we're gonna do are picnic pals and those are fun little bug cupcakes that you can decorate in different bug shapes, ladybugs, butterflies, caterpillars using all different kinds of candies and sprinkles and even some fun decorating gel. What do you wanna make? -I don't know. I wanna make a bee. -You wanna try the bee? -Okay. Let's make a-- make a bee. -I might go and just do a caterpillar. -I'm gonna make the ladybug. I like ladybugs. -You don't-- Ooh, cool. That's a big stinger. -Okay. Mine's all done. -And the last cupcake we're gonna do is just a really simple fun cupcake that any aged kid could do. We're just using white frosting and then some colorful sprinkles that we're gonna put around the edges to really make it a fine exciting spring cupcake. So now watch. I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my cupcake. I'm just gonna dip the sides of it with these really fun sprinkles. Okay. Who's gonna try it next? -That look good. -That's gonna be yummy. -Mine's better. Yours is crumbling. -Oops, no it's not. -That was fun, wasn't it? -Uh-huh. -Yeah. The cupcakes were very good. The frosting is fresh and really flavorful. They're moist and I would be proud to take 'em to any function that I was attending. Things that are made from the heart are the best, I think. And I think it teaches them that family time is important and just being together and making those memories are always gonna be special to them. -Ready to make spring cupcakes like today's real mom? Visit bakelifesweeter.com for this recipe and more.
-You're watching Real Moms, Real Moments on Parents TV. From the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens in Minneapolis, here's Juli Auclair. -Hi everybody. Today's Real Mom isn't afraid of taking chances. She decided to say "sayonara" to the suburbs and move the entire family to a farm. The only thing she loves more than the crisp country air is a farm fresh brunch with the whole family. -My name is Karen Dowelnick. I am a real mom and I'm here with my 13-year-old daughter, Anna and my 10-year-old daughter Reid. I was gonna dream of living in a farm and so we searched for about 11 years looking for the perfect piece of property I found online one day, drove up to it and we purchased it before walking into the house. One of the best things about living on the farm and what we did really want to incorporate into our daily life was what we grew, ended up on the table. And so, brunch ideas that incorporate eggs and vegetables really kinda bring the best of those to life. The neat thing is, we grow a lot of our own food and so this [unk] of recipe, I can use a lot of what we grow in it. All right girls, we have a great recipe to do this morning. I have missed you. We have been busy all week long and I found this online and I think it'll perfect for our family. So today we're making a Do-Ahead Breakfast Bake which is phenomenal because I had to do everything ahead of time because I'm so busy. And my girls could help me which is great because they wanna spend time with me in the kitchen. It was really easy. There is some preparation of scrambling of eggs, of dicing of ham, of dicing of the green peppers. It was more just layering the great products we have. Pouring the milk and the egg mixture on top, put a little cheese on top and stick them in the refrigerator. I love this recipe because it only takes a few simple ingredients and a few simple steps. We love that we can get it done in 10 minutes, have it sit in the refrigerator, have it done in a couple of hours and everyone loves it. Okay girls, I think it's done. -Wow. That looks amazing. -It's good. I knew it would taste good. I didn't know it looks so good. I would easily serve this to family and friends that we [unk] people stopping by the house. I could easily do this and be very proud of it. [unk] is a great way to get the family together. We are going to million different miles throughout the week and during the weekend, we really do make an effort to sit down together and share at least 1 or 2 meals. And so brunch is perfect. You guys did a great job. -Thank you. -You guys officially are the brunch makers now. -Ready to make a Do-Ahead Breakfast Bake like today's Real Mom? Visit bakelifesweeter.com for this recipe and more.
-Chocolate is the eighth wonder- warm chocolate, the ninth. Just seconds in the microwave and indulgence is served. Betty Crocker Warm Delights. You're just 3 minutes from heaven. -You're watching Real Moms, Real Moments on Parents TV. -Hi, everyone. We're here at the Betty Crocker Kitchens. It's summertime and our real mom knows how to throw a great barbecue. Growing up watching her parents entertain, inspired her to return the favor. She calls the shots, she cooks the food and makes sure every barbecue is a sure fire hit. -My name is Tanya and I'm a real mom. Today I'm here with Justin and we're baking brownie goody bars. -Whoaw. -Today we're having a summer barbecue and I'm hoping the weather holds up. It's kind of drizzling right now, but it's supposed to get sunny. Now we gotta put in some syrup. Here comes. Usually when I'm in the kitchen, Justin's right there looking at what I'm doing. So today with the brownie goody bars, he's really gonna enjoy getting right in there in helping mom out. Good job. Let's crack our eggs now, okay? I've picked the brownie goody bars for the dessert for the summer barbecue today because it was really easy to prepare, but also it's a great summertime solution. Let's stir it up. Can you see? This gonna be delicious. -Yes. -I grew up with a family of 5 and my parents were constantly entertaining. We always had cousins and aunts and uncles over. We had block parties. There were always thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. So watching them entertain and watching my mom really focus on the presentation and just sit back at the end of the day and draw her guest, that's kind of what I do now. Here we go. -That's a ocean. -An ocean? An ocean of brownie mix? -Yeah. -When I picked up the Betty Crocker box today, it just took me back to the good old days with my mom and brothers and my sisters in the kitchen. And just the smell, the aroma of home baked goods. This is a really easy recipe. I feel sort of silly that I haven't tried it before, but it wasn't intimidating at all. It was very easy, basically just adding in the brownie mix and the water, the eggs, stirring it up, putting into the pan, putting into the oven and then adding on the layers, the vanilla frosting- I would never think of vanilla frosting with brownies. Then adding in the peanut which is great 'cause they're salted peanuts, so it's sort of adding the sweet with the salty and then adding in the melted chocolate and the peanut butter, it is really layers and layers of just wonderful, wonderful flavors. Justin is 3 years old and he is the light of my life. Justin is super creative. He loves using imagination and he loves seeing things to come together, so standing by my side and watching things come together in the mixing bowl and seeing the end result is right up his alley. -That looks amazing. -I really enjoy baking with Justin today. It reminded me a lot of baking with my mom back in the day. I can see and now I can appreciate how much love and passion she put into it and I hope that Justin takes that with him. Good? Yeah? Good. Can I have a kiss? -Ready to bake your own brownie goody bars like today's Real Mom? Visit bakelifesweeter.com for this recipe and more. Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families. Our lives.
-Welcome to Parents TV on Demand. A place for parents to learn, share and develop a healthy family together. Parents TV. Our families, our lives. -Most moms dread the task of making dinner at the end of a long tiring day. By evening, your energy, patience and creativity were spent and you've got nothing left but a blank stare. Everybody is hungry and looking at mom to make the dinner time need. But thanks for Parents Magazine and Discover Card, Holly has found a way to get it together with an easy dinner time solution. -Moms, don't you just love those moments when you can just be quite and be still and relax? All right. Who are we kidding? They don't laugh very long. You know what happens. Everybody comes in, uh-huh. What's for dinner? What's for dinner? Okay. If we're all hungry, shouldn't we all fit in in a whole meal planning and meal preparation experience. -Yeah. -Yeah, yeah. Okay, first step, we need to make a menu. You wanna do that? -Yes. -Let's go together. Moms, whether you're making meal for one, two, three, four, or more, it can be hard at the end of the day when you're tired. So, getting everybody involved is a lot more fun it takes so much stress of mom to be the only person providing meals. So, guys, we're gonna start with the menu. What's your favorite meal? -Pasta. -[unk]. -Crab. -Crab? -Macaroni and cheese. -Mac and cheese. I don't know about you moms but sometimes I lack the creativity to find new things for a repertoire. So, it's a good idea to grab some cook books, some magazines, look through them and find some new dishes to make. Okay, now we need to make our grocery list we've got on our meals. It's a good idea, mommies, to have your kids right out the grocery list that helps with word recognition and selling. So, Carl is gonna make the list for us. Okay. Ready for the grocery list? Pasta, crab and mac and cheese. And put steak on there too, steak. Once you make our list, you get to go to the seller. Definitely need some veggies, ice cream, an ice cream too of course. All right. We made our list and now we're at the grocery store. Most mommies feel traumatized after a trip to the grocery store but not if you sign your kids different task. Have them help out putting their items in the cart so they feel empowered and like they're really contributing to the meal process. Okay, you guys, are you ready? Go find your items. I guess you should find them. See how they're doing. Guys. You know, we can end up spending a lot of money at the grocery store. So, why not bring the kids? Give them a chance to get involved and help. During that process they learn a little something and mom gets the help she deserves. Hey, we're gonna have pasta tonight. Thank you. Hey, are you guys ready to go home and make dinner? -Yeah. -Okay. -Yeah. -Let's go. We're back from the store. We have all our food planned out for the week and every night is a special night. Tonight is Riley's night. She chose pasta. So, we're actually gonna take this night and celebrate her and every kid will have their own night and own celebrations. Does that sound good to you guys? -Yeah. -Okay. Well, I need help with dinner. Doesn't stop with the planning, we have to do it too. So, who's gonna wash veggies? -Me. -You? Okay. Anne, will you help me set the table? Yeah. Okay. Let's get started. Come on. Great job, everybody. We did everything we planned. We shopped, we washed the vegetables, we set the table, we're ready for dinner. See, all these little hungry tummies can equal a lot of help in the kitchen and it brings the whole family together. I'm ready for dinner now. We're just waiting for dad, right? -Yeah. -Way to get in together, yeah. Nice. Nice. Nice. Bye, everybody. -Ready to make meal planning a family activity? Then go to parents.com/getittogether. There's some great ways to get your kids involved in your day-to-day tasks. You'll find checklist, resources, and other tips on how to get it together courtesy of Parents Magazine and Discover Card. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.