Cookbook Review and Recipe: Picture Me Cooking

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After my last couple of cookbook reviews, it should be no surprise to you that I am passionate about cooking with kids. I appreciate any resource out there that encourages adults to get into their kitchens with children. Cooking is such an important life skill.

The cookbook, Picture Me Cooking by blogging friend Colleen Kennedy, is one of the most unique cookbooks you'll find out there for cooking with kids. Not only is Picture Me Cooking full of great, kid-friendly recipes, it is also a scrapbook type keepsake. Each recipe comes with kid-friendly instructions as well as a photo insert spot so you can capture a picture of your little chef cooking and place it in the cookbook. A cookbook and a scrapbook all in one! When you complete each recipe, your kids will have a keepsake cookbook that they are truly a part of. How cool is that?

One of the most simple recipes in the Picture Me Cooking cookbook is CK's Cone Mix. It is a simple snack mix, but the idea to serve it in ice cream cones is brilliant. My kids were excited to have something new, even though we have snack mix all the time. Just the presentation alone made this snack mix extra special (and my 4 year-old could make it all by herself!)

If you want a cookbook that truly involves your children, Picture Me Cooking is a must have cookbook for you!

Recipe: CK's Cone Mix (from Picture Me Cooking)

The recipe in Picture Me Cooking suggests a snack mix of raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, your favorite cereal, mini pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows. I used the recipe as inspiration but added the following ingredients:


  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Yogurt Covered Craisins
  • Twizzler Bites
  • Honey Nut Cherrios
  • Cocktail Peanuts


  1. Mix a handful of your chosen ingredients in a bowl or plastic bag.
  2. Fill cone(s) and serve.

Click on these links to read Kristen's reviews on Recipes Every Man Should Know, The Crabby Cook, and The Whole Family Cookbook.

Do you spend time cooking with your kids? What are some of your favorite dishes to cook together? Why do you think it's important to have your kids help out in the kitchen?

Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Kristen’s mission is to help others make family mealtime a priority, where families gather around the table each night to engage in great food and conversation. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time. Besides her food blog, you can connect with Kristen on Twitter, Facebook or follow along with her Project 365 on her Photo Journey Blog.

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