Cook with Books: Pete’s A Pizza

Cook with Books: Pete's a Pizza from The Homeschool Share Blog

Have you read William Steig’s Pete’s A Pizza before?  If not, this is the perfect book to share over a fun pizza lunch with your kiddos!  In the story, Pete is in a bad mood, so his dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza.  It’s a funny and sweet book that is a quick read, too.


Making your own pizzas can be really easy!  You just need dough–we made it crazy easy and used biscuits–sauce, cheese, and toppings!


Spray your baking sheet and mash out the biscuits to form your pizza crusts.


Spread the sauce on the dough.


Then add your toppings!  It’s really that easy!


We baked ours for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.



Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango

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Cook with Books: The Parrot Tico Tango Fruit Trees

Cook with Books this month features The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte. We read the colorful story about Tico Tango who flies through the rainforest snatching bright, yummy fruits from his friends. The book lends itself to great discussion about asking for things and asking for forgiveness.

After reading the book, we started on our Fruit Tree Snack. If your child is able, he can help wash and prepare the fruit by chopping it into small pieces.

For each fruit tree, you will need:

1/2 banana
thick slice of cored pineapple
handful of toothpicks
3 other fruits (we used strawberries, kiwi, and mango), diced

To assemble the trees, simply place the banana half in the pineapple.

Using toothpicks, add fruits all over.

Fruit Tree Snack for The Parrot Tico Tango (Cook with Books)

So simple. So healthy!

You can find a complete unit study for The Parrot Tico Tango at Homeschool Share.

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Cook with Books: Mouse Mess

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Cook with Books: Mouse Mess from the Homeschool Share Blog

My nieces came to visit for an “Art Day,” and I decided we could throw in a “cooking” project, too. After all, culinary art is art!

We read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley–a short, rhyming romp about a mouse who snacks his way through the kitchen. After the tale, we got started on our cracker snacker lunch.

Cracker Snackers

I gathered lots of fun ingredients. I split the dining room table into two spaces for the girls to work. One side was savory. The other side was sweet.

You could use any of the following combination of ingredients for the savory snackers:

  • Crackers, Appetizer Bread (bases)
  • Sliced Boiled Egg
  • Sliced Cucumbers
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter (and Jam)
  • Cheese Spreads
  • Cheese Slices
  • Pepperoni or Ham Slices
  • Olives, Pickles (for toppers!)
  • Goldfish Crackers (another good topper)

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (Homeschool Share Blog)

You can really let your imagination go wild for the sweet snackers:

  • Graham Crackers (base) Did you know they come in cinnamon and chocolate, too?
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Fruit Slices (any kind!)
  • Berries (for toppers)
  • Mini Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips (a favorite, for sure)

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (from Homeschool Share)

I let the girls go to work, and work they did. The combinations were fantastic and delicious!

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (from Homeschool Share)
Happy Eating & Happy Reading!

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Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs

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Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs from the Homeschool Share Blog
My friend, Carmen, is a super creative homeschooling mama of three.

To meet the needs of all three ages of her children (plus some extra kiddos, too!), she read several versions of The Three Little Pigs. The children then wrote their own play, created sets, planned a menu, and made invitations to a “Backyard Dinner Theater.” They had a few rehearsals and created simple costumes before the big show.

The menu was quite elaborate:

Pigs in a Blanket
Mini Ham Sandwiches
Curly Tail Macaroni and Cheese
Curly Tail Pasta Salad
Veggie Tray
Sticks (pretzel sticks)
Straw Stacks
Bricks (Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats)
Piggy Punch (Pink Lemonade)

Grandparents were invited, and it was a fun night!

You could certainly replicate her entire production, but for this post, I am just going to share the easy recipe she gave me for the Straw Stacks.

Cook with Books: Making Straw Stacks (Three Little Pigs)

Straw Stack Treats

1 bag chow mien noodles
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips

Melt chips together. Pour melted chips over chow mien noodles. Use two spoons or a large cookie scoop to crate straw stacks on waxed (or parchment) paper. Let set. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! Happy Reading!

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Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

When I saw The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt, I knew it would not be enough to borrow it from the library. No. We had to own it. Each page brings a kaleidoscope of paper-cut colors, making it truly beautiful. It also provides a base for discussion of various emotions: alert, calm, energetic, fiery, exciting.

The Rainbow Book is also the perfect literature selection to go with Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs Recipe

You need lots of colorful fruit–one kind of fruit per color.

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

Red: watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red raspberries
Orange: cut oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, mango, peaches
Yellow: pineapple, golden delicious apples
Green: honeydew, green grapes, kiwi slices, avocado slices
Blue: blueberries
Purple: blackberries, grapes (red or purple), plums

Don’t forget to add wooden skewers to your shopping list, too.

The child can help prepare the fruit by washing it. Then you can finish the prep by chopping and slicing.

Cook with Books ~ Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

We assembled the kabobs by adding the fruit in order of the rainbow.

Enjoy your treats–the book and the food!

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book


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Cook with Books: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

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Fall is a great time for camping!  If you’re planning a camping trip, you will definitely want to check out A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen.  This picture book tells of Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee, who have quite an adventure when they decide to take the trailer out for a weekend in the wilderness.  The entire story is done in rhyme and is fun and easy to read aloud.  You may recognize Van Dusen’s art style from his illustrations in Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson books.  Here, too, they are bright and cheery and go along well with the story.


Whether you’re camping away from home or in your own backyard, s’mores cones are a fun variation on the traditional campfire snack.  All you need are:

  • sugar cones
  • chocolate chips
  • mini marshmallows


Step 1:  Fill your cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips.


Fill it up to the very tip top!


Step 2:  Wrap the cones in foil and put them on your grill.  How long you have to wait will depend on how big your fire is and how melty you want your chocolate and marshmallows!

5Step 3:  Enjoy!  These are not as messy as traditional s’mores, thanks to the cone!  After we made these, we started brainstorming all the variations you could make…peanut butter, mint chocolate chips, peppermints…Just about anything you can think of!

Happy camping!

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