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Explore a world of culinary delight with our Sparkle Kitchen category. Discover mouthwatering recipes, cooking tips, and kitchen adventures to satisfy your appetite and spark your creativity in the kitchen.

Recipe Round Up: Tarts for the Easter Table

We love tarts for Easter brunch! Sweet or savory, they're just the perfect little eats for little (and big) hands. We've rounded up our favorites for you to try at your next celebration.

Martin's Big Birthday Meal

It's Martin's 9th birthday, and the family celebrates with some of his favorite foods. Here are some recipes so you can celebrate along with them!

Recipe Round Up: Simple Foods for Simple Tastebuds

Indulge in delightful flavors and heartwarming tales with our roundup of recipes for sensitive palates.

Recipe Round Up: Libby Loves Smoothies!

Libby is a shy, quiet girl with a big imagination who lives in a high-rise apartment in the Big City with her best friend, Dish the Cat. She is fond of adventures and fruit smoothies! Here are some faves.

Sparkle Kitchen: Storytime Snack Roundup

Have you ever noticed how satisfying it is to pair listening with a storytime snack? We've gathered a collection of our favorite snack recipes to share with you for time when you want to bump up the holiday celebration a notch.

Sparkle Kitchen: The City of Eight Recipe Round-Up

Take our advice and join the Dory Horde on a culinary adventure through a series of delightful Middle Eastern recipes.

Sparkle Kitchen: Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

Try your hand at the smoky, spicy dip that Colum tastes for the first time on her thrilling adventure down the river!

Sparkle Kitchen: Chicken Kofta Kebab

Who can resist spiced and seared chicken? Dig into this recipe and get a glimpse of what Grandmother Maria Dory is so excited about.

Sparkle Kitchen: Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

Take a peaceful moment in the midst of your Dory Horde adventures to indulge in these rich Middle Eastern butter cookies.

Sparkle Kitchen: Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Khyar Bi Laban)

Give your tastebuds a City-of-Eight-inspired treat with this delicious Middle Eastern cucumber yogurt salad.

Sparkle Kitchen: Hummus – Middle Eastern Style!

Power your snacking with authentic Middle Eastern hummus as you keep up with the adventures of the Dory Horde on their Egyptian adventure.

Recipe Round Up: 5 Snacks for Helpers (All Hands On Deck)

Staying fueled when you’re working hard is key to motivation and success.

Foods That Make You Smile Round-Up

Eight activities that actually encourage your kids to play with their food!

Sparkle Kitchen: Lavender and Sweet Orange Sleepy Spray

For anyone even remotely aware of herbal remedies, using lavender as a sleep aid is a no-brainer, but the addition of sweet orange oil makes this blend particularly lovely for children. Here's how to make it so your little one can catch more zzzzzzs.

Sparkle Kitchen: Blueberry Buccellati

Buccellati are a traditional Christmas cookie from Sicily. A made-from-scratch cousin of Fig Newtons, these cookies are filled with a paste of figs, nuts, and spices, then cut into interesting shapes to expose their jewel-like filling.

Sparkle Kitchen: 4 Get Cozy Winter Recipes

I love all things Scandinavian and that includes the idea of hygge — the art of being cozy. This week I wanted inspire you all to get cozy as we get ready for the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Martin & Sylvia’s Best Breakfasts Cookbook: 25 Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

Just in time for the holidays, we bring you a free printable- Martin & Sylvia’s Best Breakfast Cookbook!

Sylvia’s Magic Belly Tea

In the Martin & Sylvia Learning Days story “A Science Potion for Halloween,” the children have worries about how they’ll feel after the upcoming Halloween Ball. Momma shows them that they can make “potions” with things they have in their pantry and yard, just like herbalists have done for centuries.

Castlechanter Audio Advent Calendar Crafts and recipes: Week One

Welcome to the first week of the Castlechanter Fairy Advent Calendar! We are so delighted you chose to join us. Every day for the next four weeks, we will be sharing crafts and recipes from our Sparkle Archives that are similar to the ones in the advent calendar.

Sparkle Holiday Extravaganza! All of Our Holiday Content in One Spot

Here in Sparkle Land, we love the holiday season. Since the very beginning of Sparkle we’ve been crafting and cooking for the holidays. That means we have A LOT of holiday content spread out through nine years’ worth of blog posts. We’ve rounded up everything right here into one master list of links.

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