Cooking With Toddlers: Cheese Crackers

September 19th, 2013  |  Published in Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized  |  14 Comments

Exciting news in my world: I got a job! I have been a stay-at-home mom since we moved to California two months ago, and I’m not a huge fan of it. I love my daughter to pieces, but I think we’re all a lot happier when I am working. I crave being busy and being around adults, Dave wants back in as the equal parent, and we know that Alice misses friends, activities, and the schedule of school (even for a two-year-old!). Huge kudos to all of you stay-at-home moms who somehow stay sane and motivated!

I start my job in three weeks, so now I have this sweet vacation time to enjoy with Alice before everything gets busybusybusy again. Now that I have a job lined up, I have a million projects I want to finish. Why didn’t I just work on them the last two months? Ha!


Today we combined four of Alice’s favorite things: helping in the kitchen, using cookie cutters in play dough, cheese, and crackers. We made homemade animal- and heart-shaped cheese crackers!

I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make! And they really do taste like Cheez-Its! Seriously, give this recipe a try. It’s quick, fun, and super delicious.


Homemade Cheez-Its

(recipe from Shopgirl by way of BHG)


  • 8oz shredded cheddar cheese (or  whatever cheese you like!)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt
  • 3 – 4 tbs ice water


  1. Mix together the shredded cheese,  1/2 tsp of salt and the softened butter.
  2. Add in the flour and mix until combined.
  3. With the mixer running, begin adding the ice water and mix until a soft dough forms. Use as much ice water as you need for a dough to form.
  4. Divide the dough in two, form each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375* F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into about an 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 1″ squares with a pizza cutter or fluted pastry cutter, or cut into fun shapes using tiny cookie cutters.
  7. Transfer your crackers onto the baking pans and sprinkle them with salt.
  8. Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes, or until they have puffed up and the edges begin to brown. Let cool before eating.


Warning: these will go fast! I swear all I heard Alice say today was “More cracker?”.



New Blog Design

June 14th, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

My wonderful husband just designed this super cute new blog for me!! Isn’t he talented? He loves to design websites (he also designed www.cookingfriend.com and a million other websites). He starts architecture school next week, so I hope he likes designing buildings just as much.

I loved my old blog design, but I hated when I would come across someone else who used the same design. Now my blog can be 100% unique to Annie Get Your Glue Gun! I hope you like the new design as much as I do!


Westward ho!

April 20th, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

It’s official: Dave and I are heading back to Oregon in June! Back to the land of mountains and ocean and delicious invasive blackberries. Although I am extremely sad about moving away from family and nervous about finding a new job, I can’t say I’m not excited. I love adventures and I love Oregon! I hope Eugene is as great as Portland was!

My blog postings may be a bit more infrequent for the next few weeks as we pack up and travel. I would love any advice on packing, moving, or places to check out in Eugene. Hooray!


The wedding is over. What next?

November 19th, 2008  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

I married the love of my life on November 8th, 2008. We had a 19 month engagement and I had a blast the entire time planning and crafting for the perfect day.

But now the wedding has ended and I have lots o’ free time! Solution? This blog! I’ll be posting all of my craft, cooking, and baking projects (and probably throw in some wedding crafts since I’ve now moved from the role of bride to matron-of-honor).

So welcome to Annie Get Your Glue Gun! I’m Annie and I’m armed. With a glue gun.