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Kristoff Ice Box Cupcakes, from Disney's Frozen 2

Kristoff Ice Box Cupcakes, from Disney's Frozen 2

A Fun, Fruity, Refrigerated Treat

October 19, 2020 | 04:07 PM

A Fun, Fruity, Refrigerated Treat

Save time on family desserts with make-ahead recipes like these Kristoff Ice Box Cupcakes. By using kid-friendly treats that add nutrition to appealing flavor, you can solve busy evenings just by reaching into the fridge. This and other family-friendly recipes are part of Dole's healthy-living alliance with Disney's Frozen 2. For details, visit dole.com/Disney. #Dole #DoleRecipes

Kristoff Ice Box Cupcakes

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chill time

Serves: 12

3 ripe DOLE® Bananas

1 container (8 ounces) fat-free whipped topping, thawed

7 low-fat honey graham crackers, coarsely crushed

1 pound Dole Strawberries, hulled and quartered

Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. In large bowl, mash bananas; fold in whipped topping.

Fill muffin cups halfway with graham cracker pieces, banana mixture and strawberries; repeat layers with remaining ingredients.

Refrigerate cupcakes 4 hours; serve in cupcake liners.

Approximate nutritional information per serving (1 cupcake): 78 calories; 3 calories from fat; 0 g fat; 0 g trans fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 25 mg sodium; 164 mg potassium; 18 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 1 g protein; vitamin A 0%; vitamin C 25%; calcium 2%; iron 2%; vitamin E 2%; thiamin 2%; vitamin B6 8%; phosphorus 2%; magnesium 4%; manganese 10%.

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Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Caramel Apple Hand Pies

September 28, 2020 | 02:47 PM


• 2 Golden Delicious apples

• 8 soft caramels, cut into small cubes

• 2 boxes double crust pie dough

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 1/2 t. cinnamon

• 2 T. flour

• 1/4 cup chopped pecans

• 2 T. sanding sugar

• 2 eggs, whisked. You can add a little water if needed to thin


1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2.Core apples and cut apples into small cubes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Stir to combine. Add the pecans and set aside

3.Using a wide mouth mason jar, cut out circles from each pie crust. You should get at least 8 rounds per crust.

4.Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the rounds on the parchment. Add filling to each round. Add 4 or 5 small pieces of caramel. Place the top round on top and seal by pressing with the tines of a fork.

5.Brush each top with the egg wash and cut an X on the top of each round for venting. Dust with sanding sugar

6. Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

7. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before enjoying.

Recipe and photo courtesy california
Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

A Cheesy, Creamy, Kid-Friendly Meal

August 31, 2020 | 12:24 PM

Turning to easy recipes that require minimal cooking time can help your loved ones take the stress out of busy back-to-school evenings while increasing the opportunities for sharing family moments together.

Skip the long cook times of complicated dishes and instead turn to an option like this Skillet Macaroni and Cheese, a kid-friendly and parent-approved meal to turn hectic school nights into happy time with family.

With a slight twist on the childhood classic, this version calls for chicken to add protein along with spinach and cherry tomatoes for increased veggie intake. Plus, it's made with milk and cheese as part of an important daily intake of dairy, an irreplaceable part of a balanced diet as a source of essential nutrients.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more kid-friendly meals.

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of "Mom to Mom Nutrition" on behalf of Milk Means More

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4-6

1 cup dried elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1 package (5 ounces) semisoft cheese with garlic and fine herbs

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, chicken and onion. Cook 6-8 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.

Reduce heat to medium. Stir in semisoft cheese. Gradually add milk and flour. Continue stirring and cooking until mixture is thickened and bubbly.

Reduce heat to low. Add hot sauce, cheddar cheese and cooked macaroni. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted. Stir in spinach.

Top with cherry tomatoes and serve.

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July 27, 2020 | 02:46 PM


• 1 cup granulated sugar

• 4 tablespoons water

• 1 cup toasted slivered almonds

• 1 cantaloupe

• 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Grease a heavy baking sheet or line with a silicon mat or non-stick parchment.

Place sugar and water in medium saucepan and stir just to combine.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium-low flame, resisting the temptation to stir (as that would encourage unwanted crystals to form).

Continue to boil until carmelization occurs and the sugar/water mixture turns a rich, golden-brown color. Working quickly, turn off heat, stir in almonds, and pour hot mixture onto prepared pan, spreading it out a bit with a wooden spoon.

When cool (in about 20 minutes), break the hardened slab into inch-sized pieces. Place chunks in a food processor or blender and pulse until pulverized.

Cut cantaloupe in half, remove seeds and cut into six wide wedges. Divide cantaloupe among six serving dishes, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and sprinkle generously with almond praline. Reserve extra praline in jar or container with tight-fitting lid.

This recipe makes a generous amount of praline, which keeps for weeks in an air-tight jar or container.

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Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

How to Bring the Islands to your Pizza and to Your Family Meal

July 13, 2020 | 04:08 PM

Spending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. Commit to more Family meals despite COVID-19 circumstances with a recipe for dinner like Hawaiian Chicken Pizza.

Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Toby Amidor on behalf of the FMI Foundation

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

3/4 cup barbecue sauce

1 ready-made pizza crust or whole wheat pizza crust (10 ounces)

1 cup canned or jarred tomato sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple or canned pineapple tidbits packed in 100% juice

Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat pizza pan or baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In medium bowl, combine rotisserie chicken and barbecue sauce.

Place pizza crust on pan and evenly spread tomato sauce over crust. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Top evenly with rotisserie chicken mixture and pineapple.


Cool Kids Down with these Frozen Pops

July 10, 2020 | 02:38 PM


2 cups halved California grapes

1 1/3 cups lemonade


Fill eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds with halved grapes. Pour in the lemonade to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop stick handles. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours, or until frozen.



This is a Vegan recipe

This is a Gluten-free recipe

This is a Low-sodium recipe

This is a Vegetarian recipe

This is a Dairy-free recipe


Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 40; Protein 0 g; Carbohydrate 11 g; Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 0 mg; Fiber 0 g.
Championing Our Cause: Wajeha Chaudhry, Local Educator
Wajeha Chaudhry shares a love of reading with local children as well as her son, Sohail, and daughter, Sabeeha.

Championing Our Cause: Wajeha Chaudhry, Local Educator

Three Easy Ways to Engage with Kids During the COVID-19 School Break

March 18, 2020 | 03:25 PM

Loudon Elementary's Wajeha Chaudhry, best known as a beloved third grade teacher and star of the YouTube series Chaudhry's Champions, is a community figure who always meets her students where they are. Right now, students throughout Kern County find themselves at home due to COVID-19 and social distancing recommendations.

Chaudhry's Champions features a different picture book or chapter of a children's novel in each video. Although Chaudhry herself usually reads the chosen titles, she often features guest readers from across Kern County, including Mayor Karen Goh, Bakersfield Condors player Ryan Holt, policemen, firefighters and other teachers, community heroes children can look up to and know are at work where they live.

Chaudhry recognized different language abilities, needs and schedules across our community when she started the channel, originally to explain math homework, in 2015. Reading homework quickly became part of what she offered after realizing that not all children hear a bedtime story every night, for a variety of reasons.

"Sometimes you're tired, you've had a rough day, and your child brings you the longest book or something you don't feel like slogging through, like a tongue twister book by Dr. Seuss. All you want to do is skip a few pages," said Chaudhry. "All children should have an opportunity to hear stories, regardless of their background or the language they speak. Parents are working or they're just busy, or they didn't have a chance today, other kids in the household get sick; life happens. As a single mother for quite some time myself, I understand. It's a team effort, all of us working together to get that love of learning and reading to happen for children."

During this time of uncertainty, Chaudhry plans on offering stories as frequently as she is able. Selections will be pulled from the improvised library she keeps in the trunk of her car, in addition to her own favorites collected over a lifetime.

Find her YouTube Channel at http://bit.ly/kernchamps.

If you're looking for other ways to help your children stay on track with learning over the next several weeks, Chaudhry suggest the following three simple strategies:

- Break out the books: Read aloud or listen to someone reading to you.

- Make something and discuss the process: Draw or create something then share how, why and what it is.

- Have conversations: Discuss what a show was about, explain a video game to someone, tell a parent or younger sibling about the movie you just saw without giving away how it ends, talk about current events. Stay positive and let kids know this unusual period is an unprecedented part of their own story.

by Callie Collins
COVID-19: A Guide for Parents in Kern County

COVID-19: A Guide for Parents in Kern County

March 17, 2020 | 05:19 PM

Dear Readers,

Our staff at Kern County Family Magazine is made up of families like yours. We share your concerns about the status of events in our community, many of which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 response. Our calendar section is extremely limited this month because of the uncertainty of scheduled activities for businesses, non-profits and the public they serve.

We will share cancellations and let you know of resources as local news becomes available. 

It is with sadness that we find ourselves updating these canceled events online, including our own Summer Camps & Adventure Fair originally slated for April 2. 

We are committed to continue to communicate with you via our website, by email and social media in a way that fulfills our purpose: to provide public information for all readers in Kern County. Our editorial staff will focus on tips and alternate activities during this unprecedented period in our country's history.

Please find us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/KERNCOUNTYFAMILYMAGAZINE/


If you would like to help share community resources or cancellations by making us aware of them, please email lj@kerncountyfamily.com

My job as a publisher is to help families stay informed and my plan is to do just that. Although these times are unprecedented, our dedication to helping parents, grandparents and all who care for local children remains the same. 

From our families to yours, thank you for your support and your patience. 

LJ Radon, publisher and owner of Kern County Family Magazine

Helpful health information 


- Find the latest health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

- Get step-by-step handwashing instructions.

Resources for families 

 - PBS Kids family guide

 - Five online learning programs for kids


Local Resources 

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County will remain open as of March 17.

  • Cancellations

  • Kern County Library has canceled all programming and public events, effective March 14, until further notice.  

  • School closures: Kern County has canceled district-wide school attendance for all residents, effective March 18 through April 14, with the option to extend closure until further notice. 

  • Kern County Family Magazine's 24th Annual Summer Camp & Adventure Fair canceled

    Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 02. Will now be a Virtual event.

  • Buena Vista Museum has canceled all events through March 29.

  • Fox Theater has postponed all events through March 29.

  • Bakersfield College Fest has canceled.  Date: Saturday, April 1. 

  • The Bakersfield Condors have suspended the season.

  • The Blvd is closed.

  • Wind Wolves Spring Nature Festival is canceled.

  • Bakersfield College has canceled events.

  • CSUB Baseball has suspended the season.

  • Dog Daze at Murray Family Farms has canceled. Date:  Sunday, March 22.

  • 6th Annual Winter Showdown Racing has canceled.  Date: Saturday, March 21.

  • Kern County Museum is closed March 18 - April 17.

  • Ray Watson Transportation Exhibit at Kern County Museum has canceled. Date: March 17.

  • Bilingual Story Time at Lori Brock Discovery Center has canceled. Date: Tuesday, March 17 - Tuesday, April 2.

  • 10th Annual Amestoy's Chile Verde Cook-Off  has canceled. Date: Sunday, March 29.

  • 9th Annual Firefighters' Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast has canceled. Date: Saturday, March 21.

  • Lori Brock Egg-Straveganza at Lori Brock Discovery Center has canceled Date: Saturday, April 11.

  • Springtime Egg Hunt has canceled. Date: April 11.

  • Easter Egg Hunt at Baker Library has canceled. Date: Wednesday, April 8.

  • Flu and RSV Season: Local Statistics + Five Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

    Flu and RSV Season: Local Statistics + Five Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

    February 27, 2020 | 04:40 PM

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that peak flu season typically takes place in mid-February, with cases that extend throughout the spring.

    Now is the perfect time to gear up for further prevention. See below for five tips to ward off illness this year.

    Here's how our state is faring so far this flu and RSV season:

    Flu: As of Feb. 15, California is experiencing high levels of illness. 381 flu-associated deaths have been reported in California so far this season, according to the California Department of Public Health.

    RSV: RSV has seen a sharp uptick; of 5,045 tests for RSV from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 616 (12.2%) were positive, according to CDPH statistics, with seven reported RSV-associated deaths in children ages 0 to 4. Last year, there were only two related deaths in this age group.

    Five tips to prevent illness:

    1- Get vaccinated: No, the flu vaccine does not give patients the flu. It does help prevent the virus and also makes symptoms less severe if you do get sick.

    2- Wash your hands: The CDC lists hand-washing as the most effective measure for keeping seasonal illness at bay, second only to vaccination. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

    3- Keep your immune system healthy: Get plenty of rest and eat balanced meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables.

    4- Clean shared surfaces at least once each day: Wipe down counter-tops, doorknobs and other spaces you share with co-workers and family members.

    5- Stay away from those who are sick: Keep at least three feet of distance from people who are visibly coughing or sneezing.

    by Callie Collins
    A Sweet-Tart Snack

    A Sweet-Tart Snack

    Mini Razz Crush Tarts

    February 27, 2020 | 10:34 AM

    Fruits, like raspberries, are unique in their ability to add both flavor and nutrition to breakfasts, snacks, desserts and beyond.

    With a sweet-tart flavor and eye-catching color, red raspberries are the main ingredient in these Mini Razz Crush Tarts, perfect for breakfast on-the-go or as an afternoon snack. Because 1 cup of the tasty fruit includes just 80 calories and contains 6 grams of fiber while providing 28% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, it's a nutritious way to fill up.

    Find more recipes at redrazz.org.

    Mini Razz Crush Tarts

    Servings: 8

    Red Raspberry Crush:

    1 bag (12 ounces) frozen red raspberries


    1 1/2 cups Red Raspberry Crush

    1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

    1 package (two 9-inch crusts) refrigerated pie crust


    1 cup powdered sugar

    2-3 tablespoons reserved raspberry juice

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    sprinkles (optional)

    To make Red Raspberry Crush: Thaw raspberries on countertop at room temperature 30 minutes.

    Using rolling pin, gently mash raspberries in sealed bag.

    To make tarts: Heat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

    Place strainer over medium bowl; strain Red Raspberry Crush 10-15 minutes, allowing raspberry juice to fall into bowl. Reserve raspberry juice for glaze.

    In medium bowl, combine drained Red Raspberry Crush and cornstarch; mix to combine.

    Roll out both pie crusts into rectangular shapes and cut each into eight 2 1/2-by-4-inch rectangular pieces. Place rectangular pieces on prepared baking sheet. Add 1-2 tablespoons Red Raspberry Crush to center of each piece and top each with second rectangular piece. Use fork to crimp edges of dough.

    Bake 10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove pastries from oven and allow to cool completely.

    To make glaze: In medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, reserved raspberry juice and vanilla.

    Drizzle glaze on cooled pastries and garnish with sprinkles, if desired.

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