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Cook for Mom

9 May

You may take mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day, but she probably doesn’t want to cook dinner on her special day either. Here’s a very simple and yummy recipe dad and the kids can make together. Add a baked potato and a salad (you can make one at the grocery store salad bar) and your set. Click on the picture for the directions.

Kid Friendly Gardening

3 May

This article has great information on how to start gardening with kids even some suggestions for quick-growing, kid-friendly plants. It’s a quick read, too!

Easy, Peasy Homemade Baby Food

25 Apr

 

Meals Made Easy: Pumpkin Muffins

30 Mar

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This is a very old recipe from Martha Stewart and I can’t find the link on-line. In the video we make 1/2 of the actual recipe. The full recipe makes nine full loaves of bread.

Here is the recipe cut in half.

 

1 1/8 cups butter, softened

1/4 + 1/2 Tbsp molassas

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup orange juice or water

3 cups pumpkin puree

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp baking soda

3/4 Tbsp salt

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

1/2 Tbsp ground cloves

1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)

In a very large bowl, cram butter, molasses and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat until light and lemon colored. Add orange juice or water and pumpkin. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to pumpkin mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing well. Stir in raisins if using them. Spoon mixture into buttered muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

Materials for March 26-30: Meals Made Easy

24 Mar

Putting meals on the table or in lunch boxes daily isn’t always easy. This week we’re going to prep several different ideas to make life a little more simple.

These are the materials you will need this week.

Monday: Week Day Sandwiches

  • 6 Day Old Bread from Jimmy Johns (they are $.49 each)
  • One pound of lunch meat
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plastic wrap
  • Jumbo Ziplock bags (These bags hold 2 1/2 gallons. If you can’t find them, use gallon Ziplock bags.)

Tuesday: Grab and Go Snacks

  • Snack-size Ziplock bags
  • Various fruits and/or veggies
  • Plastic souffle cups and lids (These are small, lidded containers you can buy at a party store. They hold about 1-2 oz.)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plastic shoe box

Wednesday: Homemade Baby Food

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 apple
  • Waxed paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Blender or food processor (optional)

Thursday: Crock Pot Dinner

  • 1 Boneless beef roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 Packages Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 Cans beef broth
  • Crockpot

Friday: Pumpkin Muffins

  • Butter
  • Molasses
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • 2 Cans pumpkin puree
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves

Our Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

27 Jan

This is a simple recipe that your kids can help you make.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

1 chocolate fudge cake mix

3 oz package of instant chocolate fudge pudding mix

12 oz package chocolate chips

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup oil

4 eggs

powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar and peat with an electric mixer for four minutes. put in a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Cool one hour before inverting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*This recipe came from the Volunteer League of San Fernando Valley.

Ice Cream Isn’t Just for Summer

13 Dec

It’s Ice Cream Day so why not enjoy it with your family by making an ice cream pie!

Grasshopper Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Chocolate pie crust
  • 1 Half gallon mint chip ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Directions

  • Set the ice cream out to soften. Stir it as it softens.
  • Scoop the softened ice cream into the pie crust to make a pie.
  • Refreeze.
  • When you’re ready to serve, set the pie out to soften slightly. Top each slice with some chocolate sauce.

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Kids+Cooking=Learning

8 Dec

I love brownies for two different reasons. Well, the first one’s obvious. :0) The second reason I love brownies is because they are easy to make and the perfect way for kids to learn important skills.

Boxed brownies are a perfect way to introduce young children to cooking. Following the directions for making brownies is easy for readers and non readers because some of the directions are usually shown in pictures. Your child will learn math skills when they measure and time the baking process. Measuring, pouring and stirring work on hand-eye coordination, fine motor and large motor skills. The most important skill your child will learn is life skill. Everyone should know how to make a delicious pan of brownies!

Cooking with Kids

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Make a Date with Cranberries and Digest Some Good Feelings

23 Nov

Our guest blogger today is Sharon Rudnitski the creator of Cook Up a Story. An early interest in kitchen pleasures inspired Sharon to earn a degree in food science. A Gold Harvest award capped her 35-year publishing career with Agriculture Canada, for a national science program she led for children. Now Sharon enjoys bringing her stories, recipes, and healthy-eating messages privately to kids in the community. Sharon lives with her husband in Ottawa, Canada, near her grandchildren, whose ticklish taste buds challenge her at every meal to come up with good food that’s fun to eat.

Dates and cranberries make great friends. They contain minerals and molecules that your body loves. Dates have amazing amounts of potassium, which banishes the blues. Cranberries are full of nutrients that fight disease. Natural sugar in the dates plus fiber in the oats mean instant energy with benefits. These date and cranberry squares make a super healthy breakfast or snack choice with fuel that lasts. Best of all they taste DElicious, especially with a dab of vanilla yogurt. Learn more about how to rein in your sweet tooth. Read Cook Up a Story.

Ingredients
½ bag (500 grams) pitted dates
1 bag (340 grams) fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries, rinsed and with stems removed
4 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼  tsp salt
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar

Equipment
large saucepan with lid, large bowl, wooden spoon, measuring cups and spoons, 2 nine-inch square pans

Get ready…
1. Put the dates in the saucepan. If using dried cranberries, add them too. Then add boiling water – just enough to cover their tops. Let them soften for 10-15 minutes.
2. If using fresh cranberries, rinse and take off any stems, then add them after the dates have softened.

Get set…
1. Gently stir the fruit over medium heat until the dates and cranberries form a soft paste (about 5 minutes after they come to a boil). Do not overcook as you want to see the different fruit in your squares). Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
2. For the crust, measure the remaining ingredients and mix them together in the large bowl. Sprinkle one cup of the crust mix into each pan.
3. Add half the cooled fruit mix to each pan, slowly, as the mix is thick and gooey. Use the flat of a large spoon to flatten and spread the paste. Then top each pan with one more cup of the crust. Let cool completely, then put in the fridge.

Go…
Cut into squares and serve with your favorite low-fat yogurt (optional, but a tasty and protein-rich addition).
Recipe adapted from one given to Vinny by France Laliberte. Thanks, France!

Healthy snack ideas from SMU.

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Simple Times

20 Oct

Did you know that October was National Popcorn Month? I know, we learn something new every day. But when I think of popcorn and this time of year, it reminds me of the popcorn balls my dad liked to make at Halloween. Although my mom hated the sticky mess, and the clean up was difficult, it was definitely a simple fall activity that I remember to this day.

I can clearly remember the event of making popcorn balls. It was always a cool fall evening, and my brother and I had spent the whole day playing outside, running from house to house, not soccer game to soccer game. We had finished our nightly family dinner, the fire in the fireplace was blazing, and my brother and I had finished watching  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, on one of the four channels that we could get.  When the show was over, we’d gather in the kitchen and start popping the corn. (No, not in the microwave, silly! We didn’t even have one of those then!) My mom would warm the oil in her big, green pot on the stove. Then, she poured in the popcorn. The lid was place on the pot as if a secret was about to happen inside the large pot. As kitchen air filled with the smell of warm oil, we waited; waited for the sound of the first kernel to pop. Once we heard the magical first pop, we knew the rest would not be far behind. POP, CLINK, CLINK, POP, was the sound the kernels made springing around inside the pot, forming into delicate white clouds. Before we knew it, the sound would slow, and popcorn would cause the lid to rise. The sticky fun was about to begin.

My dad mixed the syrupy concoction while my mother smeared margarine all over our little hands so the stickiness wouldn’t be permanent. The popcorn was poured and mixed into the sticky mess. Next, we dug in and began to form the popcorn into baseball-sized orbs that would really only be enjoyed by my father. My mother would wrap the finished products in plastic wrap and set them on the counter; many of which would be hard as a rock when they were finally eaten.

I don’t know how long the process took, and yes, it was a process. But to us kids, it was simple fall activity, filled with sounds and smells that will be forever ingrained in my memory. I will never make popcorn balls with my kids, but we have plenty of our own simple fall traditions that I know they will remember when they have their own family. What simple fall traditions will your kids remember?

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