A Back-To-School-Lunch Surprise:
This is for all the moms, who are like me, who have to make that first–day-of-school lunch special. I enjoyed tucking in little "I Love You!" or "Have a nice day!" notes or some sort of treat in my children's lunch bags when they were little. Here’s an adorable PBJ sandwich that was cut out from an apple cookie cutter! Too cute! The template for the sweet bag can be found at Family Fun! Click on the link.
Kelli’s Cherry Smash
My daughter brought this to our family potluck and it was a “smash” hit.
Kelli doesn’t claim to be a cook, so when something turns out it’s a big deal!
First-Day Friendship Fruit Salad
Make this for the first day or during the first week of school when you are teaching your students about rules, manners, sharing etc.
Here’s a little scenario of how you can bring home good behavior by making this Friendship Fruit Salad:
Do you have picky eaters, but would like to try the traditional “Corned Beef & Cabbage” St. Patty’s Day meal?
Make it a Pizza! Here’s how:
Something fun to do with your entire class!
Leprechaun Pudding Pouches:
A sweet and easy treat for St. Patty’s Day!
Pot O’ Gold Jell-O Cups:
St. Patty’s Day Potato Candy:
Click on the links below to check out these other two fun recipes!
I’ve added something NEW to the column this month “Tips For The Table” . Besides a few recipes, I thought I’d throw in some helpful tips that I did with my own children when they were little. Things that preserved my sanity when my “kids were in the kitchen”. I Hope you find them useful!
Tips For the Table:
Are you tired of dreaming up dinner every night? Are you sick of hearing: “What’s for dinner?” the minute the children walk in the door? Do you need to teach some responsibility to your children? Why not let each child take a day of the week to plan dinner. It can be their “secret”.
The rules: The dinner must be nutritious, The dinner must be within X amount of money for the budget, etc. Design your rules around your family’s likes and dislikes, allergies etc. Haul out the cookbooks or hit the Internet for ideas. This is a great way for them to expand their reading skills as well as develop a new hobby “cooking!” Who knows you may have a budding chef in the family! Then it’s off to the grocery store. Choose one day when you all do the shopping for that week’s meals. No one knows who is making what. Now isn’t that fun instead of boring?
Having a budget will make them conscious of how difficult the real world is and planning and making dinner will give them an appreciation of all that you do!
A big bonus is that cooking provides an abundance of math skills for your child + mom gets a night or two off depending on how many children you have! If your children are young, they can still get in on the action with your help. It’s still a win-win proposition!
I’ll take mine in a cup to go… When I’m serving fishy crackers, pretzels, animal crackers etc at school for snack time I put them on an opened napkin. As a mom I put them in a Dixie cup so that my children didn’t spill things; they worked far better than bowls. They could also tote them outside. I’d write their name on the cup with a marker so I knew whose was whose when they’d leave them here and there to go play. This was great for car rides as well.
Pass the Popsicle stick please: I use tongue depressor - size Popsicle sticks in my classroom for my students to use instead of plastic knives for Play-doh play. You may think that those plastic knives aren’t sharp, but they are, especially in the hands of an excited 4-year-old. They also work great in the kitchen when a young child wants to butter their bread or spread peanut butter or jelly on a sandwich by themselves. If they want to cut up their own vegetables a pumpkin carving knife works great, but I still supervise. I also use a kitchen scissors to cut steak, pizza, French toast etc. because it’s so much faster when you have 3 kids than using a knife!
Washcloths to the rescue: I kept soft baby washcloths in my kitchen drawer along with my dishrags for dirty faces and hands. Each of my children had their own color.
Special cupboard and drawer: Instead of keeping all of the cleaning stuff that was dangerous under the kitchen sink, I kept the Tupperware there. I showed my children where the “Kid’s off limits stuff” was so that it would not be a tempting mystery cupboard that was up high and out of reach, and they helped me paste a “Mr. Yuk” and poison control sticker on that cupboard. I also gave them their own kitchen drawer with their plastic plates, sippie cups, special folks, spoons, washcloths, place mats, the baby’s bibs etc. in it. They could all reach that and it made them feel helpful when we set the table.
Pumpkin Pancake Cookies: My grandson Joshua is teething so he will love a tiny pumpkin pancake cookie just the right size for his little hands, and I hope you will too.
Painted Sugar Cookies
I enjoy making special cookies by painting them! Your children will have fun making an extra special cookie for someone they love too without a whole lot of fuss! Here’s how:
Mud Ball Crunchies:
Pumpkin Chex Bread: One of my student’s mommies turned this in for our Classroom Cookbook. In her “About the recipe” section she wrote: “Grama’s fall favorite.”
Now that you’ve got some yummy treats, wash them down with these fragrant smelling ciders!
Apple Cranberry Cider:
Does Pumpkin Custard with Peppery Pecans sound yummy? Click here for that recipe.
And if you’d like to whip up a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins then click here.
Finally, I thought what fall dinner would be complete for any child without a meal of Chunky Cat Barf. If you’d like to try this delectable delight click here! Too funny!
Whatever you’re cookin’ up in the kitchen I hope you have a fall-fun-tastic time with your little punkin(s)!
Happy September! I don’t know about you, but one of my big themes this month is APPLES so here are a few fun recipes that I think “KIDS in your KITCHEN” will enjoy! Have fun.
Apple Jell-O/Pudding Cut Outs:
Ingredients & Directions:
My room-helper Cheryl made these for my Y5’s. They LOVED them!
Apple Parfaits: Core, slice, and peel an apple. Let your child use a plastic knife to cut the apple slices into small pieces. Help them make Apple Parfaits by layering vanilla yogurt, the apple pieces, and granola in clear-plastic cups.
Apple Smiles: Cut apples into quarters. Let your child “frost” them with peanut butter and then push mini marshmallows into the peanut butter so that they look like “teeth”.
Core, slice, and peel 3-4 sweet apples. Let your child place the apple slices and ½ cup water in a sauce pan. Cover and simmer on low heat until the apples are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. When the apples are cool, let them use a potato masher to mash the cooked apples into applesauce. Stir in sugar and cinnamon to taste.
Cider Splash: Add a scoop of cinnamon ice cream to some hot apple cider and stir with a stick candy.
Apple Gelatin Cups: Mix one packet of unsweetened gelatin with one cup of hot water. Let your child stir the mixture until the gelatin dissolves. Then have your child add one cup of apple juice concentrate and continue stirring. Pour gelatin into small cups and chill.
Apple Rings: Remove the core from an apple. Fill the hole with peanut butter. Chill, then slice the apple horizontally into rings.
(Craft Idea) Apple Crayons:
You will need:
These next yummy 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 STAR ranked recipes are from the site Eating Well . They advertise "Good Taste Meets Good Health."
Click here for a yummy Apple Muffin recipe.
Click here for an Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Marshmallow Frosting recipe.
Click here for Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast
Click here for Maple Cinnamon Applesauce.
This is a fun time to make CARAMELED Apples with your little one. Click on the link for a good recipe.
Make a batch of RED, GREEN, & YELLOW Play-Dough so they can make their own pretend apples and apple cookies. Here's how:
(Craft Idea) Dough Recipe: