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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fun summer recipes for kids

Summer is a great time to seek out cooking activities to do with your kids. Most often children are home on school break so I like to get them more involved in the kitchen. Whether it is cooking dinner or doing special projects. Here are some favorite summer ideas to incorporate.


1. Campfire Cooking

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go camping or just make a fire in a fire pit. Try these:
Kid's Campfire Cooking Recipes











Or
these 5 Hobo Dinner Ideas 
 










Or experiment with some Dutch Oven Cooking for Kids
 








2. Cool off from the Heat Recipes

Ice Cream Recipes













Popsicle Recipes













Slurpee or slushies













Parfait Ideas














Homemade Gatorade 














Smoothie Recipes









3. Eat Outdoors

Picnic Ideas and Recipes
15 Favorite Picnic Recipes










Food at the Beach Ideas













Easy Grilling Recipes
Grilling Tips and Recipes 












4. Grow and Eat It

Watermelon Recipes










Grow your own Italian Pizza Garden









See our food facts for more vegetables and fruit theme recipes.

What do you like to do in the summertime with your kids?



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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Homemade Gatorade

If your kids like Gatorade, try having them make their own version. Store in the fridge ready to drink in a pitcher or pour into individual bottles.


Simple Homemade Gatorade

1 Cup 100% natural apple juice, grape or lemon juice
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
6 Cups water
2 Tablespoons sweetener -*sugar free substitute, honey or white sugar (whichever you like to use at your house)
Add ingredients to a pitcher or large juice bottle and shake until well blended.

 *Tip -if you blend with hot water it will help blend your sweetener and salt. Allow to cool and chill in the fridge.


Fruity Gatorade

Want a little extra flavor? Here is my favorite homemade Gatorade combo.

8 Cups water
1/4 Cup sweetener -*sugar free substitute or white sugar (whichever you like to use at your house)
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
1/2 Cup cranberry juice (substitute orange or lemon juice if you prefer)
1 pack unsweetened Crystal Light or Kool-aid

Add ingredients to a pitcher or large juice bottle and shake until well blended.

 *Tip- if you blend with hot water it will help blend your sweetener and salt. Allow to cool and chill in the fridge.



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Homemade Slurpees & Slushies

Homemade Slushies and Slurpees are a great way to cool off on a hot day or just enjoy a cool treat. They really aren't hard to make and kids will love experimenting with different combinations. 
Share your slurpee combo down in the comments and will add it to the site.

Watermelon cherry Slushie

by Cheryl
I make these watermelon cherry slushies for my grandkids.

1 medium watermelon, cut off the rind and take out as many seeds as you can.

Put it all in a blender and liquefy.

Strain it out so you don't have any seeds

Add one packet of watermelon cherry koolaid.

About 3/4 cup of sugar (to taste)to watermelon puree

Add about 1 cup mixture in blender. Add ice about 1/2 way and let the ice crush up to make a slush.

Fruit Punch Slushie

1 can fruit punch frozen concentrate
2 Cups apple juice
3 Cups ice cubes
Add ingredients to your blender and blend until ice cubes are crushed. You can mix and match ingredients as you would like such as different juice flavors or frozen juice flavors. 3 Cups of ice cubes are an estimate. Add more if you want more slush.

Kid's Slush

by Roxie
(Wisconsin)
46 oz can unsweetened grapefruit juice
46 oz can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 large can frozen lemonade made with 7-up
1 large can frozen orange juice made with 7-up
1 quart cranberry juice

Start with 2 ice cream buckets and pour 23 ounce of unsweetened grapefruit juice in the first bucket and the remaining 23 ounces of grapefruit juice in the second bucket. Repeat the same process with the pineapple juice.

Pour the thawed frozen lemonade into a pitcher and fill the empty lemonade container three times with 7-up. Stir completely. Pour half of the prepared lemonade into each bucket. Repeat the same process with the orange juice.

Pour 1/2 quart of cranberry juice into each bucket.

Stir the contents of each bucket and place lid on top. Set in freezer and allow to freeze 1-2 hours before stirring. Return to freezer and freeze completely.

To enjoy: chip out a glass full of slush and top with 7-up.

Apple-Lemon Slushie

Ingredients 
2 Cups crushed ice
1 Cup frozen apple juice concentrate
4 Tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation 
Take a blender, and put apple juice, lemon juice and crushed ice in a blender. Then blend until it become slushy.


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