Friday, January 29, 2016

Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen-Part 3 Crafty Time

Arts and Crafts Can Happen in the Kitchen

We're sharing a kitchen fun project on the crafty side today that your kids will be sure to love!
See more in this Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs

Make it Bounce

Making something at home that you can buy at the store is a rewarding experience and it teaches children that not everything has to be bought.  In your own kitchen for a very low cost everyone can make their own special bouncy ball. 
This is also good for a bad weather day. 

Ingredients for Making Bouncy Balls

    •    Cornstarch


    •    Warm water


    •    Borax (make sure to watch that little ones don’t ingest this)


    •    Glue (preferably Elmer’s)


    •    Food coloring which is optional (but then who wants a plain old bouncy ball)


    •    Glitter which is also optional but adds some bling



In a cup mix 2 tablespoons warm water and ½ teaspoon of Borax.  At this point you can add some food coloring if you want.  Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved.

In a separate cup put 1 tablespoon of glue and then add ½ teaspoon of the Borax mixture you made in the first cup.  Then add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.  Give the ingredients time to work together before stirring; about 15 seconds.  Continue to stir until it has the consistency of wet cement and gets too hard to keep stirring. 

Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into your hand and begin to roll it into a ball.  You might want to do this over wax paper or the sink because little pieces will fall off.  This is the perfect time to add a splash of glitter.  Set the rolled ball aside and let it sit until it is no longer sticky to the touch.  HAVE FUN!!

Find more arts and crafts recipes here.


Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











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Friday, January 22, 2016

Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen Part 2- Breakfast

Check out frugal family fun part 1 on making pizzas here. Today we are going to have some fun in the kitchen together as a family making breakfast.

What’s Your Specialty?

Making a family breakfast together can be tons of fun.  Let everyone choose the breakfast item they think they make the best.

This is all about everyone being themselves and creating something homemade.  This is a great way to start a weekend morning and laughter will fill the kitchen while you cook together as a family.

Freeze any leftovers for breakfast through the coming week.




25 Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Need some breakfast recipes or ideas?


Here is Part 3 in our Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen Series

Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











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Friday, January 15, 2016

Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen- Part 1

Fun in the Kitchen


Cooking together can be a delightful way to spend the evening and since dinner must be served; take the initiative to make it a family event.  By cooking together several things can happen; mom is in a better mood because she isn’t doing all the work, the little ones feel like they are super heroes because they are helping cook, teenagers will grumble at first but, then find themselves having healthy conversations with their parents, and even tired working dads will want to join the family in the preparation.

In this series we will give you some fun food ideas as well as some ideas that take place in the kitchen but, you won’t be eating the end results.


It’s Pizza Night

Make your own pizza night is a blast in our house.  It is crazy to watch some of the concoctions that come together on the dough.  There are a couple of options here depending on how much you want to save.  There is make it yourself pizza dough in a box that is very inexpensive or you can go for the already made crusts that are ready for toppings; these only cost a little more. 

Generally there is a smorgasbord of toppings laid out on the kitchen counter ready for everybody to choose from.  Making individual crusts are our favorite because each person truly can make their own personal pizza with whatever they choose.  Following is a list of some possible ingredients to have available and again you make the decisions based on your budget and your family’s likes and dislikes. 

    •    Pepperoni


    •    Mozzarella cheese – shredded


    •    Cheddar cheese – shredded


    •    Sausage


    •    Canadian Bacon


    •    Bacon bits


    •    Pineapple


    •    Jalapenos


    •    Black olives


    •    Onions


    •    Bell Peppers


    •    Mushrooms







Try these pizza recipes to get you started on pizza night:
Homemade Pizza Dough 
Make it a pizza party


Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











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Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to get your kids to eat spinach

3 Favorite Green Smoothie Recipes

Apple Blueberry Spinach

Ingredients
1/2 Cup apple juice
1/2 Cup blueberries
1 T. flax seed
1 apple, cut in pieces
2 Cups baby spinach

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.



Tropical Spinach

Ingredients
1/2 Cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 Cup pineapple chunks
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 Cup baby spinach leaves
1 small
cucumber, peeled and chopped

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.


Basic Strawberry Spinach

Ingredients
1 Cup strawberry yogurt or almond milk
1/4 Cup water
1 Cup strawberries
2 Cups baby spinach leaves

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. If too thick add a little more water and blend again.
~If desired add one more vegetable such as 1/2 Cup shredded beets.




Spinach Recipes

See these recipes for more yummy spinach dishes you're kids just might eat!
Artichoke Spinach Recipe


Spinach Fruit Salad

Spinach Alfredo Soup



Do you have a favorite spinach recipe your kids secretly love?





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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How to Make a Kids Recipe Book

Years ago, grandparents passed their recipes down to their children and grandchildren. Over time family recipes were established. Life has gotten a little busier and many cherished recipes are being forgotten. Does this sound familiar?

Did you love Grandma's Zeppoli fried dough but no one else knows how to duplicate the recipe?

Don't let the years pass you by without taking the opportunity to share, cook and write down your family's favorite recipes. Start by making your own family cookbook. Get your kids involved in cooking by showing them how each recipe is prepared. Sometimes a lot is left out in family recipes and many recipes have different ways of being prepared.

Don't just give your kids the recipe prepare it with them. This will help pass down short cuts and discover different ways of making the tried and true recipes your family loves.

Cooking is a great way to teach your kids about family history.

If you have passed down recipes teach them about their grandma, grandpa or aunt who made this recipe. What were they like and what did they look like? They might not have known a certain relative but they can have a connection to them by making their favorite recipe.

If no one in your family has done this, start now with your own recipes and start a family tradition.


How to Create Kids Recipe Books Easily

by Wendy , (South Africa)
Ever since our children were very young we have been cooking together.
Initially it was the usual easy kid recipes and decorating fairy cakes and biscuits. As our children have grown (they range in age from 12 – 5) I have asked them to participate in cooking the evening meal and other additional cooking chores.

Over the course of this last year my 10 and 12 year old children have learnt to create a great number of tasty meals. My son is the more adventurous and confident cook, thus he creates meals like “Basil and Parmesan Meatballs with a Tomato sauce over Spaghetti.” My oldest daughter has preferred learning how to make waffles, flapjacks, choc chip brownies and egg dishes.

This year we are creating recipe books for them. As they master their dish they will write the recipe out and file it in a folder. This means when they eventually set up their own homes, they will have a tried and tested recipe book to give them a strong start.

My younger two children are well into their training process already (aged 5 and 8) by making salads, baking and making fresh carrot juice for us in the morning!

I hope this idea will inspire other moms with young chefs,
Regards
Wendy

 Start your Own Recipe Cookbook for your Kids

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Family Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Kids like to celebrate Valentine’s Day just like adults. Even if you have ideas about romantic plans for the evening, consider having dinner with the kids. Here are some ideas for a great dinner with the entire family.

Kids love to cook
It is an opportunity for them to make a mess and not get in trouble for it. Let them help with the dinner on Valentine’s Day. They probably have a few ideas for the meal.

Don’t expect a full seven course meal. Besides the fact that it takes too long to prepare, kids have simpler tastes than that. And, if you want to get them to bed at a decent hour so you still have time to spend together, choose a dish with minimal preparation.

Italians are known for love. Try an Italian dish for Valentine’s Day. Instead of ordering from Domino’s, create a pizza at home. Using a store-bought crust, roll it out and cut it into the shape of a heart. The heart will have to be exaggerated because once the dough rises the pizza will spread out and not look like a heart anymore.

Italians are also big on spaghetti. It takes about thirty minutes at the most to put together a spaghetti dinner. Add a salad for a filling meal to celebrate the holiday.

Burgers and fries are a simple meal but one that kids and the entire family can enjoy. Get the grill going or a grill pan. After the burgers are done, place them on a bun and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to turn those ordinary burgers into lovin’ from the grill.

When it comes to family, the meal will be special because it involves everyone celebrating their love together. For parents, a dinner complete with some of your child’s favorite dishes will make them smile. Family dinners on Valentine’s Day can be eclectic-the meal doesn’t have to have one theme but can be a combination.

Allow each person in the family to make a dish for the dinner
They can come up with their own idea of what to surprise everyone with for dinner. The kids will need your help shopping for what they need and using the stove, but you can still act surprised when they bring their finished creation to the table.

Valentine’s Day dinner for the family offers an opportunity to express sentiments of love to each member of your family. With busy schedules, making time to celebrate love together is a rare treat.

Wait there is a whole lot more Valentine Recipe Ideas for you

Valentine Kids Recipes
Family Dinner for Valentine's Day
Kids Valentine Dessert Ideas
Breakfast Valentine's Ideas
Valentine Desserts
Make it a healthy Valentine's Day
Simple Valentine's Meal Ideas
Simple touches for a fun kids Valentine meal
10 Homemade Valentine Food Ideas

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

25 frugal meals for families and kids

Frugal Dinners

Chili
Spaghetti
Rice and Chicken Casserole
Chili Mac Supper
Lo Mein noodles
Baked Ziti
Twice Baked Potatoes
Sloppy Joes
Bean Soup
Tuna Casserole
Beef Barley Soup
Pork Fried Rice

Frugal Lunches

Macaroni and Cheese
Tomato Soup
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Easy Goulash- Add cooked noodles and cooked ground beef or turkey to tomato juice. Season with pepper.
Chicken noodle soup
Taco Salad
Egg Salad
Egg Drop Soup
Spring Rolls

Frugal Breakfast

Omelets or scrambled eggs
French Toast
Quiche
Homemade Oatmeal

 

Frugal Tips

  • Substitute ground turkey with ground beef
  • Plan your meals around what is on sale each week
  • Buy extra of what is on sale to stock up your pantry
  • Eat less meat each week and add more beans or lentils in your weekly meals
  • Use your leftovers in meals the next day

Frugal Living Resources

Leftover recipes
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Tips on Frugal Living 
$5 Meal Cookbook

Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies 











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