Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July cake ideas

Historic Themed Cakes

Historic 4th of July cakes might include a Revolutionary themed cake with tootsie roll forts and plastic cannons. Make a sheet cake into the nation’s first flag sewn by Betsy Ross featuring thirteen stars in a circle shape. Use tan and brown icing to create desert camouflage to honor someone currently serving or a veteran.

Using an 8-inch round and 10-inch square cake pans create a patriotic cake in the shape of Uncle Sam’s Hat. Round off the edges of the 10-inch square cake then apply red icing to form the brim of the hat.

Decorate the second layer iced in blue with candy stars or you can use a piping tip and white icing to ice free hand stars around the edge of this layer. Use white icing in between the next two layers and with a wide spatula apply the vertical red and white icing stripes. Ice the top of the cake in red adding decorations or wording.

Using silicone cupcake baking cups, colored cake batter allows these types of cupcakes to be iced on top in a different color. Spread white icing on top of blue colored cupcakes and blue icing on red ones. Candy decorations can be added as well as paper flags, Uncle Sam hats and pretend sparklers. Making firecrackers out of construction paper tubes and thin Mylar strips is a way to personalize these paperless cupcakes.



4th of July Cakes

Cut star shapes out of cardstock paper in graduated sizes to use as a pattern and create a tiered star cake. Use red, white and blue icing for each star layer or use gel icing in red or blue with the star iced in white. The highest section of the cake topped with miniature paper flags gives this cake a patriotic flare.

Cupcakes provide an ideal bottom layer for shaping flags, stars and firework shapes. Place red and white iced cupcakes in rows for the stripes and blue iced ones for the field. Fill in the spaces with the color of the icing of the cupcakes and place candy stars on the blue cupcakes. Using a wide stripe icing-tip, place a border around the flag where you then add paper flags, miniature plastic or candy stars.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

4th of July Fun Food Ideas

Make July 4th, America's Independence Day fun with these easy food ideas. 

Flag Sandwich

Butter or cream cheese
Blueberries
Strawberries, cut in slices
Bread slices
Toast bread slices and spread butter or cream cheese over the top. Create a flag design with blueberries and strawberry slices.


4th of July Drink for Kids

 
Fresh pineapple slices Blueberries
Strawberries
Lemonade, homemade or store bought

Directions:
Cut pineapple slices with mini star shaped cookie cutters.
Cut strawberries in slices.
Add pineapple stars, blueberries and strawberries to a pitcher or glass of lemonade.


Firecracker Pretzel Rods

Dip pretzel rods in melted white chocolate chips or almond bark. Decorate with red, white and blue sprinkles, colored candies or chopped cookies. Allow to harden before packing to tote.


Here are more 4th of July Food Ideas




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

3 ingredient smoothies for kids


Smoothies don't have to be loaded with lots of ingredients and be difficult to make. A good go to recipe for making smoothies can include one of each of these three ingredients:
1 Liquid: milk, juice, almond milk, water
1 Fruit: whatever you like chopped- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peaches, pineapple are all good choices
1 Extra: extra fruit, yogurt, vegetables, whey protein,  ice cubes, oats, chia seeds

 

3 Ingredient Smoothie Recipes

Fruitie Tootie Smoothie!

by Danii
1 Banana peeled
6 frozen strawberries
1 1/2 cups of orange juice
Blend until smooth.


Mango Smoothie

2 1/2 cups of Mango Juice
1 Cup of Vanilla yogurt or plain
1 Sliced Banana
Blend all ingredients together.


Blueberry

1/2 Cup ice cubes
1/2 Cup orange juice
1/2 Cup blueberries
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until ice cubes are crushed.



Grape Orange

1 Cup grapes
1 orange peeled and sliced
1 Cup frozen fruit
Blend until nice and smooth.


Strawberry Kale

Ingredients
2 Cups strawberries
1 Cup apple juice
4-5 kale leaves, stems removed

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.



See lots more smoothie recipes for kids and share you recipes!





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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

5 hobo dinner ideas

Hobo dinners are simply dinners wrapped in tin foil and cooked in the oven or a campfire. You might hear them called hobo dinners, foil packets, or tin foil dinners.

I love that it is an easy clean up meal and each member of the family can create their own individually just how they like it. We use them often even when we aren't camping.


How to Make Hobo Dinners

First learn how to make tin foil dinners with this easy recipe.


Then try a few different hobo recipes like these:

 

Grilled Chicken Pesto Packets

Ingredients
4 chicken breast fillets
4  tomatoes, quartered
1 brown onion, quartered
1/2 cup basil pesto
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons butter
4 squares aluminum foil

Directions
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Combine mayonnaise and pesto in a bowl. 
Place fillets on individual foil sheets and top with onion and tomato.   Spoon pesto mixture onto chicken parcels. Place a small portion of butter on each parcel.  Fold foil tightly over chicken to seal each parcel into a packet.
Place packets on grill on indirect heat.  Close cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, turning packet once during cooking. 
Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before opening.
Serves 4.


Barbecue Pork Parcels

Ingredients
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 lb. pork stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 fresh ears of corn, cut in half
4 to 6 new red potatoes, cut into wedges
1 cup frozen or fresh cut green beans
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Place 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil on work space.
Place the barbecue sauce into a bowl, toss the pork pieces through the sauce until well coated. 
Divide the pork into 4 portions, place one portion onto each sheet of foil. Top the meat with the corn, potatoes, and green beans, then place ½ tablespoon of butter on each portion.
Fold the foil packets up, leaving a little air space at the top, then seal securely.
Place packets on grill on indirect heat.  Cover grill and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, spinning packets at least once during this time.
Remove and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes before opening.

Potato Vegetable Packets
















Fish Bake Foil Packet

1 fish fillet
1 potato per person, sliced
1 can green beans, drained
1 can white beans, drained
Italian salad dressing to taste



Lay fish on a sheet of tin foil. Top with potato slices, scatter green beans on top and white beans. Drizzle with salad dressing. Wrap your tin foil up and bake.



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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

15 favorite picnic recipes


Some of our favorite Picnic Recipes beyond sandwiches or grilled hamburgers.



Picnic Lunch Recipes

Coconut Chicken Balls
Hamburger Rolls

Taco Salad in a Baggie

Coconut Chicken Balls 

Teriyaki Chicken Wraps

Shrimp Kabobs


Picnic Snacks

Stuffed Strawberries

Homemade Fruit Leather

Snack Balls

Mini kabobs
Use small wooden skewers and thread grapes, small cubes of cheese and leftover ham or chicken. Healthy, tasty and fun.

Seasoned Oyster Cracker Snacks
Seasoned Cracker Snacks
10 cups oyster crackers or plain goldfish crackers
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp paprika

Put oyster crackers in large bowl and drizzle with oil, tossing to coat evenly.
Put oyster crackers in large paper bag and add seasonings, then shake vigorously to coat the crackers with seasonings.
Store in an airtight container.
You can eat these as a snack or add them to soups and salads.


Picnic Salads

Salad in a Jar
Salad in a Jar

Ranch Pasta Salad

Ham Salad

Ambrosia Salad

Faux Potato Picnic Salad

1 head cauliflower, divided into small florettes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp coarse ground or spicy brown mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp finely chopped pickles
2 green onions, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
paprika for garnish
(optional: other potato salad favorites, like crispy bacon pieces, radishes, finely chopped celery, etc.)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add cauliflower florettes, and cook at a gentle rolling boil JUST until KNIFE tender; drain immediately and dump cauliflower out onto paper towels to dry and cool  thoroughly.
While cauliflower is cooling, prepare dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, and chopped pickles (may use relish if you have a low-carb variety.)
Put cooled cauliflower in a salad bowl, stir in the dressing mixture, then top with onions, eggs, and add salt and pepper to taste, stir and adjust seasonings.  Add any other ingredients you want, adjust seasonings, then sprinkle with paprika for a pretty finish.
Refrigerate until cold, then serve.
Will serve 4 small salads.

Here are more picnic recipes and ideas on where to go and what to pack.




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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Creating a child friendly kitchen

If you have children then you will want them to be involved in everything around the home and getting them involved in the kitchen is very important. Children love to cook and learn all about food and recipes and the earlier you can get them involved the better. Although it is great to have your children in the kitchen you do need to make the area safe for them. They need to understand at a very early age the way to behave in the kitchen and the right and wrong way to behave.

Child Size Equipment

You will need to teach your children what equipment they can touch and play with safely and what equipment and appliances they have to ask an adult for help with.  You should try to find equipment which is safe for them to use and there are plenty of miniature versions that you can buy. You will be amazed how interested your child will be if they have their own things to cook with.


Child Friendly Kitchen

You should try to set up a cupboard at the right height for your child that they can store all of their equipment in. They can then learn that once they have finished with it that it should be placed back in the cupboard until next time. If you make the effort to get them their own kitchen utensils and cooking items then they will learn more and understand how to look after them. You should let your child do as much as they can in the kitchen which often involves stirring, mixing, pouring and measuring. They will learn great mathematics skills whilst learning how to cook.

You should try to buy a sturdy stool that your child can safely stand on whilst they are helping you and this can then be stored until they need it again. Although the kids will love helping you to make every day meals they will also benefit from making their own foods from scratch. There is some great children's recipe books with simple step by step recipes designed for children. They will love being able to choose what to cook and then getting all of the ingredients themselves. The only thing that you will need to assist them with is the cooking.

Child Safety in the Kitchen

Children have to be taught that ovens, hobs and grills are very hot and they will seriously injure themselves if they touch them. If your child understands this from an early age then they are more likely to understand and be safe in the kitchen. You should ensure that you keep all knives and sharp dangerous pieces of equipment out of your child's reach. Although they may be sensible your child might confuse their blunt knives for your sharp kitchen ones.  It is better to be safe rather than sorry and ensure that they cannot get hold of them.

Get your Child Involved in the Kitchen

Your child should also learn that they have to clean up after themselves and that after all of the fun things you have been doing cleaning can be fun too. Children learn so much from spending time in the kitchen that it is a shame if you do not include them. Eating and preparing food is an ideal time for them to learn new skills without realizing they are doing so. By giving them their own space in the kitchen you are showing that you trust them to keep it clean and tidy. You are also helping them to understand about food, ingredients and where food comes from.

By doing something as simple as taking the time to include your children in the preparing and cooking of a meal your child will be getting so much from this experience. It only takes a small amount of effort to clear a cupboard for them and ensure they have some child friendly pieces of equipment. These small things can mount up to large rewards when your children know how to cook and understand food so much better.


See our Kids Cooking Lessons for help in teaching your kids to cook.

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Kids Cooking Lesson Manuals.


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