Summer Recipes for Kids

Cool Summer Recipes For Kids
Guest Post by by Tawra Kellam
http://www.LivingOnADime.com

Try these recipes to help the kids chill out this summer!

 

Snow Cones

Crushed Ice
1 pkg. flavored drink mix (flavor of your choice)

Mix drink mix with half as much water as the directions indicate. Chill 1 hour. Just before serving, crush some ice. You can use either a snow cone maker or put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and pound with hammer. Pack ice chips into cups, pour chilled drink mix over the ice and serve. You can also use fruit juice boiled down to half with food coloring added.

Apple juice: green or red food coloring
Grape juice: purple food coloring

Frozen Grapes

Grapes (as many as you can get on sale)

Wash and separate the grapes. Drain and put on cookie sheet. Freeze. Store in freezer bags. Give to kids as frozen treats. Note: Do not thaw; grapes become mushy when thawed.

Frozen Bananas

bananas
skewers (optional)

Cut bananas in half crosswise. Insert skewer in the thicker end. Place bananas on a tray and place in freezer. When frozen, move to a plastic bag and keep frozen until ready to use.

Toppings

yogurt
nuts, finely chopped
peanut butter
applesauce
melted chocolate
coconut
wheat germ

Allow bananas to thaw slightly. Put toppings in small bowls. Dip banana before each bite. Eat plain or roll or dip into any of the toppings. Use the wet topping first so the others will stick.

 

Play Dough

2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. oil
1 cup salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups water
food coloring

Mix together all ingredients except food coloring in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture gathers on the spoon and forms dough (about 6 minutes). Dump onto waxed paper until cool enough to handle and knead until pliable. Store in a covered container or plastic bag. Add food coloring for different colors. Makes about 2 pounds.

 

Easy Finger Paints

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups water

Mix in saucepan and boil until thick. Then pour into a jar and add food coloring until the desired shade is achieved. Store covered in the refrigerator.

 

Finger Paints

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch
liquid dish detergent
food coloring

Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Set aside. In a saucepan add cornstarch then slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups water until well blended over medium heat. Cook until it boils, becomes smooth, thickens and turns clear. Add gelatin mixture and stir well. Pour into containers and add a drop of liquid dish detergent. Add food coloring until you get the desired shade. Store covered in the refrigerator 4 – 6 weeks.

 

About the authors: Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt, by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit http://www.LivingOnADime.com

Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to Yellow Foods

YELLOW FOODS

Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to Yellow Foods
A guest post from Cheryl Tallman, www.FreshBaby.com

Yellow fruits and vegetables come in a range of textures and flavors and contain a variety of beneficial vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Yellow is a great color – it’s the color of sunshine and sunshine energizes us. Next time you are at the market, ask your child to choose a sunny yellow fruit or vegetable, so they can enjoy the delicious energetic benefits of yellow foods.

Here’s more information about some of our favorite “sunshine” yellow foods:

Bananas- This fun and easy to eat fruit contains potassium, vitamins A, B-6, B-12, and C. Bananas provide a quick energy boost for hungry kids of all ages. Keep bananas on the counter for healthy after school snacking. Bananas are great added to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, pancakes, or baked goods.

Pineapples – Juicy, sweet pineapples provide the body with Bromelain, Vitamin A and C, and manganese. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve swelling caused by injury or illness. Serve pineapples fresh, grilled, or add to sauces and salsas.

Yellow Peppers -Yellow peppers are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, and B6 niacin, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and manganese. Add yellow peppers to pasta, stir-fry, and salads. Slice yellow peppers and serve with a side of salad dressing for a crunchy, sweet snack.

Yellow Squash – Yellow squash contains vitamin C, Iron, folate, beta-carotene, and lutein. Slice yellow squash and sauté with olive oil for a nutritious side dish, or add to casseroles for extra goodness.

Corn – Nothing says summer like fresh corn, and watching a young child eat corn on the cob can be a memorable experience! Corn provides the body with beneficial anti-oxidants to help prevent disease and fiber for healthy digestion. Steam, boil or grill corn on the cob, or cut the kernels from the cob and serve as a side dish, or add it to soups, stews, salads and casseroles.

Lemons – Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Plus, they are a cleansing food. Squeezing a slice of lemon into a glass of water each day can aid digestion problems and remove impurities from the body. Adding a little slice of lemon to your kid’s water can be a great way to get them to drink more water. You can also squeeze fresh lemon juice over vegetables, poultry and fish.

Yellow Pears -Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and cancer preventing anti-oxidants, pears are a healthy and delicious choice for snacks and side dishes. Pears also have a low glycemic index, which means they can help control blood sugar levels. Pears provide the body with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, and E, folate, potassium, iron, and fiber.   Slice pears and serve alone, or add to salads and smoothies. 

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Learn more about Cheryl’s work:

So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
Price: $23.85
An award-winning, all-inclusive solution for making baby food in less than 30 minutes per week. The month-by-month Cookbooks uses fresh ingredients with no additives. Kit includes a cookbook, freezer trays, how-to video, and nutrition card, and pays for itself in just three weeks compared to jarred baby food.

So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
Price: $8.95
Baby Food Cookbook including recipes and instruction for making stage 1, 2, and 3 baby foods. This book also includes the basics of introducing solid foods and developing healthy eating habits. Available in English and Spanish.

So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Receipes for the Toddler Years
So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years
Price: $8.95
When it comes to eating, toddlers can be tough to please. So Easy Toddler Food is the perfect resource for parents looking for survival tips and 35 simple recipes that will win over even the pickiest toddler. Available in English and Spanish.

Things We Love – Lucks Edible Images

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Lucks Edible Images makes it a snap to make beautiful looking cakes.

Our favorite product from Lucks is this set of vintage tea party designer prints:

Lucks Edible Image Vintage Tea Party
The edible images from Lucks decorating center (and available online at ChefTools.com) works well on buttercream, fondant, gum paste, chocolate, fudge and ice cream cakes. They are easy to apply to cakes and baked goods, come packed in a moisture resistant metalized polyester pouch. Plus they are Kosher certified and made in the USA.

Here are More LUCKS Edible Images from ChefTools.com

7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

tripit

School’s out and travel season has finally arrived! Here are seven apps that should be a part of every smart device when traveling. They’ll make it easier for you to relax and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about the little things.

 

7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

TripIt— TripIt links to your e-mail account and picks up every confirmation number that comes into your inbox. Any flight, hotel, or even dinner reservation that contains a confirmation number will be put into an organized itinerary, all in one place. Flight delays and last-minute changes sent to your e-mail will be updated automatically.

Google Translate If you’re headed anywhere outside the English-speaking world, chances are this app will come in handy on your trip. Even if many of the people in your intended destination speak English, they really prefer if you take a stab at it in the native tongue.

XE Currency XE Currency is a useful tool for converting money from all over the world, helping users to better understand just how much cash they should expect to receive in the event of an exchange.

Flight Aware There is nothing more frustrating than making an hours-long commute to your airport only to find out your flight has been delayed for half a day or cancelled altogether. You can track flights with amazing maps, and receive real-time info on departure info, delays and gate assignments.

OpenTable— OpenTable lets you make reservations at more than 13,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and abroad, and shows you what reservation times are available before you put in your request. You can also read diner reviews and view menus, both especially valuable when traveling.

HotelTonight — This app could save you from spending the night on the airport floor should a summer storm ground your flight. It works equally as well for those on a road trip or travelers inclined to book getaways at the (very) last minute. One important note about HotelTonight is that it’s good for same-day hotel bookings only.

Friendthem — is a revolutionary location-based connectivity app, with fine-grained and easily-configured privacy controls, which is changing the way the world connects in a seamless and fun manner by helping them send Facebook friend requests to people they meet in the real world. A great tool for connecting with people you meet along the way.

Now:

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This Week’s Printable Baby Coupons

Here are the latest printable coupons for baby gear, diapers, formula, and more…

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Things We Love – Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2

BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light 2 - Silver
BABY BJORN Travel Crib Light 2

Here’s a crib that will make traveling with your baby and toddler SO much easier!

Weighing less than 11 pounds (including the case), the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2 is so super easy to carry and transport. This is the ideal crib/playard to take with you each of your trips – whether you’re tent camping or going to Grandma’s house for the weekend. Best of all, this crib sets up very easily with a single movement – taking only a matter of seconds.

The soft fabric makes the crib warm and comfy for your child, and when the crib is not in use, you can fold it up, stow it campactly in its case and carry it as an ordinary bag or suitcase.

This wonderful travel accessory for moms is designed for kids from newborn all the way up to about 3.

The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2 is available online at Target.com. Get the latest online Target Coupons here.

Free Fitness App for Women – 6-Week Slim Down Program from iTRAIN

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Here’s a free women’s fitness tool I think you’ll love: The Slim Down For Women App – The 1st Live App from iTRAIN. 

Slim Down For Women is an effective, no-brainer 6-week program designed to help you to lose weight.

iTRAIN takes you on a journey where every day you do one workout at a time. Each workout provides you top celebrity trainer guidance remixed with the best music.

This App includes:

* Cardio audio workouts
* Videos
* Photos and text descriptions
* “Did You Know” Series
* Full nutrition program to complete the workout component
* Live access to our trainers if you have any question

For this type of workout, you will need access to a treadmill, a yoga mat, & 2 light weights.

This App is available for free at the App Store here.

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Recipe – Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Here’s a great summertime recipe, for your July 4th party – or anytime!

Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 pound dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup toasted and sliced almonds
12 leaves of lettuce

Directions

In a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and chicken. Saute until cooked through. Set aside.

Using a large bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce and honey. Add chicken mixture, cherries, carrot, green onion and almonds mix together. Divide into 12 portions

Spoon one portion of the chicken mixture onto the center of each lettuce leaf; roll up the leaf and serve.

Things We Love – Creative Ice Pop Molds from Tovolo

Homemade ice pops mean simple summer fun. Tovolo makes some creative, inexpensive molds to make ice pops eaven more fun. Our favorites:
Tovolo Set of 6 Jewels Ice Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 6 Jewels Ice Pop Molds
Non-stop fun pops! Bigger than your average pop mold for more of a good thing, our Pop Mold sets makes it easy to slip out one pop at a time by simply gripping the handle and sliding from the base. Features: Available in vibrant colors and out-of-this-world shapes, including Shooting Star, Groovy Pops and Rocket Pops. Clever handles catch drips as you eat – no pop slop. Insulated plastic sleeves keep your pops colder, longer, outside the freezer. Base keeps pop molds secure from tips and spills in the freezer. Dishwasher safe.

Tovolo Set of 6 Rocket Ice Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 6 Rocket Ice Pop Molds

Tovolo Set of 4 Ice Cream Pop Molds
Tovolo Set of 4 Ice Cream Pop Molds
Nix ice cream cone troubles for good. No more melty mess with these soft-serve-style molds with “cones” that catch sticky spills. Features: Slip out one pop at a time by simply gripping the handle and twisting from the base. Base keeps pop molds secure from tips and spills in the freezer. Insulated plastic sleeves keep your pops colder and longer outside of the freezer. Dishwasher safe.

Each of these ice pop molds is available at cooking.com (Cooking coupons are here.)

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