Summer Recipes for Kids

Cool Summer Recipes For Kids
Guest Post by by Tawra Kellam

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

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.


nuts, finely chopped
peanut butter
melted chocolate
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

Good Summer Food

Summer is a great time to pare down your daily diet so you’re getting what you need to stay active, refreshed and cool all at the same time.

Here are some tips to getting the best nutrition with a variety of summer food choices.

Tip #1 – Stay hydrated
The summer sun can drain your energy after a full day outdoors. To combat water lost, it is essential to take in enough water each day. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a few recipes and ideas to help you jazz up plain water, without adding sugar. Subscribe to Momscape’s RSS feed so you don’t miss tips or updates.

Tip #2- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh foods contain a higher percentage of nutrients. There are a number of fruits that have a high water content. Consuming them increases your fluid intake without really trying. Vegetables that are in season during the summer contain a lot of fiber. Fiber is filling and helps maintain blood sugar levels.

Tip #3 – Eat enough protein
Protein is a building block of healthy muscle tissue. Eating a little at each meal helps with that sweet craving. Find it in nuts and other plant sources if you want a break from animal protein. Another good choice is fish and seafood.

Tip #4 – Consume foods high in potassium
Many of us are deficient in this electrolyte. If you feel cramping in your legs while you are running, lack of potassium could be the culprit. Without it, you may experience confusion, fatigue, cramping and even heart problems. Begin your healthier intake of potassium today with foods such as bananas, cantaloupe and green leafy vegetables.

Tip #5 – Incorporate cooler summer foods
Have you ever had a cool glass of water after a hard day of physical activity? The coolness trickles down your insides like water over rocks. The same can happen when you eat meals consisting of fresh and raw foods.

Tip #6 – Eat smaller portions
Eating a large meal can put us in a “tryptophan coma.” Instead of feeling refueled you are sluggish and tired for hours. Nibbling on smaller portions throughout the day not only keeps the metabolism stoked but also keeps you feeling full. There is less chance of overeating when you are satisfied.
Summertime doesn’t just involve changing your clothing but changing the way that you fuel your body. If you want to feel recharged even in the heat, feed your body well.

In our next couple of posts, we’ll bring you recipes and ideas for summer drinks and summer snacks: two things that everyone seems to enjoy even more in the busy, warmer months.

In the meantime, here are some recipe books and recipes for delicious summer food:

Under the Olive Tree: Italian Summer Food
Under the Olive Tree: Italian Summer Food
Price: $22.53
Saluting family, life, and food, this inspirational journey follows the memories, sights, smells, and tastes of the author’s hometown in Lugano and Costa Smeralda, Italy. With stunning photographs providing the backdrop, readers soak up the essence of the region surrounding Lugano-an elegant city clinging to the edges of a Swiss lake near the northern Italian border-and the sapphire seas of Costa Smeralda in Sadegna, Italy. Culture seekers and lovers of fine cuisine will enjoy mouth-watering regional recipes, from salami and mountain cheeses with red wine hailing from the southern Swiss valleys, to the Sardinian fare of pasta cushions filled with potato and wild mint. Dessert recipes are also featured, including the Semifreddo Di Miele Amaro, a soft ice cream from the harbors of the Mediterranean.

The Summer Shack Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Shore Food
The Summer Shack Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Shore Food
Price: $16.44
With Lobsters at Home, Jasper White’s Cooking from New England, 50 Chowders, and this book, Summer Shack restaurant impresario Jasper White seems to be building his own seafood cookbook section. The Summer Shack Cookbook might its piece de resistance. This 500-plus-page shore food cookbook provides over 200 seafood recipes, plus a tantalizing supplement of all-American classics like Fried Chicken and Strawberry Pie. It’s a summer vacation in itself.

Things We Love – Easy Summer Recipes

Oh how we love summer. This year, we are going to love it more than ever. In the Colorado Rockies, it snowed more than 500 inches on us this winter. It was snowing through, well, yesterday. And so this summer is going to taste sweeter than ever.

In celebration of this, we are spotlighting some of the best cookbooks that feature easy summer recipes, including a favorite cookbook review and a roundup of other popular summer cookbook titles.

Bon appetit!

Best Summer Weekend Cookbook

Things We Love – Best Summer Weekends Cookbook
Where to buy:
Review by: APCKelly

I love food. Especially summer food, with its fresh, ripe vegetables and mouthwatering, luscious fruits.

As a supreme lover of such delicacies and delectable delights, I am always on the lookout for great cookbooks. Even my kids love to page through the cookbooks at home and decide what to try out next. I was initially attracted to The Best Summer Weekends Cookbook because of its beautifully designed cover of mouth-watering watermelon, shrimp, tomato, lemon.

The inside of this book is as appealing as the outside. More than 75 recipes, perfect for entertaining friends and family or delicious day-to-day summer cooking. The color photographs make it one of our favorites to flip through to get inspired.

The recipes are varied and include appetizers, starters, sundown snacks, delicious BBQ recipes, summer salads, light main courses perfect for a summer’s day, to breakfast and brunch ideas and amazing desserts. I am sure you will love to try the delicious Mocha Ice Cream Loaf – or how about a refreshing Tabouleh salad and Thai Green Chicken Wings?

The ingredients used in the recipes are relatively easy to come by, but they are seasonal. (Each recipe gives ideas on how to substitute certain ingredients if they are not to hand.)

Overall, this cookbook has an exciting array of summer recipes that will please anybody. I am sure you will get a lot of joy out of trying out these fantastic and mouth-watering dishes.

Here are a few more summer cookbooks to try: