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The summer is well underway, and we have already had a few really warm days. Hot days with kids can be a challenge, but with these simple ideas, you will be prepared for even the longest heat wave.
Here are a few “beat the heat” ideas you can try:
1) Make a special “cool” summer snack – The ice cream sandwich (pictured above) is an easy and delicious summer snack. First, bake a batch of your favorite ginger molasses cookies. (I made mine small so that I ended up with a good “mini” snack for my boys.) Then, after the cookies have cooled completely, scoop some chocolate ice cream onto one of the cookies, and top with a second cookie. Serve immediately, and get ready for some smiles.
2) Have a water fight – There is nothing like a good old fashioned water fight on a warm day. Instead of using water guns, why not stock up on water balloons, dollar store sponges, and spray bottles?
3) Get wet – When the mercury starts to rise, search out some H2O. Hit the beach, go swimming, put out the sprinkler, or head for the local splash pad.
4) Go inside – On the days when the heat gets to be too much to bear, find a fun indoor activity. Go to a movie, try some bowling, visit a museum or head for the mall. Sometimes air conditioning is your best friend.
5) Play with ice – To pass some time, and help the kids stay cool, let them play with ice. Freeze some small toys inside a block of ice and let the kids figure out a way to get it out, or let your little ones play with ice cubes in a bowl, water table, or kiddie pool.
What is your favorite way to beat the heat? Stay cool, and have fun!
Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)
As the school year is winding down, I have been thinking about how important teachers are. I have been blessed with great teachers for my two oldest boys (so far), and I hope they know how much I appreciate all that they do.
Recently, my son’s Grade Primary teacher hosted a “Meet the Authors” party in her classroom. All the little 5 and 6 year olds wrote stories, and the parents and siblings were invited to come to the classroom and hear the stories read out loud. My 5 year old could not have been more proud… and I felt the same.
So… this afternoon, my son and I made a special gift for his teacher. We baked cookies together, and I packaged them up for him to take to school.
It is a simple gift, but I think the teacher will appreciate the gesture, and my 5 year old is so excited to deliver the goodies to his teacher. Here is how easy it is to show your favorite teacher how great you think he/she is:
1) Bake some delicious cookies. (Canadian Living has some great nut free recipes that are perfect to send to school. You can find them here.)
2) Buy a cute (and cheap) jar at the dollar store.
3) Fill the jar with cookies.
4) Attach a note that says, “Thanks for making me a SMART COOKIE“. (I used www.picmonkey.com to add the words to a picture of my son. I think it adds a nice, personal touch.)
What is your favorite teacher appreciation gift to give?
Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)
You don’t need a special occasion to celebrate time with your children. An after school tea party is a simple way to spend some quality time with your little ones talking about their day.
Last week, my three year old and I baked a delicious cinnamon loaf while the older boys were at school. When they got home, we surprised them with milk in teacups and a yummy treat. It was a simple “tea party”, but we all had a great time and a lot of wonderful conversations. I love that we are making special childhood memories of after school snacks and time spent together.
I found the recipe for the Cinnamon Streusel Loaf in the March 2013 issue of Canadian Living. (I am always ripping the great recipes out of my magazines and sticking them in my recipe book drawer, aren’t you?) You can find the recipe online here.
This loaf was delicious, and it made the house smell fantastic. I will definitely make it again… maybe for our next tea party. :-)
♥ Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
Aren’t all foods more fun when they are “bite size”? If your little ones like food made just for them, I have a great “mini meal” idea to share with you today.
Isn’t it cute? I used mini cookie cutters to cut out little heart shaped sandwiches, put milk in a tiny Dixie Cup, added some baby carrots and a Minigo, and made some delicious chocolate banana muffins (adapted from a recipe I found here).
Not surprisingly, the muffins were everyone’s favorite part of the meal. Want to know how to make them?
1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and have the kids put mini muffin liners in the miniature muffin pans.
2) Whisk together the follow dry ingredients: 1 Cup all purpose flour, 1 Cup whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 2/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
3) Whisk together the following wet ingredients: 1 egg, 1 Cup milk, 1 Cup mashed bananas, 1/4 cup melted butter.
4) Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Next time, I think I will make some silver dollar pancakes and add some tiny fruit kabobs (on toothpicks). What do you think would make a good “mini meal”?
♥Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
Christmas and cookies are synonomous in my house. My boys love baking, so the holidays are a perfect time for us to spend some time in the kitchen together.
Recently, we made some Ginger Molasses Crinkle cookies using a fantastic recipe from Canadian Living. (You can find the recipe here.) It is a great recipe to bake with kids because they are simple to make, and the kids have fun rolling the cookies in the sugar before baking.
And… here is a fun holiday serving suggestion. Use your computer and a dollar store frame to make a “Made with Love by Mrs. Claus” sign. Cute idea, right?
What guest wouldn’t be impressed with this tasty holiday treat?
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
Canadian Living Moms was a proud sponsor of the Family Zone at the Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. We got to meet lots of little future chefs at this sweet show, which was held in September at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
“It’s fun that Canadian Living Moms is out and about, and we got some super cute photos of the kids decorating cookies,” says Alyson Young, a Marketing & Communications Specialist at TC Media, Canadian Living’s parent company.
Our fabulous Canadian Living Test Kitchen specialists were on hand to help little bakers decorate their own treats at the Canadian Living Moms’ Family Zone.
Check out the sweet chef hats on the table!:
And here’s one happy little chef:
Thanks to all our cookie decorators, and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen!