Using Local Produce to Warm Up Your Summer Recipes
Summer means fresh vegetables and refreshing fruits to cool down your palette. Head to your local Farmer’s Market with your family and make a trip of it! Find your favorite yummies, pack them in your tote bag, and head on home to cool down with some local freshness.
Bring the outdoors in- into your food this summer! Cooking with flowers is a unique way to mix more of nature’s bounty into your meal. Edible flowers add a splash of color, an interesting texture, and a chance to educate your kids on fun cooking techniques.
Tip: If you can’t find edible flowers at your grocery store, or organic foods store, check your local farmer’s market.
The fun thing about a recipe like a frittata is that your kids can add the ingredients they love to make a one-pot wonder…or one-pan frittata!
Flowers are also fun to add to something sweet. Not only will your kids create a work of art, but also they’ll be learning how to get creative with unconventional ingredients! Let’s stir up that imagination!
Happy Saturday! What will you do with your kids today to fire those neurons?
Creative Ideas for some Homemade Flair
Baby food is in an independent food category of it’s own.
Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
Whether you decide to feed your baby store-bought food or make your own, there are certainly some benefits to homemade baby food to fuel your curiosity and creativity. According to webmd.com, parents have found the below reasons to be advantages to making homemade baby food:
- Parents know exactly what they are feeding their baby.
- It may be more economical than buying pre-packaged food, however this is not always the case.
- Parents can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers.
- It helps baby adjust to eating the same food as the rest of the family, but in puree form.
If you’re curious to try making baby food at home, you will need a food grinder and a way to steam the food—steaming can be the best way to cook ingredients because it preserves the most nutrients.
Peach, Apple, and Pear Puree
Avocado Baby Puree
You made it! Now what?
Babycenter.com suggests the following serving tips:
- Serve the food no warmer than body temperature.
- Use caution if you heat meals in the microwave.
- Only dish out the amount of food you think your baby will eat at that feeding. You will need to throw away what’s left over because your baby’s saliva will get into the mixture and make it easy for bacteria to grow in the food.
- Do not sweeten your baby’s food, and do not use honey or corn syrup, which can cause botulism.
- Use seasonings to flavor your food.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and use them within a couple of days. You can also freeze leftovers in ice cube trays and similar devices.
And accessories in 2014
BabyTrend Baby Trends Report
Pinterest is gaining more and more followers and digital bulletin boards are overflowing with creative ideas. Its no wonder parents and parents-to-be are more interested in baby items that are as safe as they are fashionable.
Baby Trend has implemented these new colorways and timeless trends into our designs, like the new Hello Kitty line! Some other trends that are slowly earning a classic reputation are chevron designs in muted colors like gray, monochromatic pairings like black and white and pops of color in pastel.
Nurseries for example are moving towards the most ergonomic and green-friendly options that grow with baby. Luxurious and convertible options like the below offer fun design options and a bit of trendy design:
Items with a splash of color are also gaining in popularity. “Upscale” baby clothes and fashionable baby gear are coming together in full force as the trendy pairing of 2014. Some other items that may be more handy than necessary are baby bathtubs, and these can be just as colorful as they are relaxing.
What items are the most necessary while still fashionable? As most parents already know, it’s important to have a car seat. One that can adjust to your growing baby is the perfect convertible for almost any vehicle.
Learning Cultural History
Learning to give thanks can be as simple as uttering, “thank you,” and as involved as giving back to your local community. Enjoy these seasonal festivities and opportunities for your family to appreciate your friends, family, neighbors, and more.
Many gather around a warm meal and family or friends on Thanksgiving Day. Your family can help brighten meals at community dinner or those in a hospital or home with someone as simple as a placemat! Local shelters, food kitchens, hospitals, and other homes and organizations will welcome a community-service projects to make everyone’s Thanksgiving that much more thoughtful.
Provide kids with a 12 x 18-inch white construction paper, construction paper of various colors, markers, crayons, and other design tools. Ask them to create placemat on what Thanksgiving means to them in images, or something that represents a day of Thanks.
A bit of color to every meal will make each individual that much more happy to know that they are being thought of, and thanked.
You’ve already spent last week gathering leaves, making prints, and learning more about fall weather and foliage. Now, it’s time to reuse those leaves and put together a decorative piece! The Thankful Wreath can be as creative or as simple as you or your kids would like. (Source)
What you need:
- A plain white paper plate
- Construction Paper (preferably earth tones)
- Crayons or Markers
- Glue or Glue Stick
- Cut a half circle out of the center of a plain paper plate to hold the leaves.
- Gather leaves from your neighborhood and or cut out leaves from construction paper. Doing both may add some fun dimension and texture.
- Glue the leaves all around the rim of the plate.
- Your child can then write what they are thankful for in the middle of the wreath.
How do you incorporate fun activities into your holidays?
One of the best things about fall are the harvest vegetables, including pumpkins! From delicious pumpkin spice lattes to moist pumpkin bread, the use of pumpkin in recipes is endless. This is mainly because it acts as a binder to take the place of egg and oil!
Take this fall month of October to experiment with pumpkin. Here are some creative uses to start you off!
How do you plan on using pumpkin when cooking with your kids?
What better time to get crafty than the month of Halloween, the beginning of fall, and when nature practically gives you all the tools you need to be crafty? From pumpkins to pinecones, scour your neighborhood park with your family to create memorable crafts and costumes using what’s already around you!
Pumpkin carving is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and help children express their creativity! However, do all pumpkins have to be orange? Help your child color or spray-paint their pumpkins to make them stand out, and then use those unique pumpkins as decorations around the house.
Take a walk through your neighborhood or local park and help your children pick pinecones that are not too pointy or dirty. Bring these pinecones home with you to decorate with construction paper, googly eyes, yarn, tape and anything else your child wants to use to create little decorative pinecone monsters!
Summer is filled with bright colors and robust vegetables and fruits. Here are some fun kid-friendly recipes for you to enjoy with your family!
Linguine with Easy Sauce
Carbs like pasta, tortillas, rice or quinoa can easily be incorporated into a tomato or pesto sauce. Here is a recipe for a kid-friendly linguine recipe:
White Chocolate Bark
Dessert can also be enjoyed as strawberries, blueberries, and cherries grow during the summer season. Add your kids favorite fruits to chocolate or dip them in chocolate to add a little fun punch to the recipe.
What are your favorite summer vegetables or fruits to cook with your children? We would love for you to share your activities with us on our Facebook Page or our Twitter!
The transition from Summer to Fall is a great way to teach your kids about seasons and the weather. Here are some fun ways to teach your children about what they experience year to year: seasons!
As the clouds start to cover the sun, your kids might miss that yellow glow that warms them each day. Keep the sun shining by helping them create a paper-sun they can decorate their room with. A sun made from handprint cut-outs and a paper plate is a fun and simple way to teach your kids about the sun, sun safety and summer.
- Paper plates
- Child-safe scissors
- Glue or stapler
- Googly eyes
- Crayons, markers and/or paint
- Paint the backside of a paper plate yellow.
- Have your child trace their hand on yellow construction paper about 7 times.
- Help your child cut out the tracings or cut the tracings yourself.
- Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the paper plate – the fingers will serve as the sunrays.
- Color in the sun and have your child draw a face of their liking onto the sun. Googly eyes optional.
Going from summer to fall means trees get bare and leaves change colors. In addition to the summer fun, help your kids create a “Plant Passport” by going around the park or your backyard and collecting flowers and leaves. Once they do, help them organize the flowers, leaves and whatever else they find by season into a notebook of their choosing or create a book by stapling construction paper of their favorite colors together. They can then place it in their book and learn about their local foliage as the seasons go by. Don’t forget to leave some space for Winter and Spring!
If it’s something they want to see daily, hang what they find on a piece of string instead of in a book.
Enjoy the sunshine with your kids with scavenger hunts and creative craft activities from season to season.
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