Kids and Teen Blog
The last days of summer are upon us, and this mommy is doing everything she can to make the most of every last moment. From buying flats of blueberries to make freezer jam, to visiting the water park and spending lazy afternoons eating PB&J in the shade of a big oak tree and running through the spray, to visiting the farmers stand every weekend to buy the freshest, local produce that money can buy.
To help you hold onto these last, lazy days of summer here are two summertime recipes that you can make with the help of your little one.
What's summer without spending at least one afternoon setting up a lemonade stand? No lemonade stand is complete without a sweet treat to go with your lemonade. When flipping through a copy of Cutie Pies for Kids recently these Beach-Style Lemonade Pies looked like they would be a fun summertime treat.
Beach- Style Lemonade Pies
-2 cups Nilla wafer crumbs
-4 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 can (21 ounces) lemon pie filling
-2 cups whipped cream
-Thin lemon slices
To make crust, combine wafer crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. Press into the bottoms and sides of 12 minie pie pans or paper cupcake liners and chill for at least 2 hours before filling.
In a large bowl, fold together lemon pie filling and whipped cream. Spoon creamy lemon filling into prepared mini pie pans. Garnish with lemons slices.
Makes 12 mini pies
Beach Style Lemonade:Photograph by Zac Williams from Cutie Pies for Kids by Jennifer Adams. Reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith.
My daughter and I love taking trips to the farmer's stand together. She helps me pick what fresh, local produce she would like to try. She loves peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, apples-- basically if it's fruite she loves it, wish I could say the same for vegetables.
When I cracked open my copy of Cake Mix Cooking For Kids this morning the Mini Cupcake Kabobs recipe immediately caught my eye. The recipe calls for strawberries, pineapple and bananas but really I think you could substitue any fresh fruit you have available. I bought a mini cupcake pan at the beginning of this summer with the intention of making mini muffins with my little girl. I think this weekend might be the perfect opportunity to give it a test run with the below recipe.
Mini Cupcake Kabobs
-1 Strawberry or pineapple cake mix
-Ingredients listed on back of box
-20 hulled strawberries
-1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
-2 to 3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
-20 wooden skewer sticks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mis according to package directions. Prepare mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each cup. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack where the cupcakes can completely cool. Repeat process with remaining batter. You will have 80-84 mini cupcakes when you are done.
On each wooden skewer, thread cupcake, banana chunk, cupcake, strawberry, cupcake, pineapple chunk, and a final cupcake.
Makes 20 kabobs
Mini Cupcake Kabobs- Photograph by Zac Williams from Cake Mix Cooking for Kids by Stephanie Ashcraft. Reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith.
I hope you, and your kiddos enjoy these recipes. If there are any specific ideas you would like to see in my Mom Minute posts or my Notes From A Children's Book Publicist posts please let me know through our comment form.
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Happy (last days of) Summer!
Our Halloween potluck is fast approaching, and I have yet to figure out what spooky snack to serve... Luckily, the Little Monsters Cookbook is full of monstrous munchies, haunted hors d'oeuvres and terrifying treats...
Why not try some Coffin Crunchers, Full-Moon Howlers, Swampy Dip or Frankenfeet?
Start making your kitchen creepy with this recipe for Trifle with Death on Canadian Family Magazine's website.
Here's a video of author showing off some of his creations:
Food & Drink / July 08, 2010
Don't all little girls love pink? And don't we ALL love cupakes?
In this video, the lovely Barbara Beery, author of the Pink Princess Cookbook series, demonstrates an adorable Pink Princess Cupcake -- complete with candy wands! -- with three of her princess friends.