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Great Summertime Recipe! ~ Preschool Thursdays

Preschool-Thursdays-YogurtThought I’d share with you one of our favorite recipes that I’ve included in my Mom’s Guide for Preschoolers. 

This is an easy, good-for-you recipe that my preschoolers LOVED to help me make and then, of course, eat.  

Fruit Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cups yogurt, flavor of your choice
  • 2 generous Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup strawberries or fruit of your choice

Directions:

  • Place yogurt in blender.
  • Blend, adding 1 strawberry at a time until smooth.
  • Add honey and blend.
  • Fill plastic popsicle molds with mixture and secure lids.
  • Freeze until solid.

Enjoy on a warm summer day!

Get more great recipes from Marilyn Boyer’s book, Homemade with Love, Treasured Family Recipes

http://j.mp/HomemadeWithLove

Here is what one mother shared about her experience using the recipes from Homemade with Love:

   Homemade with Love is like sitting down and thumbing through Mrs. Boyer’s personal recipe box (especially when she shares a memory with a recipe)…and you know those types of boxes are filled with tried-and-true family favorites!  I was amazed at how many recipes were quick, easy and kid-friendly.  Most of the recipes called for items that we usually have on hand making this cookbook extra practical.  The pictures included with some of the recipes were helpful and showed me that my food doesn’t have to look like a fancy Food Network dish in order for it to be a big hit with my family.  And, after making homemade crescent rolls for the first time following Mrs. Boyer’s easy recipe, I doubt we will ever buy crescent rolls from a blue can again!
Since we are family of three (compared to feeding the Boyer’s 14 children) plus deal with severe nut allergies in our home, I wasn’t sure how well this cookbook would fit our lifestyle.  But I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that the majority of the recipes did not make super-large quantities nor included a lot of nuts.  The recipes that include nuts are ones that we can substitute and still have a great dish.  It was an extra bonus to find a cookbook that gave us a lot of new recipes that we could use as written.  Homemade with Love has quickly become my favorite “go-to” for fast, delicious recipes that I know my family will like!

~ Amy

Helping In The Kitchen – Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-CookingEach week I chose a different child to plan a meal, help shop for meal and then help to cook the meal. It was a great way to teach them nutrition, wise shopping practices and the actual skills of cooking. It was something they really looked forward to. 

 

 

Homemade-with-LoveNeed more ideas for recipes with the kids? May we suggest taking a look at Marilyn’s book, Homemade With Love. Read More…

Getting Creative Outside! – Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-Play-DohWith the colder days behind us (hopefully) are you looking for ideas and activities for the kids to be able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine days?

My preschoolers loved to play with playdough outside (less mess) on pretty spring days. We have lots of molds and plastic knives and they would play for hours making playdough animals and pastries. We had a little kids table and chairs that we’d set out under the maple tree.

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How about making your own Playdough? Here are some ideas from Creative Kids at Home.

3 Easy Recipes for Making Homemade Play Dough

Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation.

Recipe 1

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 6 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Recipe 2

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup water

Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don’t over cook this dough or it will crumble.

Recipe 3

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipes.

Ideas Divide into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.

Note for Parents:
Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children. While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.

Strawberry Picking Time – Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-strawberriersStrawberry picking time is just around the corner! Every May we make a trip to the strawberry field to pick a bunch, come home to make strawberry jam, strawberry pie and even freeze whole berries for making smoothies through the year. Make the most of seasons. Kids love to have special times to look forward to. Learn the art of turning the mundane into fun times. 

 

Homemade-with-LoveSince strawberries are on your mind now may we suggest taking a look at Marilyn’s book, Homemade With Love. Read More…

Cooking with Mommy – Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-cookingPreschoolers love the opportunity to cook with Mom. One of our favorites was snack mix. We’d mix together equal amounts of peanuts, raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, and chex mix.

They also loved making yogurt pops- yogurt, fresh fruit, and honey. Yum

 

As the mother of 14 children, Marilyn Boyer has often been asked, “What do you feed all those kids?” 

Now she answers that question in the form of a cookbook for your kitchen! Homemade with Love is a collection of best-loved family favorites, including some that Marilyn made as a little girl with her own mother, as a mom herself with her own children, and now watches as the third generation enjoys them with their children!

 

Homemade-with-Love

 

Homemade with Love is like sitting down and thumbing through Mrs. Boyer’s personal recipe box (especially when she shares a memory with a recipe)…and you know those types of boxes are filled with tried-and-true family favorites!  I was amazed at how many recipes were quick, easy and kid-friendly. ~ Amy

http://j.mp/HomemadeWithLove

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe Box: Dirt Cake

 

Dirt cakeWhat kid doesn’t like dirt? What about edible dirt? Here’s a recipe for a “dirt” cake that’s sure to delight boys and girls alike! Read More…