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FANCY WATERMELON TREATS

To make a fun treat for hot summer days, slice a seedless watermelon into 1 inch slices.

Using large cookie cutters, cut out pieces of watermelon in your favorite shapes.

Place a popsicle stick about 1 inch into the side of the cutout creating a watermelon-sicle.

Place completed watermelon-sicles onto a baking sheet that is lined with aluminum foil cover with another sheet of aluminum foil, and freeze for about 1 hour.

This is a great project for kids, and adults will love them too!

MARSHMALLOW TREAT BUGS

The next time that you make up some rice crispie treats, try this colorful creation.

Instead of using rice crispies get some fruity pebbles or cocoa pebbles.

Melt 1/4 cup margerine/butter and (1) 10 1/2 ounce package of marshmallows. Add about 8 1/2 cups of your cereal of choice.

Mix well until marshmallow covers all of the cereal evenly and is thoroughly cooled. (You will want to test some your self to make sure that your little ones don’t get burned)

Now let your kids dig in and have some fun.

Let them create their own colorful bugs or animals for eating enjoyment.

Grab some packages or licorice or other candies to use for decoration.

To help keep the mixture from sticking to little hands, occasionally spray them with some non-stick cooking spray.

SANDWICH HELP I

If you are tired of fixing your kids the same old boring sandwiches, try this for a change.

Grind up some leftover ham, about 1/2 cup or so.

Add to that some Drained crushed pineapple, about 1/4 cup.

Now mix in about 1 tbs of Brown Sugar and a dash of cloves.

Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Spread onto bread and you have a wonderful Hawaiian sandwich!

This will make 2 sandwiches.

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Posted by Teresa Worth on April 07, 2005

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MINI SANDWICHES

Do you get tired of making up a great big sandwich and having your toddler eat about 1/4 of it before saying that they are done?

Most stores carry mini loaves of bread that are used for making appetizers and coctail sandwiches.

Pick up a loaf and now you have the perfect sized sandwich bread for your toddler.

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Posted by Teresa Worth on March 21, 2005

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SMELLY LUNCHBAGS

You are making lunches for the kids. You smell something, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. Ewww, it is the lunch bag.

Most lunch bags are now cloth with a plastic lining. To deodorize the lunch bags, wipe out the interior thoroughly with a damp soapy rag.

If the smell persists, place 1 tablespoon of bleach into 1 quart of warm water.

Soak your rag for a moment (warning, use an old or white rag as the bleach will ruin a colored rag) and wring out thoroughly.

Being careful not to drip any bleach water on the outside of your bag (it will discolor your bag) or your clothing, wipe out the interior only of the bag thoroughly. Leave the top open to air dry for at least 5 minutes.

Take a whiff, if the smell is still there repeat with previous step.

If you find that there is something that has soaked into the exterior of the bag you can spot clean it with some household cleaner (may spot or discolor depending on brand) or toss into the gentle cycle of your washing machine by itself. I will usually let mine air dry in the laundry room overnight.

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Posted by Teresa Worth on March 07, 2005

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SPICING UP A SACK LUNCH

Sack lunches can get boring very quickly. I will try to perk each one up by adding a variety of fruit and snacks.

I will pick up the individual sized containers of Carmel Apple dip and place in the lunch bag with a cut up apple.

During Halloween, Easter, or Valentines day seasons pick up a couple of extra bags of your child’s favorite candy. Add to the lunch an occasional mini treat.

Don’t forget Yogurt covered nuts or raisins. These are a nutritious and tasty snack.

Pick up sticks of yogurt or pudding and pop in the freezer. When you are making up the lunch, just remove one and place in the bag. By lunchtime they will be defrosted enough to easily eat. Even if they do stay a bit frozen, they are still a lot of fun!

SILLY SANDWICHES

If you have some finicky eaters or want to jazz up a boring lunch?

Break out the cookie cutters and let the kids cut out their favorite shapes from Lunch Meat and sliced cheeses.

You can even make up the full sanwiches first then cut out silly shapes.

Serve up with some Soup and Crackers and enjoy.

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Posted by Teresa Worth on February 16, 2005

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OMLETTE PIZZA’S

The next time that you make omlettes, try adding a bit of pepperoni and mozzerella cheese.

Now your kids won’t balk at eating healthy food for breakfast!

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Posted by Teresa Worth on February 08, 2005

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GRAHAM CRACKER COOKIES

Usually when you make a cake, you end up with a bit of icing left over.

It is usually not enough to save, but too much to throw away.

Spread the icing between 2 graham crackers and they make great cookies.

To store, simply place in an airtight container and leave in a cool dry place.

FUN SANDWICHES

You have seen them in the stores before, the white dumpling presses.

These are great for making cool sandwiches that your kids will love!

Just remove the crust from a piece of bread and place it in the center of the press making sure that the bread covers the whole thing.

Decide what you would like to fill it with and place in the center.

Press the 2 sides toghether and voile!

A fancy sandwich that your kids will love!

BURNED OUT MICROWAVE

OK, if you have a toddler in the house you know that they love to push buttons.

They see Mom/Dad heating up things in the microwave oven and they want to try it out for themselves, except there is nothing in the microwave.

This is very dangerous and can cause damage to your oven.

If you have a toddler that you have found is experimenting with buttons, make sure that you leave a mug of water in the microwave when you are not using it to help prevent damaging it.

CHOCOLATE COVERED MARSHMALLOWS

For a fun treat any time of year, melt up some chocolate in any color.

Place a popsicle stick in the top of a large marshmallow.

Dunk the marshmallow into the chocolate throughly covering it all.

Before the chocolate has a chance to cool all the way, roll your marshmallow in candy decorations.

This is a fun treat for kids to make on special holidays using coordinating colors of chocolate and candies.

For example use white chocolate and green candies for St Patricks day, or white chocolate and red candies for Valentines day.

SHARING THANKSGIVING

To really get kids into the festive spririt for Thanksgiving, get each one of the kids a cornish game hen.

As you are preparing the Turkey, let them prepare their own birds.

You can then bake them in their own roaster and as you baste your bird, they can baste theirs and for the feast they can enjoy their own creation.

This is a great learning experience and it keeps the kids occupied.

CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS

An often forgotten treat that is so super simple to make during the fall is Haystacks.

We always had these around the house around Halloween, and they are so simple to make that anyone can have them any time.

Simply melt a 12 ounce package of chocolate chips and dump over 1 can of Chow Mien Noodles.

Mix well with a wooden spoon until all of the noodles are covered with chocolate.

Using a teaspoon scoop up some of the mixture and drop onto a piece of waxed paper that has been placed on a cookie sheet or large cutting board.

Let sit in a cool place until chocolate cools and becomes solid again.

PUMPKIN SEEDS

OK, the pumpkin is gutted and carved, now you are trying to figure out what to do with the seeds.

Toasting the seeds will make a healthy and tasty snack.

From your seeds remove as many of the membranes as possible and throw away.

Place a large pan on the stove and fill with water. Add salt to the water using about 1 teaspoon for every cup. Bring the water to a boil and add your pumpkin seeds.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 2 hours. Remove from the heat and drain off all the water.

Place the seeds onto paper towels that have been placed on to wire racks and let sit in a cool dry place for at least 4 hours until dry.

Place the seeds into a large bowl and add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and mix until all of the seeds are coated with oil. Place the seeds onto a clean dry baking sheet and place into an oven preheated to 350º.

Bake the seeds for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and sprinkle lightly with salt and let cool.

You can serve immediately or you can store in a tightly sealed jar or container for up to 1 year.

COLORED SUGAR

When you are making up sugar cookies for Halloween it is sometimes fun to use colored sugar as part of the decoration before you make them. Then when you pull them out of the oven you can just pipe on a bit of frosting and they are done.

To make colored sugar, measure about 1 cup of sugar into a zip lock style baggie. Add about 2 drops of food color and close the bag. Knead the bag well to mix the color into the sugar until uniform in hue.

If you want to make orange, use one drop of red and one drop of yellow.

For purple use one drop of blue and one drop of red.

If you would like stronger colors, increase the coloring one drop at a time. Don’t add too much or your sugar will become mush.

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