Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kid Friendly Fun Snacks!

Hello everyone and happy May! I cant believe it's crept up on us so fast! Sometimes getting kids to eat at any point in the day can be difficult here are some fun kid friendly snacks they'll love to eat!
All these recipes are super easy as you can see and you can modify to your child's liking!

These peanut butter and jelly kabobs look so fun and pretty. Can't have peanut butter in your school? Swap out that and the jelly for some lunch meat and cheese and it's still healthy and fun!


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Fill a piping bag or ziplock back with yogurt (your choice of flavor). Freeze for a few minutes to an hour, checking every 10 minutes. You want it to solidify a bit without becoming solid.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse raspberries and allow to dry a bit. Once the yogurt is frozen, fill with piping bag or cut off the tip of your ziplock.
  3. Gobble them up! Even top with poppy seeds for "sprinkles," if desired.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices Land O’Frost oven-roasted turkey
  • 2 pimento-stuffed green olives
  • Mayonnaise or mustard (optional)
  • Toothpicks
  • Round cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Cut bread slices with the circle cookie cutter.
  2. Spread mayonnaise or mustard on the bread.
  3. With a knife, cut little triangles out of the edges of the cheese to resemble teeth.
  4. Lay the lunch meat on the bottom of the sandwich, followed by the cheese and top slice of bread.
  5. Insert toothpicks into the side of two green olives and stick into the top of the sandwich. Serve!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats gluten-free
  • 1 cup peanut butter* smooth and slightly runny
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup mini M&Ms
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well mixed.
  2. Scoop 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time. Press mixture between your hands multiple times to get it to stick together. Roll into a ball and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Refrigerate healthy monster cookie bites for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can heat peanut butter in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to make it a little easier to work with.


  • 5 hot dogs
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • ketchup and mustard for dipping

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating you oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice your hot dogs into thin pieces (ours were about half inch each). Set aside.
  3. Roll out your crescent dough and press the seams together.
  4. Cut into 8 strips. Then cut lengthwise into 8 more strips. You should end up with 64 1.5 inch x .5 inch pieces.
  5. Wrap the hot dogs in the crescent pieces and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Serve warm. ENJOY!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring means NEW! Tips oon organizing around the house

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means out with old and in with the new! Here are some tips on getting on top of spring cleaning and organizing around the house!


Start with the places you don't think about on an everyday basis:

Dishwasher- put some baking soda in it on high temp wash to disinfect and clean

Garbage disposal- putting some vinegar and lemon can help clean and take away the smells in it.
Organizing drawers- Get rid of things you haven't worn in the last 6 months and make a commitment to putting away laundry each week!
They key is keeping up with the mess! A deep clean should be done at least once a month and keeping up with the clutter can help those deep cleans be less of deep cleans. Stay organized, make a list of things you need to do weekly to do so! If you want more tips on staying organized and cleaning check out our Pinterest board!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Indoor Winter Activities!

With winter here the time spent outside is limited so here 4 fun things you can do with the kids during those cold winter months!

1. Bring them to the Cottage!

We have a huge open play area with lots of toys, books, puzzles and climbing structures there's never a dull moment here! Monday's Mr. Ryan  our music teacher comes, Wednesday and Thursday we have a dance and movement class and on Fridays we have show and tell! Not to mention everyday the kids make and take home very fun art projects reflecting the theme of the month!


2. Let them help out in the kitchen!

Kids love feeling apart of whatever mom and dad are doing, letting them help with meals or even just planning a special treat to make together would make them feel like important helpers!
3. Read together!

Snuggle up on the couch and let the pick their favorites! You'll have some qt:)


4. Indoor Scavenger hunt!

Create a indoor scavenger hunt, by using pictures let them find those things and have a fun reward for them when they find everything!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Easy Homemade Holiday Decor!

Looking for some fun, cute, inexpensive homemade decorations! Look no further, here are 5 DIY crafts you can do with the kids to spread that Holiday cheer!

1. Holiday Shakers


You can get the salt shakers from the dollar store along with figurines and turn your salt shakers into a winter wonderland!

2.Advent Calendar


Use tiny paper envelopes and decorate, and count down the days till Christmas with special treats, candies and toys!

3. Coffee Filter Garland


Use filters and randomly put them together to get this beautiful garland!

 

 4. Pine Cone Ornaments


Let the kids creativity go wild with paint and glitter make keepsakes to cherish for many Christmas to come!


5. Photo Wreath 


Get some hot glue and loved pictures of family and friends, make copies in black and white put along on a wire and you get this amazing wreath of memories!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thanksgiving Recipes the kids can help with!

It's already mid fall and November is here, which means that Thanksgiving is upon us! Which also means the chaos of cooking Thanksgiving dinner! This year get the kids involved with simple recipes that will keep them occupied and out of trouble as well as getting to spend quality time with them making a meal for the family they wont forget!

Here are 5 Easy meals the kids can help with:

1. The staple of all Thanksgiving dinners Mashed Potatoes

Boil the potatoes, peel add the milk butter and seasoning let the kids smash away!

2. The classic dessert Pumpkin Pie
Let young and older children alike mix all the ingredients together. They will love adding the spices and seeing how the ingredients come together to make a delicious dessert.

3.Turkey Stuffing

Let them mix all the ingredients into a boil.

4.Veggie or Fruit Platter
Cut up all the fruit or veggies and let them set it out on the platter.

5. Thanksgiving themed cupcakes
Have them help bake the cupcakes and supply all the decorations and let their creativity take control!

For more Recipes or Ideas check out or Thanksgiving Board on Pinterest
 https://www.pinterest.com/blossomingbuds/thanksgiving/










Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trick or Treating Alternitives!

Trick-or-treating is fun but, Halloween night can be too cold, too much walking and too much sugar for the kids. They’ll likely want to be involved in the big day on October 31, but you might want to keep their fun in check and age-appropriate. Here are some alternatives!

Back Yard Trick or Treating!

 Instead of going around town, have your kids trick-or-treat in your own backyard with a scavenger hunt

 Pumpkin Hunt!

If you’d rather keep sweets to a minimum, choose to go scavenging for craft pumpkins


Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's get organized! 7 Tips for organizing now that school is back in session!

Believe it or not, it’s  back to school time. It’s a time of excitement and new beginnings—oh, and rushed mornings, lost library books, and mountains of school paperwork for mom and dad to fill out.
Feeling overwhelmed yet? If so, commit to making this year your family gets organized for back to school. These awesome back to school organization tips are the perfect place to begin!

 Make a checklist of everything that needs to get done between now and the first day of school, invest in a planner they are life savers!

  • Fill in your calendar now with all important dates for the school year. Mark days like enrollment, open house, PTA meetings, and other upcoming events. Go to the school website to get a calendar for the upcoming year and write down all dates that pertain to your child so that you don’t have to juggle and reschedule later on.

  • Ease everyone back into the school schedule by slowly going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Getting into routine at least 2 weeks in advance will make the transition an easy one! You can also make the transition smoother by creating charts of things they need to accomplish in the morning before school and in the evening before bed.
  • Pick a time of day to do homework, when it will occur and try to stay consistent with the time! Set up a homework station or study spot in your house where all the supplies your child will need are handy in bins. 
  •  Set up a area by your door where your child can store anything that needs to be taken to school the next day; to minimize the last minute rushing to find things.

  • Start labeling everything with your child’s name!

  • Figure out ahead of time how you’re going to store your child’s artwork, projects, and school papers; otherwise they’ll quickly start piling up! 

 

  •  Packing lunches can get stressful! Planning ahead is KEY! Check out our Back to School Pinterest Board for lunch ideas and more organization tips!