Fun Summer Food for KidsPosted: July 3, 2012
It’s July and hot and if your children are typical they’re starting to get bored. Here are a few recipes that are a mother’s delight. If you have a child that camps with a youth group or attends summer camp you probably know most of these recipes but I’ll bet you haven’t thought about making them at home. They may be considered camp food but for a midsummer treat any child will enjoy these snacks at home too.
Starting with the Gross Names but Great Tasting Recipes.
½ Cup powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Teaspoons cream cheese
Dash of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Put all ingredients in a baggie being sure it is tightly sealed leaving as little air as possible inside the baggie. Place baggie in armpit to soften the ingredients. Squish until well mixed.
Strange isn’t it – most of the Gross Named but Great Foods have raisins in the recipe.
Ticks on a commode seat
1 canned pear half, cut side up.
A Tablespoon (or so) of peanut butter spread around the top of the pear. Then sprinkle the raisins on the peanut butter.
Ants on a log
Celery with peanut butter spread down the center. Sprinkle the raisins on the peanut butter
The Sweet Treats
Mushed Non Ice Cream Sundae
Instant pudding mix – place in large baggie – add milk per directions. Squeeze and mush baggie until done.
Spoon pudding into ice cream cones. Top with whipped cream or your favorite sundae topping like nuts, cherries or even, yes, even raisins.
Split one banana lengthwise. Leave skin on. Fill with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips; oh heck throw in a few raisins too. Wrap in aluminum foil. Traditionally these are placed on the embers of a fire but you can just as easily bake in the oven until the marshmallows and chips are melted.
Speaking of Fire – there’s always an Edible Fire the little ones can make
You’ll need pretzel sticks laid out in a triangle shape. In the center place shredded coconut as the tinder to start the fire. For a flame use either candy corn or red hots. After you have enough “flame” toss on some Tootsie Rolls as the bigger logs. Enjoy your hot yet cool dessert.
Everyone wants Ice Cream – here’s one recipe made 2 ways.
Ice Cream in a Bag
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups crushed ice
4 tablespoons salt
2 quart size baggies
1 gallon size freezer baggie
FYI: Since you’re mixing the ice cream by hand the mixture does get cold so consider wearing gloves.
Mix the milk, vanilla and sugar together in one of the quart size bags. Seal tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible. Place this bag inside the other quart size bag, again leaving as little air inside as possible and sealing well. By double-bagging, the risk of salt and ice leaking into the ice cream is minimized. Put the two bags inside the gallon size bag and fill the bag with ice, then sprinkle salt on top. By now you know to let all the air escape and seal the bag. Shake and massage the bag for about 5 – 8 minutes, making sure the ice surrounds the cream mixture.
When the ice cream is done pull the smaller baggie out and rinse off the salt before opening.
If you have several children around consider Coffee Can Ice Cream
The downside of this method is finding the correct size cans. The ingredients are the same, but should be be doubled or tripled because the coffee can holds more liquid than the baggies. Put the mixture in a standard size coffee can and seal with the plastic lid, then place that can inside a larger “economy size” can. Pack the large can with ice and salt, and seal with the lid. If your larger can does not have a lid you’ll have to improvise with a cover that fits tightly and will stay on while being pummeled about the yard. Your children can roll the can back and forth on the ground until the ice cream is set. The time required to set the mixture will vary depending on the number of servings in the can.
No children around, no campfire, no problem, become a child again with these fun summer foods. Do you have a silly summer recipe – share it in the Reply section below
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