Today we wish our fantastic Erin farewell as she heads off to continue her studies at the University of Minnesota. You will be greatly missed Erin.
As Julie Childs told us “a party without cake is really just a meeting”.
So of course we had a cake especially for Erin. You can always pretend bake a cake!
One hundred and two years ago today Julia Childs, the Queen of cooking was born. With her goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, she wrote a two-volume cookbook called Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was considered groundbreaking. Her cookbook has since become a standard guide for the culinary community. Julia became a television icon with her popular cooking show The French Chef.
Anthony Bourdain says: “Julia Child was the single most important, influential and game-changing figure in the history of American gastronomy”. “Everything tracks back to her. And though uniquely situated to do so, she never endorsed a thing: not a pot, not a pan, not a chain of restaurants, not a spice blend, apron or boil-in-the-bag dinner. She will be remembered for what she did on this earth, which was to inspire millions to cook — and eat — better”.
Julia once shared, “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” Don’t let your little ones wait until they are 32, start practice cooking now.
Then Julia had her ideas on standard kitchen appliances – “Every woman should have a blowtorch”.
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys does not have pretend blowtorches yet, but this little mixer is always a hit with the younger cooking set.
Farewell dear Erin and Happy Birthday Julia.
And with Julia’s signature sign-off may we too say: Bon appétit!
This Science Saturday let’s cook up some Solar S’mores and at the same time learn about the greenhouse effect! (atmospheric gases allow sunlight to pass through to the earth’s surface but keeps the heat it generates from escaping back into space)
Build your own solar oven from a pizza box. There is a foil flap for gathering sunlight, then reflecting it down through plastic and into the solar oven, doubling the amount of light. By placing a sheet of absorbing black paper on the bottom of the pizza box the light is converted to heat. As more light hits the black paper, more heat is created and trapped. After an hour or so on a sunny day, the oven can be as hot as 275 degrees which is hot enough to melt chocolate and marshmallows without a campfire.
Hop over to NASA’s Climate Kids for instructions on building your solar oven and how to make the Solar S’mores.
photo credit: Spoonful
Are you are a “choosy mom” who has an even choosier child who thinks Sushi is Yucki? Jif has a three ingredient, three step, and three minute recipe she will find yummi.
This week’s Recipe For Fun is brought to you by, you guessed it – Jif. We had so much fun making our own kid pleasing Sushi. Who likes crusts anyway? The chopsticks though, they will take a while to master. Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.
- 2 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons jam, jelly or pPreserves of your choice
- 2 slices bread
- REMOVE crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
- SPREAD 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon fruit spread on each slice of bread
- ROLL each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.
This week’s Recipe for Fun features a dog in a dog. The idea is simple and is a fun cook together with young children. You simply bake a hot dog inside a dog shaped portion of dough.
If you’re kinda feeling the Dog Days of Summer, give this a try. Watch the instructions on video that walks you through the recipe.
And…please do not forget your pooch. Kids will have a grand time preparing these biscuits for their favorite dogs. Gather round and watch this how to do it video put on by kids having fun at Highlights.
Woof, woof! Higgins, the Totally Kids Shop Dog approved.