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With the arrival of fall tomorrow and  Starbucks now serving their Pumpkin Spice Latte, are you ready for the season? This recipe for fun may put you and the kids in the mood. We have found a Pumpkin Latte Playdough for your little ones that just may become a new autumn classic at your house. Dinosaurs and Octopuses have the recipe for fun this week.

Here it is:

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
maple extract
vanilla extract
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. As it mixes you can see if you’ll need more food dye. Adding a little at a time until the desired color is achieved. Turn out onto wax paper. The pumpkin pie spice was too spicy by itself, for my liking. The extracts make it smell sweeter, just like a pumpkin pie. Sniff the dough. Does it smell too spicy? Add a little bit more extract and knead it all together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a few drops of water.

Betsy, you must give this a try for Katherine.

Anyone looking for a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Latte recipe? Give this one from the Kitchn a try!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin or 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine.)

Directions:
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin, and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

PB&J

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.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons jam, jelly or preserves of your choice
  • 2 slices bread


Directions:

  1. REMOVE crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
  2. SPREAD 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon fruit spread on each slice of bread
  3. ROLL each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

Give this a try and please share with us your opinion. So, okay then, you still think Sushi is Yucki?.

 

Who’s waiting for Starbucks to announce the arrival of Fall with their Pumpkin Spice Latte? While waiting why not whip up some Pumpkin Latte Playdough for your little ones ? It just may become a new autumn classic at your house. Dinosaurs and Octopuses has the recipe for fun this week.

Here it is:

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
maple extract
vanilla extract
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. As it mixes you can see if you’ll need more food dye. Adding a little at a time until the desired color is  achieved. Turn out onto wax paper. The pumpkin pie spice was too spicy by itself, for my liking. The extracts make it smell sweeter, just like a pumpkin pie. Sniff the dough. Does it smell too spicy? Add a little bit more extract and knead it all together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a few drops of water.

Betsy, you must give this a try for Oliver.

Anyone looking for a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Latte recipe? Give this one from the Kitchn a try!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin or 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice Syrup
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine.)

Directions:
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

PB&J

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.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons jam, jelly or pPreserves of your choice
  • 2 slices bread


Directions:

  1. REMOVE crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
  2. SPREAD 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon fruit spread on each slice of bread
  3. ROLL each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

Skip the mosquito swatting and scarey sounds – try indoor camping with the Camp Olson Loft Bed.

Spread out  your sleeping bags under the loft. Play some of the usual campfire games.

Storytelling is a fun “do-anywhere” activity, notes Cindy Ross, co-author of Kids in the Wild: A Family Guide to Outdoor Recreation (Mountaineer Books). “Start with one line that sets a scene, and then take turns adding to the story,” she says. “The more tangents you go off on, the more fun it is!” For example, try “I think I saw a mermaid when I was swimming this morning. I opened my eyes underwater and….” And, of course, set some ground rules about not scaring your siblings. Oh, sure.

Turn off the lights, tell ghost stories, then point a flashlight towards the ceiling and slowly make a hand shadow that looks like a giant’s hand about to grab the little people that are indoor camping.

Sing some camp songs like:

  • She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain
  • Down By the Bay
  • An Austrian Went Yodeling
  • The Other Day I saw a Bear
  • Rounds-such as Row Your Boat, Sarrasponda and Kookaburra
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore

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Kick it up a notch in the fun department with a Marshmallow Shooter that uses the small size marshmallow.

Did someone say marshmallows? Gotta make S’mores!

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Indoor S’mores

Don’t reserve these for campfires–they’re easy to do in the oven.

Ingredients:

16- graham cracker squares

4- milk chocolate bars

1- cup mini marshmallows (un-used, not from marshmallow shooter misses)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Arrange half of graham crackers on baking sheet. Top each cracker with 1 piece of the chocolate bars. Broil until chocolate is softened but not melted.
  3. Arrange 2 tablespoons marshmallows on each cracker. Broil until lightly toasted.
  4. Top with remaining crackers and serve.

Kids Can Cook!

Do any of your kids have a favorite recipe that they enjoy making? We are looking for kids and their special recipes to feature on our blog?  Of course there will be a prize when they are featured!

Contact: desirae.shoptotallykids@gmail.com

Breakfast Rockets a summertime kid favorite recipe.

The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is true. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast concentrate better in school, work faster, are more creative and even score higher on tests! So, set a good example and have breakfast with your kids. The following recipe is a fun breakfast alternative.

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 TBSP of peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 cups of oat or wheat flaked cereal, crushed to 1 cup  or 1 cup of lowfat granola
  • 4 small bananas
  • Plastic wrap
  • 4 popsicle sticks

Instructions:  

Measure yogurt, peanut butter, sugar and place in small bowl.

Mix it all up!

Cut four large squares of plastic wrap.

Over another bowl; crush flake cereal with hands.

Put 1/4 cup of crushed cereal or granola on each plastic wrap square.

Peel bananas. Insert popsicle stick in one end of each banana.

Spread each banana with yogurt mixture and lay on cereal.

Turn each banana once to evenly coat with crushed cereal.

Wrap each banana in the plastic wrap square. Twist ends to hold. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Summer officially arrives at 1:16 P.M. ET today. It is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice is a result of the Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun. The tilt causes different amounts of sunlight to reach different regions of the planet.

Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2011.

Kick off your summer with a game of croquet. This delightfully buggy version of the classic game is guaranteed fun for the entire family. Unpack the carrying case, set up the wickets and goal stake, and you are ready to play croquet!

While you’re goin’ buggy, how about whipping up some ants on a log?

An easy kid friendly recipe calling for just 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • celery sticks
  • peanut butter
  • raisins

Wash the celery and cut it into pieces about 5 inches long. Spread the peanut butter over the entire length of the celery and invite the ants (raisins) to march one by one on top.