FOR THE KIDDOS
This page features Chef Shayna’s recipes for meals and snacks to enjoy any time of the day. She strives to offer families and children healthy and achievable instructional dishes.
Some Mondays I am ready to charge ahead and some seem to be a whirlwind of chaos. Mondays seem to be a day that most moms I know can use a little more support so I aim to share weekly ideas on simple projects to do with young kiddos. Today I'm sharing a great snack to make with your kiddos at home, my version of "kid only sushi" as I called it in my class. I encourage you to make both the green (aka healthy) roll as well as the sweet treat. Let your kids get their hands dirty and have fun rolling their own food. Make it a longer activity and check out the book recommendations as well.
Thanksgiving is next week. This kiddos will be off of school with a little extra time on their hands so why not get them involved in the kitchen? This recipe is perfect for little and big kids to help with and it is a crowd pleaser. I love pumpkin pie so you may wonder why change a classic but I promise these make a great little addition to the dessert table. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Whether you are hosting the main feast, bringing a side dish, or attending a Friendsgiving this is a great recipe to try out. My hubby does not like, actually hates green beans. It has been a long goal of mine to make green bean dishes that he will eat. When the girls and I served this dish to him, he ate the entire dish thus I do not have any pictures of the finished product. If the girls can make it, so can you, and your kids. Watch the video, try out the tips, and let us know what you think.
Halloween is only 1 day away but if you're looking for a fun treat to make, chances are you have a box of cake mix in the cupboard and can throw these together. No time to make them now, keep the recipe in mind because it makes delicious fluffy cookies. My girls, with a special guest, whipped them up in a short video. Check it out and share with a friend who's kiddo likes to cook.
Crawl into the kitchen this weekend to whip up some Halloween treats. Every year I have a little too much fun concocting some festive snacks but I think this year is my favorite treat so far. Click to see the video and guide for make spooky spider webs and creepy crawly marshmallow treats.
After years of working with children in the kitchen it is fun to share my experience with my girls at home in our own kitchen. It is crazy how I can have so much patience at YCA but find myself having to take a breath and consciously wait with my own girls. I have to remind myself to apply the same principals at home as I do at work which is to let the kids jump and work 100% hands on without trying to intervene or correct too much. Even if that means flour flies everywhere and dough is smashed into the granite. Everything can be cleaned and at the end of the day it's worth it if it means they are being empowered to explore and create in the kitchen. So for our project today, the girls are sharing how to make salt dough ornaments.
It is crazy to think that I am creating traditions and memories that my girls will (hopefully) have for the rest of their lives. I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition a few years ago when my daughter was 2 and at that time would move the Elf every few days without any disappointment. Now that my daughter is 4, #*it got real- the Elf must move. I have decided to add a book a day to the elf tradition. Today I'm sharing book ideas for the month, along with a festive snack to help with your Elf success.
Sometimes it hard to figure out what to give as gifts. If you're anything like me you overthink & overanalyze until you give up, run out of time, & quickly scramble to find something you think the recipient will like. This year, I am planing ahead, being mindful and trying to find the perfect gift for each person in my life. I put together a gift guide for kids that will not fill your home with clutter but rather with gifts created by hand from local artisans as well as a few fun experiences that will create lasting memories.
Today we are celebrating CA's birthday. It also happens to be my brother in law's birthday, so Happy Birthday Miro too! On this day in 1950, CA become the 31st state in the Union. Every good celebration requires food so I'm sharing a snack that you can whip up with your kiddos to have a mini celebration using ingredients produced here in the Golden State.
As a Mom we are often busy scheduling and attending playdates, extra curricular activities, school functions & parties but do you schedule a special event or date with your child? I have created a tradition with my oldest daughter to paint a fruit bowl together as a special outing. We are slowly adding to our collection and bringing home the bowls to serve as a memory of our special time together.