Salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments

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. 

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Back to School Lunch Planning & Prep

Back to School Lunch Planning & Prep

This time of year has always been so bitter sweet for me. I love absolutely love Summer. As a kid, I loved the freedom found in summer to hang out with friends, read books, swim, sleep and enjoy long days. While I was always sad to see Summer go, by the end, I was looking forward to getting back into a routine, the welcomed change in weather, and reuniting with friends. As an adult, I still feel the same way, even my daughter asked me when the weather will change. It's time to start thinking about getting back into a routine to make school mornings easier, especially now that we have 2 kids that I will have to get out the door by 8am. Check out these ideas for making school lunches to go.

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Toddler Tuesday: Busy Box for Traveling

Toddler Tuesday: Busy Box for Traveling

Last Summer my husband and I traveled with our 2 year old daughter to London for a week, then on to Croatia for 3 weeks. I am sharing my tips for traveling with a toddler to reduce stress and make the trip more fun for everyone. I would love for you to share your experiences and tips in the comments below.

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Peach Popsicles

Peach Popsicles

Kids love popsicles but even I love popsicles! Making them at home is a fun activity to do with my daughter and teaches her a lesson in physical changes as well as a lesson in patience because we have to wait for it to freeze. I am enjoying experimenting with new flavors too. Next I'm testing popsicle  recipes to float in my glass of wine for an adult flair as well as recipes using Raizana Tea- a local business brewing up delicious new flavors.

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DIY: Homemade Jam & Butter

DIY: Homemade Jam & Butter

If you are looking for a fun & simple weekend activity or a nice gift for Grandma, you can gather the kids in the kitchen and make your own butter and Jam. Make sure to package it with pretty ribbon, fabric, & make tags and you are set. You can pair it with a fresh batch of scones (stay tuned for next week's segment & post for a delicious Strawberry scone recipe). Enjoy!

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When life gives you lemons…. Old Fashioned Lemonade

When life gives you lemons…. Old Fashioned Lemonade

It is officially Spring and my family can go through gallons of Lemonade a week when the weather warms up. It is the only beverage we drink other than water so I decided it was time to put my backyard lemons to use and make our own. It is a fun afternoon activity for my daughter who always loves to help in the kitchen. In this post I will show you how to make Simple Syrup a go to sweetener for all Spring & Summer drinks, as well as a few variations of lemonade. I hope you enjoy!

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