Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fruit and Veggie Popsicles

   It's that time of the year for cold treats! We do enjoy our quick trips at our local yogurt place. Lucy and Lily enjoy choosing toppings! ( mostly M & M 's anyway ). We love our ice cream and popsicles. All parents would do everything for their children to eat healthy or incorporate healthy food with their meals. Here's an easy way to deceive..I mean incorporate spinach on a popsicle.

I promise you they do not taste " spinachy " -- yeah ..I just made that word. I know you get me. 



Ingredients:

1 6 oz tub strawberry yogurt
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries ( I used frozen)
1 6oz tub key lime yogurt
1 cup fresh ( thoroughly washed) spinach leaves
1/4 cup milk ( can use almond, soy or lower fat milk)


Directions:

Using a blender , place 1 tub of the strawberry yogurt strawberries and milk,  and blend until smooth .


Goodness.


Spoon the mixture onto small cups or use a popsicle mold. I used a Dixie cup and good old popsicle sticks.


Cover the cups with foil and insert the sticks . Freeze it for about 2 hrs.


Now, blend the key lime pie and the spinach leaves. You can add a little  milk too.


When the first layer is frozen , remove foil and pour the mixture onto each cups. Freeze about 2 hrs or until they are frozen


If you prefer to add more layers or do the layering alternately.. that's awesome too! Just make sure to freeze it completely in between layers so that the colors do not mix into each other.




They are just too cute and most importantly  it taste really good. The girls didn't even know the green part have spinach on it.  Deceptively delicious!
 
 See that smile?


Enjoy!



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Smoosh Cookies

These cookie so far is my favorite of all the sweet treats I've made. My husband loves peanut butter cookies..me and the kids..hands down, Chocolate Cookies. We can eat it for breakfast actually . We try not to..but we certainly can.

Here's a few of our favorite cookie recipes :



If ever you can't decide on which one to bake..well..my friends...this is the BEST cookie recipe for you.





Ingredients:

For the chocolate cookie dough

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp milk or almond milk
1 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

For the peanut butter cookie dough:

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large eggs
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla





Directions:

Prepare your peanut butter dough :
 In a separate mixing bowl , Combine flour , baking soda and salt.
 In another large bowl ,  Cream the butter and sugars together ( hand or stand mixer) until light and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter , egg and vanilla. Scrape down your bowl as needed.  Mix in your dry ingredients with your peanut butter mixture. Do not over mix your dough.


Fold in chocolate chips.


Prepare your Chocolate Cookie dough :
 In a separate mixing bowl , combine flour ,cocoa powder,  baking soda and salt.
 In another large bowl ,  Cream the butter and sugars together ( hand or stand mixer) until light and fluffy. Mix in egg , milk and vanilla. Scrape down your bowl as needed.  Mix in your dry ingredients onto your wet ingredients . Do not over mix your dough. Fold in your chocolate chips.


Wrap your dough ( individually ) using a cling plastic wrap. Chill both doughs for about 1-2 hrs. I chilled mine for about 2 hrs,


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your cookie/baking sheet. Line it with parchment paper, Measure about 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter dough, roll into a ball. Do the same with the chocolate dough , spoon 1-2 tbsp of the dough and roll it into a ball.  Now , smoosh ( gently) those two dough balls together ( ha! smoosh cookies) forming one large ball. It will be sticky and messy, that is why chilling the dough is important..without chilling of the dough..it will be more stickier! Repeat the smooshing and the rolling for all the remaining dough.  I know..hard work huh? 
I promise you..it is all worth it  :)

Bake it for 11-12 minutes. To be on the safe side I did exactly 11 minutes , some oven varies on their temperature. Do not over bake, We want a fluffy , chunky cookies right?

You make think that your cookies are not fully bake , no worries ..just leave it on your cookie sheet to continue to "bake"  and it will get firm.


Press a few pieces of chocolate chips on top of the cookies while it's still hot.





All those dirty and messy smooshing and rolling is worth it.. 
Pin it , share it, save it! This cookie recipe is a keeper!



 Very delightful to look at and you get the best of both worlds -- peanut butter cookie and chocolate chip cookie.





Delicious!






 


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http://abountifullove.blogspot.com/2014/03/layered-banana-muffin.html


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Letter of the Week : Ll

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BOOKS TO READ

 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library 
  • Llama Llama Home with Mama
  • Llama Llama Time to Share

  • Ll by Kelly Doudna
  • Liz and Len ( First Sounds) by Anders Hanson
  • Little Just Like Me by Anders Hanson 
We also borrowed these DVD' s from the library..


 From our book shelves

  • Daniel and the Lion's Den
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Lion King Friends in Need.
We always start by saying the letter out loud. Teaching her the phonetic sound of the letter. We used


We did the letter K tracing , download it for free here :

Ll tracing sheet - D'nealian form @ First - School
Ll tracing sheet - Standard form @ First - School
Ll is for Lion tracing sheet - @ More Coloring Pages

We have been tracing and practicing Lucy to write her name.  I found this amazing site that makes custom tracing sheets.  You can choose from standard , D'nealian and cursive form . Also, if you want it in  print dot , print dash or hollow..and in large or medium size as well. It is free! Download it here : Handwriting Worksheets




We did a puzzle activity. We used Lalaloopsy Puzzle . This activity is awesome for their fine motor skills.


 I used the Big Preschool Workbook  , It is tearable so I just placed the pages onto a sheet protector so we can use it over and over again.  This page is a review of letter L words and spotting the hidden L's.


This activity can be found here : Free Alpha-books @ Homeschool Share. It is from A-Z  but you can just choose to print the letter L.


I have an old post on a inexpensive diy sandpaper letters , check it out here : Montessori at Home : DIY Sandpaper Letters

Find these awesome Letter Ll crafts here : 

Lion Craft @ DLTK kids

The Letter L Crafts

Ll is for Lamp @ Crystal and Comp

As for the lamb craft :  You will need : Construction papers, cotton , scissors and glue. I used our girls hand print , trace and cut it using construction papers and had the girls paste the cotton onto it.

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