Yummmmm Summer

When Food was Fun by Linda Ferrer

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands–and then eat just one of the pieces.  Judith Viorst

Take a bite out of Summer and savor it.

What were your summer fun-food memories? Here is my list…

My penny candy-store bag full that my parents took us the beginning of the summer and I made last through the entire summer months one blessed delicious piece at a time.

Bazooka Bubble Gum

Missel Pops

Ice cream truck ice cream 

Water melon WITH seeds. (We could pinch seeds and really make them fly!)

Corn on the cob with butter and salt

Snow cones

What’s on your list?

Here are some summer recipes:

#1:  SUMMER CONCOCTIONS: (I have my own belief that if you allow your child to play in the kitchen with food you will not have a picky eater…)

Ingredients:  

The “what’s lefts” at the bottom of anything in refrigerator, pantry, or cereal cupboard 

1-2 stools next to the kitchen counter

1 or 2 kids

1 BIG bowl

1 spoon

Water amount of choice

Place on the counter all different sorts of foods that are nearly gone.  Allow your kids to go at it and make their own kitchen concoction adding a pinch here and a dash there.  Let them stir and mix and make it…interesting.  Let them place in muffin cups or bowls.  You may be creating budding chefs.  (Discard when “they” say they are done.  (Have fun with it)

#2: Pudding Paint (First paint…or for older kids for fun) (The Ultimate Book of Concoctions by John Thomas and Danita Page)

1 large package of instant vanilla pudding

2 cups cold water

Food coloring

Whisk the water and pudding in a  bowl for 2 minutes then refrigerate for 5.  Divide the “paint” into smaller bowls and add food coloring.  Let your child use their fingers or a paint brush. (personally  when you do this with your child…use your fingers…and lick clean!)  Have fun with it!

#3:  Ice cube contest:

Ice trays or small paper cups

toothpicks or popsicle sticks

Tin foil

Allow your children to make up their own popsicle recipes with any ingredients in the kitchen.  Place their special recipe in the ice trays and layer with foil.  Then punch tooth picks or popsicle sticks through the foil and freeze.  Let everyone taste when hard and choose whose tasted the yummiest.  We did this all summer long.  Peanut butter was not my favorite!

Fun Facts from the book When food was Fun by Linda Ferrer:  

The candy land board game was introduced in 1949 and sold for $1.00

The world’s largest s’more was made from 20,000 marshmallows, 7,000 chocolate bars, and 24,000 graham crackers.  It weighed 1,600 lbs.

The longest milk bottle head-balancing walk.  80.96 miles in only 23 1/2 hours.

In ancient Rome, chefs whose dishes proved unsatisfactory were publicly spanked.

RELAX A LITTLE, HAVE FUN WITH FOOD in SUMMER….SAVOR IT!

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