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Favorite Family Pastime: Cooking with Kids

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One of the things I loved the most from my childhood was spending time with my mom in the kitchen.  She always gave me little jobs to do, and I remember feeling so important that I was able to help prepare dinner or a sweet treat for our family.  Cooking with your kids can be a lot of fun.  While you should probably prepare yourself to clean up the mess that’s destined to happen, these days go by too fast to worry about that, and the best part about clean-up time is that you can turn it into a fun, family activity.  Here are a few great recipes that you can try with your kids.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This is an easy one, and kids love it!  To start, you’ll need your strawberries, along with two chocolate candy bars.  Feel free to add some sprinkles or other seasonal candies to add a little flair to these yummy desserts, too.  Have some wax paper nearby so you’ll have a place to put your finished products.

Wash and dry your strawberries and be sure to leave the stems on so you’ll have something to hold onto while you dip them.  Microwave your chocolate bars for about 30 seconds, or until the chocolate is melted.  Have your kids take turns dipping the strawberries into the chocolate.  They can roll them in the candies or drizzle them with other sauces, like raspberry or white chocolate for a little more decoration.  These are a treat you’ll both love.

Ants On A Log

If you’re a parent who struggles with getting your kids to choose healthy snacks, here’s one that they’ll love eating just as much as they love making it.  Cut a few celery stalks into pieces that are about three inches long.  Help your kids spread peanut butter inside the celery.  The finishing touch (or the ants) will be the raisins that you add at the very end.  You’ll have them laughing while they’re helping you make a snack that will give them lots of energy and great nutrition.

Fruit Smoothie

If you thought your blender was only good for making milkshakes or margaritas, think again!  Your kids should have at least five servings of fruit and veggies every day.  What better way can they get the proper nutrition than by making fruit smoothies together?  Let your kids choose which fruits they want to include in their smoothie.  Maybe while they’re not looking, you can throw in a couple carrots!  Simply add some yogurt and have your kids press the button to create their very own smoothie.  Delicious!

Do you have a favorite snack or dessert that you enjoy making with your kids?  We’d love to hear about it!  For more information about great activities to help you enjoy your time with your kids, as well as to check out our amazing clothing lines, and for great deals on the best in children’s wear, save Hartstrings as a favorite and visit us often!