Thursday, August 15, 2013

More Fun Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

If you've enjoyed the recipes in this post and are back for more, you're in luck. Here are a few additional recipes you can make with your kids.

My mom used to make these for us when we were kids, albeit in the oven. If you're nervous about your kids using the stove or a knife, you can put them in charge of measuring out the other ingredients and 'taste testing' to see if they're done! I'm sure they won't mind! :)

Spiced apples-serves about 8
8 large apples-cored, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

The original recipe called for Granny Smith apples, but I'm sure other kinds will work too.

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add everything else and sauté for about 15-20 minutes or until the apples are tender. Let cool for about a minute so nobody burns themselves and enjoy!

If you want a fruity pastry but don't want to bake, try this fruit cake. If you don't want your kids using knives, they can crush the wafers. It sounds like a good way to let off stress, but that's just me. :)

'Bakeless' Fruitcake
1 can coconut
1 can milk (Eagle is a good brand)
1 pound raisins
1 pound vanilla wafers, smashed
1 pound chopped pecans
1/3 pound candied pineapple, chopped
1/3 pound candied cherries, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Basically, you just mix everything together, line pans with wax paper, pour in the 'batter' and set in the refrigerator for two days.

Somehow I don't see people using this fruitcake as a doorstop!

If your kids like banana splits, they're going to love this! Like the above, this one also doesn't require baking.
Banana Split Pie
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 sticks butter
2 eggs
5 bananas, sliced
1 small jar of Maraschino cherries
1 can of crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups powdered sugar
1 large tub Cool Whip
1 cup chopped nuts

Melt the first stick of butter, combine with graham cracker crumbs and press to the bottom of a pan. Then, melt the other two sticks and combine them with the eggs and powdered sugar. Beat for about 15 minutes and spread over the crust. Now, cover with the bananas and pineapple, top with Cool Whip and sprinkle the nuts over it. The cherries can either be sprinkled with the nuts or used with the pineapple. Personally, I like the second option because I love cherries! That's up to you, though.

If you want to make something other than dessert, serve this guacamole dip at your next party. Your guests will love that the kids made it, and your kids will like that it's green and squishy. :)

Guacamole Dip-makes roughly 1 1/2 cups
2 ripe avocados
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tablespoon grated onion
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon red pepper

Peel and mash up the avocados. Add the salt, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Some people add a few dashes of hot pepper sauce, but that's up to you.

Have fun, and tell the kids I said hi!

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