Tips for Taking Kids Fishing

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Hi there makers! We had a great Memorial weekend as a family camping and fishing. My husband took my daughter fishing for the first time and she really enjoyed it. The place we camped at in our RV had a great catch and release pond for her to practice. While we were there, we came up with some great tips for taking kids fishing and thought we’d share with all of you!

1. Prepare your kids. Let them know that fishing takes time and patience. These are great lessons to learn as a child… and even as an adult (I speak for myself of course!). 

2. Get a good starter fishing pole (we got ours at Walmart for $8), bait, hooks, and bobbers. 

3. Bring water! You’ll be at the pond, lake, or river for a bit, so be sure to stay hydrated. 

4. Bring your phone or camera so you can take a picture of the fish you catch! You’ll want to remember your kid’s first catch and so will they. 

5. Pack snacks to bring with you, and preferably with protein. Lorissa’s Kitchen is our go-to when we are camping, hiking, road tripping, or standing in our favorite theme parks’ lines.

Because it’s prep-free, it’s so convenient to throw it into a fanny pack, backpack, or tote. Our favorite flavors are Korean Barbecue Beef and Sweet Chili Pork, but all of them are so delicious. Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. It’s a great on-the-go snack to have on hand. We buy ours from our local Kroger store in the snack aisle. 

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Have you taken your kids fishing? What tips do you have to add to our list and what’s your favorite snack to bring along?

Stuffed Apple Slices

Today I am going to share a really fun recipe you can make with your kids! It’s always great getting the kids involved in the prepping and even cooking of a meal. This recipe is a great healthy snack and an easy one for kids preschool age and up to make. Check out these Stuffed Apple Slices… it’s one of the many awesome recipes in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large apples
  • 1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (local is the best)
  • 2 tbsp mini carob chips

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Using an apple coring tool, core the apples and dry out the centers with a paper towel. If you don’t feel comfortable with the little ones using the coring tool, you can take over that step and have the kids dry out the centers when you’re done. 

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Next mix all ingredients (except the apples) in a mixing bowl.

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Using a spoon or a butter knife, fill the center of the apples with the nut butter mixture. Stuff them good!! Wrap them with plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge for an hour (I set the timer so I don’t forget). After an hour, remove the pastic wrap and slice apples in thin slices. Serve!

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Look at that proud, satisfied smile! Having kids involved in the cooking process often encourages them to try new things and make healthier choices. And this snack is a great no-cook, no-bake recipe which is perfect for summer time when you don’t want to heat up the house and you want to give the kids something fun to do. 
 
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Food-a-licious Friday: Easy S’mores Bites

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Hi there and Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a fabulous Independence Day! We had fun chowing down on yummy food, playing games, and shooting off fire works!

A couple of weeks ago I shared one of our favorite summer snacks at Craft Quickies… Easy S’mores Bites! In case you missed it, I wanted to share it here too! They are so simple and fast, the kids can even help you make them. It’s the perfect summer treat…but isn’t anything S’mores?

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You will need:

Graham crackers

marshmallows

chocolate

toaster oven

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Instructions:

In order to not heat up the house, we usually make this snack using our toaster (conventional) oven, but you can use your full size as well.

Lay out the graham cracker squares on a baking sheet and place a marshmallow in the center of each one.

Place them in the conventional for 5-8 minutes at 200*.

Remove from oven and top with chocolate! We have used Hersey Kisses, mini Reeses cups, Rolos, and Hersey squares.

You can eat them just like that or put another graham cracker square on top to make a ooey-gooey S’mores sandwich.

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Weren’t those the easiest S’mores ever?! My daughter loves having the choice of what chocolate she wants on her S’mores Bites…I usually go for the mini Reeses. What’s your favorite chocolate to put on S’mores?

Enjoy your S’mores Bites and your weekend, friends! Thanks for stopping by to hang out with me and don’t forget…

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Food-a-licious Friday {103} NYE Veggie Tray

Hi friends!!
Did you all have a beautiful Christmas? I’ve taken a little break from blogland this week so that I can spend lots of time with family and really take the whole Christmas experience in. My daughter is 4 1/2 and Christmas was SO fun and memorable for her (as us) this year. We are blessed!
Today I am stopping by to share an EASY and cute way to ring in the New Year with a veggie tray! 
Usually we eat lots of appetizers and play games on New Year’s Eve, so a veggie tray is a must.
I loved seeing the veggie trays turned jack-o-lantern and Christmas tree during the last couple of holidays. I thought it would be fun to shape our veggies into 2013 for our NYE festivities this year. 
Cute right?
We used carrots, broccoli, and red bell pepper, but you can easily choose your family’s favorite veggies for this. For the dip, I used plain Greek yogurt and a Ranch dip packet. The Greek yogurt is a great, healthy alternative to sour cream and you can barely tell the difference.
What do you all do for NYE?
Thanks for stopping by, friends!
Happy Friday!

Food-a-licious Friday {87} Mostly Healthy Snacks

We LOVE to snack in this house. And I feel like we snack waaaay more in the summer. 
With that said, I’ve been looking for fun, easy, and (mostly) healthy snacks for my mini and me. Thank goodness for good ol’ Pinterest *winks*
Just double click on the image to go to the original source. 

Don’t you think these look so yummy?!!
Do you have a favorite (mostly) healthy snack? 
Share it with us! I’d love to add more to our list!
Have a wonderful Friday, friends!