There has been a lot of hype about the Beauty and the Beast Movie, both for and against. Yet, with or without this new movie, the “Beauty and the Beast” story line is one that spans the ages. It’s an age old classic that has not lost it’s appeal… movie or not… it’s a good story and one that our kiddos enjoy! The original story was written in 1740 by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It was rather lengthy, so it was abridged by Beaumont in 1756 and later by Andrew Lang in 1889. These latest versions most closely represents today’s story line.
An interesting twist is that some believe the story was inspired by a man in the 1500’s named Pedro Gonzalez. He had a condition called hypertrichosis which causes an unusual amount of facial hair to grow. He was brought to royal courts across Europe as a novelty and ended up marrying a Lady. Interestingly enough, many of his children also inherited his condition.
I love this time of year, finally a holiday that really gets to the heart of things. Get your kiddos thinking in the right direction for Thanksgiving and keep them focused that way right on through the holidays. Some of the best Thanksgiving ideas are simple and family oriented. But, isn’t that the best part of the holiday season? Spending time with family is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Our recipes aren’t just for the kids to eat… they are “kid-friendly” for the kids to help you cook. And, they help reinforce what the kids are learning in school. Cooking is an awesome way to make practical use of math skills and learning sequencing, and is one of my favorite excuses for moving school to the kitchen!
So, let’s get cooking with the kids!
Ranch Mashed Potatoes – yep this is the perfect twist to the typical creamed potato.
RANCH MASHED POTATOES
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes fall apart when pierced with fork.
Drain potatoes in a colander and return potatoes to the pot. Mash potatoes until smooth.
Stir in Ranch seasoning, one stick of butter, salt/pepper, and sour cream.
Green Bean Casserole –
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Place four cans of DRAINED cut green beans into a 9×13 glass bakeware. Add 1 can of cream of chicken soup and a pint of sour cream. Stir till smooth.
Add 1 can of french fried onions on top (I know it sounds NOT kid friendly, but I have six who lick the pan)
Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.
Ham and cheese rolls
HAM AND CHEESE ROLLS
Two cans of refrigerated crescent rolls, 16 slices of ham, and 8 slices of your favorite cheese. (Ours is swiss)
Roll out dough and lay out 1 slice of ham and half a slice of cheese each. Roll up each individual roll.
Place on foil lined baking pan.
Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes.
Cranberry Apple Cider Punch
CRANBERRY APPLE CIDER PUNCH
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 cups apple cider (see note above), chilled
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
If you haven’t tasted these babies, you’ll be sure to swoon!
1/2 c butter
1/2 c white sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/3 t cream of tartar (the magic ingredient)
ROLL COOKIES IN: 2 T sugar/1 t cinnamon
Combine wet ingredients and mix well, slowly add dry ingredients.
Chill dough for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 300*
Scoop out dough and roll into balls and then roll in the sugar cinnamon.
Oh yeah… ice cream sandwiches… aren’t they amazing? I think they rank up there with apple pie as America’s summer time dessert. Perfect for an afternoon on the porch with friends. Not only do we love them as they are, but we love them created into even better desserts. Layers of ice cream sandwiches and cool whip or pudding. We love them store bought, and we love them home made… Oh my, so YES – I’m all for celebrating this holiday, you know – – just for the kids!
Unfortunately our brains don’t stop once summer hits. Yet, who wants to work hard at learning – especially when there are so many fun things to do? Well, to be honest… I don’t. I’d rather sit by the pool and enjoy my summer… but I know… I know… we can’t let our brains (or our kid’s brains) atrophy. BUT – we gotta do it without stress.
Here are our favorite no -stress summer learning ideas!
Need inspiration for learning – go to the king of inspiration – Pinterest!