I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topic of what we all can find beyond our planet. This month’s new theme is To The Kitchen and is sure to bring some tasty fun to everyone. There are a lot of recipes for fun in the kitchen, so, what will you and your child or students want to do when they head into the kitchen this month?
As we were going through our library looking for kitchen storybooks and cookbooks for this month’s theme, we stumbled upon one we had not seen before and would make a wonderful addition! We found A Merry Christmas Cookbook by the Disney Book Group and purchased our own copy of this book almost immediately! Since we are all Disney fans in our home, we just knew that this was the book for us this month! As you might guess, this is packed full of child friendly recipes of all types for all dishes themed to various Disney characters, movies, and more. Since I am not reviewing the cookbook, I cannot share the recipes we had a lot of fun with, but can describe them.
So, after reading the cookbook front to back as a family, we all figured out a few recipes that we wanted to try out. As a family, we agreed on two recipes to make: Monster-O’s Spiced Breakfast Bars and Jiminy Cricket Milkshakes.
Monster-O’s Spiced Breakfast Bars
The first recipe that we started with was a breakfast bar. I cannot share the recipe, but let me tell you that it was fun to make and tasted great. It uses a lot of basic ingredients in a way that creates a very tasty breakfast treat.
The first thing that the children did was to prepare a baking pan with cooking spray.
Next, it was time to prepare the other ingredients. Beck loves almonds and was thrilled this recipe has them in it.
Then, we used our pull chopper to grind up the almonds into little pieces. This kid friendly kitchen tool is a fan favorite with both of my kids! As an added bonus it also helps me as sometimes my shaky arthritis hands can be worse than others and make chopping something in the kitchen a rather scary experience.
Then it was time to make the flavorful glaze. We used brown sugar…
Honey, cinnamon, and more. We carefully melted it all together with butter over low heat. Then, we mixed in Honey Nut Cheerios, the almonds, and a few more ingredients too.
Beck spread the mixed ingredients all into the bottom of the pan. We baked it for a very short time. Once it cooled, we then had a fun Monster-O’s Spiced Breakfast Bar breakfast to cut up and enjoy as a family for a few days!
Jiminy Cricket Milkshakes
Since we started with a breakfast, what better recipe to showcase the cook book’s variety than a dessert, right? We love our mint chocolate chip ice cream in our house as much as Jiminy Cricket loves mint too. This fun recipe was easy to make for the children and easy to enjoy too! I cannot share the recipe, but hopefully you can see how much we enjoyed making and eating it too.
The first step is to make a fun handmade whip cream. The steps were easy enough for Elizabeth to make with little supervision. I helped her use our Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, but she did almost all the work measuring and mixing the ingredients.
Once the whip cream was ready, we added milk, Oreo cookies, and a few more ingredients into a blender and made our fun Jiminey Cricket Milkshakes. We topped them off with a festive red and white straw to make them more enjoyable too!
Are you looking for some more fun recipes, meal planning, and other kids in the kitchen ideas? Then why not try one of these delicious resources:
- E.H.M. Monthly Meal Planning Resources is a place where I provide monthly meal planners, recipes, activities, lessons and more. Each month’s edition covers and entire month of meals.
- Equipping Your Kitchen For Kids is a great place to get started on your kitchen adventures and learning with your children.
- 15 Kid Friendly Easy Dishes for Thanksgiving is just that, 15 recipes that kids should love at Thanksgiving.
- 20 minutes Donut Holes is a fun recipe that anyone can make.
- Kids in the Kitchen Snowman Recipe Inspired by The Snowman DVD presents a really fun recipe for a snowman themed quesadilla.
- Hands-On Homeschooling: Learning History Through Gingerbread presents multiple fun resources for a tasty holiday treat, gingerbread.
- Spicy Hummus Dip is a fun appetizer for any event!
- Chili Three Ways is a great way to add fun chili recipes to your meal planning.
- Crock Pot Apple Butter is a really tasty breakfast treat in the winter.
- Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter is a really delicious treat this time of year.
- Kids in the Kitchen: Oven Porcupines is a very delicious homemade meatball recipe.
- Ben Cooper’s Crustless Quiche Recipe might be inspired by the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, no Good, Very Bad Day but it is a tasty addition to any menu.
- Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancakes is a fun recipe that you can use to help teach your children how to cook.
Are you looking for a fun way to introduce or help your child develop their skills in the kitchen? Then why not drop by each month for my monthly Kids in the Kitchen Series? This fun series focuses on skills, recipes, and more that children can be taught or reinforced to help them develop kitchen safe skills.
Don’t forget to download the FREE Poppins Book Nook bookmarks and monthly printables! To do so, please click on the links to download them below:
Lapbook Introduction Pack ~ Lapbook March 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook April 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook May 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook June 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook July 2014 ~ Lapbook August 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook September 2014 ~ Lapbook October 2014 ~ Lapbook November 2014
Looking for a summary of past themes? Then why not try one of these…
- 30+ Wild West Storybooks and Activities
- 30+ Storybooks and Activities To Explore Space with Kids
- 30+ When I Grow Up Storybook Activities and Resources
Thank you for taking the time to read about the fun we had with the topic of To The Kitchen. Here are some other fun themed story books that your child may enjoy:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~Simple Living Mama
Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids Giveaway!
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the book Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids for the theme of To The Kitchen!
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s found HERE. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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