Part of our new family schedule includes a time set aside specifically for crafting. If the kids aren’t in the mood for a craft, they can opt to color or read instead, but most days they are very ready to get creative! Yesterday I decided to introduce a new medium to the kids that they hadn’t used yet-watercolors! I was surprised it had taken us so long to use them!
I love soft pretzels. I remember as a kid standing and watching the employees at Auntie Annie’s twist that dough into a pretzel so fast I couldn’t keep my eyes on them. It was amazing! This recipe is reminiscante of Auntie Annie’s but with a more homemade taste! Most soft pretzel recipes call to be topped with Kosher salt, but if you haven’t tried Himalayan Pink Salt yet you really need to. It has a unique flavor and natural pink coloring that was perfect for these heart shaped pretzels. This would make a great Valentine’s Day lunch and twisting the dough would be a fun project to do with the kids!
This is how our mornings used to go:
I would wake up about a hour before Big Monster had to be at the bus stop. Then I would wake him up, trying not to wake up the other two Monsters, but I would fail miserably at that. The next 45 minutes would be spent with me trying to figure out what we were going to eat for breakfast while little Monster and Baby Monster scrambled around me. Big Monster would go back and forth between complaining to me that he couldn’t find clothes (which we fixed by implementing our new laundry plan) or that he didn’t know what he was supposed to do next. Most mornings we barely made out of the house on time.
Laundry is one of the most hated chores in my house. Not washing or drying it (because that part is easy), but the meticulous folding, separating and then the dreadful act of having to actually sort through the clothes and put them away. I would literally have three or four loads of laundry piled into baskets in our room before I would finally hunker down on my bed, surrounded by a mountain of clothes, to fold them. Then one day I sat in bed, staring at a basket of folded clothes and thought, “Why aren’t my kids putting away their own clothes?”
With the heat creeping up on us here in the Midwest and a bag of lemons silently sitting in my fridge, I decided to squeeze up some simple, but super delicious lemonade for the kids!
Fat Food Addiction’s Organic Summer Lemonade
- 6 small organic lemons
- About 1 qt of water
- 1/2 cup of agave nectar
See? Super easy to make! Of course, depending on how tart you like your lemonade you can add less water and/or sweetener. We had just about a cup of pure lemon juice after squeezing the lemons and added water to the one quart line on our container after removing the seeds. The agave nectar dissolved really nicely into the juice and cut out quite a bit of the tartness, which was great because my kids probably wouldn’t have drank it otherwise.
The kids really liked it and since I made it at home I felt comfortable even letting my 18 month old try some! By the end of the day, it was all gone! You can probably substitute the lemons for any fruit and get a delicious juice that is perfect for the whole family!