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3 fun things to do with kids!

Understand the science behind fireworks.
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Turn up the music and DANCE!

Learn to hula hoop and master some fun tricks! Learn the science behind it as well!
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Camping Style Crescent Rolls

A great camping idea: Once you have your fire going and you are waiting for it to burn down to a pile of embers, carve your stick to roast your crescent roll on. Look for a nice stick that is rather thick, about as thick as your picky or so, and has a Y bend in it. After slicing the bark off the Y and the handle, “braid” the crescent roll around the Y. This will make the dough thinner than if it is simply wrapped around the stick, reduces cooking time and allows it to cook evenly and doesn’t leave you with a gross sticky mass of uncooked dough in the center. Yuck.

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Weekly Writing idea for kids

I will be sharing one weekly writing idea for kids each week for the summer. Let them write whatever form they like (or you choose). Then you can send it in the mail, put them in a binder to save, or whatever else you come up with.

This weeks idea: What is your favorite family summer tradition? If you don’t have one, what is one you’d like to start?

3 Fun things to do with your kids!

Learn about bats, why they are important and why they are beneficial. Did you know that a bat can eat as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour? Try building a bat house.
Click here to learn about Bats!
here’s more info on them!

Go camping–even if it’s in your backyard! If you happen to have a trampoline–trampolines make great sleeping surfaces.

Get up at dawn and appreciate the coolness and peaceful feeling of the early morning. Compare it to the sweltering afternoon. Write about the differences–maybe a short story or a poem–it’s your choice!

Dandeleions Part 2

Serving Suggestions for Dandelion Greens

■ Combine greens with walnuts, apples and goat cheese, and dress with olive oil (5 parts), apple cider vinegar (3 parts), Dijon mustard (1 part), honey, salt and pepper (to taste).

■ Steam greens 5 to 10 minutes and add butter, salt and pepper. Serve on toasted peasant bread topped with a fried egg.

■ Make a calzone: Sauté greens and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Roll out homemade or store-bought pizza dough and cut into 10-inch circles. Spoon greens onto half, top with cheddar, fold over to form a half-moon and seal edge. Bake at 500 degrees until golden, about 10 minutes.

■ Bake a dandelion greens quiche by swapping out the spinach in a spinach quiche recipe.

■ Throw a handful on any green salad.

■ Make a wilted salad: Fry a few slices of bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, pat dry and crumble. Sauté chopped red onion in bacon fat for a couple minutes and whisk in a dash of olive oil, red wine vinegar and maple syrup. Toss the warm dressing with the dandelion greens and bacon.

■ Brew dandelion root tea: Dig up the root of a large dandelion plant, wash it, chop it into small pieces, boil it and let it steep for an hour. Strain and serve with honey. Most herbalists believe that the beneficence of such of tea is almost boundless.
Or:
Make dandelion tea by brewing 1 ounce of dandelion root or leaves in 1 pint of water for 15 minutes.

■ Throw a handful on any green salad.

Wild Green & Dandelion Omelet

SERVES 1

• 2 to 3 fresh local eggs
• Sweet peppers, chopped into small squares
• 1 to 2 handfuls fresh dandelion greens, cut up
• About 3 sprigs lamb’s quarters, ripped up
• 1 to 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 sprig tarragon, chopped
• About 3 chives, cut up
• Goat cheese
• Salsa

1. Scramble the eggs in a bowl with a fork. Pour into a heated oiled or sprayed pan. After about 1 minute add the sweet peppers, dandelion greens and lamb’s quarters. Then, after 1 to 2 minutes later, add the garlic, tarragon and chives.

2. Flip one side of the omelet to cover the other half of it. Turn off the heat and cover with goat cheese (or another cheese based on personal taste), salt, pepper and salsa. ENJOY!!

Dandelions Part 1

I have decided to do a short series on Dandelions after discovering that most people just think of them as a weed in their yard.

Steamed dandelion greens are delicious on their own with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and they make an excellent addition to soups, pastas, egg dishes and more.

Harvesting Dandelion Greens

I think most kids have picked a bouquet of Dandelions

To harvest: Use a stout, sharp knife and plunge it straight down next to the young green leaves until you reach the plant’s crown. Cut across, slicing the crown from the root, but leave the dandelion bunch intact to facilitate cleaning. Shake out each bunch as you cut it to loosen dirt and debris and pull off the outside damaged or yellow leaves. Swish the bunch through several buckets of cold water until no dirt is apparent in the water. Then bring the bunch indoors to finish preparing it for use.

The Benefits of Dandelion Greens

Dandelions pack a punch in terms of vitamins and minerals, with more vitamin A than spinach and significant amounts of potassium.

Dandelion leaves owe their bitterness to organic compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones, which have been demonstrated to have diuretic and cleansing effects. Herbalists swear by these compounds’ ability to isolate toxins in the body and flush them out.

Weekly Writing idea for kids

I will be sharing one weekly writing idea for kids each week for the summer. Let them write whatever form they like (or you choose). Then you can send it in the mail, put them in a binder to save, or whatever else you come up with.

This weeks idea: Write about your ideal summer day. What does it include?

Camping ideas

Planning on going camping this summer?

Here are some ideas to make it more comfortable/fun

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.
Source: alittlecampy.com

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.
Free samples are great here also!

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!
Those free samples of coffee are great for camping too!

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

Just fill it up with water.

Try roasting Starburst. Or anything else to try.

Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.