Here’s What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: August

Here’s What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: August

I love fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. To me, there’s nothing better than eating delicious home grown produce. I love growing my own produce in my garden, but I know that’s not an option for everyone.

While I was in college and living in an apartment, I thought eating locally would be tricky, if not impossible because I couldn’t grown my own food. I craved the yummy, home grown produce I was used to having from my parents massive garden.

That’s when I discovered farmer’s markets and I’m telling you I’ll never go back to eating produce from the grocery store! Buying fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market supports local farmers, and it tastes AMAZING!

I loved shopping at the farmer’s market in college (and I still do!) but sometimes shopping there can be a bit different from shopping at the grocery store. In the society we live in today, many of us are used to having whatever produce we want no matter the season. But it’s not that way at the farmer’s market.

When you shop at the farmer’s market you have to eat foods that are in season locally because that’s all your local farmers are growing!! While it can be a bit of an adjustment to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, trust me you will grow to love it! When you’re eating produce seasonally it tastes amazing and it’s fresh! Trust me, grocery store corn on the cob has NOTHING on fresh corn on the cob.

One of my favorite parts about eating seasonally is getting to try out new fruits and vegetables. I love experimenting with new recipes and learning how to cook different types of produce!

When I realized how many people don’t understand produce seasonality, I decided that I would write a monthly blog post to give a general idea of what produce is in season that month. Now obviously this will vary depending on where you live, you Californians can probably get pretty much any produce you want, but if you’re living in Michigan your local produce options could be slim depending on the season.

So keep in mind that this is a general guide. If you want to know exactly what produce is in season in your area check out one of my favorite websites called The Seasonal Food Guide. All you have to do is put in where you live and it will give you a list of produce that’s in season in your area!

So let’s get started. Here are some of the fruits and vegetables you might find at your local farmer’s market in August!

Bok Choy

So I’ve never actually had bok choy, but I am definitely heading out to my local farmer’s market this month to pick some up! One of my favorite things about the farmers market is getting to try new fruits and vegetables that are in season, so this year I’m going to have to try bok choy out! I love stir fry so when I pick some up I’ll have to try this stir-fried chicken and bok choy recipe!

Apples

Apples are quite possibly my favorite fruit, so I love late summer and early fall when apples are in season in my area! Personally, I love my locally grown honey crisp apples. And because I’m lazy I use this handy apple corer and slicer to cut up my apples:)

Cantaloupe

As a kid I HATED cantaloupe, but now it’s actually growing on me! I love eating it raw, but this year I will definitely have to try out this strawberry cantaloupe smoothie!

Chili Peppers

Oh chili peppers. One of the best things about August is that peppers and tomatoes are season, so I can make salsa! Check out my favorite salsa recipes here!

Cilantro

And speaking of salsa, here’s another salsa essential that’s in season in August. Not only is cilantro great for salsa, but it also makes some awesome salad dressing. Check out this recipe for my absolute favorite creamy tomatillo salad dressing.

Eggplant

Eggplant was on my list for last month, but I put it on the list for this month as well so that I would remember to pick some up! I’m dying to try some of this eggplant parmesan this month!

Grapes

Grapes are in season in August! I am a huge fan of grapes because they are such a great healthy snack!

Okra

One of my favorite things about farmer’s markets is they introduce me to new produce. I had never heard of okra until I was 19 and saw some at a local farmers market! It’s hard to find in my area because it isn’t well known, but I hear it’s a staple in the southern states. If I can find some I’m going to try this fried okra recipe!

 

Oregano

This herb is so good for your chickens and so I love that fresh oregano is in season this month. Check out my recipe for tummy treats for your chickens that includes oregano! I also sell dried oregano here.

Wheat Berry & Lemon Balm Happy Tummy Treats

Peaches

I look forward to peach season every years, so that I can have peach cobbler. I LOVE it! It tastes so good, and this is my favorite recipe here.

 

Snap peas

I love peas! Typically peas are in season in early summer, but there’s a farmer near me who occasionally does a fall crop of peas and they’re done in late August to early September. I love that I can have peas in late summer too! I preserve my fresh peas every year, so that I can eat yummy peas all year long.

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Tomatoes

My favorite thing about July and August is that tomatoes are in season. Grocery store tomatoes have nothing on the locally grown tomatoes that I can pick up at the farmers market. And nothing compares to having a fresh tomato on your burger at a BBQ.

Kohlrabi

This is another vegetable that I had never heard of before going to a farmers market. This stuff comes into season in my area in late August and early September, but in other areas of the United States it isn’t in season until October. I’m definitely going to try out this roasted kohlrabi recipe this August.

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What foods are you going to get at the farmer’s market this month? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

6 Salsa Recipes That Will Blow Your Guests Away At Your Next BBQ

6 Salsa Recipes That Will Blow Your Guests Away At Your Next BBQ

Ok, so I’ll admit. I eat way too much chips and salsa.

 

It’s one of my absolute favorite snacks and it’s one of my favorite things about summer because there are tons of fresh fruits and vegetables around for me to make my favorite types of salsa! There are so many amazing salsa recipes out there, so today I wanted to share 5 of my favorite salsa recipes that you can use for your next summer barbecue!

Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips

 

So making my own cinnamon chips is a personal favorite. I LOVE them. And they taste amazing with any fruit salsa recipe! This recipe is simple and easy and will be an immediate hit with your kids.

 

Ingredients:

 

For the cinnamon chips:

3 white flour tortillas

½ cup sugar

1 ½ t cinnamon (more to taste)

 

For fruit salsa

 

1 cup strawberries (chopped)

½ cup raspberries (cut in halves)

½ cup blueberries (cut in half)

1 kiwi chopped

1 tablespoon of lemon juice (more to taste)

1 lime slice (to squeeze over salsa, lime juice would also work)

1 cup of fresh pineapple (or 1 can)

1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)

1 cup grapes (cut in half)

 

To make the cinnamon chips:

 

Get 3 white flour tortillas and brush with melted butter. Cut tortilla into 8 chip shaped pieces. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and dip tortilla slices in the cinnamon sugar mixtures. Bake in the oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes or until tortilla slices are crispy

 

To make the salsa:

 

Chop all of the ingredients to the desired size. Combine fruit, lemon juice, and brown sugar together in a bowl and mix together. Squeeze lime slice over the top of salsa and gently mix together again. This salsa tastes best when you refrigerate the salsa for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Salsa Fresca

 

This recipe is so yummy! I love this recipe for summer because I can use all fresh ingredients that I buy at the farmers market

 

Ingredients:

2 med tomatoes (1 ½ cup once chopped) (I prefer to use roma tomatoes but you can use any type

1 jalapeno (seeded)

2 T lime juice (if you don’t like lime you could substitute it with olive oil)

½ cup cilantro (finely chopped)

1 red onion (⅔ cup chopped)

1 garlic clove (diced)

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Cut all of the ingredients to the desired size. Don’t think too hard about this, I just roughly cut everything to about the size I want. For this recipe I mix the cut onion and jalapeno in lime juice and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The onion and jalapeno soak up the lime juice and it tastes so good! Then I mix all of the ingredients (including the leftover lime juice) in a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Regular Tomato Salsa

 

Tomato salsa is classic and a must have for any summer barbecue. This recipe is quick and easy to make. One thing I love about salsa recipes is that you can adjust them based on how you like your salsa! If your family doesn’t like onions, just take them out of the recipe! You really can create a custom salsa that you and your family will love!

 

Ingredients:

 

1 28 oz can whole tomatoes (with juice for thinner salsa, without for thicker salsa)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped (add more if you love the cilantro taste, I LOVE cilantro, but my family doesn’t so I don’t put as much in)

1/4 cup onion (chopped) I prefer red onions, but you can use any kind

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 1/2 jalapeño , chopped (add less for milder salsa, more for spicier) (if you want really mild salsa skip the jalapeno and just put in the bell pepper)

½ bell pepper chopped

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)

Lime (half), to squeeze into salsa or you can also use a tablespoon of lime juice if you don’t have fresh limes

 

I cut all of the ingredients and then I put all of the ingredients for this salsa in my manual food processor (like this one) and turn the handle until it reaches the consistency that I like. I like my salsa to be a little bit thicker and chunkier, so I only turn the handle about 5 times. You can also use a food processor or a blender to mix your ingredients, just be careful not to blend it too much! Refrigerate before serving for the best taste!

 

Pineapple Salsa

 

Ok, so if you can’t tell I’m a huge fan of fruit salsa. This recipe tastes great with fresh pineapple (but you can use canned as well if you don’t have any fresh pineapple around)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh pineapple (chop to desired size, I prefer mine smaller)

1 cup red bell pepper (or you can do ½ red pepper ½ green) finely chopped

1 can of black beans (you’ll want to drain and rinse them, I cut them in half but you don’t have to)

¼ cup red onion (finely chopped

1 jalapeno finely chopped

3 tablespoons of orange juice (or lime or lemon juice whichever you prefer-I like lime)

1 can (8 oz) of corn kernels (you could use fresh as well, just cook corn like you’re make corn on the cob and then cut kernels off the cob)

½ t cumin

3 tablespoon of cilantro leaves(chop, into small pieces)

⅛-¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper (add to taste-I typically add ¼ of pepper and less salt)

2 roma tomatoes chopped into small pieces

 

Simply cut all of the ingredients to desired size and mix them together in a medium bowl. Let sit in fridge for 20-30 minutes and then serve!

Mango Salsa

 

Mango salsa is a personal favorite (who am I kidding though, really all salsa is my favorite). This recipe is great because it’s really simple and it tastes amazing!

Ingredients:

3 ripe mangos (chopped, I prefer smaller pieces, but you can cut to desired size)

1 red bell pepper (finely chopped)

½ cup red onion (finely chopped)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves (You can use more or less depending on how much you like cilantro (don’t use stems! It’s gross! Roughly cut leaves into as small of pieces as you can)

1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)

½ cup of chopped cucumber (you could also use zucchini)

1 jalapeño finely chopped

1 large lime, to juice (or 2 tablespoons of lime juice)

⅛  teaspoon salt (add more to taste)

½ cup cherry tomatoes (cut into ¼ or smaller, optional)

 

I cut all of the ingredients to desired size and mix them together in a small bowl. It will taste best if you allow it to sit in the fridge for 20 minutes before you serve it! What I love about this recipe is that it tastes great on top of grilled fish or it is really yummy with chips too!

 

Easy Pico De Gallo

 

I love this stuff. It’s so easy to make and I use to add yummy flavor to a ton of my meals.

 

1 can Best Choice canned tomatoes with green chilis

1/2 vidalia onion, diced

Enough cilantro to satisfy you, diced (I use scissors to cut my herbs and garlic, and sometimes frozen meat. Makes things easier)

 

Mix everything together, and eat with tortilla chips.

You can also put this in the crock pot with chicken for a good chicken dish. The broth from the chicken mixes with the pico, making it more complex. I add a little butter to that mixture to give it more body and make it richer. You can also add it to chicken/beef tortillas. It brightens up pretty any meal. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite kind of salsa? Share it with me in the comments below!

 

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes for “You Can Do It Sam” by Amy Hest

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes for “You Can Do It Sam” by Amy Hest

Don’t let the mini size fool you! Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes are bursting with fresh citrus flavor and the tang of dried cherries. Olive oil makes the texture moist and tender. These little cakes are the perfect size for gifting, but you will want to save a few for yourself!

Hi, I’m Wendy from The Monday Box here to share another Read-and-Bake recipe. This series links children’s picture books and baking. The books are a fun way to connect with the children in your life and the baked goods make everyone smile regardless of age!

 

This month’s featured book is “You Can Do It Sam” by Amy Hest. Delightful, brightly colored illustrations and a simple text tell the story of Sam baking cherry cakes with his mom.

 

 

Sam is especially excited about these particular cakes because, once packaged in their cheery, red bags, the cakes will be shared as a surprise for his sleeping neighbors.

As they drive from door to door, Sam’s mom encourages him to make each cake delivery, ensuring him that, “You can do it, Sam!”

Sam is pleased to find that he is quite capable of delivering the cakes! He is also pleased to find that at the end of the deliveries, there are two cakes left; one for his mom and one for him!

This story teaches about building self-confidence and the joy of sharing

Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

Fabulous Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes are dotted with chopped dried cherries just like the cherries that Sam and his mom used in their cakes. For this light, fluffy batter, the dried cherries are chopped and tossed with a teaspoon of flour to help keep the cherries from all sinking to the bottom of the loaves while baking.

I don’t know if Sam’s mom knows about olive oil cake, but she should! Olive oil produces cakes that are light, fluffy, and incredibly moist. For this cake, you can use any light or extra light olive oil, which don’t add any flavor to the cake.

If you happen to have an orange infused olive oil, that’s even better. Though orange zest and juice bring plenty of citrus flavor to the cake, orange infused olive oil adds just a touch more.

This recipe is written for an electric mixer, however, the batter is so easy to mix, the ingredients can easily be combined with a wooden spoon or spatula in a mixing bowl if you prefer.

Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes, baked in a mini loaf pan, produces 8 little cakes (3 ¼”x 2 ½”) for sharing and snacking. The cakes stay deliciously moist for up to 5 days.

Orange cherry olive oil cakes are the perfect treat for gifting!

 

To encourage confidence and sharing in your own little one, red paper party favor bags, just like Sam uses, are readily available online at Amazon.com and at party supply stores, like Party City. Wrap your cakes in plastic wrap or wax paper, then pop one or two in a bag for gifting.

Don’t forget to save a few Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes to enjoy for yourself!

 

Other Monday Box recipes that would work well with “You Can Do It Sam”

 

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my other Read-and-Bake recipes here on Pampered Chicken Mama and many more care package recipes on The Monday Box.

Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

Adapted from “American Cake” by Anne Byrn

Makes 8 mini loaves (3.25” x 2.5”)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup orange juice*** (see warm weather shipping notes)
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest*** (see warm weather shipping notes)
  • 2/3 cup light olive oil or orange infused olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped and tossed with 1 teaspoon flour to coat
  1. To prepare the mini loaf pan, grease and flour the short sides of each loaf mold. Cut a strip of parchment paper to line the bottom and long sides of each mold. The parchment strip should extend above each mold to use as handles when removing the loaves from the pan.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  4. Mix in the eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and olive oil until combined.

  5. Fold in the chopped dried cherries.

  6. Place ½ cup of the batter into each of the mini loaf cavities in the prepared pan.

  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the tops are deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

  8. Allow the loaves to cool completely in the pan (about 20 minutes).

  9. To remove the cakes from the pan, lift up using the parchment paper strip overhang as handles. If the loaf doesn’t come up easily, use a knife between the short ends of the loaf and the pan to loosen, then lift.

  10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

***Warm Weather Shipping Notes: Orange juice and zest may not travel well in warm weather. If shipping these cakes in warm weather substitute 2/3 cup water and 2 teaspoons natural orange flavoring.

 

 

10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

10 BBQ Basics You Can Make At Home

Barbecue season is in full swing and I am loving it! 

I love barbecuing, and having outdoor parties (check out my favorite decorations for outdoor parties here) but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients that are in some of my favorite barbecue basics. I’m talking things like ketchup, pickles, hamburger buns etc. That’s why I prefer to make a lot of the basics at home, so that I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

And most barbecue basics are so simple and easy to make at home and they taste SOO much better because they’re homemade! Keep in mind that I’m not suggesting you make all of these items every single time you have a barbecue because that would be a TON of work! I suggest that you start out making one item on this list and then go from there! You’ll be surprised how big of a difference that can make!

So here are 10 barbecue basics that you can make at home!

Barbecue Sauce

I LOVE barbecue sauce! It’s one of the most important things at any barbecue in my opinion. And it is so easy to make! Here are my favorite southern barbecue sauce recipes that you can make yourself!

My favorite simple barbecue sauces recipe is to simply combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar (or honey). All you need is 1 1/2 cups of ketchup and then you mix in 1/3 cup of mustard, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar (or honey, you can check out my honey conversion chart here). You can add more or less mustard depending on what your family likes. I really like mustard so I add a 1/3 a cup, but if you aren’t a mustard fan use 1/4 cup instead.

Pickles

While I’m not a huge pickle fan, my family is, so we always have to have pickles at every barbecue. And my family loves homemade pickles! I personally love this recipe for refrigerator dill pickles because it’s quick and easy to make! My family also likes other vegetables besides cucumbers pickled so check out my collection of more than 100 pickle recipes you can make practically for free.

100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

Hamburger Buns

I’m a huge fan of homemade bread and nothing makes a burger taste better than a delicious homemade bun! This recipe is great because even though it takes a little bit of time to make, you can make several batches and freeze them! Homemade hamburger buns taste great and I try and make them for every barbecue!

Ketchup

Ketchup is a staple for any barbecue and I LOVE this recipe for homemade ketchup. Making ketchup is a great way to use up extra tomatoes from your garden because my tomato plants produce like crazy in August and we have tomatoes coming out of our ears! If you want to learn more about gardening in your backyard you can check out my book about how to grow an organic garden!

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RECIPE 🍅 Homemade sugar-free ketchup: Did you know one tablespoon of ketchup con­tains about a teaspoon of sugar? Here’s our fix. INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup): 2 tsp canola oil 3 yellow onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup water 2 roasted red peppers, rinsed, chopped and patted dry 156-mL can tomato paste 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp salt fresh pepper INSTRUCTIONS: 1. HEAT canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add onions and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very soft and browned, 20 min. Add water, scraping brown bits from the bottom of the pan, and stir until no liquid remains, 1 to 2 min. Stir in roasted red peppers and tomato paste until warmed through, 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat, then add cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt. Season with fresh pepper. 2. SCRAPE into a blender and whirl until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container up to a week. KITCHEN TIP: Press ketchup through a fine-mesh sieve for an extra-smooth texture. #ketchup #recipes #recipe #sugarfree #sugarfreelife #diy #homemade #homemadeketchup

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Cheese

Ok hear me out. I know making cheese seems scary, but I’ve been making it for years and I LOVE my homemade, natural, and sustainable cheese. Making cheese is actually much simpler than you would think it is! I preserve a lot of the milk from our goat as cheese, like chevre. You can check out my step by step guide to making chevre here and my recipe for  mozzarella here. I recommend that you check out this book here to learn more about trying to make your own cheese. And here’s the list of inexpensive tools that I use to make cheese. Give natural cheese making a try at your next barbecue! And if you’re looking for an awesome homemade chevre recipe for your barbecue check out my favorite chevre cheese and grilled zucchini sandwich! It’s SOOO good and it’s an awesome recipe for any barbecue.

Mozzarella Recipe You Can Make In 30 Minutes

Hot Dogs

Now this is something I had never thought of making myself before, but now I’m so excited to make my own hot dogs! It’s actually simpler than it seems and I love that when you make your own hot dogs you get to control exactly what is in your hot dog! Check out this amazing homemade hot dog recipe here that you can make in just an hour!

Hot Dog Buns

And if you’re going to make your own hot dogs you can make your own hot dog buns too! Check out this awesome recipe here!

Mustard

So this is a something I had never even thought of making myself, but now I’m dying to try this recipe for homemade mustard! I love that this recipe helps you to learn more about using mustard seeds to make your own mustard and which types of seeds will produce the flavor that you want! I’m so excited to try this quick and easy recipe at my next barbecue!

Pasta Salad

I don’t know about y’all, but pasta salad is definitely a staple item at every barbecue around here. I used to buy the boxed kind, but then I realized that pasta salad is so simple and easy to make at home! I love making my own pasta salad because I can add in extra yummy vegetables from my garden and add extra flavoring! Check out one of my favorite recipes here!

Grow Your Own Fruits and Veggies

Let’s be honest, the best part about a barbecue are the yummy fruits and veggies. And nothing tastes better than home grown fruits and vegetables! Plant some tomatoes, cucumbers, or watermelon in your garden this year for your summer barbecues. If you don’t have space or time for a garden, check out your local farmers market and buy some local fruits and vegetables!

Looking for some help with grilling? Check out my favorite grilling hacks that will make you next barbecue so much easier! Also check out my guide on how to grill lamb chops perfectly every single time!

What items do you make for your barbecue every summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

It’s summer time! One of the biggest struggles I have throughout the summer and even during the school year is finding healthy snacks for my kids.

It’s so easy to just give them a cookie or chips (because that’s what they want!) when they get home from school, but I’m trying really hard to help them develop healthy habits early on. So while some of these recipes aren’t perfectly healthy, I think they are a step in the right direction.

 

Here is my collection of my favorite healthy snacks for kids!

 Chocolate Popsicles

 

Ok, ok, so this recipe isn’t healthy perse…but it tastes great AND you can make it using ingredients that you trust! I love making my own popsicles because I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

 

One great tip I have for healthy snacks is to disguise vegetables in other food. Growing up my sister would only eat macaroni and cheese and bread, so my mom had to get really creative to encourage her to eat vegetables. Kids often tend to avoid eating vegetables, so sneaking them into a yummy snack is a great way to get the the nutrients they need without them even knowing!

 

 

I love this recipe for chocolate popsicles because it uses avocado, so you’re sneaking in some healthy food;) And if you’re dealing with a kid who won’t eat their veggies, you can blend up some spinach or kale and add it to this mixture. Trust me with the yummy chocolatey taste they won’t even know there are vegetables in there! I love that you can make this recipe with simple ingredients and a popsicle mold!

Apple Chips

Apple chips are a great healthy snack for kids! They get a crunchy snack that’s healthy and not full of added sugars! I love this recipe because it only takes 10 minutes of prep time. After you prep the apples you just stick them in the oven which makes this a super simple snack you can make for your kids!

If you aren’t into making apple chips, here’s my favorite store bought apple chips brand. I love that they’re organic and have simple ingredients.

Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles are a huge hit around here, especially in the summer because it is unbearably hot right now! Two of my favorite recipes for homemade popsicles are berry popsicles and pineapple popsicles. You can check out the recipes for the berry popsicles here and the pineapple popsicles here. They’re so easy to make and they’re a yummy and healthy snack for your kiddos!

 

 

Watermelon Cut Outs

I’m a huge watermelon fan and I LOVE that watermelon are starting to show up at my local farmer’s markets this month!  Watermelon is a great treat for kids and you can make it even more fun by cutting out shapes in the watermelon. All you have to do is cut the watermelon into slightly thinner slices than normal (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch) and then use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes in the watermelon. And you can use this amazing chicken shaped cookie cutter! I love this and I’ll definitely be using this to cut out some watermelon for my kids!

 

Strawberry Lady Bugs

Ok so this is really cute! I love how this snack is a fun twist on chocolate covered strawberries! They’re so cute and your kids will love them! I know this isn’t the healthiest snack, but honestly sometimes I’ll do anything to convince the kiddos to eat some fruits and vegetables. I love that it’s a fun, sweet treat that you kids will adore!

Bell pepper pizzas

I LOVE pizza. I always have and I always will. But even though I’m convinced that pizza is good for the soul, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest meal option. Which is why I love these bell pepper pizzas! All you have to do is put a layer of cheese (check out my recipe for homemade mozzarella) inside of a halved bell pepper and then put your toppings on it! You could even sneak in some more veggies, like kale, mushrooms, or tomatoes into these to try and get more vegetables in your kids diet! Check out the full recipe and instructions for these bell pepper pizzas here.

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Watermelon Pizza

Like I said earlier, I love watermelon and I love pizza. So why not mix the two together? All you have to do for this yummy treat is top a round watermelon slice with sliced fruits such as kiwi, blueberries, and cantaloupe. If you want to make this treat extra yummy (but a little bit less healthy) you could spread a layer of homemade whipped cream on the watermelon (like it was pizza sauce) and then add the fruit on top.

And making your own whipped cream is so easy and it’s a fun activity you can do with your kids! All you need is a mason jar and some heavy whipping cream. Fill the mason jar about halfway full of heavy whipping cream and then start shaking it! After about 10 minutes of shaking you should have your own yummy, homemade whipped cream!

Grape Caterpillar

I love how cute these grape caterpillars are! One of my favorite things to do to make fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids is to make them fun! And making caterpillars out of grapes is a great way to do that!

Homemade Fruit Snacks

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These are so cute! 🍏🍊🍇🍓Thank you @jessiesievert for sharing! 😀 this is the recipe she used: 1/4 cup light corn syrup and 1/2 cup cold water mixed till syrup is dissolved. Add 2 packets unflavored gelatin and 1-3oz box jello, mix to dissolved. Cook on medium high heat till liquified. I then poor in small glass bowl, let sit for 5 minutes then gently remove foam on top. Then use dropper to put liquid into the mold. Cool for 2 hours! #myfruitshack #diyfruitsnacks #gummies #kids #toddlers #diygummies #finemotorskills #homeschooling #homeschool #funtoddleractivities #homemadefruitsnacks #momlife #toddlersnacks #sahm #montessori #healthytoddlersnacks #grassfedgelatin #crunchy #chrunchymama #parenting #diy #toddlerlife #crunchymom #sahmlife #homemaker #candymaking #yummy

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If there’s one universal truth I’ve seen about parenthood it’s that most (if not all) kids love fruit snacks. So while they might not be the healthiest snack choice, I prefer to make my own fruit snacks at home. That way I know exactly what ingredients and products are going into the food that I’m feeding my kids. I love this recipe because it’s SO EASY to make! Check out the full recipe and tutorial here. You’ll need silicone molds to put the fruit snacks in and you can find those right here!

Peanut Butter Snail

This might be one of my all time favorite snacks for kids. It’s like a glorified version of the classic ants on a log snack. I love how cute this snail is and I think it is such a fun way to get your kids to eat some healthy fruits and vegetables.

What healthy snacks do you give your kids! Help this momma out and share them with me in the comments below!

 

 

 

Easy Homemade Popsicles You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

Easy Homemade Popsicles You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

Ok, so I LOVE popsicles. They’re the perfect treat for any hot summer day and they satisfy my sweet tooth.

 

As a kid popsicles were a huge part of summer time. After hours of playing outside, we would go get a popsicle to help us cool down after a full day of summer fun.

 

As much as I love popsicles, I’m not a huge fan of all of the ingredients that are in store bought popsicles. So I decided that I could make my own delicious popsicles from home!  With just 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, these yummy treats are sure to be a huge hit with the kiddos (and adults with love these too!)

 

So one of the first things that you will need is a good popsicle mold.

 

I use one like this one but there are also tons of really great options out there as well! I also love this popsicle mold because it’s made of silicone which makes it SOOO much easier to get the popsicles out of the mold.

Don’t have a popsicle mold on hand? No worries, you can also make one out of a plastic cup! Instead of pouring your popsicle mixture into a mold, you can just pour the mixture into a plastic cup!

 

After that you just cover the top of the cup with plastic wrap and poke a popsicle stick through the plastic wrap and into the cup. The plastic wrap keeps the popsicle stick in place, so that you can easily remove and eat your popsicle after it’s frozen!

 

So let’s get into this delicious recipe. Here’s what you will need

  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • ¼ cup of berries
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of milk (dairy, coconut, almond, it’s really up to you!)
  • Popsicle mold of your choice

 

Since berries are starting to come into season in June in my area I decided to use berries for this recipe. I used a variety of berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries because I love the mixed berry taste!

 

You really can throw in as many berries as you want into this recipe. I just eyeballed about ¼ a cup (because I’m too lazy to measure things) but you can add more or less depending on how you want your popsicle to taste!

 

I didn’t have fresh berries on hand, so I just used some frozen berries I had in the freezer, but you could definitely use fresh berries as well!

 

I used plain greek yogurt for this recipe, but you can just use whatever yogurt you happen to have around! I love using plain greek yogurt because there are no added sugars!

 

I also used about a tablespoon of raw honey for this recipe. Raw honey is my favorite because it tastes AMAZING and personally I think it’s a great substitute for using processed sugar. It’s also really great for your backyard chickens! Learn more about how to use honey for your chickens here.

 

Anyways, you can use the sugar substitute of your choice or you could just leave it out altogether! The natural sugar in the berries makes these popsicles really sweet on their own! (Honestly, I just have a crazy sweet tooth, so I add the honey to keep my sweet tooth under control)

 

I added the milk to this recipe at the last minute because I felt the mixture was a little bit too thick. So I just added enough milk to thin out the mixture enough to pour it into the popsicle molds (around 2-3 tablespoons). You could use regular dairy milk (I used whole milk) or you could also use coconut or almond milk!

 

After you have all of your ingredients all you need to do is combine them all in your blender. I blended it on medium for about a minute because I wanted there to still be chunks of the berries in the popsicles, but you can blend it for longer if you want smooth popsicles.

 

Then I just poured the mixture into the popsicle molds and put them in the freezer! I left them in for about 5 hours and they were perfect! This only made about 4 popsicles which the perfect amount for me, but you could easily double or triple this recipe if you want more!

Sometimes, depending on your popsicle mold it can be a little bit hard to get the popsicles out once they’re frozen. If you’re struggling to get them out, run them under hot water for a couple of seconds. The popsicles will melt just enough so that you can get them out of the mold.

 

These popsicles are SOOO easy and make the perfect treat for any warm day! Do you have an amazing homemade popsicle recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Share it with me in the comments below!

Easy Homemade Berry Popsicles

These delicious berry popsicles are a healthy snack for any hot summer day! And they only take about 5 minutes to make!

  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Fresh or Frozen Berries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  1. Combine all 4 ingredients together in a blender

  2. Blend on medium for 1 minute or until mixture is fully mixed together

  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and put in freezer

  4. Freeze for 5 hours and then enjoy!

Looking for more ways to stay cool this summer? Check out my article about 10 ridiculously easy ways you can stay cool this summer without power!