Friday, February 7, 2014

The Ultimate Snack Mix

Are you craving something sweet and divine? 

Do you love a steamy churro? 

Then this is the snack for you!

I am in heaven-  the house smells deliciously good.  We just whipped up this simple treat to celebrate Friday and to munch on while we watch the Olympics later today.  I originally saw this idea posted on Pinterest, but I couldn't remember if I pinned it.  So, I turned to Google and stumbled on the recipe over at She Knows' Food & Recipes .  I am glad I took the author's suggestion and doubled the amount.

The kids and I can't get enough!  It's hard to sit and type up this post, because I want another nibble.  All I can think of is warm cinnamon and sugar ...  oh my! 

So, without much ado, here is the recipe (which I doubled):
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips (I found these next to the chocolate chips and make sure you read the package carefully if you are looking for gluten free recipes.)
  • 9 cups Rice or Corn Chex Cereal
  • 1/4 butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
Here is how you whip up this easy snack:
  • In a microwave safe dish, melt the cinnamon chips and butter.  Stir as needed.  It takes about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Carefully, stir in the cereal and coat with the melted cinnamon.  It smells delicious!

  • In a paper bag, mix the sugars and cinnamon.

  • Add the coated cereal, seal the bag, and shake.  SHAKE! 
  • After the cereal is coated evenly, let the snack mix set up and then seal in an airtight container.
  • Mmmm!
What did you make today?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Light The Olympic Fire!

It has been cold and the children are getting a little stir crazy.  Tonight is the first night of the 2014 Olympics, so I thought we needed to embrace this global event and make the most of a frigid morning.  Plus, it is a lot more fun than breaking up a brawl over Twilight Sparkle (a beloved My Little Pony).

I am running low on supplies and need to make a trip to town, so this is a simple craft you can make from a variety of materials just sitting around the house.  Use what you have!  Tissue papers, streamers, cardboard tubes, paper cups, and more are just a few ideas to get you started.  Get creative and design your own Olympic Torches! 

Here is a list of items we used:
  • white paper to roll into a cone
  • red and yellow construction paper
  • tape
  • red and blue markers
  • scissors
To make a simple torch, follow these directions:
  • Color the white paper.  We used red and blue for the USA!  The kids loved it and we had a great discussion about our flag and country.
  • Roll the paper into a cone and tape securely.
  • Cut the pointed bit off into a rounded edge.
  • Using the red and yellow paper, cut out "flames".
  • Attach the flames inside the top of the cone using tape.  We had to use a generous amount of the sticky pieces, because the zealous children kept dropping them around the living room.
  • Voila!  You now have a torch to hold as you watch the Olympics!

During activity time, I did include a few YouTube blips of people running with Olympic torches and a few video montages of the ceremonies from London and China.  Showing the clips cinched the deal and now my house is full of little Olympians carrying torches.  I know tonight there will be a few preschoolers sitting in their farmhouses cheering for Team USA on the other side of the world!