Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
As Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, Dorchester boasts lots of fun activities for kids, families, and teenagers. Whether you are looking for a hike, an animal encounter at the zoo, fresh food from a farmers' market, classes, or a museum, you are bound to find it in Dorchester.
Turn a typical flapjack into a finger food with this easy recipe. Customize with your favorite add-ins and the possibilities are endless. Better yet, toss them in the freezer and you've got a quick breakfast or snack for busy weekday mornings.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
It was a little shocking to me when my daughter started making her own cakes after school. She discovered mug cakes on Pinterest and immediately started experimenting with various recipes of the three minute microwavable desserts. No hot oven, no big mess, these easy treats are so easy kids can even make them themselves.
Having made lots of varieties, however, we've discovered that mug cakes can be a little finicky. Microwaving is never an exact cooking method and it's easy to get something hard as a rock or a gooey mess.
Thanks to our tireless (and selfless) experimenting, we've come up with three no-fail mug cake recipes that come out well time and again. I've also worked on some adjustments to make them a little healthier.
As condo buildings and new businesses sprout up all over South Boston, restaurant owners have clearly taken notice. The area has been introduced to some great new culinary additions in the last couple years. Combined with some fabulous old stand-by's, Southie is now holding its own as a reputable place to come and dine. Luckily for the large numbers of families moving here, many of these establishments are kid-friendly. Here are some of my favorites in South Boston, and don't miss my recommendations on where to eat when visiting the Boston Children's Museum.
Fruit roll-ups seem like a good snack choice for kids, but look closely at the label of ingredients on a box of store bought fruit leather and you’ll find most brands are loaded with sugar. But it's easy to get in the kitchen with your kids and make your own. With this easy fruit leather recipe, you control the ingredients for a healthier snack to put in lunch boxes or at snack time.
I've never been a coffee drinker, but I envy the enjoyment of sipping a steamy, creamy warm cuppa. Warm milk steamers are a great alternative for caffeine-averse grown-ups and kids too. Easy to make and less sugar than hot cocoa, you can even make them with almond or soy milk if you don't do lactose. Dress them up for special treats or make them a calming bedtime treat any night.
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