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PostHeaderIcon Fun and Easy Recipes for Kids

Fun Recipes for Kids
You don’t need special recipes to have fun with kids in the kitchen. Over the years we’ve hunted and searched for kid-friendly recipes or ideas they can do themselves. What we’ve found is adults ALWAYS need to help somewhere, so don’t limit yourself to just recipes for kids.

There are a few fun and easy recipes we’ve done over the years that the kids just LOVED. These recipes are ones that don’t have an age limit, nor require them to be a certain age. We also like simple recipes that don’t require a whole lot of ingredients, so that it makes it that much easier for the kids.

The kids, now ages 13 and 10, don’t need a lot of help from me in the kitchen any more. Yet we have the picture to remind us of younger days, where it didn’t take much to get proud smiles and giggles out of my babies. We also still have the recipes we all loved to make, which I plan to share with all of you :)

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PostHeaderIcon Oven Pot Roast Ideas

Pot Roast

 

I absolutely love the smell of a pot roast in the oven. It give your home that comfortable, warm, and inviting smell. Not to mention with an easy pot roast recipe you can make a meal for your family and have left overs for a week in just a few simple steps. Personally, I prefer to use the oven when cooking pot roasts, but you can use a crockpot for any of the ideas you see below. I won’t hold it against you if you decide to use a crockpot!

There’s probably hundreds of different ways to cook a pot roast in the oven. Just like pasta, it’s one of the most versatile foods outs there. While the directions of my oven pot roasts are always the same, the ingredients sometimes change. Below you’ll find two different ingredients I use for cooking a pot roast in the oven. Again, you could use a crockpot, but my instructions are for the oven, so do be sure you plan accordingly if you do not use the oven. There are a few additional recipes on this page that DO use a crockpot, if that is what you prefer.

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PostHeaderIcon Teddy Bear Paperweight

Make a Teddy Bear Paperweight From Dough

If you are looking for a fun and easy craft project that you can do on a rainy day, look no further than this adorable teddy bear paperweight. It is really easy to make, and you just need to make sure that you get Mom to help you with the oven. Here’s what you will need:

Dough:

  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1/2 Cup of salt
  • 3/4 Cup water

Craft Supplies:

  • Egg yolk
  • Toothpicks
  • Teddy bear googly eyes
  • Poster paints and brushes
  • Glass of water to clean brushes
  • Stick-on rhinestones, buttons and other decorations
  • Black felt-tipped marker for drawing details

Make The Dough:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • This part might get a bit messy, so make sure Mom doesn’t mind. Mix all of the dough ingredients, and knead (squeeze, press, roll and push) for about five to ten minutes, until it has a nice smooth texture.
  • Break dough apart into chunks for the head, body, arms and legs. To keep the dough from sticking to your hands, coat your hands with flour.
  • Roll the chunks into balls – one large one for the body, a smaller one for the head, and four little ones for the arms and legs. Make sure that the backs of each ball is flat, so that the teddy bear paperweight will rest nicely on a flat surface. For the head, squeeze a couple of bits of dough on the top to form small rounded ears. If you want, you can make a well in the belly, which can hold paperclips, thumb tacks and other small items.
  • Insert toothpicks into the body where you plan to put the head, arms and legs, leaving a little bit of each toothpick sticking out of the body (diagram 1). Using a paint brush, spread some of the egg yolk at each place where you have a toothpick (this acts as a sort of glue to help hold the pieces together better).

Diagram 1

  • Stick the head and four smaller dough balls onto the toothpicks (diagram 2).

Diagram 2

  • Place your teddy bear on a cookie sheet, and ask your Mom to put it in the oven to bake for about a half an hour. Make sure you use a timer so you don’t forget to take your paperweight out of the oven.
  • Remove the paperweight from oven, and allow it to cool before you start decorating it.

Decorating Your Teddy Bear Paperweight

Now you are ready to decorate your paperweight! There are all kinds of things you can do to personalize your teddy bear and make it your own. Start by painting it whatever color you want it to be with your poster paints. You can also use texturized paints to make your teddy bear look like it has fur. Make sure that you paint the facial area, ears and paws a lighter color than the rest of the body.

If you want, you can paint on some colorful clothing, like a bright vest or a cool t-shirt with a fun saying. Draw in the facial details (nose and mouth) with the felt-tipped marker, and any other details you would like to highlight. You can also add glitter, rhinestones, buttons and other decorations to make your bear uniquely yours.

By Chris Molnar, a writer and work at home Dad. He has two un”bear”ably cute daughters – the youngest just turned one and would eat her sister’s bear paperweight if given the chance. Chris edits a website full of theme party decorations, ideas and tips. Check out some great Elmo birthday ideas, his youngest’s favorite character.

PostHeaderIcon Easy Dinner Ideas with Ground Beef

You’ve got a pound of ground beef. Now what to do with it? Here are a few of our favorite easy dinner ideas with ground beef:

Tacos
This is our favorite meal around here, and it’s made on a regular basis. Not just any taco meat will do though! See our suggestions on cooking perfect taco meat.  If you have just a pound of hamburger, this is usually enough for 2 kids and 2 adults if your serving a few sides or load up on the toppings. The taco meat recipe can also be done with 2 pounds without problems.

Hamburgers or Beef Burgers
No duh right? But sometimes we forget that sometimes ground beef can be just ground beef. You can make it interesting by adding different sauces or veggies. One of my favorite restaurant meals is a hamburger with avocado and mushrooms. YUM!

Meatloaf
Not a very complicated dish, and recipes are usually pretty easy to find. If your missing specific ingredients, there’s always room for improvising. Such as crackers for bread crumbs or adding your own special flair to the dish. If you need a basic meatloaf recipe, try this Amish meatloaf.

Chili
This ground beef dinner idea doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes all we add is a can of beans (any kind on hand) and a can of Italian diced tomatoes. Really easy, really fast. Plus both the kids will eat it without complaints. You can add your own ingredients and really get to experimenting with this too.

That’s it! Pretty simple right? If you have any easy dinner ideas with ground beef you’d like to share, please feel free to leave your comments!