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Snow Ice Cream
(Excerpted from my book Faith-Filled Moments: Helping Kids See God in Everyday Life; Wesleyan Publishing House, with permission)
Ingredients8 to 10 cups fresh, clean snow 1 14-oz. can Eagle sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla
Help your child use a measuring cup to fill a large mixing bowl with 8 to 10 full cups of fresh, fluffy snow. In a separate bowl, stir together the condensed milk and vanilla. If it’s not thinned down enough, add 1 teaspoon of whole milk and stir it in. Slowly pour the liquid into the bowl of snow while you gently stir it in. When it’s mixed sufficiently, serve it up in bowls with spoons and start eating. Yum!
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Microwave Manger Cookies
(Also excerpted from Faith-Filled Moments; WPH, with permission)
Use these “haystack” cookies to teach your kids about Jesus’ birth in a stable and his first cradle: a manger.
Ingredients1 c. butterscotch chips ½ c. peanut butter 2 c. chow mein noodles 1 c. mini-marshmallows ¼ c. milk chocolate chips ½ c. coconut flakes (optional)
You’ll need to work quickly once you start this recipe, so ready all your ingredients ahead of time. First, put 1 c. butterscotch chips and ½ cup peanut butter into a large microwavable bowl. In a second bowl, place your “hay” ingredients: 2 c. chow mein noodles and ½ c. coconut flakes. (You may omit the coconut if needed.) In a third bowl place your extras: 1 c. mini-marshmallows and ¼ c. chocolate chips. Last, spread sheets of wax paper (or parchment paper) on top of two baking sheets.
Ready? Set your microwave to 50% power and cook the butterscotch chips and peanut butter mix for 4 to 5 minutes, stopping to stir it every minute until it is completely melted and very hot, but not scorched.
The melted butterscotch mixture will cool and harden quickly, so work fast as you do these next steps. First, with your child’s help dump in your “hay” mixture, stirring just a bit to begin to coat the noodles. Then add in your extras (chocolate chips and marshmallows) and stir those in right away.
Working quickly, use a spoon to drop small mounds of the mixture (“haystacks” or “mangers” ) onto the waxed paper. Put your cookies into the refrigerator for about 1 hour before eating.
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The above recipes are from Faith-Filled Moments: Helping Kids See God in Everyday Life. In that resource, you’ll find Scripture-based discussion ideas to accompany the two recipes above. You’ll also discover tons of unique ideas for helping your kids connect with God. Check it out!
And one more favorite for ya . . .
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Our favorite crepe recipe is below. This year I’ll try adding a few drops of green food coloring to this recipe and then filling the greenish crepes with red berries (strawberries, raspberries, and maybe some jam). And of course, I’ll top them off with some whipped cream. Enjoy!
Ingredients2 beaten eggs 1 ½ cup milk 1 T cooking oil 1 c. cooking flour ¼ tsp. salt optional: cinnamon sugar
1. Beat all ingredients (EXCEPT cinnamon sugar!) together well, til smooth or even slightly frothy.
2. Lightly grease a skillet; heat skillet over medium. (Make sure skillet is hot before you start!)
3. Lift up skillet, pour some batter in, and tilt the skillet ‘til the batter has covered the bottom. (Optional: sprinkle some cinnamon sugar in middle of crepe.)
4. Put on stovetop and cook, just 1 side, till cooked through. (Should cook pretty quick!)
5. Use spatula to gently remove the crepe, then roll it up.
Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each crepe.
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