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Five Quick Ways to Play with Your Food!


Recipe of the Week

I know, I know, I can hear my mom and yours in the background saying, “DON’T play with your food!” But, if you have picky eaters in your family it might take a bit of creative thinking to get them to eat healthy.

Seeing as the summer is quickly coming to an end, apples will soon be in season. You and I know apples make a great tasting healthy snack, but if your kids are not too keen, a little playtime might help. Below are five examples of quick ways to make a boring old apple into something fun and exciting. My kids and I also used grapes and peanut butter to make these, but you and your family can experiment with your own ingredients!

  1. Smile – two apple section lips, white grape teeth, and a little peanut butter to hold it together
  2. Race Car – an apple section for the car, grape wheels, a grape headed driver, and again the “magic peanut butter glue” as my kids call it
  3. Turtle – a green apple half (with the stem as a tail), grape feet, a grape head, and peanut butter if needed
  4. Butterfly – thinly cut apple section wings on either side of a grape body
  5. UFO (my favorite) – a cross section of an apple with a grape alien in the middle


Scott Nitza

Scott Nitza
Graphic Designer & Marketing Associate and Father of Three

Tip of the Week: Stuck Inside

Recipe of the Week

Our crock pot has been on-call every day this week with all this cold weather! Also on-call, my patience – If you are like my girls and I, the last few days have made us all a little stir-crazy! The holiday buzz is over, tv time has been done, and even the cats are ready for us to get back into the swing of things (chiefly by letting them sleep without the constant kid-interruptions!) As we spend yet another day in our house with the below-zero temps, the following ideas helped us to find ways to be together without getting on one another’s last nerve!

Indoor sumo wrestling – My kids had not tried this before! Recommended for kids ages 5 and up, this activity will have even your tween laughing, and falling all over herself as she tries to refigure her center of gravity! Giggles galore!

Make up your own games using pieces from other board games. Consider using a checkerboard, the tokens from Monopoly and a dice. Once the kids agree on rules for their version of the game, have them share the idea with their siblings. Find suggestions on Pinterest – here’s a board someone else already made, which will save you time!

Plan a fashion show! – Ok, I confess that having daughters makes this idea a lot more fun! But it also helped to get my girls more organized (and they didn’t even know it!) By having them plan to put on two or three interesting outfits, this helped us to plan the rest of the week’s wardrobe without the drama that accompanies getting ready for school. Choosing music, and then showing off for each other created a lot of laughs! To top it off, take pictures  and share them with friends and family. Need some ideas? There are several videos on YouTube.

How have you kept your kids busy as the winter break has been extended? Share your ideas on our Facebook page and help us all stay sane in the heart of an arctic winter!

Tip of the Week: Start a New Tradition

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Wednesdays have come to be known as “Volleyball Night” at our house. Normally we have a varying group of friends, but lately we have been adding some new faces into the mix. Once the word gets out, new people always want to join in on the excitement!

There are two things that are guaranteed on Volleyball Night – fun and food! After a few games, most people have worked up a good appetite so I cook something tasty on the grill. I love this fresh recipe for Grilled Zucchini with Lemon and Olive Oil. Don’t have zucchini? Try it with yellow squash or eggplant

My favorite part of this tradition is the combination of a little friendly competition, good food, and catching up with friends around the dinner table.

Start a new tradition with your friends or family this summer – make your own Olympics or start your own game night with Cornhole or Hillbilly Golf.

Already have a summer tradition? We would love to hear about it!

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