I thought about telling you about desserts during this holiday week and the thought hit me – kids are on Christmas break.
So if you would like to keep the kid or kids busy, I will tell you some fun stuff to do with them. This way they can learn not only math skills, but healthy choices that they can make themselves.
1 package angel food cake mix
1 package of any other flavored cake mix (chocolate is great, but so is carrot cake)
Mix these two cake mixes together and store in an airtight container.
Mix 3 tablespoons of the cake mix with 2 tablespoons of water in a coffee cup. Microwave for 1 minute. Thus, the 123 cake.
Now you have an instant cupcake. The kids will love this.
Do a science project with them. Take a small plastic empty water bottle and place over the top of a egg that you have cracked on a flat plate. Pinch in on the water bottle just a little and watch the yolk suck up into the plastic bottle. Make sure that the bottle is right on top of the yolk. This way you will have egg whites for future use. You can also freeze the yolks as well.
Ants on a Log
Low fat cream cheese that is whipped in a container. (You can whip your own)
Small cuts of celery
Fill celery sticks with the cream cheese and place raisins on top thus “ants on a log”
One could use peanut butter in place of the cream cheese.
Speaking of cheese, I have to tell you a story on myself and cheese. One evening at Martin Hall Cafeteria, we had a crowd of students come in all at the same time. We were running low on banana pudding, so I volunteered to make a large batch real quick. I mixed about 10 number 10 cans of pudding and bananas and cookies and got them dipped up and out of the line in no time. At the end of the day, the dish person wanted to know who made the banana pudding. I, of course, raised my hand expecting a praise of all my good work when she stated I should not ever make it again ... I had not read the label on the pudding and had used cheese sauce instead.That ended my days of making pudding for a spell.
Another great way to teach good nutrition to kids is to let them make some of the good snacks the diabetic support group had last week at the Madison County Health Department.
4 cups of round oats cereal (Cheerios is a good one)
3 cups bite-size wheat biscuits (any type of sugarless shred wheat)
4 cups of pretzel sticks
1 cup of salted peanuts
1/3 cup melted margarine
1 tablespoon Worchester sauce or chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Combine cereal, pretzels and peanuts in an ungreased 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
Combine the margarine, Worcestershire sauce, paprika and onion powder. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Store in a airtight container.
Serves 4 1/2 cups; calories 110; fiber 2 gms; sodium 140; fat 6 gms; carbs 13gms.
Give thanks for the blessings
As you sit down to your table this Christmas, I hope you’re thankful for all the many blessings we have in this country. I have been blessed having one of the funniest grandmothers one could ever have.
I leave you with this poem my grandmother always told us before we had our meal:
Though the dinner be ruined, grace is said just the same
While God gets all the credit, the cook gets all the blame.
I need to correct a misspelled word in my column concerning Belle Jackson riding up Boone Hill in Berea. I meant to say a moped, not mop head. Although I bet it would have been just as wild if she had gone up that hill in that snowstorm on a mop. I do not understand why that person in my computer can’t get my words correct..
I need to add a correction to my bean article last week. The chocolate chips were left off the recipe for the chocolate chip bars. It needs to have 1/2 cup.
Stop by after the holidays. I am sure we will have lots to talk about as the new year begins.
Arritta Morris is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in counseling. She is a certified Food Service Specialist with the School Nutrition Association.