Apple Napkins

These napkins will add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings, and will go with the Apple Placemats we made a last week. These can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. The napkins can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project.

Materials:

apple stencil

napkins, premade or homemade (Choose an off white color.)

parchment paper

fabric paints: red and/or green

2 paint brush

  1. Wash and dry the napkins. Iron if needed.
  2. Put paints on parchment paper squares.
  3. Use the stencil to paint the apple onto the napkins.
  4. Allow to dry thoroughly before using.

Tips:

  • It is okay to use more than 1 size apple stencil per napkin, to create a apple tree, basket of apples, or whatever you desire.
  • You could use different shades of the same color paints on the mats.
  • Get creative: Outline the napkins with another autumn color paint, create a grouping of mini apples placed to the side of a tree, etc.
  • Use these napkins for every day table settings, or for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • These can also be used for Samhain.
  • Use cotton fabric.
  • This craft is easy for children to help with.

Share your apple crafts with us in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Shannon

Apple Placemats

Placemats add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings. They can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. These can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project.

Materials:

apple stencil

placemats, premade or homemade (Choose an off white color.)

parchment paper

fabric paints: red and/or green

2 paint brushes

  1. Wash and dry the placemats. Iron if needed.
  2. Put paints on parchment paper squares.
  3. Use the stencil to paint the apple onto the placemat.
  4. Allow to dry thoroughly before using.

Tips:

  • It is okay to use more than 1 size apple stencil per placemat, to create a apple tree, an apple grouping, or whatever you desire.
  • You could use different shades of the same base color paints on the mats.
  • Get creative: Outline the placemats with another autumn color paint, paint an apple basket, or a bushel of apples, etc.
  • Use these placemats for every day table settings, or for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • These can also be used for Samhain.
  • Use cotton fabric.
  • This craft is easy for children to help with.

Share your apple crafts with us in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Shannon

Baked Cheese Pumpkins

This recipe is great as a snack, or can be made for a Halloween. Children will love helping you make these, once they have cooled.

8 slices paleo bread
4 slices white cheese
pumpkin cookie cutter
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later).
  2. Place 4 slices of bread on the cookie sheet.
  3. Put a slice of cheese on each slice of bread.
  4. Put a slice of bread over each slice of cheese.
  5. Bake both at 350* until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove cookie sheet from the oven.
  7. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and place on a cutting board. Allow to cool some.
  8. (This is the part the children can do!) Use the pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter cut ghost shapes out of the sandwiches.

This actually gives you eight pumpkin-shaped cheese sandwiches. The cutouts and the outer edges.

Enjoy!

Shannon

Pumpkin Napkins

The napkins will add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings, and will go with the Pumpkin Placemats we made a couple of weeks back. These can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. The napkins can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project.

Materials:

pumpkin stencil

napkins, premade or homemade (Choose an off white color.)

parchment paper

fabric paints: orange, and green or brown for the stem

2 paint brush

  1. Wash and dry the napkins. Iron if needed.
  2. Put paints on parchment paper squares.
  3. Use the stencil to paint the pumpkin onto the napkins.
  4. Allow to dry thoroughly before using.

Tips:

  • It is okay to use more than 1 size pumpkin stencil per napkin, to create a pumpkin patch, pumpkin grouping, or whatever you desire.
  • You could use different shades of the same color paints on the mats.
  • Get creative: Outline the napkins with another autumn color paint, create a grouping of mini pumpkins placed to the side of a tree, etc.
  • Use these napkins for every day table settings, or for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • These can also be used for Samhain.
  • Use cotton fabric.
  • This craft is easy for children to help with.

Share your pumpkin crafts with us in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Shannon

Berry Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I like to pretty them up for the children, to turn them into special treats.

  • I put them into sundae cups for a nice treat. Or I use decorative bowls.
  • I have real tea-spoons with long handles that I place in the cups.

Berries are healthy and should be a part of everyone’s diet, with the possible exception of babies. My daughters and the daycare children love these, as do I.

  • Use any type of berries you like, and or combination of berries.
  • Use coconut cream, flavoring it if you’d like with pure vanilla or mint extract.
  • Add toppings such as fresh cherries or dried fruit, if desired.
  • Add seeds or nuts to the top.

All you do is:

  • Put a tablespoon of cream in the bottom of the cup.
  • Layer coconut yogurt and berries until you get to the top.
  • Add your choice of topping(s).

These parfaits are great for:

  • Daycare children to make.
  • Hot summer days.
  • Party treats.

They make great:

  • Snacks.
  • Breakfast ideas.
  • Desserts.

Enjoy!

Shannon

P.S. If you have any parfait ideas that you’d care to share, please post them in the comments. Thank you.

Shannon

 

Fruit Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I put them into the sundae cups for a nice treat. I have real tea spoons with long handles that I place in the cups to add just a little fanciness to this treat.

Ingredients

any type of fruit that you like, and you can mix and match them

coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla, citrus, or mint extract

toppings such as cherries, crushed almond slivers, or unsweetened coconut cream.

  1. Put a tablespoon of cream in the bottom of the cup.
  2. Layer the cream and fruit until you get to the top.
  3. Add your choice of topping(s).

Tips

  • These parfaits are great for daycare children to make, though adults may need to cut (or supervise the cutting of) the fruits.
  • They are refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • And they make great party treats.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve at breakfast with an egg scramble.
  • Serve for a dessert or snack.
  • Serve as a side with lunch or dinner.

Enjoy!

Shannon

P.S. If you have any other parfait ideas that you would care to share, please post them in the comments section. Thank you.

Kids in the Kitchen: Apple Slice Snacks

Apples are healthy and, when combined with other foods, make a filling snack for children to enjoy. Be sure not to peel the fruit, as this skin is the reason apples are so healthy. Sporting a good amount of fiber and vitamin C, this fruit also contains such nutrients as vitamin B-6 and potassium.

Children who are skilled enough will be able to cut their own apple slices, and wont need as much supervision as younger children. For the younger child, coring and slicing the apples beforehand will be helpful.

There are a variety of apple slice toppings and, depending on the healthy eating lifestyle your family enjoys, you can choose whatever healthy toppings the children will enjoy most. These examples will get you started:

  • Macadamia butter with raisins.
  • Peanut butter with dried cranberries.
  • Cheese slices.
  • Cottage cheese and dried berries.
  • Cream cheese and chopped grapes. (Cut the grapes yourself if children are too young to do so.)
  • Almond butter with unsweetened flaked coconut.
  • Cashew butter with dried berries.
  • Sunflower butter with dried cranberries.
  • Cottage cheese and almond slivers.

Put the ingredients out for the children to easily access, and let them put together their snacks.

There are a few healthy options available. If you don’t serve your child peanut butter, try a true nut butter. If you don’t serve them dairy, try something else. An important factor with these options is that your child will be consuming a fruit in combination with protein.

Given all the ingredients, children will be able to put this snack together on their own. It will be fun for them, and will teach important kitchen skills. They’ll also be learning about nutrition. It’s very important to talk to children about the food they eat, and the nutrients they derive from their food.

Enjoy preparing foods with your children.

(I can’t wait for my grandson to be big enough to help me in the kitchen!)

Shannon

Lunchbox/Lunch Pack Food Ideas – Part 2

In part 1, I listed several ideas for food to put into your childrens’ lunch packs. Now I will give you one weeks worth of combinations for you to pack for them. Remember, these are only a few of the combinations that you could use. Your children will help you come up with more ideas if you sit down with them before school starts.

Monday:

  • zucchini pasta and sauce, with meatballs
  • milk or alternative
  • carrot sticks

Tuesday:

  • nut butter and fruit spread sandwich
  • berry mix
  • water
  • cherry tomatoes and broccoli
  • coconut yogurt

Wednesday:

  • meatloaf
  • grape tomatoes, carrot stick
  • apple
  • milk alternative
  • trail mix

Thursday:

  • hot vegetable/bean soup
  • Paleo biscuit
  • grapes
  • coconut yogurt
  • water

Friday:

  • cold potato salad
  • juice
  • strawberries
  • coconut yogurt
  • raw sugar snap peas in pods
  • Paleo apple bread

Shannon

Lunchbox/Lunch Pack Food Ideas – Part 1

Some lunchbox food ideas.

Hot/Cold Thermos Ideas:

  • meatloaf
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • soups and stews
  • cold chicken
  • cold potato salad
  • cold fruit salad

Beverages:

  • almond milk
  • juice
  • water

Sandwiches using Paleo Bread:

  • nut butter & fruit spread
  • veggie sandwich
  • nut butter & bananas

Fruits:

  • dried fruits
  • pineapple chunks
  • apple
  • banana
  • orange
  • mango
  • papaya
  • kiwi
  • grapes
  • raisins

Vegetables:

  • celery sticks with nut butter
  • carrot sticks
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cherry tomatoes
  • grape tomatoes
  • sugar snap peas in pods, uncooked
  • beans in pods, uncooked
  • cucumber slices

Berries:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • cranberries
  • blackberries

Grains:

  • Paleo pumpkin bread
  • Paleo banana bread
  • Paleo apple bread
  • Paleo biscuits
  • Paleo rolls

Others:

  • homemade trail mix
  • roasted squash seeds

These are just some ideas to get you started. Be sure that children are only getting the serving sizes they need, which is usually less than what we think. Overeating will lead to overweight children and many health problems.

You should also include the number of servings of each food group that you know your child will need.  This is what I pack for lunches for me:

1 serving dairy alternative

1 serving protein

2 servings vegetable

1 serving fruit (sometimes)

I do mix things up sometimes, like a vegetarian or mostly fruit based meal. Sometimes I will do something fun.

In my next post on this topic, we will look at combinations of the foods listed that will make good meals.

Shannon

Candy Corn Trail Mix

Children can make these easily. They make great lunch-box add-ins, good trick-or-treat gift to hand out to the children you know, or even great place markers for guests at a Thanksgiving table.

Candy Corn Trail Mix

1/2 cup candy corn

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup nuts, any kind

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

  1. 1 mix everything together in a large bowl.

Shannon

Note: I know the candy corn is not healthy, but I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it.