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Reindeer Pancakes Are Easy to Make with the Kids

By dadsplay at November 27, 2010 | 3:51 pm | 0 Comment

Reindeer Pancakes Are Easy to Make with the Kids

Make breakfast into a fun activity over the Holidays. Dads, here is a fun food that you can serve to your kids during the Christmas break .  Make some colored pancake mix and let the kids have fun making and eating their creations.  We made these cute Reindeer pancakes, but you can also try some colorful ornaments and snowmen. It’s super easy using plastic squeeze bottles.  Find them in a kitchen department of most stores.  You can find the clear kind or ones designed for use with ketchup or mustard.  Be sure to get one one for plain cake batter besides the colored batter you will make.

Let the kids help make their own pancakes with parental supervision.  Our kids enjoyed making their own creations and so will yours.

What you need:

Pancake mix

Eggs

Vegetable oil

Milk

Red food coloring

Green food coloring

Plastic squeeze bottles
Make pancake mix according to directions on package.  Prepare batter using directions for 2 cups pancake mix.  Divide batter into containers.  For reindeer, mix ½ cup batter and 5 drops red food coloring.  For green batter, use ½ cup mix and 4 drops green food coloring.  Leave remaining batter as is.

Pour each color batter into a squeeze bottle.  Heat griddle to medium heat.  For reindeer, make a dot for eye, then add plain batter on top of eye to form a 2 inch circle.  Add a red nose and a red collar.  To form antlers, make a thin line touching head and then make a small branch coming from first part of antler.  Antlers will spread, so only make a fairly thin antler.

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Fun for Dads & Kids

By dadsplay at October 28, 2010 | 6:31 pm | 0 Comment

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Fun for Dads & Kids

Remember helping mom bake around the holidays or shopping for a Christmas tree with the family?  I do.  Another one of my favorite memories is when my brothers and I would carve pumpkins at the kitchen table.  Mom and dad would clear the table, lay out newspaper, place the pumpkins on the table and we’d stand on chairs in front of our pumpkins ready to dig it.  The memories are still vivid and bring a smile whenever I think about the fun we had.  Build the same memory for your kids and it will be memories that will last a lifetime!

My daughters, Nannie (my mom) and I recently visited the local pumpkin patch to track down the coolest, biggest (this is my eldest’s criteria) and strangest pumpkins we could find.  The girls were so excited to get to pick out their own pumpkins and took a careful look at various pumpkins, examining bumps, which side would make for a good face or even the cool stalk coming out of the pumpkin.  After several trips around the patch and several selection changes, we finally found the pumpkins they wanted and headed home.

Once home, the girls insisted that they carry their pumpkins into the house, which was a chore for the older one, as her pumpkin was HUGE!  Somehow she managed to get it inside without making squashed pumpkin our newest Halloween decoration.  Then I prepared the table while the girls raced to our storage area and found the pumpkin carving tools and designs from the prior year.  Each one also donned one of my ‘grunge’ shirts for the messy moments ahead and within minutes was at the table, chairs in position hovering over their pumpkins ready to start.

Luckily I recalled a mistake I made last year where I neglected to cut the lid out using an angled cut.  The angled cut allows the lid to be placed back into position once the carving is complete.  Once the lids were removed, the ‘gross’, ‘cool’, ‘yuck’ comments started as each dug in pulling out pumpkin guts and seeds.  While they were busy at work, Nannie copied their selected designs to their pumpkins using a Sharpie marker.  (You can tape the design to the pumpkin, but I’ve found the design gets pretty beat up as carving continues).  After all the guts were out and the girls had taken several ‘opportunities’ to apply guts to my face, the carving began.  I’m far from a master carver, but have learned you do all of the interior work first, while the pumpkin walls are stronger.  Once the girls (with Nanny and daddy’s assistance) finished their pumpkins, we took them outside and found the perfect place to show them off, with lit candles and all.  The girls were so proud of them and I’m certain will cherish their pumpkin carving memories for years to come.

A few notes: 1) You can find carving kits at most super stores and probably even at your local supermarket.  Have these already purchased as the kids will be most into the carving when you first buy the pumpkin.  2) Be careful with the really big pumpkins, if the walls of the pumpkin are too thick, it can make it more difficult to carve.  3) if you will be using candles inside your pumpkin, make sure you clear all the stringy pumpkin matter from the inside of the pumpkin (particularly the top) as this can dry out and burn, creating an awful smell.  I’m not sure whether it catches fire, but know you don’t want it smelling from the burning.

By R.S. Pierce

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Easy Healthy Ideas for Dinner any Dad can put Together

By dadsplay at October 27, 2010 | 12:35 am | 0 Comment

Easy Healthy Ideas for Dinner any Dad can put Together

The right tool for the right job is what they always say, and they’re right!  Have you ever tried to complete a job around the house without the right tool?  For instance hammering a nail into the wall, for hanging a picture frame, with something besides a hammer….it probably got the job done, but wasn’t nearly as easy as using a hammer.  I recently learned (I’m a slow learner) that this same rule applies in the kitchen, as well, after purchasing a steamer from Walmart (it’s a pot with holes that sits on top of another pot.)

One of the easiest meals I’ve ever made was salmon, rice and broccoli, which is also one of the healthiest I’ve ever made.  If you can turn on your oven and boil water, then you can make this meal.  Using frozen salmon fillets, with prepackaged sauce already applied to the frozen fillet, I place the oven on bake to the appropriate temperature, place the frozen salmon on a baking tray (removed from their packaging) and place in the oven for the amount of time directed (usually 20-25 minutes).  Rice simply requires that you boil water, then add the rice, lower the temperature to simmer (the lowest setting) and wait for the appropriate time.  Using the steamer is just as simple.  Boil water in the primary pot, once boiling place the steaming pot (the one with the holes) and the broccoli on top of the boiling pot, with the lid on, and wait 6 minutes.  Remove the broccoli and add some butter and salt.

My girls love this meal and it’s a truly simple meal to put together, because almost all of it is letting the oven and the boiling water do the cooking.  They love Jasmine brand white rice with a dash of soy sauce once served.  I can’t stress enough the importance of having the right tools to make the job really easy.

By R.S. Pierce

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