Time has flown by so quickly. My little girl turned 5 last week and I can hardly believe it. A few months ago, I asked my daughter what kind of party she wanted. She asked for a Lego party and an art party. I loved the idea of having both. Both would be wonderfully interactive for my daughter and all of her guests.
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I have to admit, I love throwing parties, especially theme parties. I knew that my daughter and I would have fun with this one.
I have a sweet tooth problem. Like most women I know, I love chocolate. I would eat it all the time if I could, but alas, not only am I not supposed to eat a lot of sweets, it is not exactly kind on the waistline. One thing that helps me get my chocolate fix & feeds my sweet tooth is granola. I love making it. I make bars, squares or just straight up granola with chocolate in it of course. It is easy to make & my daughter loves helping me too.
But my favorite of all granola snacks that grace my lunch box are granola balls. There is just enough chocolate to keep me happy, but with no sugar added, I feel less guilty.
3 cups of quick oats
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of peanut butter
2 tbsp safflower oil
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup of dark chocolate
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix in honey, oil & vanilla, stirring well. With a fork cut in the peanut butter until mixed well. Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Scoop a spoonful of mixture & roll with your hand into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet & bake for 15 minutes.
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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Little kids love to join in the celebrations of Valentine’s Day, so here are a few more ideas for celebrating with them:
Wear Red One of the easiest ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to simply dress your kid in red or pink. There are always shirts with hearts, too!
Valentine’s Day Breakfast If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, then you can try cutting toast out in the shape of hearts. Just add some red jelly or fruit preserves for a touch of the signature Valentine’s Day color.
Make Cookies for a Neighbor You and your child could make cookies together for an elderly neighbor. The neighbor will appreciate the thoughtful gesture on this holiday, and you and your son or daughter will have fun making the cookies together. You can give the neighbor the cookies on disposable dishes so you don’t have to worry about getting the plate back later.
Decorate the House Take foam plates and decorate them by using crayons or cutting hearts out of red and pink construction paper. You can bind multiple plates together by using ribbon. Thread the ribbon through holes that you make in the lips of the plate. This decoration could then be hung up above a fireplace or on a wall.
Make Cards Homemade cards will surprise your family and friends, and your little ones will love giving them out. Construction paper, colored pencils, doilies, crayons, glue, and stickers will all help to make fun Valentines.
Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!
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