Dessert

Oven S'mores, EASY camping recipe made right in your kitchen. Fast and easy and SO GOOD, perfect for a big group and less mess, Popular dessert ideas for summerOven S’Mores made in less than 3 minutes

We had a big family reunion last week,  my sister was going to let the kids make s’mores for dessert, but it was too hot to start a fire. PLUS we did not really want the kids all smelling like smoke, so we made Oven S’Mores instead. I have to tell you, these are the BEST WAY to make s’mores. You can make a whole pan of them in less than 3 minutes. Plus you don’t have kids running around with sharp pointed objects, blazing hot, often with a burning marshmallow on the end.  But the very best part is the chocolate melts perfect and the marshmallow is toasted to perfection.

To make them all you need is:

Large baking sheet

Graham Crackers

Marshmallows

Hershey’s  Chocolate

Or you could just grab a S’mores Kit 

Break the graham crackers in half. On a large baking sheet spread out the graham crackers. Place 1-2 squares of chocolate on each cracker. Place a large marshmallow on top of the chocolate.  Put the pan in a preheated oven set to broil. I keep the door open so I can watch them close. I also put the oven rack down LOW so the pan is farther away from the heating element.  This allows the marshmallow to toast with less chance of burning. BUT they brown fast so watch them close, all it takes is 2-3 minutes with the oven on broil.

The chocolate will be perfectly melted, and might even be a little hot, so let them cool a few minutes before you serve them  to smaller children. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!

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Easy Watermelon Raspberry Slushie Recipe

 

Raspberry Watermelon Slushie recipe
Recently we took a vacation to Aruba. While waiting for a catamaran sailing trip we stopped to get a watermelon slushie. I had never seen one before and I have never seen one as good since, till now! Our family can sit down on a hot summer evening and eat watermelon for dinner! Sometimes all you want is something that is cold and refreshing!

Now with this easy recipe for delicious Raspberry Watermelon Slushie we can enjoy a cold drink at dinner too!

 

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups diced watermelon (seedless) (freeze before blending for 1 hour)
2 cups raspberries (freeze before blending for 1 hour)
Juice of 1 lime, or to taste
Sweetener, optional and to taste

 

 

Watermelon Slushie recipeDIRECTIONS:
Freeze Watermelon and Raspberries in freezer for at least one hour so it makes a nice icy blend.
Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
Divide mixture between two glasses and optionally garnish with fruit. Serve immediately.

Raspberry Watermelon Recipe cold drink

You can add a Lemon Lime Soda to the slushie for a fun non alcoholic virgin pop!

Alcohol option:
2 shots raspberry pomegranate vodka (or your favorite flavored or unflavored vodka)
2 shots raspberry or watermelon schnapps

Raspberry Watermelon Slushie recipe

Watermelon Raspberry Slushie
 
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Watermelon Raspberry Slushie
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 3 cups diced watermelon (seedless) (freeze before blending for 1 hour)
  • 2 cups raspberries (freeze before blending for 1 hour)
  • Juice of 1 lime, or to taste
  • Sweetener, optional and to taste
  • Optional
  • Raspberry Pomegranate Vodka or your favorite vodka
  • Raspberry or watermelon schnapps
Instructions
  1. Freeze Watermelon and Raspberries in freezer for at least one hour so it makes a nice icy blend.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Divide mixture between two glasses and optionally garnish with fruit. Serve immediately.
  4. Alcohol option:
  5. shots raspberry pomegranate vodka (or your favorite flavored or unflavored vodka)
  6. shots raspberry or watermelon schnapps

 

 

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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