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Kid's Recipes & Riddles

These are some of the recipes and riddles that have been used in the past on our Kids in the Kitchen page. We add more as we finish with them on the main page, so check back often!

Blender Smoothies Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches Peanutty Crunch Snack
Butterfinger Crunch Pudding Homemade Granola Mini Fruit Pizza
Company's Coming Hot Chocolate Magic Cookie Bars Easy Baked Spaghetti
1-2-3 Peanut Butter Cookies

Riddles & Jokes

And then there is ....

Banana Worm Bread

Eeeewwwwww! Grrrroooooossssssss!

Believe it or not, check out the delicious and nutritious Bug Recipes at Iowa State University .... well, they claim to be delicious and nutritious - I don't think I will try it!

Blender Smoothies
Following are suggested variations for a cool, delicious & nutritious summer treat!
The same directions apply to each one: combine all ingredients together in a blender and mix on high until smooth. Each will make 2-3 cups. Relax & Enjoy!

"Classic Smoothie"
3/4 cup nonfat plain or flavored yogurt
3/4 cup orange juice
2 bananas
1 Tbsp honey
1 cup crushed ice

"Hawaiian Smoothie"
1 cup pineapple chucks
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 banana
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup milk 1 cup crushed ice
1 tsp coconut extract (optional)

"Fruit Smoothie"
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 cup strawberries
1 banana
2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 package plain peanut butter or chocolate cookies
1 pint of ice cream (try vanilla, chocolate or chocolate chip!)
1 small package mini chocolate chips

1. Let the ice cream soften for a few minutes at room temperature while you gather the other ingredients and a large cookie sheet.
2. Pour the package of chocolate chips in to a shallow bowl or pan.
3. For each ice cream sandwich, press 1 spoonful of ice cream between two cookies.
4. Carefully turn the ice cream sandwich on its side and roll through the chocolate chips. They should stick to the ice cream.
5. Place on the large cookie sheet and freeze until firm.
6. Try different flavors of cookies and ice cream - it's fun!

Peanutty Crunch
5 cups crunchy cereal, like Kix or Captain Crunch
1 cup salted peanuts * 1 cup raisins * 1 cup banana chips
1 small pkg vanilla pudding (not instant)
1/2 cup honey * 1/2 cup peanut butter

1. Lightly butter a jelly roll pan. Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix dry pudding mix and honey in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium hea, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Boil and stir 1 minute, then remove. Stir in peanut butter.
3. Pour over cereal mixture; toss until evenly coated. Spread in pan and refrigerate 30 minutes.
4. Break into bite-size pieces. Store snack in covered container at room temperature or in refrigerator.
5. Makes about 10 cups of crunchy snack.

Butterfinger Crunch Pudding
1 container of frozen whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
1 small package of instant chocolate pudding
1 Butterfinger candybar

1. Set the whipped topping in the refrigerator the night before so that it can thaw.
2. Put the soft whipped topping in a large bowl and stir in the package of dry instant chocolate pudding. Stir until it is mixed in well, and looks like chocolate whipped topping.
3. Put the Butterfinger in a shallow bowl and crush into small pieces with the back of a spoon. Stir the crushed pieces into the chocolate mixture.
4. Refrigerate for a few hours, then enjoy!
Great as an afternoon snack - good enough for Sunday dessert!

Homemade Granola
A delicious summer snack!
Serve with milk as a cereal, as a topping for fruit, pudding or yogurt, or sprinkle a handful over homemade ice cream. Yummmmmy!

3 cups quick oatmeal
1 cup coconut * 1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup honey * 1/4 cup melted oleo
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup raisins

Combine all the ingredients except the raisins in an ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan and mix well. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and stir in raisins. Store in a covered container in a cool dry place, or in the refrigerator. Makes about 6 cups.

Mini Fruit Pizza
A great snack or elegant dessert!

1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 8 oz pkg softened cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
Assorted fresh fruit, cut in bite sized pieces, such as
strawberries, kiwi, bananas, oranges, blueberries, red or green grapes, pineapple, etc
1/2 cup preserves, any flavor (strawberry, apricot & raspberry are all good)
1 Tablespoon water
Coconut (optional)

Cut sugar cookie dough into 1 inch slices and place on ungreased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake as directed, or until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool.

Combine cream cheese and sugar; mix well. Spread over cooled cookies.

Decorate with assorted fruit pieces.

Stir together the preserves and water, mixing well. Drizzle over the fruit. Top with coconut as desired. Serve immediately, or chill for 1 hour before serving.

Company's Coming Hot Chocolate

Delicious on chilly days served up with a friend!

3 Tbsp cocoa
3 Tbsp sugar
3/4 c water
2 1/4 c milk
Yummy options:
Vanilla extract * Stick cinnamon
Whipped cream * Grated chocolate bar

In saucepan, mix cocoa, sugar and water. Bring to boil over low hear; boil gently 2 minutes while stirring. Add the milk and heat thoroughly but do not let it boil! Just before serving, add a few drops of vanilla extract, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle on grated chocolate. Insert a cinnamon stick for stirring. Makes 3 mugs full.

Magic Cookie Bars

Great for parties or an after-school treat!

1/2 c. butter
1 14 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 3 1/2 oz can flaked coconut
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 6 oz pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts

In a 13 x 9 pan, melt butter. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter. Pourmilk over crumbs. Top evenly with remaining ingredients. Press down gently. Bake at 350 degrees fro 25 - 30 minutes. Cool before cutting. Rich and delicious!

Easy Baked Spaghetti

Makes a great quick meal, served with a salad & hot bread!

4 cups cooked & drained spaghetti
1 pound gound beef, crumbled & drained
2 Tsbp Worsteshire sauce * 2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 c. catsup * 1/2 c. water * 1 tsp vinegar
Pinch of salt * Dash of pepper

Cook and drain both spaghetti and crumbled ground beef, and stir lightly together in greased casserole. Heat remaining ingredients thoroughly and pour over spaghetti mixture. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minues - 1 hour.

1-2-3 Peanut Butter Cookies

Quick and easy for summer snacks or picnics!

1 cup peanut butter - plain or chunky
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Ingredients should be at room temperature. Mix all three ingredients together well. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet 1 1/2" apart. Flatten with fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until a golden brown. Serve with milk!

Riddles & Jokes

What do you call a computer injury?
Answer: A megabyte!

What do you call a Grandmother who cracks jokes?
Answer: A Graham Cracker!

What is black-white-black-white-black-green-black-white-black-white-black?
Answer: Two zebras fighting over a pickle!

Why did the farmer name his pig "Ink"?
Answer: Because it kept running out of the pen!

Why are potato chips unpopular?
Answer: Because they hang around with the dips!

What is a sailor's favorite fruit?
Answer: Naval oranges!

What do you call a water cooler?
Answer: A Thirst Aid Kit!

Why was the pencil fussing at the sharpener?
Answer: It kept trying to make a point!

What has one horn and gives milk?
Answer: A milk truck!

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