I love summertime. I worked in education for 18 years and I can remember that at times, I LIVED for summer. There is something exciting when summer arrives. You’ve watched the snow melt away, the leaves and flowers bud out, and now you are enjoying this fresh green world around you. Now, where you live you may not experience that, but I live in Idaho. We not only have 4 seasons, but we have whiplash weather that changes so frequently it is not unusual to see people walking around with a jacket and shorts year round.
As much as I love summer, and I love the kids being out of school, the down side is the kids are out of school and they become bottomless pits of feeding insanity. They have lost their way with no hard structure, and to fill the boredom they search out and destroy any sort of food in the house. At times I swear I need to hide any leather shoes we may have, they may think its jerky!
So how do you cope with the swarm of hungry invading your kitchen for 3 months. Well, you can pray you have a super bountiful garden and can send them out to forage, or you can try a few of these ideas.
1. Make your own trail mix. You know best what your kiddos love. Hit up the bulk section at the grocery store and have them help pick out the perfect blend of healthy and maybe a bit of a fun surprise. ( I am a die hard for M&Ms in my trail mix. )
2. Homemade Popsicles. I absolutely love these. We got our Popsicle makers from Walmart here and we have had such fun creating great flavors and adding in fun things. You can mix up lemonade and drop in fresh strawberries or raspberries and get a cool treat with a tasty snack.
3. Football Ice Cream. Not only are your kids hungry , but maybe the ” I’m bored!” comments have started flying. I love this because it gets them moving and playing and they have created their own reward at the end. The folks at Food.com have a great recipe you can give a try to at this site .
4. Frozen Grapes. Oh these are tasty and perfect on those really hot days. Wash your grapes, roll them in some sugar and toss them in the freezer for just a bit. The cool and sweet treat is sure to please, and even though you use sugar, it still fairly healthy. You can also try using other fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or even maybe blueberries. I’ve never tried it with blueberries, but I bet it’s tasty.
These are just a small sampling of quick and easy ideas that the kids can even help you make with minimal fuss and muss. Then once they are ready, they can enjoy them and be ready for the next round of who knows what!! We personally like to build forts and play chase.