Thursday, October 25, 2012

How To Make A Cheap, Quick, Easy Kids Snack in 5 Steps

Potatoes are really cheap and you can buy large bags of them at you local grocery store. But more than that with a little lesson from Mom and a little help from big brother or big sister.

Today,  I set up a potato prep factory with the kids and taught them all how to manage making themselves a baked potato.

What is needed:

plastic wrap or a glass dish with lid if you prefer
a fork or knife for poking holes in the potato

How to Cook:

1.Wrap your potato in plastic wrap until all covered. (kind of like wrapping a baby doll)
2. Poke holes in the wrapping all around.
3. Place in the center of your microwave and cook on high.
    Small=4-6 minutes
    Medium to medium large= 8-10 minutes
    Large like a restaurant = about 15 minutes
4. Remove from the microwave with a hot pad. Place onto a plate and fork open and smash.
5. Add toppings of your choice.

Today, we just prepared our potatoes and placed them into a drawer in our refrigerator with each child's name on it (with a permanent marker) that way when the kids need a snack they can make themselves one. Other great snacks for kids to make on their own are sandwiches  popcorn, ramen noodles, and tortilla roll ups.  Just make sure you have instructed young ones not to use knives and to ask for help from the older ones or their parents.

 What snacks do your children make on their own?

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How To Make Homemade Tooth Powder

My son Zach, is very active and proactive about taking care of his teeth and gums. He doesn't like just any toothpaste. He has read and heard many things about fluoride in toothpaste being bad for you. A few months ago, I started making him his very own tooth powder so that he can feel good about his tooth care. Believe it or not he really likes it.

Tooth Powder Recipe:

Base- baking soda
add to the base
a few drops of tea tree oil
a few drops of clove oil
a few shakes of ground cloves
a few shakes of cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
you can also use some stevia or xylitol (which is good for your teeth) my 11 year old son uses his without any sweetener.

How to use:

Just wet your toothbrush with water and touch your brush to the powder and brush as usual. A little dab will do you.

Have you ever made your own tooth powder?


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