Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sun Tea for Tots' Tea Parties

Scratch those images of Little Miss Princess and her legion of stuffed animals dining on imaginary cakes whilst sipping tepid water.

Tea parties are much more fun and much more inclusive in the gender role free world of today's toddlers.

A young man we know loved watching cooking shows and carried his set of wooden menu items to every restaurant. The chefs (all of them men) loved the little foodie and actually appeared at the table to encourage him to keep playing with his food. Fussy two year old behavior was never a problem. He is now six and a picky eater, but he still loves experimenting with peanut butter (no jelly, please).

Tea parties at his house are delightful. Mom and dad invested in a cheap, real tea set years ago. As cups break, they get glued back together. He knows which are leaky and won't serve liquids in those. 

Boiling water is a no no, but iced tea is a favorite. A big jar of sun tea prepared with herbal mint and fruit teas are fun to make and taste great. Sugar can be cut to a minimum because the teas taste so good without it. If you have a nice garden patch, you can grow your own teas or just pick up a variety at the local grocery.

Set a big plastic jar filled with water and tea bags in the sun and let it steep. We use a very big plastic container that was once filled with pretzels. You need one tea bag for every two cups of water. The sun does the cooking. If you are inviting friends or neighbors kids for the tea party, let them come early and help with the prep. 

Food can be animal crackers with peanut butter or bread cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters and topped with whatever will get eaten. Some kids prefer real food like cheese, ham, turkey or other cold cut choices as sandwich stuffers. Finger foods are fun and most kids, tots to teens, like carrots, celery sticks and olives to munch on. 

The best part of this tea party is that you really don't have to invite anyone. It is a great way for the family to make lunch together and sit at the same table enjoying the "party" lunch! Even picky eaters have fun when they are the chef preparing the feast!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jim-Dandy, Whizbang & Humdinger Appreciation Day is July 9!

Are you asking exactly what is it that gets celebrated on Jim-Dandy, Whizbang & Humdinger Appreciation Day?

We were wondering the same thing. Lucky for us we found 
The Random House Dictionary of Slang which cleared up the whole thing pretty quickly. 
It seems that just about anything that is A, A-1, A number one, A plus, sly, copacetic, kopesetic, , gnarly, smashing, brilliant, super, brutal, ace high, awesome, first class, first chop or first rate, golden, dynamite, unreal, cool, coolsville, zero cool, cold, cool, chill, stone cold, boss, stunning, heavy, hundred proof, wicked, gimchy, check plus, stellar, dreamy, all wool and a yard wide, jam up, slap up, fine and dandy, crack, solid gold, crackerjack, peacherino, peach, peachy, ginger peachy or peachy keen  qualifies as a party focus on this wonderful day.

If it's the most, the berries, the bee's knees, the cat's meow, the cat's whiskers, the cat's pajamas, the butterfly's book, the caterpillar's kimono, the greatest, out of this world, out of sight, top of the line, state  of  the  art, a lollapaloosa or a super-duper,  hooper-dooper,  super-colossal, sweetheart, catch get ready to celebrate!

But why limit your celebrations of the totally tubular to just one day a year? We say that every day should be 
Jim-Dandy, Whizbang & Humdinger Appreciation Day! 

Why stop at that? Why not have a whole Jim-Dandy, Whizbang & Humdinger Appreciation Year, Decade or even Century!! Here's to the best peachy, caterpillar's kimono, gnarly, far out, fantastic time of your life and the party that goes with it!!

Stop in at the party pages for tips on drinks, recipes and anything else you need to know for, well... the greatest, out of this world, hundred proof, dreamy party ever!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher's Day Recipes - Homemade Treats to Honor Your Favorite Teacher

Ask any teacher or school bus driver what they most appreciate as thoughtful gifts to honor their service and most will secretly admit to homemade cookies, cakes and other treats.

Yes, it's true. Most teachers have a sweet tooth, and who can blame them? 

On their feet for most of the day as they deal with kids, parents and school administrators, they probablly burn enough calories to make a construction worker blush.

So this Teacher's Day, why not whip up a batch of treats you can make yourself to honor teachers that really make a difference in your children's lives? It's a simple, thoughtful gesture that will give them a sweet memory of how much they are appreciated.

You can start right now by searching online for favorite recipes sure to please any teacher  include their favorite ingredients. 

Chocolate, for instance! 

Simple chocolate chip cookies are fun and easy to make, 
and the kids can even join in to help. Find more easy chocolate treat recipes here.

Instead of an apple, a delicious homemade apple cinnamon cake will stay fresh for days and may be enjoyed as a quick breakfast treat over a hot cup of tea or coffee.

If you're handy with fondant or an icing tube, make a sheet cake and decorate in a Teacher's Day theme, (ABC's, math symbols, etc) or get really crafty and sculpt the cake in the shape of an apple, a teapot, an open book, or a school bus - and decorate accordingly.

Other ideas are only limited to your imagination. Don't forget to add a special Teacher's Day card with your gift with a special note inside reading: "...You take the cake!"

More ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day treats around the Web:

Coolest Homemade Teacher Appreciation Cake Ideas and Photos - Teacher Treats

Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags for Teachers Day