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Kid Recipes for Mother’s Day

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It’s okay to say that we have been through some trying times in our country right now. We have experienced fear, shortages, anxiety, confusion, hope, laughter, family and, by the end of all of this, we will have been awakened. 

We have become more aware of what is really important in our lives and that is our family. We have discovered why we love each one so much, in so many different ways. We have discovered who is the hugger and lover, who is the practical joker, who has the most patience and compassion. Whatever it was that we discovered about each other, the point is that we discovered it and love each member of our family for who they are. This virus has really opened our eyes to the importance of family and being able to survive without things and learning to just make do. 

This month is not only Mother’s Day, it also celebrates the new-found love of family, and when you step back and look at the whole picture, we were really blessed. Yes, we missed our friends and our nights out for dinner and even a drive alone and maybe even our jobs. But it brought new energy to us and those we live with every day. Let’s allow these wonderful little individuals to help out more in contributing to the family as a whole. Home school is not just about math, English and history; it has become about survival and working together for a cause. Let’s let them know how much we love an appreciate each of them. 

It’s important that our children feel as though they are part of the planning and that their opinion matters. So, start by helping them plan for your Mother’s Day with these kid-friendly recipes, simple, good food to bring us together for any meal. If they are part of it, starting with the planning, just think of the confidence you are building in your children. It may be work now while they are small but when they get older, they can do this on their own. With the skills you’re encouraging right now, they will be doing this on their own a few years down the road. Believe me, the time will fly by; don’t waste it.

Start with asking them what they would like to make for everyone on Mother’s Day. Guide them with suggestions of things you know they can accomplish, such as breakfast. Talk about your grocery list; have one of the older children write down what you will need, then have a scavenger hunt for what you already have in the cupboard. This will be fun as they learn to read labels and discover each item. Then you will know what is going to be needed when you go to the store. Have them find the jars needed to make the breakfast oats and let them wash them and write their names on the lid. Preparing overnight oatmeal for everyone is a great idea. It’s a simple and delicious combination of old-fashioned rolled oats and milk that are placed in a jar and stored in your refrigerator overnight as the oats soak up some of the milk and soften them. These oats are great cold or warm. To make this fun, put out toppings in small bowls, making it an oatmeal breakfast bar, so each member of the family can add their favorites. Serve with a toasted English muffin. Who knows; maybe when they go back to school this will be something they do for themselves for breakfast!

Necessities for Overnight Oats
  Old-fashioned oats are a must.
• Use your milk of choice: dairy, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or cashew milk. Water is not an option for this recipe.
• As sweetener, use pure maple syrup, honey, brown sugar or no sweetener.
• Don’t skip the vanilla extract; it adds that little extra.
• As toppings, try fresh berries, sliced banana, peaches, pears; nuts and seeds such as sliced almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts, pepita, chia seeds or sunflowers; mini chocolate chips are fun to add.
• Use any small jar that has a lid and can hold at least 1 cup of ingredients.

Overnight Oats
This recipe is for individual serving so make as many as you need for breakfast. Let the kids learn about measuring, smells and taste while putting them together.

1 Mason jar with lid
½ cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup milk
½ tsp. pure maple syrup
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine oats, milk, maple syrup and vanilla in a Mason jar with a lid. Seal the lid and shake to mix. Refrigerate the oats overnight for at least 6 hours and they will last up to 4 days. Before serving, stir and add toppings. If you want your oats warm, you can microwave for 45 seconds, then add the toppings.

Maybe breakfast is not the meal of choice this Mother’s Day; another fun thing to do is pizza for dinner. Involving the family in the planning can be just as fun as breakfast. Find out what you need by making your list then discovering what you have on hand. I love using French rolls or even a full loaf of French bread to create a pizza. This is easy for kids to do and so rewarding.

French Bread Pizza
1 loaf French Bread or French Rolls
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella, shredded
Toppings: Pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, onion, other favorites 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the loaf of bread in half, spreading ½ cup sauce on each side. Add your favorite toppings and then one cup of mozzarella cheese on each half. Place pizzas on a baking sheet and bake for 13 to 17 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is heated through. Slice and serve.

These simple kid-friendly recipes will make your children happy to help you enjoy your Mother’s Day. Let’s remember the old saying that you can give a man a fish and feed him today but if you teach him how to fish, he will never be hungry again. You are instilling this same knowledge into your children. Love them every day no matter what because you never know what life will bring you. 

This may not be from my recipe box, but it is from my heart. Teaching my children to cook when they were little was something I will always cherish. Now I miss all those moments with them but have the memories to hold on to. Hold them tight now; there will be a day when you will miss every moment with them. Take care and Happy Mother’s Day!