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Guest Post: Stuffed Apple Slices

Hello there! 
My name is Kara and I'm the crafty mom blogger behind Mine for the Making- a blog with crafts, recipes, DIY projects, travel, motherhood, and so much more. I wear many hats... I'm a blogger, homeschooler, handmade shop owner, and I teach children's cooking classes from home. I am so excited to guest post here at Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings today, thanks to sweet Siri! Today I am going to share a really fun recipe you can make with your kids! It's always great getting the kids involved in the prepping and even cooking of a meal. This recipe is a great healthy snack and an easy one for kids preschool age and up to make. Check out these Stuffed Apple Slices... it's one of the many awesome recipes in the Children's Culinary Institute curriculum.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 large apples
  • 1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (local is the best)
  • 2 tbsp mini carob chips
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Using an apple coring tool, core the apples and dry out the centers with a paper towel. If you don't feel comfortable with the little ones using the coring tool, you can take over that step and have the kids dry out the centers when you're done.

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Next mix all ingredients (except the apples) in a mixing bowl.

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Using a spoon or a butter knife, fill the center of the apples with the nut butter mixture. Stuff them good!! Wrap them with plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge for an hour (I set the timer so I don't forget). After an hour, remove the pastic wrap and slice apples in thin slices. Serve!

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Look at that proud, satisfied smile! Having kids involved in the cooking process often encourages them to try new things and make healthier choices. And this snack is a great no-cook, no-bake recipe which is perfect for summer time when you don't want to heat up the house and you want to give the kids something fun to do. 
As mentioned before, this recipe (and lots of others) can be found in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum. I have been a CCI instructor for 4 years now and I will be the first to tell you that I LOVE it. I am able to use the CCI curriculum and be apart of an exclusive team of instructors (nation wide!) who continue to support and help you grow. I can make my own hours and work right from home doing something I love- teaching kids of all ages how to make healthy choices and how to cook and bake. This is an important life skill that so many kids miss out on since it’s often not something offered in schools anymore. Cooking and baking incorporate math, reading comprehension, and science all while learning how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. We have themed months, cooking competitions, field trips, and the kids can even progress through the courses and move up in apron colors. They absolutely LOVE it. Their sense of accomplishment after starting with raw materials and then creating something that they can eat and enjoy… that’s priceless. If you follow me on social media, you have had an inside peek to lots of my kids cooking classes and how fun they really are!


Interested in learning more about becoming a CCI instructor? 
Click HERE and fill out the form at the top of the page. 

Interested in finding classes for your kids in your area? 
Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Thanks so much for having me today! Please feel free to visit me at Mine for the Making for more kid-friendly crafts and recipes.
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Harry Potter Themed Reading Nook Reveal

Well, now that I've shared so many wonderful shops with you,
it's time for the conclusion of my
Teach Them to Love Harry Potter Giveaway
and that means the reveal
of our Harry Potter themed reading nook!


Before I started on this project,
the space in question was really quite sad looking.
Old photos, a broken and dusty bookshelf,
a dog food bin,
empty, old decanters from my mother in law,
and chewed up dog toys...
That was it.



A nice big space of our house
was being utterly wasted
and neglected as we walked around it each day,
never using it at all.

So I painted,
and collected,
and crafted,
and organized,
and worked,
and envisioned,
and created...

And finally,
the space became something beautiful-
A Harry Potter themed reading nook for Svea!


It came out JUST as I hoped it would!

I got rid of the off-white dirty walls
and painted fresh gray and white coats to lighten the space. 
I also painted the bookshelf and fixed the broken shelf. 
Pappa Bear and I created a Harry Potter wall decor piece
and painted spice racks from IKEA as wall shelves.
I created a canopy from cheap curtains from IKEA 
and I filled the old decanters with food colored water
to give them a potions class feel!

 


Svea nestled right in when I showed her the finished area
and she hasn't stopped reading all of her books since!
I'd rather clean up piles of books than piles of toys any day!
I'm so excited that she has a space just to encourage her to 
find joy in reading. 

(Harry Potter Peg Dolls: Landon's Toy Box, Sirius Black Dog Doll: Cutie Kat Kat, Harry Potter Watercolor Painting: Peanut Brittle Art, "Choices" Print: Simply Sweet Prints
"Light" Print: Oh Lovely Day,  Harry Potter Mobile: Tulsa Toys, Gold Harry Potter Wall Decor: A Pretty Life Shop, Wand: Party Sydsy)

All of the Harry Potter touches will someday come to life
as I read Harry Potter with her for the very first time. 

They will serve as a reminder to her that if there was a boy who lived, 
anything is possible. 

 


Of course I had to have my Harry Potter books on the shelf,
and even though they have been through the wringer,
and they aren't very pretty
(one was chewed up by my friend's dog),
they are the books that taught me to love reading.






(Moccasins: Freshly Picked, Striped Jumper: June & January, Lightning Bolt Hair Clip: Little Blooms Handmade)
















I hope our fresh new space has inspired you with some 
easy and affordable ideas of how to brighten up your home
and helped you find some handmade shops 
that create lovely Harry Potter themed items!

As for the giveaway,
our first place winner is Stephenie Campanile.
Congratulations you lucky mamma!
You have 24 hours to email me at 
freckledlemonadephoto@gmail.com and respond with all the information needed 
or a new winner will be drawn. 


The second place winner of a copy
of The Tales of Beedle the Bard
and a plush Hedwig,
is Ashley Barrett.
Congratulations!
You have 24 hours to email me at 
freckledlemonadephoto@gmail.com and respond with all the information needed 
or a new winner will be drawn. 


Third place winner of a
mommy and mini set of handmade Gryffindor beanies
by Mina Rei Makes Things
is Heather Hall.
So excited for you!
You have 24 hours to email me at 
freckledlemonadephoto@gmail.com and respond with all the information needed 
or a new winner will be drawn. 


Thanks for reading and supporting my Harry Potter obsession! ;)

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