In the meantime, I feel like I need to do more fun things at home, as well. My boys don't really need me to make up fun stuff for them to do. They're teenagers, so they don't appreciate craft time the way my 8-year-old daughter does. My almost-two-year-old sings along to almost every single Sofia the First song, so we've been watching more than our share of Netflix this summer. As always, I've gone to Pinterest for inspiration. I had some ideas on an old board I pinned some time in the past, and I found some new ideas. Check them out:
I was very excited to make Red Pepper Pasta. I discovered butternut pasta recently, which was amazing. That lead me to avocado pasta, an instant family favorite that I'm going to be making way more than I should. With these veggie-pasta creations under my belt, I thought Red Pepper Pasta was going to be amazing! But we all say meh. We ate it and we were full, but we didn't love it. I think I could have done a better job. I had a bag with shallots in it that I ordered on Monday, but I searched high and low and could not find them anywhere. So I ended up using dried shallots, and I might have added too many.
I'm excited about this week's meal plan. Only one recipe is a recipe that I've made for my family before, so I've got four new challenges this week.
Basically, all you have to do is pick different ingredients across a range of categories: oats, sweetener, fruits, nuts, extra add-ins, and stuff to hold it together (like butter or peanut butter). You mix it all together and then bake it until it's brown. Since it's so customizable, it's fun, easy to do with whatever you happen to have on hand, and interactive for your kids. It's also so easy to make your kids could pretty much do it themselves with a little oven help.