Celebrate National Trail Mix Day

trailmixI think it is cool to celebrate off-the-wall holidays. (Is that because I’m off the wall?  Probably . . .)

August 30 is National Trail Mix Day. This is a perfect day to make — and EAT! — trail mix with your grandchildren.

It is so easy to make. You don’t need any special recipe. Just gather munchie type foods, dump them in a big bowl, and stir them. Voila! You’ve got trail mix.

Here’s a list of fun things to put in your mix:

your favorite kind of nuts — peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, pecans
sunflower seeds or yogurt-covered peanuts
dried fruit — apricots, bananas, Craisins, pineapple, apricots, blueberries, cherries, apples
white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips
M&M candies
raisins (Eewww! I can’t believe I put those on the list. I think raisins are nasty! Well, golden raisins are not as bad . . . )
mini marshmallows

Those listed above are the usual suspects found in trail mix. But why not go out on a limb and put in different things? Like Cheerios — especially Honey Nut or Apple Cinnamon — or puffed rice cereal, Chex cereal, granola cereal, or Frosted Mini Wheats. Or goldfish crackers, Teddy Grahams, mini pretzels or pretzel sticks, animal crackers, Golden Grahams, or pumpkin seeds.

A little bit of popcorn can be fun for kids. And for whose who have mature taste buds, you can throw in a smattering of wasabi peas or Triscuit crackers.

Instead of having M&M candy that melts, put in gummy worms  or gummy bears. Or Swedish fish. Or Dots candy or Nibs or Mentos. Good and Plenty Licorice would be yummy, too.

You get the idea. Simply mix together stuff that you and your grandkids like to eat.

After you mix all of your ingredients in a large bow, fill sealable plastic bags with your trail mix.

Then, set out on a hike with your grandkids. It could just be out to a shady spot in your back yard, around the block, or up in the hills. Oh. And if you leave home, be sure to take water. Some of these mixes could make you VERY thirsty!

I hope you have a happy Trail Mix Day!



Yummy Yoplait!

Oh. My. Goodness. We’ve really had quite the rainstorms lately. Recently, as it rained on the way home from work, the rain partially turned to hail. It came down so fast and furious that I thought it would dent my car.

Luckily, it didn’t.

Somehow, this little video doesn’t quite capture the intensity of the storm. Sigh.

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In between the rainstorms, the weather has been hot. Hot enough that eating cold things sound really appealing.

I found some of the yummiest recipes on the Yoplait website. Here are some that I think would be easy to make with grandchildren — and would be so delicious to eat!

limeadeyogurtI really love lime so I think this Limeade Drinkable Yogurt  is outta this world. In fact, I could probably drink 4- 5 of these in one sitting!

Grandkids would love slurping this through a straw, too. It’s cool and refreshing.

It goes without saying that if you can make a drinkable lime flavored yogurt, you can also make a lemonade drinkable yogurt!

In fact, you could turn ANY flavor of yogurt into a drinkable one by merely adding some liquid like Sprite or milk or juice to the yogurt. Why not live on the edge and do some experimenting with your grandkiddos? You might invent a drinkable yogurt that becomes a family favorite!

Here are some other ‘cool’ recipes to try with your grandkids:

Lemon Meringue Pie Pops
Rasapberry Lemonade Ice Pops
Very Berry Frozen Yogurt
Apple-Kiwi Smoothie
Frozen Boston Cream Pie Bars
Blackberry-Lemon Yogurt Trifle
Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie
Fantastic Fruit Dip

Bon appétit!

3 Ingredient Cake Batter Milkshake

vanilla milkshakeI like easy.

Especially when it comes to cooking and baking.

Even better, I like treats that are easy to make with grandchildren. And, have I got an easy, easy, EASY recipe for you to make with a grandchild! (By the way, did I tell you just how easy this is to make?) It’s called the 3 Ingredient Cake Batter Milkshake.

3 Ingredient Cake Batter Milkshake
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk or Half and Half (depending on how rich and creamy you want it)
1/2 cup dry cake mix (from a box cake mix)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cups and you are done. It’s ready to eat. (This could also be called the 3-minute milk shake since it is so gobsmacking easy to make!)

If you want, you can have chocolate ice cream and a chocolate cake mix. Or vanilla ice cream and a lemon cake mix. Or vanilla ice cream and a funfetti cake mix. (Oh! This all sounds so yummy. I think I’m hungry.  I need to go make this milk shake RIGHT NOW!)

This makes 2 servings – just enough for you and a grandchild to enjoy. Unless Grandma gets rather piggy and doesn’t want to share because the milkshake is so dang good and hard to resist!!

Neighborhood Walk

grandmother and granddaughterIt’s blazing hot in my neck of the woods. Well, except for today and tomorrow with rain showers predicted and the temperature is supposed to get up to only 80 degrees or so. Eighty is so much more bearable than 100 degree weather!

Where was I? Oh. I haven’t really started talking about what I want to talk about. Silly me!

Wait! I sort of have. Back to how hot it is.

While our daytime temperature is hot enough to tickle a cactus’ soul, it does cool off in the evenings. In fact, the evenings are absolutely divine! And, evenings are the perfect time to take a stroll around your neighborhood with a grandchild — and to play the neighborhood walk game.

neighborhood_walkTo play the game, print my neighborhood walk checklist. Have your grandchild select which page she wants to use. Give her a clipboard and a pencil. Then, head on out into your neighborhood.

As you stroll along, have your grandchild check the box when she sees one of the items on her paper. Be lenient when deciding if something ‘counts’ to be checked off.

For example, the picture on the checklist for a swimming pool is an above-the-ground type of swimming pool. But, if you see a ‘real’ one in the ground or even a kiddie wading pool, those could count, too.

For the basket ball standard, you could count a small plastic one that is only 3 feet tall. And white blossoms on a tree could count for white flowers.

You could have a walk with several grandchildren and make it a contest to see who could be the first one to get all of the items checked off their list. You could give the winner a small little prize.

If my checklist is way off for things that you would see in your neighborhood, you could create you own. Simply type up a list of things — you really don’t have to have pictures on your list. Just words would work fine — for grandchildren that can read.

After the walk, go back to your home for a root beer float, an ice cream cone, or some other sweet treat. Ending an activity with a treat will almost always guarantee that your grandchildren had a good time!