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Teach Kids to Make Cakes with Berries by Themselves

With a brand new year coming, my daughter said to me that she was hoping to make something on her own as one of her new year wishes. As a career woman working at new voucher and also a cooking expert at home, I finally decided to teach my daughter to make British-style cup cakes with berries on top of them, which I believe is not that hard. I hold that this cake-baking experience will not only make my daughter’s wishes come true but can also help my kid learn some traditions.

cakes recipe

Ingredients
cream 165g
soft flour 150g
strong flour 150g
baking powder 5g
powdered sugar 140g
salt 2g
three eggs
milk in powder 10g
cinnamon powder – certain amount
dried fruits – certain amount
 
tips of dried fruits: dunk the dried fruits into rum for half a day or a day for later use. You can purchase and mix & match the dried fruits you like such as Raisins, Dried pineapple and Dried cranberries.
 
Instructions
1. Whip up the cream and fold in powdered sugar.
2. Add flour and milk in powder and mix them up.
3. Whip up the dough until it turns white and then add 3 eggs and some amounts of water adjusting the moisture.
4. Add fruit grains and cinnamon powder to what you have made.
5. Put proper amount of dough into the mold and place it in 180 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
 
After this teaching, I start to think make it a monthly thing with a variety of dessert making or cuisine cooking. For one thing, it is interesting and for another it will enhance the feelings between the two generation. Seek for some sort of fun and spend more time with your kids now!

An Apple Picking We Will Go – Wellwood Orchards Again #VT #applepicking #family

I made a quick phone call last Sunday morning to see if it was still apple picking season, the tween and teen laughed their butts off at how I called and asked such a thing. I guess I amuse the children from time to time. Okay, I amuse them all daily. The thing is, we wanted to take my boyfriend’s children apple picking because they were not with us when we originally had planned to take them.

Wellwood Orchards Petting Animal Area

The kids just loved petting all of the animals in the animal petting area which costs 50 cents per person, I swear k-man wanted to bring home that black and white bunny. The boyfriend also noted that he wants a pet bunny. Ah – no.

Wagon Ride to the Apple Orchard

After petting all of the animals I went inside to pay for the bushel of apples, just like last time for $26. We hopped on a wagon to and from the orchard at Wellwood Orchards to get our apples.

Girls picking apples

Even though it was nearing the end of apple picking season, we found that the apple selection was larger this time around. The apples were larger and so much tastier than the last time we visited Wellwood Orchards to go apple picking. My Dad told me this is because the apples need time to grow and get so much sun and growth time to mature to their best taste. I must say this was the perfect time of year to pick apples, and I am looking forward to making apple crisp the next family weekend we have with all five kids.

Family at Wellwood Orchards

It was a beautiful day and we much enjoyed picking apples together as a complete family. We came home with about 50lbs of apples this time and if we were to purchase that many apples in store it would cost about $50 at the least these days, I say half price is perfect! Sure it takes work to pick apples, but seriously you get to save money on the cost of in store apple purchases and you get to enjoy family fun together.

Adventures in Apple Picking at Wellwood Orchard #NH #VT #apples

We had planned to go apple picking over the weekend, ultimately the plan was to have all five of our blended family kids together but that didn’t work out as planned so it was just myself, the boyfriend and my three children. Sadly his children were missed. Saturday came and we were all excited about apple picking for the first time, my daughter goes every year to Wellwood Orchard with her Dad but never had she gone with me and I have never taken the boys nor gone myself. This was a first time experience for us to apple pick as a family and while part of our family wasn’t there, they were there in spirit and hopefully they can make it on our next apple picking adventure.

 Wellwood Orchard

We started off by visiting the petting zoo area at Wellwood Orchards in Springfield, VT where you pay 50 cents per person to get into the animal pen area. There are bunnies, goats, chickens, peacocks, baby cows and much more that you can walk right up to and pet.  We used hand sanitizer after to ensure our hands were clean from petting all of those cute farm animals.

Apple Cider Wagon Rides Wellwood Orchard

You can then grab some hot apple cider for $1.00 while waiting to pay for your 1/2 bushel or more of apple picking bags. Take a picture outside with your face in an apple or other such items, there’s even a bee. Then hop onto the wagon ride {during weekend hours} to be brought up to the apple orchard.

Wooden Fun Silly Signs at Wellwood Orchard

I think the boys, mainly my little actor K-man, had a blast with the silly wooden signs that you can stick your face into. I had a ball snapping pictures, and with my new iOs 7 operating system on my iPhone the camera can snap pics one after another, making action moments captured in a fun sequence to later create a collage with Picasa.

Family Fun Apple Picking in Vermont

Since I know my boys so well, mainly that little K-man, I had boys wear orange so that I could spot them should either plan to run away at the orchard. Thankfully, things went really well and all three kids truly had a great time picking apples. My oldest served more as a tour guide and she helped assist in what apples were best to pick since she was the experienced one of the group.

Happy Sons Apple PIcking

The total paid for in apples was one bushel, that was $26 total for the day we went and you can fill that bushel bag ( given in two 1/2 bushel sizes) as full as you can get it. Those boys were determined to hold their bags for as long as they possibly could.

Family Fun Wellwood Orchard

The day was perfect. The weather held up to be wonderful, later on that day it rained. The sunshine was warm enough to keep the cool Fall air comfortable and the kids said they had a blast! I now want to make this apple picking adventure part of our family tradition every Fall. We ended up with a total of 40lbs of apples, so keep your eyes out for various apple recipes as we have fun testing out different combinations with our apples to make delicious desserts and more with our 40lbs of apples we picked. Right now I have my Auntie B’s Picky Eater Applesauce Recipe live on site for you to test out.

 

 

DOLE Fruit Parfaits Make the Perfect Escape #DoleParfaitEscape #spon

Free ProductWhile DOLE Fruit Parfaits are the perfect “Mom escape”, they worked out to be more of a kid snack because I only got my hands on two of the many that were sent to me because my six year old loves these. Which means “Mom” only ended up with the few apple ones she hid in her secret stash hideaway place.  DOLE Fruit Parfaits are delicious and come in three flavors; Pineapple and Cème, Apples and Crème, Peaches and Crème. My favorite is the Apples and Crème while my six year old prefers the Pineapple and Cème.

AppleCreme

Another fabulous point about DOLE Fruit Parfaits? They are rich in Vitamin C and contain all natural fruit. A naturally low fat, cholesterol free and very low sodium snack makes for not only greatness for my children but for this Mom who tries hard to not fill myself with chips and jalapeno cheese dip for snack time. DOLE Fruit Parfaits are available in the canned fruit section at select grocery retailers and online. Suggested retail price is $2.79 per box, each box has four snack size parfait containers within them.

PineappleCreme

While I honestly had pictures of the family enjoying these treats, they are lost in space. I know they were shared on Facebook and Instagram feeds but where they disappeared to, I have no clue. The joys of being an over the top, overly talkative social Queen – I never can find an uploaded picture when I need it. Never-mind those pictures that I cannot find, because the biggest reason I took part in this campaign was because this is a treat I purchase during grocery shopping trips at least once a month. That is why I personally wanted to take part in a campaign for a product that my family already enjoys.

I hope you will take time to learn more about DOLE Fruit Parfaits by visiting the DOLE website.

Keep up to date with DOLE and connect with DOLE on Facebook as well as follow DOLE on Twitter so that you can tell them what you think of their snacks.

Have you tried these yummy snacks yet? Did you like them as much as me?

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and DOLE partnered in support of this campaign. DOLE compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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