I have always wanted to be that home for kids, a place to be a “home away from home” so to speak for any and every child. One thing that is actually important to me is to be a part of the foster and adoption system some day and help kids who are a ward of the state or need a place to stay during the time their parents work to get in a better place, so it’s no wonder that my children love having their friends over here at my house. I make the home cozy for kids but we do have rules, boundaries and expectations; it’s not just a “kids run all” place either.
With that being said, my daughter wanted to have her bestie over for the first weekend after school ended and so I allowed that to happen with permission from her bestie’s parents. What better way to ring in the first weekend of Summer break than do have a fabulous sleep over weekend event?
We went for a swim and had a family fun BBQ at my Dad‘s with a day trip there. Livy, my sister, the three boys, my boyfriend, Dad and step Mom all had a blast. We played pretend volley ball with a blow up ball and pretend net. We ate good food. we laughed and just had such a fun day. Sadly, one thing about having a home where you encourage people to be who they are and kids to be kids, is that occasionally the youngest will take full advantage of being a kid and do something like this …
Needless to say he lost all privileges to markers in the van for a long, long, long time after he arrived home looking like this. That is a mix of mud, chocolate ice cream and highlighter. On. His. Face.
Later on that night we decided to start up the fire pit and had a lovely marshmallow roasting event where some had marshmallows and some had smores. Aj had hotdogs, because he doesn’t much care for roasted marshmallows nor smores.
It was such a blast being able to have this celebration of a summer sleep over to start summer with a bang! I am glad to be able to enjoy this type of fun with little to no money spent, after all I am a simple person who doesn’t believe in spending a ton of money for fun!
We have spent the first week of Summer break enjoying family and pool time. I thought I would share a bit about Father’s Day weekend, we headed out on Saturday to go to the farm, better known as where my Dad lives.
We enjoyed great conversations, laughter and food with my sis, daughter’s best friend, my three kids step mom and me. It was a wonderful feast! We also played pretend volleyball, went swimming in the pool and just had pure fun!
Since my daughter had her best friend over for the whole weekend, we decided to have a fire in the fire pit that night and roast some marshmallows. Three of the four kids made smores, while my son Aj decided to roast a hotdog as he doesn’t much like smores. It was a grand ole time and it just showed my daughter and the boys that Mama knows how to have a great weekend and sleep over partay!
More memory making moments will be shared through out the Summer as we venture to Day out with Thomas in North Conway, NH, Water Country in Portsmouth, NH and have a Reading Under the Stars Event sponsored by Scholastic this Summer.
My kids love when I make rice crispy treats at home. Just recently I realized that I had some boxes of Post Great Grains cereals that were sent to me from a rep. Whatever was I going to do with these cereals, sure we could eat them with milk for breakfast, or we could do something different with them. That’s when it dawned on me … let’s create Post Great Grains Cereal Bar Snacks!
3 Tablespoons of Butter
One 10.5 oz bag of Mini Marshmallows
5 Cups Post Great Grains Digestive Blend Vanilla Graham Cereal
1 Cup Post Great Grains Digestive Blend Berry Medley Cereal
9×13 Greased pan
In large saucepan melt the butter down to liquid form.
Add the package of marshmallows and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are completely melted.
Remove from heat and add the total 6 cups of cereal to the melted butter/marshmallow mixture.
Place cereal mixture that has been evenly mixed with the marshmallows/butter in a greased 9×13 pan.
Let sit for about 2-3 hours.
Cut into shapes you wish them to be cut into and ENJOY!
If you are a fan of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate then you must make a habit of making your very own smores by campfire.
First you need to collect one roasting marshmallow stick per person.
Next you have to have a person equipped to handle fire, start a campfire. Laying the wood in such a way as shown in image, make sure to roll up balls of newspaper in the center to assist in making the fire start easily.
Since the sticks have been collected and the marshmallows are ready to be melted, all you can do now is stand around watching for the fire to start. Be sure to keep little ones far away from the fire, for the heat is immense and may burn them.
Once the fire has started and its’ safe for everyone to start roasting marshmallows you can place one marshmallow per stick and let the roasting begin.
Next you take the marshmallow, still on the stick, out of the fire and put it on top of a graham cracker. Make sure you have already placed a block of chocolate on the graham cracker to ensure the roasted marshmallow melts the chocolate.
The next step is to place another graham cracker square on top of the marshmallow. Be sure to have someone else assist you in pulling the stick out of the roasted marshmallow once the smore is created. Note: this particular marshmallow is burnt to a crisp for that is how my daughter likes it. There is no need to roast your marshmallow to blackness in order for the smore creation to work!
Last but certainly not least, do not forget to thank the chef for putting together your smore!
Or in this particular case, beg the chef to make you another for you do have TWO hands you know!