5 fun recipes to keep the kids busy

Chill Out This Summer

by Tawra Kellam

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Well, it's the time that moms dread all year long. It's summer vacation for the kids. To help moms keep their cool by helping their kids chill out, here are some recipes from LivingOnADime.com.

Snow Cones

crushed ice
1 pkg. flavored drink mix (flavor of your choice)

Mix drink mix half strength (using only half the water) according to directions. Chill for one hour. Just before serving, crush some ice. You can use either a snow cone maker or put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and pound with hammer. Pack ice chips into cups, pour chilled drink mix over the ice and serve. You can also use fruit juice boiled down to half with food coloring added. Use green or red food coloring with apple juice and purple food coloring with grape juice.

Frozen Bananas

skewers (optional)

Cut bananas in half crosswise. Insert skewer in the thicker end. Place bananas on a tray and place in freezer. When frozen, move to a plastic bag and keep frozen until ready to use.

For toppings, try yogurt, nuts (finely chopped), peanut butter, applesauce, melted chocolate, coconut and/or wheat germ.

Allow bananas to thaw slightly. Put toppings in small bowls. Dip banana before each bite. Eat plain or roll or dip into any of the toppings. Use the wet topping first so the others will stick.

Play Dough

2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. oil
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1 tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring

Mix together all ingredients except food coloring in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture gathers on the spoon and forms dough (about 6 minutes). Dump onto waxed paper until cool enough to handle and knead until pliable. Store in a covered container or plastic bag. Add food coloring for different colors. Makes about 2 pounds.

Let them have some creative time in the pool out back with these finger paint recipes.

Finger Paints

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
liquid dish detergent
food coloring

Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Set aside. In a saucepan, add cornstarch and then slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups water until well blended over medium heat. Cook until it boils, becomes smooth, thickens and turns clear. Add gelatin mixture and stir well. Pour into containers and add a drop of liquid dish detergent. Add food coloring until you get the desired shade. Store covered in the refrigerator 4-6 weeks.

Easy Finger Paints

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups water

Mix in saucepan and boil until thick. Then pour into a jar and add food coloring until the desired shade is achieved. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Reviewed May 2017

Tawra Kellam is a frugal living expert and is the author of Dining On A Dime Cookbook. For more free tips and recipes, visit her web site at LivingOnADime.com/. In 5 years, Tawra and her husband paid off $20,000 personal debt on an average income of $22,000 per year.

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