Yummy No-Bake S’mores


W
ith it being hot in Arizona, the last thing we really want to eat is some hot food BUT we really like our S’mores here. So we came up with a fun solution when we were creating our Emergency Power Outage Kit and we had to try them out to make sure they would work! This was one test nobody complained about.

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

What I really like about this version of S’mores, is when I have a handful of hungry kiddos (friends over after school!  ;-) ), the last thing they want to do is take turns for the microwave and the last thing I want to do is scrape over cooked or exploded marshmallow off the walls of the microwave. This keeps their cute little hands on only getting the butter knife sticky instead of everything in between the counter and microwave and this will be perfect for our Emergency Kit when we have no power and still want a yummy treat!

 

What You Need:

  • Marshmallow creme
  • Spreadable chocolate spread (there are a variety! yum!)
  • Graham crackers
  • 2 butter knifes to keep spreads from mixing

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

 

Directions:

Step 1: Break a long graham cracker in half so you have 2 squares.

Step 2: Spread the marshmallow spread on one side of the graham cracker…make it more of a thin layer. Super yummy!

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

 

Step 3: Spread the chocolate spread on the second graham cracker half.

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

 

Step 4: Put the two halves together …

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

and ENJOY!!!!

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

 

Step 5: Just think of the other possibilities…add peanut butter, a little cinnamon or rasberry jelly…oh, yum!!!

Easy yummy smores - no heat needed, no bake

 

How do you like your S’mores? Comment below

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Food Magic – Easy and Simple Science Experiment

I love simple science experiments. Here is one that we recently did that was a big hit with the kiddos and they could taste it after, too! We even made a video for everyone to see what is supposed to happen.

Easy Science Experiment for kids

 

What You Need:

  • Soda – clear preferred
  • Clear glass or bowl so you can see the action
  • Craisins or raisins
  • Cup (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Add soda to clear glass or bowl. You want to be able to see what is going on.

Step 2: Add craisins. I only had them do a few each at first so we could see what was going on

Step 3: Observe and have fun!

Easy Science Experiment for kids - food magic

Optional: After they are done observing, pour the soda from your bowl/glass into smaller cups for the kiddos. Have them experiment and observe some more. (HINT: my kiddos figured out if you lightly blow when they craisin pops up, it will drop fast to the bottom)

 

WATCH It In Action:

 

What Is Your Favorite Science Experiment?

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge History, Controversy and My Favorites!

Like everyone else, I have been seeing a lot of Ice Bucket Challenges all over Facebook this summer for numerous charities, especially this past week mainly for ALS.  And I will admit that I started to get a little annoyed…that is until I learned the history behind how the ALS focus started. Now I am just continually amazed and love watching them!

My Favorite ASL #IceBucketChallenge Videos

 

How Did The ALS #IceBucketChallenge Start?

Did you know this Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS is not even a month old? Since non-profits and fundraising were my focus in college, I am completely fascinated now to watch this magic unfold like social media wildfire and see what can be accomplished when many combine for the same purpose. The funds and awareness the ALS Association/research has gained is awe-inspiring. So cool! Sooooo cool! Knowing this history behind the ALS side of the challenge completely changed my perspective. Thank you ESPN!

 

What You Should Be Aware of About Your ALS Association Donation?

When you donate to the ASL Association there is a possibility that your donation could fund embryonic stem cell research, which is a problem for most pro-lifers. I did not even think about it until a friend mentioned why they have been hesitating to do the challenge after being nominated. This article gives some great ethical ALS research alternatives for those who have pro-life concerns (Thanks Laurie!). Check out: Send Your Ice Bucket Challenge Donation to Ethical, Successful Adult Stem Cell Research

 

The Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos (so far)

I have seen a lot of roundups highlighting the worst videos from the challenge. I would like to focus on the positive These following videos are the my favorite ASL Ice Bucket Challenges, in my opinion, and each one made me smile, laugh, cry or give me goose bumps (the good kind!). I will definitely be updating them as more come out!

 

The Mesa Police SWAT

This one is a favorite because it has personal meaning. I grew up in Mesa and I went to high school with Mike Kelly, who they are doing git in honor of.

 

The Old Spice ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So funny and definitely worth a great laugh! And you have to listen to who he challenges!

 

“Vanilla, Ice, Ice Baby!” Dance Rap Version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

They challenge anyone to do one better than them. Are you in?

 

George W. Bush ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I love his version of the challenge and especially who he challenges, which reminds me…I need to go see if “(you’ll have to watch it to find out who)” ;-) actually did the challenge.

 

Donny Osmond ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I love who he challenges too and the reaction of his camera lady (she made me laugh out loud!). His Challengees should be doing it within the day today, so we will have to wait and see.

 

Do you have a favorite ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video? 

Share the link below or on our Fun On a Dime Facebook wall! I’d love to see them!

 

After School Snacks = Fun Times With Bagel Bites and Delimex

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

After school time can be a rough time if I am not prepared with some sort of snack ready for my starving kiddos shortly after they get home. I recently discovered a fun way to avoid the after school snack time meltdowns…a game! My kiddos love any excuse to have fun and knowing their after school snack is involved makes it more exciting for them. It’s a 2 for 1. Fun and food!

Creating Fun Times With Snack Time

The great thing about playing this game is that my kiddos are old enough to pretty much heat all the food and set up the board by themselves. It is never too early to teach them to be self sufficient, right?! lol And since Bagel Bites are made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat, these makes a yummy snack when they are done playing.

 

What You Need:

  • 1 box Delimex (choose your kiddos favorite variety)
  • At least 1 box Bagel Bites (get 1 three cheese and 1 cheese & pepperoni if you do not by the pepperonis separate)
  • Pepperoni circles (optional)
  • Scissors or knife

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Directions:

Step 1:  Purchase your Delimex (Taquitos) and Bagel Bites at your local Walmart. Right now you can get both with a coupon, which I linked to each for you.After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 2: Heat the food as directed on the box. It will take you just over 5 minutes to make this below. Super fast and easy!

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 3: While the Bagel Bites and Delimex are cooling off prepare the “X”s by folding a pepperoni circle in half and using the scissors to cut a triangle through both layers with out cutting the fold. The bigger the triangle the skinnier the arms of the “X” will be. Once cut, open the pepperoni and fold it the other way and repeat. My kiddos loved cutting the “X”s once they figured out how!

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex 1

 

Step 4: Set up the board on a clean playing surface. We used 5 Delimex Taquitos (actually 4 – 2/3…2 full and 3 taquitos cut into 3rds) to create our Tic Tac Toe board.

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 5: Time for fun! Play away. I let them play a few rounds and then they ate, but I can picture this game lasting longer! I also thought about having the winner pick a Bagel Bite to eat each time, but thought twice when I realized one kiddo might win more than another and that would kill the fun we were trying to create.

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 6: Enjoy, enjoy! They actually were excellent sports when they did not win and I think the main reason was because they were enjoying playing with their food too much. Life lessons taught here: the best part is not winning, being a good sport and…

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

…baby sister gets the first Bagel Bite!

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

This #AfterSchoolSnacks game was inspired by the Bagel Bites website. Stop by to find more great recipes!

 

How do you enjoy after school snack time?

Family Chores {Part 2} + FREE Printable


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In my previous post about Family Chores I shared how each of my kids does chores everyday and they do not get paid for them. They are contributing members in the family and are learning valuable life skills. You can check out that post HERE! That being said I do pay for other chores that go above and beyond what they already do.

Pay chores began a couple of years ago when my oldest daughter really wanted a job but at nine years old there isn’t much to do. So I came up with a job and it has to be my smartest mommy moment ever!! With a big family we have a lot of laundry and getting it folded each week is something I hate to do. There never seems to be enough hours in my day so I created a job for my kids. One child folds the laundry for the week and earns $5.00. I have to say having all of my laundry folded each week is totally worth $20.00 a month. My three oldest daughters have earned enough money to buy an IPOD. It has been a great lesson for them. They have learned that if they don’t want to work they don’t get paid and that earning money isn’t always easy. They have also learned that sometimes having a job means that you miss out on other things because you have to get your job done!

kids chorespreschool activities that teach

Since only one person can do that job a week often times I would here its not fair I want to earn money to so I can up with the chore jars. Inside each kids jar is 46 things that they can do to earn money. Each task is worth a dollar so if they really wanted to do them all they could earn $46 a month. I have never personally had a kid do more than 5 in a month. My kids love earning money and I love that they are learning that hard work pays and nothing is just handed to them!!!!

kids pay chorespreschool activities that teach

I have made a free printable for you so your kids can make pay chore jars as well. You can change the jobs with whatever works for your family, this is just what I have come up with. It is a list of all the things that should be done all the time but no one has time to do regularly, at least I don’t have time!! These would make a great “I’m Bored” jar too!! Every time your kid says they are bored they have to pull a paper out and do it for free!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE

family chores - free printable, chores for kids

What is your favorite way to do chores in your house?

Rainbow Art

I love it when we can come up with a craft for our kiddos that helps reinforce a skill they are trying to practice. Since it is monsoon season here we are seeing some gorgeous rainbows, so this activity is perfect! Courtney reminded me previously in her Let Them Cut Paper post that I need to let my kiddos use the scissors. She also gave a great tip to help your kiddos avoid any “accidents” (hair cutting, clothes cutting, etc.) while using the scissors. Now she is back to share with us over on Rusty and Rosy a fun craft we can make with your kiddos practice scraps.  READ MORE: Create your own Rainbow Mosaic Craft rainbow learning activities, rainbow crafts Not only your preschooler will love this rainbow craft, but I’m betting the older kiddos will too!

What are your favorite Rainbow Art Projects?

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