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Stuffed Pepper Pumpkins

Stuffed Pepper Pumpkins

I started making these for my kids when they were little and even though they have hit the pre-teen and teen years, they STILL ask me to make this dinner every single year! The beauty of this recipe is you can make it your own.  While I'll share what I stuff my peppers with, you can stuff them with anything your family likes! Ingredients: 4 Orange bell peppers - make sure you choose ones that stand up! 1-1.5lbs Chicken breasts 1 can diced tomatoes with chili 1 can black beans 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin 1.5c shredded cheddar cheese...

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Fudge Log Tree Rings

Fudge Log Tree Rings

Here is a fun nature themed treat that your whole family is sure to love.  Make them just because or as part of a tree themed study unit. These were a huge hit in our house and my kids loved counting the "tree" rings in their fudge cookie. I paired these cookies with a coniferous tree unit where we learned about foraging for white pine needles and making pine tea, as well as their lifecycle and different types of pine cones.   Did you know that some deciduous trees have a type of cone called a serotinous cone?  It has allowed certain pine tree...

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Painting with Flowers

Painting with Flowers

This is a fun and easy, hands on activity that's great for letting kids explore using natural pigments. This easy craft starts with gathering your materials.  You can either use a sheet of canvas or a stretched canvas.  We used a stretched canvas for easy hanging when we were done.   You will need to gather wildflowers and leaves for this project.  Wherever you harvest, make sure you have permission to gather flowers.  We found violets and dandelions growing in our yard and used the flowers from a lenten-rose bush from our landscaping.    After your flowers have been gathered, place one...

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Yummy AND Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Bark

Yummy AND Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Bark

Here is a fun twist on chocolate bark that your kids are sure to love!  It's easy to make and healthy.  It requires only two ingredients and takes only a couple minutes to prep.  Ingredients: - Yogurt of your choice - Fresh or frozen fruit Steps: 1. If you have big berries, I recommend cutting them into smaller pieces 2. Spread yogurt on silicone mat or parchment paper.  I do not recommend skipping this step.  With out something pliable, it will be difficult to get the bark off. 3. Place berries onto yogurt 4. Put tray into freezer.  5. Once...

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Hiking 10 Essentials for Kids

Hiking 10 Essentials for Kids

Having essential gear on you when out hiking is a must. These items should be carried with you when backpacking or going on a day trip or even a quick hike!  I brought my 10 essentials kit out with me on a short, 2 hour hike, and wound up needing several items after my mom slipped in some mud and cut her hand.   The Hiking 10 Essentials are as follows: 1. Navigation 2. Headlamp 3. Sun Protection 4. First Aid 5. Knife 6. Fire 7. Shelter 8. Food 9. Water 10. Clothes I took the above list and adjusted it to...

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