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Spice it up with Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a wintertime favorite among adults and children alike. And why wouldn’t it be? What’s not to love about a warm chocolate treat on a cold winter day? Even the Mayans used crushed cocoa beans to create and enjoy a similar tasty drink over 2,000 years ago!

Gather the kids in the kitchen and try their little chef hands out on this Handstand Kids Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe. With minimal ingredients and easy instructions, it’s the perfect wintertime recipe that your kids will love to make. Use our recipe as a base and then let the kids add their own creative touch. They can dress it up with mini marshmallows, top it with whipped cream, or serve it with a candy cane as a stirrer! The flavor possibilities are endless and the kids will have such fun coming up with their very own special hot chocolate concoction!

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

Whether you’re hosting your own Christmas party this year or you’re in charge of bringing a crowd-pleasing snack to a neighbor’s party, it’s usually a good idea to have a few kid-friendly options if you know there will be kids in attendance. Not only will these snacks and treats be devoured by all of the kids as soon as you place them on the table, but your own children will have a blast in the kitchen helping you to make them!

These adorable Santa Clause appetizers are fun to assemble and are a delicious starter for adults and children alike. Use a clean pair of kitchen scissors to cut pepperoni hats, which you can “glue” to Ritz crackers with ricotta cheese. Make a beard out of ricotta and a moustache out of celery slices, use capers for the eyes and nose, and voila – Santa Clause!

But don’t forget desert! These Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cookies will surely satisfy the kids’ sweet tooth and couldn’t be easier to make. Simply use refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut the dough with a circle cookie cutter and then pinch opposite sides to shape the reindeer’s face. Break curved pieces off of pretzel twists so that you’re left with the center of the pretzels, which is a perfect antler shape. Press the antlers in and then cook according to your cookie’s package directions. When you take them out of the oven, press in chocolate mini morsels for the eyes and a cinnamon candy for the nose!

Have fun in the kitchen and please share your kid-friendly creations with Handstand Kids via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

Picky Eater Tips

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com.
  • Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
  • Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
  • Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
  • Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!

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Veggie Dips!

One thing that Handstand Kids and Handstand Parents can all agree on is the fact that anything that helps us eat raw veggies is awesome! In light of that fact, we’ve done a round up of some of our favorite dips that make eating veggies fun and tasty! See below for three sure fire crowd pleasers!

Kuki’s Cookbook has a dreamy, creamy veggie dip with only 5 ingredients!

This bright green Veggie Dip is made with broccoli, kale and basil and can be left as is or baked for even more deliciousness!

This White Bean Veggie Dip uses yummy Greek yogurt!

What is your favorite dip? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

Cute Cookies

If you’ve never been on the social networking site Pinterest we would definitely recommend it! There are a plethora of ideas – from books to crafts and of course, recipes! If you’re still wary of the fact that you might not need another social network, let us give you a round-up of the cutest cookies that we’ve seen!

These citrus slices from Sweet Sugar Belle are perfect for summertime!

Make these Olympic Ring cookies for the opening ceremonies on Friday!

To round out your summer theme, why not try these Hot Dog cookies?

Handstand Kids love Cookie Monster and these treats are adorable!

Even though we’re recommending Pinterest, don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Kebabs for Kids

The word Kebab generally refers to meat served on a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Not only are these skewers a snap to make but they’re extremely easy for even the youngest chefs to help put together – just make sure to watch out for those sharp points! Even though Handstand Kids love meaty recipes, we love making new twists, so we’ve provided our favorite kebabs made from meat, veggies and fruits!

You can’t go wrong with these traditional Beef Kebabs from SimplyRecipes.com!

These Veggie Kebabs from RecipeShack.com can be eaten as a side or a complete meal!

These Fresh Fruit Kebabs from AllRecipesIn.com will bring vibrant color to your table scape!

If you’re kebab-ing it up, make sure to share what you’ve made on our Facebook and Twitter.

Language Lesson

Since your Handstand Kids are done with school for the summer, take this opportunity to get their intellectual juices flowing. We have a simple language lesson that shows you how to say the words for some common utensils in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Measuring Spoon

  • Spanish – Taza de Medir
  • Italian – Dosatrice
  • Chinese – Liang bei

Spatula

  • Spanish – Espatula
  • Italian – Spatola
  • Chinese – Gua chan

Bowls

  • Spanish – Cuenco (large – grande, medium – mediana, small – pequena)
  • Italian – Piatti Fondi (large – grande, medium – medio, small – piccolo)
  • Chinese – Wan (large – da, medium- jung, small – shiau)

Fork

  • Spanish – Tenedor
  • Italian – Forchetta
  • Chinese – Can cha

Plate

  • Spanish – Plato
  • Italian – Piatto
  • Chinese – Pan zi

Did you know that you can buy some of these items in our Cookbook kits?

Try labeling these items in your kitchen to practice learning the words when you’re cooking. If you’re going to try this idea out make sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Summer Desserts

This Red, White and Blue Cheesecake will help you kick off Fourth of July!

Or try these Lady Liberty cupcakes!

Doesn’t Grilled Pound Cake with Berries and Cream sound scrumptious?

Make sure to post pictures of you and your family enjoying your summer desserts to our Facebookand Twitter pages!