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Tomatoes are Tops!

Summer’s perfect weather lets us finally go outside after a long winter! Why not add some new activities into the mix by planting a summer garden? Gardening can be fun and easy and of course you can use what you grow in the kitchen! Tomatoes are a staple that many everyone enjoys and these growing tips from eHow.com that are specially designed for kids!

Materials:
• Tomato seeds
• Plastic pots
• Soil
• Trowel or shovel
• Wooden Stakes
• String

Instructions:
1. Poke holes in the bottom of the plastic pots if there are none for drainage
2. Fill the pots to the top with potting soil. Instruct your kids to put three seeds in each pot, pushing them just under the surface of the soil
3. Place the pots indoors in a sunny and warm location
4. Feel the dirt often for moisture. Water the pots if the soil feels dry
5. Wait for the seeds to sprout. Weed out weaker seedlings so that each pot only has one in it
6. Transplant the seedlings outside one the danger of frost has passed by digging a hole in the soil of your garden and carefully transferring the seedlings out of their pots and into the ground in a sunny spot.
7. Check soil moisture daily, watering the plants if it doesn’t rain.
8. Put the stakes in the ground for support as the tomato plants approach 1 foot tall. Gently tie the tomato plants to the stakes.
9. Instruct your kids to harvest the tomatoes when ripe. Have them twist each tomato by the stem to remove it, to avoid damaging the plant.

If you can’t wait for these beauties to grow, enjoy tomatoes with this delicious Guacamole recipe from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Farmer’s Market Chips, Pico de Gallo Salsa and Guacamole

Ingredients
4 plum tomatoes (tomates)
2 ripe Hass avocados (aguacates), halved and pitted
2 limes (limas), halved
½ white onion (cebolla)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon jalapeno (optional)

Tools
Cutting board
Fork
Knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Medium bowl
Plastic gloves
Wooden spoon

Instructions for Pico De Gallo Salsa
1. Wearing the plastic gloves, dice the tomates, cebolla and optional jalapeno. Place them all into the medium bowl.
2. Chop the cilantro leaves and add to bowl.
3. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

At this stage, you’ve made pico de gallo! Continue on to make it into guacamole…
5. Spoon the aguacate meat into a bowl and use a fork to mash it into your desired texture.
6. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well. Then add the pico de gallo to the aguacate and mix.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Alternative
For mango salsa, dice 1 mango and add to Step 1 for a fruity version of the pico de gallo.

Will you be growing tomatoes? Post plant pictures on our Facebook and Twitter!

Veggies and Fruits!

Although our Handstand Kids love veggies, its no secret that parents are always looking for ways to encourage this particular food group into the diets of little ones. However, the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio, has come up with a program titled “Veggie U” that has already helped many young children discover how exciting and tasty vegetables are!

Veggie U’s mission is to promote the well-being of children through a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on making wise food choices. Kids learn how food grows and participate in activities that help them develop a familiarity with healthy food. The program was created by educators, physicians and nutritionists, visit www.veggieu.org for more information and to see if a program is available near you!

In order to ensure that your kids get a full serving of fruits as well as veggies, whip up one of the delicious Handstand Kids Smoothies as a delicious snack!

Some Of Our Biggest Fans

You may have seen us post two terrific photos of Noah and Nathan earlier today!  We’ve got them here for you again, plus a bit more about the dynamic duo!

Noah and Nathan received our cookbook kits from their amazing mom for Chanukah this year and have been cooking up a storm since!

Noah is 9 and loves making the Bean & Cheese Burrito from our Mexican Cookbook Kit!

Nathan is 7 and he prefers our Italian cookbook kit and making lasagna!

When the brothers aren’t cooking from our Handstand Kids cookbook kits, they love to make mom’s specialty, “Pasta alla Mama,” which is pasta with cottage cheese, a little butter and parmesan cheese!

Keep cooking, chefs!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Although it is not a day to celebrate Mexico’s independence, you and your kids can show your spirit by partaking in some festive Quesadillas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Ingredients

4 8 or 10-inch flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese (queso)

½ cup salsa

½ cup guacamole (optional)

¼ cup sour cream (optional)

1 cup cooked veggies (pick the ones you like, including onion, mushrooms, bell peppers)

 

Tools

Knife

Large nonstick skillet

Measuring cups

Spatula

 

Instructions

  1. Place the tortillas flat and sprinkle ½ cup queso and ½ cup cooked veggies on half of each.
  2. Fold the tortillas in half to cover the queso.
  3. Place the tortillas in the large skillet and cook over a medium-high heat until one side is lightly browned (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  4. Use the spatula to flip the tortillas and cook the other side until lightly browned and the queso has melted. Remove from heat.
  5. Cut into triangles and serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Enjoy!!

Healthy Summer Snacks

The summer’s heating up which means you’ll need to cool down! If you’re dying for a treat try and keep them light but healthy so you can recharge! Stay kid friendly with some of these tasty snacks below!

 

Carrot-Ginger Dip from Familyfun.com is great for dipping carrot sticks and cucumber slices or even spread on whole grain bagels!

This Tropical Strawberry Smoothie from AllRecipes.com will quench your thirst and is made with healthy yogurt, not fatty ice cream!

A simple Cool Beans Salad from Nick Jr.Com is easy to make by tossing together!

 

What summer recipes keep you fit and full? Be sure to post them on our Facebook wall!

Celiac Awareness Month

We’ve talked about Celiac Disease and gluten free diets in another post, but did you know that May is totally devoted to Celiac Awareness?? This month we hope we can serve you up with great gluten free recipes, resources and tips and tricks!

To start, we’d love to share a gluten free dessert from the newest addition to our Handstand Kids series, Baking Around the World!

And don’t forget, all of the Passover desserts we share with you a few weeks ago, just so happen to be gluten free as well! Take a look back here!

Enjoy! If you have any gluten free tips, be sure to share them on our Facebook wall!

Arleen Makes a Mean Cupcake

As you already know, Arleen Scavone, of Sweet Arleen’s, is our Celebrity of the Month. We absolutely love Arleen and are thrilled that she’s contributed such delicious recipes to our newest cookbook kit, Baking Around the World. We hope to see everyone at the launch party at her storefront this weekend!

Enjoy this recipe from the new cookbook, in the meantime!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Level 3, Makes about 20 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 jar of strawberry jam

Tools

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 3 large bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer or hand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Spoon
  • Lined cupcake pans or baking cups
  • Melon baller

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to combine, set aside.
3. Place the softened butter and sugar in another large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on a low speed until smooth.
4. Add peanut butter to the bowl with the butter and sugar and mix on low speed until combined.
5. Add one egg and mix to combine. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs, mixing after each to combine before adding the next.
6. In another large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vanilla extract, oil and buttermilk, set aside.
7. Add half of the dry flour mixture to the bowl with the butter. Mix on low speed until combined.
8. Add the sour cream mixture to the bowl and mix until combined.
9. Using rubber spatula, scrape down sides to make sure there are no lumps.
10. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until smooth.
11. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into 20 lined cupcake pans or baking cups.
12. Bake cupcakes for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown, and let cool at room temperature.
13. Once cooled, use the melon baller to gently scoop out a small piece from the center of each cupcake.
14. Fill the holes with the strawberry jam. Cover tops of cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Tools

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl
  • Electric mixer or hand mixer
  • Sifter
  • Rubber spatula

Instructions
1. Place the butter, vanilla, salt and peanut butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer or hand mixer until combined.
2. Use the sifter to place powdered sugar into the large bowl. Beat with mixer until there are no lumps.
3. Use the rubber spatula to scrape the sides of bowl, stirring any lumps until smooth.
4. Slowly mix in heavy cream until just combined. If you stir the icing too much, it will turn grainy and separate.
5. Spread frosting on cupcakes and serve!

Alternative: For those with nut allergies, try this recipe with sunflower seed butter. For a healthier alternative, use strawberry jam as frosting.

Enjoy!!

We love CoachArt

If you’ve checked out our Charity of the Month feature, then you know this month’s charity is CoachArt.  We’re so excited to be working with CoachArt, and if you haven’t already seen it, CoachArt clients will be attending our Baking Around the World launch party!! Even better – we’ll be donating 10% of all sales made from books at the party to the organization.

If you’re interested in becoming a CoachArt volunteer, click here.

Learn more about CoachArt and volunteering in this video!

We’re Thrilled to Announce our Baking Around the World Cookbook Kit

If you haven’t heard already or seen it on our website or Facebook wall, here’s your chance to hear it straight from us! We’ve just announced the newest addition to our line and fourth cookbook kit, Baking Around the World, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

We hope you all love the book as much as we do and enjoy baking together with your kids.  We’re also excited to share that our Celebrity of the Month, Arleen Scavone, from Sweet Arleen’s in Westlake Village has contributed four amazing dessert recipes to the cookbook!

Click here to find the kit in our online store and snag a copy of your own!!

Let’s get baking!

Passover Goodies

It seems like if you celebrate Passover, you’ll almost always struggle with how to bake legitimately delicious desserts that are still edible and Kosher for Passover. We’ve scoured the web to find some of the best Passover ready desserts just for you! We’ve tested a few of them out and have been impressed already!

2 Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake from Kirbie’s Cravings

Mixed Berry Pavlova from Smitten Kitchen

Roasted Rhubarb with Rose Water and Strawberry Sorbet from Epicurious

Do you have any others you just love? Go ahead and share them on our Facebook wall!