Green buds are opening up on our Clematis vine.
Iris shoots are about 10 inches tall already.
The wild cacophony of birdsong woke me at 5:30 this morning.
SPRING IS REALLY HERE!!!
Although we may get a little more funky weather here in Colorado – yesterday was Easter Sunday and a dusting of snow covered the grass when I looked out the window in the morning – the signs of spring are evident.
The school year is winding down and families will be planning outings and trips. Some of them may have to be local…gas prices are on the rise again and it is quite costly to drive long distances.
But there is so much to do and see…even walking to a local park and having a simple picnic can be a wonderful experience for young children. On Wednesday, I’ll review a classic story by Miriam Cohen about two young girls whose parents provide them with an exceptional vacation…just steps away from their home.
Whether you drive or walk, here is a great recipe for a child-friendly trail mix that will keep little hands and mouths occupied.
CHILD-FRIENDLY TRAVELING TRAIL MIX
Great to have on hand – keep several zip-lock bagsful to grab when you have to run out to the store with your child – it’s a much healthier alternative to candy bars and chips!
You will need: 2 cups Corn Chex, 2 cups Wheat Chex, 2 cups Rice Chex, 2 cups pretzels (thin sticks or mini), 1½ cups mixed nuts or peanuts (optional), 1 Tb margarine (use the healthier non-hydrogenated kind or substitute butter), 2 tsp Braggs Aminos or soy sauce and a 13x9x2 inch microwave-safe baking dish.
1. Melt the margarine (you can do this in the microwave…just make sure you cover the dish), mix with Braggs Aminos or soy sauce and pour into the baking dish.
2. Add the cereals, pretzels and nuts and mix thoroughly to coat.
3. Microwave on high for three minutes.
4. Stir and continue to heat in the microwave, one minute at a time, until evenly toasted.
5. Makes about 2½ quarts. Store in an airtight container.
6. You can substitute the crispy or chex-type cereals you have on hand and eliminate the nuts if your child is too young or has nut allergies.
I often see young children in a shopping cart, fussy and hungry, mother frantically trying to grab the items she needs from the supermarket shelves. Just think how much happier everyone would be if the child had a little zip-lock bag of this trail mix. 🙂
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