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Monday, February 12, 2018

Pumpkin Scones- Dairy & Egg Free

Pumpkin Scones
Dairy & Egg free

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½  tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½  tsp cinnamon 
  • 6 tablespoons cold margarine, cut into small cubes (I put a stick of margarine in the freezer for 10 min or so)
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin pie filling 
  • 3 tablespoons DF Sour cream ( I use Tofutti)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce

1. Scones: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside (or you can use greased backing sheet)
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin spice. Using fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.  Use fingers to combine  until the mixture is crumbly and similar texture to corn meal, set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, cream, and applesauce. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until mostly combined, (the mixture will seem dry), use your hands to knead the dough against the sides of the bowl, to ensure it is completely combined.
4. Pat the dough into a 7-inch circle. Cut the round of dough into 8 equal triangles. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until gold on bottom
5. Powdered Sugar Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp almond milk until smooth.  Drizzle onto scones once they are cooled

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Exercise Jar for Kids

Winter equals more baked goods and less outside time! My boys both have gym classes at co-op, but it is only once a week.  They love playing int he snow, but during Christmas break we are still stuck inside most days due to extreme cold temperatures.  I decided to add some exercise to the daily agenda and workboxes by making an Exercise Jar.

I picked exercises that kids can do with very little help.  If they didn't know how to do an exercise, we watched a quick video when I explained the jar (link for how to videos below).

Choose a small amount of reps for each exercise, then work your way up as your kids get older. When my kids began we started with 10 jumping jacks.  They are now preteens and do 20 to 30 jumping jacks at a time. If your child is really struggling with one of these exercises, just take it out of the jar.

EXERCISES (click for with how-to videos)

When they were younger I had  each boy finishes his free typing lessons they had to pick 3 exercise from the Exercise Jar.  What better time than after sitting at a computer?!  It's a good lesson for all of us in this modern computer age. It isn't a full workout, but keep them moving a little more during the day.

This year my seventh graders do FIVE exercises every day, and they have more repetitions of each one.  Our exercise jar is an everyday elective because they are preteens who are not naturally moving as much as they used to. After my boys have finished their work boxes for the day, they do their electives.

To keep in shape, maybe you as a mom can pick a few to do with your kids!