Some of my girls’ favorite foods are the very simplest foods possible. Peanut butter and jelly. Buttered noodles. Grilled cheese.
Some of their favorite foods to cook (in which they do most of, if not all of, the work) are also pretty simple.
They like to make cookies – the break-and-bake ones are amazing if you are trying to do this with kids. Yes, it is important to teach fractions and how to measure ingredients and all of that. But, seriously, these cookies are fine! And it means that you can have cookies whenever you want with very little effort (or mess to clean up!).
Every summer, the girls put making banana pudding on the list of things to do. This summer, we learned that Lily doesn’t like banana pudding anymore…..So, although that might change in the future (she also decided that she doesn’t like string cheese, so who knows what she’s going to like or not like) making banana pudding probably won’t happen very often in the future. However, when we make pudding of any type, I like to make it in plastic cups. It’s easy to portion out that way and you don’t have a giant bowl taking up a lot of space in the fridge.
The final food that the girls request to make every summer. Lemonade. And, not just any lemonade. The powdered stuff that takes all of two minutes to make. Well, it sure makes it easier to knock things off of the list.
Our summer list thus far:
Field Museum Museum of Science and Industry Adler Planetarium Shedd Aquarium Chicago Children’s Museum Splash pads Maggie Daley Playground Art Institute Head to the pool Have a pajama day Head to the library Go to the zoo Go to the beach
- Eat at Big Bowl
Go to Morton Arboretum
- Eat at Labriola Cafe
- Eat at Rainforest Cafe
Get ice cream Bake cookies Read books at home Make banana pudding Go on a hike Go on a picnic Go to Granny and Pa’s house
- Go to Mimi and Pa’s house
Make lemonade Go bowling See a movie See a movie outside Family Festival downtown Chicago
- Ride the train at the mall
Go to American Girl Place Go to Disney Store Go to Renaissance Faire
- Eat at Flat Top Grill
- Go to Chinatown