Play with Your Food & Kashi Soft-Baked Chocolate Squares Review (vlog)

Last Monday, it was sunny, high around 78 degrees, an all-around beautiful day and we spent it in a beautiful way…..watch the clip to learn more…

Seriously…those soft-baked squares are delicious. But back to the play date….we had such a lovely day and looking back that might have been the last official beautiful day of the summer season. The remainder of the week was cooler and rainy.

I thought I would briefly share how we stamped our food and the recipe for the edible peanut butter play dough. Prior to the play date the moms were given strict instructions to dress their little ones for fun, not fashion!

Food Stamping….

What you need:

  • Container to hold sponge (and in our case veggies & fruit too)
  • Sponges
  • Paint (Washable Tempera paint or whatever you wish)
  • Food/Fruit/Vegetables (we used onions, peppers, boiled noodles, broccoli, star fruit, etc.)
  • Paper (constriction paper, white paper, whatever you have on hand)

Directions:

  1. Spray paints on sponge
  2. Wash, dry, and cut fruit and veggies accordingly so that the shape will be displayed when stamped.

Have fun!

Edible Peanut Butter Play dough….

What you need:

  • 1 cup Dry Milk
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (creamy)
  • Dry noodles to decorate
  • Dry fruit to decorate

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together, adjust as necessary.
  2. Make into fun shapes and add dry fruit, noodles, etc.

Tactile Tub….

This one is really simple…just add oat meal, rice, water, etc. to tub and fun objects to find, small shovels, cups, funnels, etc. to embellish the fun!

I do hope you have the opportunity to share these activities with your kiddos; they are so much fun especially when you do them together. Remember moms, it is not the quantity but the quality of time, shut off the phone, turn off your screens, and give your child your undivided attention. No one knows what tomorrow holds… so why put off something so important.

I will treasure the memory of this day for always…summer 2012.

Okay…so in this pic I was totally trying to capture her smile but when I told her I needed to have the soft-baked square while she was swinging because she could joke that smile quickly left her face….she kept saying “mine”, “MINE”…like I was going to eat it or something (I would so not do that…or would I? Do you think I ate it?).

So, do tell, have you had the chance to try Kashi’s soft-baked squares? If so what do you think? Do you have a favorite Kashi brand treat…cereal?

Tailgating Tuesdays: Tailgate Ajar

When tailgating preparation is key! Prep food prior to tailgating, and one of my favorite allies when it comes to preparation is the Mason jar.  What does preparation mean?

It means:

  • Cut veggies (onions and mushrooms for burgers or sliders),

  • Have patties formed ahead of time and seasoned then placed between wax paper so they do not stick together.
  • Have cheese sliced, placed between wax paper, and ready to go
  • Eggs mixed and ready… just shake and pour onto griddle (yes, you can have eggs and bacon wraps thanks to the little griddle…make certain eggs are kept in the cooler with ice and used within a couple hours)
  • Have salad layered into a Mason jar then simply flip upside-down onto your plate…I know what you are thinking, salad and tailgating do not mix but wait….

Here is a great example of a Tailgating friendly salad recipe that even the men will enjoy……

Spicy Buffalo & Blue Cheese Salad

What you will need:

  • ¼ head of lettuce
  • ½ a tomato washed and sliced
  • ½ a cucumber washed and sliced, then quartered, the smaller the better
  • ½ a green pepper washed and sliced into small pieces
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese (any kind)
  • 10 Wheat Thin Spicy Buffalo crackers broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Bolthouse Blue Cheese dressing (or your favorite blue cheese dressing)

Makes one Mason jar or two serving

Directions:

  • Place lettuce in the bottom of the Mason Jar
  • Add tomatoes to jar
  • Add cucumbers to jar
  • Add green peppers to jar
  • Add  cheese 
  • Add Wheat Thin Spicy Buffalo crackers on top
  • Pack your favorite Blue Cheese dressing (Bolthouse has an amazing Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing I like and it is less fat) and add prior to eating.

Preparation is not limited to the main course, don’t forget about dessert! Here are a few yummy recipes that can be made before you leave your home and enjoyed while tailgating.

S’more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in mason jars

What you will need:

  • 2 graham crackers
  • One package/ two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
  • 4 tablespoons of Fluff

Makes one Mason Jar or 2 serving sizes

Directions:

  • Breakup a graham cracker into bite size pieces and place in bottom of Mason jar
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Marshmallow Fluff
  • Breakup one Reese’s cup into pieces and place on top of the Fluff
  • Breakup a graham crackers into bite size pieces and place on top of Reese’s cup
  • Add 2 more tablespoons of Fluff
  • hen place the other Reese’s cup on top!

What you will need:

  • 2 Premade angel food cakes or any individual dessert cups
  • 8 medium strawberries washed and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt

Will make one Mason jar or two servings

Directions:

  • Add one cake cup to bottom of Mason jar
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt
  • Add half the strawberries
  • Place second cake cup on top of strawberries
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt on topAdd remaining strawberries

Enjoy!

But wait! There is something missing from the Strawberry Stonyfield Shortcakes, chocolate!

Follow the above directions but simply add one Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Square to the top.

Nature Scavenger Hunt & Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars Review

Since we have a long weekend thanks to Labor Day we decided to make the most of it and spend as much time together as a family as possible. Today we visited our local park, we went on a Nature Scavenger Hunt, and enjoyed delicious Kashi soft n’ chewy bars.

I came across an awesome blog, How to Nest For Less, it has so many fabulous ideas for the home, for kids’ arts & craft projects, and much more. I highly recommend this blog but I must warn you it will suck you in.  So grab refreshment and get comfortable.

While perusing How to Nest For Less I came across this wonderful Nature Scavenger Hunt. I adore this Nature Scavenger hunt because it contains items that are easy to locate practically anywhere outside. It is also perfect for the age range of my kiddos (2-6 years old).  I like the fact that it only contains a dozen items to locate as opposed to others that have a slew of items. Lastly I like that it includes color, shape, and touch categories too!

So prior to leaving for the park I printed off the Scavenger Hunts and the name tags for the children’s bags. To print off Scavenger Hunt click here.

To print name tags click here.

 

 

 

Included in their bags were, one Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip soft n’ chewy bar as well as a marker to cross off items as they locate them.

We had such a wonderful time on the Nature Scavenger hunt. We looked high and low to locate all the items on the list. The kiddos even enjoyed getting a closer look with their magnifying glass.

 

Then it was snack time. And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip soft n’ chewy bar was, it was… well, soft, chewy and yummy! In fact, our toddler asked for more and our first grader asked me if she could have them in her school lunches, please!

Thank you Kashi you have successfully satisfied our toddler’s, our picky eater’s needs. You have done the impossible!

I adored the taste of the bar, it was like a warm, comforting embrace on a cool rainy fall morning. It reminded me of childhood, when my mom would bake fresh banana bread, it was more than a food, it took me back to a memory, it was an experience. As a mom I am a huge fan of Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip soft n’ chewy bars because of the nutritional content. The Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip soft n’ chewy bars include:

  • ½ serving of fruit (from apples and bananas)
  • ½ serving vegetable (from pumpkin)
  • 7 whole grains
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • Naturally Sweetened

 

 I feel like I am a good mother when I give my children Kashi.

 Another reason why I, as a mom, am a proud supporter of Kashi foods….read on…the following is taken from Kashi website….

Today, only 1% of U.S. cropland is organic and around 70% of packaged foods contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). At Kashi, we want to do our part in creating a more balanced food system. We’re still small at heart, but big enough now to make a meaningful impact.

Kashi’s Non-GMO Project Verified Product Commitment.

Our commitment: By the end of 2015 over half our food will be Non-GMO Project Verified.* But we won’t stop there. We’ll continue to increase the use of organic and Non-GMO ingredients where possible while making sure to continue to provide the positive nutrition you expect from us.*based on pounds

 Why 2015? There simply aren’t enough non-GMO and organic ingredients, and it takes time to partner with farmers to convert conventional farms. Once we obtain these ingredients, we need to make sure the nutrition and taste of the food is consistent with the high quality you expect from us.

We had such a wonderful afternoon in the park together as a family. We enjoyed the outdoors, the sounds, colors, and creatures of nature; they paired nicely with our delicious Kashi snack experience.

So, how are you spending your long weekend?  Have you ever tried any Kashi brand foods? Do you have a favorite Kashi food/product?