Tuesday, September 29

Moms' Approved Tasty Recipes for Kids

 Looking out for tasty and healthy recipes for your kids? Moms never stop searching for unique recipes for kids which are loaded with nutrients and taste too. Especially when you have a fussy eater at home. Not to worry. Here we have tasty recipes for kids that Moms have approved and kids have relished. Check out recipes straight from these wonderful Moms-





Amazing Moms' Approved Tasty Recipes for Kids


1. HEALTHY NUTS & OATS ENERGY LADOO/COOKIES FOR KIDS


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Priyanka Desai loves to prepare these Nuts and Oats energy ladoos for her daughter as these have the goodness of oats as well as nuts, which are rich in protein, fiber, carbs, and other essential nutrients. Besides, these are perfect evening snacks to satiate the hunger pangs of kids. Here is her healthy and delicious recipe-

INGREDIENTS-

·        1 cup Oats

·        1 cup Dates (Seedless), if isn't available, Jaggery can be used as a substitute

·        Honey for binding

·        Ghee

·        1 tsp Cardamom powder (optional)

·        Nuts- Almond & Walnut (5 each)

INSTRUCTIONS-

  1.  Roast Oats till it becomes crunchy
  2. Add the roasted oats along with dates in a grinder to make a smooth mixture
  3. Finely chop the nuts and keep aside
  4. Take a bowl, add the oats & dates mixture; add in the chopped nuts; add cardamom powder; honey, little regular oats as a coating....mix them so that it binds well
  5. Moist your hand with little ghee and start making small balls /cookie shapes out of it
  6. After a while slowly keep the ladoos in an airtight container to store them. 



2. TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Sydney Delong is a certified pastry chef who loves to bake cookies for her growing son. Loaded with carbs, proteins, fiber, calcium, iron, etc, the homemade cookies are just right for toddlers ( though adults enjoy them too!) Check out the recipe-


Triple chocolate chip cookies for kids
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies


INGREDIENTS-


½ cup of sugar
½ cup brown sugar packed
1 stick butter softened
4 oz cream cheese softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup milk chocolate chips
¾ cup dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS-


  • Beat the sugar, brown sugar, butter, and cream cheese together until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, slowly.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the sugar and egg mixture.
  • Add the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out onto plastic wrap (I divided it into 3 lumps of dough). Cover, and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Divide the dough into 2 oz portions (or you can use a dough scooper, whatever you prefer). Place on a sheet tray that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edge of the cookie is golden brown. Here you are all set to enjoy Moms' approved tasty recipes.


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3. BEETROOT PACHADI

Saumya Pillai is a doting mother who prepares traditional Keralite dishes that his son loves the most. She ensures to include plenty of vegetables in her son's diet. Sharing one of her delicious and healthy dish which is also a popular dish of Onam Sadhya festival, that is Beetroot Pachadi. The recipe promotes immunity and good digestion while reducing anemia as it contains minerals and vitamins.


BEETROOT PACHADI RECIPE
Beetroot Pachadi dish for Onam


INGREDIENTS-

2 cup beetroot 

3/4 cup water

1tsp salt 

1/2 cup coconut grated

3/4 mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera

1 chilly

1/2 cup curd /yoghurt

TEMPERING-

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 dried red chilies

Few Curry leaves

INSTRUCTIONS-

1. Take a large Kadai (wok) to add 2 cups grated beetroot and half a cup water followed by 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well and cover it for 10 minutes to boil.

2. Now take a small blender to add 1/2 cup grated coconut, 3/4 mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 chilly and 1inch ginger. Blend it to a smooth paste adding little water 

3. Add this coconut paste to cooked beetroot and mix well. Cook it for 5 to 7 minutes till the aroma of raw coconut disappears.

4. Now, turn off the gas. Add 1/2 cup curd to the paste and mix well till it becomes smooth 

5. For tempering, take a small Kadai (wok), add 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil heat in it. Then add 1tsp mustard seeds, 2 dried red chilies and few curry leaves. After the seeds, crackle, pour this tempering over the cooked beetroot.

6. Finally, you can serve it with steamed rice.

         

              



 

4. NAVRATRI SPECIAL DRY FRUITS KHEER (PUDDING)

Deeksha Aggarwal is a loving mother of 2 growing sons and she loves to cook diverse dishes for them. For the overall growth of her kids, she makes sure to include veggies, fruits, dry fruits, herbs, etc., in her recipes. Her kids enjoy Dry Fruits Kheer which is a common Navratri festival sweet dish and is full of nutrients such as calcium, vitamin E and A, proteins, fiber, etc. Check out another Moms' approved tasty recipes for kids-


Navratri Special Kheer



INGREDIENTS-

A handful of Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, foxnut(Makhane) each

Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons Cardamom powder

Milk ½ ltr

Fresh Cream (malai) - half cup  

Sugar 4 tablespoons

INSTRUCTIONS-

1.     Soak raisins in water for 10 mins.

2.     Take a kadai and dry roast almonds, cashews, foxnuts, and grated coconut till they get light brown.

3.     Let them cool down and prepare a fine powder of a few roasted almonds, cashews, foxnuts with the help of a grinder and manually crush the rest of the nuts.

4.     Mix the powder in milk and cook for 2-3mins on low to medium flame, stir continuously.

5.     Now add grated coconut and rest of the crushed nuts into the milk.

6.     Add cardamom powder into milk.

7.     Now cook for another 5-7mins on low to medium flame, stir continuously.

8.     Add sugar and fresh cream (malai), then cook for 2 more mins.

9.     Your thick and delicious Kheer (Sweet dish) is ready to serve.

10.  Serve it hot and garnish it with cut almonds, soaked raisins, and rose petals. 


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5. HEALTHY PEANUT CHAAT


Abhipsa Saran is a food enthusiast and food blogger too. She often experiments new recipes from different regions. She aims at making tasty and healthy food which is colorful too that attracts her kids. Here is one such healthy yet quick recipe for kids-




INGREDIENTS-

Boiled peanut- 1.5cup

Boiled potatoes (chopped)- 2 medium

Chopped cucumber- 1/2cup

Chopped onion- 2tbsp

Chopped tomatoes- 2tbsp

Chopped coriander leaves- 2tbsp

Roasted cumin powder- 1tsp

Black salt to taste

Salt to taste

Lemon juice- 1/2tsp

Homemade Imly chutney (tangy sauce)- 2tbsp

Neylon sev- 1/2cup + to garnish on top

Pomegranate seeds to garnish if available


INSTRUCTIONS-

1. Take a bowl add everything in that. 

2. Mix properly so that imly Chutney will coat properly. 

3. Then serve in small bowls. 

4. Garnish with sev and pomegranate seeds. 


Hope you liked these unique recipes for kids recommended and approved by the Moms themselves. Let me know your feedback in the comment box when you prepared these tasty recipes for kids.


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Tuesday, September 22

Ideas for Kids' Halloween costumes


Halloween is not far away. Both kids and adults look forward to some bizarre and scary kind of fun. It all starts with decor and the right costumes. But if you are still not prepared or sure about the Halloween costumes of your kids then you can find some interesting ideas for kids' Halloween costumes and tips on this page.


Halloween costumes ideas




Amazing Ideas for Kids' Halloween Costumes

You can opt for a DIY Halloween costume if you want something crazy yet very affordable. All you need cardboard, colorful paper, duct tape, scissors, colors, wire, and some creativity. Cut out a mask in the pumpkin shape, draw big, scary eyes, and the rest of the face. Cut out eyes and mouth, give a creepy feel with colors, and your set for the day.




You can prepare cutouts based on the different themes gingerbread house, pussycat, lion, cowboy/ girl, Frozen princess, superhero, etc. For hairdo, use bright colored yarn and create a messy hair look, accompanied by your makeup skills and the kid is ready to scare. For ideas and tips, check here- https://www.instructables.com/id/Masks/

If you wish to buy kids' Halloween costumes, then choose a costume that suits the age of your kid. Avoid a very long costume that she or he is not able to carry it well. The pieces of clothing trailing on the floor may make her or him slip frequently. 

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Let your child try the costume prior to the Halloween Day and look out for any need for adjustments in the costume.



Accessorize according to the costume of the child.  Buy customized fangs and teeth, prop noses, hats, bow ties, tiaras, eyeglasses, mustache and beards, weapons, hairpin, etc. This would add special effects to the image he or she is portraying. Specific character accessories kits are also available.

To add to the fun, try Mom-kiddo twinning and rock the celebrations. Just buy a Halloween dress combo, accessorize and deck up in a similar way. It will be indeed a great fun!!



Buy masks for children if you want to avoid makeup. It is much more convenient and safe.


Use quality make up kit for older age boys and girls from reputed store/ website to further revamp the whole look.


There are hundreds of options in Halloween costumes for girls like Barbie, Madeline, Snow White, princess, Hannah Montana, Doodlebops, Sharpay, Animal Girl, Hippie, Catgirl, Girl Monster, and so on.


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Boys too can don different looks like Harry Potter, Spiderman, Batman, Power Ranger, Pirate, Avengers, Monster, and many more costumes available on a reputed costume website.




Complement the Halloween costume of your child with the right kind of footwear to complete the look. 

Besides, costumes, kids need amazing treat bags to collect their goodies and treats. Simply pick a jute bag and paste funny, creepy stickers on them. You may also cut out interesting shapes like spiders, pumpkin, skeletons, and stick on the bag for a horrifying effect.

Additionally, you can make monster-looking paper bags that are cute and strong enough to carry goodies.
 

Friday, September 11

Celebrating Diwali with kids

                                                 

 Diwali is the festival of lights, a major festival of all Indians. Whether living in India or in a foreign country, Indians remember their traditions and celebrate Diwali with the same enthusiasm and gaiety. This time around when you indulge in fun, flavor, and feast along with friends and relatives, give quality time to your kids so that they can carry forward the same culture with equal pride and zest.


Shopping spree with kids for Diwali


Shopping with kids is so much fun and learning experience as well. Buy diyas, candles, and statues of Indian Gods and decoration materials while discussing different aspects of the festival with kids. They would come to know more about their culture and would definitely love to get involved in the Diwali preparations.

It is ideal to prepare a list of things to buy and then visit the market place once or twice only given the pollution, and the seasonal virus/ health issues. Ensure to buy from local vendors to make Diwali bright for them. 


Family matching clothes collection, including family look, women fashion, choose your favorites! 

However, for purchases of clothes, accessories, appliances, beddings, etc., online shopping saves lots of time and money too.


Making own diyas and candles


                                                  

Encourage kids to paint diyas and decorate candles at home. Provide them enough craft materials and get involved with them in the process.

Colorful Rangoli


                                    

Make a colorful rangoli with colors and/or flowers. Take ideas from your kids. In fact, ask them to join you in making Rangoli. You may also add diyas/ candles in your rangoli for further adornment.


Kids deserve special gifts on such a special festival. You can surprise them with interesting gifts or you can let them shop for themselves.

Indian recipes and sweets


Nothing can match the flavor of Indian delicacies.

                                           
Diwali is incomplete without special Indian recipes and sweets. Prepare some special dishes and sweets, and include kids in food preparation. Else you may also order some of them from a reputed shop.

Diwali puja

Encourage kids to participate in puja preparations and show them how the puja of Goddess Laxmi is carried out. Inform them about the importance of this puja and it would be a good idea to teach kids patiently about the importance of festivals.

Diwali party


Holding a Diwali party is common. But in your celebrations take care on ways to entertain kids so that they do not feel left out. You can simply download some printable games like bingo, etc., to keep them happily occupied.


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Re-consider Fireworks usage


The major part of Diwali celebrations is crackers and fireworks. However, in order to protect our environment, it is better to use green crackers and be creative in celebrations. Moreover, sharing clothes/gifts/ sweets with underprivileged kids will be a noble idea that kids can learn from you.

Kids living abroad


Get connected to your kids, whether young or adults, on the festival of Diwali. This is the time to reunite with everyone even if it means sending greeting cards and photos to them via the internet.  The best way is to go for video chat and exchanging wishes live on the Diwali day. 

Plan in advance what all you can do on video chat with not only kids but distant relatives such as chanting mantras, pooja at a common time, watching old videos, together, and so on.

Moreover, it is now easy to send Diwali sweets and gifts quickly to them through a reputed online company.     Therefore, choose your gift option and place the order timely. 


Hope these ideas would make this Diwali more special for you and your kids. Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali!


                                                


                                                     





Sunday, September 6

Tips for wonderful Halloween Party with kids


                                                          
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Halloween party with kids


For all those who wish to have a wonderful Halloween party with kids at their place ( if COVID-19 permits) and are exploring new ways for the same, must read this page. Your party will surely be a hit when your kids and the invited little guests have unlimited entertainment. Besides, in case you want to play it safe due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC situation, not to worry, you can still have great celebrations at home. Let us check out some easy options for the same:

Tips for Wonderful Halloween Party with Kids


Decorate your home the Halloween way


Start with some decorations outside your house. Think of some nice and scary ideas that would suit the Halloween occasion. You may create a scene of the haunted cemetery in your garden with the help of tombstones, wooden sticks, and craft materials like cardboard, clay, etc. Add background horrifying music to scare the guests.
                                                  


Get creative for Halloween


Instead of buying expensive scary items, create some of them at home with kids. Otherwise, you may buy some cheap decorative items and create some of your own for the party. 
For example, paint pumpkins at home and place them in your garden/backyard. It would be great fun for your kids while they develop and execute their ideas to build a scary theme on Halloween. 


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Scary ideas for Decoration



For indoor decoration, make a garland of floating hands with the help of plastic gloves filled with shredded red paper and hook it at the entrance.

You can also make strings of candies, pumpkins, spiders, flying bats, or ghosts and hang them inside the house.


                                                        

You can inflate some white balloons and draw a scary image with black marker over them. Put some light sticks inside the balloons before tying for better effects. Now, place these balloons outside the main door or in the house to scare.


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Quick Halloween Games for kids


If you have not decided about the games then quickly download some interesting Halloween printable games for kids as well as adults and let your guests have a blast.


Treasure hunt games are a hit among kids. Let them search for treats or pumpkins hidden in your house or backyard and keep the gift-ready for the winner.

Treat or tricking is the game that children love to play over and over again. 



Interesting DIY Halloween Costumes


Prepare your Halloween costumes at home or you may also buy cheap yet interesting Halloween costumes online along with accessories and decorations through a reputed website.

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Paint your face and your kid's face that suit your Halloween costume. Even if you have not done that before, give it a try this time with the help of face painting tips available online.


Children love candies, cupcakes, and scary snacks on Halloween. Make your own Halloween recipes at home and treat them. Scary looking cakes, shakes, candies, with spiders crawling, ghosts, etc would attract the kids. This would definitely make for a wonderful Halloween party. You may head to https://www.delish.com/ for amazing Halloween recipes.

Or, you can order some of the candies and snacks for the party from a quality store at great prices.


Halloween Treats and Gifts
 

Entertainment at Home


How about watching an interesting horror movie with kids. Some of the horror movies for kids are Goosebumps, Hotel Transylvania ( my kids' favorite), Room on the Broom, Spooky Buddies. You may find more movies and TV shows.

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Create your own treat bags or buckets at home and thrill the kids with your artistic skills. You will also save you precious money. You may use paper plates, paper bowls, paint buckets or milk jars, and experiment with colors to create a monster, spooky figures, or anything else on the treat bags. That sounds so much fun, right!! 

Organize Karaoke night to add to the fun. To entertain kids, you or any family member like grandparent can narrate a horror story to the kids. Sharing wonderful memories from past Halloween celebrations is another way to entertain the kids when going out is not an option.


Connect with family and friends through technology


Get creative this year, if you are not able to meet your friends and extended family and prefer to stay at home. Simply plan a video call with your loved ones and organize a live party. 
Playing a game on the lines of Dumb Charades will rock with the only difference that you need to use only horror movies or items related to Halloween, depending upon the age of kids. 

Flaunt your decorations,  and share a common mealtime on video chat are other ways to connect instantly.


Hosting a Talent Show


Take your Halloween celebrations to another level with Talent Show. Tell kids beforehand to prepare an act, dance, or song and come dressed up in their Halloween costumes. The one who entertains the most wins. 

Interestingly, you can plan this talent show while video conferencing as well, so no worries if you can't step out or invite for the party.  

Halloween party with kids need not stop if you are staying at home or practicing social distancing norms. Utilize the above mentioned amazing Tips for a Wonderful Halloween party with kids and make it memorable.


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