Foodie Friday: Kid Favorite Strawberry Shortcake

Well hello, beautiful people, its Foodie Friday, the day of the week where we make a delicious kid-friendly and kid-approved recipes and share it with you! As you can tell by the title this is going to be about a fruity treat!

Storytime: My parents took my brothers and me to the Florida Strawberry Festival one year, and of course what you get at the Florida Strawberry Festival is the Strawberry Shortcake! The Florida Strawberry Festival this year is from February 28th to March 10th, its jam-packed with lots of fun rides, some awesome concerts at night, some shopping, and most of all tons and tons of delicious food.

I wanted to get a head start on all of the yummy treats and make something special for the kids I knew they would love to make it and love to eat it. I can’t remember where I found this recipe but the kids and my husband sure do love it, and will always be something we can make together!

Foodie Friday: Strawberry Shortcake

Cook Time:1 hr 
Total Time:1 hr 40 minutes
Servings: 6

What you will Need

For the Shortcakes

  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • 1 Large egg

For the Filling

  • 6 Cups strawberries ( about 1 3/4 pounds),
  • hulled and halved or quartered
  • 1/4  Cup granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 Cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

 

  1. Make the shortcakes: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse the flour, freeze-dried strawberries, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor until the strawberries are crushed. Add the butter and pulse until it is in pew sized pieces. Whisk the heavy cream and egg in a small bowl. Pulsing constantly, drizzle the cream mixture into the flour mixture; pulse until the dough comes together. Transfer to a medium bowl and knead 3 or 4 times.
  2. Scoop 6 balls of dough ( about 1/2 cup each) onto the prepared baking sheet using a measuring cup or Ice cream scoop, spacing the dough 2 to 3 inches apart. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush each ball of dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until a golden brown and toothpick inserted into the centers come out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Puree 2 cups strawberries in a blender until smooth. ( You should have about 1 cup puree) Toss the remaining 4 cups strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the strawberry puree, the granulated sugar, and lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Crush or finely chop the freeze-dried strawberries until powdery; transfer to a large bowl and add the heavy cream and confectioners sugar. Beat with a mixer on medium high speed untill stiff peeaks form. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Gently fold in the remaining 1/2 cup strawberry puree. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Split each shortcake and fill with the strawberries and whipped cream.

It’s one heck of a recipe and it’s always a mess for us but I promise you it will not disappoint! We hope you enjoy, What are some favorite treats they have at a festival near you? Share in the comments below!

Foodie Friday: Kid Friendly Meatloaf

It’s Foodie Friday!  A new fun thing that will be happening every Friday here at Raising Lost Boys. I will be sharing some kind of delicious, fun, kid-friendly meals, snacks or desserts with you guys! I am truly excited to start this in hopes to help one of you find that perfect meal that your kids will love!

Todays Foodie Friday Recipe is none other than mouth-watering Meatloaf. I know what you’re thinking ” Jessica How will my kids love meatloaf?” Well, the answer is simple. Make it kid size. Read the recipe below to find out!

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Kid Friendly Meatloaf

Cook Time:40 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings 12 -18 Mini Meatloafs 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Fine Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Onion Really finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Ketchup for Topping
  • Muffin Tin

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl except the ground beef.
  • Let the mixture sit a few minutes so the breadcrumbs absorb some of the liquid.
  • Add the ground beef to the breadcrumb mixture and mix well.
  • Form into balls and place the balls in the greased muffin tin.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Add a sprinkle of Shredded Cheese to the top of each mini meatloaf and cook for additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Drizzle or Drench with ketchup (whichever your kids prefer)
  • And Serve and enjoy!

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The kids will love that the meatloaf is the perfect size just for them, and being covered in delicious cheese is just an added bonus! If you try this recipe let us know in the comments how your kids liked it!

Target Homeschool Mini Haul.

We’ve been homeschooling for 3 months now, and I realized that Bentley likes to change things up a bit for his lessons. So instead of doing the same thing every day for sight words, or math, I have been trying to find fun ways to teach his sight words or how to do his math problems!

Target has been my go-to for finding inexpensive manipulatives to help with our homeschooling! Here is my mini haul of everything I got, and how we will be using them in the future.

Target Homeschool Mini Haul

Magnetic Letters

I had been wanting some letters for Bentley to use to spell out his sight words and I did find a good set on Amazon with 208 pieces for around $30. I wasn’t looking to spend an extra $30 at that time, so while in the Dollar Spot at Target I found these Magnetic Upper and Lower Case for $1 each set. We will be using these as a rotation for his sight words!

Wooden Chalkboard Blocks

Another great manipulative for sight words or spelling, in general, would be the wooden chalkboard blocks I found for $3 in the Dollar Spot. Great for having the kids write the letters and then spell the word out! Also can be used for mathematics by writing equations such as 1+3 = _ and having the kids write the answer on another block!

Two- Color Counters

This was my favorite find of the haul because I remember as a kid using these in my classrooms. Bentley loves them, we use them for adding, subtracting, and grouping! Also, I’m pretty sure you can write on them with a dry erase marker and use them for spelling as well! These were also found in the Dollar Spot for $3 at Target!

Pop for Sight Words Game

The last piece of my haul was a pretty awesome game for sight words! You have pieces of “popcorn” with the sight word on them and you have to try and guess the word and if you get it right then you keep it, unless you pull a little card with “POP” on it then you have to return all your pieces you have earned, the kid with the most by the end of the game wins! We haven’t played this yet, but Bentley is pretty excited and wants to invite his cousins and friends over to play it with him!

I hope you rush off to Target and find you some homeschool goodies if you do come back and tell me what you found!

 

DIY Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hey Witches, Wizards, and Muggles! The world of Harry Potter is so magical, and what better time to make some magic then Christmas time? We had an extra old White Christmas tree from when we lived in our apartment a few years ago. Our main tree is Disney themed and I thought why not have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree as well? I wanted to share with you how I made our “Pottertree!” It’s extremely easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  White Christmas Tree
  • Rust-oleum “Navy Blue” Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Marigold” (Yellow) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Claret Wine ” (Red) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum ” Hunter-Green” Spray paint
  • Protective gloves

*Tip: Whatever houses are going to be at the bottom make sure to get at least one more can of each.

Also, Don’t forget some awesome Harry Potter Christmas Tree ornaments and tree toppers to go with it!

Here’s What to Do:

Make sure to get the House colors, we used Ros-oleum, it was about $4 a can and you can get it at Walmart.  We matched as close as we could. Don’t forget depending on how large your tree is you may need more spray paint to cover the sections.

If your tree is pre-lit like ours, wrap each light with blue painters tape. Yes, it’s time-consuming.

Figure out the way to you want your House colors on the tree. Being a Hufflepuff I put Yellow on top, then green for my Husbands house (Slytherin) then Gryffindor, and last is Ravenclaw which is Blue.

Then separate the tree into four sections for each house.

My tip is, start spraying from the top then move down till you get to the bottom, section by section so that if the paint were to drip it could be covered up by the next color.

Let each section dry for at least 20 minutes in between.

After applying each color let it dry overnight just to make sure. Then pull off the painter’s tape if you had a pre-lit tree the next day and decorate! We found the cute doe at Walmart as well for $15!

That is basically it!  Decorate it however you like, we are going to be adding some handmade Potter ornaments and some House scarfs as well! We hope you enjoyed and make your own Harry Potter tree!

Homeschool Room on a Budget

When I first even thought about homeschooling Bentley I immediately thought I needed an epic amazing top notch homeschool room. I looked up homeschool room ideas every day for a week. I watched mostly Vlogs of Angela from This Gathered Nest and a few others on how they set up their rooms or spaces. Obviously, something I noticed is that nothing was perfect, and every homeschool space was different. Your homeschool space doesn’t have to be the best it just needs to work for your family. You can use whatever space is open around the house, the dining room table, a spare bedroom, or even the floor if that’s what you want. It is your space to enjoy and do what you want to do with what you have.

We had an extra front room in our house that we dedicated to homeschool. I wanted a space just for school where Bentley could really focus and not watch tv and listen to what is actually going on. I just wanted to show you guys that you can have a great homeschool space without breaking the bank!

That small tote is from the Dollar Tree that I used for Easter one year and didn’t want to waste it, holds our daily workbooks. Also, all of our books are from the library! I could never stress enough about how the library is honestly your best friend, saves such a great deal of money by borrowing the books instead of buying them. If you love a certain book then you can buy it and add it to your bookshelf, It’s a great way to weed out some books the kids just aren’t feeling into.

Whiteboard

We bought our whiteboard at lowes for maybe $15, it isn’t magnetic but works perfectly! You can get a larger size as well and ask them to cut it for you.

Shelves 

Our cubed organizer is from Walmart along with the Fabric organizers but I found similar ones on Amazon as well. Just click here.  I keep all of Bentley’s curriculum other on top or in the fabric organizers, along with all of the extra supplies like flashcards, Manipulatives, and Supplies for anything we need that day.

Maps/ Posters

My mom went to a thrift store and found our large map for us for extremely cheap along with a lot of supplies, I also check the Dollar spot at Target right before school starts to find any teachers supplies that might come in handy!

Our Table

This is honestly my favorite thing to talk to you guys about. I found this table on the marketplace on facebook for $35 and its perfect. It’s basically just a wooden dining room table. It has a little sprucing up to do, like sanding the top and restaining, but It was such a deal it was hard not to say no!

TIP: Look around, shop in different places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and little Thrifts stores, you honestly have no idea what you can find that can turn your homeschool room into is a perfect fit for your family!

Also, your homeschool room or area will NEVER stay clean… here’s mine after a good days work!

Directed Drawing Turkey Activity

I have been searching on the great Pinterest (where I am 80% of the time) trying to find a good Thanksgiving project for Bentley for his homeschool “art class”. But I didn’t want just anything, I wanted something that could serve a purpose in any way, not just some coloring page.

While looking I found Proud to Be Primary by Elyse Rycroft and she had this amazing idea of Directed drawing a turkey. Where the kids have to watch you step by step draw something and they try the best they can to draw what you drew. Bentley loved this idea and had a blast making the turkey in his way.

Here’s what you need:

  • Construction or Cardstock Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored Pencils or crayons
  • Sharpie

You can find the full instructions on Elyse’s website Proudtobeprimary.com, She has a bunch of great Directed drawing ideas for kids.

Honestly, this was such a fun activity for the kids and while the kids are coloring their turkeys, read than a story about Thanksgiving and go around and have the kids show off what they drew.

The Crowns of Croswald Book Review

Author D.E Night

Published July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold Press

Goodreads

Review

I was browsing on Instagram, and looking through a few pages I follow, and I noticed quite a few people talking about this book. Recently my husband had built me a bookshelf for my small but growing book collection, so I’m desperately trying to fill it. Even though I already have a long list of to be read books, I pulled this one ahead of all the rest. After going to the author D.E Night’s blog and seeing the trailer (Which was amazing) I quickly jump into the book and let my imagination take over.

To start off I was completely intrigued by the cover, Seeing the girls all bright I was excited to see if and what kind of magic was behind them. A lot of people who reviewed the book have said it is a mixture of a Harry Potter and Cinderella type feel, and they were totally right. Even though I loved this book, the only thing that was a con for me, was I that I was confused on a few parts during the first few chapters, but by the end of the book everything had straightened its self out so I understood better.

Minus that, this book had me guessing what was going to happen next, Every time Fyn and Ivy were together I was hoping Fyn would steal a quick kiss. I fell in love with the Magic and the creatures throughout this book. From the perfectly put description, I could imagine everything from the dwarf to the Cabby’s. D.E Night did an amazing job keeping you on your toes throughout the book and then left you wanting more at the end. It definitely had you getting the Harry Potter and Cinderella vibes throughout the whole book, from Ivy being a Maid, to the school, and a few other things in between. I honestly did not want to put this book down, trying to make dinner and spilling pasta sauce on it, My husband had me put it down so I could actually have a conversation with the family and not burn our food.

Finding out from her Instagram that D.E Night has now written a second book I am extremely excited about where and what Ivy’s next adventure is going to be. I am giving this book a 5 out of 5. I enjoyed this book so much and encourage you do grab it and dive into the adventures

D.E Night is releasing the second book of this series “The Girl with the Whispering Shadow” and its already on preorder and It is already in my cart! It comes out January 23rd 2019! I am so beyond excited for this book!

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida, so it gave me some inspiration to make some new fall projects for the kids! One Major sensory project I love to make is Playdoh! Bentley loves to sit and squish it between his fingers and make snowmen out of them, and it even lasts for a few months so it’s a perfect seasonal project!

Today  I want to share with you my recipe for so easy fall cinnamon playdoh that Bentley had a blast with and smells so good.

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

 

What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2-3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil (or Vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/3 Hot Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly and carefully Stir in Water
  3. When a good base has formed move to counter and knead until fully mixed.
  4. Let sit and cool down
  5. Pull out some cookie cutters and rolling pins and let the fun begin!

This is such a simple and easy recipe and great for sensory activities. Just store in an airtight container and store at room temperature and it should last 3-4 months! Here are some of the Rolling pins and Cookie cutters we used, The kids love the different designs on them!

10 Classic Christmas books for the whole family to read

We love to read in my house. I’m constantly reading a book my self, and I try to read a story to the boys every night I can before bed, we have a huge bookshelf that my husband made in our dining room and It’s filling up with Children’s and Adult books. Now that It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida that means Christmas is right around the corner ( Because Florida is so great at this weather thing ) and I’m so excited because this is the first year we are homeschooling so we definitely can read all the Christmas books that I plan to finish but never get to them.  I wanted to make a list of some good Classic Christmas books that I read or want to read to the kids before Christmas gets here.

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Little Critter: Just a Snowman

“Snow is piled high and school is canceled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?”

The Spirit of Christmas

“Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.”

The Gingerbread Man

After a daring escape from the oven, the Gingerbread Man is chased by a little boy, an old man and woman, a group of farmers, a bear, and a wolf – and he outruns them all! But will the clever fox outsmart the quick cookie?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

“In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. ”

Polar Express

 

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere—even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?”

Arthur’s Christmas: An Arthur Adventure

“Arthur is taking his Christmas shopping for Santa very seriously. He wants his gift to be absolutely perfect, but with Christmas only days away he needs a little help from his sister, D.W., to make this holiday a success.”

The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

“Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.”

Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

“For a little girl named Susan, Christmas could be any other day. She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or magic or miracles of any kind. Then one day she meets Kriss Kringle. As she doubtfully tells him the gifts she most wishes for, deep down Susan finds herself hoping that just maybe, he is the real thing. Based on the original holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming story about generosity, imagination, and the spirit of Christmas.”

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These are definitely the books we will be reading this year before Christmas. Are there any books, you would add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know what we should add to our list!