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Fall and Winter Snacks for Kids

January 1, 2012 20:19 by Barbara Shelby

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 Updated February 2013

These are FALL SNACKS  which are also great ALL YEAR ROUNDWINTER FOOD ideas are on Page 3...

After-school snacks can be a nutritious way to make sure children get the energy and nutrients they need to properly fuel their bodies and to ensure proper growth and development. Snacking can be part of a healthy diet --if snacks are chosen correctly. There are plenty of healthy ideas below as well as some treats and novel fun!

SPEEDY AFTER-SCHOOL SNACKS :

   • Bagel or English muffin pizza

   • Tortilla Rollups: Roll a tortilla with shredded cheese, microwave until cheese is soft, and dip in salsa.

   • Peanut butter on a mini bagel

   • Cereal topped with fruit and milk

   • Cheese and crackers

   • Sliced salami with cheese and crackers

   • Fruited yogurt topped with granola

   • Cut-up vegetables dipped in low-fat ranch salad dressing

   • Sunflower Seeds-Pumpkin Seeds-Nuts 

   • Pretzels

   • Banana Pops: Peel a banana, dip it first in yogurt and then in crushed breakfast cereal or granola; freeze.

   • Celery with low-fat cream cheese

   • Peanut butter on graham crackers

   • Fresh fruit (cut up and ready in a bowl, easy to grab and eat)

   • Canned fruit 

   • Low-fat string cheese

   • Breakfast bars

   • Banana or apple topped with peanut butter

   • Fruit Shake-Up: Put ½ cup low-fat yogurt and 1/2 cup cold fruit juice in an unbreakable, covered container. Shake it up and pour it in a cup.

   • Turkey and Cheese Roll Ups

   • Stuffed Celery: See a ton of great 'Stuffed Ideas" in the Warm weather snack category. Click here 

   • Simple snacks such as the little goldfish and teddy grahams

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KID MADE SNACK MIX! (For a 'group' of children)
Put out several ingredients from the below list:

• Raisins
Goldfish crackers, plain or cheese
Chex cereal
Life cereal
Cheerios
Square pretzels or pretzel sticks
Nuts (only if no children in your group are allergic to nuts)
Yogurt covered raisins
A mixture of m&m’s, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows

Put your variety of ingredients out in bowls. After kids wash their hands--give them each a baggie. (To keep track of whose is whose it is--have youth write their name on it) The ingredient will then go into each child's baggie with their choice of mixes.

Let kids know how much measurement-wise they can take of offered foods; also how many choices they can have. Example: ½ cup of 4 foods.

If you like snack mixes--there are all kinds in the "Easy Snack Mix" Category

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S'MORES...

ALMOST S'MORES #1

 

 

Take 1 graham cracker and 1 tbsp. chocolate frosting. Break each cracker into four sections and spread frosting on two. Place the other two crackers on top to make sandwiches.

 EASY ALMOST S'MORES #2 Use Marshmallow Fluff! TAKE chocolate-covered grahams and spread them with Marshmallow Fluff for easy, no-bake S'Mores!

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 #3 SALTY S'MORES
Ingredients:
Peanut Butter, Saltine Crackers, Marshmallows
...Spread Peanut butter onto saltine crackers.
...Place a marshmallow on top of peanut butter.
...Place in toaster oven until marshmallow is golden brown.
...Cool...Eat!

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#4 JOLLY S'MORES  Ingredients for one:  2 graham crackers, 1 Tablespoon peanutbutter, 1 Tablesoon marshmalllow creme, 1/2 chocolate bar

Spread peanutbutter with knife on 1 graham cracker square. Top the peanut butter with the chocolate bar. Spread the marshmallow creme on the remaining graham cracker square; place it marshamallow side down on the chocolate bar.

Please check out the S'MORES PAGE for more S'more ideas!

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 VARIETY...

HAVE KIDS MAKE THEIR OWN 'PUDDING IN A BAG'!


You Need:
Boxes of Instant Pudding (1 box for 2 children)
Milk (according to instructions on pudding box)
Ziploc® bags (1 for each child)
Measuring cups
1. Pour half a box of pudding into each child's Ziploc bag.
2. Measure enough milk to make half a box of pudding and allow children to add it to their pudding in the bag.
3. Seal the bag (make sure it's really sealed!!)
4. Children can squish the bag around with their hands, mixing the pudding with the milk.
5. When all of the pudding is mixed, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and let the kids suck the pudding out! (Images by KidActivities.net)

 

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***Idea: MAKE SHAKER PUDDING- Pour 2 cups of milk into a jar/container with a lid, add 1 small box of instant pudding mix, and shake for one minute.

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 CHEESE HAMMERS & TOWERS
Cut a variety of cheese into small squares. For a hammer, poke a pretzel into each one.
Children can connect their cubed cheese with the pretzel sticks to construct cheese towers.

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MARSHMALLOW STICKS


Let children make their own snack.
Set out some marshmallows (large or mini-your choice) and some thin pretzel sticks.
Have children stick a pretzel in each marshmallow. Store in a  zip-lock bag. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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FALL & WINTER FRUIT SKEWERS

1 pkg. (2.1 oz.) Ready to Serve Bacon
15 (Kraft) Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheese Cubes
16 red or green seedless grapes
7 red or green apple chunks
7 pineapple chunks
15 wooden toothpick

  • MICROWAVE bacon as directed on pkg. for less crispy slices.
  • WEAVE 1 bacon slice alternately around 1 piece of cheese and 2 pieces of fruit on each toothpick.
    Source: Kraft food website

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 TURN THE DAY UPSIDE DOWN...

 Have a breakfast feast (or snack) with kids in the PM!
You can have breakfast any time. Cereal, eggs & bacon, waffles, French toast, or pancakes. Add juice & fruits.

 Budget low?
Have kids sign-up to bring in items. Breakfast is always better at night. A fun idea at home too! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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 SANDWICHES...

TURKEY ROLLUPS
Satisfy your salty, crunchy and savory cravings in one punch with this quick snack.
4 slices deli turkey breast (about 2 ounces total)
8 teaspoons honey mustard or mango chutney (or whatever kids like)
8 sesame breadsticks
Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango chutney) and season with pepper if desired. Wrap each prepared turkey slice around 2 breadsticks

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MINI-WRAPS
Lightly spread a tortilla with a little cream cheese and place one or two slices of thin ham or turkey over the cream cheese. Roll tightly and cut into small rounds.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY ROLL-UP

Put peanut butter and jelly onto a flour tortilla. Roll...Eat

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 SANDWICH ON A STICK

 Ingredients: Bread, cheese, lunch meat, grape tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, olives.
Ingredients can be served in bowls and children choose what they like and then slide onto their skewer.
1. Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (1/2-inch-thick cubes of ham and turkey are good).
2. Slide the cubes onto a skewer (long pick) with other foods the children like, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.
3. Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dipping.

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SANDWICH ART: Make a hoagie sandwich that looks back at you! Ingredients:
Hoagie buns
Sliced lowfat cheese
Lean luncheon or deli meat
Shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts
Olives
Cherry tomatoes
Miscellaneous condiments (mustard, reduced fat mayonnaise, etc)
Toothpicks (or broken spaghetti pieces)
Clean work surface and hands
 
Make hoagie sandwich, using desired ingredients. On one end of the sandwich, use toothpicks or broken spaghetti pieces to position olives for eyeballs and cherry tomato for nose. Arrange shredded carrots, lettuce, or sprouts on top for hair. If desired, stick a small piece of lunch meat out of the "mouth" for a tongue. Source: Nutritionforkids
 NOTE: Be sure to remove all toothpicks before eating!

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MAKE A SANDWICH FACE
Just put out the ingredients and let kids make and take…
Peanut Butter
Bananas - sliced
Raisins
Bread (1 slice)
M &M's candy
Spread the peanut butter on the slice of bread. Next, put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes. Then use a raisin as a nose. Last, make your mouth out of M&M's candy.

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MAKE A TASTY FACE

Spread peanut butter onto a rice cake.
Use jellybeans or M&M's to make facial features---this sample used a candy kiss for the nose. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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BANANA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH
Ingredients
2 tablespoons peanut butter
4 slices raisin bread
1 firm, small banana, peeled and sliced
Directions
1. Spread peanut butter on 2 bread slices.
2. Arrange banana slices over peanut butter.
3. Top with remaining bread.
4. Place sandwiches on cutting board and cut into quarters.

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BANANA IN A BLANKET
1 (6 inch) tortilla
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter or cream cheese
1 medium banana
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon crunchy, nutty nugget cereal

Lay tortilla on a plate.
Spread peanut butter evenly on the tortilla.
Sprinkle cereal over peanut butter.
Peel and place banana on the tortilla and roll the tortilla.
Drizzle maple syrup or honey on top. 

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Open- face CREAM CHEESE AND PEANUT SANDWICHES
Serves: 8 full slice or 16 half sandwiches
Ingredients:
1/2 cup (4 ounces) Philadelphia fat-free or regular cream cheese
2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/4 cup (1 ounce) chopped dry roasted peanuts
8 slices bread
1. In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese with a spoon until soft. Stir in maple syrup. Add peanuts. Mix well to combine.
2. For each sandwich, spread about 1.5 tablespoons filling mixture on bread.

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TORTILLA & CHEESE ROLL-UPS
Ingredients:
Small flour tortillas
Colby-jack STICK cheese
Salsa, if desired

  • Place one stick of Colby-jack cheese (or use mozzarella string cheese) near the edge of the flour tortilla.
  • Roll the tortilla around the cheese; secure it with a toothpick (remove it later before children snack).
  • Microwave until cheese is soft.
  • Dip in salsa.

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WRAP UP!
More ideas for "wrapping up" healthful foods...
 
Wraps are a fun, portable way to roll up food combinations into tasty snacks or meals. Kids enjoy getting in on the action and are amazingly creative at coming up with their own concoctions.

Start with a wrap such as a plain or flavored tortilla (try spinach), thin pita, or even a crepe or pancake. Try some of the following combinations or create your own!

• Cooked apples, cinnamon and cream cheese
• Peanut butter, banana slices and a dab of honey
• Grated cheese and salsa
• Caesar salad with chunks of tuna or chicken
• Grilled vegetables

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MORE SNACKS...

 

 CHEERIO and/or FROOT LOOP NECKLACES

Ingrediants: round cereal with hole in center, long licorice string candy or yarn/string/

1. String Cheerios or Fruit loops onto a piece of yarn or string. (As a treat----string them on thin licorice rope is also fun!)
2. Tie ends together so that they slip easily around a child’s head.


Actually, this is an ANY time of the year snack. It's a nice idea as children can munch on them while playing..or when it's snack time! (Images by KidActivities.net)

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LEAF PILES
Nice for September through November
Ingredients:
6 cups cornflakes
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter.
You will also need some Wax paper to lay your leaf piles on.
Directions: In a microwave melt the Karo and peanut butter together. Pour over the cornflakes and place them in piles on wax paper. Let them cool and dry.

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This one is also nice September through November! MAKE SOME SUPER EASY AND YUMMY ACORNS!

 

Ingredients:
Glazed donut holes
Choice of Nutella, chocolate frosting or peanut butter
Chocolate sprinkles, crushed toffee bits, or crushed nuts
Pretzel Sticks broken in halves

1. Dip an end of the Donut Hole into your choice of spread. ( Nutella, etc.) Only dip it half way!
2. Dip the frosted end into your 'sprinkle' choice. This is the top of the acorn.
3. Stick the pretzel stick into the top of the acorn. This is the stem.

Image by Kid Activities. NOTE: These were made by M and B ~7 and 5 years old. TIP: We used two kinds of donuts; a box from the bakery and Entemann's. The bakery donuts were too soft to easily work with. The sample image uses Nutella with a combination of chocolate sprinkles and finely chopped pecans. They tasted even better after being in the refrigerator awhile! (Acorn donuts also looked yummier than in the photo)

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Just a couple POPCORN RECIPES! (LOADS more  in the Popcorn Snack/Recipe Category

EASY CARAMEL CORN #1
3 quarts popping corn
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 stick of butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Put popcorn in a heavy paper bag.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan and mix together sugar, syrup, and salt.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and stir well.
4. Pour into paper bag and stir with a wooden spoon. Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Take out and shake well.
5. Cook for another 1 1/2 minutes. Shake bag again and pour into a large container.
6. Serve in paper baggies that kids can decorate.

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CARAMEL CORN #2
This recipe is very inexpensive and easy to make.
Ingredients:
One stick (equals 1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbs. Light Karo syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Popped popcorn

  • Put one stick of butter or margarine in a medium saucepan; add one cup packed brown sugar (light OR dark it doesn’t matter). Add 3 TBS. Karo Syrup.
  • Heat all ingredients over med until you start to see it bubble. Turn the heat to low and let it cook for 5 minutes (Do not stir during the five minutes)
  • Remove from heat and quickly add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  • Stir and quickly pour over a large mixing bowl full of popped corn. Mix it all up to get it evenly coated. Enjoy! 

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#3 POPCORN 'SNACK MIX'
This snack mix relies on lightly sweetened popcorn to give it just the right flavor. Some prefer "Mallow Magic" popcorn from Jolly time. The "Caramel" flavor variety from Act II is also yummy-Or just use your favorite kettle corn.
To make this mix you'll need:
Popped "Mallow Magic" popcorn that is cooled--
Raisins
Dried sweetened cranberries
Small twist pretzels (hard type)
Multi-colored goldfish crackers

  • For a good sized group take 3 bags of popcorn, plus 1 bag of goldfish, 2 cups of pretzels, plus 1/2 cup each of raisins and dried cranberries. However, you can make it in whatever proportion you like.
  • For a special treat, you can even add  some M&Ms.
  • Note: the "Mallow Magic" comes with packets of gooey icing to put over the top; it's not necessary. And of course it adds extra calories and sugar.

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GOOEY APPLE CRISPIES
Ingredients: Traditional rice crispy bars with a twist
15 oz box apple ring cereal
16 oz bag large marshmallows
3 tbsp butter or margarine
Non-stick cooking spray

  • Over medium-high heat, melt butter in a non-stick saucepan.
  • Add entire bag of marshmallows to the pot. Stir constantly until all of the marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat.
  • Pour entire box of cereal into a large non-stick pot or bowl.
  • Pour marshmallow mixture over the cereal. Stir to completely cover all of the cereal.
    For Round Apple Crispies: Lightly spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray. Shape cereal mixture into balls. Store in an air tight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow to harden slightly.
    For Thick Apple Crispy Bars: Press cereal mixture in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow bars to harden slightly before cutting.
    Tip: To ensure easy cutting, spray your knife with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the knife from sticking to the marshmallow.
    Source: familycorner.com by Tami Rose

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SWEET TORTILLA SHAPES

 

 

Using small fun shaped cookie cutters cut shapes out of a flour tortilla.
Place on non stick cookie sheet and lightly brush with a little butter.
Lightly sprinkle (you only need a little) with a mixture of 1 part cinnamon and 3 parts brown sugar.
Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes for a sweet and crispy treat.

NOTE: These are light and crispy and were really a hit!!! The treats can be made any time of the year, with any shape. Except for the 'heart shape', KidActivitie's cookie cutters were not sharp enough to easily cut through the tortillas. KA will definately be making these again!

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 NO BAKE PUMPKIN PIE

Individual recipe:
Small custard-sized ready to eat--pie crusts
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon marshmallow creme
1 tablespoon prepared whipped topping
Sprinkle of cinnamon

• Mix all ingredients together and pour into the crust. The recipe is then ready to eat; it may be refrigerated or frozen.

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 INDIVIDUAL SERVING NO COOK PUMPKIN PIE

Give each child a cup. Into their cup they get to put a big scoop of canned pumpkin, marshmallow creme, cool whip, and pumpkin pie spices. They mix and then spread on graham crackers and eat.Idea of Dare-to-Disturb

Visit the  'PUMPKIN Snacks & Recipes ' page for other great pumpkin food ideas! 

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AUTUMN PUMPKIN DRINKS...

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE
4 servings, about 1 cup each
1 qt. (4 cups) milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Butterscotch Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1. PLACE all ingredients in large pitcher with tight-fitting lid; cover. Shake vigorously 1 minute or until well blended.
2. POUR evenly into 4 glasses. Serve immediately. (Mixture thickens as it stands. Thin with additional milk, if desired.)From Kraft Food Website

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 ZESTY PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.

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PUMPKIN SPICE HOT COCOA - Wonderful for Autumn evenings!

6 cups of milk
6 packets of powdered hot chocolate OR ½ lb. of dark chocolate bits
1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Lots of whipped cream
Cinnamon

Heat milk to almost boiling. Place hot chocolate mix into mugs and thoroughly mix in ¼ T of pumpkin pie spice in each cup. Pour in hot milk and stir well. Load on the whip cream. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Recipe and photo thanks to No Fuss Fabulous Serves 6

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LEFT-OVER  PUMPKIN SEEDS!

You can quickly make pumpkin seeds in your microwave. The shells are edible --- and a good source of fiber. You can also use this method with other seeds such as acorn squash and butternut squash also.

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 Tbsp. Olive oil or butter, Salt, seasoned salt, garlic /onion powder or other seasonings to your choice.

   • Rinse pumpkin seeds. Remove all the pulp. Drain the seeds and discard the pulp. Spread out on paper towel on a cookie sheet and dry them over-night. Place butter or Olive Oil l in a microwave-safe, baking dish.

   • Microwave on high about 7 to 8 minutes or until seeds are toasted a light golden color. Be sure to stir every 2 minutes as they are cooking. When done, sprinkle with your choice of seasonings. Coat evenly. Cool them before eating or storing. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months or refrigerate up to 1 year.

   • If you like your toasted pumpkin seeds extra-salty, soak them overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup salt
to 2 cups of water. Dry an additional day, and follow the above directions.

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January 1, 2012 18:55 by Barbara Shelby

HOT SNACKS

VELVEETA CHEESE DIP

TOP OF STOVE:
1.
In saucepan, stir Velveeta and salsa over low heat until Velveeta is melted. Stir in cilantro.
2. Serve hot with tortilla chips and veggie dippers
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MICROWAVE:
Microwave Velveeta and salsa in 1 1/2 quart microwave safe bowl on HIGH 5 minutes or until Velveeta is melted. Stir after 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve as directed.
Makes 3 cups

...Made on Stove or microwave and good anytime!
Ingredients:
1 pound Velveeta Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread, cubed
1 jar (8 ounces) salsa (I use Pace)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)

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CHILI CHEESE DIP
Ingredients:
1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (15 oz.) chili with or without beans
MIX VELVEETA and chili in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 3 min.
SERVE hot with tortilla chips, RITZ Toasted Chips or assorted cut-up vegetables.

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  BAGEL PIZZA or ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZA 
 Ingredients:
   •1 bagel or English muffin, split open
   •2 to 4 teaspoons bottled pizza or spaghetti sauce
   •2 to 3 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese (Can also add Parmisian 
1. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons of sauce on each bagel half. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
2. Microwave, bake or broil until cheese is melted.
3. Add other items before cheese as desired... (Pepperoni slices, Green or red pepper slices, mushrooms, etc.) Image by KidActivities.net

THE SALAD...

I've received notes asking what the salad is...
It's the salad that is my family's favorite. It's called MIchigan Traverse City salad...Enjoy :-)

Start with Baby Greens--sliced strawberries and blue cheese crumbles are a must.
Add...your choice of cut up apples, walnuts or pecans, (I like the sugared nuts--but plain is fine) cucumbers, yellow or red pepper slices (like the green but sweeter and more colorful). I also add dried cherries or cranberries.
The dressing used is Rasberry--Gerard's is the best with this!

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BREAKFAST PIZZA
Ingredients:
English muffin halves, grated cheese, cooked sausage or crumbled bacon
     •Sprinkle cheese onto muffin half.
     •Top with meat.
     •Heat in toaster oven or at 350 in oven until cheese melts.

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 ANY TIME PIZZA!     

1/2 loaf Italian or French bread split lengthwise
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup cheese, low-fat shredded mozzarella or cheddar
3 Tablespoons chopped green pepper
3 Tablespoons sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned
Other vegetable toppings as desired (optional)
Italian seasoning (optional)
Instructions:
1. Toast the bread until slightly brown.
2. Top bread with pizza sauce, vegetables and low-fat cheese.
3. Sprinkle with Italian seasonings as desired.
4. Return bread to toaster oven (or regular oven preheated to 350 degrees).
5. Heat until cheese melts.
This low-carb pizza is a great, quick treat. It comes from a diabetic website and is broken down for diabetic information needs.
180 Calories; 21g Total Carbohydrates; 7g Total Fat; 3.5g Saturated Fat; 15mg Cholesterol; 12g Protein; 540 mg Sodium; 3g Fiber dlife.com

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CROCK POT WEENIES
    •1 pkg. (16 oz.) OSCAR MAYER Little Smokies or cocktail weenies...
    •1 jar (10 oz.) grape jelly
    •1 jar (12 oz.) chili sauce
    •2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1. HEAT Little Smokies or weenies as directed on package.
2. MIX jelly, chili sauce and cornstarch in small saucepan. Cook on medium heat 5 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens, stirring frequently.
3. POUR sauce into slow cooker or fondue pot set on LOW heat. Add little smokies.

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 There are 7 Hot Dog and Little Smokie Recipes in the No-Baking Category. All are made in Crock-Pot!

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  FRIENDSHIP SOUP! Hot-hearty and healthy for cold days!!!

Great for after school programs or cooking club...Think about making a big pot of soup in a crock pot. You can start it in the morning program and let it go on low during the day.

Have kids sign up to bring potatoes, small onion, carrots, celery, cans of beef broth, can of diced tomatoes, seasoning, crackers or rolls, etc.
* Each child would only have to bring a single item to make a huge pot.
* If your program isn’t too large---canned soup heated is also good!

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 AUTUMN AND WINTER SOUP IN A PUMPKIN

Need: A Pumpkin, 2 cans soup of your choice
Clean out the pumpkin and don't cut a face.
Make the soup and pour it in the pumpkin...
Easiest directions you'll ever get!

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 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHILDREN’S SOUL
From Tasha Palmer- Vista, California
I boil some chicken off the bone or purchase the chicken in a can at Sam's Club. Chop some potatoes; throw in a can of green beans, corn, and tomato sauce. I also add some chicken broth. Simmer until done. (This is faster with the canned chicken) Serve in small cups with some saltine crackers.
(I made this for my 2, 3, 4 year old classes-Older mixed groups will also like it!).

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This one is fun for a autumn or winter breakfast party, cooking club or wilderness/camping theme!

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT! OMELET IN A BAG

Crack two eggs (only two) into a large resealable freezer bag. Make sure bag is high quality!
Press out most of the air, and seal.
Shake or squeeze to beat the eggs.

 Provided different types of filling ingredients and let each student "customize" his/her individual omelet. Open the bag, and have kids add ham, cheese, onion, green pepper, tomato, salsa, and mushrooms.
 
Squeeze out as much of the air as you can, and seal the bag. Be sure to use a quart-size freezer bag--those without the zipper pulls work best. 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place up to 8 bags at a time into the boiling water. Cook/simmer for exactly 13 minutes. Open the bag, and let the omelet roll out onto a plate. The omelet should roll out easily. Kids love this one!!! And it's something they can do mostly on their own...(Image by KidActivities.net)

Note: When we made these eggs-we used two eggs that were not very large. We added a strip of cut up red pepper, some salt and pepper and a small handful of shredded cheese. We only made the one bag and followed directions exactly. Next time we make these, the eggs would be larger or we would simmer the eggs for about 12.5 minutes instead of the 13 minutes. The consistency is firmer than an omlet...but stll tasted good. The egg slid out of the bag like magic!

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March 28, 2010 13:45 by Barbara Shelby

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 BANANA BLIZZARDS
To serve about 10 children - Blend together one cup cold milk with two or three bananas in a blender. Ask the children to count aloud as you add ten snowballs (scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt) to the blender. Invite the children to turn the blender on and off again to create the blizzard. Serve in 5 ounce cups

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COTTAGE CHEESE SNOWMEN
Ingredients:
Cottage Cheese
Carrots
Cottage Cheese Snowman
Raisins
Slice of toasted bread
Celery stalk
Ice cream scoop and melon ball scoopers (for graduated body size)
Directions:

  • Place two or three scoops of cottage cheese on a salad plate.
  • Place the raisins to create buttons and eyes.
  •  Cut a small piece of carrot for the nose and a slice of celery for the mouth.
  • The leafy part of a celery stalk can be adder for arms
    and the hat is cut from the toast.

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SNOWMAN COOKIE
Nice after snow play...this gives 1 Snowman Snack
Ingredients:
3 vanilla wafers,
1 tablespoon vanilla icing,
Raisins/sprinkles/candy corn/other garnish
1. Place vanilla wafers on plate so they are in a vertical line.
2. Coat each wafer with vanilla icing.
3. Decorate snowman however you like. Some ideas: Round sprinkles for eyes and mouth, raisins for buttons, candy corn for the  nose.

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 MAKE SNOWFLAKES TO EAT! (Fry Method)

 

Flour Tortillas 
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Oil 
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Powdered sugar
Warm the tortillas slightly in the microwave so you can fold them. Next fold the tortilla into half, then half again. Cut out designs just like you were making a paper snowflake.
Put a small amount of oil into a skillet. Fry the tortilla in hot oil until crisp. (About 30 seconds on each side) Absorb extra oil on paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

(Note from Barb: I just made the three in the image. My husband R loved them! They would also be great sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or drizzled with chocolate syrup over the powdered sugar. Children would not be able to fry them- but they could fold and cut them into 'snowflakes'. They could also sprinkle on the sweeteners. 'R'  and grandchildren has asked to make them again!)

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SWEET SNOW FLAKE SHAPES (Bake Method)

1. Depending on the size of the flour tortilla..(this one is large and the above were smaller) Fold it in half--and then in half again.
2. Cut out a 'Snowflake shape'--just as you would using paper.
3. Place on non stick cookie sheet and lightly brush with melted butter.
4. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes for a sweet and crispy treat.( (If the snowflake is large and a little thicker--it may need an extra minute. Take out of over when starting to crisp and look golden.
5. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. These are also very good sprinked with cinnamon and brown sugar. (See Heart shapes on Valentine Page) Scroll down to the middle of the page...

NOTE: These can also be made using a snowflake cookie cutter!

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'REAL SNOW' SLUSH CONES
Collect some freshly fallen snow and scoop it into bowls. Put a few spoonfuls of frozen juice concentrate on top, and you have your own slush snow cones.

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“SNOW” COVERED DONUTS
Take 1 tube unbaked biscuits and separate. Cut or split crosswise. Heat oil in small pan. Fry the little biscuits like donuts until golden brown. After frying drain and then roll in powdered sugar 'snow.'

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FROZEN JUICE IGLOO BLOCKS
Have children pick their favorite drink (fruit punch, apple juice, etc) and then pour it into an ice cube tray.
Have kids write their name on a Popsicle stick and put it in the tray.
Last- PUT THIS OUTSIDE AND LET IT FREEZE (if it is not cold enough you can put it in the freezer)
When frozen---you have an igloo block for snack.

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POLAR BEAR CUPS

  •  First put ice cream and then a layer of your choice of candy (M&M's, Kisses, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.)
  • Cover candy layer with Cool Whip and decorate it with gummy bears.
  • Serve it in small-clear plastic cups for individual serving or  one big vat that everyone shares.
  • Usually, children like to have their own.

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PEACH HALF IGLOO #1 

 

Ingredients:

•Canned peach halves
•Paper towels
•Small paper plates,
•Cool-whip type topping
•Coconut-optional
•Small graham cracker figures such as teddy bears or elves. This sample used 'Gummy Penguins'!

1. Pat dry the peach half-and put on paper place.
2. Cover the peach with the topping to resemble an igloo.
3. Sprinkle on the coconut.
4. Use the topping to "glue" the figure to the igloo. (Image by KidActivities.net)

IGLOOS #2

MARSHMALLOW  IGLOO
Ingredients-
1/2 an apple, orange, or canned peach half (KidActivities used a peach half)
Mini marshmallows
White frosting or marshmallow fluff
Optional: Pretzel rods broken into shorter pieces and small winter gummy animals or teddy grahams
Paper plates and plastic knives or spoons

1. Give each child a plate and piece of fruit. Spread the fruit entirely with the frosting or fluff.
2. Starting at the bottom of the fruit piece, entirely
cover the "igloo" with the mini-marshmallows.
3. If desired, add a chimney with a pretzel rod piece.Enjoy a while and then eat!

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NO-MELT SNOWBALLS
6 cups of crispy rice cereal
Stick of margarine
10 ounce bag of marshmallows
Powdered sugar
Melt margarine in a saucepan and stir in the marshmallows until smooth.
Stir in the Crispy Rice cereal.
After the mixture has cooled slightly, rub your hands with margarine or butter. Using your hands, form balls with the mixture.
Shake the balls in a zip-lock bag to coat with the confectioner's sugar.
Makes approximately 24 two-inch "snowballs".

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NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER SNOWBALLS
Kids will have fun making these NO-BAKE nutty snowballs.

   • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
   • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
   • 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
   • 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
   • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
   • Confectioners’ sugar or edible glitter for dusting
Preparation Time: 1 hour plus chilling
Makes about 4 dozen

1. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and butter until blended; add confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Using your hands, shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet; chill until firm, about 1 hour.
3. Place white chocolate and shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM, stirring at 30-second intervals, until chocolate is melted and smooth (about 2 minutes).
4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a spoon, dip each peanut butter ball into melted chocolate, spooning chocolate over ball to coat, if necessary.
Source: cookingvillage.com

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COCOA SNOWBALLS (No-bake; makes 5 dozen pieces)

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa, 1 1/3 cups (14-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups chopped walnuts, additional confectioners' sugar

Combine sugar and cocoa in mixing bowl and stir with spoon.  Add condensed milk and vanilla; blend until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Cover bowl tightly and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, shape mixture into 1" balls. Next, roll them in confectioners' sugar.

Place balls in an airtight container and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

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SNOW CREAM!!!
Have children collect clean snow in a large bowl. Add approximately one cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar and some vanilla extract. It will be about the same texture as a milkshake! This is really easy and the kids can do it themselves. Kids always love this one!

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TIP: BE SURE TO PURCHASE LOTS OF RITZ SNOWFLAKE CRACKERS DURING WINTER HOLIDAYS...You'll then have them to pull out for dips and spreads for later Winter Food Fun! (They're only in stores for the Holidays)

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PENGUIN COOKIE

  How easy can this be? Kinda cute-kinda silly...but the kids will love him!

 Simply split an 'Oreo type' cookie in half. (The half with the frosting on it is the bottom of the penguin) Place 2 candy-corn for the feet with a bit of frosting...vanilla frosting was placed on the face to hold the mini-chocolate chip eyes and beak nose. A variety of other goodie choice can be used to embellish this little fellow... (Image by KidActivities.net)

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PEANUTBUTTER AND COCONUT SNOWFLAKES
Ingredients:
Peanut butter, hexagon shaped crackers,  coconut

Spread peanut butter on the crackers.
Sprinkle coconut over them...

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REINDEER FACE SANDWICH (1 slice bread)
Peanut butter
4 mini pretzels
4 raisins or m&m's
2 mini marshmallows
Maraschino cherries or red-hot cinnamon candies
Plates and knife

1. Cut bread in half from corner to corner, making two equal triangles.
2. Spread peanut butter over bread.
3. Decorate as follows:

  • Place it in front of you, with the point facing you and the long side of triangle facing away from you. Place one mini pretzel on each upper corner for the antlers; two raisins in the center of each slice (the eyes) and one mini marshmallow for the nose...if you are making Rudolf, use a maraschino cherry or cinnamon candy -- on the tip of each short point nearest you for the nose). You now have two reindeer faces...

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REINDEER FOOD FOR KIDS

Ingredients:
   12 cups Crispix cereal
   1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
   3/4 cup peanut butter
   1 cup powdered sugar

1. In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently. (Or melt in micro wave)
2. Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well.
3. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.

• Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don't stick together.
• Allow to cool completely.
• Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
• Makes about 12 1-cup servings.
• It goes very quickly once kids get over the appearance - it looks rather like dry pet food! Adapted from partyfood.suite101.com

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REINDEER COOKIE

Need: Nutter Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter, Raisins, Small Pretzel Twists, Red M & M Candies

Directions:
Place a small amount of peanut butter on the top of a Nutter Butter cookie.
Put a small pretzel twist on the peanut butter, letting it stick beyond the cookie for antlers.
Put two more dots of peanut butter and add raisins for eyes.
 Finally put a dot of peanut butter on the bottom part of the cookie and add a red M & M for a nose.

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 ICE CREAM SNOWMAN
For each child place in a small paper bowl…
Two balls of Ice-cream to build a snowman. For the eyes, nose and mouth--choose from small pieces of banana, cherry, raisins, m&m's or ______ and place where indicated. You'll end up with a friendly, yummy snowman. This child-made snowman has a strawberry for his hat!

 

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'MAPLE SYRUP' SNOW CANDY

 

  
SNOW CANDY #1 Ingredients:
2 cups of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup water.
Bring water with other ingredients to a rolling boil. (Boil for about 10 minutes)

Have children make a smooth place in clean snow - pour the snow candy on it. You can pour in any desired design or pictures. Don't touch until it has cooled.

IF THE SNOW ON THE GROUND BOTHERS YOU ---scoop up some clean snow and place it in a bowl or dish---you can also take the snow inside and make your candy there!

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SNOW CANDY #2
If you use real Maple Syrup and boil it the same way, you get an all natural treat that doesn't require any measuring or mixing of ingredients. Fans of Laura Ingall Wilder may remember the author’s vivid descriptions of this candy: It is warm, buttery in flavor, gooey, and delicious when eaten outside while making a snow fort with your daddy.

NOTES: KIdActivities made two versions of the snow candy recipe. The first used an 'off the shelf imitation' maple syrup. The second used a 'pure maple syrup'. Although the imitation maple flavored syrup set up quickly--it began to melt immediately. The true maple syrup had much better results.

When first brought in from the cold--the 'candy is very hard' and difficult to bite. In a minute or two however, it does begin to become watery/melt. Although you can bite on it at this point--it is very chewy and has the consistency/chewiness of taffy. It DOES have a nice taste--but is made more for the fun and novelty than to eat it. One tiny bite is all you need--but it is a fun activity to try with your kids! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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CHEX VANILLA CHUNKS
Snack mix with chocolate, peanuts, marshmallows and pretzels. Make it in minutes.

Start to Finish:50 min.
Makes:16 cups snack

Ingredients:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz),
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts,
2 cups small pretzel twists, 2 cups miniature marshmallows,
1 package (20 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)

1. Place chocolate chips in freezer to chill. In large bowl, mix cereals, peanuts, pretzels and marshmallows; set aside.
 
2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds; stir, breaking up large chunks. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until coating can be stirred smooth.
 
3. Gently and quickly fold cereal mixture into coating with rubber spatula, stirring gently until evenly coated.

Stir in chilled chocolate chips. Spread on waxed paper; cool completely, about 30 minutes. Break into chunks. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Betty Crocker Recipe

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 ICE CUBE SHAPED JELL-O

  • Make Jello using only 1/2 of the recipe directed amount of water.
  • Fill an ice cube tray with the Jello and refrigerate.
  • Carefully pop out each "cube" with a knife.

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ANGEL FOOD SNOWSTORM CAKE (10 servings)

Ingredients: 1 Angel food or chiffon cake (purchased or homemade), 1 carton (14 oz.) thawed frozen whipped topping, 2 2/3 cups flaked coconut.

1. Place cake in center of serving plate.

2. Frost cake with whipped toppoing using a spatula.

Sprinkle the frosted cake with coconut. Refrigerate until serving time. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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SNOWBALL DESSERT
Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup chopped cookie crumbs or miniature chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for rolling

Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla In a mixing bowl. Cream together.
Add in powdered sugar. Blend.
Stir in cookie crumbs.
Shape into a ball.
Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and scatter powdered sugar over the top.
Place dessert ball on top of sugar and roll ir around to coat entire ball. Wrap up in plastic wrap and chill several hours.

Serve with graham crackers, plain vanilla cookies or shortbread cookies.

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CHERRIES IN THE SNOW
1 large angel food cake
1 (16 oz.) tub whipped topping
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 9x13 in (23x32.5 cm) pan

Scrape the light brown crust off the cake.
Tear the angel food cake into pieces and line the bottom of the pan. Place whipped topping on top of the cake pieces.
Use a spoon to place cherry pie filling on top of the whipped topping. Chill for a few hours.

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BEVERAGES

  KID’S CRANBERRY CITRUS PUNCH
1 (12-ounce) can frozen cranberry concentrate, 31/2 cups fresh orange juice, 1 liter lemon-lime soda
     •Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Divide into smaller pitchers for easy serving. Serve over ice. Source: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

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WARM APPLE ORANGE PUNCH
1 gallon (4 qt.) apple cider
About a cup of orange juice
Orange slices a nice touch...
2- 4 cinnamon sticks

1. Place all ingredients in large saucepan. Cook on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.) 2. Can also be made in crock pot…
3. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm. Float orange slices...
Great for the Holidays and winter Days!

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*Another version made with Chrystal Light is in
'Apple Snacking and Cooking Category. 

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POLAR ICE CAP 
Ingredients:
Blue Kool-aid (prepared as directed),
Ginger ale
Vanilla ice cream
Clear glass
Straw
Directions:
1) Put the Kool-aid and ginger ale in the refrigerator until they are cold.
2) Fill a glass almost halfway with blue Kool-aid.
3) Add ginger ale almost to the top of the glass.
4) Drop in one big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5) Enjoy your "North Pole" drink with a straw! Source: perpetualpreschool.com

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There are also Fall and/or Winter Beverages at the page bottom of Smoothies, Coolers and Yummy Drinks  and  'Hot Cocoa

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Looking for other fall and winter food ideas? Be sure to check out the various Theme and Holiday Categories'! Every Seasonal and Holiday Theme category has recipes!  You may also be interested in...

•Snowman Themed Snacks

•Reindeer Themed Snacks 

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