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Cooking with children fun Christmas holiday activity
December 24, 2013

Contributed blog post by Petits Chefs Academy to the #Vaughan Citizen, http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4287471-cooking-with-children-fun-christmas-holiday-activity/

Vaughan Citizen

By Petits Chefs Academy

You may be wondering what to do with your children now that they are off school until Jan. 6.

You’re likely reading this and wondering what you are going to do with the kid(s) for the next two weeks?

You can drop them off at your parents or in-law’s place for a visit. Or take them someplace else where they end up not doing much. They come home complaining that they’re bored and say they’d like to stay home and watch TV all day or play video games till the wee hours of the night.

You know that they should be doing something creative, interactive, fun, hands-on and educational. So, what to do with your kids?

Here are some great ideas that you can do with your kid(s) during the next two weeks.

Increase your family time and have a few laughs by:

•Make cookies together. This is something you can do during the holiday season. Who doesn’t like cookies? Below, Petits Chefs Academy has supplied a fun, healthy, cookie recipe so that you can recreate at home for one fun activity.

•Go to a homeless shelter. Serve the homeless food and see your kid(s) learn a life lesson of giving during the holidays. This teaches kid(s) to give thanks, be appreciative and share.

•Plan fun day trips. Create a scavenger hunt game which includes a prize at the end. Create a list of things they need to find with you. Once they’ve found everything on the list, they win a prize. The prize can vary, make it their choice, from a special dinner fixing to a healthy treat.

•Make ethnic dishes at home. The internet has everything. You can make dishes such as butter chicken to poutine with jerk chicken on top. Be creative and have your kid(s) choose something with you and have them help you prepare it. Allow them to Google the country of origin and look at pictures from that area of the world, so that they can appreciate other cultures and foods.

•Snowball fights and outdoor activities. Who doesn’t love a good snowball fight after a great meal? It doesn’t matter how old you are, playing outside is fun, especially with snow. Yes, you may get cold, but nothing beats a hot cocoa or tea and resting near a warm fire afterward, laughing and talking about the memories you’ve created that will last your kid(s) a lifetime.

These are some ideas to keep in mind throughout the holiday season.

There are also great camp options, Petits Chefs Academy has a two-week holiday camp, full-day and half-day options to keep your kid(s) mentally and physically stimulated.

They’ll be making fun, festive meals and snacks that are always health conscious, pleases the tummies and feeds the soul.

If you’re not working for the next two weeks and you find that your kids are spending way too much time watching TV or playing video games, for the next 14 days try these activities and create lasting memories.

From our kitchen to your kitchen, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

RECIPE:

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip CookiesV_sweet_potato_cookies___Content

Wet ingredients

3/4 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato (1 medium potato)

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1/4 cup Turbinado sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp.  cinnamon

¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream together the wet Ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dry Ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet Ingredients and beat until blended.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by the teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheets wit and bake at 300° for about 20-25 minutes. Until firm in the middle.

Yields:  20

Equipment: Oven, Baking Tray, Parchment Paper, Whisk, Spatula, Measuring Cups, Measuring Spoons, Tablespoons, Bowls

This column was submitted by Petits Chefs Academy owner Denise Livotti  and chef Jennifer Lucchetti.

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