May 17, 2020 5 min read
Keeping things moving forward and positive in these unprecedented times can be a challenge, but there are silver linings, like these recipes that have become mood-lifting faves. Deliciously indulgent cookies, melt-in-your mouth rolls and other culinary delights are a welcome distraction (and time killer!) for us these days.
For the kids, I've really had to try to let go of my screen-time fears (as most distance learning is on screens!) My kids absolutely love these coding apps and feel really creative and accomplished after using them to make games and animations. They learn cause and effect, strategic thinking and spend quite a bit of time being focused without overstimulation. Also, they’re great for when parents really need to work, I still feel like they are using they're brains and learning new skills!
Scroll down for all the details - hope you find these as helpful as we have. Let us know if you make them and what you think!
These cookies are, well – bangin'! Based on my variation of a favorite cookie from my fave NYC cafe in SoHo Olives (their Cowgirl Cookie) - A textural wonderland (and a bit healthy?) with oatmeal, walnuts and dark chocolate. An adult chocolate chip cookie, but a kid favorite nonetheless.
Our family loves to make these with fresh fruit juices like blueberry and grape juice, but Jell-O will definitely pack the biggest flavor punch. Super fun for the kids to pull out of the molds and enjoy wiggling and squiggling.
Recipe by The Best Ideas For Kids
We recently made the Benne Clover Rolls from "Carla Hall's Soul Food" and they left an intoxicating smell in our house. Springy, soft and easier to make than you think – plus the kids went crazy over them! 1 dozen were gone in a single evening.
A bit on the history of Benne: Now known as "sesame seeds," this word is descended from the African slaves who brought the seeds to the Carolinas – later becoming an heirloom seed in Southern baking.
Make ahead: You can let the rolls cool completely, then freeze them for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw them and bake in a 350°F oven until toasted and warm.
These have become household favorites - they're great for lunch, dinner and I've even heated them up for breakfast! They have the indulgence of classic mac-and-cheese, but with in a great little size, perfect for freezing or refrigerating and re-heating (when you want to skip cooking/cleaning a full meal!)