Posts Tagged ‘snacks’

Does Santa Snack on Soda Bread?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

soda breadEvery Christmas Eve, Grandma Maureen’s “Can Do” grandchildren are in her kitchen making soda bread for Santa. According to Grandma Maureen, “Sometimes Santa likes a break from milk and cookies.”

Kathy, Annie, Orrie, Bobby and Arthur J never get tired of hearing her tell the story of making soda bread for Santa.  She was only to happy to revisit that special time when she was a child, in Ireland, helping her mother make soda bread on Christmas Eve.

Grandma Maureen shared, “We baked the soda bread in a cast iron skillet that was too heavy for me to lift by myself.  Our cottage smelled so good and I was getting so excited about Santa coming!  When the soda bread was done, it was set to cool. A  piece was for Santa and the rest was part of Christmas breakfast for the family. Just before my bedtime, I was allowed to cut a piece  from the round loaf of soda bread and spread butter on it. Then my mother and I would place it on a special plate and cover it with a linen napkin. We’d placed the plate on the mantle with a note that read, “The kettle is on the stove, the tea is in the pot, your special mug is on the table and here is your soda bread. Put you feet up and enjoy your tea and soda bread before you go out in the cold again. There is hay in the barn if the reindeer need a snack.”

Grandma Maureen’s eyes got moist as she continued,”In the morning I’d find crumbs on the plate and a few drops of tea in the mug with a note written under the bottom of mine that read, “Thanks for the snack! Look to the side of the mantle for your present.” It was signed Santa.

The “Can Do” grands did just what grandma did as a child, but since they all made a soda bread, they each left a slice for Santa and took the rest home for Christmas breakfast with their parents. Grandma reminded them that when they came for dinner the next day, to look under the tree for a gift from Santa. She said, “Santa will be so pleased with his soda bread, I know he will leave a present for each of you.”

The Indoor-Outdoor Camp Overnight

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

campThe “Can Dos” had been looking forward to the camp overnight for weeks.

They were ready to sleep outdoors, in pup tents, just like the big kids do. Well, not exactly like the big kids do. Their camp overnight was going to be in the small park behind the “Can Do” Street Community Center, not in the woods. But still, it would be dark and they would have a camp fire and sit around toasting marshmallows and telling stories.

Yep, that was the plan. Then came the rain. There went the outdoor overnight; in came the indoor camp overnight.

Coach Campbell, who was in charge of the overnight, and a few of the camp counselors helped the “Can Dos” bring their gear indoors and set up their tents in the community center gym.

The “Can Dos” were disappointed and complaining about their bad luck. Coach Campbell had them stop what they were doing and form a sitting circle, on the floor, in the middle of the gym.

“Hey,” said Coach, “What is all the whining and complaining about? Are you going to let a little rain ruin a fun time with your friends”?

Hector was the first to answer, “We can’t toast marshmallows at an indoor camp. Then Annie said,”We can’t sit around a campfire.” Then Willie, who sometimes is a Gloomy Gus, said, “We might as well go home, there’s nothing to do here.”

Coach Campbell shook his head. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing! “I thought you were all “Can D0″ kids, kids who were positive and could make the best of things when they didn’t go exactly as planned.  Doesn’t anyone have any ideas about how to have fun at an indoor camp overnight.”?

Jay raised his hand and said, “We may not be able to sit around a fire, but, we can sit in a circle, like we are doing now. We can turn on the flashlights, that we brought with us for our outdoor camp overnight, and turn out the lights. Then we can tell campfire stories.”

Coach was pleased to see that most of the “Can Dos” were nodding in approval at Jay’s idea. With that, Bobby raised his hand and said, “We can use our flashlights to make hand puppet images on the wall. We can all focus our flashlights on the same place and each of us can take turns making a hand puppet on the wall.” There were more nods of approval.

Hector was still concerned about food at the indoor camp, asking “What are we going to eat?”

Coach Campbell laughed and answered,” We are going to play grab bag snack and trade.” The “Can Dos” all stared at him and Nellie called out,” How do you play that ?” Coach pulled a big bag out of his large camp bag and said, “I came prepared for a change in plans. I listened to the weather report this morning, then I went to the store and got a bunch of healthy, individual size snacks and put them in this bag. There are bags of air-popped corn, pretzels, 100 calorie oatmeal raisin cookies and other goodies.

When it is your turn, you reach in the bag and take one snack. When everyone has picked a snack the trading can begin. If you don’t get a snack you like or can trade for one, you can put it back and grab for a different snack. “

So, that is what they did; sat in a circle, grabbed and traded snacks, then ate them sharing camp fire stories and making hand puppets on the wall. Before they knew it, it was time for sleep.

Coach and the counselors walked the “Can Dos” to the restrooms before they got into their tents for sleeping.

Soon there was no more giggling or whispering. The “Can Dos” were asleep.

The next morning, Coach called everyone into the camp circle and asked if the “Can Dos” had a good time at the camp overnight. They all nodded yes.

Then Maria raised her hand and said, “Not only was it fun, but there were no bugs, and no sounds from critters that live outdoors to scare us at the indoor camp!

Fishy Fun Food

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club made fishy fun food for the Pre-K and Kindergarten campers for the first day of Spring Camp.

Miss Sue asked them to fix something that would make those campers who were weepy about their first day in camp willing to eat something at lunch time. She also shared that some of the children were picky eaters.

Yundi, one of the members of the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club came up with the idea of a fish theme, since most kids are interested in looking at and learning about fish.

The name of the lunch theme…Fishy Fun Food. The Yundi wearing a chef hat as a member of the can do kids cooking clubCooking Club members decorated the lunch room with picture of fish and undersea creatures.

They made tuna fish and served it on rolls shaped like a fish. They bought the rolls in the supermarket.fish shaped roll filled with tuna salad

For dessert, they let the campers fish for their treat.  Each camper got a chance to use a fish net to scoop out vanilla and chocolate flavored whole grain  goldfish cookies. The sandwiches and the fish cookie treats were a great hit.

fish bowl with fish shaped cookies in itEven the picky eaters ate some of the fishy fun food.

Afterwards, Miss Sue thanked the Cooking Club for their fishy fun food and the campers applauded.

Tic Tac Toe Waffles…a Great Game and a Good Snack!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

picture of girl hwith long hair holding a bookOn day two of camp, the Pre-K  campers got to combine a game with snack time by playing Tic Tac Toe Waffles.

Since Maria suggested the game, Miss Sue called on her to show the campers how the game is played. Maria brought a box to the front table that had a paper plate with a tic tac toe game made out of decorated mini waffles.

Maria invited the campers to gather round the table and watch as Annie and Hector showed everyone how to play Tic Tac Toe Waffles.While Annie and Hector played Maria explained the game, saying, “To play, a camper needs to be an O or an X.  The center of the tic tac toe board is a free space for either player. To win, a player needs to eat a straight line of Os or Xs. Each child in the 2 camper team takes  turns selecting a waffle and puttinga tic tac toe board made out of edible waffles on a separate plate to be eaten after the game is won. The volunteer is responsible for marking the plate where an O or an X waffle is removed .

If, after one member of the team wins, they don’t eat their waffles, then, if the loser finishes his or her waffles, they become the winner.

Maria then asked the volunteers to divide the campers into teams with 2 campers to a team making 5 teams, with one team at a table. Then she asked  that each team have a volunteer to help play the game and keep score. Each team drew straws for who got to go first and select whether they wanted to be an O or an X.

All but one camper finished eating their waffles. She was not happy to lose her place as a winner for not finishing her waffles. But, she learned something about being a good sport and following the rules of the game Tic Tac Toe.