05
Mar

Owl Toast for Breakfast

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Whoooo wants a delicious breakfast?! I know my kiddos do. These owl breakfast toasts are so easy to make and so versatile too. You can use whatever your kids like the best and the possibilities are endless. Visit CBC Parents to find out how I made them.

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04
Mar

Quick Chicken and Noodles

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It may be March, but Spring is no where in sight. We got about another foot of snow just yesterday! Will it ever end?! I’m in the midst of the Winter blues and I’m always looking for quick, hot, and easy weeknight meals to feed my family. The dinner table is a special place for our family where we can all settle after a busy day of work, school and extracurriculars, even if just for a few minutes. It’s time to enjoy a great meal and enjoy each other. This Quick Chicken and Noodles from Cook With Campbell’s is the perfect weeknight meal for a busy family. It’s easy to prepare, the kids love it – and so do my husband and I. This recipe, like all Campbell’s recipes, is simple to make and easy to love.

Ingredients

2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 cups (500 mL) mixed vegetables (such as zucchini, sliced peppers and peas)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) cubed, cooked chicken
1 can (284 mL) CAMPBELL’S® Condensed Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup – I used low-fat cream of mushroom
1 cup (250 mL) milk
4 cups (1 L) medium egg noodles, cooked al dente and drained
1/3 cup (80 mL) parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped

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Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add mixed vegetables, and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.

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2. Stir in chicken, soup and milk; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through. Stir in noodles, parmesan, lemon juice, and pepper; return to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.

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I used one of the recipe tips on their website and opted to use a delicious bag of frozen veggies for an even quicker weeknight meal. It was fabulous.

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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03
Mar

Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano

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My kids love anything scientific. Reactions that they don’t expect amaze them and this baking soda and vinegar volcano experiment did not disappoint. This month Netflix is featuring a number of movies and shows that feature “science fair fun.” One documentary that is a great example is Deadliest Volcanoes: Nova, which showcases some of the most fascinating volcanoes from around the world. I really wanted to try experiment with the kiddos and I figured this would be a perfect opportunity – make the volcano and then watch the show.

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What You’ll Need

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For the volcano:

4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of salt
4 tbsp of vegetable oil
2 cups of water
Brown gel food colouring
1 plastic bottle
1 baking pan

For the eruption:

Warm water to nearly fill your plastic bottle
10 drops of red food colouring
6 drops of dishwashing detergent
2 tbsp of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar

How To Make It

1. Make the dough for the volcano. Mix 4 cups of flour with 2 cups of salt. Add 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and 2 cups of water. Stir until well combined. If the dough is not smooth and firm, slowly add more water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

2. Once the dough has come together, add some brown gel food colouring and knead it into the dough until well combined.

3. Place an empty plastic bottle in the centre of a baking pan. Wrap your dough around the plastic bottle to create a volcano. Make sure you leave an opening at the top, where the opening in your water bottle is.

4. Fill your water bottle about ¾ full with warm water. Add 10 drops of red food colouring, 6 drops of dishwashing detergent and 2 tbsp of baking soda.

5. Grab a cup of vinegar and let your kiddos slowly pour the vinegar into the opening in the volcano and watch the magic happen!

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How It Works

The combination of baking soda and vinegar create a chemical reaction. This reaction creates carbon dioxide gas which is also present in real volcanoes. When the carbon dioxide gas is produced, pressure builds up inside the water bottle. The pressure is released when the gas bubbles out of the volcano and creates cool red lava.
This super cool volcano is a classic science experiment that never gets old and will delight and amaze your child. Give it a try! I bet they’ll love it.

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02
Mar

Cinnamon Bun Monkey Bread (and the Science of Baking)

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Did you know that baking is a scientific reaction? I guess I never really think of it that way, but it’s probably the most basic type of science that we perform on a regular basis. Baking utilizes precise measured ingredients. Any change in the “formula” of ingredients, can change the outcome drastically. Baking homemade bread from scratch is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and discover the science of baking. They can help you carefully measure all the ingredients (the formula), mix the dough, watch the dough rise, and witness the magic that happens after it is baked in the oven.
Netflix has some awesome movies and shows that teach kids all about the fun of science. One show that my kids have enjoyed since small children is “Sid the Science Kid.” Sid loves learning new things and loves discovering the science of everyday items and how they work. The kids and I watch this show all the time. Several episodes have been about the science of baking and the kiddos were excited to conduct this delicious experiment in our kitchen!

What You’ll Need

For the Dough:

• 4 tablespoons butter, divided, 2 tablespoons softened and 2 tablespoons melted
• 1 cup milk, warm (about 110 degrees)
• 1/3 cup water, warm (about 110 degrees)
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
• 2 teaspoons salt

For the Sugar Coating:

• 1 cup packed light brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted

For the Glaze:

• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tablespoons milk

How To Make It

1. Butter a Bundt pan with the 2 tablespoons softened butter. Set aside.

2. Have your kids help measure all the ingredients! In a large measuring cup, mix together the milk, water, melted butter, sugar, and yeast. Mix the flour and salt together in a standing mixer fitted with dough hook. Turn the machine to low and slowly add the milk mixture. After the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is shiny and smooth, 6 to 7 minutes. If you think the dough is too wet, add more flour 1 tbsp at a time. If your dough is too dry, add water 1 tbsp at a time.

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3. Coat a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat lightly with the cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

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After:

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4. Once your dough has risen you can move on with the rest of the recipe. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Place the melted butter in a second bowl or shallow pie plate. Set aside.

5. To form the bread, gently remove the dough from the bowl and press it into a rough 8-inch square. Using a knife, cut the dough into 64 pieces.

6. Roll each dough piece into a ball (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it into a rough ball-shape). Working one at a time, dip the balls in melted butter, allowing excess butter to drip back into the bowl or pie plate. Roll the dipped dough ball in the brown sugar mixture, then layer the balls in the Bundt pan, staggering the seams where the dough balls meet as you build layers.

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7. Cover the Bundt pan tightly with plastic wrap and let the monkey bread rise until puffy and they have risen 1-2 inches from the top of the pan, about 2 hours again.

8. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap the pan and bake until the top is deep brown and caramel begins to bubble around edges, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the monkey bread in the pan for 5 minutes (any longer and the bread will be too sticky and hard to remove!), then turn out on a platter or large plate and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

9. For the glaze, while the bread cools, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and milk together in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Using a whisk, drizzle the glaze over the warm monkey bread, letting it run over the top and sides of the bread. Serve warm.

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This bread is to die for. It’s definitely a lengthy little kitchen experiment, but worth every single second. The kids were so proud of what they had helped create and had no trouble sampling the end reaction.

If you’re looking for more “scientifically fun” programs, check out some of the other movies and shows that can be found on Netflix:

Little Kids

• Fetch with Ruff
• The Magic School Bus Gains Weight
• Animal Mechanicals , Balloon Volcano Island
• Sid the Science Kid

Big Kids

• Let Your Mind Wonder
• Cosmos
• Deadliest Volcanoes
• Nova: Hunting the Elements

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