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Family FunSpot June

Family FunSpot June

Take a dip with us as we celebrate summer with popsicles, pinatas, ice cream, and backyard BBQs! Just say, ahhhh.

 

Foil Pack Dinners

Foil Pack Dinners

6/24/19

With summer heating up the outside, the last thing you want is to use your oven or stove. Enter foil pack dinners! This is a stroke of flavorful, grilling genius for busy families.

You will need:

  • Fresh sweet corn, or other desired veggies like zucchini, asparagus, red pepper, etc.
  • Link sausage, or chicken breast, seafood, pork or beef
  • Onion slices
  • Fresh chopped garlic
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Lemon wedges
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Grill

Instructions:

Fire up the grill.

Melt the butter in a shallow skillet and add chopped garlic and onions and lightly saute’.

Lay down a 12” square of heavy aluminum foil.

Arrange the uncooked meat pieces on the foil.

Next add the other veggies—corn, asparagus, zucchini, or red pepper work well.

Pour the butter and onion/garlic mixture over the meat and veggies

Salt with Lawry’s seasoned salt to taste and add a sprit of fresh lemon juice.

Carefully bring the edges of the foil upward and fold into a secure “packet,” securing all sides.

Place the foil packet directly on the grill and cook 10 minutes per side.*

Remove from grill, open and serve!

*Cooking times may vary based on the type of meat and vegetables you choose. Check your foil packets from time to time by unfolding and refolding if more time on the grill is required. Chicken, pork and seafood will cook faster than beef. Intensify flavors with a splash of balsamic vinegar if desired.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at favfamilyrecipes.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Quick and Easy Sherbet

Quick and Easy Sherbet

6/17/19

Cool and yummy. Easy to make. Finish off a summer BBQ with this tasty dessert that the kids can help you make!

You will need:

  • 1 package Kool-Aid drink mix in any flavor
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk—1%, 2% skim or whole
  • Whisk and mixing bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • Electric mixer
  • Shallow, 8”x8” dish—a glass baking dish works well
  • Fresh fruit for garnish

Instructions:

Whisk together the three ingredients in a bowl until all of the sugar and drink mix is dissolved.

Pour the mixture into a shallow dish.

Cover with foil and place in the freezer for 2 hours.

Remove the mixture from the freezer.

Scoop the mixture from the dish and place it back in the mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer.

Pour the whipped mixture back in the shallow dish, recover and place back in the freezer for 6 hours.

Garnish with fresh fruit.

*You can also add chopped fruit or fruit puree in the sherbet to add more flavor and nutritional value. Another fun twist is to use this same recipe with Swiss Miss instant cocoa and chocolate milk. Add mini chips and a dollop of whipped cream! Yum!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at smartschoolhouse.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Water Balloon Pinatas

 

Water Balloon Piñatas

6/10/19

What to do on a steamy summer day? All you need to cool off is a few balloons, a garden hose, a rope, and some string!

You will need:

  • Balloons in assorted shapes and sizes
  • String or lacing cord found at craft stores
  • Lightweight rope
  • A stick (in Minnesota we’ll be using a hockey stick)
  • Bandana or blindfold

Instructions:

Fill the balloons with water and tie off.

Cut a length of string/cord and tie onto the top of each balloon.

Find a spot between two trees or between structures and suspend the rope between them about 6 feet off the ground-adjusting for the height/ages of the children participating.

Suspend the balloon(s) from the rope.

Blindfold each player and let them swing the stick at the suspended balloon(s) trying to break them.

The winner gets a splash of cool water on a hot day!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at littlebitfunky.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Gummy Bear Popsicles

Gummy Bear Popsicles

6/3/19

Gummy bears frozen inside a popsicle? Sign us up! Try making these frozen treats on a hot summer day, your kids will thank you!

You will need:

  • 20 oz. Ginger ale or lemonade
  • Gummy bears or any gummy-type candy
  • Plastic frozen popsicle molds

Instructions:

Fill each popsicle mold with about 10-12 gummi bears.

Carefully add the ginger ale, lemonade.

Once the mold is full, place the handles on each popsicle and place in the freezer.

Once frozen, slide the popsicle from the mold and enjoy!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at onelittleproject.com for sharing this activity with our team
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