Thank you for joining me for our last installment of the summer series of budget friendly fun! We have had so much fun experimenting with different crafts, activities, and recipes (including donuts this week) so far this summer and we cannot wait to continue our fun and hope that you have gotten some good ideas of things to do with the kiddos in your life. I know that we have lots more things on our summer bucket list that we want to check off, lots more fun crafts and activities, some more enjoyable recipes, and a couple exciting adventures too!
BACK TO THE BASICS: MAILING LETTERS
This week we turned off the electronics for a while and decided to get back to basics and write some good, old-fashioned letters to some friends and family and mail them. Yes, email is wonderful and texting is convenient, but sometimes getting an unexpected hand written letter in the mail is so sensational! So I challenge you to get out the paper and envelopes and help the special kiddos in your life to write some letters and stick them in the mail to friends and family – near and far – and teach them how special a handwritten note is and that you don’t have to have a special occasion to mail a letter or card to someone, “Just Because” or “Thinking of you” is reason enough! So get back to the basics, turn off your phones, tablets, and TVs, and write some letters and make someone smile!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: HOMEMADE DONUTS!
This week’s recipe was definitely a favorite! HOMEMADE DONUTS! They are so easy to make and the kids were so proud of themselves too!
- Pizza Dough (one can made about 20 donuts)
- Vegetable oil
- Medium saucepan, slotted spoon, baking sheet covered with paper towels
- Small bowl of sugar (*we added cinnamon too)
- Optional-food coloring (a few drops of food coloring kneaded into the dough gave it a marble effect when you bit into it)
- In a medium saucepan fill about 2/3 of oil and put on the stove over medium/high heat. Make sure you have your baking sheet covered with paper towels and sugar ready to go!
- Spread some flour on the counter and open the pizza dough. Cut in half. Add food coloring at this point if you choose and knead into dough (will not completely cover the dough, will give a marble effect).
- Roll balls of dough into smooth ball shapes. One can of dough makes about 20 donuts.
- Gently drop into heated oil. Using slotted spoon flip the balls after about 3 minutes. They only need to be in the oil a total of about 6 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Using slotted spoon take donuts out of the oil and place on the baking sheet covered in paper towels. While they are still really warm roll them in sugar/cinnamon-sugar.
- Place on tray. ENJOY!
They turned out so tasty and we will definitely be making these again! They were so easy and very fun to make too!
CRAFT: MARSHMALLOW SHOOTERS!
We made marshmallow shooters this week and then we had fun trying to shoot mini marshmallows into each other’s mouths! These are very easy to make and you only need a couple things too!
- Pool noodle cut into 3 inch pieces
- Duct tape
- Mini marshmallows
- Tie off the end of the balloons just like you would if you blew it up. Then cut the top part of the balloon off, just a small piece (see picture)
- Stretch the top of the balloon over the pool noodle piece and make sure it’s about halfway down the noodle. The end of the balloon with the knot should be right over the hole in the pool noodle.
- Use a piece of duct tape and wrap around the noodle securing the balloon to the noodle.
- Put a mini marshmallow in the hole of the pool noodle and pull the knotted end of the balloon, stretch it out and then let go and watch your mini marshmallow fly!
These are fun to have a family competition with, see who can catch the most marshmallows in their mouths, and they don’t hurt if they hit you…so win win!
I have very much enjoyed this series and exploring so many different ways to creating budget friendly fun. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have! Always remember that fun doesn’t have to be expensive, and kids don’t remember how much money you spend they remember the experiences and the time you spend with them. So do something silly, make a fun craft, let them help in the kitchen, have a dance party in the living room, dance in the rain, anything that you can think of! Be silly, make memories, and enjoy every moment!