Summer Snackstravaganza!

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Snack time can be a big deal in our house. I always try to have snacks on hand for when my kids get hungry, but much of the time it is the same old thing. My kids get bored with eating the same snacks every day! So I ™ve done my best to compile a list that puts a smile on my kids faces and at the same time are budget friendly.

Quick and Easy in 10 minutes or less
Toasty Tuna Triangles~

What you need: 2 pieces of bread, 1 can of tuna, 1 Tablespoon of mayo, 2 slices of cheese
What you do: Toast the bread then cut each piece diagonally to make 4 triangles. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of tuna to each triangle. Cut the sliced cheese to match the toast triangles and place a piece on top of the tuna. Pop into the oven and broil on low until the cheese melts. Kids can help make these by assembling the triangles themselves after mom has used the toaster and sliced the cheese! Just be sure to be safe while using a toaster and oven around children.

Kid Friendly Kabobs~
What you need: 4-6 Kabob sticks, mini marshmallows, and fruit that your kids enjoy. Some great choices are apples, strawberries, pineapple and bananas. Simple chocolate sauce for dipping if you choose!
What you do: Moms can pre-chop the fruit to kabob size. Then kids can have a great time playing with their food before they eat it. Have the kids pick out their favorite fruits and skewer them on the kabob stick with some marshmallows in between. Then, if you choose, allow them to dip it in chocolate syrup for an extra treat!

Bordom Buster Banana Pudding~
What you need: Vanilla wafer cookies, 2-3 Bananas (sliced), instant vanilla pudding.
What you do: Start by mixing up pudding according to the package directions, and allow to chill while you are making your crust. Have the kids layer cookies evenly in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan, also layer some cookies up the side. Cover the cookies with sliced bananas, then pour the vanilla pudding on top. This one is always a hit with the kids! For a more decedent variation, replace the vanilla wafers with chocolate sandwich cookies! YUM!

Pepperoni Pizza Bites~
What you need: 1 tube of refrigerated dinner biscuits, 15 ounce can of pizza sauce, sliced pepperoni, 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

What you do: Arrange dinner rolls about 3 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet; flatten each roll into a 2 inch circle. Pinch the edges of each to create a rim. Have the kids spoon pizza sauce into the center of each pizza. Have them add a few pepperoni slices and sprinkle with cheese. Bake according to the directions on the dinner roll package.   Makes 8 mini pizzas! <!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} p {margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>

Crazy Good Cracker Jacks~

What you need: ¾ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup butter, 3 Tablespoons corn syrup, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla, and 8 cups of plain popped popcorn
What you do: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add baking soda and vanilla. Pour onto the popcorn and mix well until popcorn is evenly coated. Bake for 15 minutes at 300 degrees. This is a huge treat in our house that I only make in the summer, it tastes just like the real thing!

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