The countdown to the February 25 release of my early chapter book, Super Lexi is on!
Lexi’s got phobias of lots of things. Yogurt. Songs that get stuck in her head. Cashiers that think they’re good with kids. But her biggest phobia on Planet Earth is eyeballs staring at her. That’s how come it’s too bad she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day Performance.
Join Lexi as she tries everything from crossing her eyes to “tornado twirls” in the hopes that she’ll turn invisible!
Image: Flickr, Two Stout Monks
Not all kids enjoy holiday hoopla. For many, the holidays are a source of stress. These kids can be better off protected from things like holiday parties, school musical programs, trips to the mall, Christmas tree shopping, and lots of the decorating. Even too many crafts and cookie baking events can stress kids out. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the special season. There are lots of quiet moments that can be treasured during the season that are sure to recharge any introverted kid.
- Roast peppermint marshmallows at the fireplace with the Christmas lights turned on.
- Put hot cocoa or cider in a thermos and drive around looking at Christmas lights.
- Read a favorite holiday book near the fireplace. Better yet, write one.
- Make a cozy fort and decorate it with Christmas lights.
- Bring printable Christmas activities to a well-decorated coffee shop & enjoy warm drinks (hot apple cider for those that can’t have dairy or soy).
- Go “Christmas shopping” online for teachers and friends by the light of the Christmas tree.
- Play board games that only come out at Christmastime.
- Make snowflakes & hang them on your child’s bedroom ceiling. The effect is very cozy.
- Snuggle up for a Christmas movie night with popcorn.
- Go for past-bedtime walks in the snow. If your child dislikes the cold, sneak a microwavable heating pad under his/her coat.
What does your family do to enjoy quiet moments at Christmas?
Happy October! This twist on the classic caramel dip is a great alternative for kids who can’t have dairy or corn syrup. You can taste the coconut in this dip, so I only recommended for kids who like that flavor. Some yummy variations include adding about 1/4 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips or a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup coconut milk solids (This is the heavy layer at the top of a coconut milk can. Thai Kitchen usually has a full cup’s worth. Supplement with the liquid if you don’t have enough)
- 1 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
Cook sugar over medium-high heat in a heavy saucepan. When the sugar starts to melt (about 5 minutes), turn the heat down to low. The trick is to allow the sugar to turn a caramel color, without letting it get dark. Stir with a wooden spoon as needed if sugar is darkening quickly. When sugar is melted and is a caramel color, add the coconut milk. It may splatter, so back up if necessary. The sugar will solidify into a large solid candy. Keep over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until all the candy has melted (about 15 minutes).
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate until the caramel has thickened (about 1 hour). Enjoy!