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Keeping three kids with a 3+ year age gap entertained is no easy task. One of them is always bored. When I was young, the minute I got up, I was outside playing with my neighborhood friends. We do not have any kids in the neighborhood, so my kids have to play with each other which lasts about 37 seconds until they start fighting.
In order to avoid the constant she said this or he did that, I try to keep them busy with activities! Cooking is always the best way to occupy all of them at the same time. Yesterday I put them to the task of making a Fresh Strawberry Lemonade for our afternoon picnic at the park.
It was a great activity that they throughly enjoyed after the preparations. Most importantly, they enjoyed it in peace!
I put my 7 year old to work cutting about a cup and a half of strawberries.
I then made my 3 year old place the strawberries and sugar in the blender and press the button to turn it on.
My 12 year old was in charge of cutting the lemons.
They all had a great time juicing the lemons.
They 3 and 7 year olds mixed in the sugar.
Then we added the strawberry mixture and water, et voila. Perfectly refreshing strawberry lemonade in about 15 minutes!
We then packed up the lemonade, cups, and some Ready Pac Ready Snax.
During the school year, we buy the Ready Pac Salad bowls weekly. My daughter loves taking them for lunch and they are a much healthier alternative to a standard PB&J. While doing my weekly Costco shopping this past week, I found theseReady Pac Ready Snax. With carrots, grapes, cheese, and pretzels, they are the perfect to-go snack and paired perfectly with our homemade strawberry lemonade at our park picnic.
The kids had a blast on our mini picnic across the street, and have requested that we do it everyday! It is such a fun way to spend our summer afternoons!
- 12 large strawberries
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 7 cups water , divided
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
- Cut green tops off of the strawberries and place in blender.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over strawberries and allow to sit for about 5 minutes to release some of the juices.
- Once strawberries have sat, add 1 cup of cold water and blend mixture until smooth.
- Juice the lemons, removing the seeds.
- Add white sugar and whisk until dissolved.
- Whisk in Strawberry mixture.
- Add 7 cups of water to mixture and whisk together.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!