Coinciding with my and Annabelle’s last “days of you and me,” I received a large shipment of giveaways from the folks over at Barefoot Books. Among Barefoot Books’ many virtues as publishers of children’s books is an investment in the global community and the environment (which makes my heart feel all sorts of good inside). Of course, the best part about Barefoot Books are the books themselves: they’re full of bright and colorful illustrations as well as meaningful stories that work with the worlds and imaginations of our children. Annabelle and I have several BB books on our bookshelves, and well, in the coming years, we hope to add a few more . . .
This week, I’m giving you all the chance to add a Barefoot Book to your home library; in fact, over the coming weeks, I will offer 5 BB giveaways that appeal to a range of ages: books for young environmentalists, kid yogis, vegetarians, and more.
As it turned out, I was searching for an additional “day of you and me” because Annabelle and I had combined a few activities into a day’s worth of fun . . . so, we decided to try out one of the great recipes from the Barefoot Books’ Kids Kitchen (see below).
Simply leave a comment at the end of this post and you’ll be entered to win a free Kids’ Kitchen.
And now, a little bit about our cooking adventures . . .
We made cinnamon-ee sweet baked bananas:
First, I sliced the skin of 4 bananas.
Then Annabelle used a fork to smush up the inside of the banana.
We mixed up brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
While pouring is likely Annabelle’s favorite food prep skill, mixing is another fave.
She scooped her mixture of sugar and cinnamon into the smushed up bananas,
wrapped each banana into a foil pocket,
and voila! was ready to bake!
We baked our cinnamon-ee sweet bananas at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. We cooled them for another 5 minutes (which didn’t bother Annabelle in the least since she was performing a dance/yoga/martial arts piece that she put together on the spot), and then,
Ta-dah! Yummy, sweet, cinnamon-ee baked bananas. You can eat them like this or for an even tastier adventure, spoon the banana over vanilla yogurt or vanilla ice cream. Mmm, mmm, yum! Or at least that’s what my husband and I said of our banana treats . . .
Yeah, after all that, Annabelle wouldn’t touch ‘em, which I suppose doesn’t sound like much of a promotion for the kids’ kitchen, but my 2 1/2 year old takes a bit of coaxing with new foods, so we’ll just have to bake and try try again. But seriously, the recipe turned out delicious and I bet your older, wiser, and more worldly eaters will eat these up too.