Family Time: Baking at home with kids is easier than you think

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Looking for a low-cost activity that brings the family together and produces delicious results? Try introducing your children to baking. Involving your kids when preparing a meal provides time to bond as a family and can help kids learn a few basic kitchen lessons at an early age. When you start with bread or pretzel dough, you have plenty of simple and fun options that will lead to entertaining adventures in the kitchen. Here are a few examples of the types of meals and snacks you can prepare:

- Pretzels: What better way to start than with something simple and delicious? Twist into the classic pretzel bowtie or keep it simple with pretzel sticks. Coat sticks with cinnamon sugar for a sweet spin on a savory delight. Or for a fun activity for the kids, create numbers, letters and shapes with your pretzels.

- Appetizers: Beef up your pretzels by wrapping dough around mini hot dogs for tasty pretzel dog bites. Or cut dough into small pieces, coat with salt and serve pretzel nuggets along with a variety of your family's favorite dipping sauces.

- Pizzas: One of the easiest and most fun recipes is the simple homemade pizza. Make mini crusts for each of your kids, lay out the toppings and let them go to town making the pie of their dreams. Also great for dessert pizzas.

- Breakfast goodies: Monkey bread is a great family baking adventure. Your children can help tear the dough into pieces as you build your masterpiece, then have tons of fun ripping apart the finished product when they dig into the baked pastry.


Money-Saving Tip

According to, here are the best things to buy in September:

- Computers

- Cars

- Wines

- Holiday airfare

- Grills and lawnmowers

- Big appliances

- Summer greenery

Family Screening Room

“The Words,” now in theaters

Rated: PG-13

Length: 96 minutes

Synopsis: A writer discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.

Violence/scary rating: 3

Sexual-content rating: 3

Profanity rating: 3

Drugs/alcohol rating: 3

Family Time rating: 3. For teens only, though younger kids likely won't be interested in this one anyway.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

Red Truck," by Kersten Hamilton (author) and Valeria Petrone (illustrator)

Ages: 2-5

Pages: 26

Synopsis: Can Red Truck make it up the hill? Red Truck can! Red Truck will! ZOOOOM! This simply told read-aloud tells the story of Red Truck saving a school bus from a mud puddle. Toddlers fascinated by vehicles will love following the candy-colored illustrations, mimicking Red Truck's sounds ("ZOOOOM!" "VROOOOOM!"), and hearing this favorite book read to them over and over again. - Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

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