Too cute. If you’re looking for a great Father’s Day BBQ dessert – something that’s easy enough for kids to make, tastes great and goes together quickly – we’re putting our bets on these Summer Peach Pie Twisters, which our buddies over at BHG.com (Better Homes & Gardens) sent over.
15-oz. package rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust (2 crusts)
3 medium peaches or a 16-oz. package of frozen unsweetened peach slices, chopped
2/3 cup tiny marshmallows
1/2 tsp. cinnamon sugar or chili powder
1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Vanilla ice cream
We really should not be reading recipes anywhere near lunchtime. Hungry!! After awhile even paper begins looking tasty. But if you’re planning a Father’s Day BBQ, and you’re looking for recipe ideas, well, we’ve found some good ones! The first, Chicken Kebabs, is perfect for doing with the kids. It’s from Williams Sonoma’s new and gorgeous “Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen,” by Maria Helm Sinskey.
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
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1. Zip out to Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Bolinas Lagoon Preserve to see Great Blue Herons and egrets, eggs and baby chicks who’ve just hatched and are learning to fly. The preserve is open weekends through July 12. ($15 suggested donation)
2. Join the celebration at the third annual King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday at the Martinez Waterfront Park. Chow down on BBQ done by the pros – Back Forty, Kinder’s Meats and Bulldog BBQ. Check out the amateur barbecue action too. And then there’s the family-friendly live entertainment, including rides, activity booths and even soccer-playing border collies on Sunday. Free parking and admission.
3. Down in the South Bay? Check out the wild, whimsical “Adventures of Alice,” a multimedia, dance-filled take on the Alice in Wonderland tale at San Jose’s Evergreen Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 21. (Tickets $18-25)
4. Grab Dad and head for San Francisco’s MOMA this Sunday. It’s family studio day and you’ll be doing hands-on art inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe & Ansel Adams. Free for families (kids ages 4-12 and up to four accompanying grown-ups).
5. Prefer your entertainment in the creepy crawly variety? Check out the African millipedes, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, Darkling Beetles and other strange and fascinating creatures in the Insect Discovery Lab at El Cerrito’s Eclectix Gallery June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Those lazy days of summer are upon us at last! Now it’s time to find stuff to do. Back when we first began this backyard fun discussion, both Carol and Julie K. posted musings on the joys of fishing. Julie says that when she finally manages to kick her kids off the video games, they usually head for the park to fish and find wildlife. And lucky Carol lives in a neighborhood with a lake. If you don’t have a fishing pond in your backyard, fret not. There are plenty of places to take your kids and tackle box here in the Bay Area. Start with these five ideas…
1. If you’re not a fisherman yourself, the easiest way to start is at a Fishing Clinic. These free, 45-minute clinics are sponsored by California’s Fish & Game Department, and they feature learning stations on everything from safety and knots to casting and ecological lessons too. The clinics are designed for families with kids 5 and up. All equipment is supplied. And the next one is this Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Newark’s Lakeshore Park. Get there early! The last clinic starts at 10 a.m., although once you’re in, you can fish till noon. Read the rest of this entry »
This week we’re giving away a great little book for the tween in your life: “113 Things to do by 13,” by New York City eighth grader Brittany MacLeod and her mom Terri, a celebrity journalist and senior producer for Access Hollywood. It’s a kicky little read, full of colorful scrapbook-y appeal, and brimming with tween and teen survival advice from a who’s who of celeb experts, including:
Age appropriate makeup advice from “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester‘s makeup artist
Peer pressure coping strategies from adolescent health experts
Mean girl survival tips from two “Twilight” stars who were bullied in high school
And tips on everything else from Halloween costumes to acne, cooking, homework and relationship drama. There’s even a section on how to send fan mail to the Jonas Brothers.
Want it? Click “comments” and tell us, do you think it’s harder to parent teens or tweens these days? We’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday!
(Congrats, by the way, to Lori who won last week’s giveaway – pssst, we snuck in an extra prezzie too, a copy of “Life with Father,” with Father’s Day images from the archives of Life Magazine. Very cool little book! If you’re still looking for Father’s Day celebration ideas, check out our readers’ suggestions here.)
Ah, the car trunk. That ubiquitous mess of jumper cables, sports gear, unrolled paper towels, madly rolling flashlights and assorted debris. So, say our buddies at Family Fun Magazine, take a large cardboard box and flatten it so the kids can decorate it with markers. Then reassemble the box, leaving the top open and sealing the bottom with strapping tape. Then, with a craft knife, cut two Xs in each end of the box and thread a length of rope through. Knot them on the inside to make handles and there you go, a frugal, adorable Tidy Trunk Tote.
“Taming Your Preschooler”
June 15 at 7 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Meg Zweiback teaches parents discipline techniques for preschoolers. (Free. Limited child care is also available for $5, call 510-658-7353 to register.)