Week one highlights. Yes, it’s already been two weeks, but we’ve been so busy living it all that I haven’t had time to write it all up.
Let’s start with a riddle. What is in this picture? Read to the end to find out what it has to do with Kaytanat Ima (Camp Mommy).
Week one included 13 letters, 4 cooking classes, 2 art projects, 1 exercise class, 1 evening of real work, and one hastily-scheduled job interview. Some days, there was only time for either cooking class or a letter craft because life happens, even when the kids are on vacation. See Camp Mommy 2018, Day 1 for the first recipe and letter craft.
- MANGO ICE POPS:
One of the most successful, kid-friendly, summer-friendly activities of the week was Mango Ice pops on the day we learned the letters I and M. These frozen treats are 100% fruit, blended in a food processor or blender, poured into popsicle molds and frozen. That’s it. They’re made from sweet, ripe fruit, so they are as healthy as they are delicious, and the kids didn’t complain for a second that there was no sugar added. Some of them did complain, however, that they don’t like mango. So, we did the same thing with super-ripe bananas. (Side point: If anyone knows how to get banana stains out of countertops, please share in the comments below.) We actually blended the bananas with a little mango left in the food processor to make sweet, yummy banana-mango ice pops.
The anti-mango movement lobbied for lemon. So, we made lemon ice pops, even though they don’t match the letters of the day, and they’re full of sugar. The kids took turns juicing the lemons, and surprisingly, the youngest got out the most juice. I mixed the fresh juice of two lemons with equal parts sugar and boiling water to dissolve it. Some of the kids thought the lemon flavor was too sour, but the rest of us thought it was a perfect balance.
100% Fruit Ice Pops/Frozen Fruit Pops Recipe
sweet, ripe fruit of choice
1. Peel and cut fruit.
2. Puree fruit in blender or food processor.
3. Pour into popsicle molds or small cups with popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
4. When removing ice pops from the mold, if they are stuck, hold the mold under running water for a minute to loosen.
Lemon Ice Pops Recipe
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1. Stir all ingredients together until sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Pour into popsicle molds or small cups with popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
3. When removing ice pops from the mold, if they are stuck, hold the mold under running water for a minute to loosen.
2. BAKED EGGS IN HOLES:
P/E day was just like it sounds. Physical Education. English class got cut short in order to squeeze in an exercise class, during which my little tag-along charmed the receptionist with how nicely he can color in the lines in a coloring book. In any case, we still all needed to eat.
One of my favorite quick meals as a kid was an egg-in-a-hole. Living in a vegetarian household, we ate a lot of eggs, usually hard-boiled or in an omelette. An egg-in-a-hole was much more fun. Basically a slice of bread with a hole cut out of the middle and sunny-side-up egg fried in the hole, it was fun to dip the toasty bread into the runny egg yolk. But there were only two of us. In order to feed five hungry kids, some of whom want seconds or thirds, I would be standing over the stove all afternoon, not something I want to do in July. We did a shortcut version, baked eggs in holes, which also got the kids more involved because I didn’t have to worry about them burning themselves on a hot frying pan. Cookie cutters would be ideal for cutting out the circles. We used a flower shaped cutter that came with a fruit decorating set I once received as a gift. The kids took turns cutting out holes, and I added the eggs and put the pan in the oven. The yolks came out more solid than the typical fried variety, but this could probably be remedied with a shorter bake time. Eggs-in-holes were served with pepper sticks and peas and pear-peach-plum fruit salad for dessert. Afternoon snack was pretzels.
C/K Day’s recipes will have to wait for another night.
Did you figure out the picture at the beginning of the post?
Sunday morning. It’s the first day of vacation. I am eager to start with the camp schedule I created to make the summer both fun and productive. In order to do this, I need to get three kids out to their day camps before focusing on my other two. Five heads, however, are hanging out the front window for twenty minutes, eyes glued to the street, which is closed to traffic. There are real live police cars and even a police robot! Obviously, someone has discovered a “suspicious object,” something out of place that is probably a harmless bag that someone left behind at the bus stop in their early morning rush to work. But, this is Israel, where anything could be a bomb, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, the children on the block got prime seats at a free show of a police sapper robot shooting four times into some piece of metal next to a bus stop. It is a food warming tray, normally used with a timer set ahead of time to heat up food on Shabbat, viewed from its underside in the picture. Apparently, someone just didn’t bother walking the extra few meters to the dumpster. As a result, some people were late to work, and the rest of us got a reminder that even though we’re living in a relatively quiet town, not regularly threatened by rockets, mortars, or firebomb kites, the threat of terrorism is always part of the Israeli reality.