Summer is here, which means it’s time for another round of our Books Alive summer reading series. Today I’m happy to welcome Melissa from Lulu the Baker.
I’m so excited to be participating in the 2016 Books Alive! series here on Paging Supermom. I love children’s book, and look forward to the minutes I get to spend each evening reading to my kids before bedtime. When my oldest turned 3, my parents gave her the book Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal for her birthday, and we’ve been in love with the whole Cookies’ series ever since. The illustrations are beautiful, and each page offers sweet and funny lessons on kindness, generosity, hope, and more.
Inspired by Cookies, my kids and I had fun creating these easy and delicious ice cream and cookie parfaits for a fun family night treat. First, we went to the grocery store, which all by itself is quite the adventure with 4 kids in tow, and each child chose a pint of ice cream and a small package of cookies. When we got home, we built our parfaits!
We put each kind of cookie in a ziplock bag and crushed them with a kitchen mallet. Then, we wrote down everyone’s order (they got to choose two flavors of ice cream and two kinds of cookie crumbs). Then the kids loaded their own glasses with the ice cream and toppings they picked. It’s fun for the kids to practice following steps and see the pattern of the layers build in their parfait cups.
It’s such a simple activity, but I think those are the best activities. You get to spend time together and eat a yummy treat, and you won’t lose anyone’s attention midway through.
Melissa Bahen is the author of the popular blog Lulu the Baker, where she focuses on fresh recipes and modern country life. Her first book, Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations will be published this Fall. She lives in the rolling hills of western Oregon with her husband, four children, seven chickens, two bunnies, and a handful of beehives.