Encouraging Imagination: Homemade Slurpees

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My girlies are getting to that age where they desperately want to be involved in kitchen creations.
I’m not gonna lie, this isn’t one of my strong suits. I prefer to work alone in the kitchen, always have.
It probably comes from growing up in a family with four girls bumping around each other and the stove/sink/etc, but I learned early on to offer to do the clean-up in order to escape the chaos of dinner-time.
(Or maybe that was just to escape the bossy younger sister who ran the kitchen like a slave driver…)

In any case, I do like help in the kitchen, but not so much when the “help” ends up creating more work than if I’d done it myself.

I do think it’s important to teach my girls to cook (and hello, real-life math), and I do want them to enjoy doing things with me in the future, so I’m trying to re-train my immediate reaction of NO WAY to something more positive.

(I have learned that to keep my sanity, it’s easier to take turns and have one kid at a time working on a project.)

There are a ton of fun kid-friendly treats and recipes floating around, so we’re starting out really basic: slurpees.

It doesn’t get much easier than blender recipes, and we’re pretty much always okay with the idea of cool treats to combat the summer heat.

Homemade Kool-Aid Slurpees
(Idea found here)

  • 1 Koolaid packet (we never have these, so the girls were super excited to get them at the store)
  • 2 cups club soda
  • 2.5 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup sugar

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Blend the Koolaid, sugar, and 1 cup club soda together until well mixed and the sugar has dissolved.   004

 

Add the ice and blend together until smooth.

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Pour in the remaining club soda and blend until it is slurpee-like consistency.     007 008

(I know my pictures aren’t great, but it’s hard to take photos and supervise small children at the same time!)

Pour into glasses and pop them in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then enjoy the frozen goodness.  The girls loved them and I thought they were pretty good myself.  I’d like to try a sugar-free version next time so I won’t feel guilty for drinking one. 😉

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Look at them, so proud of what they made themselves. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Encouraging Imagination: Homemade Slurpees”

  1. Great idea! I think I may try it with a crystal light packet and hold off on the sugar…..I think that would work too. Slurpees are one of my faves. I go into like freak mode whenever I go into a convenience store that has the Slush Puppies. EEEK! I get so excited!

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