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William A. Mitchell, a chemist and food scientist working for General Foods, invented Pop Rocks (1975) , Cool Whip (1967) and Tang (1957). First, Tang was a fruit-flavored drink when it was released in 1957, then a powder in 1959 that got picked up by the NASA Space program. Tang was sent into space with John Glenn on his Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft flight, the first American to orbit the earth, on February 20, 1962. Tang was used for Glenn’s eating experiments in space. Tang has, ever since, been associated with the Space program. Using a favorite 1960s recipe, I used to keep Russian... (Read More ...)

Mary Fox Fudge Fun with Grandchildren My sister-in-law makes the best fudge every Christmas. Mary Fox (Photo credit: moominmolly. Used by permission) She makes batches and batches of it. She offers it around and then leaves batches of it at every house she visits on her family tour at Christmas. Her father’s. Her mother-in-law’s. Her own. She sends it to her nephews in DC and Boston when they can’t make it to their grandparents for Christmas. She’s given me the recipe several times. “Oh, Carol. It’s so easy. You won’t have any trouble making it.” But, I never have. Somehow,... (Read More ...)

Reindeer Made with Pretzels. Fun with Grandchildren. Pretzel (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It is hard not to be overloaded with sweets around Christmas time. It seems like one long sugar-fest from Halloween through Easter. But, if you’re trying to slow down the sugar sleigh in favor of cute, healthy snacks, here are three to try with your grandchildren. Reindeer Apple Pretzel Snacks Assemble the ingredients on a tray so grandchildren can put together the Reindeer Apple Pretzel snacks themselves. Ingredients: Small, round pretzels Apples Raisins Chocolate chips Dried cranberries or bottled cherries Knife... (Read More ...)

How Do You Write on a Graham Cracker? Remember Alpha-Bits? The cereal that comes in the shape of letters? You can use it to let your grandchildren write messages on a graham cracker. A stack of Nabisco Graham Crackers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ingredients: Alphabet cereal Flat, rectangular crackers, like graham Peanut butter Jelly Instructions: Spread the peanut butter on one cracker Spread the jelly on another cracker Spell out messages or names on each cracker with the alphabet cereal. This is a great activity for grandchildren just learning to read, because they can practice spelling without... (Read More ...)

Can You Write a Secret Message on a Banana? We’ve probably all tried or been fooled by the magic trick where you peel a banana and find that it is already sliced. You use a needle and thread to slice the banana unpeeled. Amaze your friends by handing them the pre-sliced banana that they will only discover when they peel it. banana peel (Photo credit: Wikipedi If you’ve never seen this trick, click here to watch a video showing you how to push a threaded needle from one ridge to the next around a banana until you’re all the way around. You end at the first hole on the ridge in the skin. Then,... (Read More ...)

Who Knew That Toast Could Be Fun? When I was growing up, Dad was responsible for Sunday night supper. Popcorn or Velveeta grilled cheese sandwiches rotated every Sunday. Two slices of toasted white bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia He grilled the sandwiches by putting them in a skillet with butter, flipping them as the cheese started to melt. When the bread was toasty and the cheese completely melted, we were served our yummy sandwiches. Unlike every other meal, we got to eat them in front of the television with a big glass of ice water and a side of raw carrots or cauliflower and celery. Like Mom,... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia With the end of summer and the start of school, there may be one last chance to help thirsty people and fund research for childhood cancer. Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 1. Though her doctors told her parents she would probably never walk again, even if she beat her cancer, she did walk. At the age of four, after a stem cell transplant, she told her parents, “When I get out of the hospital, I want to open a lemonade stand.” She intended to raise money for pediatric cancer. Her first annual lemonade stand raised $2,000. By the time she died... (Read More ...)

Graham Crackers Although we try to limit sweets when our grandchildren are visiting to one sweet treat a day – a lollipop from the butcher or banker, a sweet roll or cookie at the farmer’s market, ice cream after dinner, honey in their yoghurt – the grandchildren know the cupboard where we keep treats. So, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised when my grandson pulled out a box of graham crackers and a bag of miniature marshmallows. “Can we make S’mores?” That campfire treat. That childhood memory. That easy, melt-in-your-mouth delight. How do you make S’mores and why are... (Read More ...)

Nabisco "Saltine" Crackers Linda Ott and I became friends in second grade in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I don’t remember what we did when she came to my house, but I remember what we did when I went to her house. She taught me how to make Saltine Crackers, frosted with Powdered Sugar Icing. I had never learned how to make treats for guests. This was a new delight! There was no cooking involved, so, though her mother was nearby in the kitchen, we did it all by ourselves. We could read, by then, but she knew the recipe by heart and taught it to me. I felt so grown-up! Here is the recipe... (Read More ...)

Ice cubes in a tray This is a one serving recipe, just like the coffee mug chocolate cake we made at Christmas was a single serving. But, if you or your grandchildren have a craving for ice cream, you can have it in the 10 minutes it takes to make it, plus two minutes to assemble the ingredients and supplies. You will need: 1 gallon resealable plastic bag 1 quart resealable plastic bag Ingredients: ½ cup milk 1 ½ to 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon cocoa or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract For the freezing: 6 Tablespoons salt 2 trays of ice cubes (24 cubes) The bag gets cold when you hold... (Read More ...)