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Baking for Others

Week 4: Bake for Family Fun Month

Baking for others can “lend a humane hand” in multiple ways. Three top-of-mind baking action options include

  1. Plan a baking fund-raiser or sale for a local need.

Visit Bake Sale Central and Bake for No Kid Hungry for great guidance.

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Partner with “baking the world a better place” and Stop Hunger NOW, another great home baking association member action.

  1. Bake and Take: Whether baked from a mix or from scratch, it’s the act that counts! Remembering those who are often overlooked can happen ANY day, but start today.

When baking for those with special dietary needs,

DYK there’s a special Bake and Take Month and Day? Join others in March

  1. Teach others to bake, then share.

Bake for Good offers direction, curriculum, and expertise.

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Learn about their options, including self-directed resources.

  • You’ll love the Everyday Whole- Grain Bread step-by-step recipe.

Portable Kitchens is a way to share the wealth of your food skills. Teach baking and cooking activities in classrooms and out-of-school programs without kitchens. Resources includes

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Bake for Family Fun Month

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Feb 1, 2017 – Families spending time together in the kitchen provides more than great eating! Whether it is measuring ingredients, mixing muffins, rolling dough for pizza or shaping cookies; time with children in the kitchen provides long lasting benefits. (Why Bake?) You wonder, where do I start? The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as Bake for Family Fun Monthand has resources, recipes and activities to help families get started!

Parents should look no further than the Thrill of SkillThrill of Skill to help them determine age appropriate kitchen jobs beginning at age two. Ten Tips for Baking Success, Safe Kitchen Check List and Baking 101 Food Safety are free online resources at HomeBaking.org. Correct measuring techniques will help families be successful. Finding a task for each member of the family will keep everyone involved and share in the experience. Don’t forget while the recipe is baking families should do clean-up together.

Baking is an inexpensive family activity says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director. Benefits of baking include opportunities to use math, literacy, history, social studies, science and art. She suggests families visit HomeBaking.org to find recipes, family baking activities and resources to help families bake with children of all ages.

HBA features a weekly theme to help families plan recipes and activities during the month starting with Week One Let’s Get Started Baking”. Other upcoming themes include Baking for My Valentine”, Baking History and Traditionsand Baking for Others”. New features added online this year include special recipe substitutions, technique videos and step-by-step guides.

Baking together is a great opportunity to teach children kitchen skills and share family traditions. Make a treasured family recipes or create a new tradition. How about a make a bread dough and let everyone have fun shaping? The online Dough Sculpting Lesson is filled with tips for working with yeast dough as you shape alligators, turtles or bunnies. Remember whatever you bake be sure to take pictures that you can share and enjoy later.

HBA has many book and bake lessons! Pancakes, waffles, pizza, cookies… pick the lesson and while it is baking read a book and learn more about the ingredients or history of the recipe. Hundreds of ideas are included at HomeBaking.org with links to HBA members providing creative ways to help families have fun in the kitchen! Recipes, activities, experiments, book and bake lessons and videos are all part of Bake for Family Fun Month.

The Home Baking Association is a non-profit association with members dedicated to providing resources to encourage families to bake together. Be a part of the celebration and bake with your family during February and start a tradition for the year!

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Week One: Bake for Family Fun Month

Week 1: Let’s Get Started Baking

If you don’t bake, or teach baking, why get started?

Today my top three reasons to step into the kitchen and bake with family or children in our world include words-to-the-wise from child development professionals.

Baking builds STEAM at home You can model experimentation and apply science, tech, engineering, art, math PLUS culture, history and literacy, by baking.

Step 1: Science and math both require accurate measuring skills! Check this out!

Step 2: Conduct a measuring experiment at home, some additional kitchen science about yeast.
51whbyegzdl “Can-Do Kids”: Author Richard Rende, child development psychologist, explains, “Getting in the kitchen together contributes to raising confident, successful team-players. When children help create the meal, they get curious; they build cognitive and multi-sensory connections.”

 

Step 1: Post a skills check list for each person to see their skills and techniques grow.

Step 2: Groove your kitchen and baking food safety guidelines.

End picky, less-than-healthy expensive eating. Begin anytime, but especially young…age 2 or 3! Kids who help create what’s served up want to taste it! Stanford U. Professor Maya Adam, MD confirms, “What about adding value to your family’s day-to-day interaction by spending more time in the kitchen and involving the children whenever possible? Some parents are understandably worried, but the health risks of not teaching a kid to cook are far greater than giving them a sharp object!”

Step 1: Choose simple recipes, list ingredients, shop and get started.

Step 2: Everybody cleans up!

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What Are Your “Dine In” Plans?

Have you made plans to “Dine In” on December 3rd, in honor of Family and Consumer Sciences Day and their work to promote and sustain healthy families. Invite someone special to your house for a home cooked meal! Sign up to help meet the official goal of 200,000 home-prepared shared meals.

Here’s a great recipe you can prepare, compliments of Fleischmann’s Yeast! The whole family will enjoy this taco casserole.

Taco Dinner

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • Salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream for garnish, optional

Directions:

Brown ground beef in a large skillet until cooked through; drain.  Prepare taco meat according to taco seasoning mix directions.  Set aside.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Heat milk, water and butter to very warm (120° to 130°F).  Pour into flour mixture; add eggs.  Beat for 30 seconds with electric mixer to combine.  Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.

Stir in remaining 3/4 cup flour to make a stiff batter.  Stir in cheese, bell pepper and green onion.  Spoon half the batter into a greased 8 x 8-inch pan; top with taco meat.  Dollop remaining batter over the taco meat.  Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let rise in a warm, draft free place 40 minutes or until doubled.

Top with tortilla chips.  Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve hot and top with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream, if desired.

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Make A Date to “Dine In” December 3rd

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Make a date to “Dine In” with a friend, your family or someone who could use a shared meal Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. “Dine In” Day celebrates Family and Consumer Sciences Day and their work to promote and sustain healthy families.

Sign up to help meet the goal of 200,000 home-prepared shared meals. You’ll join with us plus 20,000 FCS professionals, 400,000 secondary and undergraduate students, and 100 colleges/departments at higher education institutions who teach daily the many benefits of home prepared and shared meals.

Research supports spreading the word about home-prepared meals.

“…children who take part in family meals are less likely to be overweight, eat more healthy foods, have less delinquency, greater academic achievement, improved psychological well-being, and positive family interactions.” view source

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Join us in preparing a simple, nutritious meal at home by checking out these resources here

Need more resources? Go to The Family Dinner Project resources

or No Kid Hungry.

Tweet your dining fun at #healthyfamselfie or #fcsday.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Muffins

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This extremely popular recipe uses whole wheat flour, oats and Greek yogurt in a healthier hearty muffin that everyone will love! Check it out, as well as other Home Baking Association recipes at HomeBaking.org.

 

Ingredients:

    • 1cup whole wheat flour
    • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4cup canola oil
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    • large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • cup  Greek vanilla yogurt
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • tablespoons canola oil (topping)
    • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (topping)
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (topping)
    • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (topping)

Instructions:

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

  • 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and Greek yogurt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.

  • 4

    Divide batter evenly among greased muffins cups, filling each one almost full.

  • 5

    In a small bowl, stir together the struesel ingredients with a fork until well coated in the oil. Place a heaping tablespoon of streusel over the batter in the muffin cups.

  • 6

    Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins start to turn golden brown and streusel is crisp. Let muffins cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy.

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Celebrate Literacy, Volunteerism and Baking!

sharon_kitchenJoin the Home Baking Association in celebrating literacy and volunteerism this spring! You can help spread enthusiasm for reading both books and recipes. “Read to a child today and start a lifetime of ambition.” Library of Congress, www.read.gov.

Volunteer and bring older generations and youth together to read & bake. 

Need good how-to measure visuals? Check out this resource

What about age-appropriate kitchen activities? We created this for you!

Need tips for reading to, or with, children? Be sure to visit the following websites:

National Association of Educators of Young Children 

Reading is Fundamental

Studies show books or cooking tools aren’t available in many homes! 

Conduct a “Book and Cook” drive to equip a local youth program, food pantry, or classroom. 

1. Match books and cooking tools using “Book and Cook” Literature Connections

Find great baking tools at www.chefsplanet.com 

2. Include Baking with Friends or a lesson guide:

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