Spring Break Rocks

If you haven’t had spring break yet, it is near and who doesn’t look forward to some vacation time?  We do!! So much so, we started celebrating a week in advance. Spring break rocks and we started rocking out to get pumped up for this rocking family day/play date.

I had scheduled a Saturday play date for Rowan and one of his preschool buddies at ClimbZone, a kid friendly climbing experience about 30 minutes from our house. The plan was to use momma day to prepare for our climb with projects designed with one thing in mind: rocks! To get us started we turned on some rocking tunes and got our dance on while gathering ingredients for our post climbing treat.

Again, pinterest to the rescue. Just like Google has made parenting easier, pinterest has made snack time easier with healthier selections at your finger tips. (Follow my kid-friendly snacks pinterest board for more ideas I love). If you are looking for a super sweet treat Pop Rocks candy or crystal candy are a great place to start.  I also found an adorable sugar cookie decorated like a mountain found on Sweet and Saucy that I pinned for another time. For this adventure, we wanted something we could all work on together and homemade Cliff bars with chocolate drizzle from Everyday’s a ‘Hollyday’ sounded amazing to my tastebuds.

Homemade Climber Power Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups oat flour (old fashioned oats ground in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 & 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 & 1/4 cups original Almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

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    • In a smaller bowl, combine applesauce, vanilla and milk.
    • Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture and stir until just combined. Add brown sugar. Fold in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.
    • Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until bar is set and pulling away from edge of pan.
    • Allow to cool completely before cutting into kid-sized bars.
    • For chocolate drizzle, place 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 second increments until melted.
    • Add coconut oil to melted chocolate and pour mixture into a Ziplock bag.
    • Cut the corner of the Ziplock bag to create a pastry bag and pipe melted chocolate over cooled bars.
    • Cut the bars and place one bar in snack size Ziplock for easy packing. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator.

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Moving right along . . .

When you think of spring break, you may not think of rocks, but I’m guessing not one of you figured we would be talking dinosaurs. Dinosaur bone excavation is next on our list and it means making our own fossils.

Mom Inspired Life had a very clever way of making dinosaur fossils. We used her recipe and handy baking method to speed up the normal four day waiting process.  I was tricky and had Rowan thinking I was baking with mud and sand. Hehehe.

Ingredients

  • Dirt – 1 and 1/4 cups
  • Flour – 1 and 1/4 cups
  • Sand – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – 3/4 cup
  • Water – slowly add it until you reach a clay-like consistency
  • Toy tools or other gadgets to dig out the dinosaur.

Once the dirt is completely dry and has hardened, hand over the toy tools (or Dad’s tools in our case) and let them gently dig out their ‘fossils.’ There are so many dinosaur books to choose from – pick a few for a little quiet time and learn a little about the excavating while you are excavating.  Rowan officially knows more about dinosaurs than I do.  This does not shock me, but I was hoping to stay one step ahead longer than four years!!

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Rock and Roll or Roll that Rock?

Spring break is around Easter time every year and it reminds me of another special rock. We sang a song called Jesus is the Rock and that was being belted out as we prepared a craft to portray how Jesus rolled away another large rock.

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You can find this project and others at Living Sola Gratia.  It was a great opportunity to talk to my four year old about the story of Easter and not just the bunny.  I was proud when he understood what our pastor was talking about during the Easter Service. Sometimes I forget the discussion that happens during the crafts is even more important than our final outcome.  My timing may not be great with this craft, but add it to your list for next year and I’ll add a note to my blogging schedule to stay one step ahead for you all. (Thanks for hanging in while I figure this all out)

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Saturday finally arrived and ClimbZone was amazing. Our rock projects kept our minds busy  during Momma day and helped the day go by without the continued questions about when our friends were coming and when we were going to ClimbZone. Which this momma was thankful for.

Climbzone was perfect for my four year old and $12 for three hours of non-stop play promised a nice long nap once we got home. They were hesitant for all of two minutes and then soared up the brightly colored walls like Spiderman.

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Climbzone doesnt serve lunchtime food, so pack a lunch if you plan to go over lunch time. We ordered a pizza and had it delivered. ClimbZone staff will recommend a great delivery option and even have extra menus there to help you decide. They sell juice, soda, and an assortment of goodies, but we were all set with our homemade cliff bars.  Even with a lunch break the boys got tired and ClimbZone offers a variety of bouncy houses and slides so the play can continue when a climbing break is needed.  If you live in DC, please go try this. Fun for kids and adults! Plus that afternoon nap allowed me to sit back with a coffee a magazine and unwind until the next adventure began.

Cheers,
Kelly

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