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Back to school lunches

schoolpicnicfrontBack to school means less outdoor time in this house. So it is best to find creative ways to get outside during the week. If you bring your child home for lunch you can have a picnic in a local park or at the school playground. It takes a little planning, but nothing beats some al fresco dining with lots of outdoor play.

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Outdoor Play Birthday Party

birtdayparty1This is not a post about the perfect planned party; instead it is about a low key outdoor birthday party.  As some of you might know I always do outdoor birthdays for my kids even in the winter, but this summer I was very excited to plan for the first time an outdoor party in the summer, for my daughter’s 2 year birthday party.

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Camp food

campfood3Last week we went to our old style cottage here in Norway by the Swedish border. Our cottage is about 100 years old and was made by my great grandfather and my kids are the 5th generation who has enjoyed it.It is not a fancy cottage by today’s standards. It has an outhouse, no power, no running water and we have to hike to get to even get to the cabin. The water come from the well and for cooking we are using an old wood stove or we cook over open fire outside.I love to cook on open fire but my kids love it even more. On our last trip we also did fair bit of foraging as well. So much fun outside!

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From our garden: Potato chips

potatoesfrontIf you have been following us for a while you know that we grow potatoes every year. We have tried different methods every year and this year, we grew potatoes from seed potatoes bought at a nursery to see if we got better results then last year.

Anyway, growing potatoes is a rewarding and fun activity to do with kids, but it also teaches your kids food knowledge. After all, potatoes might be the most used vegetable at the dinner table.

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Crepes with blueberries

blueberryfrontThere is nothing wrong with cultivated blueberries, but nothing beats the taste and color of blueberries picked wild in the bush. I still remember the days my parents took me blueberry picking as a child. Now I bring my children to the forest to pick the same low bush blueberries that I picked as a kid.

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Some cool treats: Ice cream and ice pops

Icepop2It is summer and ice cream season is here, we have fun making it with our Play and Freeze ice cream maker. Making popsicles is a childhood favorite for many, but in the past our family has only used fruit juice for our popsicles, but finally the ice pop trend has hit our household and we have started to make ice pops out of the fruit and not just the juice. It tastes so good and it is fun and easy for kids to make.

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