Cook with Books: Pete’s A Pizza

Cook with Books: Pete's a Pizza from The Homeschool Share Blog

Have you read William Steig’s Pete’s A Pizza before?  If not, this is the perfect book to share over a fun pizza lunch with your kiddos!  In the story, Pete is in a bad mood, so his dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza.  It’s a funny and sweet book that is a quick read, too.

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Making your own pizzas can be really easy!  You just need dough–we made it crazy easy and used biscuits–sauce, cheese, and toppings!

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Spray your baking sheet and mash out the biscuits to form your pizza crusts.

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Spread the sauce on the dough.

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Then add your toppings!  It’s really that easy!

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We baked ours for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Delicious!

Cook with Books: Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato

Cook with Books Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and this month we have a wonderful book and recipe to help you celebrate!  Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato is Tomie dePaola’s retelling of an old Irish folktale.  Jamie O’Rourke is known for being the laziest man around, and when his wife, Eileen, is unable to dig up the potatoes, Jamie fears he will starve.  He heads to church to talk with his priest, but on the way he meets a leprechaun.  Instead of giving Jamie his pot of gold, the leprechaun talks him into taking a seed for the biggest potato in the world.  Jamie takes the seed home and plants it and soon finds that even though he’s not going to starve, he’s got a whole new problem on his hands!

ingredients
This month we have a super simple recipe to share with you.  In fact, it’s so simple, I’m not sure it really can be called a recipe!  All you need are the ingredients pictured above.

hard to cutPeel your potatoes and chop them up.  This may be hard for your smaller kids to do.

cuttingWe had to switch to a kids’ knife, which was much easier to use!

choppingYou want bite-sized pieces!

mixPour some oil over the potatoes and stir; then add dry ranch dressing mix–or any other seasoning you’d like.

ready to bakePlace them in a baking dish and pop them in the oven.

finishedYou’ve got a simple and yummy side dish in just about an hour!

Here’s the “recipe” for you:

Ingredients:

  • potatoes
  • oil
  • seasoning

Directions:

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put the potatoes in a bowl and add oil and seasoning mix and stir well.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Cook with Books: Apples to Oregon

cook with books apples to oregon

September is a great time to learn about apples, and Apples to Oregon is a fun book that tells how some of the first fruit trees in the west made the journey.  This is a book that is enjoyable for all ages and if you want to take the learning deeper, we even have a free unit study available at Homeschool Share!

IngredientsI’ve got a yummy apple cake recipe to share with you this month!  This is actually more like a bread, but it’s still delicious!  Best of all, most of the ingredients are things you probably already have on hand.

Chopped applesStart by chopping your apples.  I usually use Jonathan apples, and I use my food chopper to dice them up small.

SugarThen pour the sugar over the apples and stir well.

MixAdd in the rest of the ingredients (see below for all the details!) and mix them together well.

Mixed upIt should end up looking like this!  Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and pop it in the oven.  It won’t take long for your kitchen to start smelling really good!  If you want to save some for another time, you can freeze the batter and then defrost and cook it later.

Finished LoafThe finished product!  So yummy!

Here’s the complete recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped raw apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Directions:

  1. Chop apples and sprinkle sugar over them.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended.
  3. Bake in a greased loaf pan for one hour at 350 degrees.

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Cook With Books: Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Cooking Fun
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Five Little Monkeys is such a fun story to share with your kids, and it’s even better if you have some Monkey Bread to go along with it!  This is a super easy recipe that’s great for a snack or for breakfast.

2You just need a few ingredients–most of which you probably already have!

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Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

4Cut the cinnamon rolls into smaller pieces.  I usually cut them into thirds one direction and in half the other way, but it’s up to you how large or small you want the pieces.

5Coat the cinnamon roll pieces in the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

6Put half of the coated cinnamon roll pieces into a greased Bundt pan.  Melt half a stick of butter and pour over the pieces and if you want, add chopped pecans.  My kids don’t like nuts, so I only put it on one side.  Then add the rest of the cinnamon rolls and repeat the butter and nuts.  Pop it in the oven and you’ll have a delicious treat in no time!

Here’s the complete recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  3. Cut up cinnamon rolls and coat in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  4. Place half of the cinnamon rolls in the Bundt pan.
  5. Pour half a stick of melted butter over the rolls and top with pecans.
  6. Place remaining cinnamon rolls in the pan and top with butter and pecans.
  7. Bake at 325-350 degrees (I usually set my oven at 335) for about 30 minutes.

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