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Kidzworld Kitchen: Election Day

Just because you may be too young to cast a vote in the upcoming presidential election doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be paying attention to the politics that will help to shape your life over the next 4 years. Within the term of the next president you will probably by entering college and/or the work force and the policies of the next administration will affect you. It’s important to be informed and take an interest in who leads your country because the debt and decisions made today will belong to you tomorrow!

So while all the serious decision making is underway and a hand-wringing night commences it might be nice to ease the mood with some appetizers and a nice big piece of USA cake! Finally cap the night off with a red white and blue mocktail to celebrate the win of your favorite candidate or if that isn’t the case, make a toast to living in a free and democratic country!

USA Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • 1 (12 oz) can white frosting

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Generously grease a 12-cup tube cake pan.
  3. Make cake batter as directed on box.
  4. Pour 1 cup of batter into a bowl and add the red food coloring, mix well.
  5. Pour another cup of the batter into a bowl and add the blue food coloring, mix well
  6. Pour the red cake mix into the bottom of the greased pan. Carefully pour the white batter over the red batter in pan. Then carefully pour the blue batter over the white batter. DO NOT MIX (Hint!) The blue batter does not need to cover the white batter completely. It looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter
  7. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 5 minutes then urn pan upside down onto cooling rack
  9. Once cake is completely cooled equally divide the frosting into 3 bowls.
  10. Microwave the white frosting for a few seconds on high until it is smooth enough to drizzle over the cake. With a spoon, drizzle the white frosting back and forth around the whole ring
  11. Then microwave one of the other bowls and add a few drops of blue food coloring. Then drizzle over the cake
  12. Repeat with the red food coloring, making sure you can see the red, white and blue color
  13. Allow to dry

USA CakeUSA CakeCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

All American Burger Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 4 slices (1 oz each) American cheese, cut into quarters
  • 8 slices white bread, toasted, crusts trimmed, cut into quarters
  • 16 thin slices plum (Roma) tomatoes (2 small), if desired
  • 16 thin hamburger-style dill pickle slices, if desired
  • Ketchup, if desired
  • Mustard, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  2. In medium bowl, mix beef, onion, parsley and seasoned salt.
  3. Divide into 16 equal portions, shape each portion into a ball and flatten to 1/2-inch-thick patty
  4. Thread 4 patties onto a metal skewers leaving space between each and place patties on grill.
  5. Cover grill and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until patties are no longer pink in center (160°F).
  6. Top each burger with cheese piece then place each burger on toast square.
  7. Top with tomato slice and another toast square. Place pickle slice on top; spear with toothpick to hold layers together
  8.  Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.

All American Burger BitesAll American Burger BitesCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Democktail

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces red fruit punch
  • 3 ounces blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
  • 3 ounces diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free or diet)
  • ice

Instructions:

  1. Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes.
  2. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes.
  3. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite.
  4. Add straw and enjoy!

DemocktailDemocktailCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Happy cooking proud Americans!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

 

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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