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Kidzworld Kitchen: Election Day

Nov 01, 2016

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!

 

 

 

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"Lulu335" wrote: I live in a military family, which means we have to move A LOT. I'm halfway through 6th grade, and I'm really stressed out. The reason is because I have a guy who really likes me, and we liked each other back in the 5th grade, and he's even got me presents and everything, but now I'm starting to doubt whether I still like him or not. And he is a great guy; he's silly, funny, kind- but I just don't know if he's the right guy for me. Plus there's a friend of mine who I know likes me as more than a friend, and he's a great guy, too. I really need advise!! Oh sweetheart, your situation is so, so very far from being complicated. In fact, it's actually, entirely simple. But I'm here to help you see that, because you can't see it yourself quite yet. Brace yourself, you may never hear such advice in your life ever again. Or you might, I can't predict the future. You're in sixth grade, you said. Assuming you live in the United states and weren't held back, you're probably 12, maybe 11. The problem is, the human brain isn't fully developed until a person hits the age of about 25. This means, without debate, that your brain unable to fully grasp what being in a relationship actually entails, what it means, what the consequences are, and so forth. You can't even fathom it, my dear. I couldn't at your age; no one can. You've just begun to hit puberty at this point in your very young, completely normal life. Certain hormones are now being developed by your body that, up until puberty began, your body did not produce. Let me explain, in simple terms, what this means: these new hormones are giving you fuzzy feelings for boys, but these feelings are not what people with fully developed brains call "love." Love means being self sacrificing, compromising, giving and taking, communicating clearly and honestly, and so much more. What you're feeling is a part of love-romance-but it's not all there is to love. It's actually just a few simple chemicals being released in your brain: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and few others. Your brain releases those chemicals when, say, you see a boy you like, and those chemicals make you feel all fuzzy inside. In fact, (brace yourself,) there's nothing inherently special about the boys you like, or the boys that like you; in fact, they're also, entirely normal, and aside from a few minor differences in character, completely like most other boys their age. Had you been born in another town, gone to another school, you would have gotten the same fuzzy feeling about whatever boy you thought you liked at that school. You see? I'm not saying this to make you feel insignificant, but perhaps the insight will make moving easier for you. The next place your militant parents settle down in will also have a middle school, with a bunch of normal 11-14 year old boys and girls, all doing the exact same things the kids at your school do right now. Does that put things in perspective for you? The world is a very, very big place, and it's home to billions upon billions of people. Your situation is far from being a needle in a hay stack; it's more like a blade of grass, in a vast field of foliage. The feelings you're feeling aren't uncommon or complicated, they just feel that way to you. (Now, really brace yourself, because this is going to get uncomfortable.) We, as people, tend to think that we're special. Each one of us a unique snowflake, drifting about in big blue sky, that exists solely to show the world how special we are. The problem is, the other seven billions snowflakes (people) think exactly like we do, and in this way, we are all the same. We think our problems are new problems that no one has ever dealt with before, and no one else could possibly understand the pain and suffering we're going through. We all think this way, by nature; but it's simply naive. Heartache and suffering have existed since people existed, and possibly before then. Your situation may not be ideal to you, but once you come to terms with the fact that life isn't ideal for anyone, you might actually feel comfort. The easiest way to cope with our many problems, is to accept them for what they are: a part of the human experience. Natural, normal, repeating generation after generation without end. Again, these are concepts that require some deep thought, and you might not fully grasp them quite yet. But remember them. With time, as you grow, think about them more, and you will find peace with your life. And remember this: although you're stuck (for now) on a giant rock hurling around the sun at an incredible speed, you're not alone. With billions of other people stuck here with you, you'll never be without friends.
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Fun_125
I personally think that when you ARE ready then go for it! As long as the person you like isn't a jerk to anyone or you go for it! Just don't get too serious. It's middle school. Good luck!
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Error44
"Lulu335" wrote:I live in a military family, which means we have to move A LOT. I'm halfway through 6th grade, and I'm really stressed out. The reason is because I have a guy who really likes me, and we liked each other back in the 5th grade, and he's even got me presents and everything, but now I'm starting to doubt whether I still like him or not. And he is a great guy; he's silly, funny, kind- but I just don't know if he's the right guy for me. Plus there's a friend of mine who I know likes me as more than a friend, and he's a great guy, too. I really need advise!!I know, it is too late but I think you should not go for a deeper relationship, don't make it hard for yourself and try to be his just friend because you are so young .
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Error44
"queenslay173" wrote:I was at school when I noticed people started to tell me this boy liked me and I thought it was cool because I'm used to that type of stuff then we started to dated in October we broke up right before christmas and it was so strange. we got back together in the beginning of January and we broke up again on the 4 my friends are really mad at me and he seemed really upset I like him but I just don't want to be with him anymore what should I do ?- confused lover Tell him your reasons and make it clear for both of you
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lottie_h141
lottie_h141 posted in Style:
thank u!!! acc helps so much. Obvs going to superstars aswell 
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