Eggs Benedict


4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons ketchup
Pinch of salt and pepper
1½ tablespoons pickle relish
4 eggs
2 English muffins
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices smoked deli ham


1. Prepare hollandaise sauce, whisk egg yolks with lemon juice in a metal bowl on high until doubled in volume and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

2. Bring pot of water to a slight simmer and place bowl with fluffy yolks on top. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds, then drizzle in melted butter. Continue to whisk until sauce is thick. Remove from heat; mix in cayenne, ketchup, salt and pepper, and relish to taste. Cover and set aside in a warm place.

3. Prepare poached eggs with egg poach pods or preferred method.

4. Meanwhile, toast English muffins. Spread with butter.

5. Top English muffins with 2 slices of ham each.

6. Top ham with poached egg and drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately.

Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries


1 big zucchini or 2 medium zucchinis
1 cup flour
¾ cup beer
1 teaspoon hot sauce (or more to taste)
Coarse salt
Vegetable oil for frying
Ranch dressing for dipping, if desired


1. Heat vegetable oil in high-sided skillet.

2. Cut zucchini into 3-inch long chunks then cut each chunk into 9 fries, discard center.

3. Combine the flour, beer, and hot sauce in a large plastic zip top bag.

4. Add fries to bag and shake, coating each fry generously.

5. Add fries to hot oil, flipping to cook each side. Remove to paper towels to drain and sprinkle with coarse salt while still hot. Serve immediately with ranch dressing for dipping.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup chopped salted peanuts
1 (12 ounce) jar grape jelly


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture just until combined.

3. Stir in oats and peanuts (mixture will be crumbly).

4. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13x9 baking pan.

5. Spread jelly over first layer.

6. Top with remaining crumb mixture.

7. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2 dozen bars.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Whoopie Pies


1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tablespoons (½ stick) vegetable shortening
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1½ cups buttermilk

Blackberry Cream:
1 cup fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1¾ cups heavy cream

Blackberry Sauce (optional):
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
3 cups fresh blackberries


1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F.

2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.

5. Add the eggs to butter mixture, one at a time, stopping the mixer to scrap down the sides of the bowl between additions.

6. Add ½ of the flour mixture, beating on medium speed, just until combined. Stop the mixer and add ½ of the buttermilk. Beat on medium speed until combined. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and buttermilk, beating until thoroughly combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl.

7. Using a spoon or 2-tablespoon scoop, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 18 minutes each, or until the cakes begin to brown at the edges and are firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

8. While cakes are cooling prepare cream: Put the blackberries, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice into a bowl and toss to coat. Use the back of a fork to break up the berries a little. Le the mixture macerate for 10 minutes.

9. Whisk the cream until it just starts to thicken. Fold in the berries and chill for at least 10 minutes before using.

10. To make blackberry sauce (optional): Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan and heat to dissolve sugar, but do not stir. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat.

11. Puree half the blackberries in a food processor or blender. Add the sugar syrup to the puree and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the blackberry seeds.

12. Add the remaining whole blackberries to the sauce and stir to combine. Chill until ready to use.

13. To assemble whoopie pies: Fill two cakes with desired amount of cream and drizzle blackberry sauce on top just before eating.

Makes about 24 four-inch cakes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick



2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
4 wooden skewers (5 to 6 inches long)
1 cup seedless red or green grapes
1 small banana, sliced


1. Cut sandwiches into 1-inch squares.

2. For each skewer, thread a grape, sandwich square, banana slice, sandwich square, then grape. Serve immediately.

Make Your Own Tissue Paper Kite


Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper (dollar stores usually have a great selection)
2 (48- by ⅜-inch) dowels
Kite string
Elmer’s glue
A razor blade or X-acto knife
Straight edge ruler
Thin blade saw



Build the frame:

1. Make a small notch on one dowel in the center of the dowel.

2. Make a small notch on the other dowel about ¼ of the way down.

3. Tie the dowels together at the notches using kite string.

4. Cut slits in the ends of each dowel.

5. Tightly tie a loop of kite string around the dowels by placing the string in the cut slits.

Prepare the sail:

1. Create your own pattern out of the tissue paper by cutting pieces with the razor blade.

2. A small amount of glue should be used to glue the pattern together.

3. Place the pattern down and lay your frame on top. Fold the edges of the pattern down on the string to create a crease at the string.

4. Cut the pattern out approximately ⅜-inch larger than the creases.

5. Using a small amount of glue, line the creases and fold onto the string.

Bow and Brindle your kite:

1. Use another loop of string across the center and pull tightly, but not too tightly to snap the dowel.

2. Cut a small hole in the sail where the dowels come together.

3. Cut another small hole about 10 inches from the bottom.

4. Create a small notch on the vertical dowel behind the hole in the sail.

5. Pass one end of a 6 foot piece of string through each hole, tying around the bottom notch in the vertical dowel and the crossing point and the top notch in the vertical dowel.

6. Holding the ‘brindle’ tie a loop in it.

7. Your flying line will be attached to this loop.


Homemade Dog Treats

Beefy Biscuits


1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules (or chicken)
½ cup hot water
2½ cups wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Dissolve bouillon granules in hot water.

3. Add remaining ingredients to mixture and mix until combined.

4. Knead dough until it forms into a ball, approximately 3 minutes.

5. Roll the dough into ½ inch thickness.

6. Cut into shapes using knife or cookie cutters.

7. Place cut-outs on lightly greased cookie sheet.

8. Bake 30 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Pumpkin Treats


2 eggs
½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 tablespoons dry milk
¼ teaspoon salt
2½ cups brown rice flour


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin until smooth.

3. Add dry milk and salt.

4. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with hands to form a stiff, dry dough.

5. Knead on a lightly floured surface.

6. Roll dough between ¼ to ½-inch thickness and cut out using cookie cutters or sharp knife.

7. Place on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Baby Food Treats


2 cups whole wheat flour
2 (4 ounce) jars of pureed baby food such as beef, sweet potato, blueberry, chicken, etc.


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about ¼ inch thick.

4. Use cookie cutters or a sharp knife to cut into shapes.

5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about ½ inch part.

6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter and milk.

4. Add wet mixture to dry, mix well.

5. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface.

6. Roll out to ¼-inch thickness and cut out shapes.

7. Place on a greased baking sheet.

8. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Bacon-Lovers Biscuits


1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup skim milk powder
⅓ cup bacon drippings
1 large egg
1 cup cold water


1. Combine both flours and milk powder in a large bowl.

2. Drizzle with fat.

3. Add egg and cold water.

4. Mix well to form dough (if the dough is too sticky, add flour until it reaches a suitable consistency for rolling).

5. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface.

6. Roll out to ½-inch thickness and cut out shapes.

7. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

8. Bake at 300°F for 60 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Bird Feeders

Orange Bird Feeders


Supplies Needed:

Twine or ribbon
Bird seed


1. Cut oranges in half. Cut or spoon out as much as you can leaving the shell of the flesh.

2. Using the tip of the scissors or a sharp paring knife, poke three holes around the top diameter of the orange.

3. Cut the twine or ribbon into equal length pieces. Tie ends into double knots.

4. Poke twine through holes on oranges.

5. Tie all three strands together in a knot.

6. Fill oranges with bird seed and hang.



Cookie Cut-Out Bird Feeders

Supplies Needed:

½ cup water
2 small envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1½ cups bird seed
Twine or string
Assorted cookie cutters
Wax paper


1. Mix together the gelatin and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer while stirring, continue stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.

2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

3. Stir in birdseed.

4. Lay cookie cutters on wax paper and fill half way with birdseed mixture.

5. Cut twine and knot the ends together, press into birdseed.

6. Fill with more birdseed until ends of twine are covered and cookie cutter is full.

7. Allow to dry several hours, flipping every hour or so.

8. Remove from cookie cutters and hang outside.


Wildlife and Water Themed Scavenger Hunt


  • a smooth rock
  • two kinds of seeds
  • something red
  • an animal
  • an insect
  • a pinecone
  • a feather
  • three pieces of man-made litter
  • a twig
  • grass
  • something you love
  • something an insect has eaten
  • mushrooms
  • three different leaves

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