This is the last week of school for my girls, so we are gearing up for all of their summer activities. We mostly try to keep summer rather low-key, leaving time for reading or swimming, or other fun stuff, but as they get older, of course things change a bit. Both girls have part-time jobs, there is camp and visiting friends and family, the library summer reading program, lots of yard and garden projects that need our attention, and daily / weekly household chores. Our girls know that summer isn’t just about being lazy every minute of every day, but we do try to plan time for resting and relaxing, especially on these really hot afternoons.
It is definitely self-defense on my part because of my impatience with cooking / eating / planning / shopping / thinking about food that I have decided to put together a few ideas for summer meals and snacks that 1.) are super simple and quick to make and 2.) the girls can make themselves. It’s not so much that I dislike cooking or preparing food, but it really is the TIME that is required to do everything involved with meal prep and clean-up that makes me feel rather annoyed. I know some people LOVE to cook! My sweet hubby loves to cook and he will devote a whole Sunday afternoon to puttering around in the kitchen getting stuff ready and then he’ll stand outside in the blistering heat to cook the hamburgers just right over the blazing grill. That’s how he likes to spend part of his day off.
I would rather serve up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and maybe a slice of watermelon and a bag of chips for Sunday lunch, but that’s not really how we want our Sundays (or really any other day) to look . . . so I’m trying, I’m trying, really but I still do not like to cook. Or shop. Or spend too much time eating. Or especially cleaning up the kitchen after all that time shopping, cooking, and eating. I thought it would be fun to start with a few summer snacks that we can have on hand because when it is really hot outside, we really just need something light and easy to put together. Especially easy so that they can do it themselves. So most of the time these are YOYO days . . . you are on your own!
Here are some things I discovered while out and about looking for some inspiration. Now that we started using the Click List feature at Kroger, I don’t even have to go grocery shopping! Gracie puts the grocery list together and then she goes on the Kroger website to place the order, and then she goes to pick it up. Hooray! I don’t even have to think about food for another week! We’ll make the list with all of the ingredients for these summer snacks, and since she doesn’t mind the shopping part or the fixing part, I think summer is going to be much nicer for all of us. I won’t have to think about food every day, and they will have great stuff to eat. It’s a win-win for our family!
What kinds of summer snacks to you have for your family? I’m looking for more ideas, but they have to be things that don’t demand too much of my attention, so let me know what you are serving up on these hot summer days.
No-Bake Fruit Pizza from TwoHealthyKitchens