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Food Adventure Friday Link Up: Summer Reading Edition

22 June 2012

We are moving in less than a week so, needless to say, things have been a little hectic around here! We haven't really had time for food adventures (or even cooking!) I even broke down and bought some cereal to get us through the next few days. So... I'm so excited that Abby from A House Of... Learning, Prayer, and Little Ones agreed to do a guest post for me to share all of the great reading themed adventures she has had with her family. She has some great ideas which have definitely inspired me to have some "Summer Reading" Food Adventures this summer (after we move!) Be sure to check out Abby's blog, especially for her great tips on food storage.

Summer Reading Food Adventures

I am so happy to be here guest posting for Julie today, she has such great recipes and wonderful tips!

This year our library's summer reading program theme is "Reading is SO Delicious", and my children were thrilled with it, because some of their favorite food adventures are of the literary kind.

One of our most recent adventures took us to the beach with The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, where we had a hot dog roast and marshmallow toast just like the Sneetches.
We visited a Medieval Castle with a feast of Beef Wellington after reading The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl.  (We also upped the adventure on this one by going to dinner at Medieval Times as well.)
After reading The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer we had a delicious meal of butterflies, ladybugs, banana slugs, robin sandwiches, and rainbow fruit pizza.
We loved reading Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf so much that we had a different variety of oatmeal every day for a week, made scones and Scotch Broth, and tried oatcakes and potato farls.
We had a picnic with Harold and his purple crayon.
Since we don't get much snow in our part of California, we got out every snow themed book we owned, and made snowman pizza and had a paper snowball fight.
This year we also had our birthday party with The Nutcracker complete with castle and magical trees.
We've also had a few simpler muffin tin adventures, with books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit where everything in our tin came from Mr. McGregor's garden.
We had blackberries, peas, a "goldfish", green beans, fried potatoes, and dried currants.
Most of our meals don't have a theme, but when I do prepare a literary meal I like to add in a new food or preparation method.  My children will normally eat just about anything you put in front of them, but if there's something they're not wild about, they are usually willing to try it if their favorite character likes it, or if it's presented in a different way.

To me healthy eating and reading are two of the most important things for a child, so why not combine them, and have your own food adventure?!

What books are on your summer reading list? How could you turn them into a Food Adventure?


  1. Great job, Abby! Looks wonderful and can't wait to see your row of Duchess Bakes a Cake!!!

  2. i posted cookies

  3. Hi!
    Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of delicious, healthy mayo!
    Here’s the link:


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