Summer vacations! Kids are excited because there is no school while mothers need to really think hard about how to keep the children occupied constructively plus cook exciting meals on demand!
As the summer heat increases, kids might not feel too hungry at meal times. This is also because of the fact that lazy mornings delay the breakfast which then delays the lunch and the cycle continues. In fact, a good vacation at home means trying to stick to an early breakfast routine. If you are out on a holiday then of course there is no routine to stick to!
Demanding kids at home
When at home, kids can have friends over to play with or spend time with. This is the time there would be demands for junk food etc. In fact, the time now is to brush up on recipes that make the children happy.
Unexpected guests at the door!
There are is a constant stream of visitors too during the summer break. You might have house guests and relatives or you might have some relatives over for tea. This is the time to have your snack bins filled up with eats that can be stored well. It could be store bought chaklis, chiwda or biscuits. Having unexpected guests also is sometimes unnerving. This is the time you should have a repertoire of easy to serve jiffy snacks.
Pack a picnic basket
The summer break can also mean that you and your family go out for a full day picnic or go out visiting family. The picnic will call for a planned basket to carry unless your family wants to eat all the meals out. Carrying homemade goodies has its own charm.
Easy dinners for the tired mum
Coming home tired from the day’s outing also means that you should have some energy to dish up an instant dinner if the demand comes in! It is practical to eat at a restaurant before coming back home but as the crowds at the eating places keep you waiting long for a table, then it is sensible to come home and cook up something nice and easy in a few minutes.
Away we go!
Vacationing means going out of town, enjoying long train journeys. The train journey could begin well with you carrying some homemade dry snacks to munch on. These snacks have a good shelf life and can really be a blessing when kids become cantankerous.
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