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Your Sunday morning plan

To start: a delicious, country-fair inspired treat to get your energy up and to please your palate. Next: a sidewalk game that takes hopscotch to the next level. Here’s your recipe for a killer Sunday morning.

PERSONAL APPLE PIES BAKED IN THE APPLE

Who says pie can’t be for breakfast? Not us! Here’s a 4-ingredient pie recipe kids can help make.

You’ll need:

  • 5 -6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (or you could do a granola crumble top. See recipe below)

Directions:

1. First, hollow out the apples with a corer but leave the bottom in tact so you have an apple cup. Spoon out the fruit along the wall as best you can. Toss the spooned out fruit into a bowl, and thinly slice.

2. Now, add the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to the apples and toss to combine. Spoon the mixture into the apple cups. Then, cut your pre-made pie crust into thin strips and place it over each apple in a lattice. Brush each top with melted butter.

3. Stick the apples in a baking dish with enough water to cover just the bottom. Put some tin foil over the top and Bake for 20 minutes at 375. Take off the foil when you have about 5 minutes left so the tops brown up. They’ll be hot tamales, so let them cool for 15 minutes or so.

4. Still not convinced pie for breakfast is the best idea ever? Add a healthier kick with a granola crumble topping.

You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup granola cereal
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine, softened

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl then stir until crumbly. Spoon onto the top of each pie. Now, top with a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Gourmet!

EXTREME HOPSCOTCH HOW-TO

Show that chalk box whose boss by adding some interactive obstacles to the game! Have your kid draw a regular hopscotch course on the sidewalk, but make the boxes a big enough to write inside. Instead of numbers in each box, write instructions for a different activity in each box. (If you’re limited for sidewalk space, write numbers in the boxes but have a sheet of paper with corresponding activities.)

Some extreme activities you can choose from include:

  • Pose like a ninja.
  • Jump through the rest of the course like a robot or zombie.
  • Walk through the rest of the course backwards.
  • Belt out an animal call for each remaining square in the course.
  • Do a cartwheel.
  • Jump through the rest of the course like a tree frog.
  • Walk through the rest of the course on your tippy toes.

Make sure you add a few rest squares in there too. To play, each player tosses a marker (a stone or bean bag) onto the “board” then hops through the spaces to retrieve it. Wherever the marker lands, the player has to do the activity written on that square before continuing on the rest of the course.

Photo by smileitsshan, darkelfphoto via Flickr.

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