Happy Halloween!

We love Halloween at Grow With Me! Not only is it fun to dress up, but it means that Autumn has settled in over our mountains and the ground is covered in leaves of many colors just waiting to be raked into a huge pile at the bottom of our slide. The last day of school before Halloween all the kids (and Ms. Katy!) dressed up in their costumes for the day. Everyone looked so great! Since it was Thursday, which is our painting day, everyone settled in at their places at the table. But, Ms. Katy had a surprise! As the children began to paint on their papers a special Halloween picture appeared! Our snack was in theme, too, with clementines made to look like pumpkins and each child was given a peeled banana half which they could decorate with little chocolate chips to make it look like a ghost. At the end of our day, Ms. Katy told the story about how the farmer decided to carve his pumpkin to scare off the hobgoblin from playing tricks on cows. It was a fun day filled with merriment and laughter. We hope your Halloween is just as joyous!

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Birthday Treats

Birthday Treats

When Grow With Me friends have birthdays, everyone celebrates. In this photo, Ms. Katy and the children celebrate a classmate’s birthday with a “Birthday Rainbow.” The birthday boy’s mama also brought in some yummy, gluten-free sweet treats for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s her recipe — it’s super-easy:

Crispy Rice Treats

1/2 cup dark Karo syrup (or subsitute molasses, honey or maple syrup)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup SunButter (I used peanut butter)
3 cups rice crispy cereal (be sure to get the GF kind if you want to keep this recipe GF)
1 cup dairy-free, soy free chocolate chips

1. Grease 8×8 inch pan
2. Mix dark Karo syrup and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat – stir frequently until sugar dissolves
3. Remove from heat, stir in SunButter. Add rice crispies and mix. Press mixture into pan, set aside.
4. Melt chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl stirring in 30 second increments (or on stovetop). Spread chocolate over rice crispy mixture let cool until the chocolate layer sets.
5. Cut into 16 squares

Enjoy!