A simple & tasty summer playdate your kids will love!
Summer’s finally here and to keep the kiddos having fun and not glued to the TV, it's time for some playdates! We call this our “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Playdate” because it takes minimal time and effort to host a super fun afternoon with friends. Mom Made Meatballs, lemonade and old fashioned games create an easy way to pass the time, feed hungry bellies and entertain the young and young at heart.
Whether you pre-make the snacks and lemonade, or send the kids out to play while you and the other Moms tackle snack time together, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to get everything ready.
We started making the lemonade then meatballs, and finished with playtime, but don’t be afraid to mix it up! Lemonade not your thing? Try some iced herbal tea or add some cucumbers to water for a spa like treat. Sliders not your thing? Sauté the meatballs and give the kiddos toothpicks and dipping sauces. The sky’s the limit with what you can create for your very own Mom Made “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy” playdate!
T ball – create backyard memories with a good ole’ fashioned game of T ball
Pitch a tent – Fill with books, puzzles and coloring books
Yard games – grab some outdoor darts, corn hole or ring toss for a fun mini-carnival
Tag – tag you're it!
Mom Made Meatball Sliders
1 package of MMF meatballs – we used Beef and Cheese for this, but any flavor will do!
1 package of 8 count slider buns
1 jar of marinara sauce (bonus points if it’s homemade!)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of Italian herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, chives – fresh or dried)
1 – 2 cups of Mozzarella / Italian cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pan large enough to fit all 8 buns (we used a round 9x9 cake pan). Layer bottom of buns around the pan, and drizzle 1 cup of sauce across buns. Add 3 meatballs to each bun and top with mozzarella cheese, remaining sauce and bun caps. Brush sliders with olive oil, and sprinkle with herbs. Cover with foil and put in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes for before serving.
Mom Made Meatball Kabobs
1 package of cooked MMF meatballs – your favorite flavor!
3 cups of your kids' favorite veggies cubed
1 cup of cubed cheese
½ cup of your favorite dipping sauces – BBQ sauce, Ranch, etc
Gather the family around and make your own Meatball Kabobs! Bonus points for using extra veggies or creating your own recipe!
Organic Blueberry Lemonade
½ pint of blueberries
8 lemons – juiced to 1 cup
8 cups of cold water
1 cup of blueberry simple syrup (recipe below)
1 large pitcher
Blueberry Simple Syrup:
¾ cup of sugar
1 cup of water
½ pint of blueberries
Bring water and sugar to a boil until sugar is fully dissolved. Add blueberries and cook for an additional 5 minutes until berries break down. Strain through a sieve and let cool. In pitcher, mix together cold water, lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir till well combined. Serve chilled and garnish with blueberries if desired!
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