Now that school year and classes have ended, it’s time to start thinking about Summer reading. I know for myself, this is the first year that I’m actually starting early with my children. In the past years, my kids would wait until mid-July to start reading because I always felt that they worked so hard during the school year and they needed a break to enjoy the Summer first.
Now don’t get me wrong, my kids were not liking this new idea of mine especially my daughter but I knew she would like it more if we did a fun activity that went along with the story. So off we went to the bookstore.
Choosing the age appropriate book for her was not easy at first. We walked around the whole bookstore until we found something that had interested her. At first, she grabbed a few books because she admired the illustration on the cover. I asked her to take a seat on a nearby chair then take a closer look and read a few pages before making a decision. Luckily, I said this because it was only a few minutes in and she pointed out a few words in one of the books wasn’t appropriate for her to read. As a parent, I was taken back myself when I read the words “kill” within the first 2 pages of a book with a sparkly kitten on the cover of it. Needless to say, we put that book back quickly.
That is when we came across the Heidi Heckelbeck series of books by the author Wanda Coven. I thought to myself, well these books seem to be perfect for her to read. They’re age appropriate for girls 5-9 years old -Plus almost each page has an illustration. The words in the story are easy to read plus these books are perfect for beginning readers like my daughter. I’ve always enjoyed reading chapter books with illustration when I was a child myself. It certain does help you visualize and comprehend the story better when you’re not a fluent reader.
There are several series to this collection but my daughter decided to choose Heidi Heckelbeck- Goes to Camp!
After her selection was made, she also picked out a brand new bookmark for her new Summer reading book.
I know most parents will agree, there are times that our children lose total interest in reading especially over the Summer so it’s a must for us to keep them interested with a fun activity or recipe to go along with the story. -And that is when I decided to make a Campfire Cake. I recently saw a recipe that was similar and knew it would go perfectly with this story line.
Recipe Type: Dessert
- 2 Pound Cakes (Frozen)
- 1 8oz Pkg of OREO Mini
- 1 can of Milk Chocolate Frosting (any brand)
- 1 10oz Pkg of Cinnamon Hard Candy
- 1 10oz Pkg of Butterscotch Hard Candy
- 1 Tsp of confectionery Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Begin by placing down non stick foil onto your baking sheet pan.
- Sprinkle both flavors of your hard candy on your pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove your completely melted candies from oven and immediately use a knife to swirl the colors together. Let cool completely.
- Next, take your OREO Mini package and place them in your food processor to blend into crumbs. Remove half of your crumbs to a bowl and set aside.
- For the remainder of the OREO crumbs and to make (ash) add one tsp of confectionery sugar then pulse.
- Take your partially frozen pound cake and trim the sides, top and bottom with a knife to make them round.
- Leave the ends untouched and exposed to resemble a cut log.
- Place your OREO crumbs to a platter.
- Spread your chocolate frosting over your pound cake then place on top of the crumbs.
- With using a fork, run the fork along the top and sides to create and resemble the texture of bark.
- Repeat instructions with the second pound cake then sift the fine OREO crumbs to resemble (ash) over both logs.
- Take your melted hard candy and break sheet into (shard) pieces. Insert your desired amount into the lower cake to create the campfire flames.
For this recipe, I used simple store boxed ingredients to make my Campfire cake. I didn’t want to spend a lot of my time cooking in my kitchen and cooking in the oven so I purchased two already made frozen pound cakes. First, I began to trim the bottom, sides, and top of the pound cake. Making the cake to resemble the look of a log.
After applying frosting to both pound cakes with milk chocolate frosting, I ran a fork along the sides and top to resemble the texture of bark. Super simple!
Next, I took my melted (butterscotch and cinnamon) sheet hard candy that I baked and broke it into shard pieces. Placing the candy pieces in the lower cake to resemble a campfire flame.
So you see, Summer reading doesn’t have to be boring for our kids. It can be exciting and fun especially when you can make a tasty dessert that the whole family will enjoy. As for my daughter, she is enjoying her new book and is looking forward to reading more series from the Heidi Heckelbeck collection. Watching my daughter read and continually have an interest in what she is reading makes my heart happy.
So tell me, how will you make Summer reading fun for your children?
I would love to hear all about your ideas.