Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

The kids actually made these fruit juice ice blocks back in the summer holidays. Summer officially ended here in the southern hemisphere on Monday, so I though I better quickly post about them before they are out of season!

Squeezing Juice - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

It wasn’t a planned activity to make the orange juice ice blocks. The kids had been outside playing and were making some “potions” from the remaining kumquats and crab apples, when the three year old came inside to find another juicer. He saw the oranges in the fruit basket and asked could they squeeze them. I said they could on the condition that it wasn’t for potions!

Pouring Into Ice Trays - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

As it was a very hot day, our 8 year old came up with the idea for freezing the juice. So they brought the juice inside and poured it carefully into ice trays. They filled two trays and waited patiently for them to set overnight.

Time To Eat - Fruit Juice Ice Blocks

I had told them that as they made them, they could choose when and how many they would have. They discussed it as a group and decided that as it was going to be hot for the next few days, they would only have two at time, so they would last. I thought this showed marvelous restraint. They even shared one with me and it was a refreshing treat to have on a hot summer’s day!

The Family Menu Plan For This Week

Baking: Simple Butter Cake

Monday: Chicken Lasagne

Tuesday: Mexibake

Wednesday: Left Overs.

Thursday: Chicken Korma

Friday: Pan Fried Fish With Salad

Saturday: Souvlaki

Sunday: Chicken Schnitzel and Steamed Veggies

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

And for even more menu planning ideas, you can also head on over to “I’m an Organizing Junkie” for Laura’s regular Menu Plan Monday posts.