Barbecue Beans

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This smoky side dish is the perfect compliment to your barbecue tofu pups and veggie burgers this summer. It’s the second of three BBQ side dishes presented in Travis’s latest Raddish Kids crate. He doesn’t always love beans, but this time he gobbled them up!


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  1. Peel and dice the onion; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Travis was so proud to stir at the stovetop!BBQ Bean (1) 
  3. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the cans of beans. BBQ Bean (2)
  4. Add the beans to the pot, along with the bbq sauce, brown sugar and mustard.BBQ Bean (3)
  5. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until heated through.BBQ Bean (4)

Pair with your favorite veggie burger and a watermelon salad!

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

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This quick fruit salad (from Travis’s Backyard Barbecue Raddish Kids kit), is great for a summer get-together. And leftovers are perfect with breakfast the next morning!


  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled non-dairy feta (such as Violife)
  • 8 mint leaves, minced
  • 1 lime
  1. Cut the watermelon into wedges, and then dice. Transfer to a large bowl.BBQ Salad (2)
  2. Add the blueberries and feta.
  3. Sprinkle the mint leaves over the watermelon mixtureBBQ Salad (3)
  4. Cut the lime in half, and squeeze over the fruit, then stir to combine.BBQ Salad (4)

I had one very proud chef!

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Shoe String S

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S was a speedy letter for Travis’s tracing today. With an ‘s’ at the end of his name, he has worked hard on this one over the past year, initially tending to write it backwards but now a pro.

He polished off his tracing and then was intrigued when I pulled out a shoestring to form the letter on the ground.

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I thought he might need some guidance with all those loops and curves but…

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Never-Ending Scarves

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When she was younger, Veronika loved when I would dangle scarves over her. Now that’s she’s bigger, there’s still more fun to be had with scarves, especially when they become almost… magical!

There are two ways to play this game and she loved them both. For the first, tie a few lightweight scarves together and stuff them into an empty tissue box.

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Show your baby the tantalizing end, and encourage him or her to pull.

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Veronika didn’t hesitate one bit. She looked amazed as more and more fabric came from the box.

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There was the delight of watching it “magically” change color…

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…and of ending up in a pile of fabric!

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For the second version of the game, I stuffed those same scarves into an empty paper towel tube. I showed her just the end and she pulled.

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And pulled…

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And pulled…

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and loved it when she had a huge pile in her lap at the end. This will be a magical moment for babies and grown-ups, in sum!

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When you’re done with all that pulling, just wiggle the scarves around on the floor like a snake.

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Or let your baby have the empty tissue container. Babies always seem to like the boxes best of all.

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One way or another, this game is sure to fill a morning of play.

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