Dandelion Days

Family. Tradition. Whimsy. Joy.

Dandelion Day – Cowboy Cookout September 17, 2008

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Nothing marks the start of fall better than a bonfire. Of course, with fire restrictions so high, most of us will have to settle for a gathering at the chimenea or a family-huddle around the backyard grill. Add a cowboy theme and a Dandelion Day is yours- Yee-Haw!


  • Jeans, Overalls and Bandanas – you definitely want to look the part.
  • Your old camping gear. Tin plates will make dinner feel rustic and the camp chairs will keep everyone comfy.
  • A bucket each of sand and water… just in case.


  • Bicuits
  • Baked Beans
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Lemonade
  • My Great Grandmother’s Southern Pound Cake (recipe following)


  • In the tradition of old cowpokes on the lonely range, tell stories with your family. You could take turns making up stories or share some real accounts of your own. Try letting one family member start a story until someone else yells “Stop!” Then the next person adds to the story until someone else stops them and so on. Or write down conversation starters like “What toy would you create if you were Santa?” or “What is the weirdest food you have eaten” and let everyone drawer a started out of a bowl and answer.
  • Roast marshmallows and make smores.
  • If someone in your family plays guitar, enjoy a family sing-along. Or you could borrow a tape of cowboy songs from your local library and learn some new tunes.
  • Check out National Geographic’s online star charts and challenge your family to find constellations in the night sky. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/stars/chart/index.html

A cowboy cookout has the potential for family bonding. With a lack of distractions and an outdoor environment, everyone can relax enjoy the company of their family… the perfect Dandelion Day.

Great-Grandmother Clifton’s Southern Pound Cake


1 c. Crisco

2 c. sugar

Add 3 eggs and beat well.

Add 1 c. flour and beat.

Add 3 eggs and beat.

Add 1 c. flour and beat.

Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. vanilla and beat.

Pour into a greased and floured bunt pan.

Bake for 1 hour at 325. Yumm!


Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma





Baked Beans


Olympiad Day August 13, 2008

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As I sit watching the womens’ gymnastics competition of the Olympics with my own dear daddy I imagine having a mock Olympics in the backyard for the kiddos. Let’s make it a Dandelion Day!


  • Tons of water bottles and snacks
  • Whatever you need for a date night at home (I am thinking this Dandelion Day will wear the little ones out… take advantage!)



Oh, the options here are limitless. Consider this: compete together as a family instead of against each other. You could set goals together (let’s complete this relay in less than five minutes!). For each goal or challenge that you meet as a family, add a dollar to a communal pot. At the end of the day, use the money to take the family for ice cream or some other treat!

  • Hula Hoops- How many times can you hula? Lay them on the ground and have the kids run through them like the tires at football practice. Arrange five together to resemble the Olympic rings. Dive through them into a swimming pool.
  • Set up obstacle courses or relay races.
  • Challenge family members to watermelon or pie eating contests.
  • Make a ribbon stick with a dowel and 5 feet of ribbon. Let little ones create their own dance ala rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Ping Pong is an Olympic sport!

Really, you could adapt this to your kids and your style. You could get silly with made up competitions or you could arrange games more along the lines of the actual Olympic sports. Be inspired… this could be the start of a new traditionl.

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie- Dandelion Momma


Pajama Day July 14, 2008

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When July brings record breaking heat, head your kids inside, crank the A.C. and enjoy this pajama inspired Dandelion Day! Also good for gloomy weather and little ones not feeling well or just playing hooky… go get comfy!


  • Comfy Cozy PJs
  • Your softest blankets and fluffiest pillows
  • Little One’s Lovey


  • French Toast for Breakfast! Try experimenting with different breads to make your toast- classic french, brioche, raisin cinnamon, etc. Safeway makes a special french toast bread that my husband uses. It tastes almost custardy and makes perfect french toast every time.
  • Egg-in-a-Basket for Lunch! Use a water glass to cut a circle out of the center of a slice of sandwich bread. Butter both sides of the bread and place in a heated pan on the stove. Crack an egg into the hole in the bread. Cook about 3 minutes each side or until egg is cooked through and bread is toasted. Yummy!
  • Breakfast for Dinner! Set up an omelet bar – this is a great way to get rid of some leftovers. Set out leftovers and other omelet toppings (cheese, ham, sprouts, frozen hashbrowns, etc) and give each child a plastic baggy to place their chosen toppings in. Crack and egg or two into each baggy, seal, shake and drop into a pot of boiling water. The eggs will cook perfectly and nobody complains!


  • Build a fort with pillows, blankets and the living room furniture. This is headquarters for the day.
  • Read Dr. Seuss’s I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
  • End the day cuddling on the couch, or in your fort, and watching a movie. Try Animal Planet’s Growing Up Arctic and Growing Up Wildcats. Nothing is cuter than baby animals. Except your baby, of course. 😉


Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma


Have a Dandelion Day

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Dandelion Days are those days you never want to forget. The days that seem to radiate with magic and the kids are learning and growing and smiling. Whimsical days that bring you together as a family and remind you how easily happiness  can find us.

Traditions play an important role in every family – they foster pride, unity and a sense of belonging. Here at Dandelion Days, you will learn how to build joyful traditions for your family and how to turn ordinary days into Dandelion Days.


Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma