Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of May is Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started as well as an idea for a family service project. Then visit Sunny Day Family for a fun craft. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Beezus and Ramona is a story of two sisters and all they get into. More so, it’s about a 9-year-old girl who has to watch her pesky 4-year-old sister and get annoyed with her on a regular basis. Anyone who has ever been a big sister can relate to Beezus’ frustrations, and anyone who has ever been a little sister can relate to Ramona’s love for her older sister. Ramona gets into trouble in every single chapter of this book and is sent to her room.
With Ramona in mind, I made a dinner menu that can be eaten entirely with your hands (with the exception of the applesauce dessert). I thought this would be something Ramona would enjoy, and if it is intentional finger food then maybe she won’t get in trouble for eating this way. I think even older sister Beezus would enjoy eating an entire meal with her hands, don’t you? Even our 6 and 8 year olds just ate spaghetti with their hands the other night… much to the chagrin of the parents in the household.
Beezus and Ramona
Family Dinner Book Club
Double Decker Baked Quesadilla
(serve will all your favorite dipping sauces)
This really isn’t a recipe, it is just the way corn on the cob sometimes looks after being cut off the cob. To make corn sheets, simply cut the corn off the cob, slicing close to the cob so the individual kernels stick together. As a child, I always loved when I would get these sheets of corn while my mom cut the kernels off the cob for me.
Kids in the Kitchen
Take the kids to the farmers market or grocery store with you to let them choose which fruits and vegetables will be served with dinner tonight. Most vegetables can be cut into bite-sized pieces to be served as finger foods.
Kids can help assemble the quesadillas on the baking trays and set the timer for cooking. Kids can also use a big spatula to flip the quesadillas halfway through cooking.