Katie's Kids Mission Statement
To elevate child development to a new level by leading the social and emotional growth and education of young children by providing a safe, welcoming home-like environment with a caring, educated, and professional staff that promotes partnerships between parents children and other early childhood professionals.
October 9 No School Day Program
October 12 Annual Family Weiner Roast
October 14 Saturday Night Live at The Links
October 20 Ident-A-Child in the Lobby 3-6
November 15 & 16
KKLC Family Weiner Roast
All families are welcome to join us in the backyard of Katie's Kids for our annual weiner roast. Hot dogs will be grilled and all the fixings to make s'mores over the fire will be provided. We ask families to bring a dish to share.
Families in rooms:
1,2,& 7 - bring a dessert
3,4,5,6 - bring a side dish
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ The Links
Need a night off? Can't find a babysitter? Check out Saturday Night Live @ Katie's Kids! Saturday Night Live is a Saturday evening full of fun for children while families go out. Children can enjoy playing, having dinner with friends, and snuggling in for a movie.
Exposure to Lead
Every year the Illinois Department of Public Health would like us to remind families about the risk involved when exposed to lead and the lasting effects it may cause.
If you would like additional information, please follow the link
SPIRIT WEEK October 30-November 3
MONDAY - Patriotic Day
TUESDAY - Orange & Black Day
WEDNESDAY - Pajama Day
THURSDAY - Silly Hair & Hat Day
FRIDAY - Sports Day
Healthy Food Corner
Pumpkin Season brings us a lot of options, here is a great warm breakfast idea.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter), melted
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1 small lemon, juiced)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup oat flour (see notes for how to make your own oat flour out of old-fashioned oats)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat in the eggs. (If your coconut oil goes back to its solid state like mine did at this point, just warm the mixture for short 20 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each, until it is melted again.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
- Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix! Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface of your pan with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. If you're using a non-stick electric griddle like mine, you might not need any oil at all.
- Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
- Once the underside is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
- Serve the pancakes immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven.
GLUTEN-FREE OATS: Be sure to purchase certified gluten-free oat flour or certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats if you need these pancakes to be gluten free.
TO MAKE OAT FLOUR: Pour one cup of old-fashioned oats (do not use quick cooking oats!) into a food processor and process until it is ground well. One cup before and after grinding measures just about the same, believe it or not!
PREPARATION TIPS: This whole grain batter is thicker than most, so it's more difficult to gauge when the pancakes are ready to flip. I learned that it's easier to go by the timer: set it for for 3 minutes for the first side, then flip and wait another 90 seconds for the other side to finish. The time will vary depending on your temperature setting, but that's about the time it should take for pancakes that are fully cooked and golden on each side.
Author: Cookie and Kate