2. Bake on demand. We are big bakers at our house, and I hate to take that away during the summer. Every month or two we make a triple batch of cookie dough and freeze it, and then take out enough to make about 6 cookies each time. The bulk of the fun is rolling out the dough and cutting out the cookies (or just making them into balls). We also bake these in the toaster oven! This is a double win for us because it means we are not overdoing it with the sugary sweets, and we are still gaining an afternoon activity.
3. Get creative with your slow cooker. Pretty much anything you make in an oven can be done in a slow cooker – so if you plan ahead, and do some research, you can make it work. Remember at the beginning of the summer when you had grand plans to do a bunch of craft projects like homemade candles, play-doh, or crayons? Yeah, you can do those too! I will warn that some things can get messy pretty quickly, and every slow cooker is different, but you never know until you try!