Quality Time Activities

Most of us would like to spend more time with our kids; but with all the demands on our time- school, work, friends, after-school activities- it may seem like we're constantly driving from activity to activity with no real time to connect with our loved ones.

Each month, the Family Focus section will feature a new activity that you can try out with your kids. These activities are designed to encourage you to spend quality time with your kids and to open up the lines of communication. The activities will also help to reinforce those important character traits and build your child's self-esteem.

November Activity - Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices


-2 large apples

-3 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

-1 cup melted caramels

-1 tablespoon coconut oil

-chopped pecans

-popsicle sticks



  1. Slice apples into half inch pieces

  2. Microwave chocolate chips in a bowl for about 2 mins, occasionally stirring.

  3. Stir in tablespoon of coconut oil until smooth.

  4. Cut a small slit in the bottom of each apple and insert popsicle stick

  5. Dip each apple in melted chocolate and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  6. Top each apple with a drizzle of melted caramel and some chopped pecans.

  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour and enjoy!!