When it rains…

Take a break from puddle jumping and mud pies to enjoy fun stuff for kids and for the young at heart.

1. JUNIOR APRON

Use natural dyes to tie-dye mini white aprons found at LeRoux. Your little chef will have fun making and wearing it. $14.99

2. KID O CUTTING FRUIT

Food makes fractions more fun. Find this at The Toy Box in VH. $25.95

3. CHOP CHOP MAGAZINE
A cooking magazine for families with kid-friendly recipes, articles, puzzles and more. Visit: chopchopmag.org.

4. RATATOUILLE (2007)
Dinner & a movie! Watch this Disney-Pixar movie and follow Remy the French Rat’s journey to becoming a chef. Turn to page 15 for eV’s Ratatouille recipe. Check local libraries.

5. MINI KITCHEN TOOLS
Child’s first cutting board, knife and whisk by Joyce Chen. Functional, adorable and safe. Available at LeRoux.

6. PUZZLES
Find them at Mardell’s in VH, Granite Ace Hardware in Edgartown and Island thrift stores.

7. PIRATE SHIP CAKE PAN
This heavy cast aluminum pirate pan is perfect for breads, molded desserts and cakes. The end result is so much fun, you’ll have to fend off the scallywags who will try and devour your booty. Yarr! $32.

Mmm… Donuts

(CLOCKWISE STARTING AT TOP LEFT)
1. LIMPOPO

State Road Restaurant
2. POWDERED SUGAR
Dippin’ Donuts
3. ZACHARY DONUT
Dippin’ Donuts
4. COCONUT COVERED
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
5. BUTTER CRUNCH
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
6. RASPBERRY FILLED
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
7. OLD FASHIONED
Humphreys Bakery
8. CRULLER
Humphrey’s Bakery
9. BELLY BOMB
Humphrey’s Bakery
10. CHOCOLATE COVERED
The Black Dog Bakery
11.PARTY DONUT
The Black Dog Bakery
12. CINNAMON SUGAR
The Steamship Authority snack bar

Mmm… Donuts

Lattanzi’s Café

from: We All Scream…For Ice Cream

Stracciatella gelato, made from scratch. Old Post Office Square, Edgartown, $3.46.

Lattanzi’s Café

Home Port

from: We All Scream…For Ice Cream

Sunset trips to Menemsha just got that much better. Head to the Home Port and try one of their frozen chocolate covered bananas. Available with or without nuts (try them both). 512 North Road, Menemsha, $2.

Home Port

Tisberry

from: We All Scream…For Ice Cream

Fresh fruit plus frozen yogurt equals a cool way to start your day. With toppings that range from trail mix to sweetened coconut, there is always something new to try. Between Midnight Farm and Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $3.25-$5.

Tisberry

Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar

from: We All Scream…For Ice Cream

Perhaps the best accessory for a walk about the Edgartown harbor. Get this Cookiewich made to order. 5 Dock Street, Edgartown, $4.66.

Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar

Mad Martha’s

from: We All Scream…For Ice Cream

Go mad for these ice cream sandwiches. Pick a flavor and leave it up to the counter help to sandwich it between two soft cookies. Visit one of their three locations: 7 North Water Street, Edgartown; 8 Union Street, Vineyard Haven; 117 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, $5.85.

Mad Martha’s

Blueberry Ale

from: Very Berry

Yes, there are berries floating in this beer. Seasonally brewed by Offshore Ale Co. $3.00–$5.50, Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs, (508) 693-2626.

Blueberry Ale

Blueberry-Blackberry Jam

from: Very Berry

On Toast with butter for $3.50 at State Road Restaurant (during seasonal brunch hours). Coffee and newsprint extra.

Blueberry-Blackberry Jam

Blueberry Coulis

from: Summer Blues

Borage blossom sits atop of blueberry coulis drizzled over vanilla ice cream. How’s that for a rhapsody in blue? For edible flowers like borage, call Down-Island Farm. For ‘wild blueberries in a bottle’ (aka blueberry coulis) it’s $7.95 at Fiddlehead Farm, 632 State Road, West Tisbury.

Blueberry Coulis