My kids really love to help in the kitchen. As young as 18 months old, they enjoyed dumping pre-measured flour into the bowl. They love kneading the pizza dough and assembling their own pizzas. I think kids in the kitchen encourages adventurous eating, and understanding of nutrition, not to mention math and science lessons. Also… teaches them how to cook — not a bad life skill to have!
So, anyway — two months of school have come and gone and we’ve got the school lunch thing down pat. My 2nd grader chooses one school lunch a month, but that is too divergent from the routine for my kindy kid, so no Big Daddy’s Pizza Wedgie or whatever for him. I’m pleased with the greater variety of really fresh vegetables — spinach salad! — and even though it’s really not a big deal to pack lunches, it sort of feels luxurious to not pack her lunch once in a while. Continue reading
Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve written. Continue reading
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In an attempt to get out of our recipe rut, I went through a huge stack of magazines and got three new recipes to try — and I adapted Real Simples Salmon with Garlicky Green Beans and Bok Choy to use for our family! Continue reading
I’ve become quite devoted to cleaning with vinegar! My standard household cleanser is 50% white vinegar, 50% water — and it works! I sometimes add a squirt of liquid dish soap and that gets out just about every disgusting thing my kids put on any surface.
Another use I’ve head a bit about is using it as a wash for produce. Of course organic produce is your best bet for avoiding pesticides — but sometimes there isn’t much choice. My recent Aldi trip of course yielded no organic apples, and on my trip to the “real” grocery store I was disappointed to find only GREEN organic apples. Needless to say, green apples are UNACCEPTABLE!!! Ugh. So, of course one always has a choice (get it or don’t get it!) — but knowing how to mitigate the presence of pesticides gives you yet another option when making a choice between conventional and organic produce.
This article suggests a 1:9 ratio of white vinegar and water, and soaking and rinsing your produce (not delicate berries!). I hear tell that also keeps things fresher longer.
I ran across this exploration of vintage 7-up ads. It made me laugh.
So in case you’re feeling, as some may at the end of a long, hot summer, that your kids’ dietary habits have been slipping as compromise and bribery have increased at mealtime… as long as you’re not giving your pre-crawler pop, I think you’re probably doing OK.
Well, our summer is drawing to a close. In two weeks, we’ll be looking at the first day of school. We’ve made a concerted effort in the past few weeks to get a lot of things done on our summer fun list!
Crazy, right? Just think, if you eat healthier food your body will be healthier.
That’s what this article reports at least! Continue reading
My menu planning has taken a major nose-dive. Between the insertion of meat/low carb/no sugar, and my kids becoming increasingly picky, my husband not being able to eat dinner at home every night due to work, and various activities making it super hard to cook dinner immediately before it’s dinnertime — I feel like throwing in the towel and I confess we’ve had more Fend-For-Yourself nights than usual! Continue reading
For all the carnivorous leanings in my family lately, most of us still eat a primarily vegetarian lifestyle! I’ve managed to find some kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are healthy and will actually get eaten!