Category: Food

Link Round-up: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities, First Home Purchase, Recipes, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for helping children with learning disabilities, a slaw recipe, tips for buying your first home, protection for your pets, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a recipe for carrot and bok choy slaw.

The Neighborhood Moms have five tips to help children with learning disabilities.

View Along the Way gave tips for first time home buyers.

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This Silly Girl’s Life showed us how to make an embroidery hoop memo board.

A Mom’s Take shared tips for keeping pets protected from pests.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey showed us how to make homemade banana coconut ice cream with homemade chocolate syrup.

Gingerly Made showed us how to make Kool Aid lip gloss.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and This Silly Girl’s Life

Cooking with Your Kids

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 by No Comments

Cooking is an important life skill that your children will need to be independent adults, since eating nothing but fast food for three meals a day is not good for their wallets or waistlines. Cooking also teaches children to be more adventurous eaters, since they are more likely to try unfamiliar foods if they’ve helped assist in the meal preparation process.

Most experts don’t recommend letting a child use the stove until age 11 or 12, but younger children can assist you in the kitchen by washing fruits and vegetables or measuring the ingredients for a recipe. With some guidance, they can also be taught to make simple salads or cold sandwiches independently.

When teaching your children how to cook, remember that mistakes are part of the learning process. My own mother loves to tease me about the time I confused sugar and flour and made the world’s worst tasting cookies. My nine-year-old can can sometimes be a real help in the kitchen, but he’s dropped more eggs on the floor than I can count.

Recipes from cookbooks designed for kids can be a fun way to make cooking more enjoyable for your child. Cooking classes are another way to help kids build confidence in the kitchen.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay area, your children can take part in the COOK! Classes for Kids from Paulding & Co. These culinary courses are for kids ages 9 – 18 who want to learn basic skills, as well as how to prepare specialized types of cuisine.

When your children complete a Paulding & Co. course, they’ll gain the confidence they need to cook for themselves, friends, or family.

Photo credit: Paulding & Co

Link Round-up: Collecting, Recharging, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has collecting tips, ideas for summer toys, ways to recharge, and more.

Homemade Interest showed us how to make a personalized family handprint plank.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a patterned floor with linoleum tile.

Mind Body Green gave us 27 ways to recharge your batteries.

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Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make chocolate covered cherries.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom gave us the rundown on fun summer toys for fine motor skills and creativity.

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Hobbies on a Budget shared a great tip: collect e-pennies instead of expensive souvenirs.

Suzy Sitcom shared a clothespin doll tutorial.

Photo credit: Homemade Interest, Chocolate Covered Katie, and Hobbies on a Budget

Link Round-up: Raw Cheesecake, a Summer Wreath, Coconut Oil Lotion, and More

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up showed us how to make a summer wreath, coconut oil lotion, patriotic snow cones, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make raw cheesecake.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan subs.

Thrifty Jinxy taught us how to make patriotic snow cones inexpensively.

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Homemade Interest showed us how to make a butterfly summer wreath.

Suzy Sitcom shared a Parmesan crusted chicken recipe with wine.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a cute craft to do with the kids—make a kite from a paper plate and a few other supplies.

The Crafty Blog Stalker taught us how to make coconut oil lotion.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Homemade Interest

Link Roundup: Ice Cream, Peach Sparklers, Burgers, July 4th, and More

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ice cream sliders, a peach sparkler recipe, bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalapeno burger, and more.

The Thrifty Couple shared a DIY cold, cough, and throat healing oil blend.

Homemade Interest taught us how to make a red, white, and blue tie-dye tablecloth.

Carissa Shaw shared a recipe for double chocolate strawberry pizza.

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A Virtuous Woman motivated us to get the front (and back) porch clean and pretty.

A Dash of Sanity showed us how to make Tagalong ice cream sliders.

Mommy Kat and Kids showed us how to make Minute Maid peach sparklers.

Sincerely Mindy shared a recipe for bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalepeno burger.

Photo credit: The Thrifty Couple and A Virtuous Woman

Should Adults Be Drinking Breast Milk?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by 1 Comment

We all know that breast milk is the ideal choice for babies, but some adults say that the benefits reach into adulthood.

In a recent interview with New York Magazine men who consume breast milk talked about why they drink it. They reported significant health benefits like boosted energy levels and improved immune systems. One dad even said that breast milk eased his nausea during chemotherapy treatments.

It’s touted as “God-given” and “natural” and is bought and sold on sites like Only the Breast. Mainstream sale sites like eBay and Craigslist ban the sale of bodily fluids, but Only the Breast co-founder Glenn Snow says that his site concentrates on mothers but that they “do not mind men seeking milk for health or wellness needs.”

Part of me thinks about how calves drink milk when they are young, but then they outgrow it. They need the nutrition in milk to meet their growth and energy needs when young.

Isn’t it the same for human babies? Infants are delicate and susceptible to disease, and their bodies are not fully developed. Breast milk offers them specific nourishment that helps them resist disease and infection early in life.

It turns out that this isn’t anything new. According to the Telegraph, men in China have been drinking breast milk for its nutritional value. Before we let the creepy factor cloud our thinking, we have to ask if there is a nutritional value that should be considered.

Breast milk is a unique combination of nutrients essential to a child’s health, and it is natural.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, breast milk contains fats, proteins, carbohydrates and special immune-boosting cells, and scientists hope to take the beneficial qualities of breast milk and to create a treatment for adults who suffer from a wide range of illnesses including chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease.

In light of this, it makes me think of all the times supplements are created to mimic the real thing, but don’t quite match up to the full potential of that real thing. Could this be the case with breast milk? Might it be beneficial to those suffering from chronic conditions? Of course mainstream medical experts are skeptical, but so far the anecdotal evidence is mounting.

Photo credits: wikihow

Link Roundup: 4th of July, a Cute Breakfast Idea, Snack Mix, and More

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has 4th of July popcorn ideas, patriotic fruit coolers, a cute caterpillar breakfast, and more.

Creative Green Living showed us how to make patriotic fruit cooler mocktails.

Eighteen25 shared a fun entertaining idea—a 4th of July popcorn bar.

Carissa Shaw showed us how to make a family-friendly snack mix.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a cute caterpillar breakfast.

Clever Pink Pirate showed us how to make jam thumbprint cookies.

A Dash of Sanity taught us how to make double chocolate Nutella cinnamon rolls.

Mommy Kat and Kids taught us how to make frozen pudding dots that are cute, bite-sized, and delicious!

Photo credit: Creative Green Living and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Make Rock Candy with Your Kids

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 by 1 Comment

Rock candy is merely sugar crystals that have been left to grow on a string or skewer. Not only is it great fun to make but you’ll be teaching your kids about crystals, too. It will take a few days, so expect to be very patient for a week or two.

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • String
  • Jar
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Paper clip
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Flavoring, optional

Instructions:

  1. The night before, place the string in water and then lay it on a plate. Cover it with sugar and let it dry. This helps the rock candy stick to the string.
  2. The next day, wash the jar out in very hot water. Rinse well.
  3. Tape the string securely to the pencil and tie a paper clip to the end. The string should hang almost to the bottom of the jar but not touch the bottom. Leave about an inch of space between the two.
  4. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, stirring and making sure all of the sugar is dissolved before adding the next batch. Continue until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Add food color and flavoring if desired.
  7. Let cool slightly, about five to ten minutes is fine.
  8. Pour the sugar mixture into the jar.
  9. Add the string by laying the pencil over the open top of the jar. Make sure it hangs straight down.
  10. Cover the top loosely with paper towel or cheesecloth to keep out the dust.
  11. Set in a place where it will not be disturbed and out of direct sunlight.
  12. Wait.
  13. Let it grow. It could take seven days or more to get to the size you want.
  14. Remove it from the jar, blot the moisture off of it, and enjoy!

photo credit: stevendepolo via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Tastes of Summer, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has some of the fresh tastes of summer, a craft, and more.

Farm Fresh Feasts taught us how to put together an antipasti pasta salad with kale.

Little House Living showed us how to make a fruit pizza dessert.

Design Life Kids showed us how to make some of the cutest color-blocked popsicles.

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Ribbons and Glue gave us a tutorial for a DIY wood clock.

Tastes of Lizzy T showed us how to make Twizzler firecracker cupcakes.

The Grant Life shared a recipe for sweet basil beer bread.

Five Heart Home posted a recipe for a pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy.

Photo credit: Farm Fresh Feasts and Ribbons and Glue

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