Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle – Summer 2016

Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle – Summer 2016
You already read to your kids.  Why not take things a step further and head into the kitchen?  I know, I know.  Cooking with your kids takes time. It might make a mess.  But the perks can last a lifetime!  Spending quality time together aside, your children will learn healthy eating habits and culinary skills to last a lifetime.  The Summer 2016 Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle makes it easy to cook and learn with the kids.  It includes simple, engaging activities to accompany these books:...

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Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays

Cook & Learn: Jewish High Holidays
I'll start this post with a little disclaimer.  I am Jewish.  Culturally Jewish, at least.  I don't go to temple very often, but I always feel a sense of family and camaraderie when I am with members of my tribe.   When I was a child, I used to attend Sunday school, and then when I got older, I went to Monday night school leading up to my confirmation.  I went on an amazing 6-week long trip to Israel when I was 16, and to this day, I still cherish those memories.  When college came along,...

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Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone

Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone
When I ran my mobile cooking school for children, my absolute favorite classes revolved around community service.  My students and I did lots of events in our community to raise funds to fight hunger and to support homeless organizations. Soup was a type of meal that we could all consistently rally behind.  It was always warm, nurturing, and seemed like the closest thing to getting a hug, from the inside out. Get Social Since soup brings me feelings of do-gooding nostalgia, I was thrilled...

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Coming Soon: Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle

Coming Soon: Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle
My Kids Cook with Books tribe has spoken.  In our recent survey, the participant feedback on the contents of our Bonus Bundle was quite clear!  You know what you want, and I am happy to deliver... Get a sneak peek of the contents of the Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle.  It includes a variety of fun and engaging activities to go with our first three featured books: Blueberries for Sal, The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry, and How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans. While...

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Fall Produce {Word Search for Kids}

Fall Produce {Word Search for Kids}
Walking through the aisles of the grocery store, you would never know that produce grows seasonally.  These days, fruits and veggies are shipped all over the world, regardless of climate the time of year.  Want strawberries in the dead of winter? No problem.  They can be brought in from parts of the planet with warmer climates.  While it's convenient to have everything our hearts desire, the planet pays a price.  Shipping requires packaging and the transportation of the food produces emissions...

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Kids Cook with Books: Chaat and Sweets

Kids Cook with Books: Chaat and Sweets
This month, our featured book for Kids Cook with Books is Chaat and Sweets by Amy Wilson Sanger.  It's a rhyming board book that is part of the World Snack Series.   Although it's geared for toddlers, the rhymes and colorful and creative artwork captivate audiences of all ages.  Readers are introduced to "chaat", savory snacks that are often served from food carts and stalls in India and other countries in South Asia.  We also learn about a variety of sweet treats from these same cultures.  This...

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Tips for Cooking with Siblings

Tips for Cooking with Siblings
Whenever I ask parents about their biggest challenges regarding cooking with their children, the number one response tends to deal with the dynamics of cooking with siblings.  If you have more than one child, I am sure you can relate.  It really gets on our parenting nerves to hear them bicker over every little thing: who gets to go first, who wants this spatula or that bowl, who is taking up too much space (even when there is plenty to go around!). It's hard to fault anyone who decides to ban...

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Learning in the Kitchen

I am not the type of person who gets star struck, but I certainly have a list of people that I hold in very high regard.  Katie, from Gift of Curiosity, is one such person.  Not only is she from the San Francisco Bay Area like me, but she has two graduate degrees in education and child development.  And the part where I get giddy is when she asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog about kids learning in the kitchen.  It is exciting to be noticed, and even better to be respected by...

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Waste-Free Lunch Supply Essentials

Waste-Free Lunch Supply Essentials
No matter how your kids are being educated - in a homeschool or classroom setting, packing lunches can be an overwhelming proposition.  First, there is the struggle of feeding the fussy eater, and then websites like Pinterest make you feel inadequate because your lunches don't look like works of art.  Okay, maybe I am projecting.  But still - there is a lot to consider.  For me, it's really important that when we pack lunches to go, we aren't producing excess garbage.  So, when we hit the...

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Homemade Cup of Noodles

Homemade Cup of Noodles
I am a sucker for foods that make me feel cozy and comforted.  Perhaps that's why I love to use my slow cooker in the winter time to make big batches of split pea or mushroom barley soup.  But I am also a carb-lover, and am a huge fan of noodles and any type of meal that contains them.  With our busy family schedules, I thought that it would be nice if I could develop a recipe that would both be comforting to my kids while they were eating lunch at school and be healthier than the convenience...

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