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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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
It's hard to believe that this is the third installment of Kids Cook with Books, our virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  This month, our featured book is How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.  It is a wildly entertaining tale of a little girl, who like many children, struggles with eating her vegetables.  But one day, when a band of green bean thugs comes to town, Martha has to act fast to save her parents...and she has to do the unthinkable. Kids Cook with Books:  August,...

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P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)

P is for Pupusas (Free Printable for Kids)
I love to eat with my hands.  My grandmother, who was a stickler for manners, used to cringe as I picked my favorite ingredients out of my salad or reached across the table to taste something from someone else's plate.  Now that I am an adult, my habits haven't changed much, and I am still a sucker for food that I can pick up.  Tacos, nachos, warm slices of pizza. Yes, please.  Another one of my favorite hand held foods is pupusas.  Have you ever heard of them? Pupusas are a Salvadorian...

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Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers

Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers
Ever since I launched Kids Cook with Books, our free reading and cooking club for kids, I have been getting emails from authors and publishers asking if I would like to review their books for children.  Honestly, I am pretty finicky and don't want to share anything that I can't truly get behind.  When I got my copy of Who's Hungry by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt in the mail recently, it actually made me giggle out loud.  That's a pretty good litmus test, right?  If I can get enjoyment...

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