Tag Archives: kids

"Do Something Good"

I could hardly believe my luck when I found out that some parents from our school were scheduling a music performance around the same time that I was holding one of my Great American Bake Sales. John, the dad I spoke to, suggested we join forces and create a wonderful community event. Nothing could have been better - we had a fantastic family celebration in the park, complete with live music, barbecue and baked goods. It was amazing how everyone came together with the goal or raising money to...

Continue Reading

Playdates…for kids AND moms!

Ah, I can fondly remember the days when I was able to have an uninterrupted conversation with a girlfriend.  But alas, every time I pick up the phone or try to engage someone in person, I am interrupted with a hail storm of demands, complaints and arguments from my kids.  I KNOW I am not alone.  That's why the Playdate Cafe was born in San Anselmo recently. I brought my kids to the Grand Opening of the Playdate Cafe, where I was able to sit with an amazing group of entrepreneurial moms and have...

Continue Reading

We're On - the What's Cooking Bake Sal...

I was nearly brought to tears by the enthusiasm of our friends, family and classmates when I told them about the Great American Bake Sale. What began as an attempt at getting a few families to help hungry children by baking together has turned into a series of three separate Bake Sale events...one of which will be a celebration in the park with a band comprised of parents! The details of our events are below - hopefully they will inspire you to take some steps to help hungry kids across America,...

Continue Reading

Just in Time for Earth Day – Michael Recycle

My review copy of Michael Recycle landed on my front porch just in time for an afternoon playdate...and ended up being the topic of conversation for the rest of the afternoon.  The kids, ages 5 through 8, loved the bold coloring of the fantastic illustrations and found the writing to be hilarious! Michael Recycle is an adventure about a superhero (clad with a colander-hat!), who teaches people about how recycling can help make their town more beautiful and their bodies healthier.   The book is...

Continue Reading

Special Expeditions...Fruit Expeditions, episode...

...Continued from episode 3 We truly enjoyed tasting the variety of marmalades that were available with breakfast each day. Their flavors were bright and fresh, and were a wonderful change from the predictable flavors of jam we can find at home. Naranjilla (Lulo) with sugar: This marmalade comes from a greenish citrus fruit and contains small flecks of zest. It was sweet and slightly tart at the same time. Most of us thought it was too sweet and gave it a 2. Amelia loved...

Continue Reading

Special Expeditions...Fruit Expeditions, episode...

On our family adventure with Special Expeditions, we journeyed through the Panama Canal and to Costa Rica on a 60 passenger cruise ship, staffed by naturalists. Inspired by a friend from the blogosphere, who has been engaged in a culinary vegetable challenge with her children, we decided to have a series of taste tests with the plethora of tropical fruits on our voyage. We decided to score fruits on a scale of 0-3, with 3 being the best and 0 the worst. Amelia wanted to begin the ranking with...

Continue Reading

Can They Do It? Yes They Can!

Can They Do It?  Yes They Can!
Since I teach cooking classes for children, people ask me all the time about what their kids can really do in the kitchen. They find it hard to believe that their toddler can actually help, without causing chaos. When I do workshops for mother’s groups or schools on Family Mealtimes or Cooking with Kids, I often include the chart below in my hand-outs. It highlights some of the age-appropriate cooking skills that children can do. Of course, you know your child best, and need to use your discretion...

Continue Reading

Squashed

Inspired by our friend's Great Big Vegetable Challenge, we are in the midst of getting Squashed!  So far, we have tried Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, Kabocha, Spaghetti and Sweet Dumpling - all grown by our friends at the Full Belly Farm. During Thanksgiving, my daughter fell in love with "stuffing", which is what inspired tonight's squash dish.  I halved and roasted a few sweet dumpling squash and stuffed them with bread stuffing.  Yum! So far, the Delicata is the undefeated champion.  Anyone...

Continue Reading

Kids Culinary Creations for the Holidays

With the winter holidays approaching, parents usually begin to think about the plethora of holiday gifts they need to buy for their friends and family. This year, instead of spending hours of your time at a crowded mall and fighting for a parking space, why not spend some quality time with your kids in the kitchen at home.Ever since I had children of my own, I have found gift giving to be easier than ever. Simply give the kids some clay or paint and paper, and voila! A gift is born. While beauty...

Continue Reading

Kids arguing over their favorite…squash?

I had to laugh at the dinner table tonight when my 5 and 7 year old children engaged in verbal battle over which type of squash was better: Acorn or Delicata. As my daughter groaned about her Acorn squash, I thought about my friend Charlotte and the experiment that she started doing with her son about a year ago. They decided to eat their way through the alphabet - one vegetable at a time. She called this journey The Great Big Vegetable Challenge, and regularly documents their trials, tribulations,...

Continue Reading