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Kids’ Summer Memories Treasury

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

As we enter into the last few weeks of summer, we have time to reflect upon the special memories enjoyed together. Whether it was gatherings with friends and family, outings, camp or vacations, the experience of appreciating what we have shared is a valuable one.

Your child can start a new tradition which they will no doubt enjoy in years to come - a Summer Memories Treasury Box or Folder. Encourage your child to start documenting their summer memories. Have him or her write a story about what he or she loved most about their summer, or write it together, with the year clearly marked. Ask your child to draw pictures, select favourite photos to print and/or find souvenirs to add to their reflection.

After the memory reflection is complete, put it in a special box or folder, that can be added to each year. As an adult, the summer memories will be both a treasury of memories and a treasure.

Delicious Donut Muffin Recipe

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I love to share recipes with which I have had success. The reason is easy … we all look for inspiration for our family meals and entertaining, and it is nice to turn to tried and tested dishes.

With that in mind, here is a delicious donut muffin recipe for leisurely weekend breakfasts or brunches that received rave reviews from our taste testers (even the picky ones).

See: allrecipes.com/recipe/donut-muffins

Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt

Friday, May 30th, 2014

As the weather starts to warm up, as parents we become increasingly interested to find fun ways to enjoy the outdoors (with suntan lotion on, of course).

A neighbourhood scavenger hunt can be a great way to excite children about their surroundings. Simply make up a list of things to search for, review it together, and set out to explore. Every time your child spots an item, she or he can check the item off their list. You may choose to include items on your list such as new buds, specific types of trees, flowers, fire hydrants, someone gardening, dogs, cats and more.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

How to Make a Minion Cake

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Recently, my nine-year-old daughter requested a Minion cake for her birthday. My children prefer home-made cakes to store bought cakes, and so she wanted us to bake our own. Baking and decorating it together was great fun, and we shared a sense of accomplishment when it was complete.

I am pleased to share our secrets, in case you want to enjoy the same experience and delicious results …

We drew inspiration for our cake from the Betty Crocker website. Specifically, we referred to the link www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/despicable-me-minion-sheet-cake/327597eb-f679-4d19-b383-d4ec40f548bd. You will find a photograph of our version below.

The cake recipe we used, that worked well for a 9 X 13 pan came from Food.com at http://www.food.com/recipe/the-only-chocolate-cake-recipe-youll-ever-need-devils-food-26370.

The best part was the smile on the face of the birthday girl when she blew out the candles and took her first bite.Minion Cake

Bon Appetit!

Great Cocoa Brownie Recipe

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Bringing you a little sweetness …

We have a fabulous brownie recipe to share as the holidays approach. Both adults and children enjoyed these delicious treats in our test kitchen, baked from a recipe on the acclaimed blog Smitten Kitchen.

Like the author, we found that we had to bake the brownies for ten to fifteen minutes extra in our oven. We also put our brownies in the refrigerator to firm after they had cooled on the rack.

Recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/01/best-cocoa-brownies/

Bon Appetit!

Great Books for Children to Read

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This morning our friend Maya shared a list of 50 great books for kids of all ages. We reviewed the list, and recognized many of the titles as fabulous ourselves. It is definitely worth a look … I know we are already making a list of the next books to consider for our children.

Review ListChallenges.com’s fifty best books for kids at http://www.listchallenges.com/the-50-best-books-for-kids.

Baked Lemon Salmon Recipe

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I am always looking for new dinner recipes to ’spice’ up our meals. So when I received a request for lemon-baked salmon tonight, I went on an internet search. The recipe I found, Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon, was simple and successful. I have included the link below for you to enjoy below (and so that I can easily find it again in the future). :-)

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon:

Bon Appetit!

Teddy Bear Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I just passed an adorable scene in a playground, that I am thrilled to share. A mother was sitting on a blanket with her two pre-school aged sons, and two large stuffed animals. Each of the people and stuffed animals had a plate in front of them. Everyone was enjoying the experience. I didn’t take a picture for privacy reasons, but quietly enjoyed their excitement.

I thought I would pass on this mother’s inspiration to you, to consider for an upcoming sunny day.

Book to Prepare for a New Sibling

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Joanna Cole has made having a new baby join the family, much easier for pre-schoolers. Her books “I’m a Big Sister” and “I’m a Big Brother” are wonderful because they remind children that the role of being a big brother or sister is wonderful. Having a baby means getting to take on that role.

“I’m a Big Sister” and “I’m a Big Brother” is available at many major bookstores.

The Secret to Sweeter Corn

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Our friend Jeff shared a secret to boiling sweeter corn. Truthfully, it may be that its available locally and in season, but we think his method works. Jeff peels the corn, and then cleans the husks. Here is his real secret: He puts the cleaned husks in the pot of water, and leaves them inside as he brings the water to a boil.

When the water is boiling, Jeff carefully removes the husks before placing the cobs into the pot and boiling them for ten minutes. Our taste tests have produced supberb results. In fact, I think we will be having corn on the cob tonight. ;-)

Bon appetit!