Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: September 2008

Pancakes and Waffles

A friend of mine and her family has a special weekly tradition. Every Monday night, everyone (friends and family) go to the Grandparents house for crapes and stories. Set up a pancake, waffle or crepe bar with your family’s favorite fruits and nuts. You could […]

Simply Italian Roasted Vegetables

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. I love simple recipes made with only a few ingredients. I used to make this with top Ramen all the time when I was in college. Today, I serve the vegetables with rice, pasta, tortillas […]

I Love Dirt: Discover the Wonders of Nature

This morning, a new book I have been waiting for finally arrived; I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward. It was a beautiful day today. So, I stole a moment while the kids were napping to escape and enjoy the silence and my new book. I was treated with a gentle breeze and a song from the leaves in the trees rustling merrily. What is it about being in nature that seems to wash all the negativity away and lends to the mind we can do whatever we deem possible?

“I love Dirt”, is filled with wonder and knowledge. The book’s title includes the line “52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonder of nature”. I would not call them activities, but more along the lines of science exploration. The chapters are divided by season. The “activity” will suggest a part of nature to explore such as animals, plants, weather and space. Using a scientist’s point of view you and your child discuss the elements.

Fall has begun in select areas of the world. You could talk about why leaves fall. You could discuss gravity and the seasons. You could talk about wind and the sounds it makes and how wind is used for energy. Try catching falling leaves. Play a game by collecting objects to see which ones can be moved by the wind. Another idea I liked requires a game of hide-n-seek. First, explain what camouflage is. Then, ask your child to think about how different bugs and animals in nature use markings and color to survive.

I Love Dirt is a fun book filled with adventures to explore with the whole family. It is simple to read. And the best part is, you do not need buy anything.

Take your nature journey even farther by heading to your local library. Find books based on the aspects of nature that your child would like to know more about. Better yet, grab your books, a blanket and some snacks and head outside to connect with nature.

The Trees Are Alive With the Sound of Music

I have to laugh at the irony of the classic song “To Grandma’s House We Go”. Now while my mom is a grandmother, she does not live in the country. However, her parents did, as well as Stephen’s parents. Growing up, we took a Sunday […]

Egg in the Middle Toast

The first time I made this was on Valentine’s Day. I used a heart cookie cutter to cut out the center. My kids love it. Bread Cookie cutter in desired shape Eggs Butter Butter a piece of bread. Use the cookie cutter to cut out […]

Chicken Caesar Salad

Ok, this is not really a meal I cook from scratch, but it is fast and it is our favorite meal. Whenever my husband and I celebrate our Anniversary or Valentines Day or just get a night out together, this is what we want to have. Paired with some apple cider and voila, you have an elegant tasty dinner.

Caesar dressing mix (use white wine vinegar) or ready made salad dressing
Iceberg or Romaine lettuce
Grilled Chicken Breasts, chopped
Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
Croutons (recipe follows)

Croutons:
Day old bread (1 slice per person)
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Olive oil.

Cut bread into 1-2 inch pieces. Toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and herbs. Bake 350 until browned. About 10 minutes. Let cool. Croutons will harden as they cool so do not over cook.

Variations:
-1 rotisserie chicken
-1 bag Caesar salad kit

Family Night Jam Session

Once a week, we like to schedule time to be together as a family. Sometimes, we take a day trip; other times, we take a bike ride, go on a walk, watch a movie, wrestle or play sports in the backyard. This week, we pulled […]

Cultivate a Love Affair with Nature

Many years ago, my brother and his little family came out for a visit. While here, we took a trip to the Muir Woods, a state park north of San Francisco. The Red Woods are one of my most favorite places to explore. I love […]

Chicken with Rice and Peas

Last year, I went in search of kid friendly meals. I questioned my friends to find out what they were serving their little ones. This is a favorite of my friend Brooke Ward.

1 cup Rice
2 cups water, plus two bullion cubes or use chicken broth in the place of water and bullion
Chicken Breast cooked to your liking
1/2 cup Peas
Salt and pepper

Add rice, water and bullion cubes. Bring to a boil. Add the peas. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Serve with chicken.

Southwestern Chicken Salad

I came across this recipe in a magazine a couple of years ago. I love how simple it is to make. 1/2 tsp or more ground cumin Salt, to taste 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken 2 limes, quartered 1 head of Romaine lettuce, shredded (you […]