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 […]
Month: September 2008
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?
â€œI love Dirtâ€, is filled with wonder and knowledge. The bookâ€™s title includes the line â€œ52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonder of natureâ€. I would not call them activities, but more along the lines of science exploration. The chapters are divided by season. The â€œactivityâ€ will suggest a part of nature to explore such as animals, plants, weather and space. Using a scientistâ€™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.
I have to laugh at the irony of the classic song â€œTo Grandmaâ€™s House We Goâ€. Now while my mom is a grandmother, she does not live in the country. However, her parents did, as well as Stephenâ€™s parents. Growing up, we took a Sunday […]
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)
Day old bread (1 slice per person)
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.
-1 rotisserie chicken
-1 bag Caesar salad kit
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.