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11 Smart Tips for Cooking with Kids

My kids love to cook. They’ve both been cooking with me since they could stand in the kitchen, thanks to their Learning Tower and lots of kid-sized kitchen tools. They’re old pros these days. With me working a full-time job now, we don’t get as much time together in the kitchen as we used to, but they still look forward to the times when we can. If your kids don’t like to cook with you, all isn’t lost. There isn’t one trick to getting your kids into the kitchen. It’s more like the accumulation of many little tricks. Try these: Take … Read more

How to Make a Mosaic Rainbow Using Dyed Rice

finished mosaic rainbow

  This is an awesome project because it didn’t cost a single cent. I used leftovers and odds and ends that we had lying around to dye some old, stale rice and to make the finished rainbow. This project was really fun for me, but Grace (who recently turned 4) thought it was boring. I think an older kid, maybe 7 or 8, would think it was a fun project from start to finish. How to Dye the Rice After dying Easter eggs, we had six bowls full of dye sitting on our dining room table. To make the dye, … Read more

Spicy Oven Baked Omelet

oven omelet

Since our CSA began, we have been inundated by fresh vegetables. I’m not complaining. This week, instead of a stir fry, we combined our veggies into an oven omelet. I thought about making an omelet roll up, but decided against it at the last minute. I wasn’t sure how the pieces of bok choy would act in thin slices of egg. Because it’s made from chopped veggies, eggs, and cheese, an oven omelet is extremely versatile. It works with almost any combination of fresh or frozen veggies. I’ve even made it with an onion and a can of green chili … Read more

7 Strategies for Empowering Picky Eaters

7 strategies for empowering a picky eater - Whether they're toddlers, preschoolers, older kids, or teens, picky eaters are a pain! Use these 7 tips and ideas to encourage healthy eating habits at dinner and all meals through the day.

  Please enjoy this guest post from Mandi Ehman: Picky, particular, fussy, sensitive – whichever adjective you prefer, you probably know what I’m talking about: the child who hates trying new foods, rarely likes what is offered and has a small group of foods that he or she actually likes. In our family my pickiest eater really is just picky. She doesn’t have any underlying issues that we know of that contribute to this; she just knows what she likes and she has no use for anything outside of that small group of foods. My goal this summer is to … Read more

10 Ways to Use Coffee Filters

I bought a package of coffee filters at Sam’s Club. I think there are 1,000 of them in there, and I paid just a couple of dollars for it. We color coffee filters. We paint them. We stick them to things. More on that next Tuesday, when I share 10 crafts to make with coffee filters. I wanted to find some cool, quirky ways to use my gazillion coffee filters, and I came up with these. You can really use a coffee filter as you’d use a paper towel, but since we don’t use paper towels any more (reducing waste … Read more

A Letter to Heather Solos, Author of Home Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living

Dear Heather Solos, I know I agreed to review your new book, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it, but I can’t. It’s not that I don’t like it. I do like it, actually. I like it a lot. I like your writing style, your sarcasm, and your wit. Some parts of the book have really pierced my heart, like If no one who visits your home is ever hungry or thirsty, it may be time to take a hard, unbiased look at your cleaning habits. Um, ouch. But that’s not why … Read more