Goodbye Garden, Hello New Flavors #CrackersMatter

34 Degrees Crisps #CrackersMatterThat’s all folks. I’ve harvested the winter squash, carrots, and beets. The pumpkins are on the front porch. I sentimentally picked the last ripe tomatoes.

Once school begins I’m ready to swap weeding for spelling words and math homework.

To celebrate the grand finale of our backyard garden we wanted to make something really special with Continue reading

Kindergarten Snack List

Kinder-Snack-ListMotherhood is a grand adventure in problem solving.

I learned last year that the kindergarten classes at our school have snack time everyday. Most teachers sent home a plastic tote that rotated through the families. Other teachers asked for donations of dry, non-perishable snacks. (Picture cabinets overflowing with Apple Jacks, Saltines, and graham crackers.)

I knew i was in trouble when Continue reading

Pantry Essentials for a Modern Healthy Kitchen

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I can’t and won’t make everything from scratch. This may seem surprising. We make a lot of foods from scratch like mozzarella, paneer, bread, muffins, waffles, pancakes, crepes, granola, jams, jellies, applesauce, chutney, marinara, ketchup, salad dressing, chicken stock, and veggie stock.

Heck, we even grind our own white whole wheat flour.

But if I had to rely on my homesteading skills alone – well, I’d be institutionalized. Continue reading

Healthy Snacks for Talk Like a Pirate Day

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This is a real day. I’m not sure who sanctioned this. However, my hunky husband reminds me every year. So, let’s get on with some Me Hearties, Scallywaging, and Land Lubbering.

I don’t even know what that means. I hope I didn’t offend anyone.

Arrrrrggg! I love these ideas for making simple or elaborate pirate-inspired snacks. Fruits and veggies can transform into anything, no? Use this silly day to highlight foods that are sure to prevent scurvy. Happy Friday, Friends! Continue reading

Why I Won’t Buy Fundraiser Cookie Dough

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He ran to his room with a shiny limousine poster and four thumb tacks. My first grader had just returned home after a fundraiser assembly. He displayed the poster proudly above his bed. The catalog includes kitchen gear, gift wrap, frog shaped fudge, cheesecake, cookie dough, and cake rolls. He was excited, but I Continue reading

Tag is an Academic Strategy: How to Advocate for Active Schools

tag-is-an-academic-strategy“Hey Random Mom! Let’s advocate for an active environment at our school!”

This line doesn’t work for me. It’s atrocious.

When I use formal or academic-sounding phrases like “Environment that Supports Physical Activity” most parents give me the look. I get it all the time. I’m a slow learner coming from an academic world and landing in the real world of working class families. Continue reading