In a society that’s moving more and more toward a sense of entitlement and instant gratification it’s so important to really celebrate Thanksgiving and gratitude. We’ve really tried to emphasize the holiday in our home this year. I know it’s only a week until Turkey Day, but it’s not too late!!! Here are just a few ideas of ways you can help your children think about gratitude this Thanksgiving season.
Our friend Tim Johnson, author of the “Bosley the Language Bear” books is offering a free copy of his new book, “Bosley Builds a Treehouse” to a Pink Apron Blog reader. The Bosley books are not only fun stories but are a GREAT way to help kids learn a new language. Each story is written in English with translations in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Russian or Japanese.
Here is an EASY way to make adorable cupcakes for a birthday party. These cupcakes are instantly recognizable as Minnie Mouse and easy enough for my kids and I to make together.
My kids love to cook and bake with me. Even if it’s something as simple as boiling eggs, they love to be a part of it. I think it’s very important to let your kids get involved in the kitchen. They feel pride when they help prepare something and are more likely to eat it. Here are a few things I like to do to get my kids involved in cooking.
When I was pregnant with my first child I had visions of being a perfect mother and having perfect children.
Perhaps it was the hormones or lack of blood flow to my brain, but now I look back and laugh at that naive, pregnant woman. In this post, I plan to admit a few of those faults to let other mothers know, you don’t have to be perfect to be a good mom.
Lately, I’ve taken a closer look at the nutrition facts on the food I feed my children. I always just assumed granola bars were “healthy.” As I looked at the label the other day, not only were there too many ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, but there were way too many forms of sugar, including several forms of high fructose corn syrup. I decided to make my own granola bars which were very well received by my children (particularly my picky one).
This week I planned our “summer schedule.” I like to make a schedule every summer to keep the kids from lying around all day, watching too much TV, fighting, etc. I like the idea of a schedule, but this year, I decided to include some rules in my schedule. Though it’s only been a week, following the schedule plus the rules has been wonderful in our house.
We’re big fans of food storage in our house for many reasons. One, it’s good to be prepared in case of an emergency. Two, it’s good to have options for dinner if I can’t make it to the store. Three, I’m a big fan of buying things on sale, and when a sale is good enough, I stock up. Here are the food staples we keep in our house.
As much as I love a chocolate chip cookie, last week I was in the mood to make a new cookie. With a lot of help from my kids, we came up with a kid-friendly, chocolate salted-caramel cookie.
This week, the kids and I made Mother’s Day presents for Grandma. Because I lack the gene that carries on it the ability to sew, knit, or cut on a strait line, I needed something that didn’t require a lot of crafting ability. We decided to paint terracotta pots and fill them with seeds and gardening tools for Grandma.