December 4, 2014

Two nights ago, I made (what I thought was a delicious) lentil soup. My husband had a meeting so it was just me and the kids. While they each decided they wanted a bowl of soup, both refused to eat it. My daughter at least tasted it and said it was "too clumpy." My son...

November 10, 2014

Both experienced home cooks and novice cooks know that getting a healthy, home-cooked

meal on the table every single night can be a challenge. I cook dinner (and breakfast and lunch) for my family just about every day and, in addition to doing the actual cooking, planni...

October 30, 2014

Every year, I read the various posts about how to manage the Halloween haul and figure out my approach. This year, I've decided that I'm not going to worry about it. I have a plan that I developed with my kids, who are three and six years old. It's different from last...

October 20, 2014

We've taken some of the most common (and shelf stable, and affordable) fruit & vegetable snacks - apples, bananas and cucumbers - and put together 24 new ways to serve them. Each super easy snack idea can be made almost entirely by children 2 & up - without a kitchen!...

September 30, 2014

When we last left off with our four families, they were approaching the final week of our "One Small Change, Big Results Meal Time" challenge. Some families stuck exactly to the advice we gave, and some modified the guidance to better fit their family and their dinner...

September 12, 2014

On a recent trip to London, I rediscovered an old love -- chips (or French Fries, as we call them here) with salt and vinegar. There is something magical about the combination, the greasy salty crunch with sour vinegar, that makes me swoon. 

 

 

We are home now, and I'm b...

September 4, 2014

Are you looking for a list of suggestions to share with your preschool (or school) director or teacher to encourage them to make healthy changes? Or does your school ask families to take turns bringing in healthy snacks? Is it "Back to School Night" and you want a list...

August 27, 2014

Getting an entire family around the dinner table seems harder lately with all the different schedules (work, meetings, school activities) and food preferences, and while it seems impossible in theory, it really is not impossible and is very rewarding to the family unit...

August 10, 2014

With the sun blazing, the rhythm of life a bit slower, and a summer vacation around the corner, it's hard to believe it's almost time for back to school. But it appears the clock isn't slowing down any time soon and the kids will be back in school before I know it.

 

So...

July 15, 2014

While the current fight about standards for school food drags on, I take some comfort in knowing that at least folks are fighting for - and paying attention to - school food.  Not the case with summer camps, it seems, who have far less (if any) oversight. 

 

 

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