My friend, Becki, who blogs over at Organic Aspirations tipped me off to this wonderful idea– Homemade sewing cards for children! Using cardboard and old magazine pictures, I made about a dozen cards for my kids.   Eden (age 5 1/2)  has greatly enjoyed them, and even the little boys have given them a try (with varying levels of success). 🙂 This one was everyone’s favorite!  Christmas cookies! Rainbow Fish (picture printed from the Internet) was also a big hit. How To… Read more »

This is, hands down, our favorite soup in this house.  I have made it many, many times over the years for my family, and it’s even become a traditional part of Christmas Eve dinner each year with my husband’s side of the fam.  It is absolutely delicious, and so easy to make, yet for some reason, when you serve it up, people totally think it is decadent and gourmet.And since soup does not photograph well, you’ll just have to trust me: this one is a… Read more »

This morning we headed to out to Giant Eagle for a behind-the-scenes grocery store tour.  It was great fun, and OF COURSE the kids enjoyed it–I mean, food was involved, right!?!? The Eagle’s Nest director, Linda, was our tour guide, and the first thing she did was give each of my kids their grocer hats to wear for the tour.  She talked to us about the “My Plate” nutrition guide, and she continued to use the My Plate diagram as… Read more »

I Took His Hand and Followed by Mrs. Roy L. Peifer My dishes went unwashed today, I didn’t make the bed, I took his hand and followed Where his eager footsteps led. Oh yes, we went adventuring, My little son and I… Exploring all the great outdoors Beneath the summer sky We waded in a crystal stream, We wandered through a wood… My kitchen wasn’t swept today But life was gay and good. We found a cool, sun-dappled glade And… Read more »

My kindergartner loves to read.  That is, she loves hearing books read aloud to her, and then “re-reading” them herself through the pictures.  She loves telling stories and does her best to write and illustrate them too. She was obsessed with books from the time she was 9 months old.  I can remember her sitting in her crib for long periods of time before and after her daily nap, using her chubby little fingers to carefully turn the pages of her… Read more »

Today we began a unit I have been SO EXCITED about doing with my kids for a long time now.  It’s a “My Community” Unit,  and it is appropriate for both Preschool and Kindergarten aged kids (and beyond!).  Since it is Fire Awareness Week, we kicked things off with a visit to our local Fire Station here in North Strabane Township, PA.  We had a great day, and Fireman Chris, and Fire Chief Mark showed us around. It was an awesome morning of learning and exploring, and I… Read more »

  If you can chop veggies, you can make fresh salsa. It’s just that easy. And it’s a bajillion times better than anything you can buy in a jar. How can it be THAT easy and THAT delicious?  I don’t know. But it is. And for some reason, people always “oooh” and “ahhh” when you serve it up. I love the stuff. Chips and fresh salsa–favorite food on the planet, hands down. There is really no RECIPE, per say, for making… Read more »