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Soup for Kick-Off Time the Southern Way

In observance of a special occasion, the rivalry of two southern football teams for the NCAA football championship, here is a dish you can enjoy while watching the game.

There is nothing like having a big pot of hot soup ready for invited or drop-in company. It is certain to be a high tension game and hot food can help calm the nerves. 

Here is a soup recipe even the kids can help prepare for that special event. It is fast and easy and is a one-pot meal.

This Brunswick Stew is popular in the south and is taken from Amy Houts’ cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities.

Brunswick Stew

1 small onion, chopped
2 slices bacon
1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cups pared, diced potatoes
1 cup frozen baby lima beans
3 to 4 cups chicken broth or bouillon
2 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 cup frozen corn
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Adult can cut up vegetables. Children can help measure ingredients.

Fry bacon until crisp in a large pot. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, potatoes, lima beans, and chicken broth.

Bring to a boil over high heat; turn down to low, cover, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Add chicken, corn, and Worcestershire. Simmer 10 minutes more. Serve in bowls.

Serves 4.

The flavors of American cookery tend to change throughout the country. The author includes recipes from eight different sections or regions of the US. The recipes are authentic to the region and generally reflect the food that is produced there. A brief geographic description of the area is given and activities related to that region are presented.

This hands-on experience of involving children in preparing foods of different parts of the country helps them experience the cultural diversity of our country. They are introduced to new tastes and different cultures.

For more information about this cookbook, go to http://imagesunlimitedpublishing.com/cooking-around-the-country-with-kids-usa-regional-recipes-and-fun-activities/

Enjoy the game!


Holiday Gift Idea for Kids

This childrens book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten, touches on themes dear to the hearts of children – the love and care of mothers and the birth of Baby Jesus. It is the story of how the lost is found amid a miracle on that First Christmas.

The story is woven around the Nativity and a mother cat searching for her little lost kitten. Before the night is over there is the crying of a baby and angels singing His praises. The night’s events leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats.

Children can identify the origin of various Christmas symbols such as the Christmas tree, candy cane, Advent wreath, Christmas cats, and many others.

Give children the gift of a book about the birth of Jesus and animals. Order this book now and get free shipping when you order through our website above.

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It’s Fruitcake Time!

It’s Fruit Cake Time!

It’s almost THAT time – time for fruit cakes. What Christmas season would be complete without one or more fruit cakes? But, here is one the kids can easily make and you won’t have to wait until it’s flavors mellow before you eat it. This one takes only 24 hours, or until well chilled, and then, let the sampling begin.

This recipe comes from the newest apple cookbook, Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids by Lee Jackson . She stresses healthy eating and enjoying cooking with kids. You will see this recipe is low on sugar and great on flavor. Try it with your kids and enjoy!

Refrigerator Fruit Cake

Ingredients                             Tools and Equipment
4 cups graham cracker crumbs             2, 8-inch pans or
1 teaspoon cinnamon                              1, 9 x12-in pan
1 teaspoon nutmeg                                  waxed paper
2 cups dried apples or                            rolling pin
mixture of fruit                                        large mixing bowl
1/4 cup dates                                            small mixing bowl
1 cup chopped nuts                                 measuring cups
2/3 cup evaporated milk                       and spoons
1/2 cup frozen orange juice                  scissors for cutting
concentrate                                                  dried fruit

1. Prepare pans by lining with wax paper.
2. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper, crush graham crackers into crumbs with rolling pin (or use food processor, if age permits). Add to large bowl. Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add fruits and nuts.
3. Mix together evaporated milk and orange juice concentrate. Pour over crumb mixture and mix until all is moistened.
4. Place in prepared pans and pack firmly with hands.
5. Chill in refrigerator for 24 hours. Cut into small squares.

For this and other recipes, order this book, Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids at the Christmas special of only $12.95 now until December 10 and then it will return to its price of $14.95.

Kids love to measure and pour. Give them this experience. Put in your order today and give the kids hours of cooking, eating, and having fun.

Lee Jackson invites you to go to http://caringmomshealthykids.com/ and sign up for the FREE Guide – Healthy Eating:The Formula. She is the author of a Christmas book for children, The Littlest Christmas Kitten,  and three apple cookbooks. See these and other books at http://www.ImagesUnlimitedPublishing.com




How You Spend Your Time


It’s the Wonderful Time of the Year

And by that I mean: evaluate how you spend your time and decide what is important. Embrace a few minutes for yourself every day.

How to Peel and Chop Onions

With all the holiday cooking this past week, did you need to know how to REALLY cut an onion without crying over it? Watch this:


Here’s a Tip to Get You Organized


Get your kids to alphabetize your spice rack or spice drawer.




Let Us Be Grateful . . .

Who Else Wants a Quick Christmas Idea?

With buying fever in the air, you will want quick Christmas ideas.

Today we are offering a Book Bundle for that young chef in your family. Kids are getting into food projects more and more, judging by the number of TV programs and reports of kids enjoying working with food.

To keep up kids interest in cooking, or to stir it up, we’re offering two books for the price of one in this book bundle.  These books: Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids and Cooking Around the Country with Kids will provide hundreds of  recipes and entertaining ideas for helping them appreciate cooking and learn where their food comes from. This is a $35.95 value, all for one low price of $22.00.

Go to http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com and click “Deals” and order your books now and have your children’s presents all ready to give.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Snaptail Press/Images Unlimited Books

P.S. Order your books now and receive the Special Book Offer.


Who Are the Helpers?


Can you spot the helpers? They are the ones volunteering at the food kitchen, collecting food, clothing or toys. Can you name other ways of helping in the neighborhood or community?

The helpers are the people who give of themselves unselfishly. May we continue to appreciate them and all they do.

Can you think of anyone who might need your help? Don’t wait to be invited to be of service.  There are many ways of meeting the needs of others especially at this time of year.




5 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

Ever since I remember, books have been magic – “oh, the places you’ll go”. A memory from my early days has me wanting to read every book in the school library. Granted, we didn’t have a huge number of books, but it was still challenging. I don’t believe it happened, though.

Today I want to give you 5 reasons why books make great gifts.

I’m sure you’ve noticed there aren’t as many places to buy books. Many book stores have closed. You may want to grab them when they’re available. You can’t ever go wrong with books.

Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts:

  • You will never buy the wrong size when you choose a book.
  • You will never need batteries when using your print books.
  • You will never need to leave home to read books.
  • You can open books time and time again.
  • No matter how many times you use books, they will never be on empty.

So, with these rather “tongue-in-cheek” reasons, I’m sure you can come up with more logical ones. Thinking back on all the good times you’ve had reading, don’t you want some other boy or girl to have the same fun of reading you had?

With this busy buying week-end, this is a reminder to buy books. Books for kids. Books for grown-ups. They are always the perfect gift.

Happy book hunting. Don’t forget to look at our inventory of books and order today.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Author and lover of books