Easy Tips for Quality Family Time on Valentine’s Day

I hope you are planning to spend time on Valentine’s Day with your family. Here are some easy tips for quality family time to help you express your love to others in a fun way.

  • Set out paper place mats and decorate them with a Valentines Day theme.
  • Write an “I love you” note with soap on your bathroom mirror.
  • Listen to your children with your eyes and heart as well as your ears.
  • Plan a treasure hunt by leaving little notes around the house expressing your appreciation for something others did. End with a riddle or clue to the next hiding place where they will find a candy or special memento. Have something special at the last hiding place such as a toy or treat.
  • Show your love and appreciation to others. Affirming statements such as “I love you just the way you are; I’m so glad you’re my (son, daughter, mother, father, friend)” need to be given often, not only on Valentines Day.

There are lots more suggestions for this and other special days  in Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids — Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. This is a fun book you can read and use all year long.

Lee Jackson
Family and Parenting Studies

 

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Gift Children a Cookbook for Valentine’s Day

Instead of  giving candy for Valentine’s Day, gift your children a cookbook that will keep them cooking and enjoying food all year around. Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun has a section of easy recipes for Valentine’s Day.

Help children celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Tea Party complete with party games. Have them invite their friends and have a game of A-Tisket-A-Basket. Serve red and white food such as Apple Arrows. Slice red apples into wedges. Dip into lemon juice to prevent turning brown and arrange on plate.

A gift of a book will make a special remembrance for a special child. Get it here at Amazon.

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Cold and Flu

Some say the flu is winding down. Whether this is true or not, there are some age-old tested methods of helping reduce the effects of cold and the flu. One of these has to do with an old stand-by – chicken soup.

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This soup is known to help alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu. Others say chicken soup strengths the immune system. We know that good health starts with a well functioning immune system.

Here is an easy recipe from Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun by Amy Houts. Yes, even children can make this soup, known as the go-to comfort food.

Amy’s Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

4 quarts water
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
1 carrot, diced fine
1 stalk celery, diced fine
1 (6-oz.) package fine egg noodles

Bring water to a boil in an 8-quart pot. Adult can add chicken and bouillon, turn down heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from pot.

Children can help add carrots and celery; simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, dice chicken. Add noodles and diced chicken. Simmer 5 minutes more.

Makes 6 servings

There is a great deal to learn yet about the healing power of food. In the meantime, if you want to work on staying healthy or feeling better during a cold or flu, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and have a bowl of chicken soup.

See this and other healthy food choices in Amy Houts childrens cookbook, Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. You’ll want to try some of her other seasonal foods, such as recipes for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and St. Patrick‘s Day.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS
http://www.ImagesUnlimitedPublishing.com

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Preschool Teachers & Home-School Parents – Get this E-Book on your Kindle

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A new ebook has just been posted on Amazon.  Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities by Amy Houts  is a Kindle edition filled with fun and educational activities.

These activities help children:

  • learn about nutrition
  • predict outcomes of temperature changes on food
  • learn math through cooking
  • learn about foods of different cultures
  • and introduce many other food related projects

Get this ebook on Kindle today. Have it to use tomorrow.

Be the first to review it. Tell your friends.

Preschool and kindergarten, home-schooling parents, families with young children – here is just what you need to get kids learning about the world of food.

 

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Childrens Christmas books make perfect gifts

Christmas books make great gifts for children on your list.

Children’s Christmas books get read over and over. The Littlest Christmas Kitten is one such book. The book weaves the story of a lost kitten into the events of the Holy Night when Baby Jesus is born. The big, bold illustrations grab attention and lead the reader right to the stable.

Watch a 39 second YouTube trailer here:

Perfect for the holidays.

 

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12 Food-Related Kids Projects

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Here are 12 fun, food-related projects you and your children can work on this summer. This will help them further explore their interest in food and cooking. Who knows, your children’s skills and enthusiasm for working with food may be taken to another level.

Children can:

  • begin a food journal by listing favorite foods. Include best food and holiday memories.
  • plan certain meals or menus for a week, then note results in journal.
  • collect favorite recipes and create own cookbook.
  • take a field trip to the farmers market with family.
  • grow radishes, green onions, and/or lettuce.
  • learn new cooking skill, such as how to cream, whip, or knead.
  • find recipes to try from different cookbooks.
  • make a list of proper table etiquette and include in journal.
  • clip coupons from newspapers and magazines.
  • sketch out the grocery store’s layout to help know where items are located.
  • when shopping, compare organic food prices to other food prices. Discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • try some dishes with a regional or international flavor.

Here I have included a seafood recipe taken from the cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Food Activities by Amy Houts. Her cookbook shows how different cultures in America came to co-exist, yet continue to celebrate their uniqueness through food. This recipe comes from the section on “Cooking in New England“, which describes the region and includes recipes from the  breads, soups and salads (like Manhattan Clam Chowder), main dishes/meats, vegetables and side dishes (such as Boston Baked Beans), and dessert categories.

Shake and Bake Scallops

1 egg
1 pound fresh scallops or 1 pound package frozen scallops, thawed
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan. Children can beat egg in a medium-sized bowl. Add scallops and stir until coated with egg. Measure bread crumbs and pour into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop scallops into bag with crumbs. Pour into prepared pan in one layer. Drizzle with butter. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Variation

Peel and chop 1 small onion. Seed, rinse, and chop 1 small green pepper. Rinse and chop 1 rub celery. Saute onion, pepper, and celery in a skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes. After drizzling breaded scallops with butter, top with vegetables. Bake as directed above. Serves 4.

One way to keep children active and interested this summer is through food focused activities. Let this be the start of an engaging summer.

To your health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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“Let Freedom Ring”

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Today on Memorial Day we in the USA remember those who have gone before us to defend our freedom. We honor the fallen heroes and

pay them our respects. May our country continue to enjoy freedom, peace, and prosperity.

Unofficially, today also kicks off summer vacation season. I hope, wherever you are, you can spend extra time with family and friends.

If your children need a break from whatever they are doing, why not get them started on some projects in the kitchen with Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities.

This will whet their appetite for more “work” in the kitchen.  Who knows, by the end of summer, they may be super chefs!

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, author and nutrition advocate
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Support the Reading Habit

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Now that school is out, encourage your children to read this summer. Perhaps you can set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. This well-lit spot with lots of books available can become your child’s favorite spot.

Visit the library often and help your child have their own library card. Let them pick out their own books.

Be a good role model for your child. By spending quiet time yourself reading, you are demonstrating its value to your child.

Consider giving books to children as presents and as recognition for special achievements. Birthdays and special events are perfect times to give a child a new book.

Let kids sail off to far-away places this summer through books. Do you remember your favorite books from childhood?

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson

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Successful People Read

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It’s inspiring to hear how books still change lives. Here are uplifting stories from student’s viewpoints http://bit.ly/L0aydU Reading does make a difference in people’s lives.

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Books for Kids About Character Building

Here is a another book I want to share with you – although it is not a cookbook. Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, by Bob Bohlken is an insightful book for kids which received the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just for Mom Foundation. It is a story about the lives of Mukies living in the land of Mukies and how they overcome obstacles through patience, cooperation, and understanding.

In the story, The Happy but Unhappy Mukie there lived a Mukie farmer named Marvin. He and his wife and three children lived comfortably farming and harvesting melilot, the Mukies’ favorite food. One night a wondering Mukie, the Old One, came along and was invited to share a meal and spend the night.

The Old One told of far away places of gentle streams and rolling hills where everyone was truly happy all the time. It was a place of real contentment and happiness, free from cares and responsibilities. This got the farmer thinking that his life wasn’t as good as he thought it was. He now viewed himself as a poor, unfortunate person who had missed his opportunity for “true happiness”.

Throughout the trials of Marvin seeking true happiness, children can discuss how “grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence” and other influences. They can discuss what makes the greatest difference in a person’s happiness and even role play what might happen in Marvin’s home if he decides to leave and search for happiness. This might even lead to a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of family members in making a happy home.

This is but one of the eight short stories in the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures. Parents and teachers have told us it is a good way to begin an exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and other issues.

This book can be ordered from Snaptail Press or through Amazon.

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