Bunny Salad Idea for Easter

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Here is an idea for a bunny salad kids will love to create. Children enjoy working with food, especially if provided with encouragement and inspiration. Carrying out the bunny theme with food is not difficult and they will be pleased with their results.

Bunny Salad

1 fresh pear cut in half, remove seeds and stem
or use canned pear halves
Raisins
Red cherries, candied or maraschino
Shredded cheese
Marshmallows
Lettuce

Prepare fresh pear or drain juice from canned pears.
Wash lettuce and put a lettuce leaf on individual plate.

To make bunny:

Place pear halve face down on lettuce leaf.

Put 2 raisins on the pear for the eyes.

Use a red cherry for the nose.

Put several pieces of shredded cheese on each side of face for whiskers.

Cut two marshmallows in half and use for ears of bunny.

Add a marshmallow for the bunny’s tail.

There you have it – one sweet bunny. These salads multiply well for any number of guests. Recipe taken from Amy Houts first book in the Food and Fun series, Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. See more at Cooking/Calendar.

To your childrens’ creativity,

Lee Jackson
Nutrition advocate and author

http://healthykidseatingtips.com

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Cyber Monday Deal: Autographed Children’s Books

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All of our children’s books purchased between now and December 10 can be autographed upon request. Authors will be happy to sign their books. Children love to “get to know” the author. This includes the following books:

The Littlest Christmas Kitten
Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities
Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun
Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures

See more info about them at http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

Thinking Christmas!

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Books
Books for children, families and parenting professionals
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Making a Difference in a Troubled World

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Here are questions from one of the stories in the character skills book, Listening to the Mukies and Their mukiesbook Making a Difference in a Troubled WorldCharacter Building Adventures:

Do you think one individual can make a difference and influence a community?

How can rumors create conflict?

What are alternatives to violence and war?

Why do you think the Mukies were able to live without conflicts?

One of the characters in the book expressed the beliefs and hopes of St. Francis of Assisi in his prayer:

My wish is that peace may begin with me.
Where there is hatred, may I create love.
Where there is discord, may I create unity.
Where there is doubt, may I have faith.
Where there is falsehood, may I find truth.
Where there is ignorance, may I find learning.
Where there is despair, may I create hope.
Where there is sadness, may I bring joy.
May I realize that it is not as important to be understood,
as it is to understand,
and to be loved, as it is to love.
May I realize that it is in giving that I receive,
and in pardoning that I am pardoned.

This is adapted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more of the insights from the Mukies and their character building adventures, go to Amazon here or to our website here.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. Order these books at Amazon here or at our website here.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Make A Difference Day is October 23

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This will be a day of helping others and doing good deeds. Projects for helping people will be organized and Mukies Make a Difference 005 300x225 Make A Difference Day is October 23recognition given for their work.

A special day for this is important but we know that doing good for others and making a difference is an ongoing effort.

The Mukies have been making a difference for many years. These children‘s fictional creatures in a character building book show kids how to live in peace and harmony with each other. They make a difference by the way they treat others.

Robert Bohlken, Ph.D., the author of the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, is a communication specialist with a special interest in listening and how it impacts problem-solving. This book encourages adults and children to share thoughts, ideas and feelings and helps create mutual understanding.

In these lessons about relationships, the Mukies address topics such as prejudice, rights and responsibilities in a society, and peaceful co-existence. They reveal the value of sharing attitudes, ideas and feelings about important issues.

In families and communities, effective solutions to problems evolve through the problem-solving process. However, often personal characteristics influence the process, such as perceived power, prestige, intelligence, gender, and/or physical appearance. Through careful listening and open communication, mutual respect can be achieved.

This book has been highly recommended by parents and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. The books can be ordered through Amazon here or at our website here.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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More Cider Fest Stories

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Here is Amy Houts shown with her books at the Cider Fest.

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Amy Houts at the Cider Fest

She brought along her Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids and her Cooking Around the Country with Kids books.

The children who stopped by our table were the highlight of the afternoon. One little girl spent 20 minutes at least coloring her picture, although her Mother and we assured her she could take it home to finish it. When she finished at last we thought she would tuck it in her bag to take with her, but she wanted us to have it.  So we showed it off by tapping it on the side of our table. She even signed it, just like she saw us sign her books.

It wasn’t only little girls who were interested in Amy’s books, but boys stopped to check out what we had as well. One Mother told us her son was a really good cook. We heard about lots of favorite foods that kids make – from brownies to macaroni and cheese. One couple stopped to look at the books and the father particularly was interested in the books on cooking with children for their little girl. He’s the one who bought the book for their child.

Here’s to getting more and more children interested in cooking,

Lee Jackson
Author of two apple cookbooks and a children’s story book,
The Littlest Christmas Kitten

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Are you Listening? Really Listening?

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I have to admit I don’t always listen very well. Sometimes others are telling me their story and I’m thinking of what I will say in response and not always tuning in completely. I remember when the children were little, one of their comments was “Mommy, you’re not listening with your eyes”.

Listening is a skill that can be developed. In order to hear what the other person is really saying take time to listen  – to be willing to give of your time and attention. You can show you are listening by nodding, smiling, making eye contact, or showing other ways of paying attention. Asking questions helps to clarify points. The art of communication has not died. It is a two-way street though- someone needs to talk and someone to listen intently.

The ability to listen does influence quality of life as well as the lives of those around us. When listening to your children, make it absolutely clear that the only thing that really matters at that time is what is being said. Ask questions if you don’t understand. Listen not only with your eyes but with your heart as well.

One of our authors, Robert Bohlken, is a listening expert and has written a book for children that enhances reading and listening skills. The stories in the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their character Building Adventures are set in a primitive society, but their problems and conflicts are much like our own. The stories are intended to be read aloud between adult and child. This encourages much sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings about issues that concern children. There is room for discussion, such as, “if you were in this situation, what would you do?” “Do you think this is the only solution?” “Can you think of other ways to solve this?”

To learn more about this book, go to Listening Stories and Lessons.

Lee Jackson
Snaptail Books for children, families,
and parenting professionals

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New Cookbook Almost Ready!

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When you take a look at our website  you should be able to turn the pages on our new cookbook by Amy Houts, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities. It’s fun to see it coming together and looking very good – we’re excited!  Go ahead and see what you think:  see NEW COOKBOOK.

On the page it says the author has not put in the ordering information yet – but on the website order page, you can order the book and it will be shipped as soon as it gets published.  This way you can receive one of the first signed and numbered copies.  Would love to hear from you.

Lee Jackson

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Sunday Morning Sundae

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No, my computer didn’t get stuck on the word Sunday and then ended up misspelling it. I just wanted to give you a suggestion for your Sunday morning breakfast. Since I am on a Better Breakfast kick for National Nutrition Month I thought you might enjoy this recipe.

And we’re serving a dessert for breakfast, you ask?? This will look like a sundae but be filled with lots of good nutrients. This recipe is again courtesy of the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC).

Sunday Morning Sundae

2 cups Granola or other whole grain cereal (no raisins, preferably)
3/4 cup (6 ounces) plain vanilla yogurt
1 cup raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, fresh or
frozen (thawed)

For assembling these sundaes you will need 2 sundae glasses or 2 large glass mugs or glasses.

Into each glass, pour 1/2 cup cereal, then 3 tablespoons yogurt, and top with 1/4 cup of your choice of berries.

Makes 2 servings

For more breakfast as well as foods for all occasions, take a look at Amy Hout’s children’s cookbook, Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. Amy has written several Dora the Explorer books and loves to cook and write for children.

You can order her book at Amazon. Take a look! Thanks!  Chef Crombie

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