Monday, June 30, 2014

Lemon Cookies

Baking with Kids

The kids I care for love everything lemon. Since we bought way too many lemons to make lemonade last week we decided to bake some lemon cookies. An important tip is not to soften the butter in the microwave or oven or the cookies won't rise. Just be patient and let the butter soften on the kitchen counter until room temperature.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

How to Teach Kids to Tie Their Shoes

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Beautiful Teething Pendants for Mothers and Nannies

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At a party yesterday a mother was wearing this beautiful pendant and I honestly had no idea it was a teething ring for the first half of the party. The pendant was fashionable and matched the mother's outfit so I simply thought it was a great necklace until I saw her baby chew on it. When I saw this practical, yet fashionable pendant, I knew I had to recommend it too my blog followers.

I have seen babies wearing amber teething necklaces previously but I always worry about strangulation when infants wear necklaces. That's why I love these teething necklaces for mothers and caregivers to wear in which the baby can chew on the necklace while carrying the baby.

These teething pendants are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex, and lead-free. They come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure and to be worn by adults only. The necklaces are dishwasher safe. You can purchase them by clicking the links below.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easy Beef and Barley Soup

Cooking for Kids

Quick-cooking barley and sirloin help get this beef and barley soup on the table in a snap—and it doubles easily. If leftovers get too thick in the fridge, add a little broth when you reheat it. Here's how to make this easy beef and barley soup from eatingwell.com.

You Will Need:

8 ounces sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large stalk celery, sliced
1 large carrot, sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3/4 cup quick-cooking barley
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar

What to Do:

1. Sprinkle steak with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the steak and cook, stirring often, until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil, onion and celery to the pot and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add tomato paste and thyme and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are coated with the tomato paste and are beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Add barley, broth, water, salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes. Return the beef and any accumulated juice to the pot and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar to taste.

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Recipe from eatingwell,com
Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paper Airlplane

Boredom Buster

It only takes about one-minute to make make a paper airplane and it's a great way to give bored kids something to do. Making paper airplanes teaches kids attention to detail, since the more expertly they fold the paper, the better it flies. Here's a super simple way to make a quick paper airplane out of construction paper. Of course you can let the kids decorate the paper before folding in into an airplane as well.

What You Need:

Construction Paper
Tape
Crayons or Markers to Decorate Airplane (optional)

What to Do:

1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Fold the two corners at the top to the middle center line to make a triangle at the top. (Figure A)
2. Fold the paper in half again (Figure B) then fold each side down to the center (Figure C).
3. Fold down the sides again and you have just made the wings which should be about 4 to 5 inches across at the widest point. Put a small piece of tape across the top of the wings to keep them from separating. (Figure D)

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