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HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS
These are foods my own children love! I believe in exposing children to a wide variety of tastes and textures. Lunch time can be difficult. It’s easy to get in a rut. I homeschool my children, and I have found that if I “pack” their lunches the night before or first thing in the morning that I save time during our school day.
I don’t know about you, but I always forget to restock my pantry with ingredients like mint extract when I run out. Then the holidays roll around and I’m baking away, and of course the recipe calls for mint extract, which of course I’m out of. So I make a mad dash to the store at the last minute to find they are all out of the real mint extract and all they have left is the artificial stuff. Yuck!
Getting to stay up late enjoying the warm nights might be the best part of Summer vacation for kids. But, actually getting to play once it gets dark?! Now, that’s the stuff that builds memories! If your kids have been begging to stay up late one night, try surprising them with a night of play!! It’ll be downright magical for them!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d serve up a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie. Now, let me just preface this by saying- I will not be forgoing pumpkin pie this holiday season. In fact, I had a pumpkin shake yesterday from Culver’s and my daughter was laughing at me because of my drawn out ‘oh this is so good’. But it was, and it truly tasted like pumpkin pie- which I absolutely love.
The back packs are filled with homework, the bell rings, students are making a mad dash for their bus and the school day is done! Thirty minutes later my kids get off the bus and make their way back home! They are tired and hungry and have only a little bit of time before we head out to after school activities!
On the way home today I noticed the tiniest bit of change. I noticed the air was different. Leaves were falling,blowing over the roads, and it was a tiny tiny bit cooler. In Georgia fall does not appear her head till the end of October or even November, but today there was a twinge of change.
Toddlers are so much fun, but they have short attention spans and buying new toys gets expensive! There are many free and fun things to do with a toddler that I have discovered lately. I have also included a few free and cheap fun things to do with a toddler.
We love to eat fresh, seasonal produce from our local farmer’s market, but I’d be ashamed to tell you how many times I have purchased something fresh and not been able to use it up before it wilts and dies in my fridge. Please tell me I’m not the only one to do that! I’ve found that the DOLE Canned Fruit in my pantry has been a life saver many times over. Whether fixing a treat for the family or making a quick dessert for company, having a stash of stable ingredients on hand makes summer entertaining a lot more convenient
Fall will be here before we know it and these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies will make for a comforting dessert. They resemble a mini apple pie and are super delish. Fun and easy too since they use simple store bought ingredients. Whip them up in just a few minutes time.