Friday, March 20, 2015

Easy Pirate Bananas - A fun and healthy PreSchool Class Snack

Arrr! We've gone a little pirate crazy around here with another fun snack to share with the PreSchool class.

Since my son loves cooking, the process of dreaming up a new snack idea or finding one online to try is something fun we do together. We decided to send in a whole fruit, a banana, for each student. To make it fun, we turned each banana into a pirate (totally pinterest inspired by this photo). We also sent in a bag of Pirate’s Booty, which are basically cheesy poofs with a short ingredients list.

To make pirate bandannas, we folded red napkins, then wrapped one around each banana securing it with tape. I used a black marker to draw the pirate faces and verified the marker did not pass through the peel and damage the fruit.
From what my son reports, every kid wanted a pirate banana and some even asked for seconds! He was so excited when he came home from school that he wanted to turn an orange as well as a list of other food items into pirates. I love his enthusiasm and never ending big ideas, but we decided to come up with another theme for our next fun food adventure.

A healthy pirate banana would make a great addition to a lunch box too.
PS:  Wow, I'm behind posting this PreSchool snack we shared last year.  I guess they're an oldie but a goodie at this point.  I'm planning to sneak one of these fun pirate bananas in his lunchbox now that he's a Kindergarten kid.  This would have been great during the week leading up to in costume  :)

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- Raisin Box Turkeys - Cute Thanksgiving Preschool Class Snack
- String Cheese Snowmen - Winter PreSchool Snack
- Butterfly Snack for Kids - A Fun Preschool Snack

Our Summer CSA Experience - Week of June 26, 2014

What’s in the box this week? June 26, 2014

This week's USDA Certified Organic Share includes:
- Zucchini - 2 lbs
- Peas - sugar snap, quart
- Fennel - 3 head bunch
- Chard - bunch
- Lettuce - head
- Kohlrabi - bunch - nice broccoli flavor, raw or cooked
- Beets - bunch
- Kale - bunch

Price is $28

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Raspberry Poundcake Bites on a Stick

As promised, here’s our second “on a stick” potluck dish idea, Raspberry Poundcake Bites on a Stick.

We originally wanted to make Strawberry Poundcake Kebobs drizzled in chocolate, but when we discovered the strawberries were not looking fresh we bought raspberries instead and created a new covered dish on a stick style.

This dessert is simple to assemble by cutting poundcake into cubes, placing a fresh raspberry on top, inserting a toothpick to hold it all together, and topping with a dusting of powdered sugar.

I love how they are bite sized. Depending on your mood, you can enjoy just one Raspberry Poundcake Bite or sample a few for a larger dessert serving.

You might also like:
Tortellini Kebobs with Pesto and Marinara Dipping Sauce - This is the other on a stick potluck dish my husband shared at his work party.

Our Summer CSA Experience - Week of June 19, 2014

What’s in the box this week? June 19, 2014

This week's USDA Certified Organic Share includes:
- Peas - sugar snap, quart
- Kale - bunch
- Brocolinni - bag
- Hakurie Turnips - bunch
- Garlic Scapes- bunch, use to make pesto
- Chard - bunch
- Lettuce - head
- Kohlrabi - bunch - nice broccoli flavor, raw or cooked
- Cabbage - choose regular red, green or napa cabbage
- Beets - bunch - eat the greens
- Spring Onions - bunch

Price is $35

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Catching Snowflakes - Perspective Winter Art Project for Kids

Today my son brought home a cool craft project from Kindergarten that’s now on display in our kitchen. I could tell he was proud of this one, since it wasn’t tucked away in his book bag as he exited the school bus. He was holding it for all to see.
It’s a self portrait of my son catching snowflakes. I’ve seen a lot of perspective crafts made by kids of snowmen from an ariel viewpoint. This is the first time I saw this creative winter art activity, Catching Snowflakes. It’s made of construction paper and a foam snowflake. Even though it doesn’t include a photo or handprint, this one’s a keeper!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Visit!

My son went into the bathroom before school this morning and exclaimed that a leprechaun had been to our house! He insisted we all parade through the bathroom to see the little green shamrock he discovered on the mirror that the leprechaun left behind. He was surprised, excited, and perhaps a little uncertain about using a bathroom that a leprechaun had recently visited.

I assured him that there are no leprechauns in our house and even if a leprechaun did visit, he was long gone by now. We all left the bathroom so he could finish getting ready for school only to have him announce that he couldn’t use the bathroom! Apparently the leprechaun left more than just a shamrock on the mirror.  Yes that is green water in our toilet!

My son wanted to check the rest of the house for more leprechaun tricks, but it was time to get ready for school.
In addition to our leprechaun excitement, Grandma got the kids green sparkly St. Patrick's Day headbands to dress for the occasion. We snapped a few silly pictures and my son got a little extra milage out of his new head-ware as he insisted on wearing his to school.

He told us all about his great day at school where his class found special clues revealing a pot of gold that a leprechaun had left behind and each student received a chocolate gold coin.

To cap off our St. Patrick's Day celebration, we made a healthy bright green smoothie after dinner (no food coloring required). Anything to get some extra dark leafy greens and fruit into the kiddos. Ah to be a Kindergarten kid again! I love their happy go lucky outlook and how everyday is filled with wonder, possibility and excitement.

Hope you enjoyed a Happy St. Patrick's Day too!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Organic Garden Seeds 16 Varieties at Costco

I’m ready for warmer weather. To start thinking Spring, we bought this huge 16 variety pack of organic seeds from Costco for $19.79.
Mountain Valley Seed Co. Organic Garden Seeds - 16 Varieties
I bought a similar pack last year and they worked well in our garden and in containers, so I was excited to see some new seed varieties in this pack.
They even include a square foot garden plan on the back of the package.  Quite a few of the seed varieties are container friendly too.

The 16 varieties of organic garden seeds (fruits, vegetables, and herbs) include:
  Tomato - Beefsteak
  Cherry Tomato - Yellow Pear
  Sweet Pepper - Cal Wonder
  Hot Pepper - Jalapeno
  Cucumber - Marketmore
  Zucchini - Black Beauty
  Bunching Onion - Evergreen
  Carrot - Scarlet Nantes
  Beets - Detroit Red & Gold Mix
  Peas - Sugar Snap
  Kale - Blue Vates
  Lettuce - Gourmet Mix
  Basil - Italian Large Leaf
  Cilantro - Coriander
  Cantaloupe - Hales Best Jumbo
  Watermelon - Crimson Sweet

Yesterday during my daughter's nap time, my son and I got to work starting a couple trays of tomato and pepper seeds. We used our new seeds and some varieties we saved from last year planting them in this simple seed starting kit.  I never tried this seed starting kit before, so fingers crossed it works well.

My 6 year old dropped two seeds into each cell in the greenhouse kit and labeled the rows using a fine tip sharpie.
Now we just have to wait until our little seedlings grow!