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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lunch Box Sushi

 
Its back to school time. Our princess takes her lunch most days. We love to offer her options. Its fun for her as well. I would love to offer you today a great choice for your child or your lunchbox as well



 2 slices Sara Lee® Fresh Ideas pre-sliced Honey Ham
2 strips Sara Lee® Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced, cut 2” x ¼”
2 slices Sara Lee® Soft and Smooth™ Made with Whole Grain White Bread
1 teaspoon ranch dressing
1 tablespoon thinly shredded carrots
2 sweet baby pickles

 Place two slices of white bread with the crusts cut off on a flat surface side-by-side. Using a rolling pin, or glass, gently flatten and fuse the bread slices together. Spread the ranch dressing over the inside middle of the flat bread slices. Place two slices of the ham on top of the ranch dressing. Place the shredded carrots and Swiss cheese on top of the ham. Place the two pickles horizontally and end-to-end at the bread edge closest to you. Starting at the bottom, roll the bread upwards to make a tight cigar-shaped roll. Using a bread knife, cut the roll into sushi-sized pieces approx one inch in length.
Option: Serve on a bed of mixed field greens with chop sticks and extra ranch dressing for dipping

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National Eye Exam Month When You Should Get Your Vision Checked



August is eye exam awareness month. Eye exams are very important for our health as they can help detect eye problems at the earliest stage. We all know that when problems are detected early that they are more readily and easily treated. Eye exams are needed at every age and stage of life. Several factors determine how frequently an eye exam is needed though. These factors include age, health, and risk of developing problems.



Pediatricians recommend that children under 3 with lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned out eyes go for an eye exam. All children should have an eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5.

Our state of Illinois requires all children going to kindergarten to have a vision checkup. After that it is recommended that children with no symptoms of eye problems or family history should get eye checkups every 2 years. If your child does have vision problems or family history should follow eye doctor recommendation of how often eyes should be checked

For adults who have healthy eyes with no symptoms of vision problems the need is less with only checkup every 5 to 10 years through their 30s. After that the need becomes more important with need of vision checked every couple of years. After the age of 65 a yearly check up is recommended.

Eye exams are needed yearly if there is vision problems or symptoms of such or if there is a greater risk such as diabetes.

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Apple Counting Time

This is a super cute fun idea. Perfect for fall and perfect for teaching our little ones how to count. The great part is that it offers counting and number recognition as well. Easy to make as well. From a piece of felt the apple, seeds and numbers are cut. You can find out all about the how to's here



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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lee de Forest the Father of the Radio

Lee de Forest was born August 26, 1873. Sir named the "Father of the Radio" he developed a sound on film recording used for motion pictures. He helped provide the foundation for the development of vacuum tube technology.


Lee de Forest's life was devoted to the invention of media technology based on sound. His inventions provided the missing voice to radio and film. Educated at Yale in physics and electricity he would spend the years between 1900 and 1910 improving the wireless telegraph. 1906 he would file for a patent on the Audion, the first vacuum tube. Shortly there after he would invent an arc based radiotelephone transmitter and audion receiver and start dreaming of the possibility of sending music into homes by wireless. The years 1910 to 1920 he would work on improving his audion as a detector, an amplifier and transmitter of radio. Lee de Forest would become one of the earliest broadcaster of entertainment based audio, primarily opera music

Lee de Forest would go on to invent the talking motion picture

Catfish Po Boys with Broccoli Coleslaw



2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 pound catfish fillets, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (such as McCormick)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Dash of crushed red pepper
2 cups bagged broccoli coleslaw
4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls with sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation
Combine milk and catfish in a large bowl, tossing gently to coat. Remove fish from bowl; shake off excess milk. Sprinkle fish with salt. Combine cornmeal and Cajun seasoning in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add fish to bag. Seal and shake to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

While fish cooks, combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (vinegar through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add broccoli coleslaw; toss well to coat. Spoon 1/2 cup slaw mixture onto bottom half of each roll. Arrange fish evenly over each serving, and top with top halves of rolls.

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Back To School brings About bedtime challenges and changes

back to school often means getting back to a regular bedtime. This can be very challenging here are a few tips that may help you out

1. set a routine for bedtime. Our bedtime routine includes bath time, story time and bed time
2. Stay determined, it may not come easy but it will happen. Do not allow the child to slip backwards staying up later. May be frustrating and there may be tears but in the end it will come
3. reading a story to my child always put them in the right mind to calm down and go to sleep. I believe that a quiet time prior to bed, no playing just music or reading a book

Do you have any tips for back to school bedtimes??




When school starts you will want to ensure that there are certain jobs done before your child goes to bed

homework done and in the backpack
any papers need signed by mom
water bottle filled and in the fridge
what snack if needed will be taken
showers are taken and teeth are brushed
medicine if needed are taken
clothes laid out for tomorrow

You may also have a school before bed routine as well. Certain jobs may be included
prepare non-perishables for lunch boxes and put in lunch boxes (cookies, chips, crackers , utensils)
fruit and veggies for snack or lunch are prepared and ready to go
ensuring that the before bed jobs are done for your child as well

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Happy birthday to One Great Car man

The inventor of the Rolls Royce was a lunch time deal that became famous. May 1904 Henry Royce ( a successful engineer) and Charles Rolls (owner of one of the first car dealerships) sat down to discuss cars and engineering and craftsmanship. The result would be The Silver Ghost, a legendary car that drove smooth and completed a 14,371 mile virtually non-stop run. It would be known as the best car in the world


While the Rolls Royce was created in may Charles Rolls was born in the month of August. So we celebrate one of the men behind one of the famous cars. The Rolls Royce would become known as the top of the line of cars

 
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Bake banana Split dessert

 

For the Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
For the Cream Cheese Layer:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
8 ounces COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
For the Fruit & Toppings:
3 to 4 bananas, sliced
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
16 ounces strawberries, hulled, and sliced
8 ounces COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
½ cup walnuts, chopped
Chocolate syrup
Maraschino cherries
 
1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, stirring until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Dump the crumbs into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate while you prepare the next layer.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the COOL WHIP until thoroughly combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the graham cracker crust.
4. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on top of the cream cheese filling, top with an even layer of the crushed pineapple, and then an even layer of the sliced strawberries.
5. Cover with the COOL WHIP, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts, then drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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Kiss and makeup day



Annies Home, tries to share lots of holidays that we find. Some of them are strange, some are odd, some are fun, some are holidays we grew up with and then there are holidays like the one that I want to share here that is so super cute.


August 25th is Kiss and Make Up Day. I am sure you have been told to kiss and make up and I know I have told my children many times to kiss and make up and until they do well then they will be in big trouble. It does not take long for them to make up quickly. Have someone that you have had a spat with in the past? Use today Kiss and Make up day to get over it and get along again.





Reeses Peanut Butter Popcorn Snack

Football season is here and there is nothing better than take a snack and share it with your best buddy. Yes, I am a football fan and a foodie and I do love popcorn and chocolate as well. The recipe was perfect for me. I hope you enjoy as well
 
 


8 cups plain popcorn (we use air-popped popcorn)
Fine salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
 
1. Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl and salt to taste. Set aside.
2. Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla extract.
3. Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and gently stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it's all coated. Spread popcorn on a large baking sheet. Drizzle popcorn with melted chocolate and let sit until chocolate hardens. Stir in the Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Notes:
We used air-popped popcorn, but you can use microwave popcorn or stovetop popcorn. If you can't find Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you can chop up regular Peanut Butter Cups.

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How To Teach Your Child The A B C s

One important thing to teach our kids before they start school is their alphabet or A B C s. Many of us may first teach them the alphabet song that we also learned as children. There are many different ways that you could teach your child their letters but I wanted to share with you a few great ones as well.


A bowl of soup, alphabet soup to be exact, may be the best to serve for this lesson. Have your child enjoy their soup while sharing the letters that they eat. Dine on a bowl of soup with your child and search for letters as well. The best part is this is a great sharing, memory making activity as well.



Art is a great resource when teaching your child the alphabet as well. One easy art activity is stamping. You can allow your child do stamp out the A B C s and when they get to be speller have them stamp out their words and even sentences as well


Tactile Ideas from A to ZA - apple prints, aluminum foil, alphabet pasta, apple stickers or stamps, animal stickers or foam shapes
B - beans, beads, bubble wrap, buttons, foam bear stickers
C - cotton balls, corn kernels, cinnamon (ground), coffee (ground), car stickers, construction paper (torn)
D - dirt, dots (stickers or do-a-dot markers), daisy petals, foam dinosaur shapes
E - egg shells, foam egg shapes, envelope strips, eyes (wiggly), earth stickers
F - feathers, foam, puffy fingerpaint, flower petals, froot loops, flower stickers or stamps
G - glitter, grass, glue (dried out glue is raised), gems, ginger (ground)
H - hay, hair (doll hair available in craft stores), heart shaped stickers or stamps
I - ice cube prints, ivy, ice cream stickers
J - jelly beans, jewels
K - kool-aid, kleenex, old or plastic keys, kite stickers
L - leaves, lasagna noodles, lace
M - macaroni, m&m's, mini marshmallows, play money
N - noodles, netting fabric, number stickers/stamps, nickles (play money, stickers or stamps)
O - oatmeal, owl feathers (brown feathers will do) cheerios (o shape)
P - pasta, pom-pom balls, play-doh, popcorn, pipe cleaners, penguin stickers, paper (torn), pumpkin seeds, pennies (play money, stickers or stamps), paper clips, packing peanuts
Q - q-tips, quarters stamped in paint, quilted fabric
R - rainbow colored rice, ribbon
S - seeds, sand, sequins, sprinkles, stickers, stamps, shapes, snowballs (cotton), spaghetti (cooked), string, shells, sponge paint
T - tape, twigs, tissue paper
U - uniform (fabric pieces in a plaid design), umbrella stickers, unicorn stickers
V - vegetable prints, velcro, velvet, vehicle stickers
W - wagon wheel pasta, wooden sticks, watermelon seeds
X - x's from alphabet pasta, bones stamped in white paint (x-ray) dirt or tape (for x marks the spot)
Y - yellow yarn
Z - zeros (cheerios), zippers (fabric), zig zags (cut from paper)
tactile letter ideas from here

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Time Goes By So Fast

There are just so many years that we have before our children are grown. We hold them in our harms for just a while and then we let them go on their own and they stay in our hearts and memories forever. It is very important that during the years that we have them that we do all we can to create wonderful and loving memories. Here are some Ideas for making those memories awesome



Volunteer:
I often took our children to be part of what was going on. We volunteered to help serve meals to those who needed them. We volunteered to help re-roof a home. We volunteered on the mission field at church. We collected cans for food donations. We even took trips to volunteer and have a bit of fun as well. These are just a few ideas of what our family did there are so many ways to get involved and help others



Participate in Sports
While I myself am not the most athletic  person I have volunteered to help coach more than one of my children's little league teams. I know just a bit crazy but I did do it and it was awesome. If you do not think you can coach then there are other things that you can do when your child participates. Be on the sidelines and cheer the team on, volunteer in the dugout, buy snacks, join in wherever needed.



Plant a Garden
grow your own garden, plant some flowers, or even just a few tomato plants in a pot will help make memories. Right now we have a pumpkin vine, voluntarily came up, we have been watching all summer and now have green pumpkins on it. When the kids were younger we planted tomatoes, cucumbers and a few other plants and made a salad out of what we grew. The most tasty salad and while other salads are not remembered I must say that that one was

Bake Cookies
 My mother baked cookies for me and my siblings, I baked cookies for my kids and now my daughter bakes cookies for her kids. This is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The one thing that we do is make sure that we involved our children and allow them to help when they are little. As the kids got older we then became the helpers and helped them to make their own cookies and after a while they were old enough to bake their own. Cookies are not the only thing that we baked or cooked together. my children have been involved in the kitchen and cooking since they were around 3 or 4 years old. My grandkids now help out.

Doing it together is the most important part. No matter what you do , do it as a family. Time spent together is never idol time and always makes great memories. What does your family do to make memories?

Family Meal Time: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chickent (freezer recipe)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken for the Freezer



1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 fresh pineapple, stalk, skin, and core removed and fruit cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag
  1. Label your freezer bag.
  2. To your freezer bag, add pineapple, brown sugar, soy sauce, and chicken breasts. (Add the chicken breasts to the bag last, so they’re the first ingredient poured into your slow cooker.)
  3. Remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer.

Cook

  1. The night before cooking, move frozen bag to your refrigerator to thaw.
  2. The morning of cooking, pour contents of freezer bag into your slow cooker and cook on “low” setting for 3-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and tender.