Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cooking With Kids: Cooking Play Date

If you have been following Juggling Real Food and Real Life for a while, you know how important cooking with my kids is to me.  I work with the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution program to make sure that kids get the chance to learn basic cooking skills that will help them to make healthy food decisions.  These are lessons that will serve them well for a lifetime.  Home Ec classes have disappeared from most schools so now more than ever, it's up to us Moms to give these cooking lessons.  



Kids cooking in the kitchen


My daughter and I cook together all of the time now.  It started out as intentional lessons and now it has grown into fun mother/daughter time.  In fact, it is rare that I cook without her these days.  She is always looking for ways that she can help.  I was really excited to see that this time spent in the kitchen encouraged her to bring home a cook book from her school library.  She showed the book to me and excitedly explained that she and her friend wanted to get together to make some of these recipes.  She showed me recipes for cupcakes, pizza, and fruit smoothies.  And then she really cracked me up.  She said, "But don't worry Mommy, I don't really need to follow the recipe.  I'll just make my own recipe."  That's my girl!

She made a grocery list of everything she needed and gave it to her Daddy.   Yes, that's how it works in my house.  My guy is really quite awesome.  She thought it all through and only needed me to add cupcake wrappers to her list.

The house was all in a buzz on cooking day.  Teenage brother had football practice and then working on his Eagle Scout project.  Daddy and little brother were going to The Ohio State Football game so the house would be all girls. Little Red was really excited to have an all-girls day.  My daughter's friend arrived and they quickly put their aprons on and got to work.

Cupcakes first............"because they would need to cool before frosting", she says.  It was fun showing them how to use the stand mixer, but they did all of the measuring and mixing on their own.  I was impressed to see liquid in liquid measuring cups and dry ingredients in the dry measuring cups.  When the cupcakes came out of the oven, the temperature changed to get ready for the pizza which would come next.


Making cupcakes


The girls used ready-made pizza crusts to make their pizzas.  They used organic pizza sauce which came from a jar to keep things nice and easy.  However, we always shred cheese in our house so my daughter showed her friend how we shred cheese.  The girls worked together and in no time they were ready to assemble their pizzas.   



Spreading olive oil to make homemade pizza crust crispy



Shredding cheese for homemade pizza



Making homemade pizza


The girls made a couple of different frozen fruit smoothies.  We call the one peanut butter and jelly because it has fruit and peanut butter.  The other is a coconut smoothie and uses coconut water.  Both are delicious.  The girls each picked  a different favorite to eat with their pizza.  



Making homemade real food smoothies


The best part of the play date had to be eating their creations.  Everything was delicious and the entire day was full of giggles.  Cooking with my daughter and her friend was the perfect way to spend a cloudy cold day at home.  We don't have too many days without something to do, so this was a really fun day for us.  Messy faces and smiles.............that's what makes life so sweet!



Girls eating their homemade pizza


Do you enjoy cooking with your kids?  What are your favorite recipes to make with them?  Have you ever had a cooking play date?  Did you take home ec classes when you were in school?  Where did you learn to cook?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's Get Real Friday Party #61

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.


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This seasonal soup is full of all of my favorite flavors of fall.  Pumpkin soup with apples is sure to please your family and guests.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let's Get Real Friday Party #60 -Juggling Real Food and Real Life

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.


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A Big Welcome to our very Special Co-Host Diane from Recipes For Our Daily Bread! Make sure you give her a big Let's Get Real welcome!
 
 
 

I'm not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.






1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.

 

 
 


2) Please don't link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let's show them some love!


3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.


http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com
 
We will be pinning our favorites!!


My Let's Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please!)



 
 
I love Erica's recipes and this one for Stuffed Mushrooms Parmigiana are definitely going to be on my next party list..........maybe dinner too.  I can't wait to try them!
 
 

 
 
 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Rethink Your After Sports Snacks

Many of us are in the middle of football, cheer and soccer seasons.  At the beginning of every new sports season, inevitably out comes the parent snack sign-up sheet.  You have to know that I love food........for Pete's sake, I write about food all of the time.  However, these snack lists always rub me the wrong way. 

Let me explain a little bit about why these snacks drive me nuts.  I am very careful about what, when, and how much I feed my children.  It just seems funny to me that no matter what time the game is, we need to have a snack.  10AM, 2PM, 5PM........it's all the same...........we need to have a snack.  I feed my kids breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on a regular basis.  I always make sure they show up to their games nourished and ready to go. 


Bananas are great real food, healthy snacks



OK. OK.  Enough venting.........It's time for the real food good news.  We have a beautiful young lady on our cheer squad who eats a gluten-free diet.  For some reason, this has caused the parents who are signed up to bring snack each week to bring the same snack.  They bring a variety pack of chips and each girl picks out what she can/likes to eat.  If you are reading this blog, you are probably aware that those chips are full of chemicals and are just plain junk.  There is a reason they are referred to as "junk food."  Come on.........don't we want something that tastes great and has at least a few nutrients in it?

So this week..........it's my turn.  I was riding in the car with my husband talking about what we should grab for snack before the game.  I said, "Bananas are gluten-free.  Let's do bananas and cheese sticks."  My husband replies, "Yes, bananas are gluten-free and that will be real easy to grab."  My daughter.........."Ummm.....  I like that, but we usually have chips.  I don't want everyone to be mad."  We reassured her that everything would be OK socially for her with the snack we were bringing and then we crossed our fingers that we would be right.



Snacks for cheerleading and sports


Time for snack!  Would our healthy and delicious snack totally bomb and our daughter hate us forever? That would NOT be a good thing for any of us.  Come on.........I don't want to be the nerdy mom any more than my daughter wants to be the nerdy friend.  My daughter passed out the snacks and the girls gobbled them up.  Whew!  And then they came back asking for more.  My husband couldn't believe it.  There was not one word about how the snack was strange or different.  It was completely accepted.  No artificial colors, no chemicals, organic, and everyone liked it.  I would call that a win!

Change is scary.  Have you ever provided snack foods that you were not sure everyone would like?  What happened?  Do your kids get snacks after every activity?  Do the snacks change depending on the time of day?


I promise to keep bringing you the best and most accurate information on nutrition I can find..........and hopefully with a little bit of humor along the way as well. You can find lots of great information on this blog (check out the tabs above and the archives). Make sure to subscribe by email so you don't miss anything. You can also find lots of great tips, tricks, advice, and fun on my Facebook page and my other social media. Please join us! 
  

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