Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

Okay, who pissed-off Mother Nature? It is hot out there, people! PLEASE apologize to her, ASAP!! We have had higher than average temperatures all summer, and according to NOAA Climate.gov we will have hotter than average temps all summer long! Aside from one or two really nice, humidity-free days, it’s been too hot for this fair-skinned redhead!   My girls have been begging me to make ice pops for weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other things to make the effort. Well, the stars all aligned this week and I was made some really tasty ice pops. I found some $1 ice pop molds at the dollar store (fair warning 2 of the 5 trays I bought had holes and leaked everywhere. 🙁  Next time I’m going to buy this …

Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Here in North Carolina the state’s 50,000+ farmers produce over 80 different kinds of commodities. This includes over 50 different types of produce, making NC one of the most diverse agricultural states in the country! (You can’t beat our fresh fruit and vegetables, IMHO!) To see what fruits and veggies are in season, and find the freshest produce in your area, check out your state’s department of agriculture website. This information is good to know not only because in season produce is less expensive, it is also much more flavorful. I always know my produce is fresh because I get it through The Produce Box! The Produce Box is a fantastic service in North Carolina that provides boxes of fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from local farmers and other …

Kids Cooking Made Easy

Chocolate Pretzel Bars

My kids love to cook. Every time I start to make something they ask if they can help. Being a MAJOR control freak, and usually in a hurry to get dinner on the table, I almost always say “not now, but thanks for asking.” So to say my kids were over the moon excited when I received Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes to review, is an understatement. They poured over the book cover-to-cover and picked out several recipes to try. But the only one they all could agree on making first was the Chocolate Pretzel Bars. Before we get into the cooking, I’d like to talk about the cookbook. Written by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, this cookbook includes 60 easy-to-make, kid-friendly Kosher recipes. Not that you need to be …

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)? With the recent floods around the country, plus severe weather that will likely hit this fall, it is imperative that we equip our children with the information and supplies needed in case they are in school or daycare when a disaster hits. Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. That’s why Save the Children encourages everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes. Do you have a plan in place? Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or child care. Save The Children recommends you make free In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contact Cards for your children to prepare for an emergency that could happen while your child is not with you. It …

Easy, quick, and delicious Mexican Chicken & Avocado Corn Salsa from The Produce Box

Easy, quick, and delicious Mexican Chicken & Avocado Corn Salsa from The Produce Box

I love using my Produce Box ingredients to create fresh and delicious meals. It’s inspiring to use locally-sourced ingredients to create new recipes. But there are days when I just don’t have the time to shop at the grocery store and get dinner on the table. Like most people I know who work from home, I find it difficult to walk away from a project, even when a personal task like making dinner needs to be done. I’ve found a few ways to get dinner on the table when I’m busy, and one of my new favorite ways is using a meal kit from The Produce Box and Paradise Provisions. The Produce Box is a fantastic service in North Carolina that provides boxes of fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly …