When a Cold is Not a Cold

Spring fever is spiking in our home.  The last few weeks have been beset with sniffles, sneezes, sore throats and some serious sinus issues. For a long time I thought the aforementioned symptoms were related to the common cold, but a recent trip to the doctor proved otherwise.  The next time you are tempted to self diagnose your child’s runny nose and congestion, consider the other conditions he could be suffering from: Allergies:  Frequent sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, especially during the spring months can be a sign of allergies.  March and April are notorious for having high pollen and … Continue reading

Cold, Cold Go Away!

I’m getting that dreaded winter cold that’s going around. Inevitably this always seems to come the week before finals. Why this is happening? I don’t really know. The only conclusion I have been able to come up with is that the universe is combining against me to make finals week as miserable as possible! In all seriousness though, having a cold while trying to take care of a four year old on your own is a pretty tough job in and of itself, with or without finals. Poor Logan has been suffering from the same cold for several weeks now. … Continue reading

Do Your Kids Hate to Eat Vegetables?

Many children dislike vegetables, and will resist eating them. The television show Nightline might be able to help you get your kids to eat vegetables! There are many theories about why a child decides not to eat his or her vegetables. Some children are picky eaters, and have a long list of foods that they will not eat. This list, of course, includes vegetables. I read somewhere a theory about why so many children refuse to eat their vegetables. Many vegetables, (including spinach and broccoli), have a bitter taste. While adults have fully developed taste buds, children are still physically … Continue reading

Corn Bake

Since I’ve been on a bit of vegetable theme lately on this blog, I thought I’d share another one with you that is a particular favorite. Aside from tasting great, part of the attraction is once you’ve got the chopping and grating done, this is so simple it doesn’t take much time to make. Good for the busy cook. Although this recipe uses vegetables, it also includes bacon, so sorry, if you’re vegetarian you’ll have to pass on this one. In my opinion, it loses too much in taste if you omit the bacon. Sorry too, it won’t work for … Continue reading

Mixed Vegetables Au Gratin

Since I’ve been telling you what a fan I am of vegetables recently, I thought it was about time I gave you another recipe using vegetables. This one is always a winner. It is a good recipe for vegetarians and is also gluten free. The benefit is it can be prepared a day ahead and kept covered in the fridge till needed. You can also freeze it. It will keep for 3-4 weeks. It is however, unsuitable to microwave. The other disadvantage is it not suitable for those on a dairy free diet. Mixed Vegetable Au Gratin Ingredients 8 ounces … Continue reading

Of Sunflowers and Squash

It’s getting close to summer, and minds are turning to the garden if they aren’t there already. Your child has likely been picking dandelions for weeks if not months. The spring flowers like tulips are fading, but other warm weather plants are heating up. Here are some crops that are particularly fun to grow with preschoolers. If you haven’t tried radishes yet, it may be a little late. However, if you have a cool and shady place in the garden you may still be able to grow them. Radishes are very simple to grow in pots and are easy for … Continue reading

Vegetable Rolls

Here’s another recipe using gluten free frozen pastry. It’s a good way to get children to eat vegetables. HINT You can prepare much of this ahead as the filling for this dish can be made several hours before it is needed. Keep the filling mix covered in the fridge till you are ready, but the rolls themselves are best cooked as close as possible to the time require. Because of the cabbage content this recipe is unsuitable to freeze. It is also not suitable for the microwave. Of course, as any of you who have been reading my home blog … Continue reading

Dicing Up Dinner

Meal preparation can be tricky with a baby. My baby takes up a lot of my mental capacity. Some days, the last thing I want to do is think about what to make for lunch or supper, especially when I want my meals to be healthy. My baby makes grocery shopping more complicated. If she’s in a good mood, it can be a fun experience. I get to get out of the house, and my baby gets to see and hear interesting new things. However, if my baby is fussy, it’s a whole different story. Even after I decide what … Continue reading

How to Save Money on Fruit and Vegetables

Plenty of fruit and vegetables should be part of a healthy family diet. But when it cost more to buy a couple of apples than it does to buy a couple of cookies, it is hard to make the best choices. Produce has really gone up in price in the last few years, and I am not even talking about organic produce. It takes skills to be able to provide these healthy items to your family without causing you to go over your budget. Here are some tips on how to save money on fruit and vegetables. Buy in Season … Continue reading

10 Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Foods

Greenies are always touting the benefits of buying locally grown foods, but sometimes, you just need to hear the good reasons to do something: 10. Local farms keep taxes in check. Everyone dislikes taxes right? Did you know that local farms contribute more to taxes while suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes? 9. Purchasing locally supports local families. America used to be a country of farms – now there are fewer than 1 million Americans that list farming as their primary occupation. Purchasing locally prevents farming from vanishing from America. 8. Locally grown produce is better for … Continue reading