Monday, June 8, 2015

Ginger Crinkle Cookie S'Mores Recipe

Ginger Crinkle Cookie S'Mores
Chewy Ginger Crinkle Cookies are ideal for s'mores.

School lunch fatigue usually hits during the school-year home stretch so early June is just the time to put extra special treats in kids’ lunchboxes.

When I was little we walked home at noon so didn’t pack a lunch but we always brought some sort of snack for recess. Around this time of year when my brother and I were in grade three we brought lobster legs for recess one Friday. Lobster legs were a special treat but Timothy must have been too busy to eat them at recess because come Monday morning they were still in his desk...

How to Find Safe and Effective Sunscreen

Few things feel better after a long snowy winter than the feel of the warm sun on your skin. The great weather on Victoria Day was like a surprise gift and I admit that grabbing the sunscreen as we headed off to our cottage was an afterthought and even then it didn’t get used.

A wake-up call arrived in my email the following day when Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual guide to sun safety and sunscreen.

Each year the organization tests hundreds of sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers for effectiveness – do they provide the coverage they claim, including both UVB and UVA protection. They also analyze products for toxicity especially the hormone disruptor oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

While covering up with a shirt, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and staying out of the sun (in the shade) through the middle part of the day are the golden rules of sun safety, the reality is that most people who want to avoid sun damage rely on sunscreen.

To ensure the sunscreen you choose is both safe and effective here are some things to consider:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is delicious on tender greens and hearty grains
I was always an early riser and when I was living at home after university I was usually the first one to the kitchen. One early morning I was startled by a spider in the honey pot.

It was a plastic spider but had the same effect as a real spider at 6:00 in the morning. It was a dad joke and I knew it right off the bat so tucked the spider into the tea tin. 
Then the spider appeared in the yogurt so I put it in the peanut butter. For months the spider traveled around the house and then there were more spiders so you couldn’t go a day without finding one, someplace -- in a shoe, under a pillow, in the pocket of a suit jacket. Even mom’s bridge ladies were finding them.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why Kids Need Good Food Education #FoodRevolutionDay

Why Kids Need Good Food Education #FoodRevolutionDay
How do you grow healthy kids? Teach them about good healthy food and the lost art of cooking.


How is this for a sobering statistic:

By 2030 it is predicted that 41% of the world’s population will be obese. Considering that, as of 2013, an astonishing 42 million kids under the age of five were overweight or obese that long-term prediction could very well come to pass.

How do you reverse the trend?

According to many health promotion specialists we need to teach people, especially kids, about good healthy food and the lost art of cooking.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Healthy Protein-Packed Granola Cookies

These healthy Granola Cookies are protein-packed and loaded with fibre. And they're delicious.
These healthy Granola Cookies are protein-packed and loaded with fibre. And they're delicious.
We were the first kids in our school to bring granola for recess. I can’t recall what was in it aside from rolled oats but I do remember it was very sweet and buttery. That was in the mid-1970s, when kids still played marbles at recess.

Friday, May 1, 2015

How to get kids to care about the environment

How do we get kids to care about the environment?
How do we get kids to care about the environment, and understand the concept of carbon footprints so they grow up to consider environmental stewardship a normal way of life?
We can teach children to turn out the lights and recycle and we can teach them about global warming, but if they haven’t developed a connection with the earth, it turns out they’ll remain detached from nature and will be less likely to truly understand their role in the health of the planet.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paula's Buckwheat Sponge Cake with Rhubarb Compote

Buckwheat sponge cake
This buckwheat sponge cake is a perfect cake for spring, delicious served with whipped cream or rhubarb compote.
When we were little and spring weather finally arrived we couldn’t wait to picnic. Even before the snow had completely melted mom would pack us little lunches in bread bags and my twin brother and I would march off into the back woods to look for a sunny place to sit and eat. Our lunch usually consisted of a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and a jam jar filled with Strawberry Quick-flavoured milk. 

Sitting on a sunny rock we could pretend it was summer and would go about our day doing warm weather things despite the chill in the air. (I have always admired children’s ability to make the weather more of a state of mind.)
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