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S.O.S. (Save our Sweets)

Recently, my children’s grade school has tightened the reins on their “wellness policy.” This doesn’t really sit well with me and it especially doesn’t sit well with my 4 kids! The policy is a very vague as to what is or is not healthy and gives a few suggestions, such as fruit or cheese and crackers, and then refers parents to consult with the administration if they are unsure what to send in. Recently, some very well-intentioned muffins were sent home from the monthly birthday celebration. This is what got my 2nd oldest child started, as well as quite a few other parents and theor children.  My son seems to be our little activist lately, creating signs, gathering signatures and trying to garner support for his cause. I fully support him and his right to express himself as well as quite a few other parents and their children peacefully and respectfully; as long as he’s not tardy for school!

This is my stance on the subject..I’m all about healthy eating, it’s actually a huge focus in my household, ask my kids they have more than their fair share of swiss chard, whole wheat this and whole grain that!  But as far as the school stance goes, I am hoping and still remain optimistic that some common ground can be reached, that we teach our children about HOW to make healthy choices and HOW to exercise control and practice moderation. I believe school should be somewhat fun, is that too much to ask?!?!? I mean they are there all day, let’s make their birthday celebration somewhat enjoyable. And yes, IMO, food does play an integral part in birthday celebrations, any celebration for that matter. Food brings people together, it’s something we share and can enjoy socially. Let’s let the children enjoy and feel special about their birthdays, let’s celebrate their childhood and let them feel proud and empower them as to how to decide what is best for them. If we actually teach them about healthy foods and choices, they might actually surprise us and make great choices on their own :)  As a school that focusses on the environment and healthy lifestyles, I would really like to see this become a teachable moment for the children. Let’s teach the kids how to read labels and recipes, how to decide if they have had enough sweets for the day, how much exercise they’ve had for they day and maybe if they should decide to move a little bit more…how to make recipe substitutions for more healthy ingredients, etc. It’s not too early, they are sponges, they need to learn this stuff! My oldest, who is now in high school sees first hand kids who are given their first shot at making food choices in a cafeteria full of foods-some healthy and many that are not. Many kids have no idea as to how to pick a well-balanced meal, read labels or make choices as to what their bodies really need. Most end up with soda, cookies, fries and candy bars. Given some information about what their bodies need to perform academically and physically in their various sports, maybe more would choose the salad bar or whole grain sandwiches and fruit??

I’d love to hear what you think about this??! Let’s chat :)

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What to make for dinner???

What should I make for dinner?! The never-ending question…It’s been a crazy weekend around here, with Jeff traveling and my kids going in a hundred different directions, I want to make something healthy, but quick at the same time. I have a beautiful eggplant in my fridge that is still in its prime so im thinking something around the eggplant is what I’ll make :) I’ve got basil, lovely fresh lettuce, garlic and some shallots…so a pasta dish im thinking….. After perusing some web-sites, I came up with “Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta” from the Eating Well Magazine site. I’m excited to try my take on this recipe because I just happened to subscribe to this magazine last week! I havent received my first copy yet, but im anxious to see what it’s all about and how the recipes are.

I’m always asked about where I find my recipes, I definitely have my favorite sources..I read a lot of cooking magazines (Cooking Light and Everyday Food by Martha Stewart are a couple of favorites) I scour websites, buy cookbooks and exchange with friends, both online and in-person. Ive really been into healthy cooking the last year. Pinterest has been a great source and Weight Watches Magazine another for some healthy options and modifications. With 4 kids,  I spend a lot of time in the orthodontist, dentist and doctors offices…my latest recipe source is taking pictures with my beloved iPhone and saving for later. For the record..I am not ripping out of the doctors magazines! Although when desperate have been known to do that too :)

Off  transport another child, then I will deal with my eggplant :)

Review: It was good, a nice dish to use up a lot of produce and/or if you are trying to go meatless! The feta was a nice addition, a change from my usualy parmesan.

Bon Appetit!

Snack Mom Today!

Snack Mom Today!

Rice Krispie Treats in school colors for my daughters high school group today…

Getting started…baby steps :)

As I sat enjoying  lunch today with my advisor, my 15-year-old daughter Ellen, she finally convinced me it was time to begin my own blog. For a long time now, I’ve had so many people over the years ask me “Why don’t you write a blog, a cookbook, become a caterer, a personal chef, anything to share your love of food?!” It seems like a good time to begin, nothing like the present, right? While the process seems intimidating, even daunting and I am a complete baby blogger, I’m just jumping in and am gonna learn as I go :) Maybe you’ll have some tips for me?!

A little about myself…My name is Connie and I am the very proud and happy stay-at-home mom of 4 kiddos whom I adore and my world revolves around. I made a very conscious choice many years ago, almost 16 now…that I would make staying-at-home and raising my kids my career. I wanted to be there for everything..each first step, each first day of school, each high and low that comes with raising children. Luckily, this has worked out for our family and I have a husband who has been supportive of this from day one, thank you Jeff :)

I have a passion for the care and keeping of my home and family. Especially when it involves food :) I love to cook, and I especially LOVE to bake! I love to feed people and I love it when people enjoy my creations.  I love to share food with friends and family, the good feelings  that come from sharing a meal together, the memories and experiences of breaking bread. I love celebrations of all kinds, birthday parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties, any excuse to cook and make people feel good. I live in a conservation community where I am lucky enough to belong to a Community Supported Agriculture group (CSA). Each week I receive a large supply of  fresh, organic vegetables. I make a game out of how many veggies I can use in a days worth of recipes. I enjoy healthy cooking but don’t get me wrong, I love a good dessert too :)

I think this will be a great forum to meet some people who share my culinary passions, swap recipes, share tips and conjure up new creations. Looking forward to this new journey…hope you’ll come along!

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