Although not impressive, or even hardly to say the least – a fun idea to do in your home is to create a fort! Although mine works for my kids, I’ve seen some pretty impressive ones! My mom used to put four kitchen chairs together and throw a blanket on top, held down the clothes pins. We watched a movie in our little hide-a-way. It was usually the movie, The Secret Garden. One of my favorite books of all times. It used to be my secret garden to travel to!
My kids like to put their toys under the table and pretend they are in a castle playing the prince and princess. Or travel to the zoo. They always seem to talk about the zoo or choo choo trains. Sometimes I even put a blanket under the table and we have a snack. How creative can your imagination become? I feel like mine is always at a red light and it will move to yellow but not quite green. I still have to remember what its like to be a kid. To use my imagination, to play firefighter and put the “fire” out of the table. I love listening to them and seeing what new ideas they come up with and then I go from there.
What do your kids play?
Summer time is a fabulous season to visit your local farmers market and stock up on good eats at reasonable prices. I usually go to our local market for that “one” ingredient and end up picking up anything and everything I see! There is always something to be made from vegetables and fruits! My family complains that our summers are too hot (and this year, they are) and how they can’t wait for the winter. First thing that comes to mind are the fresh vegetables. Why would anyone want winter with all these wonderful foods? Watermelon, peaches, blueberries, cucumbers, tomatoes! I get tickled just thinking about them! For this reason, I love summer (and its my birthday which is a big plus!) and I make sure to include an extra special side(s) to go with my main meals.
What is a “special” side you may ask? Well to me, its anything fresh. Anything more than a frozen package or canned ingredient. Not that these food options aren’t ideal, but in summer, I want it fresh. I can remember always having frozen vegetables at dinner time. It didn’t feel like anything was “special” but a bag added to water. Now, I take the time to make the whole meal a special meal. Oh so often the main course seems to be the star of the plate, I want to show off the back-up stars as well.
Sitting next to the main course tonight was a beautiful sunny site of squash. I can eat squash raw, I think its delicious but as always, I had to get it passed the taste testers. Hubby says, “What is this?” There’s something about the name squash that seems to me an “ewie” word. For example, I squashed that pumpkin or I squashed that bug! It just doesn’t have the beautiful cheerful name that it deserves. But this time, I was honest and didn’t sugar coat it. I noticed it was the last thing on everyones plates. As if it was the plague, they just stared at it. Mine was the first one gone, even way before my favorite poatoes! I always find myself encouraging everyone, “eat it, it’s good!” and the kids look to my husband, really dad, is it good?
Let’s work on two theories to help kids try new foods 1. Put cheese on it (cause everything tastes better with cheese!) 2. Play choo choo train into their mouths. Both theories succeeded and my husband now loves squash. Seriously, what is there not to love about any vegetable sauteed in butter?
This recipe is perfect since it takes hardly any time at all, very little prep and in expensive!
- Two organic yellow squash: $3.49
- Tarragon $1.00 (they have this new section where its a smaller amount of herbs for $1.00 so you’re not throwing away what you dont use)
- Butter Regularly $4.49 so let’s say…$.30/serving
- Organic Garlic: $3.99 for 8 oz. so let’s just say…. $.25/serving
I really like you to see what I have spent. I hate when I see ” budget meals” under a ceratin amount and its per serving. My house can’t run like that. I need to know how much things are in TOTAL.
This side dish cost approximately $5.04 and served our two children and two adults and did I mention, its delicious!
NOTE: If you are on more of a budget, you can certainly not purchase organic. At our store, squash is $.50 per piece saving $2.49 and garlic at $.50/head. If you choose not to be organic, then this dish will cost you around $3.75
- Two Organic Yellow Squash – cut into 1/2″ rounds
- 2 teaspoons tarragon: finely chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 garlic cloves: minced
- Parmesean Cheese (optional)
Recipe as follows:
1. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
2. Prep your veggies
3. Add garlic and tarragon to the butter and simmer for 3.-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic! If it starts to turn brown, lower the heat.
4. Add squash and sautee for ten minutes, flipping half way.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Plate and serve with some Parmesean cheese!
This morning I had a wonderful surprise in my inbox….I was nominated for The Addictive Blog Award! (Which by the way, I totally shouted and jumped up and down with excitement!) My first award!
I would like to thank Cindy, from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, for nominating me. Cindy is by far talented and amazing! Not only is she a contributing writer for various newspapers, but she also writes poetry and mysteries and she even does her own illustrations on her blog! She is an incredibly talented lady! Please check her blog out, you will be glad you did! www.cindysrecipesandwritings.com
The rules of this award are
- Thank the person awarding you
- Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started
- Paste the blog award on your page
- Nominate 10 other bloggers you feel deserve the award
So Cindy – thank you, thank you, thank you! (Again and again!)
The reason why I blog is easy, because I love it! I used to take photos of my food for fun and didn’t even realize there is a blog world out there! I know, living in a hole! When a friend pointed out to me that I should try it, I did. There was no turning back! A few facts that you may not know about me: 1. I enjoy reading. Lots of reading. If I get time to myself, I’m usually sipping a coffee with my head buried in a book at Barnes and Noble 2. I like to write and have a million journals that I never complete anything in 3. I like to bake bread at 5am in the morning. Just the smell alone is worth it. 4. I believe in Angels 5. I want to be on TV – not only on TV but to have my own show and it would have to be sharing/helping other people. I want to make a difference in the world, a positive difference.
Okay enough is enough! Let’s get to the fun part….drum roll….the nominees are….
1. Jennie at The Messy Baker Blog, http://themessybakerblog.com. She is truly amazing and inspirational! She will knock your socks off with fabulous treats and drinks! You don’t want to miss what she has in store!
2. Robyn at Robyn’s View: http://robynsviewathome.blogspot.com Robyn shares her view on everything from recipes, DIY projects and more!
3. Karlynn at The Kitchen Magpie (her nickname) brings you http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/ Another fabulous mom site about her nest!
4. Sunithi knocks my socks off at Sue’s Nutritional Buzz: http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/ She is always putting together something tasty and nutritional in her kitchen!
5. Kris is always in the kitchen with her little one cooking up something terrific! Check out: In the Kitchen with Audrey at http://www.inthekitchenwithaudrey.com
6. Chung-Ah makes and takes fabulous photos! Enjoy a homemade dish at Damn Delicious! http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/
7. Isabelle at The Little Red Kitchen blogs about gluten-free foods! Be sure to check out her site! http://thelittleredkitchen.blogspot.com/
8. The Pink Apron has some great mommy inspiration at http://www.thepinkapronblog.com/about
9. One of my favs too – The Spoon of Joy with Chandni. Blogs about international, Indian and vegetarian dishes! http://thespoonofjoy.blogspot.com/
10. Robin at Knead to Cook always has something great to chat about! http://kneadtocook.com/
Be sure to visit these inspiring bloggers!