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August 25, 2008

Fuel for the Kids

Filed under: ashley, meal planning, recipe inspiration — Ashley @ 4:21 pm

Today was the first day back to school for many kids in my area, and I’m sure other areas across the country will soon be following suit.

When sending kids off to school for the day, it’s important to start their day off with a nice healthy breakfast. We all know time can get away from us, especially first thing in the morning, but even a quick breakfast is better than no breakfast. Things you can give your kids include fresh fruit, or even pre-made fruit cups are an option. Yogurt cups were always my favorite. Instant oatmeal can be served in a to-go cup or thermos. Breakfast burritos don’t take long to make either; simply toss a tortilla and microwavable sausages in the microwave, and while they’re cooking, you can scramble a quick egg. Wrap it all together with a little shredded cheese and maybe even a dollop of salsa, and send the kids on their way.

Most schools have lunch programs, but we all know how cafeteria food can be. Packed lunches have come a long way. Try sending your kid to school with a cold noodle salad. What kid doesn’t love to slurp noodles into their mouth? Chopped fruit and veggies with a small cup of dip or salad dressing alongside a turkey sandwich is a nice healthy food option. Ham and cheese roll-ups are a lot of fun to make and eat; you can even have the kids make their own the night before.

An after-school snack was always an exciting thing to come home to for me, and a nice break between the classroom setting and hitting the books for a few hours with homework. As always, you can’t go wrong with fruits and veggies. Crackers and cheese are always tasty, and chips and salsa work too.

That’s it for me, until next time…
Ashley

November 5, 2007

Planning for Thanksgiving

Filed under: Holiday recipes, holiday ideas, meal planning — Kate @ 6:36 pm

Thanksgiving is 2 weeks from Thursday.  Can you believe it?!  My mother is coming to Seattle from North Carolina to eat Thanksgiving with me this year, and she called yesterday to remind me that she’ll see me very soon.  I’m very excited about her visit.  Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday- delicious food, family, friends, and of course, the Macy’s Day Parade!

Whether you are cooking a feast at home, traveling to see family, or preparing a dish for a Thanksgiving potluck, it’s time to start planning!  Mom and I are eating Thanksgiving dinner with friends, but we still have preparations to make for her visit, including travel plans and cooking several dishes for our feast. 

I found this great article today that will help you plan your menu and suggests a great timeline for preparing your feast.  Remember that the earlier you start, the more time you will have to relax and enjoy the day.  Thanksgiving can be stressful enough without all the cooking!  Why not plan for smooth sailing?  Click here to read this helpful article at What’s Cooking America.

Don’t forget: December 1 is the last day to order your Keepsake Cookbooks for the holidays.

Have a great day,
Kate

September 10, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Filed under: family recipes, meal planning — Kate @ 9:01 pm

Monday is Menu Planning day on Organizing Junkie’s blog, and I’m inspired! As a busy, entreprenuerial, type A woman I try not to plan my meals because every other aspect of my day is planned to a tee. However, I’m always up for trying something new, and I thought this might be refreshing. Plus, I want to take advantage of some of the beautiful local apples I’ve seen coming into the markets.

Monday- Stuffed Herb Chicken with Boursin Cheese with Asparagus

Tuesday- Spinach, Onion, and Tomato Basil Feta Quiche
Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese

Wednesday- Oven-Baked Chicken
Farmhouse Slaw with Golden Delicious Apples
Potato Wedges

Thursday- Out with my girlfriends! No dinner planning :)

Friday- My Favorite Basics: Squash Souffle, Green Beans, and Pork Chops

Want some menu planning inspiration? Pull out your Secret Ingredients’ cookbook! Also, check out Organizing Junkie’s blog to see what others have planned for the week!

Have a great evening,
Kate


 
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