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Archive for May, 2008...

Filed under Cooking and kids, Saving time and money

What is the difference between the national brand, the store brand, and a generic brand of food? You may have heard your mother talk about these when she goes to the store. She might say, “get the store brand”.

What is the difference? I heard all of you say loud and clear – it’s the MONEY! We’ve all heard our parents and others talk about the high cost of everything, including food. Here is an an interesting activity comparing prices on different brands of food.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, May 30th, 2008

Filed under Cooking and kids, Food patterns and eating habits, Menus, Recipes

No matter how young or old you are, everyone cherishes comfort food. What is “comfort food”, you ask? This is classic home-cooked food that is prepared and enjoyed regularly throughout the year. It is usually the food most requested by the family.

In most homes there are different favorites for each season. Springtime might bring to mind roasted herb-crusted chicken, steamed baby peas and carrots and strawberry pie. Bar-b-q chicken, grilled hamburgers, and potato salad make us savor the thoughts of summer picnics in the park.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Filed under Cooking and kids, Food patterns and eating habits

This cake that will be sure to put a smile on Mom’s face. Kids love to make something special for their Mothers – and Moms like to be pampered on their special day. Here is a gift for Mom that combines two ingredients dear to Mothers’ hearts – flowers and sweets.

The following recipe is from Amy Houts book, Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids – Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun. It is called

Spring Flowers Cake

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Friday, May 9th, 2008

Filed under Recommendations, Saving time and money

1. Make a weekly list of menus before you go to the store. It’s a good idea to plan meals around advertised specials. This advanced planning serves as a guide to your grocery shopping and will save you money and time.

2. Have a list and organize it according to categories in the store, such as frozen food, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc.

3. Use coupons to save money on items you need and use. Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you should buy the item. Compare costs and only use the coupon if it will serve your purpose.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Filed under Cooking and kids, Recipes

Today being May Day, have you surprised someone with a May basket? This is always a fun activity.

You need some flowers, which can be any kind, maybe even the little violets coming into bloom this time of year. Then you need to place them in a container which you have made out of construction paper and decorated. Add a handle for hanging on a neighbor’s door. Some like to add other small gifts besides flowers in the baskets.

Comments (0) Posted by Lee on Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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