Category: All things yummy

August 10th is National S’mores Day!!!

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 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A s’more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional night time campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.[1] National S’mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States.

S’more appears to be a contraction of the phrase “some more”. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927. Although the exact origin is unclear, reports on the group as early in 1925 describe them. Merriam-Webster marks 1974 as the first use of S’more, though recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973.

Since the Girl Scouts popularized S’mores, it has been a long standing communal tradition around the campfire. No Campfire in site, not to worry – you can make them in the microwave. People have S’more’s dessert tables at dinner parties. Some people skip the food and have S’more parties. A couple of months ago, my local Girl Scout Council staff had a S’more’s competition. That’s a tasty competition.

Go and get your ingredients and get ready to celebrate National S’more’s day with your family.

Here’s the basic S’mores recipe from Hersheys.com

Ingredients

  • 4 marshmallows
  • 4 graham crackers, broken into halves
  • 2 (1.55 oz. each) HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars, broken into halves

    Directions

    Place 1 graham cracker half on paper towel; top with chocolate bar half and marshmallow. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) in 10 second intervals until marshmallow puffs. Immediately top with remaining graham cracker half; gently press together. Repeat for each serving; serve immediately. 4 servings.

    OUTDOOR S’MORES: Place 1/2 of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55 oz.) on graham cracker half. Carefully toast marshmallow over grill or campfire (supervise the kids if they’re doing this); place over chocolate. Top with second graham cracker half; gently press together.

    For some interesting takes on S’more’s check out my S’more’s Pinterest page .

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    A FREE Healthy Cookbook based on a Food Stamp (SNAP) Budget

    Trying to stay on a budget while providing healthy for your family can be tough. Leanne Brown, who happens to have a master’s in food studies felt the same way. Her concern was for American’s receiving food stamps (SNAP).  Leanne didn’t think it was right that the 47 million people on food stamps didn’t have the choices everyone else had.

    Leanne  created a FREE cookbook “Good and Cheap” which is all about eating well on $4.00 a day. She made her book available to download for FREE in June. The results have been overwhelming, it has been downloaded more than 200,000 times.

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    Leanne states that eating well on $4.00 a day involves stocking your pantry with inexpensive basics and being flexible about substituting ingredients to use what is in season. She encourages eating fruits and vegetables in her recipes by keep the meat content low. The cook book is filled with some really good looking and healthy recipes from breakfast to desserts and drinks. I’m anxious to try out several recipes, one of the sections of the cook book that is calling my attention is the “Things on Toast” section.

    Leanne started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $145,000 to make the book available to those who don’t have computers. Be sure to visit her blog for more delicious recipes.

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    Today I am launching a Kickstarter to fund a print run of Good and Cheap, my free PDF cookbook for people on Food Stamps. Please take a few moments to check it out and share it with your friends.

    I was so encouraged and touched by the supportive comments from strangers. It was tremendously heartening to have so many people understanding, appreciating and even advocating for my project.

    Ultimately Good and Cheap was a guess. It was a well informed guess, but it was a guess. I thought that an appealing, tasty, practical, healthy set of recipes was genuinely needed. I thought that maybe it could make a difference for some. It seems like it has.

    Making Good and Cheap free online was a great first step, but to really reach people I realized that we need make physical copies. This book needs to be put directly into the hands of people who need it.

    I believe that cooking can change lives and I want to prove it. If you can, please support the project or share it with someone else. This is going to be fun!

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    Kids Tested, Mother Approved Healthy Pizzas

    We attended another Whole Kids Cooking Club class at Whole Foods. The Healthy Eating Specialist had two healthy vegetarian pizzas for the kids to create.  One sweet and one savory.

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    The savory pizza was made on sandwich thins, hummus with  shredded carrots, broccoli, romanesco broccoli, red and yellow bell pepper, zucchini and spinach as their topping options.

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    The sweet pizzas were made on flat sandwich thins made with with raisins and flax seeds. The topping options were peanut butter, almond butter, sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, blueberries & raspberries. None of the kids seemed to have a problem with any of these options.

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    The kids loved making their pizza’s. It was fun and easy for them to do. My little one always digs right in there and throws all the ingredients on her plate. The funny thing is, if I would have offered my 7 year daughter and 6 year grandson romanesco broccoli earlier in the day they probably would’ve said no. In a setting like this however, they were all more then willing to eat it or at least try it.

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     I recommend taking your picky eaters to Whole Foods  for a Whole Kids Club cooking class. For $5.00, they provide a fun environment with kid friendly food ideas that empower kids to try  new things.

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    OC Great Park has a great weekend of FREE events

    Yesterday, I shared the Fresh Plates: Culinary Workshop that will take place to today at 10:00 am in the Farm & Food Lab at the OC Great Park but there are so many other great events going on at the Great Park this weekend, I had to share them with you.

    I do want to highlight one event – Clinic in the Park. If you or anyone who needs health or dental care,  please let them know about this FREE event held on the second Sunday of each month.  Clinic in the Park is an Orange County-based nonprofit community health collaborative.

     

    Now on to the weekend events:

     

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    SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim (Opening Reception)

    Saturday, July 12

    Time(s): 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Location: Great Park Gallery | Map & Directions
    Gallery admission, parking and the opening reception are free to the publicThe artwork of Tae Soon Kim reveals the “spirit” of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books into objects of everyday life such as clothing, furniture, and books. Tae-Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been displayed worldwide, including at […]

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    Movie on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

    Saturday, July 12

    Time(s): 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Location: Terraced Lawn | Map & Directions
    Starts at Dusk; Weather PermittingJoin us for an outdoor movie experience under the stars. Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family. Come see blockbuster hits and family favorites on the big screen at our Movie on the Lawn nights! This year’s Movie on the Lawn series will feature seven film screenings beginning […]

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    Certified Farmers Market

    Sunday, July 13

    Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Location: Farmers Market | Map & Directions
    Free Parking & AdmissionSundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Take home fresh […]

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    Clinic in the Park

    Sunday, July 13

    Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Location: Great Park Certified Farmers Market | Map & DirectionsOn the second Sunday of each month, Clinic in the Park connects children and their families to medical and dental resources, provides application assistance for low cost insurance, developmental health screenings for children, community resource referrals and facilitates health chats with doctors and nurses. These programs are offered and staffed by health-related professional organizations and […]

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    Children’s Garden Workshops

    Sunday, July 13

    Time(s): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Location: Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
    FreeThis season’s Children’s Garden Workshop Series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.  A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and […]

    pictures and information from OCGP.org & clinicinthepark.org

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    FREE Argentine Cuisine Culinary Workshop

    I love FREE and I love to cook. So I’m sad that I will not be able to make to this FREE  Fresh Plates event on Saturday, July 12th at the OC Great Park. This program is produced by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from Slow Foods Orange County.

    The Fresh Plates Workshops are designed to introduce cuisines from around the world by local chefs and food experts. They  demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals from the garden to the table in less than 30 minutes. Participants are taught techniques and benefits of traditional old-world cooking.

    The focus for this event is Argentine Cuisine – Masters Of Fire: Argentine food is an intoxicating blend of indigenous dishes mixed with the Mediterranean influences of its European settlers, but it’s the expert use of fire that makes this cuisine truly extraordinary.  

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    60 minute presentation/demonstration

    Ages 16+ are welcome to attend

    Time(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions

    Cost: Free

     

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    Sunday Salsa

    I’m not talking about dancing, I’m talking about the kind you eat. I made some salsa last night and thought I’d share the recipe with you.

    Salsa, is so easy to make, you never need to buy salsa in a jar (its loaded with sodium) and you never need to use anything out of a can to make salsa (the lining of most cans, including tomatoes, contain a resin that leaches a toxic chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA), into food). You don’t even need to cook it. wpid-wp-1404699550881.jpeg

    Did you know that 1/4 cup of salsa is equivalent to a one cup serving of vegetables? Salsa is high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Salsa provides a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure and capsaicin  (found in peppers) can help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

    Cilantro helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body while cumin helps with memory loss and the effects of stress on the body. All of these ingredients together provide high antioxidant levels and can help fight cancer.   wpid-wp-1404699550880.jpeg

    If I had lime on hand, I would have included some lime juice in my salsa but it was fine without  it. Now if you notice the picture above, the serrano’s are just as big as the jalapeno’s. My husband likes hot salsa, so please adjust the recipe if you need to or de-seed the chile.

    Sunday Salsa Ingredients

    • 3 serrano’s 
    • 2 jalapano’s
    • 4-6 tomaotes
    • 1 cup cilantro
    • 2 clove’s of garlic
    • 1/2 medium onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2  teaspoon cumin
    • cilantro to garnish

    Directions: Slice tomato, chile and onion and add into a food processor along with crushed garlic clove, salt, cumin, sugar and cilantro. Blend, serve and garnish with cilantro.

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    A Simple Red, White and Blue Menu for the 4th of July

    For the Forth of July take it easy, enjoy the parades and fireworks with this simple menu

    To quinch your thrist a Strawberry Tea from GoodHouseKeeping.com

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    This idea from thechirpingmoms.com of simply adding Blue Corn Chips turns regular chips & salsa into a patriotic snack

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    Start your meal off right with cleaneatingmag.com‘s Mega Berry Antioxidant Salad

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    Add in some Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Stacks from eatsimpleloveyoga.com

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    Then bite into these Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Kabobs from enjoylifeitsdelicious.com

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    Finish it up with an easy dessert from athriftymom.com  of Ice Cream Sandwiches with sprinkles

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    Now relax and enjoy the Fireworks

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    Caramelized Banana Pecan Paleo Ice Cream

    Here’s a great recipe for you! It’s a Paleo ICE CREAM recipe that has only 4 ingredients. I found this recipe on www.mynaturalfamily.com (a great source for healthy recipes).

    We make Banana ice cream a lot in our home. First, it’s natural, no artificial anything. Secondly, we save money but not buying store bought ice cream. Third, we get to use up banana’s and fruit that is getting a little old.

    We usually just use bananas and whatever berries we have on hand. This recipe puts a twist on the traditional banana ice cream recipes and is sure to bring out all of the natural sweetness of the fruit.  

    The 4 ingredients for this fabulous recipe are:

    •  4 Bananas 

    • 3 T. Grass-fed Butter(salted)

    • ½ C. Coconut Milk(canned), chilled

    • ½ C. Pecans, chopped and toasted

    That’s it!!! That’s all that’s need to make healthy, delicious ice cream for your family.  

    Some important notes from the blogger are: “the more ripe your bananas are, the sweeter the ice cream will end up being. Also it is important to note that you should be using canned coconut milk and not the coconut milk that is found in the refrigerated cartons. It will affect the creaminess and overall texture of the ice cream”.

    For complete recipe & instructions visit www.mynaturalfamily.com. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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    Made at Home Father’s Day Gifts

    To my husband, don’t read this post! Ok, since I know you, I know you will continue to read this post. So act surprised when you receive one (or all) of these as your gift.

    Here’s a few quick Father’s Day Gifts that the kids can put together at home.

     From www.triedandtrueblog here’s a FREE printable, simply enough for the little’s in your family and enough detail for the older kids to get into this.

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    This Fathers Day Mug from www.iheartartsncrafts.com  is another craft that would work for just about any age group.

     

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     From designdininganddiapers.com here’s a simply and cost effective gift with free printables.

     

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    Now as for Breakfast, I love this simply Breakfast Eggs and Bacon Pizza from heatherchristo.com. Because I’ll be serving a few people, I’ll  be making two of these along with with a big bowl of fruit and juice. I’ve made breakfast pizza a couple times and they all loved it.

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