Friday night was our back to scouting meeting. I talked about being nervous in my previous post but everything went great!
One of the big differences for my troop this years is that we will be bouncing around for our meeting space.
Last year we meet at a local church which was great but it’s not looking like an option for us this year. The good thing about meeting at one of the parents homes is that we will have the freedom of covering some badges like “Snacks” which really needs a kitchen to complete.
I wanted to stress healthy eating habits through this badge, so I sliced, diced and roasted some veggies for them to work with. Well….my Brownies didn’t really like the “healthy”stuff I brought for them. Thank goodness our meeting was hosted by one of the parents because she saved the healthy face pizzas with cheese. Here’s the agenda:
Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30
Healthy/Unhealthy food Crossword puzzles
Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35
Flag, Promise and Law
Business: 20 minutes/6:35-6:55
Share one special things they did during summer
Discuss what to work on this year
Exploration: 15 minutes/6:55- 7:10
Snacks -Step #1 -Good vs. Bad food poster
Create: 25 minutes/7:15 -7:35
Snacks – Step #2 make a veggie face (pizza) & Step #5 make your own fruit smoothie
Snack time: 5 minutes/7:35-7:40
Closing/Friendship Circle 5 minutes/7:40-7:45
The meeting went along smoothly until I brought out the hummus and veggies for our healthy face pizzas. Only one girl liked the hummus (which happened to be my daughter). As I said earlier, the parent host brought out some cheese and put the pizzas in the oven. The girls all had a good time building their pizzas.
As far as the smoothies went – overall that went well. I included the girls in on how much of what ingredient to put in. The first batch came out a little tart. The parent host again, saved the snack by bringing out some honey to make the second batch of smoothies a little sweeter (but I liked the tart batch).
Overall the meeting went very well and I was actually glad that not everyone liked everything. It teaches them to deal with adversity and how they how to make the best of situations. They all handled themselves very well. I’m proud of my Brownies! As for myself, I learned to provide alternatives, not everyone likes hummus (although I’m not sure why, I love hummus).
It felt good to be back leading my Brownies and to see them again. Next meeting we will be covering our Potter Badge at an art studio, I’ll update you next time, until then…Happy Scouting!
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.
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.
Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato
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!
Summer vacation is just a couple of weeks away for us. I’m planning our schedule and finding events to keep my children busy.
For a lot of parents, the thoughts go so much deeper then that. Some parents are trying to think of ways to keep their children from going hungry during summer break.
In Orange County about 43% of children depend on the free and reduced lunches at school as a majority of their nutrition each day. So for many children no school = no food.
How can you help?
Raise awareness and refer people: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps low-income children continue to receive meals when school is out. The program provides children healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch in the summer months at Kids Cafes and other sites. Summer site information varies by state and is available when the school year ends. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.
Donate or Fundraise: Start or join a fundraising page or donate funds.
Volunteer: Volunteers help with basics like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site.
My Mother-in-Law came to visit a couple of weeks ago and shared with me how she soaks her oatmeal in water overnight. I tired it and liked it so I went to the internet in search of more soaked oatmeal recipes. I found these Refrigerator Oatmeal recipes from http://www.grocerybudget101.com/content.php/611-Easy-Refrigerator-Oatmeal. Can I just say I feel like Jasmine singing a “Whole New World”.
These recipes are great on the budget and very healthy. I put one together last night. My daughters and I enjoyed out Refrigerator Oatmeal this morning. This is soooo easy and filling, I’m still full from breakfast.
I changed this basic recipe a little bit. I was all out of yogurt so I substituted it with cottage cheese. I used half almond milk and half water. For the fruit, I used dried cranberries, for some crunch I used sliced almonds and ground Chia to thicken it up. I also used a little bit of Agave to add some sweetness. It was great!
By the way, if you don’t have mason jars don’t let this stop you from trying these recipes. I used a plastic container with a tight lid and made a big batch for the family.
Here’s the recipe from http://www.grocerybudget101.com/)
Refrigerator Oatmeal Basic Recipe
1/4 c. Old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
1/3 c. vanilla almond milk (Homemade or store bought)
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
2 tsp chia seeds
(see below for various flavor choices!)
Assemble your ingredients:
Measure the rolled oats, chia seeds, yogurt and almond milk into the mason jar, put the cover on, seal and shake to combine.
Uncap and and add your choice of fruit & flavorings from the list below. Replace the lid and attach the jar seal tightly, use within 4 days.
Refrigerator Oatmeal Amazing Flavors:
I haven’t made Quinoa Chile in a few months now but seeing this recipe today reminded me of how well this went over in my house.
This recipe from http://damndelicious.net/ sounds delicious. One of the many ways of working on refining my life is by eating foods that have value. I believe that God gave us everything we need to heal ourselves. It’s our job to put all these wonderful ingredients he gave us together to create something yummy. This recipe meets the mark all the way around.