Archive | August, 2010

Open thread: Nutrition IQ and pantry basics

Being Mrs. Q has changed my life. I’m smarter about nutrition and I’m doing more “from scratch” cooking. My husband can’t cook and as such I am the only one responsible for putting a meal on the table. I’ve always done my best, but doing the blog has forced me to challenge myself. I love that you, […]

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Guest blogger: Where’s the beef?

Melissa Graham, a former attorney, is the founding Executive Director of Purple Asparagus, a non-profit dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating, eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Purple Asparagus teaches families and children about healthful, sustainable eating in schools, […]

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Back to School Blog and Twitter Party – August 26-29

I have teamed up with Canadian blogger Karen from Notes from the Cookie Jar to host a Back-to-School party! It started as a Twitter party exclusively and now it’s an official Blog party too. We will have too much fun chatting, sharing ideas for change, and … there will be giveaways for participants. August 26-29 Back-to-school […]

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Ad critique: Lunchables

Lunchables ad, Working Mother August/September 2010 “Even da Vinci started somewhere,” and “It doesn’t get better than this.” I laughed when I saw this ad. Then I shrugged and frowned. Now I’m sort of annoyed. Do you agree that this ad is strange and bizarre? Da Vinci and Lunchables? I have a feeling that Da […]

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Soup up my lunch: Brie, summer sausage, crackers, spinach salad…and dark honey?

Spinach salad with blueberries and almonds, summer sausage purchased at specialty butcher, “everything” crackers (Trader Joe’s), brie; Italian honey received as a gift five years ago(!) Today I didn’t want anything elaborate so I threw some of my favorite things together. We discovered an actual freestanding butcher shop and had such a positive experience shopping there […]

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"Drink up kid" — Dehydration

Parenting June 2010 (I think that’s the month it appeared…)  I’m in the “tantrum” years right now and I find a correlation between being hungry and the frequency and duration of tantrums. So I feed and offer drink liberally around my house. In fact, I feel like all I do is feed somebody most of […]

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Open thread: Volunteering

Volunteering for Common Threads was a terrific experience for me. I think I got more out of it than the kids. I learned that kids can do a lot in the kitchen, including use knives appropriately, and I learned how to cook some new recipes I probably would not have attempted at home. Do you volunteer? […]

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Common Threads volunteer: Week 5 in the kitchen

Urban Prep Charter Academy is located in Englewood. This Spring the school  announced that of the students who graduated 100% were accepted into college. I wonder what they eat for school lunch? My last day in the kitchen. I have feelings towards this experience that mirror how I feel during the school year. At the beginning everyone is […]

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