Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Readying for winter play

On my feet warm boots must go,
So I can play in the snow.
On my head does go a hat,
And mittens to go pat pat pat.
When I'm ready, I sit down,
In turn Sherene ( or mama) will zip my winter gown.

On the path of middle childhood . . .

Last night the tooth fairy came to our home and left some golden coins under Hazels pillow. Lyra says she thinks each family must have their own tooth fairy as every family has a different tradition. Here the tooth fairy leaves golden dollars. A few more for the first tooth than the others. You can tell by Hazels smile as she talks about her loose and lost teeth, that she recognizes this places her in a new realm of childhood. That she has arrived in a new place. Welcome young traveller!

Winter 2012 Edition of ROTH

Beautiful edition of this seasons Rhythm of the Home. Check out their very generous giveaway on the ROTH blog.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Children with anxiety

One in five American children suffer with anxiety. So often it goes undiagnosed and instead- we as adults improperly label these children.
Awareness helps!
Spread the word. Children get stressed too.

Children with an inherited propensity to anxiety do not just become anxious because of their genes, so what we need are ways to prevent the environmental catalysts — in this case, parental behaviors — from unlocking the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for the disease,” Ginsburg says.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Our tree of thanksgivings.

There is an envelope of blank leaves so all our friends and family can post their thankfuls as well.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preschool/bread making recommend

One of my daycare mamas ( thank you Sarah!) brought me this book one day last month. As soon as I read it, I loved it. The story is adorable and I do not want to ruin the details. It fits right into the type of preschool/ kindergarten work we do. In the story, there are several families from various parts if the world all baking bread from their culture. Aside from the bread they make, there are other small details that show the author really did her homework rather than relying on stereotypes. On top of that, the recipes in the back are wonderful! Being a bread maker by nature I have tried making many of these breads before- not one recipe has been as simple and delicious as these. Highlighting the true intent of any bread, in any culture: to nourish many with the efficient use of time and resources.

Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley

Monday, November 5, 2012

Smoked Salmon Chowder

6 strips bacon
4 small white Potatoes
1 onion
Salt and pepper

1 lb Smoked salmon
1 quart Chicken broth
1 pint Crushed tomatoes
1 pint Cream

2 large leaves of Swiss chard, finely chopped

Chop bacon and cook until crispy brown. Remove bacon pieces and about half of bacon grease. Leaving just enough to coat the stock pot. Add chopped potatoes and onion, salt and pepper. Cook until firm but tender. Add chopped smoked salmon. Stir to coat and Cooke about 2 mins. Add chicken broth. Let simmer about 5 mins. Add tomato and let summer 5 mins again. Add cream and turn down hear to low, stirring every few minutes. Add swiss chard. Cooking on very low heat for 10-20 minutes.
Garnish with bacon