Thursday, September 29, 2011

Time to stand up and say...

Kids & the color of food

NCI lima beansImage via Wikipedia

This is an article I would have liked to have read when my kids were little. They are good eaters overall, but we have run into some "I don't like that" issues. Color isn't one I've considered, but I could see it coming up, especially in the case of my son on the Autism spectrum. Great ideas here.

Strategies for Countering Color Issues |

There will be a few struggles at the table with your child that have nothing to do with food. These often include; random refusals of longtime favorites, holding out for dessert or other foods instead of dinner, the macaroni and cheese strike where all other foods are refused except the one your child wants.
There are also genuine issues that kids develop toward some foods. One bitter taste of broccoli may sour your child on trying other green foods. The “strings” on a banana still send chills up my spouse’s spine. We can all name one experience that made us think we hated lima beans. These are real food issues, many of which can be solved in time with a bit of persistence, creativity and compromise.
The tricky part is trying to figure out the source of the issue — color, taste or texture — when your child is too young to express it herself.

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What Was There vs. What is there Now

I stumbled across this cool site:

WhatWasThere - Put history in its place!:
WhatWasThere ties historical photos to Google Maps, allowing you to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past.
This is very cool! You can upload historic photos that you have and explore photos that others shared. There is also an iPhone app to use on the go.

How would you use this as part of your homsechooling? Bringing history lessons alive from the comfort of your living room? On field trips? Please share!

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This week's #brownbag recap

Hello wonderful brown-baggers! How are you doing in the challenge? It's week 4!!

Here is the recap of this week's brown bagging articles. Great stuff! Check it out and let me know how this week has gone for you.

Chez Us: Lentil Salad
Essentials of Nutrition: Brown-Bag Challenge, Break Room Not Required
The Undercover Cook: Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Baked Potatoes
This Imperfect Plot: Week 4 (and a BBC side effect: weight loss)
Confessions of a Curious Cuisiniere: What Does Your Sandwich Say About You?
I Brown Bag: Brown-Bag Challenge, Day-by-Day
Carmen Fitness: Brown-Bag Challenge, Going Strong
Family Fresh Cooking: Top Ten Best Lunch-Packing Tips
Canadian Mother Musings: Caught NOT Brown-Bagging It
BoysNBerry: Sandwiches . . . and a Not-so-Great Frozen Burrito
Feeding Philosophers: Lovely Legumes
Healthy Plates: Vegetable Beef Soup
Healthy Kitschy Vegan: Peace
Ali Girl Cooks: Brown-Bag Shake-Up
All Things Splendid: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chili
City Life Eats: Day 16 and a Recap of This Week's Lunches
Grecian Kitchen: Brown-Bag Challenge
Cooking Channel: Monkeying Around Lunch Box
Reve Noir: Brown-Bag Challenge Day 9, Repeat Again
The Garden Ephemerist: Brown Bagged
Eating Omily: My Lunch Story
Nutritious Daily: Easy, Peasy Pasta
Chick Bike: Brown-Bag Challenge Days 15 & 16

As always, you can check out my past brown-bag posts here: Brown-Bag Recap

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Watch out! You wouldn't want to drink this!

A glass of Orange juice.Image via Wikipedia
"If you didn’t know better, you might think a bottle of Mistolin was fruit punch. Mistolin Raspberry contains a bright red liquid and has a picture of the fruit. There’s also green Mistolin Apple and orange Tropical Mistolin, to name a few. But you won’t find them in the beverage aisle. Mistolin is a household cleaner, and moreover, the bottles do not have child-resistant caps."
Just some of the reasons I love Shaklee's H2: Safe to use, VERY cost effective, and not confused with a container of juice. :)

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tiny Gifts or just a Big Show?

Wow... I read a blog this week: Making a Big Show of our Tiny Gifts written by Tom Davis, President of Children's HopeChest. His blog refers to Missy's post, All Fall Down. Don't read them unless you're ready to think. Ponder. Wrestle. In a good way.

We are the rich, making a big show of our tiny gifts. 

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists

Very cool! Gamers solving real problems. This could be right up my budding computer programmer's alley and could help others as well!

Cosmic Log - Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists:

The monkey-virus puzzle solution demonstrates that Foldit and other science-oriented video games could be used to address a wide range of other scientific challenges — ranging from drug development to genetic engineering for future biofuels. "My hope is that scientists will see this research and give us more of those cases," Khatib said.
He's not alone in that hope. "Foldit shows that a game can turn novices into domain experts capable of producing first-class scientific discoveries," Zoran Popovic, director of University of Washington's Center for Game Science, said in today's news release. "We are currently applying the same approach to change the way math and science are taught in school."
That's something that Carter Kimsey, program director for the National Science Foundation's Division of Biological Infrastructure, would love to see happen. "After this discovery, young people might not mind doing their science homework," she quipped.
One caveat, though: Playing Foldit isn't exactly like playing Bejeweled. "Let's be honest, proteins aren't the sexiest video game out there," Khatib told me.Give the game a whirl, and let me know whether it's addictive or a drag.

This story also lists other "games for science" that you might want to check out. I haven't looked into any of these, so no endorsement yet! :)

More games for science:

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Really?!? Bathroom App

What do you think about this??
App Lets Strangers Use Your Bathroom - ... for a small fee: "Apps continue to break new ground: The soon-to-launch CLOO' (a combination of community and loo) envisions a social potty network. Let's say you're in some city and need to use the bathroom. The app gives you a list of registered "hosts" who would let you stop by and use their facilities for a small fee, explains the Los Angeles Times. The creators tell CNET they hope to be operating early next year."
'via Blog this'

I think for me it might depend how much of my house the stranger would have to walk through and how often I clean my bathroom. :)

Would you let a stranger use your bathroom?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brown-Bag Review

Here is this week's Brown-Bag Round Up and some great ideas for lunches! I'm running out of time today, so I'll let you peruse and enjoy!

Ambitious Kitchen: Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Sweet Mango Cilantro Salsa
Feeding Philosophers: Tart Pizza and Tofu Pesto Sandwiches, Oh My
Sweat=Success: Brown Bags and Book Bags
Confessions of a Curious Cuisiniere: Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Reve Noir: Brown-Bag Challenge Day 8
The Garden Ephemerist: Brown Bag Tales
I Brown Bag: Healthy Eating Starts at Home
Grecian Kitchen: Brown-Bag Challenge, Week 3
Essentials of Nutrition: Marriage>Bachelorhood
All Things Splendid: Day 12, Wild Rice Soup
Family Fresh Cooking: Project Lunch Box 30 Day Challenge (another lunch challenge for those who want to keep the momentum going!)
City Life Eats: Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 11
Netlycka's Distracting Confusion: Snacks for Lunch
This Imperfect Plot: Brown-Bag Challenge, Week 3
Boys n' Berry: Brown-Bag Challenge, (featuring many great sandwiches)
Healthy Plates: Quinoa With Peas and Spinach
Living Omily: Autumnal Brown-Bag
Glory Foods: What in the World is a Bento Box?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Don't hate me because I'm old


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Don't hate me because I'm Less Adoptable


Friday, September 16, 2011

Brown-bag: Chicken/Honey/Apples Yummm

Today I had yummy Baked Chicken with Honey and Apples leftovers from last night. But I forgot to take a picture... so you'll have to trust me. :) Even the kids said this recipe was better than the other chicken/apple recipe I have.

You can find the recipe here and give it a try. I can't really say how easy it was to make as my hubby made it. :)


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Study: BPA, methylparaben block breast cancer drugs

Interesting research just out; worth the read:
In the latest study, researchers took noncancerous breast cells from high-risk patients, grew them in a laboratory and found that once the cells were exposed to bisphenol A and methylparaben, they started behaving like cancer cells.
Tamoxifen, a drug designed to prevent or treat cancer, slows down the growth of both healthy and cancerous breast cells and ultimately leads to their death. But when tamoxifen was introduced in the lab, the cells exposed to the two chemicals kept growing and didn't die, said Dr. William Goodson, senior clinical research scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and lead author of the study.
Read more at SF Gate

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More to love... and pray for... and plead for...

Thanks to Susanna at The Blessing of Verity, I learned that more children have been added to the Reese's Hope website.

Please read about them.
Pray for them.
Plead that God will send people to rescue them.
Please donate to their adoption funds to make it easier for their families to adopt.
Please help.

And please read the statistics. There is hope! If we each do our part...

Worship that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. “ -James 1:27

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Coupons just out

New coupons came out in the last 48 hours! Get them while they're hot!

Look at that $4 one on Claritin at the bottom!

New Coupons

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Brown Bag Roundup

Here is the Brown Bag Round Up for the week! You can find my posts here: Brown-Bag Challenge

Check out the other blogs participating in the challenge and gather some great tips and recipes!

The Food Network Dish: Gaby from What's Gaby Cooking's Cowboy Quinoa Salad <--Check this recipe out. I'm buying the ingredients today to try it. Looks yummy!
Simple, Healthy Life: Zesty Lime Black Bean Soup
Nutritionella: Beating Sandwich Burnout
The Undercover Cook: Southwestern Black Bean Dip
Adventures in My Kitchen: Brown-Bag Challenge vs School Lunches
My Wallet is Fat, Not Me: Split White Lentil Stew (Urad Dal)
The Garden Ephemerist: The Reluctant Cook
This Imperfect Plot: Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 5
Netlycka's Distracting Confusion: A Short, Busy Week
Healthy Plates: Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Spread <-- mmmmmm....
Between City Limits: In the Bag
Carmen Fitness: Brown-Bag Challenge Day 12
Essentials of Nutrition: A Teacher's Lunch
Healthy, Kitschy Vegan: I Swear, I'm Still Alive
Not Your Church Cookbook: The 10 Commandments of Leftovers
Diary of a Fat Kid: Week 3, Day 1

Here's to a healthy, less expensive lunch!

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Monday, September 12, 2011


Remembering 9/11....
I think it is very important to remember 9/11. It was a day that changed our world. Not since Pearl Harbor had we seen an attack on our soil. And the men and women (and animals) who risked their lives to help, should be regarded as heroes. In fact, all rescue personnel should be regarded as heroes all the time. Here are some articles and thoughts that I've come across the last few days to help us remember...

9/11 Remembered: How we've changed
9/11 HERO: Man in the Red Bandanna
America... Listen to Your Daughters of 9/11A Tribute to the Rescue Dogs of 9/11
Guided to Safety on 9/11: His guide dog saved him from the crumbling towers then led him to a new life.
The 9/11 rescue dogs: Portraits of the last surviving animals who scoured Ground Zero one decade on

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Another brown-bag week

Hello fellow brown-baggers :)

So, last week, I had sandwiches each day. Ham and cheese, roast beef and cheese, etc. It's not my usual pb&j rut, but I'm looking to get more interesting and skip the sandwiches. :) Today, I had leftovers from a picnic yesterday: smoked chicken and pork. Mmmmm....

This week I want to try the quinoa dish that was part of the suggested recipes last week. That looked yummy! As grocery shopping didn't happen this weekend, we'll have to wait a bit longer to try it. Tomorrow will probably be a sandwich again, and Wednesday I have to skip the challenge as we have a staff meeting with lunch provided.

How are your brown bag lunches going?

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Praying and begging on their behalf

Wow. I am sitting here in tears, again, instead of doing other things I should... I have been slapped in the face again by the situation of children in orphanages overseas. Children like...

Liliana,11 years old, 10 pounds.

Katerina, 9 years old, 11 pounds, 30 inches long.

Steven, 4 years old.

Keith, 3 years old.

And then I read this.

Because they have Downs, they live their lives in a crib. 11 years old and weighing 10 pounds because of malnourishment and neglect. God has brought these situations out in the open, so what do we do about it now? We at least need to pray and beg on their behalf. But are you meant to do more? Am I?

I volunteer in dog rescue, and the rescue community goes up in arms when finding out that a dog has been chained outside 24/7 with little access to food or shelter. How is this different? These kids have shelter, but little else.

Is it possible they haven't grown just because they don't have someone to rock them, spend time with them, say "I love you"?

My current foster beagle came to us as a malnourished, skin and bones, underdeveloped pup. Why should these children be left as they are? Who is up in arms for them? Who is rescuing them?

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’”
Matthew 20:40,45

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back to School with a #BrownBag

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in today!

I took the day off yesterday for the first day of school. Boy is it crazy getting everything done and everyone moving in the right direction! On my kids' first day of school, they have a parent/kid picnic, so I ate out at their school yesterday. But now, back to the brown bags!

The kids & I all have pastrami sandwiches today on HFCS-free (High Fructose Corn Syrup) wheat bread. That's what was in the fridge, and it's different from my PB&J rut. Seems I need to go to the store after work! :)

Here are some other blogs that are participating in the challenge. Hop on over to see what their ideas are!

Organic Gardening's This Imperfect Plot: Day 1 of the Challenge
Between City Limits: Brown Baggin' It
Virtually Homemade: Mixed Greens and Nectarine Salad
Essentials of Nutrition: What I Bring Everyday
City Life Eats: Brown-Bag Challenge
The Brown Bag Chronicles: Lunch On-the-Go
Cooking Channel: Daily Lunch Box
Diary of a Fat Kid: Refrigerator Salad
Not Your Church Cookbook: Enough With the Urban Chickens (and a recipe for 2-Grain Apple Salad)
I Brown Bag: Brown-Bag Challenge, Days 1 and 2
Eat, Sweat, Smile: Leftovers No More
Healthy Kitschy Vegan: Cheater's Curry
Healthy Plates: Pesto Penne Primavera
Boys n' Berry: A Mad Dash for Leftovers
Adventures in my Kitchen: Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 1 (and a really cute Smurfs lunch box)
Nutritious Daily: Brown Bag: A Basic Ensemble
Chick Bike: Brown-Bag Challenge, Days 1 and 2
Brown Girl, Brown Bag: Fishing for Compliments
The Adirondack Chick: Brown-Bag Challenge, Week 1
The Undercover Cook: Take It Tuesday, Crispy Halloumi Cheese Salad on Flatbread

Enjoy your brown bags today!

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