Bone broth is like the SUPERHERO of winter foods. “What makes bone broth so special?” you ask. “Isn’t stock, broth, bone broth all the same?” NO! Let me tell you why… A TRUE bone broth can be simmered up to 48 hours. During this time the bones and marrow are cooked down, releasing collagens (gelatin rich in amino acids), minerals (calcium and phosphorus), electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium), and proteins.
If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. – Maria Montessori
Sometimes it is messy, but when I give my children (3 and 5) space to do things on their own, their confidence shines throughout the day. They feel more independent and start doing other things by/for themselves, without being asked; putting their shoes away, cleaning up their plates after a meal, making their beds. The beauty in this independence is that we start to feel more like a team!
Morning activity is always a fun way to start the day. And who doesn’t like warm bread and homemade butter? The kids helped measure, mix, and knead the bread. Then Ella covered “her baby” with a tea towel and placed the bowl outside in a sunny spot to “sleep and grow”. While the dough had a sleep, we made butter. Shake. Shake. Roll. It became a game. We sat on the living room rug (lid screwed on very tight) and took turns shaking the jar of cream and then rolling it to the next person.
I’m always looking for new ways to provide my kiddos with a protein packed breakfast to start their day out right. We often have some form of eggs. But even I’ll admit that eggs get boring, no matter how many different ways you make them. My mom makes a cottage cheese salad. She has since I was a little girl. And since I was a little girl, it’s the ONLY way I consume cottage cheese. It’s just not an ingredient on my regular shopping radar.
Dirt is under our fingernails.
We’ve been having dinner picnics nearly every night. Then we play and dig, and breathe in the fresh blossom scented air until it’s time to jump in the bath and relax for the night.
Life is good.