I love love love opening my refrigerator, and having healthy options ready for snacks and quick meals.
This week a girlfriend got me motivated to make some plans for a shared prep prior to the kids and I leaving for New York. Less than 24 hours after returning home from the east coast, our fridge had the above goodness, plus more! Generally we make a plan for what we will prep, and then divide the list between two to three households. There are usually a few last minute changes, like this week I over roasted the cauliflower, so it became a delicious Thai Curry Cauliflower Soup.
Alex says he wants to be a scientist when he grows up. When asked why he wants to be a scientist, he answers, “Because I’m curious every day!”
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.