Hello to all of you!
I’m excited to launch this new series – I’m calling Family Fridays – on the blog today. It’s a space where I’ll post ideas on cooking with your kids, family activities and more. Why Friday? Because I’m hoping the weekend leaves you a little more time to spend some extra time together as a family!
Family Recipe of the Week:
One night, my daughter started flipping through the Kraft mag for an idea to cook for dinner. (Hint – that’s a great way to get your kids more interested in cooking). She came upon these (the picture sold it and she loves meatballs). So we made them. It was a hit. What kid wouldn’t love mixing up meatballs with their hands and forming them into bite size bits?
Quick tip: Add some extra vegetables into the meatball mix. Finely shredded carrots or diced onions complement the flavor well. And for an easy sauce, mix one part barbecue sauce to one part peach jalapeño jam and pour over after meatballs have finished cooking. Yum!
As we made the recipe, my kids were using all sorts of skills. We talked about why it’s important to make the meatballs the same size (“same mass” was applied from science class), they read the recipe (great practice), and they used their math skills by figuring out how many meatballs were on the pan (multiplication) as well as working on fractions from recipe reading.
I also love these reasons shared by iMom on why family dinners are worth the effort.
Family Activity to Do Right Now:
Make a Fall Bucket List together. There’s all kinds of these on Pinterest, I’m including a link (just click the picture) to one that is simple and not overwhelming. We really enjoyed doing this last year and I since I love chalkboards, we chalked up our favorite activities as a constant visual reminder of what we wanted to do. Makes our memories intentional!
I especially love the way this blogger (How to Nest for Less) puts it in a frame, front and center, for all the family to see.
Family Blogger of the week:
If you read my post about Blog Brulee in Vermont, you probably know I met some amazing people. And, since I started blogging, I’ve always looked up to the Meal Makeover Moms. I was able to spend some time with them at this conference and let me tell you, they are brilliant, funny and just overall great to be around. I have learned so much from them! Check out their website for fabulous recipes and I love their podcast – Cooking with the Moms.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes from their site:
That’s all for now til next Friday! Tell me what you think!