Christmas and baking go together like Santa and his elves. When you have kids you want to include them in the process and there are safe and fun ways to do so from a young age. I’m sharing three family-friendly recipes (and suggested parts that kids of all ages can help with) to kick off your holiday baking binge this year!
Skip the frozen or delivery pizza and start a weekly homemade pizza tradition! This pizza recipe is my easy, quick way to have homemade pizza, from the crust up, on the table in less than an hour. You can customize it to white, whole wheat, or a mix, for crust and, of course, any toppings or cheese you'd like!
Cooking with children from a young age can help them learn basic counting and reading skills, grasp the concept of following directions, develop their fine motor skills, and, the thing most parents are focused on around food at that age, encourage an adventurous palate.
Buuuutt... I KNOW, it's also a lot of work to cook with a preschooler. Trust me, I get it. I know the idea of allowing them "help" can seem like it will take too much time. I've discovered, however, that if you plan ahead a bit and go into it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for both of you.
If you're a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you're NOT a Maritimer, you've likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.
This month's pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It's a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it's a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We've talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story - one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!
Imagine, if you will, a world without your overtired child throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store when you have a half-full cart of groceries that you need to leave behind to get her out of there. Or never having that moment when your newborn decides he needs to eat NOW near the end of a stressful grocery shop and having to leave a full cart of groceries behind to try to find a comfortable spot to nurse him.
Well, parents of Halifax, thanks to Atlantic Superstore's new online grocery shopping service, that world exists! The future is NOW. I had a sneak peek into how the program works and am sharing the details and my top seven tips to make the process seamless for you too!
Let's be honest. Thanksgiving is a holiday that may be a little lost on some kids. They eat a meal that they don't especially like (at least my kids don't), there are no presents, and dessert is usually pie which, for my kids, isn't even a REAL DESSERT lol
In order to help them understand it a little better, and to involve them in the meal's preparation, I set up a craft for them to create Thanksgiving Turkey Placemats for each of our dinner guests.
Tara Byrne is the owner of Swirls Nut-Free Baking in Fall River, Nova Scotia, She is mom to three kids, a preschool teacher, and a baker. She started Swirls: Nut-Free Baking in 2015 and her popularity has been growing steadily as more and more kids (and adults) taste her yummy and beautiful creations and want her to provide cupcakes or a cake at their party that all guests can enjoy safely, whether they have allergies or not.
It seems the common understanding amongst professionals now is that whether or not your whole family sits down to dinner together once a day is the benchmark for how functional your family is. Whether or not it's true that's eating together is an essential element of family functionality, it's still something I want that for my family.I feel it's important. It's something my husband and I talked about and agreed was a value we wanted to incorporate into our daily lives. The reality is somewhat different though...