Annual Spring Home and Garden Show: A Fun Family Event

April 29, 2009 · Posted in Community Service · View Comments 

The Union’s 28th Annnual Spring Home and Garden Show was a huge success this past weekend. Vendors from all over displayed Home and Garden tips and provided resourceful information for home owners as well as giving ideas to those who are thinking of buying a home. Visitors were able to purchase flowers and plants from the local nurseries, and lots of hand-made garden decor.  Feed Store Vendors provided a lot of information and displays on how you can raise your own chickens and what different typs of coops you can make for them. Certainly gave me some ideas on how to make ours even better.


It was a fun, family community event. The kids were able to stop by the Hardware and Lumbar booth and make bird houses. They not only got to take the birdhouse home but were taught how to build something.


Our Kitchen Booth was in the crafters section.  We displayed all of the new Spring/Summer Kitchen Products that gave visitors a chance to learn about how they can make cooking a FUN experience in the kitchen. We passed out affordable meal recipes, catalogs and informed people how they can utilize our kitchen products and make their meals in less than 29 minutes.


It was a fun event and a chance for me to meet new people looking for ways they can improve their methods in the kitchen and offer some affordable meal solutions.

Kids Cooking Classes~Teach Them Something Valuable AND Fun!

April 23, 2009 · Posted in Cooking Workshops · View Comments 


If you’ve ever thought about having your children take a cooking class, I’m offering those classes to children of all ages. Research shown by the National Network for Child Care shows that children learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening. There is absolutely nothing better than sharing the experience of cooking with your children than right there next to you. There are lots of cooking programs out there for children, however it is imperative that you make sure that those classes also teach your children about eating healthy.

In Noel’s Kitchen for the Mini Chefs, I offer your children the most unforgettable program in which your little ones learn next to you, enjoy the experience of eating healthy and are able to use kids friendly kitchen tools which they will be able to keep. There is nothing better, than helping them learn techniques in the kitchen to select healthier meals while making it a fun experience.

I am very passionate about educating children and their families about family mealtime together and what a crucial part it plays in our children’s lives. Come join me for EXCITING kids cooking classes where your kids will not only learn good eating habits, but also whip up their own delicious masterpieces!  

I offer a whole lot more than what a typical school of cooking classes for kids can offer you and your little ones. Feel free to check my website and request more information on Cooking Classes for Children,  Adult Themed Cooking Classes, Specialty Desserts and Birthday Party Extravaganzas!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

April 22, 2009 · Posted in Main Dishes · View Comments 


In celebrating Earth Day, I thought I would make a recipe for dinner that didn’t require using the oven and I could use my Bamboo kitchenware. I made this sweet and tangy Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing.  Quick and Easy to prepare. Serve with chilled Sutter Home Moscato California 2008 Wine and dinner is ready.


1 head Iceberg Lettuce

2 cups breaded Chicken breasts chopped (can use store bought breaded chicken strips, kids seem to love)

3 chopped Green Onions

1  seedless Cucumber

1  15 ounce can Mandarin Oranges

1/2 cup sliced Almonds

1 cup  Chow Mein Noodles

1/2 cup Maple Grove Farms Sesame Ginger Dressing

Toss and Serve.


Be Earth Friendly: It’s Easy Being Green

April 22, 2009 · Posted in Community Service · View Comments 



 Be Earth Friendly: It’s Easy Being Green

I’m always looking fo ways to educate myself on isssues going on around me. One of them is Earth Day. Yes we all know some things, but do we know everything? I woke up this morning thinking what could I do today, on Earth Day. Well thanks to a commercial from Oprah, I found things I could do today and thought I would share with you.  There are a few things I already knew about and you may too but a friendly reminder to us all could help keep our plant Earth Friendly.

  • A Mug of Your Own
    Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own (to a coffee shop, a meeting), and you cut down on Styrofoam
  • Want a Lick?
    A cone beats a cup. Why? “You’re eating your silverware instead of using plastic,” says Matthew Modine, a passionate promoter of earth-friendly policies. “It’s all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.”
  • Clean Without Chemicals
    Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet. “And,” Matthew says, “a little vegetable oil and lemon juice makes a great wood polish.”
  • Bag It
    Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
  • Stop Junk Mail
    Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact the direct marketing association at to remove our name from mailing lists of their members.
  • A Better TP
    Recycled toilet paper is scratchier than three-ply, but it’s much softer for our environment.
  • How Many People Does It Take To…
    Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. Ball says “They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.”
  • De-Lint the Dryer
    Lint builds up after every dryer cycle, reducing the machine’s efficiency. Removing it does a lot to decrease its usually massive energy use. (Now this is a new one for me. Only de-linted the dryer when I absolutely had too).
  • Shorten Your Showers
    Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. “If they’re well designed, the pressure should still feel good,” says Laurie David, another prominent activist in Hollywood. “For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.” (Have you every waited for your teenage kid to get out of the shower? Mine will be practicing this tip more).
  • Shut Down
    The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.
  • Pick Safe Paints
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, architectural coatings such as paints and varnishes are the second-largest source of fumes from volatile organic compounds, substances that evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to form photochemical smog. Look for cans with “No VOC.” We’ll all breathe easier.

My Earth Friendly Tip To You

Use Bamboo kitchenware. Bamboo is actually a grass. This sustainable and renewable resource naturally replaces itself by constantly sending up new shoots from it’s root system, so there’s no need for replanting. To find out how you can go green and be earth friendly in your kicthen, visit, and look for Bamboo. 

Teach Your Kids About The Environment

Looking for a book to help get your children aware of our environmental problems, and help you teach them in a fun and exciting way! THIS IS IT! Easy workbook style. Easy Read, Fun projects that can be adapted to children of different ages! If you are teacher of young children, this book is a must! Help the young learn now and they will grow up into the next generation that will protect our earth! This book will definitely show children how they can start solving environmental problems right now! Earth Day For Kids: Activities To Help Heal The Environment by Linda Schwartz.

Have an Earth Friendly tip? Please share and let us know what you are doing today to be Earth Friendly.

Moist Pineapple Surprise Cake

April 20, 2009 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 


I’ve come across a few Pineapple Cake recipes and this one I changed up a bit. Fresh Pineapple and a butter cake mix with pudding in the mix makes this pineapple cake really quick and easy to prepare. Bake in a Silicone Bundt Pan for that extra exquisite cake look. You will find it’s a simple cake for any day or occassion.


1 moist supreme butter cake mix w/pudding in the mix (1 lb. 3.75 oz)

1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened

3 large eggs

1/2 of one fresh pineapple, reserve juice (can used crushed pineapple in a can)

2 Tablespoons Orange juice


Preheat oven to 325 degress. Grease and flour Silicone Bundt Pan.


In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with oil and eggs until well blended. Blend in the cake mix and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in drained pineapple and lemon juice. Spoon into a Bundt cake pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Carefully invert onto a cake plate to cool completely.  Drizzle with the other half of Pineapple and dust with powdered sugar.


*Kitchen products used for this recipe can be found at

The Bare Cupboard: Inspiration For Meals

April 19, 2009 · Posted in Blog Carnival · View Comments 


When I learned about The Bare Cupboard Blog Carnival, hosted by Writer, I couldn’t resist. After all, my blog and company are about providing families with affordable meal solutions to keep their cupboards full-and I love to cook. Why not share some of our favorite recipes and tips with our readers?

Today’s recipe was inspired by one I saw on Bliss Tree. I have two weeks to prepare for our Great American Bake Sale Event  and I was looking for cookie ideas that are kid friendly and allows kids to be in the kitchen!

Cooking With Kids-Cookie Pops Decorating Fun

Pop Art Cookies 
Prep Time: 1 Hr
Start to Finish: 1 Hr
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 
1 egg
12 wooden sticks with rounded ends
2 pouches (7 oz each) Betty Crocker® cookie icing in desired colors
Betty Crocker® colored confetti, decors and sprinkles, if desired
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, softened butter, flour and egg until soft dough forms.
2. On floured surface, roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch round cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts 2 inches apart. Carefully insert a wooden stick into side of each cookie.
3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
4. Spread cookie icing on cooled cookies. Pipe additional icing on cookies in desired designs. Decorate as desired with confetti, decors and sprinkles.
Makes about 1 dozen cookies 

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
Special Touch: Serve cookies from glasses in coordinating colors. Fill the glasses with jelly beans or other small candies to hold the cookie pops upright.

Have fun with it, pair a half dozen cookies together in a cute basket. Use floral foam in the basket to stand your pops up. These would make cute party favors, teachers gifts, or grandparents gifts.

What a fabulous idea!

19th Annual Nevada County Earth Day: Share Nature With Children

April 16, 2009 · Posted in Community Service · View Comments 





As a parent, I feel it’s important for our children to learn how to protect our environment. After all, they are the next generation. One exciting and fun event for the family is the Nevada County’s Earth Day celebration at Lake MacBoyle at upper Loma Rica Ranch. (12190 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley 1st left on Loma Rica Drive)

For the first time ever, Nevada County’s Earth Day celebration will be co-produced by four Nevada Union High School seniors as their senior project. Fittingly, this year’s theme celebrates “Sharing Nature with Children.” Keynote speaker will be Joseph Cornell, world renowned author, environmental educator and advocate for bringing children and nature together. This year, Cornell’s landmark 1979 book, “Sharing Nature with Children,” marks its thirty year anniversary with international events. Cornell will share his efforts at our local Earth Day this year with discussion, children’s nature walks, and related activities, free to all.

Established in 1979 by naturalist and author, Joseph Cornell, the Sharing Nature Foundation uses creative nature activities to give people joyful and inspiring experiences of nature.  This is a GREAT event for your entire family.

The FREE celebration includes eco displays, local artisans, non-profit and Earth-friendly business vendors, LOTS of good food and drinks, and kids crafts. Enjoy speakers and live music, all in a beautiful grassy setting, perfect for a picnic!

Vendors and attendees will help celebrate this ZERO WASTE event by bringing your own dishes “ there will be lots of recycling bins, but NO trash cans!

Encourage school,youth groups, art/restoration projects, and local non-profits to get that booth application in right away, or call for details!

Music lineup, speakers and other presentations will be announced soon. For event updates, booth applications, or posters (soon!), Visit Earth Day’ at:

 To volunteer, or for info, call Beth at 274-0360 or

Good Luck Beth on your fantastic event! Thanks for sharing such a Great opportunity for families.

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Fun For All Ages

April 12, 2009 · Posted in Community Service · View Comments 


Western Gateway Park’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Fun For All Ages


 The annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday was a huge success. With over 4,000 eggs hidden throughout sections of the park, Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley provided children from all over an exciting Saturday morning hunting for eggs filled with surprises and some eggs were filled with numbers for a “special surprise”. Children waited behind the yellow line until the siren rang and the race for eggs was on.


Needless to say no child left the park unhappy. For the last three years my children have had the chance to be a part of this annual event the park put on. My daughter and her best friend from school scouted out the eggs side by side. My daughter was lucky enough to find two eggs with numbers in them and gave one of the numbers to her friend so she could get an extra surprise too. My son is two years older and hunted for eggs in an area for his age group. He found an egg with a number and received a surprise too!


The park provided children an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny, have their face painted, a chance to win an Easter Basket filled with goodies and refreshments. The Easter Bunny brought sunshine so all the children could hunt for eggs in some very nice weather.



Thanks Easter Bunny…………………

NC Bakers Community Outreach Project:Bake & Feed Hungry Kids

April 10, 2009 · Posted in Fundraiser Events · View Comments 

Cook For A Cause

Homemade Bakery Goods Sale

Raises Money to Feed Hungry Children



The Great American Bake Sale is a program of Share Our Strength, the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

 Gather your friends, family and neighbors in joining the efforts of the NC Bakers as we sell homemade cookies, cupcakes, cakes, muffins, pies, jams, etc. at the City Wide Yard Sale to raise money to feed hungry children in America. It’s a fun solution with a large impact. This is a great way to benefit a good cause, give people an opportunity to find needed items at affordable prices and help children in our community. It’s a win-win situation!


What: NC Bakers (Nevada County Bakers) has a booth at the Spring Cleaning in Nevada County-City Wide Yard Sale in Nevada City. Two GREAT Events.

 When: 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

 Where: Nevada City Vets Hall

 So join us in making a difference in the community and lives of children. A Special thank you to the generous supporters of this Team. Your generous support will ensure that children across the country get the regular, healthy meals they need to learn, grow, and thrive. All proceeds will be donated to the Great American Bake Sale and will help us towards our goal of raising $500 for this worthy cause.

 For more information on how you can help our team, please contact Noel Chapman at (530) 432-5505 or by e-mail . Stay tuned for some great recipes at To make a donation to NC Bakers, please visit





Eastertime Ideas for Cooking

April 9, 2009 · Posted in Kitchen Tips · View Comments 

With Spring upon us, Easter is just around the corner.  Have some fun sharing our products with this fun holiday in mind!!

Easter Ideas For Cooking 




Ham is extra delicious baked in the Baker! For extra punch, try a Crowning Glory Glaze: Combine 1 cup apricot preserves, 1/4 cup bottled chili sauce, 4 teaspoons each dry mustard and prepared horseradish. Brush 1/2 over ham during the last half hour of baking; heat remainder and serve on side. 

Make large and/or small egg cakes by baking in the batter bowls (cut the cake down the middle — top to bottom — and butting wide ends up against one another and decorating). Then you can suggest that they use the batter bowl to color their coconut for the topping, the large spreader for frosting, decorator for decorating.

Easter eggs are easily transformed into professional-looking deviled eggs with the Crinkle Cutter and Easy Accent Decorator.

 Chop leftover hard-boiled eggs with the Chopper. Don’t have the Chopper yet? Use the Egg Slicer Plus – Lay egg in Slicer long ways – slice. Turn egg over and slice again. Turn clockwise and slice once more.   

Use the Fluted Pan to make Easter bread, or the muffin pan to make Hot Cross Buns. The cross cut in the dough is symbolic of Easter. In 18th century England, Hot Cross Buns were the traditional bread for Good Friday, and were sold only on that day. 

 Tulip deviled eggs – Hard-boil the eggs as usual and then place peeled eggs into food coloring—different colors and intensities look great. After the eggs have taken on the desired shade, cut them open with the v-shaped cuter and scrape out the yolk. Mix the yolk with whatever ingredients you prefer for deviled eggs, I use mayonnaise, small amount of ranch dressing, seasoned salt scallions or chives and a little cayenne pepper. Then put this mixture into the EAD and pipe back into tulip shaped eggcups.

These are really beautiful and impressive; paint a nice word picture of these.

 Happy Easter To You All!




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