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Letting the Kids in the Kitchen-Mom Chats Blog Tour 2011

Posted on 06 January 2011 by noelskitchen

Hi Everyone! I’m Super Excited to participate in the first blog tour of Mom Chat’s hosted by Val Selby. She has a wonderful line up of guests posts and she happen to stop by my kitchen  first, so I am very happy to introduce her. Join Val on some terrific sites and find some new blogs to follow along the way. I can’t wait to read more!

Letting the Kids in the Kitchen

I was one of those girls that grew up in the kitchen. I can remember canning at my Great-grandma’s house and we were 4 generations deep. Sure I probably wasn’t doing much, but I was always in the kitchen watching and learning.

My mom had my kids in the kitchen at an early age. She was teaching them to use a paring knife by 4 (with permission and under extreme supervision), just like she taught my brother and I.

I have to admit that when the kids were little it was rough letting them help. I was working part-time and then as they got a little older I went back to school. Meal times were harried and I was trying to get things done quickly.

Thankfully they are polite kids, so they were asking “why not”? There’s nothing like the truth to make you stop and think. My “why not” was because I was too busy and this was just not an answer I was ok.

I had to teach myself to let the kids help more while I was cooking. I had to stop and think of the fact that they wanted to learn and if I’m not the one to teach them, then they won’t learn. I had to remind myself that the mess I was going to clean up was going to be worth it. Then I also had to remember that teaching them to clean up their mess was totally part of the cooking experience

I’m thankful I did learn this lesson, as I know many that didn’t stop and let the kids in the kitchen. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve created our own memories.

Letting them help is the only way they will learn. It instills the good eating habits they need to stay healthy and to raise their future families. No it’s not easy for some of us to let that control go and let them get in the mix. But just let the little one’s start with these 3:

1. You hold the measuring cup full of flour or other dried good and they use a butter knife to scrape off the top to make it level.

2. Stirring is always big to let the kids help with. Yes it can be very messy, but it teaches them dexterity and then there is that clean up rule.

3. Cutting soft fruits like bananas and canned peaches and pears. You can let even the smallest of kids use a butter knife to create a salad or dice them for a cereal topper.

I’m happy to report that my 15-year-old daughter has been known to cook out of blue and come up with great ideas without a recipe. My younger son, well, let’s just say that with two strong women in the house that love to cook he’s learned he can ask us. Even though he’s almost 13 I’m now going through the same lessons I did when they were little and making him cook on his own. You can imagine how much bigger the messes are now though!

Thanks for having me stop at your blog Noel!

Val Selby has been the owner of MomChats.com since 2006. Free chat rooms for online parties, webinars or coffee chats along with resources for everything Mom. Promote your business, blog or just join in some fun discussion with other Moms that have been there or are living it.

PS:From Noel~Don’t forget to visit the Mom Chat’s Blog Tour 2011 HERE

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Back To School Routines

Posted on 20 August 2010 by noelskitchen

How was your first week Back to School? One of the great things about summer vacation is the fact that as a kid, you get to sleep in, and families don’t seem to rush around as much. Now that it’s back to school time, daily routines need to be re-established. Kids aren’t the only ones who struggle with the back to school transition; adjusting to a child’s back to school routine and related events can be stressful for parents as well.

 Routines during the first part of the school year can be a challenge for many families. Our family started a school routine early, so we are ready for a regular routine. Over the past few school years, I can tell you having a regular school routine can make it not only easier on you but on the kids too. So today, I thought I’d start off with some tips on easing back into those school routines. 

Back To School Routines

Breakfasts that boosts ENERGY! is always a great way to start off the day. You can make some delicious breakfast meals for your kids; not only are they fast, easy, and nutritious, but my kids say they taste great too! Good choices would be cereal topped with fresh fruit (instead of sugar); eggs, toast and fruit; yogurt with granola; fruit smoothies; french toast and muffins.

Plan and pack a healthy lunch As a family go shopping and teach your kids how to pack a healthy lunch. It’s great to involve the kids about making the right food choices. This will also establish healthier habits and lifestyles for the whole family.

Plan your kids schedules This will allow the kids day to be smoother and they won’t forget things. Plan a way for them to remember homework, lunch and backpacks each day. Allow half an hour break after school for a quick healthy snack, unwind, than help them get started on their homework before dinner time.

After dinner,  the kids can relax, have play time, shower and read a book before bedtime. Rember, during dinner is a great time to re-connect as a family and ask how your kids day went.

Being aware of what is on the school calendar can also help you plan and organize your schedule accordingly–without any last minute hassles.

So what kind of things do you do to ease your family back into the school year? I would love to hear them! I am always open to new ideas.

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Teen Icon Inspires Healthy Cooking For Kids

Posted on 16 July 2010 by noelskitchen

Teen Icon Inspires Healthy Cooking For Kids

There are dozen or more teen icons each of our kids could name off within seconds. Our kids happen to love watching the iCarly show on Nickelodeon. With as much controversy as there is with kids watching a lot of television, they can learn from watching their favorite tv icon. The  Today Show, featured Actor Reed Alexander, who plays Nevel Papperman on Nickelodeons hit show iCarly. Reed Alexander shares some of his favorite healthy recipes for kids just like him. Your kids can find more inspiration in cooking healthy meals by visiting www.Kewl Bites.com.

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Friday Family Favorites:Spend Time With Your Family!

Posted on 09 July 2010 by noelskitchen

This week has been very busy. I am so glad it’s Friday! I’ve been very busy sharing posts everyday this week with my readers on a few Kid-Friendly recipes, and staying on track with a busy mom’s everyday life with family and househould duties. I have the whole week off next week and looking forward to spending time with the family by the pool, going to the movies, shopping and just having fun. We don’t have to go to some exoctic place that cost a fortune to have fun.

I have my Busy Mom’s Kitchen Newsletter almost finished and ready to go out on Monday. We’re talking about family staycations, they seem to be more popular now than ever. We’ll also taske a look at some fun aprons for the whole family. Of course I’ll have my featured recipe of the week, talk about family time and more highlights from the blog! Lots of fun and very informative, so you don’t want to miss it!

Have a great fun weekend with your families!

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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Kids Can Have Fun Making Fruity Snacks!

Posted on 08 July 2010 by noelskitchen

Put some sparkle into snacktime with these Fruity Gelatin Snacks!

Kids Can Have Fun Making Fruity Snacks!

Rubbermaid has these wonderful TakeAlongs Twist&Seal Containers that I use in the kid’s lunch boxes during the school year. They are small enough to fit inside of the lunch boxes perfectly. They have a  leak-proof seal which make them great for storing liquids and snacks. Plus, if you need to microwave the contents, the handles stay cool when food is hot. When the kids are not in school, healthy snacks during the summer are just as important for a busy mom to think about. Why spend extra money on those pudding or fruit snacks at the grocery store when you can make your own at home!

It’s real easy to do and the kids can help too! Empyty your favorite gelatin into a bowl, follow package instructions (with some adult supervision for the young ones of course), toss in some of their favorite fruit and pour gelatin mixture in. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. The kids now have an easy snack they can pull right out of the fridge. When their done, wash containers and make more when needed.

Recipe Note: Fill the containers with Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Jello or as a special treat Pudding.

To get your Rubbermaid TakeALongs Twist&Seal Containers visit Rubbermaid.

These containers are very easy and economical when it comes to saving money on your grocery bill. Snacks for kids don’t have to expensive, but they should be healthy.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning. For high quality kitchen tools for your kitchen, visit www. NoelsKitchen.com

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Club on Facebook.  

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